On Wednesday night I had a bizarre dream, which included portions of a David Allen column that has, to my knowledge, never existed.
In my dream, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin columnist David Allen wrote about a scandal engulfing the city of Ontario. The article reported that "until last week," sportscaster Bob Trumpy had maintained a city office in Ontario.
Allen took great pains to note that the office was maintained in the city's Aviation Services Division.
Incidentally, Allen had learned of the scandal while attending an Ontario City Council meeting.
While trying to analyze the dream afterwards, I became more and more baffled. Yes, portions of the dream are rooted in reality, but those portions are very few.
You will recall that there was a recent scandal in which someone maintained an office to which the person was not entitled. However, Jerry Sandusky's office on the Penn State campus was the least of Sandusky's concerns, and none of the other Sandusky story elements made it into my dream. (Thankfully.)
I'm not sure why Bob Trumpy made the dream. I don't listen to him much; in fact, he may have been the broadcaster that we ridiculed in college for the startling observation "He's an athlete." To my knowledge Trumpy, long associated with the state of Ohio, has no connection to Ontario, California.
I can see how airports made it into my dream. In fact, David Allen's colleague Liset Marquez just wrote about the battle between Ontario and Los Angeles for the local airport (I have yet to read the article; it's starred in my Google Reader account). However, the city of Ontario does not have an "Aviation Services Division." After all, why WOULD it have one? It doesn't have an airport!
Lastly, I cannot see how all of this could be elevated into a "scandal." While public offices should not be given to people not entitled to use them, this does not rise to the level of real scandals that Allen has discussed in the past. Since Trumpy has (to my knowledge) no connection with Ontario, I'm not sure how the office could be seen as an example of undue influence.
Oh well. While the dream is mystifying, I guess it could have been even more bizarre. Perhaps Allen could have turned into a book and read himself during the month of December.
Thursday, December 29, 2011
On Wednesday night I had a bizarre dream, which included portions of a David Allen column that has, to my knowledge, never existed.
Friday, December 23, 2011
Earlier this month, Liset Marquez noted that My Delight Cupcakery celebrated its second birthday. But the customers got the presents:
On Tuesday, My Delight CupCakery hosted its second birthday party by giving away 200 cupcakes to customers.
To...um...top it off, food trucks were also present.
For more information, see Marquez's Storify entry. (First time I had heard of Storify. Maybe David Allen will join this service in addition to the others he's joined.)
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
David Allen recently wrote a blog post that began as follows:
Ice cream lovers who like the Handel's in Upland will be thrilled, and maybe chilled, to learn one is coming to Rancho Cucamonga.
For a picture and the location of the new Handel's, read Allen's post.
But Handel's isn't the only business at Seventh and Mountain in Upland that is expanding to new locations. You'll recall that San Biagio's Pizza, just a few doors down from Handel's, has expanded to the Upland Colonies.
I wonder if that shoe repair place is going to expand soon.
Monday, December 12, 2011
I recently received an unsolicited advertisement that read, in part, as follows:
Senior Health Care Advisor
xxxxxxx Victorville, CA 92395
You're Source for Medicare Health and Drug Plans
Medicare Choices Made Easy
Congratulations! On your upcoming 65 birthday.
Please allow me to introduce myself...
So, please call xxxxxxx @ 760-xxx-xxxx to make an appointment. I will come to your home or you can come to my office in Spring Valley Lake....
I'm sure that xxxxxxx paid a lot for the mailing list that was used, but there are two issues with the mailing list that was purchased.
First, I live in Ontario. The chances of my driving from Ontario all the way to Victorville to meet a Medicare advisor are pretty slim.
Second, no one in our family is even close to our 65th birthday. Will xxxxxxx still be providing Medicare advice a couple of decades from now? I'm probably not going to retain xxxxxxx's advertisement that long.
Oh, and by the way, xxxxxxx, "you're" advertisement has at least one glaring grammatical error. If the advertisement has to have a grammatical error, don't put it in the title.
Friday, November 25, 2011
I probably know as much as you about Mary Kay Cosmetics. It's sold by individuals rather than stores. And if you do really well at it, you get a pink Cadillac.
But what I didn't know is that if you continue to do well, you get a SECOND pink Cadillac.
And so forth. According to Sandra Emerson, Upland's Dana Cornalino has earned her FIFTH pink Cadillac from Mary Kay.
Cornalino goes by the name "Dana in the pink."
If you'd like to her Dana earn her sixth car, her website is at http://www.marykay.com/danainthepink/default.aspx.
Incidentally, the story of why Mary Kay Ash actually started Mary Kay Cosmetics is interesting.
In 1939, Ash became as a salesperson for Stanley Home Products, hosting parties to encourage people to buy household items. She was so good at making the sale that she was hired away by another company, World Gifts, in 1952. Ash spent a little more than a decade at the company, but she quit in protest after watching yet another man that she had trained get promoted above her and earn a much higher salary than hers.
I couldn't determine whether World Gifts is still a going concern. Maybe they should have promoted Mary Kay.
Thursday, November 24, 2011
[DISCLOSURE: I HAVE A BUSINESS RELATIONSHIP WITH BILL CORTUS.]
I remember my wedding day well, and I remember how everything came together on that day. My wife and I didn't have an extravagant wedding, but there certainly were some expenses. Luckily for us, we were both employed at the time, and our parents were able to help out to make our wedding day special.
This is not always the case for everyone. It's no secret that our military personnel do not necessarily receive the highest salaries, and it's tough for some of them to arrange for their wedding days.
Because of this, a number of volunteers in the Inland Empire recently banded together in something called "Operation Cupid" - a celebration of marriage for ten military people and their spouses.
On this Thanksgiving Day, Bill Cortus has posted a video of the parade that preceded the weddings. The parade took place on Haven Avenue, the major north-south street through the city of Rancho Cucamonga.
The actual ceremonies took place at the Ontario Airport Hilton, according to Jannise Johnson:
Couples and their bridesmaids and groomsmen arrived in a limo. Each wedding party walked down a rose petal-strewn white walkway where they ascended the stairs to a stage for the actual ceremony.
