An Upland institution is closing. Mitchell’s Plumbing was founded in 1938 and has been at 2nd and D streets downtown since 1942. But after the death of the third-generation owner, a year after his brother, there were no Mitchells involved in the business. So the family decided to shut it down. The last day is June 28. Sunday’s column tells the Mitchell’s story, as well as sharing one of my own anecdotes about the business.
I went to a special Upland meeting Monday night about a seemingly non-Upland proposal: giant warehouses off Foothill Boulevard. That’s the subject of my Wednesday column. (It’s my first Upland column in a while, by the way.)
Windy C’s, the Upland restaurant known for its customer-is-always-wrong attitude, has closed. I couldn’t resist writing about that in Sunday’s column, along with Pomona time capsules, Herb Alpert in Rancho Cucamonga, Humble Harve Miller in Chino and the Claremont man who was in the studio audience when the “Jeopardy!” contestant who won 32 games in a row finally lost. Now how much would you pay?
Here’s my 2011 Windy C’s Restaurant of the Week (the comments are pretty good) and my 2015 post about the owner putting my photo on his celebrity wall. I guess now it’s just a private memento for him, or trash.
I had mentioned in late December that I had used up my Fresh & Easy orange marmalade and was one use away from polishing off my Fresh & Easy maple syrup, my last two holdover items from the defunct grocer. A few readers commented, including one who has a half-dozen F&E items she’s still using. I visited with her for Friday’s column, which also includes an item on my using up my Mentadent toothpaste, another brand that’s defunct, and a Valley Vignette.
I chat with Gino Filippi, one of the valley’s better-known figures who nevertheless came in dead last in the new district elections to retain his Upland City Council seat. (One can’t help but wonder if he’s better off.) We talk about his loss and the nasty tone of city politics for Friday’s column.
Marty Thouvenell terminated his contract with Upland City Hall a month early, offering a few choice words in the bargain. Also, Upland will swear in two Latinos as council members Monday, the first in a very long time but not, as it turns out, the first in city history. Both those topics make up Sunday’s column.
I’d have attended Monday’s Upland City Council meeting simply because council members were set to hire a city manager, and the first woman in the job to boot. But then the anticipated move became controversial because the lame-duck council was doing something so important. I report the results of another contentious, weird and sad Upland council meeting in Wednesday’s column.
In Upland, a sports park proposed by a developer has been sidelined. I write about that and offer up cultural notes and a vignette in Friday’s column.
I attended Monday’s Upland City Council meeting to learn about the city manager’s upcoming departure. More turmoil. The audience’s heckling and boorishness, by the way, was off the charts. I give my take on it all in Wednesday’s column.
The Friends of the Library bookstore at the Upland Public Library has been around some 20 years, not that everyone knew it: The store was in the basement behind a door. But now the store is now on the main floor, where it’s got more visibility, not to mention, light, shelf space and air conditioning. I visit for Wednesday’s column.