Sunday’s column is about last week’s Ontario City Council meeting, dominated by the loquacious Paul Avila. There’s some other Ontario news from the meeting, an explanation from a councilman about why he flew from LAX, and a plug for my Thursday book signing in Pomona.
Incidentally, I was startled Sunday (after returning from a three-day weekend in San Diego) to open my Daily Bulletin and find this column was our A1 lead story. As the saying goes, it must have been a slow news day.
A construction fence has gone up around much of the 250-acre Meredith property in Ontario above the 10 Freeway — and, heh, someone in the neighborhood used the new real estate to post a “yard sale” sign Monday. Wherever it is, it’s probably not on the vacant land — although with all that dirt, you could put out an awful lot of blankets and card tables to display your wares.
The agreement by Los Angeles to return ONT to local hands was the subject of a press conference at the airport Thursday, and of my Friday column. Above, a view of the event, with a closer view below of L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti at the lectern and Ontario Councilman Alan Wapner at right.
Sunday’s column reports on the last two (!) Ontario City Council meetings. (I had to watch one on video.) They’re starting to act up again, which will teach me to abandon them for Chino.
A banner in Ontario International Airport behind the Travelers Aid information booth depicts those two bosom chums, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Ontario Mayor Paul Leon. Maybe they if actually met face to face, or side by side, we could get a resolution of the airport ownership issue (our mayor is a charming fellow), but this may be as close as we’ll see them. The previous, pre-Garcetti banner had Antonio Villaraigosa and Leon.
Impressed by Ontario’s parade in 2014, I returned in 2015 to enjoy myself and tweet photos. Here are a few. Above, the parade route was marked by giant arches made of balloons over Euclid. (Unlike St. Louis’, you can’t climb up inside.) Below, Iwo Jima was re-enacted on one float.
The back end of this float looked to me like the Liberty Bell meets Clifton’s Cafeteria. Speaking of bears, the entry below was not a promo for “Ted 2.”
The Rancho Cucamonga High School marching band was resplendent in purple and black. As the school’s former principal for a day, I couldn’t have been prouder.
One of my favorite moments was the Shriners whizzing around in their signature tiny cars. No offense to Claremont, which puts on a great Americana parade, but they don’t have the Shriners. I shot a one-minute video of the action. Whee!
Friday’s column reports on the comeback by Jasper the Picnic Ant, once a sort of cartoon mascot for Ontario in the All States Picnic days. After that comes more news from Ontario as well as from Pomona and Rancho Cucamonga.
Friday’s column breaks some news, as a close reading of this week’s Ontario council agenda, if not the actual proceedings, made clear that QVC is interested in leasing a giant warehouse soon to begin construction, for which the council offered a generous incentive. But QVC hasn’t formally agreed yet, meaning that either I got the jump on the news or we’ll all have to avert our eyes if the deal collapses.
I also have other news from the council meeting and two Culture Corner items, one about a Mexican cookbook, the other about a free screening of “Dr. Strangelove.”
Wednesday’s column rounds up six tidbits from Ontario, including news about the city’s volunteer of the year award, and two from Pomona.
Sunday’s column revisits the question of what Ontario will do regarding the Euclid Avenue median with the pending state ban on irrigation. Answer: The city will truck in recycled water five days a week and spray. Four parks will also get the spray treatment; the Mission median won’t.
By the way, I was stunned to open up Sunday’s paper and find my column is our lead story! That’s a first.