A sign for a candidate running in the Fire District election Tuesday made me do a double-take. The candidate’s name was unfamiliar, and yet in other ways very familiar. So let me break it down for you. Mike Kreeger is not to be confused with Mike Fleager, who is the city manager, or with Bill Kruger, a former councilman. You’re welcome!
Jerry Brown with Bob Guidry, owner of Las Cascadas.
Unbeknownst to most of us (even the Chino Champion didn’t print a word about it until Saturday), Gov. Jerry Brown stopped off in Chino Hills for dinner one Friday night six weeks ago. The quirky story can be found in Sunday’s column.
Friday’s column recounts the highlights, and middle lights, and maybe even one or two lowlights, of Tuesday’s Chino Hills council meeting.
In Chino Hills, the Council Chambers has an alcove with a press table reserved for us and the Chino Champion, with three swanky ergonomic chairs, two nameplates and, best of all, a “Quiet Please, Reporters at Work” sign. Ha ha! Boy, I’d love to have one of those for my desk.
Hey, pipe down, Chino Hillsians! We’re workin’ here! (At the Dec. 13 meeting, mostly I was reading “I, Robot” by Isaac Asimov, but a respectful silence was still called for.)
Incidentally, at the same meeting, the press table afforded an excellent view of two women wearing hats.
I made a rare foray to a Chino Hills City Council meeting for Sunday’s column — and was glad I did. Nothing astonishing happened, just a series of amusing incidents, beginning with a protest that was less than it was cracked up to be. Read about the meeting here. And, if you like, comment below.
Has the Chino Valley ever had a bowling alley? There’s certainly not one now in Chino or Chino Hills. Bowlers have to journey to Diamond Bar or Montclair for a game. But Chino Hills is getting a bowling alley. It’s under construction inside a vacant Vons at Chino Hills Parkway at Pipeline Avenue.
These 198-foot-tall Edison transmission towers are being erected in Chino Hills, as described in Friday’s column. For those of you who don’t get our print edition (tsk, tsk), here’s the photo that appeared with my column. This tower is immediately south of the street Paseo del Palacio.
Photo by Peter Rogers
This shot was taken May 27 in London, England of James Elias in the kitchen of his restaurant, Mes Amis, by Peter Rogers, a Chino Hills councilman and professional photographer who was on vacation. (Thanks, Peter.)
The connection is that Mes Amis is also the name of a restaurant in Chino Hills owned and run by Sammy Elias, James’ brother. Rogers is among the few who have dined at both. More about that in my Friday column.
A friend wonders: “Is $10 too much to indulge in three hours of chicken nugget bacchanalia?” Your call.
(This offer is exclusive to the Chino Hills Chick-fil-A, 3640 Grand Ave., which frequently advertises deals on its Facebook page.)
Reality TV — the show “New York Goes to Work” — is due at the Archibald’s burger restaurant in Chino Hills on Wednesday. Here’s the Wikipedia page for the series.
My former colleague Joe Florkowski said he went to Archibald’s on Sunday with his grandfather (what a good grandson Joe is) and saw the accompanying sign on the door. I was confused by the sign until Joe explained that “New York” is the star’s nickname.
It’s unclear if Tiffany “New York” Pollard will be there or has already been there; the Wikipedia page indicates she’s already passed her fast food test. Well, drop in Wednesday and try to act natural.
Joe adds: “What do you think if I changed my name to ‘Chino Hills’ and visited New York? I think that would blow everyone’s minds!”
I told him he should change his name to Chino Hills even if he doesn’t visit NYC.