Johnson also listed the couples:
The 10 couples - with the military person listed first and the names of their fiance following:
Marine Corporal Victor Martinez and Erika Acevedo; Coast Guard pilot La'Shanda Holmes and Jamal Jones; Marine Lance Cpl. Emerson Alex Rodriguez and Melissa Moore; Marine Sgt. David Castillo and Maritza Alvarado; Marine Pfc. Kevius Tamagyow and Jayline Dugwem; Marine Lance Cpl. Anthony Stewart Roldan and Rosa Rivera; Coast Guard Marine Science Technician and Petty Officer 2nd Class Jennifer E. Donnely and Raymond Jennings; and Marine E-3 Thomas Wright and Rocel Basco. Navy E-8 Sean Bailey and his bride Alison Bailey and Marine Sgt. Jose G. Herrera and his bride Australia Herrera repeated their vows in the wedding. The two couples merely married in simple court ceremonies before the military men were deployed.
Read the rest of Johnson's article here.
P.S. As long as I'm doing all my good blogger disclosures, I should mention that when I went to the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin website to read Jannise Johnson's article, this blogger received a 40% off coupon for the Hobby Lobby that is opening in Rancho Cucamonga. I don't know the value of this coupon yet - it depends on what my crafty bride may find.
Oh, and Bill Cortus' page is here, if you're interested in the services of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans.
Monday, November 21, 2011
Some time ago, I wrote a post in my Empoprise-BI business blog about people who have a passion for their job (or are, in my words, "insane"), and created a character called "Harlan Koch" as a combination of Kentucky Fried Chicken's Harlan Sanders (yeah, Kentucky Fried Chicken - it certainly wasn't called "KFC" when Colonel Sanders was part of the company) and the Boston Beer Company's Jim Koch (the guy who drinks Samuel Adams beer and touts it at every opportunity).
It turns out that the Inland Empire chapter of the Society for Technical Communication has a Harlan Koch of its own. Here's the story of Mike Sanders and espresso:
After a business trip to Italy in 1993, Mike got hooked on espresso. Not even knowing how to brew a cup of coffee at the time, he worked after hours for several months to develop a college-level coffee and espresso course and even wrote a small book on the subject. His proposed course included coffee history, its spread through the millennia and the world, its trade significance during the early years of our country, and the invention and proliferation of espresso.
Mike proposed his course to four colleges and universities in Southern California. After an on-site demonstration at UCLA Extension, it picked up the program. Mike taught his espresso class for two years through UCLA's Culinary Arts Program. He became a national authority on espresso and, in 1994, addressed the trade's national coffee convention at the Long Beach Conference Center (Specialty Coffee Association of America). He has also appeared on television debunking espresso myths.
I love this story. If Sanders had run into an "expert" in 1993, the expert would probably have told him that he was wasting his time. However, within a year he's speaking on the topic.
Saturday, November 12, 2011
In my Empoprise-BI business blog, I've recently been looking at the business of sports. Specifically, my November 11 post NBA Basketball Veterans, Your Absence is Now Irrelevant and my November 12 post Joe Gerrity has a different view on NCAA popularity during the NBA lockout looked at the relationship between the NCAA mens' basketball season and the NBA lockout. But what about the local effect? There are a number of men's basketball teams in the local area, including Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, U La Verne, Cal Poly Pomona, Pomona-Pitzer, U Redlands, UC Riverside, Cal State San Bernardino, and probably some others that I missed. Now none of these schools is a basketball powerhouse like North Carolina or UCLA, and few if any of their games will be covered on TV, lockout or no lockout. So people looking for their Lakers fix on TV are not going to be satiated by our local teams. In-person attendance is another thing, but frankly, the number of Lakers and Clippers season ticketholders who will instead go see Pomona-Pitzer or whatever is probably pretty small. What do you think? Will you pay more attention to our local basketball teams because of the NBA lockout?
Thursday, October 13, 2011
Tony Cappelli commented on my September 2009 post about Steven's Hope in Upland. And it turns out that the last sentence is only half right. Yes, Steven's Hope is in Upland...but it is now also in Rancho Cucamonga, according to the thrift store website: Not only will you save money at the Children's Boutique, you help families that have seriously ill or injured children. Proceeds of the sales go to help the mission of Steven's Hope for Children, a 501c3 organization located in Upland, CA. The Children's Boutique receives donations from the surrounding community and then resells them to the public. Visit our stores. Hear our stories. Help our families. The Children's Boutique 1014 W. Foothill Blvd., Suite C, Upland, CA 91786 Mon-Fri 10AM - 6PM, Sat: 10AM - 4PM (909) 373-3757 (Between Mountain and San Antonio) The Children's Boutique 10730 Foothill Blvd., Suite 170, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730 Mon - Sat: 10AM - 6PM, Sun: 12PM - 5PM (909) 256-0100 (Across from the Terra Vista 6 Cinemas) The main Steven's Hope website is here.
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
The announcement was bold: Inland Empire marketing firm has client featured by Jay Leno on the "Tonight Show." And the article made a point of mentioning the firms involved: The brochure was designed by the marketing firm, RedFusion Media and was printed by Redlands Print Shop, both located in Redlands, California. There's only one minor little problem. Leno MADE FUN of the brochure. Specifically, Leno was amused by the copy that said that Longmont Dairy's milk "is unconditionally guaranteed until you drink it!" There are two ways in which that statement can be interpreted, and Leno chose the interpretation that would get him laughs. However, Longmont Dairy chose to use the lemons to make lemonade (if I may mix my drink references). "We find it amusing that our guarantee is actually so humorous, and we have sent him some samples so he can see how good our product really is." But do you really want your firm to be known for writing confusing copy? If so, I know a blogger who would be more than happy to write all of your copy in a confusing manner.
