With dismissal of the city attorney on the City Council agenda, I visited the Upland council chambers Monday night. I chat with the doomed attorney (and take his photo), observe the proceedings and crack a few jokes in Wednesday’s column.
An artist with chainsaws has been carving a sculpture of a firefighter out of a dead tree trunk in San Antonio Heights outside the fire station, under the eyes of joggers, cyclists and motorists. I talk to Eric Garcia for Friday’s column.
There’s no Woodstock 50, alas, but an Upland brewery is hosting two (not three) days of peace, love and music this weekend as a tribute to the original festival. Also: a couple of cultural notes and a Zappa-related Valley Vignette, all in Wednesday’s column.
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.