In Chino, where elections are routinely canceled because no one runs against the incumbents, 26 people applied to fill a City Council vacancy. Interviews took place this week. I sat in on the first batch and write about the scene in Friday’s column. Above, Tyler Ferrari addresses the council Tuesday.
I went to Tuesday’s Chino City Council meeting, but then watched a DVD of that night’s Ontario City Council meeting. They both make up Sunday’s column with, as the headline suggests, some unusual elements.
Goodbye events took place last Thursday for the mayors of Upland and Chino. The former, for Ray Musser, was at the Carnegie Building. Above, he gets a plaque and is applauded by council members, with his wife, Fern, to the right.
Dennis Yates’ more formal event was at Chino’s Planes of Fame Museum, a unique setting. For the speeches, Yates was sat in a rocking chair, not his usual position of authority, as speakers praised and mocked.
He arrived in Chino in 1956 to buy the city’s weekly newspaper. Sixty years later, Al McCombs still owns the Champion and goes into the office daily. Of his newspaper, he says: “I think it makes a difference.” Wednesday’s column tells his story. Above, McCombs is seen in his office; below, he’s looking at a 1949 photo of himself, among the memorabilia in the Champion’s conference room.
Driving along Riverside Drive in Chino recently, I was struck by this abandoned building east of Euclid Avenue; on my return trip, I pulled over for a photo. The painted-on sign is perhaps at just that stage of decay — faded but mostly legible — to make the scene picturesque. Arrow Creamer, or Creamery, was the name of the business, and the motto reads “Quality Always.”
I’m not the only one to have found the scene memorable. A Google search turns up a similar photo by Gregory Dyer, for sale as an art print.
A candidate forum had a shortage of candidates Wednesday for the Chino Valley Unified School District board, with only three of seven showing up. Well, I showed up, and I write about it in Sunday’s column.
Sunday’s column presents seven items from Chino, starting with the recent opening of a community garden and pocket park. After that comes five Culture Corner notes and a Valley Vignette.
In Friday’s column, an entertaining Chino City Council meeting — my favorite kind, although the tense ones are enjoyable in a different way — as well as some Culture Corner items and a Valley Vignette. I admit to immoderate pride over my headline.
Chino, Rancho Cucamonga and Upland are all handling the move to district council elections a little differently. This will be a huge shift for all three cities, but the public isn’t really keying in on it. Sunday’s column provides an update, focusing on Chino, which is moving the fastest.
In a followup to Sunday’s column about Rancho Cucamonga, I write in Wednesday’s column about how Chino and Upland are also moving towards establishing voting districts for city council elections. I’ve also got some Chino items and a Valley Vignette from Claremont.