In the future, new service stations in Rancho Cucamonga will have to install at least one alternative fuel pump for every four gas pumps. That’s a new, forward-thinking rule adopted by the city. I tell you more in my Sunday column.
Category Archives: Around Rancho Cucamonga
Column: For fans, Shake Shack’s arrival in IE is a smash
I’m one of those fans, and I ate during a preview event Sunday with a few others at Victoria Gardens. The NYC-based chain opened to the general public the next day. I write about my love for its food and why Rancho Cucamonga gets first-in-the-IE chains in my Wednesday column. (I feel like I’ve been preparing to write a pro-Shake Shack column my whole life…or at least since 2014, when I first ate at one.)
Column: Spagnolo’s seat to remain vacant until election
I attend a Rancho Cucamonga City Council meeting (my first since 2019) to see what the council would do with the vacant seat left by the death of Sam Spagnolo. (Spoiler alert: See headline.) Some fun or wacky stuff took place too, as tends to happen at council meetings. It’s the subject of my Friday column.
Column: Sam Spagnolo laid to rest after ‘incredible career’
The 35-year firefighter and 18-year councilman in Rancho Cucamonga was mourned Thursday. I attended the funeral and mingled afterward, where I got a funny item. I also plug my Saturday book stop in Ontario and a Sunday event in Pomona, all in Friday’s column.
Column: Etiwanda High’s class of ’02 soars in arts, media
The class has produced directors of opera and ballet, plus a TV news meteorologist. Also, two Inland Empire spots for frozen custard are listed, the Dodger fan base around St. Louis is characterized as “annoyingly large,” a new angle to Rancho Cucamonga’s cityhood is offered, local references in the new movie “The Guilty” are cited, and a rap supergroup is headed to Ontario. All that is in my Wednesday column.
Column: Millionaire spends 3 nights in RC hoosegow
Friday’s column begins with an unexpected local angle to a national story and continues with a Pomona joke from a 1950s “Burns and Allen Show” episode, more about Inland Empire nonfiction books and a short item with a 909 slant from Alaska.
Column: Comic’s fabled train to Cucamonga delighted listeners
I revisit the topic of Cucamonga mentions in old cartoons by pivoting to Jack Benny, who probably did it first. A Riverside reader shares her interactions with the artist Magu. And I highlight what the mayor of LA once did for the IE. All that is in Wednesday’s column, as I begin a post-vacation catch-up.
Column: When Bugs Bunny made cracks about Cucamonga
Bugs Bunny and friends made jokes now and then about Cucamonga — sparingly, but memorably. I once compiled a list of six references. But now two more have come to my attention, so I go through the whole thing again, for completeness’ sake. That’s the subject of my Wednesday column.
And, as noted at the end, I’m on vacation, returning to your newspaper/news site on July 4.
Column: Filippi Winery may be sold, remade into destination
With the head of Filippi Winery wanting to retire, the future of the winery and the property is in question. The city of Rancho Cucamonga, which owns the land, is seeking developers to operate the winery and add complementary uses, including a hotel, restaurants and more. That’s the subject of Sunday’s slightly newsy column.
Column: This giant orange story may have appeal
On a lark, I write about a woman in Rancho Cucamonga whose orange tree has some mighty large oranges. (It doesn’t have any larks.) Also, more reader jokes about Rancho Cucamonga, while we’re on the subject, and a short farewell to a bookstore owner in Pomona, all in Friday’s column.