Monday, October 3, 2011
How much things have changed. Based upon a post by David Allen and a subsequent comment by Bruce R Kilgour, there is exactly one place within the Victoria Gardens mall where you can buy compact discs. Hot Topic. Although their selection is Hot Topic-y, understandably. ("Where's the Slim Whitman?") Things were certainly different when I first moved to Southern California. I remember when "there was a place called Licorice Pizza that didn't sell food." But I did most of my shopping at Wherehouse or Music Plus, unless I made the trip to Brea to go to Tower Records. You can still get CDs, of course. Wal-Mart has a few, and you can probably get some at a car wash. I wonder if Rhino Records in Claremont still sells vinyl?
Monday, September 12, 2011
I was surprised by this result: A Brookings Institution study analyzing an area's lack of educated workers relative to the demand for those employees, reveals the Inland region has the fourth worst "education gap" in the country. I was surprised by this because my experience has been the opposite. Although I live in the Inland Empire, all of my full-time jobs since 1991 have been outside of the Inland Empire - primarily because when I was hunting for jobs in 1991 and 1994, the jobs that required my education and experience were all outside of the area. What is your experience? Does it differ?
Thursday, September 8, 2011
I had a little bit of extra time one morning due to a dental appointment that ended early, so I thought I'd take an alternate route for my morning commute. To get from Ontario to Orange County, I figured that I'd get on Archibald, head south across the bridge over the Santa Ana River, then go through Norco and Corona to get to Orange County. I hadn't taken that route in several years, and my primary intent in taking that route was to see how much of the cow pastures still remained in Ontario. The last time I drove it, the route was pretty much cow country all the way from Riverside Drive to Norco. So anyways, I got on Archibald, and within about a half mile I found myself in cow country. At least on Archibald, the suburbanization of south Ontario hasn't occurred yet. And then I continued driving, until I hit the Eastvale city limit. Yes, the Eastvale city limit. Several years ago, Eastvale wasn't even a city. Back in 2007, I blogged about Eastvale's incorporation efforts. I've blogged about Eastvale a few other times, most recently in 2009 when I wrote about some charity work that Jay Johnstone was performing. Well, I guess they've incorporated now. So I drove along Archibald, and passed housing communities, and more housing communities, and even more housing communities. Presumably the bulk of the businesses are on Hamner. And the housing continued, almost all the way to the bridge over the Santa Ana River. And by the way, Eastvale did capture the area east of Hamner, according to this map, when it incorporated in October 2010.
Thursday, August 25, 2011
Food trucks are usually not discussed at any length, but that has changed in recent months.
As I noted back in April, the IE Food Truck Fest was scheduled (and held) in Ontario back in June. Frankly, I thought that it was silly to buy tickets to get to a food truck, and then to have to pay for the food.
Things were a little different last weekend, when I went to the Inland Empire Auto Show. In this case, I paid money (and parking) to actually see an event, and the food trucks were just an additional benefit. And a delicious love - I tweeted my love for Baconmania.
Well, the publicity surrounding these food truck events in San Bernardino county has had a positive effect:
The [San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors] unanimously agreed to amend a county ordinance to establish a new category of "hot food truck events" that would allow food trucks to operate at sites other than temporary special events such as outdoor festivals, circuses, rodeos, etc.
But rest assured that San Bernardino County is not going to become a lawless bastion of free enterprise like its neighboring counties to the west:
Supervisors Janice Rutherford and Brad Mitzelfelt pushed to allow food trucks to operate anywhere in the county, but they were outnumbered.
Supervisor Neil Derry said his biggest concern was the potential competition food trucks could have on brick and mortar restaurants that are heavily invested in the communities they serve and whose sales tax revenue stays in city and county coffers.
Let me go on record as saying that I oppose Derry's view. Not that Derry will ever see my view - I'm sure that Derry refuses to read blogs (and the ads that appear in them) because they adversely affect the San Bernardino Sun and other community newspapers (not including the Press Enterprise). And Derry presumably isn't an Amazon Associate either.
But Derry is a blogger. If you go to neilderry.com, you can see this post:
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Get the man a pulled pork/bacon slider...
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Back in the 1980s, there was a Farrell's Ice Cream Parlor in Montclair on the northwest corner of the Montclair Plaza property. The place was eventually torn down and paved over (it's part of the Plaza's parking lot today).
That didn't stop us for searching for Farrell's in the area. One night my wife, her brother, and his wife all piled in the car to head out to a Farrell's in the San Gabriel Valley. It was a Saturday night, and since we were all children of the 1970s, we had "Disco Saturday Night" on the radio.
But I digress.
That Farrell's closed down also, which meant that the whole country (not just the IE was Farrell's-less).
Well, Farrell's is about to make a comeback here, and elsewhere. The Press-Enterprise announced that a new Farrell's will be opening in the Terra Vista Town Center, in a spot previously occupied by a Macaroni Grill. (One chain's misfortune provides a pig's trough of opportunity for another chain.)
To learn about the demise and resurrection of Farrell's, go to the history page at Farrell's website. Excerpts:
In 1963, Robert "Bob" Farrell opened the first Farrell's Ice Cream Parlour in Portland, Oregon. It immediately became a huge success and by 1970 the company had grown to 58 restaurants. In 1971, Bob Farrell was approached by the Marriott Corporation who subsequently bought the company. He continued to work with Marriott as the company grew to 130 locations nationwide....
[In 1985] [n]ow under new ownership, the Farrell’s concept was changed from a unique celebration restaurant to a traditional family style restaurant. By 1990 almost all Farrell's locations closed....
In 1996, a new company whose mission was to bring back the heydays of Farrell's past acquired Farrell's Ice Cream Parlours. From this purchase, a few legal tussles from 2003-2008 again stopped Farrell's development.
More here. The legal wranglings of the early 2000s are described here.
Parlour Enterprises...had entered into a development agreement in 2000 with the Kirin Group lead by Herman Chan, to build Farrell’s throughout California. Chan decided to cancel Parlour's rights in 2003 citing that Parlour owed back attorney’s fees to Kirin....
