Column: ‘True Blood’ plans for Chino Hills punctured

I wouldn’t have thought I’d be writing a second item about “True Blood,” a TV series I’ve never watched, but around the same time they were filming a few scenes in Pomona, which I wrote about, they were asking permission to film in Chino Hills. Sunday’s column explains what happened to that.

Also, the recent Padua Avenue sign news in Claremont reminded me of a similarly odd sign near the same location; and I present a few vignettes.

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A Chino Hills primer

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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!

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Column: Electronics giant may need GPS to find own store

Wednesday’s column (read it here) begins with an item about a new Best Buy in Chino that the retailer seems to think is in Chino Hills. What’s funny is that this began as a one-line item about the new store, which I learned about from my Sunday advertising circular. But once I set out to determine the store’s location, things got more interesting, as you’ll see.

Following that are various items from around the valley and a plug for the Pomona Public Library’s Adopt-a-Magazine effort.

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Shhhh!

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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.

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Bowling for Chino Hills

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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.

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Mes Amis, London

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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.

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