I attended Wednesday’s Ontario International Airport transfer ceremony and wrote about it for Friday’s column. I shot the photo after my flight home from Portland, thinking it might come in handy.
With the milestone return of Ontario International Airport to local control, I contacted somebody who worked there in the “old days,” the early 1980s, as manager for Western Airlines. Doug Neely told me what the airport was like back then: low-key, struggling, friendly. That’s my Wednesday column.
Tuesday morning I was finishing a column related to Ontario International Airport and doing related Google searches. The official ONT page, I noticed, was still on LAWA.org, the parent LA site, with flyontario.com, the local page, said to be coming at noon (see above).
It took a little longer than that, but by mid-afternoon, the local site was live. And thus the transition of the airport to local ownership, effectuated Tuesday morning, was now official online.
Friday’s column starts with news that a car commercial’s filming earlier this week brought fake snow and a Christmas-y air to downtown Ontario, then follows with 12 other items about film screenings, lectures and more around the valley, ending with a people item.
Ontario’s First Christian Church invited me to its 125th anniversary party Sunday afternoon. The church is as old as Ontario, and its history is equally distinguished and checkered, too. Wednesday’s column tells the story.
Friday’s column constitutes a report from Tuesday’s brief but mildly entertaining Ontario council meeting, along with some other news items from around the city, plus a Valley Vignette from Pomona.
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.