The resulting lawsuit filed by Parlour against Kirin found the two embroiled in a three week-long trial resulting in a $6.6 million jury verdict in favor of Parlour. The verdict was then appealed by Kirin, which resulted in a substantial reduction of the judgment a year later. Parlour then pursued collection of the remaining judgment resulting in Kirin filing for bankruptcy.
Just after Parlour got its judgment, Chan sold the rights to the Farrell’s trademarks for Hawaii to the E Noa Corporation and its president, Maki Kuroda. The sale resulted in Parlour’s lawsuit against E Noa, and E Noa’s countersuit to claim those rights.
In the end, Parlour Enterprises and E Noa Corporation decided to share the rights giving E Noa Corporation rights to Farrell’s in Hawaii and Asia, and Farrell’s International securing the continental U.S. and the remaining countries throughout the world.
So a sticky situation was averted.
Thursday, July 7, 2011
I pride myself on my unequalled geographic knowledge, but that pride is a false pride. There are a lot of places in the Inland Empire that I could not find on a map.
Recently I met someone who was from Wildomar. I thought that meant that she lived up in the mountains. It turns out that I was getting Wildomar confused with Idyllwild, which is in the mountains. Wildomar is between Lake Elsinore and Temecula.
But Wildomar shouldn't feel so bad. Sedco Hills is in the same area, and I've never even heard of Sedco Hills before.
I'll grant that since I live in Ontario, and since I rarely head toward Temecula (I think I've been through the Temecula area three times in the last ten years), perhaps my ignorance can be excused. But I ought to know where Glen Avon is, and I don't. (It's off the 60 between the 15 and 91, west of Rubidoux and northeast of Mira Loma.)
Here are some other places that appear on Google Maps that I probably couldn't find independently if my life depended on it:
Masson Grove (didn't Orson Welles live there?)
Oh well, at least I know where Guasti is. It's south of downtown Chino.
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
This was announced last March, and I missed it. I shouldn't have.
For those who do not follow the world of figure skating, there are a number of important competitions in the fall at which the leading figure skaters compete for an opportunity to advance to the Worlds competition the following spring.
One of these competitions, Skate America, is held in the United States. And this year, it will be held at the (relatively) new Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, on October 21-23.
So what is Skate America?
Skate America is an Olympic-style international figure skating event featuring three days of competition in ladies, men's, pairs and ice dancing. The event, which is one of six annual events in the International Skating Union (ISU) Grand Prix Series, annually attracts approximately 60 world-class figure skaters. Past champions include five-time World champion Michelle Kwan and Olympic champions Kristi Yamaguchi, Scott Hamilton and Evan Lysacek.
Skate America doesn't just attract American figure skaters, but also skaters from other countries. For example, the ladies' competition will include many European figure skaters, including Carolina Kostner and Laura Lepistö, both of whom appeared at the Worlds in Los Angeles in 2009.
Saturday, June 25, 2011
So anyways, I was at Country Cuts in Ontario this morning, getting my hair cut.
While sitting in the barber chair, I flashed back to an episode in a story in which the (fictional) President of the United States was getting his hair trimmed, right in the midst of a national crisis. I believe that the episode occurred in Seven Days in May, which I read decades ago. Since the Ontario Library is just down the street from Country Cuts, I thought I'd go there and check out the book.
The Ontario Library has no book with the title Seven Days in May.
I logged into one of the online computers, found the names of the co-authors (Fletcher Knebel and Charles W Bailey II), and then did an author search. No such luck.
You know that you're old when you look for a book that is so old that even the library doesn't have it.
P.S. The aforementioned Country Cuts now has its own Facebook page.
[11:20 POSTSCRIPT] The link above goes to a generic page. Country Cuts' own page is here.
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
For some unknown reason, a 2008 Matt Munson post about Wal-Mart has suddenly attracted a number of comments.
Naturally, I had to join in, and it was just then that I realized how long this whole Wal-Mart thing has dragged out.
Heck, I was writing about City Rentals' pollution record back in 2005. (And if you don't know what City Rentals has to do with Wal-Mart, perhaps this post from the same period may offer a clue.)
And perhaps it's appropriate to repeat part of what I wrote in 2010:
You see, Briggs hasn't only opposed the Walmart in Ontario. At around the same time that the Ontario Mountain Village Association started its battle, there was a battle that was being waged in another city....
On January 2, Cory Briggs of Upland registered an organization called the "Murrietans for Smart Growth." (He also registered an organization called "Blythe Citizens for Smart Growth" on the same day.) One day later, the Murrietans for Smart Growth filed a suit to block a SuperTarget in Murrieta.
Now the city of Murrieta hadn't run into a lot of Murrietans who were demanding smart growth, and people began to wonder if the only one demanding this was non-Murrietan Cory Briggs.
Read the rest here.
Since I wrote that post, the Target in Montclair has expanded to include a full grocery section. Yes, that's the Target in Montclair, California - the Target that used to be in Ontario, California way back before Mountain and 5th became the Cory Briggs Ghetto Vandalism Park. (Anthony Muñoz must be so proud.)
Monday, June 20, 2011
A little over a year ago, I wrote a post entitled "The advantage of Facebook-friending Robeks Claremont." That post concluded as follows:
Incidentally, if you're an Inland Empire Facebook user, just search for "Robeks Claremont" and you'll find their page.
But if you're a driver, searching for Robeks Claremont, you won't find it.
A few days ago, I was in Chino Hills and was unable to locate another Robeks that I had visited a couple of years ago.
It turns out that Robeks is still going strong. I don't know what happened in Chino Hills, but Claremont declared its independence:
On a December 2010 evening, the Owner and Staff voted to cut its corporate ties from a smoothie franchise to become an independent, family-owned, student-powered establishment.
The Staff voted to renew the store “The Spot”, while the logo was co-created by CHS Alumni Kevin Coduto ‘10 & Matt Arias ‘09. Arias and Courtney Kessler ’12 added panini recipes.
