Wednesday’s column revisits Upland’s Fiscal Response Task Force, whose action-movie name I improved, you may recall, to Fiscal Imbalance Strike Team, or FIST. They met for the final time Saturday. I was there, because I care, and because I had more jokes.
Monday’s Upland City Council meeting was remarkably unruly, but don’t blame the council. Nineteen speakers trooped to the lectern to discuss homelessness and the city’s budget. And some shouted comments from their seats. Wednesday’s column describes the scene.
Some Upland firefighters sprouted mustaches in November as part of the call to draw attention to “the face of men’s health issues.” The results were variable, so variable that almost everyone became cleanshaven again Dec. 1. Friday’s column is about their effort.
The Fiscal Response Task Force (such a name!), the budget panel appointed by the City Council, had its first meeting Thursday, and I was there. Sunday’s column has the story. It also has suggestions for better acronyms and some action-movie jokes.
Under that mock-sententious headline comes the latest out of Upland City Hall, where the City Council found the will to make two decisions. One was to merge its Fire Department’s command staff with Montclair’s. The other was to kill a dog. (Really.) Wednesday’s column explains.
Seats at Monday’s Upland City Council meeting were scarce, but a chair with a view was provided for me. There was plenty to see — and do. Wednesday’s column has the details.
Sunday’s column is a profile of Upland resident Beverly Hutchinson regarding her backyard garden, started last summer after a panel discussion at the Upland library moderated by yours truly. How could I resist writing about her? A one-minute video of Hutchinson, in which she gives me a tour of her garden, can be seen here.
Upland is apparently going broke, although the City Council is proving hard to light a fire under. Wednesday’s column presents the high- and lowlights of Monday’s council meeting.
That headline ought to turn a few heads, or result in a few clicks, eh? Friday’s items column begins with a freak accident involving yours truly and a commemorative plate of Pope Francis. After that, the usual news ‘n’ notes from around the valley.
Upland now has an official cookie. Isn’t that perfect? That was some of the news from Monday’s City Council meeting, the subject of Wednesday’s column.
By the way, I love my headline. I was thinking of other things a city or state might have, like an official flower, and the pun came to me.