You know that sprawling field north of the 10 Freeway in Ontario? Since the Reagan years it was set aside for a new, urban downtown with high-rise offices, restaurants, apartments and more. Now it’s being developed with warehouses. (This is why we can’t have nice things.) Wednesday’s column delves into the dream that was.
Above, the view from Fourth Street, looking east.
Traveling from Ontario International in June, I paused to take a look at the George Chaffey relief sculptures on permanent display in Terminal 4. They were done in 1998 by sculptor John Svenson, who died in April.
With Svenson’s life and work fresh in my mind, and with time before my flight, this was a good opportunity to examine them more closely, and take photos to document them here, a less harried place than an airport, for everyone’s examination and contemplation.
The individual panels, presented in a row (two can be seen above), illustrate aspects of the Ontario and Upland founder’s legacy or accomplishments, followed by an angled view of the main image, to highlight the lizard at Chaffey’s foot, and the artist statement.
Take a look at the sculptures in person next time you’re flying Southwest, and reflect on Chaffey, not to mention Svenson.
A T-shirt manufacturer is relocating to Ontario from Orange County and taking over the former Sunkist plant. A ceremonial ground-breaking took place Friday and I was there to hear more, especially about the landmark water tower, now newly refurbished. That makes up my Sunday column.
Have you ever been to Citizens Business Bank Arena? I saw two concerts there, both in 2010. The facility just hasn’t fulfilled its potential as a music venue. As the management of the arena changes, I offer some perspective in my Friday column, along with Culture Corner items and a note about two local connections in the new Westways issue.
The bell tower on the Chaffey High campus in Ontario hasn’t told the correct time consistently, or rung its bells, in years. But everything is now working again after the whole assembly was replaced, and the chimes can be heard on the hour from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, even from blocks away. The story is in my Friday column.
It’s been a few weeks since I’ve been to an Ontario City Council meeting, and far longer since I’ve been to one as startling as Tuesday’s. The story is in my Friday column.
They’re giving kids free lunches this summer at the Ontario City Library, courtesy of the school district and the USDA, which is funding it. More than 200 kids showed up for Wednesday’s kickoff. I write about the unusual program in my Sunday column.
Remember the old water tower at the Sunkist factory in Ontario? It’s come down to eye level for refurbishment. That’s in my Sunday column, along with a bunch of Culture Corner items and a Valley Vignette.
Taking a break from naming civic facilities after human beings, Ontario named its first dog park after a dog. Not one of the city’s founding canines (George Chasey? Charles Barkish?) but rather a police dog, one who was shot to death in the line of duty. It’s an unusual story, which must be why I’m the one who wrote it. It’s my Sunday column.
A gallery of photos from the event by my colleague Jennifer Cappuccio Maher can be seen here.
Ontario is marking 125 years as a city later this year and has events planned, with the first this Saturday at downtown’s Town Square. Details are in my Wednesday column, followed by nine more Ontario items. Gosh, an all-Ontario column. Some of these items, by the way, were written weeks ago, awaiting their turn at bat.