The smoothies now have more fruit and less sugar/dairy, and the establishment has instituted touches that are very Claremont-like:
New relationships were formed to better serve the 909 Community by buying 100% Organic Wheatgrass from local farmers Cal Grass of Pomona, Organic Oranges for freshly squeezed OJ from King Ranch of Alta Loma, & world class roasted coffee beans from Coffee Klatch in Upland.
And yes, I stand corrected - Coffee Klatch's headquarters are in Upland.
Sunday, June 19, 2011
Saturday, June 18, 2011
I haven't written a lot here lately. In fact, my last post was on May 24, and discussed the possibility that the American Bar Association may revoke its provisional accreditation of the University of LaVerne Law School.
Guess what the ABA did? Tiffany Ray of the Press-Enterprise reports that the ABA did deny accreditation, but that the college had other options.
[Dean Allen] Easley said he intends to quickly reapply for provisional ABA approval, and to apply for accreditation from the California Bar.
From my previous post, you'll recall that even if the University of LaVerne lacks state accreditation, its students could still sit for the California bar exam - they'd just have to go through an additional step - the First Year Law Students' Examination. (Students at accredited schools are exempt from this requirement.)
The full list of California bar requirements can be found here. Note that the legal education requirements do NOT require graduation from an accredited school:
•J. D. degree from a law school accredited by the State Bar of California or approved by the ABA;
•Four years of study at a fixed-facility law school registered with the Committee;
•Four years of study, with a minimum of 864 hours of preparation and study per year, at an unaccredited distance-learning or correspondence law school registered with the Committee;
•Four years of study in the law office/judge’s chambers study program; or
•A combination of these methods.
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Back on May 6, the Press-Enterprise reported that the University of La Verne Law School, which happens to be located in Ontario (kinda like how Pomona College isn't in Pomona), might lose its accreditation. It currently is "provisionally approved" by the American Bar Association, but at the time it did not appear that the ABA would recommend full accreditation.
Last Friday, the Press-Enterprise updated the story, after the ABA sent a 14 page letter to the University:
According to ABA accreditation standards, there are two batches of statistics that the group uses to judge schools: For at least three out of the past five years, the number of graduates to pass the bar exam must be 75 percent or higher or the percentage of first-time exam takers must be within 15 percentage points of the ABA average.
[Dean Allen] Easley acknowledged that his school doesn't qualify on the latter standard, but it does pass the first.
So if the University is unsuccessful in appealing the ABA's decision, what could happen? The experience of the University of West Los Angeles School of Law in 2006 may prove illustrative. Here's what was reported in March 2006:
The University of West Los Angeles School of Law has lost one key accreditation, which will affect students' ability to get federal financial aid.
The Western Association of Schools and Colleges voted in November to terminate its accreditation of the school....WASC reviewed the law school's appeal, but decided two weeks ago to terminate the school's accreditation....
State accreditation is critical because students who attend a nonstate-accredited law school are ineligible to sit for the bar exam without first passing the First-Year Law Students' Examination, or "Baby Bar," according to the State Bar.
As of today, the school still lacks WASC accreditation. It also lacks ABA accreditation - the accreditation that the University of La Verne is in danger of losing - but UWLA considers that a plus:
The School of Law has made a decision not to seek ABA approval because we believe that meeting the standards for ABA approval would be in conflict with the University’s Mission to offer affordable, quality legal education to the non-traditional student (one who must work, attend to family issues, and so on). We also believe that adoption of ABA criteria would impose increased financial burdens on students while severely limiting admission opportunities to the students we want to reach.
Back to La Verne. Even if it loses its ABA accreditation, it still maintains a WASC accreditation. More will be known next month.
Monday, May 23, 2011
When I began BBS'ing 20 years ago, I met a man who worked for the (then) Santa Fe railroad. We still keep in touch a bit via Facebook, and his wife is a fellow Gardens of Time player. I couldn't help but notice that she has a train in her garden.
One night I was scanning through YouTube videos of the Inland Empire, and I found several videos of Santa Fe 3751. I figured there had to be some significance to that particular train...and there is.
[T]he San Bernardino Railroad Historical Society (SBRHS) ... is a non-profit, all-volunteer organization founded in 1981 and dedicated to the preservation of Santa Fe Railroad operating and mechanical documentation and the maintenance and operation of former Santa Fe steam locomotive 3751.
Past contributions and volunteer power have helped transform steam locomotive 3751 from a rusting display in a park into one of the country's premier passenger steam locomotives.
The website is http://www.sbrhs.org/. And here's one of the videos. Spot the train enthusiasts.
Friday, May 20, 2011
Monday, May 16, 2011
This is a little bit dated, but I figure that there are people like me who haven't really been keeping up with the scandal in Upland. (I doubt I'm the only clueless one out there.) This has engulfed a number of people, including the mayor and the city manager. The mayor has already resigned, and the city manager was fired - but not until early May.
Why did the Upland City Council take so long to act? You see, there's a law:
A statute in the city's municipal code prohibited the council from terminating Quincey within 180 days of an election if a new council member was elected. Councilman Gino L. Filippi was elected on Nov. 2.
The presumed reason for this was to make sure that the Council didn't take advantage of a new Council member. For the record, Filippi joined the other Council members in unanimously voting to terminate Robb Quincey.
Friday, May 6, 2011
Years ago, I served as an alternate on a jury. It was the worst possible situation - I had to sit through the entire trial, but I wasn't allowed to go in the jury room and shoot my mouth off regarding whether the accused should be punished or not. (The bailiff was kind enough to phone me and tell me of the jury's decision afterwards.)
I was reminded of this when I read this call for a volunteer:
City officials [in Ontario] are seeking a non-voting student representative to the Recreation and Parks Commission.
What a way to begin. Even before you're told what the job is, you're told that you'll have no power. But you will have responsibilities:
The duties will include attending regular and special meetings of the Recreation and Parks Commission. The regular meetings are held every fourth Monday of every month at 6 p.m.
The student shall express opinions and participate in discussions regarding matters that affect recreation and park programs and facilities in Ontario.
But the student, like an alternate juror, won't have any say in what the Commission does.
Now arguments can be made that this is a wonderful experience, and maybe the student can get some school credit or something like that.
