‘Flag Pin’

Brooklyn resident Franklin Bruno stars in a video shot in 2018 around his native Upland for his song “Flag Pin” (“No, I won’t wear a flag pin/Over my heart”), recorded by his band the Human Hearts. It’s deadpan fun. See how many Upland locales you can identify. And happy Independence Day.

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Column: Where is ‘the San Bernardino line’? Ask the Boss

A lyric on Bruce Springsteen’s latest album references a fictional bar “‘cross the San Bernardino line.” What does that mean? I wonder — and speculate. That reference provides a good segue to announce that starting today, my columns will also be appearing in the (San Bernardino) Sun. I explain that and introduce myself to my new readers, and reintroduce myself to regular readers, in Wednesday’s column.

As for what the expanded territory will mean in practice, time will tell. I was informed only last Thursday. I haven’t been given any specific instructions other than the sensible one of not alienating Berdoo-area readers. (I’m hoping they don’t prove easily alienated.) Your comments and questions are welcome.

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Column: In RC public comment time, tedium has no prayer

About the only thing that happened at the June 19 Rancho Cucamonga City Council meeting, which I attended, was an amusing public comment period. I sat down this week to see if I could pull something out of that without naming and/or glorifying anyone involved, and what I came up with seemed to work. That got me started on an items column. I followed with an account of some concert patter by musician John York in Claremont, a correction of my premature report of the demise of two long-lived Pomona-area clubs and an Azusa angle to an Oakland tragedy. Read all that in Friday’s column.

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Restaurant of the Week: Omni Deli

Omni Deli, 402 S. Milliken Ave. (at Brickell), Ontario; open 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday, closed weekends

Located south of the 10 Freeway in a business park, Omni Deli opened in April. It’s open weekdays only, gearing itself toward nearby businesses, there being no residences nearby. A friend heard about it and suggested we meet up for lunch.

The area doesn’t have much ambiance; the business next door is named Cheap Fingerprints. But the deli is clean and new. Its walls are decorated with┬áB&W photos of generic people enjoying themselves generically, so bland as to be comical.

Omni sells 13 sandwiches, eight kinds of burgers, seven salads, five kinds of pizza, plus breakfast burritos and a half-dozen random entrees, among them hot dogs, buffalo wings, baked zitti and poke bowls. They’re eager to please.

A half-sub is $6, a large is $9. We got half-sandwiches. Above, the Godfather, with roast beef, mozzarella, garlic butter spread, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, pickles and pepperocini on a roll. He liked the Boar’s Head meat and the toasted roll.

Meanwhile, I had the Italian, with capicola, salami, mortadella, provolone, lettuce, onions, tomatoes and pickles. It was a good sandwich on a soft roll.

If you’re in a certain radius of Omni Deli and like deli sandwiches, you might want to give it a try. And they’re friendly: The woman behind the counter went table to table and offered free ice pops. Like I said, eager to please.

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Column: After 81 years, Mitchell’s Plumbing pulls the plug

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.

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