Column: Lakers fan supreme abandons Ontario, not team

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A home in Ontario has long been decked out in Los Angeles Lakers style, inside and out: banners, flags, mobiles, murals, messages in the grass and on the roof, etc. Just when I finally catch up with the homeowner, he’s moving. But that added a news element to Friday’s column.

Above is Martin Espinoza in some team gear outside his garage-door mural; below are views of his home and garage; at bottom, Espinoza points to a key motto on his purple and gold vehicle.

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Column: Film series designed to honor Ontario Oscar-winner

Sunday’s column previews my annual film series at the Ontario City Library. This time I’m showing four classics with little in common other than the production designer, Henry Bumstead — and their own greatness, of course. Bumstead was born and raised in Ontario. Hope some of you will consider coming out for the movies, which screen for free each Thursday in April at 6:30 p.m.

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Column: Ontario has no beef with Carl’s Jr. near Walmart

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Friday’s column ends with highlights from this week’s Ontario council meeting and starts with the observation that a Carl’s Jr. that Ontario had tried to relocate a few yards, without success, is staying put and renovating its building. (Look for a lot of subtle and not-so-subtle burger references.) In the middle there’s a couple of Culture Corner items.

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Column: Early Ontario: no city hall, two cops, one bum

Wednesday’s column is about the new book “Early Ontario,” part of the Images of America series of local history books, and some of the tidbits therein. After deadline I was told the $22 book will be sold for $15 at Wednesday’s launch party at the library, which takes place from 5 to 8 p.m. at 215 E. C St. Good deal. Also, I’ll be there selling my own book at regular price.

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Column: 1950s Ontario strip mall shaken up for Walgreens

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Above is a view of the Post Office branch at Fourth and Mountain in Ontario after the adjoining buildings were demolished. Below is a photo from circa 1960 courtesy of the Ontario Planning Department with the Post Office partly visible at left. The Laundramatic and Bank of America buildings were what was demolished. Click on the pictures for a bigger view.

Wednesday’s column begins with an item on the changes. I mention a 2009 blog post of mine with a lot of comments on the old days and the old stores; you can find that by clicking here.

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