I wrote a column last month on a Paul R. Williams-designed home in Ontario. Then an opportunity arose to write about the architect’s only other Inland Valley structure, a former post office from 1926, also in Ontario. Local historians installed a plaque on the building last week to highlight its history. I attended and learned not only about the building but about the arts district downtown that has never really taken off, and why. That story is in Sunday’s column. (Also, I give someone the needle. It doesn’t really advance the story, but it felt good.)
The Nativity displays are back again in downtown Ontario, of course, but with some improvements this year. Another tradition is being revived: a performance of Handel’s “Messiah” at a downtown church, Bethel Congregational. I tell you more in Friday’s column, along with some Culture Corner items and a Valley Vignette.
A rarely seen home in Ontario designed by Paul R. Williams is on the market. A photographer and I got a tour. The 1947 has scarcely been updated and the decor matches. Read about it in Sunday’s column, and be sure to check out the photos.
There’s an electronic billboard along the 10 at Mountain Avenue, as motorists have discovered this past week. Blight or bright? I report, you decide, to quote a phrase. Also: reports from author events in Claremont for Hilton Als and Chris Matthews, a Culture Corner of events taking place today, and more, all in Sunday’s column.
Sometimes one column leads to another. In July I wrote about the efforts at St. George Catholic Church in Ontario to raise money to repair the roof of its 1923 building, the next major part of which was a car raffle. The woman who won the raffle proved to be a good story in herself, a very active volunteer at the church who is of modest means and who bought a single $5 ticket. Corrina Garcia is the subject of my Friday column.
For Wednesday’s column, I profile Mark Thorpe, the new CEO of Ontario International Airport. He was here in the ’00s working for the airport’s owner, Los Angeles World Airports, and saw its potential. Now under local ownership — one year as of Nov. 1 — he’s back.
Transitioning from the 15 south to the 10 west recently, I was stuck for a spell due to traffic. That provided an opportunity to admire the web of overhead lanes and ramps. The view is to the southwest. Does this interchange have a name, or nickname? There’s a sort of beauty about it, just as there is for the 10/57.
I’m reminded of a Road Runner/Coyote cartoon in which they chase each other around a similar stack of freeway, unoccupied because it hasn’t yet opened, each ending up on a different elevation, repeatedly.
I attended Tuesday’s Ontario council meeting to learn about the new city manager they were hiring and ended up with a column mostly on a police officer who was at the Las Vegas concert and was among the injured. That story is told in Friday’s column.
In my first full-on items column in six weeks (!), I round up news about the Ontario/Chaffey Show Band, an Upland cop with an ironic name, the Ball family and Quakes stadium, atop eight cultural notes (one about my next author talk). All that is in Wednesday’s column.
Driving along Riverside Drive to Chino a few months ago, this sign caught my eye, and the next time I passed, I made a point of stopping to photograph it. Centennial Park opened in 1983 but was dedicated the previous year in unfinished form to mark the reason for the name: the 100th anniversary of Ontario’s 1882 founding. Me, I just like how retro the sign is. It reminds me of the La Verne Council Chamber emblem from the same era that was replaced in January.