It seemed every restaurant meal last week would be my last, until, finally, lunch in Chino Hills last Wednesday really was it. I write about several last lunches and one last dinner in Sunday’s column.
Who says local government is dull? Chino Valley Independent Fire District meetings have gone off the rails as the board attempts to corral dissident member Winn Williams. If your jaw doesn’t drop at least twice while reading Sunday’s column, I’ve failed. Unless your jaw opens once and stays that way for the duration.
Sensing column possibilities, I attended last week’s Chino Hills City Council candidate forum. I was amply rewarded, as you’ll see in Sunday’s column.
Judy Rogers, the director of Caring for the Hills, a food pantry and more that operated from her home in Chino Hills, died in August. But the effort continues under the auspices of her husband, Ned, and a band of volunteers. I tell the story in Sunday’s column.
Catching up on some news from my vacation, I write about the newly appointed councilman in Chino Hills, as well as about the sendoff (in a dinner with a travel theme) for his predecessor, in Friday’s column.
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.