Friday’s column is the latest from the Ontario City Council: Paul Avila kept it toned down, but critics pounced on his colleague Alan Wapner. Also, one man brought a marionette.
Ontario Town Square, a new public park and plaza in downtown Ontario, opens Friday. On Euclid between B, C and Lemon, it represents the latest attempt to breathe life into downtown. It’s also the subject of my Wednesday column. The above view, shot Monday, is from the bandshell facing northwest; note word “Ontario” in script in reverse.
I got enough emails about my Jack Mercer column that I excerpted them for a followup, which became Friday’s column. Actually, my plan (such as it was, on deadline) had been to end the column with other items, but the Mercer section was long enough that I thought, let’s just close here. So, look for an all-items column for Sunday.
Friday’s column doubles as an obituary for Jack Mercer, an Ontario icon. He was band teacher at Chaffey High for many years, then led the community band. After recounting his career, I talk about what he was like.
In the latest from the Ontario City Council, Paul Avila puts on another show at Tuesday’s meeting. He’s also seeking to unseat Paul Leon in the mayor’s election in November. Details are in Friday’s column.
Sunday’s column begins with a reader email about the days of yore concerning Ontario’s old Sunkist factory. After that, items, some of a particularly eye-opening nature (if I do say so myself).
It was another unusual Ontario City Council meeting, and your humble servant was there to take notes (and file public records requests later). Read all about it in Friday’s column.
* Newest feather in his cap: Councilman Avila now has his own “topics” page on the Daily Bulletin’s website. All our Avila news (mostly my columns) gathered in one handy spot!
Ontario reader and fiscal watchdog Earl DeVries sent this photo of Ontario’s Bon View Elementary after reading mention in Friday’s column about its newfound status. “This school has the money to put up a new sign as the International Baccalaureate School but can’t fix its sprinklers,” DeVries groused. “I guess there is no drought in OMSD, even in their coffers. Money and water to waste.”
He added that the school has three flag poles but only flies two flags. Maybe the third flag could be for Waterworld.
Friday’s column is about my rare attendance at a school board meeting, in this case of the Ontario-Montclair School District, and about Superintendent James Hammond, who is said to be doing great things, and is being well-paid for doing so.