Wednesday’s column (read it here) is a report from Monday’s Upland council meeting. Also, from last Wednesday’s special Upland council meeting. Neither meeting was quite interesting enough for a column, but both of them together work out all right.
Wednesday’s column (read it here), due as it was at mid-day Tuesday, avoids election topics. It begins with a long item about some customer byplay at Rabi’s Cafe in Upland on the morning after the time change. After that comes an item on Isabel Allende’s appearance (via webcam) in Pomona, a couple of cultural notes and an anecdote about actor Richard Kiel that involves Ontario.
Wednesday’s column (read it here) is a report from Monday’s Upland council meeting, where citizens and officials alike were strangely silent on the arrest of the former city manager. Also, we learned at the meeting that a man received CPR from two women who were out of his league.
I don’t know how they feel about Metrolink or the Gold Line, but on their brochures, two of the Upland mayoral candidates seem to be arguing among themselves over Upland’s current track: on or off? Wow, I guess they do have competing visions for Upland. Amused reader Mason Stockstill found these brochures posted side by side at an Upland restaurant and took a photo.
I haven’t seen brochures for the third mayoral candidate, Debbie Stone. Does she have a railroad-related slogan for Upland? Maybe she warns against touching the third rail.
Campaign pickup trucks for Upland mayoral candidates Gino Filippi, left, and Ray Musser wound up next to each other at a red light as they prepared to cross Euclid Avenue one recent day. Reader Richard Armour, who was stopped behind them, took the photo.
Filippi was in the passenger seat of the truck at left, which also had signs for council candidate Bill Velto, whereas Musser was not in the other truck, only campaign volunteers. “They stopped at a red light right in front of me and started giving each other a ribbing. It was hilarious,” Armour said.
At least they didn’t peel out in tandem when the light changed.
I don’t know if they’re competing or not, but Upland has two farm markets on different days and places: one on Thursdays downtown, the other on Saturdays outside City Hall. At the dirt lot on Second Avenue at Seventh Street, right when you exit the 10 Freeway westbound, you can find side-by-side banners promoting each of ‘em.
In keeping with the song “Dueling Banjos,” the sign on the left should go “plink plink plink plink plink plink plink plink plink,” while the one on the right should answer in a different key.
(Watchers of that corner will realize this photo was taken a few weeks ago. These days it’s covered in candidate signs…which might also make a good photo.)
The Euclid Liquors building at 140 S. Euclid Ave. in Upland is for sale — asking price: $1,250,000 — and the real estate agent asks if I know anything about its history. Brenda Delgadillo-Doolin, of MGR Real Estate in Upland, says she thought I “may have come across some interesting historical (or hysterical) knowledge of the building.”
Afraid not, but perhaps some of you have. About all she knows is that the distinctive building was erected in 1930, but surely not as a liquor store originally, as that was during Prohibition.
Boomers Coffeehouse in Upland is closing Saturday after 20 years of operation downtown, first in the Second Avenue Mall, and since 2006 in the Metrolink depot at 220 E. A St. Friday’s column — read it here — is about the coffeehouse’s demise. And feel free to leave a comment about the business too. A news story about the decision to evict Boomers can be read here.
Above and below are owners Lance and Gale Bennett, photographed by yours truly after our interview. I turned in the above photo to run with my column but I liked the one below too.
Hoyt Lumber in Upland closed last weekend after it and its predecessor, Rugg Lumber, had been in business at that location since 1929. My colleague Sandra Emerson recently wrote about Hoyt’s closure.
I was curious about the two wooden figures on the facade. The story behind those can be found in my Wednesday column. Above is the overall view; at immediate right is the figure to the right of the sign, who’s holding a hand saw; at far right is the figure to the left of the sign, who carries an electric saw. Click on the thumbnails for a larger view.
And feel free to leave comments about the business or the figures.
This is the city limits marker that stood for decades on Foothill Boulevard at the intersection with Grove Avenue, greeting motorists entering Upland from Rancho Cucamonga. It was removed in late 2010 to make way for one of the new-style green pillars.
The marker was clearly out of date, but it had a kind of goofy charm. The crinkled “umbrella” seems to mimic the roof of the gazebo/roundabout downtown, while the bell inside it is probably a nod to the El Camino Real bells.
Funny, I’ve mentioned this monument to a few Uplanders who say they can’t remember it. Maybe this image will jog their memories. Never having studied the marker myself, I had remembered it as a kind of wishing well, but that’s obviously not the case either. Thanks to the Upland Development Services Department for providing the image to me for posterity.