But it doesn't sound all that enticing.
Thursday, April 28, 2011
Absence makes the heart grow fonder.
In Los Angeles and Orange Counties, it's easy to find food trucks in any industrial park. Right around break time, the trucks will drive into the parking lot, and employees will swarm around the food trucks to buy stuff.
It's a different situation in San Bernardino County. Liset Marquez:
As you may know, San Bernardino County has an ordinance which prohibits food trucks from roaming the streets.
But there's a solution - sort of. Liset Marquez:
Ordering a Korean barbecue taco or a gourmet grilled cheese sandwich from a food truck in San Bernardino County will soon be possible - at least for a day.
I.E. Food Truck Fest has been organized for June 18 in the parking lot of Citizens Business Bank Arena. At least 50 food trucks will participate.
Now this is on a Saturday, so you won't have a lot of employees lining up to get stuff.
Oh, and there's one other difference between getting to a San Bernardino County food truck and one in another county. In San Bernardino County, you have to pay to get in.
Tickets can be purchased at www.ticketmaster.com - a fee will apply - or at the arena's box office, 4000 E. Ontario Center Parkway.
VIP tickets are being sold for $25, and allow the ticket holder to enter the festival an hour before it opens to the public.
General-admission tickets are $10, and tickets purchased before June 15 are $8.
The website and Facebook page don't say, but I would assume that the food itself costs extra.
I never thought that I'd have to pay a Ticketmaster fee to buy a taco. Presumably Pearl Jam won't have a food truck there.
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
A family friend will be visiting us in July, and I was searching for YouTube videos for her to see. (Her friends visited us one July several years ago, and we took them to KABOOM! in Pomona to see fireworks and a monster truck rally. I don't think they have a lot of monster truck rallies in Europe.)
So anyways, I ran across this video of the Fourth of July parade in Ontario, California. If you view the video, you will notice that it has no sound.
That's because the video was shot in 1956.
Frankly, it doesn't look all that different from today's version of the parade.
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Liset Marquez shared the following in an April 20 post:
Logan's Candies, a downtown Ontario fixture since 1933, has gained notoriety for their handmade candy canes.
On Tuesday, San Bernardino County Supervisor Gary Ovitt held a ceremony to recognize the candy store as the March Small Business of the Month.
Read the rest of her post here, including the story of Hannah Rowley. See my 2005 post on Rowley.
Friday, April 22, 2011
I work in Orange County in an area with older commercial and industrial buildings. The building in which I work, for example, is at least a quarter century old. (For professional sports team owners, a building of that age is an immediate excuse to relocate to a new city. For all other businesses, a building of that age is par for the course.)
Some of the buildings in this area have partially filled parking lots, while others have nearly empty parking lots. But there's one company that owns three buildings with parking lots that are filled to the brim.
That company is C Brewer Co:
We are Michael and Chuck Brewer III.
We are second-generation molders and third-generation mold makers. Our company is our namesake, and we place our family name on the line with every part we mold.
More than thirty years ago, our father created C. Brewer Company as a proving ground for resourceful people with a passion for excellence with unmatched responsiveness. Today we blend technology and technique to deliver scientific molding solutions — solutions built upon our father's formula for success in exceeding a customer's expectations.
The company's facilities in Orange County (they have more than the three buildings that I've seen) are all ISO 9000:2001 certified.
And they have recently expanded into San Bernardino County:
C. Brewer Co. of Anaheim is integrating a recently acquired Ontario, Calif., operation. The company is introducing C. Brewer-oriented culture to the plant, as well as cavity-sensor and scientific-molding practices.
C. Brewer bought the assets of the former Kipp Group plant from CareFusion Corp. and took charge of the location on Nov. 22, said Chuck Brewer III, CEO of C. Brewer. Terms were not disclosed.
The Ontario site has 17 Engel, Nissei, Sumitomo and Toyo injection molding machines with clamping forces ranging from 55-260 tons. The plant, which is ISO 13485-certified, also has a Class 8 clean room, and is running around the clock on a five-day schedule.
The Kipp Group/Care Fusion/C Brewer facility is on the east side of town.
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But another article that talked about the Ontario purchase made some points about doing doing business in California:
By leasing the Ontario building instead of buying one, the company is keeping its options open about remaining in California or moving.
“My mom is a past assemblywoman; all my brothers are native Californians. We have real affection for California,” Chuck Brewer said.
“But we have to wait and see if we can remain competitive in California or are we going to have to exercise other options.”
How does C Brewer's California location hurt business? One example is California's sales tax:
Brewer Co.’s customers pay $20,000 to $100,000 for a mold that then is used to make their products. The sales tax in Anaheim currently is 8.75%, which adds $1,750 to $8,750 to the price of a mold.
California’s sales tax rate is second highest in the United States, and five states don’t charge any sales tax, according to the Tax Foundation. California’s rate is due to drop to 8.75% July 1, but Gov. Jerry Brown is trying to get a five-year extension of that one percentage point and other taxes to help deal with the state’s $26.4 billion budget deficit.
As a point of clarification, it should be noted that counties can added their own sales taxes on top of the state sales tax. Thus a drop in the state sales tax to 8.75% will allow Orange County to drop its current sales tax BELOW 8.75%.
But it's not just tax. The article also notes that California workers compensation costs, wages, and cost of living exceed the national average.
I don't know the Brewers, so I don't know if their statements are merely negotiating ploys, or whether they're actually planning their California exit right now. But it's certainly something to consider as California fights to get out of its own recession. Some of those cars in the C Brewer parking lots may be relocated to states with lower vehicle registration fees...while other cars may stay behind as their owners scramble for new jobs.
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Does this strike anyone else as funny?
Orange County Department of Education’s Inside the Outdoors program will host the annual Get Outdoors! OC event at the Wildlands Conservancy at Oak Glen Preserve in Yucaipa on Saturday, April 16th from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. The event challenges families to get outdoors and enjoy all that the surrounding landscape has to offer.
