Chino Hills has a vacancy on its City Council after Ed Graham’s resignation. Graham sent his former colleagues a funny text message just as the meeting was starting. I have more about that and the vacancy, as well as a Gold Line meeting schedule, three Culture Corner items and more in Sunday’s column.
All our cities have political intrigue, even the ones that seem sleepy and don’t get much coverage. Chino Hills has had to shift to districts for its City Council elections, and the map process is already having an effect even though it doesn’t kick in until the November 2018 elections. I share what I’ve learned in Sunday’s column. (Plus, for the non-politically-minded, there’s some pet news.)
The first Chino Hills Jazz and Blues Festival takes place April 22. Headliner Barbara Morrison is a noted L.A. jazz singer who’s already performed in Chino Hills once before — or twice, really. I explain, as well as offering up a Pomona mention in the New Yorker, an update on my film series, a couple of Culture Corner items and more, all in Sunday’s column.
Just as in Chino, Rancho Cucamonga and Upland, Chino Hills is moving toward district elections for City Council after a legal threat under the California Voting Rights Act. I attended Tuesday’s council meeting to hear more and see the various proposals for maps. My report makes up Friday’s column.
I invited Casey Schreiner, founder of the website Modern Hiker and author of the new “Day Hiking: Los Angeles,” out for a hike at Chino Hills State Park. The result is Wednesday’s extra-long column. Above, Schreiner talks to photographer John Valenzuela; below, a stand of prickly pear plants.
Friday’s column is made up entirely of Chino Hills news: a preview of the Boat Parade, a report from a council meeting and a bunch more items from around the city.
In Chino Hills, there’s now a 63-foot cell phone tower disguised as a Washington Monument-style marker. It’s at The Commons, a shopping center by the 71 Freeway. That burst of silliness leads off my Friday column, followed by news items from Ontario and a Culture Corner.
Karen Bristow was never elected to office, but she served in various capacities in Chino Hills going back to 1969 to make the community a better place. Now she’s moving away. My Sunday column pays tribute.
Sunday’s column presents a clutch of items from Chino Hills, starting with the amusing fate of its former Civic Center. There’s also three Valley Vignettes, from La Verne, Upland and Claremont.