Yes, you read that right - Orange County residents are encouraged to go to the outdoors - in Yucaipa, which is in San Bernardino County and is over 50 miles away from Orange County.
William M. Habermehl, Orange County Superintendent of Schools stated, “As summer fast approaches, the Get Outdoors! OC event serves as a reminder to families that any place can be a place to play. With trees to climb, rocks to skip, and trails to explore, nature is the ultimate playground.”
Well, if any place can be a place to play, then why not find a place to play within Orange County? Perhaps I shouldn't be tooting Orange County's horn - this is an Inland Empire blog, after all - but Superintendent Habermehl may want to check out http://www.ocparks.com/, a listing of parks within Orange County itself.
OC Parks manages nearly 60,000 acres of parks, historical and coastal facilities and open space for the County of Orange as part of OC Community Resources.
OC Parks includes roughly 32,000 acres in more than 20 urban and wilderness parks, 7 miles of beaches and other coastal facilities and 27,000 acres of open space lands.
Do you think that the Orange County families could find a place to play in Orange County? Bet they can. Perhaps the Orange County Department of Education, whose "Inside the Outdoors" office is located in REDLANDS, should try to cooperate with OC Parks.
And people still think that the government is working against us. The government can't even work with itself.
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
No, this post doesn't have anything to do with corruption.
A brief history - for a brief period after my arrival in California in late 1983, I semi-regularly attended the young adult group at the First Baptist Church of San Antonio Heights. One of the people that I met there was Tad Decker, whose father Bruce owned the Paint Bucket store in Ontario and the newer Paint Bucket location in Upland.
I had lost track of the Deckers, but I recently happened upon this David Allen post from February 2009 that I had somehow missed the first time around. The article was devoted to two long-gone restaurants, including this one as shared by Dave Linck:
"Another long-gone fave was O'Reilly's Buffet Burger on Holt near Mountain, which is now housing The Paint Bucket. O'Reilly's was beloved among we kids because they sent you a coupon for a free 'Buffet Burger' on your birthday. O'Reilly's served burgers, broasted chicken and dip sandwiches.
"There was a 'buffet bar' where you could dress your burger as you liked, as well as a twin 'sundae bar' where you could do so with ice cream sundaes. It was always crowded and I am sure lots of people will respond with their own memories of this long-gone icon of burger cool."
Ms. Lois shared a comment praising O'Reilly's and closed it as follows:
I really hate that Paint Bucket. :)
So who should post a follow-up comment? My old long-lost friend Tad Decker. Noting the smiley face on Ms. Lois' comment, Decker responded in kind:
Hey, Ms. Lois, don't blame us for O'Reilly's demise...it was long gone before we moved here in 1978 :)
Faithfully yours since 1948,
Paint Bucket, Inc.
That gave David Allen his opening:
[Nice to know the Paint Bucket isn't seeing red over this. -- DA]
The Paint Bucket is still going strong, at least in its Ontario location (I haven't been on that stretch of East Foothill Boulevard lately).
Monday, April 4, 2011
I subscribe to Matt Munson's blog Inland Utopia, and I was intrigued with the opening of this blog post:
If it is true that Supervisor and former mayor of the city Ontario gets arrested for his alleged political corruption, I guess the city of Ontario will have to rename the city library because one, some of these crimes were related to him being city councilman and mayor, and two we should not reward a black stain in the history of our city.
For those who don't know who Munson is talking about, the official name of the city's library is the Ovitt Family Community Library. One member of the Ovitt family, Gary, is a former mayor (and former high school teacher at Chaffey High) and current San Bernardino County Supervisor.
Munson didn't give any more specifics, so I went to iePolitics (Munson either was or still is associated with this site), and they provided a little more detail:
We have now heard from multiply (sic) sources connected to law enforcement that the FBI investigation in Upland is far from over. We have heard the current target is Supervisor Gary Ovitt.
That particular post elicited a comment from a name from Ontario's past - Debbie Acker:
When I faced lawsuits while serving in my capacity as an Ontario citycouncil member, Ovitt was Mayor. He and the rest of the council chose not to indeminify me. As a result I had to get my own attorney. I filed a cross-complaint and ultimately the city paid for my attorneys fees. Ovitt is a dirty guy and soon he will be found out!!
By the time I started blogging, Acker's political career was almost over, but I still worked in some references to the Ovitt-Acker enmity. For example, when I reproduced a portion of a Deborah Acker real estate ad in April 2005, I gave my post the title "I Bet Gary Ovitt Won't Use This Real Estate Agent." Acker, by the way, is no longer listed as a real estate agent with Century 21 King Real Estate, although she still has a valid real estate license.
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
It's one thing to be indicted on various criminal charges. It's another thing to be, for all intents and purposes, a fugitive.
No, not the ex-mayor of Upland. This has to do with an alleged co-conspirator. Sandra Emerson links to her own article, which reads (in part):
Anthony Orlando Sanchez, who was charged on Feb. 1 by the U.S. District Attorney's office in Riverside, failed to appear at his arraignment Tuesday in federal court in Riverside.
This was Sanchez' third failure to appear.
Sanchez is the agent of Venture West Capital of Rancho Cucamonga, which has been around since 2007. When the Upland story initially broke in mid 2010, Emerson and Wendy Leung documented what was being sought from Sanchez:
The FBI and IRS investigation that closed City Hall for an entire day Thursday is a far-reaching one that involves not only the mayor but a number of businesses and business owners in the region.
According to an FBI search warrant served to Mayor John Pomierski on Thursday to support the seizure of his cell phone, investigators were seeking records related to a number of businesses and people including Chronic Cantina, JH Builders, Upland Market Place and many others.
The records – including e-mails, text messages and address lists – are described as evidence of violations, including conspiracy, extortion, bribery, fraud, money laundering and racketeering, according to the search warrant....
A team of more than 40 FBI and IRS agents on Thursday seized boxes of evidence at four locations – City Hall, Pomierski’s home, JH Builders and Statewide Bancorp....
Statewide Bancorp, also known as Venture West Capital, is a mortgage company at Victoria Gardens in Rancho Cucamonga....
Investigators also seized Pomierski’s cell phone and were specifically looking for any information on businesses Best Value Grocery, Upland Market Place, The Cellar, Chronic Cantina, Gilligan’s, Rockin’ Roadhouse, Venture West Capital, JRC Group, JH Builders, Southern Wine & Spirits and 2nd Avenue Saloon and Sports Bar.
(At the time, some of these businesses were cooperating with the FBI, and I don't think that all of them were accused of wrongdoing. However, I haven't been following this story.)
Investigators are also seeking evidence from Pomierski’s cell phone related to Daniel Hernandez, Hossein Moalej, Anthony Sanchez, Jason Crebs, John Hennes, Christopher Leggio, Thomas Smith, Robert Mills, Scott Schaller, Stephen Wade, Dan Biello and James (Scott) Hendrix....
Sanchez and Smith have both filed an application with the city to open Gilligan’s and Rockin’ Roadhouse.
Later, the precise nature of Sanchez's alleged involvement was clarified:
According to the indictment, [former mayor] Pomierski demanded and received money from the owners of two Upland businesses in exchange for the performance of official acts in connection with city government business and transactions.
The indictment alleges that [municipal board appointee John] Hennes and two others involved in the scheme - Jason Crebs and Anthony Sanchez - communicated Pomierski's extortion demands to the business owners and collected money on behalf of Pomierski.
Hennes and the two other co-conspirators entered into consulting agreements with the business owners to disguise the nature of the payments and to protect Pomierski, according to the indictment.
Additional information is provided in the Department of Justice press release.
Pomierski, Hennes, and Crebs have appeared in court, but as of Monday Sanchez had not.
Sanchez's public LinkedIn profile is here. At the time that I accessed it, Sanchez had 0 connections. I don't know if he had connections before all of the unpleasantness came out.
But all in all, this is quite a black eye for the city with the official motto "City of Gracious Living." A blog for mobile home park residents offered some thoughts when the FBI and IRS began their search:
In past posts I have pointed out that the City of Upland's motto is "The City of Gracious Living" and that to many of the City's residents, this motto appears only to apply to homeless animals and wealthy developers. Well recent news indicates that the City of Upland has had a hard fall from grace and that my feelings about wealthy developers may not be too far off base.
Thursday, February 24, 2011
Some of you may recall that most of my online interactions used to be under the pseudonym "Ontario Emperor." I selected this online name in about 1998, using the following rationale:
The Inland Empire needs an emperor. The "Inland Emperors" are a band signed to a Seattle label. Hence, I am the Ontario Emperor.
Just think - if I hadn't found that band via a web search all those years ago, I might have proclaimed myself as THE Inland Emperor - the name, of course, taken from the regional name "Inland Empire."
But AliAgins questions whether "the Inland Empire" is truly a single entity:
Riverside is and always has been totally different from San Bernardino. We have never co-mingled much unless Riversiders would go to the Orange show. Riverside is Riverside. Folks in Corona where I live don’t bother to go there very often unless they get a summons from the courthouse to do jury duty. Chino, Ontario,Montclair? They are what they are and I can’t remember the last time I was over that way. And then at the Southern end is Temecula and Murrietta and one goes through there on the 15 to go to San Diego. I’ve been to San Diego more times in oh let’s say five years than I’ve been to San Bernardino in ten. And then there is Palm Springs at the Eastern edge. So completely different from Riverside or San Bernardino or maybe anywhere.
While I'll grant the exception for Palm Springs, I submit that there is more similarity between Temecula and Fontana than there are differences - especially when compared to cities such as Fullerton, Pasadena, and Hawthorne.
The first distinction that I claim for the Inland Empire is that it feels less crowded than places to the west and southwest. You find far fewer fourth floors in Inland Empire buildings than you do elsewhere.
The second distinction is that it is clearly considered well outside of Los Angeles, especially by media outlets. When a radio station announces that it is designed to serve Los Angeles and Orange Counties, the immediate message is that I should tune out and the folks from Lancaster should tune in. And the perception of "the 909" (so, um, "tagged" before the 951 area code split) in local and national media is undeniable.
The third distinction is geographical - and here I again exclude Palm Springs. With mountain ranges on the north, east, and southwest, there is a clear boundary that separates Corona from, say, Yorba Linda. Now some could argue that the Jurupa Hills serve to divide San Bernardino and Riverside Counties, and there is a clear division further east between Moreno Valley and Redlands, but I submit that hills are hills and mountains are mountains. When was the last time that Caltrans closed Sierra Avenue between Fontana and Rubidoux due to snow?
So I'll argue that the Inland Empire is one.
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Earlier today, I shared a post in which I confessed that I wasn't aware of the investigation into Upland mayor - now former mayor - John Pomierski.
Later in the day on February 22 - presumably below his furlocation - David Allen weighed in on the episode, drawing parallels between Pomierski's departure from office and the departures/possible departures of others.
My theory is that, in a last-ditch effort to cling to power, Pomierski had ordered Upland's air force to bomb San Antonio Heights. But pilots at Cable Airport had refused to carry out his order, since that would have required them to put down their coffee cups at Maniac Mike's Cafe.
Akin to another past leader of renown, I like to imagine Pomierski flashing a "V" for victory sign and waving farewell from the City Hall lawn as the emergency medical helicopter - the Upland equivalent of Marine One - carried him away.
But Allen did turn serious when discussing the ramifications of Pomierski's resignation.
[H]is departure, while overdue, was the right thing to do. The eight-month investigation by the FBI and IRS had cost Pomierski his legitimacy and his insistence on remaining was distracting everyone.
Except, of course, for yours truly - the clueless one.
Be sure to read the rest of Allen's column here.
I was at the Daily Bulletin web site, reading David Allen's article about the new cell phone that he recently bought - his first. Allen spoke of the reactions that he received when he told people that he didn't have a cell phone - in short, people thought that he was a weird specimen from a prior era.
But I ended up discovering that Allen is more clued in about things than I am.
To the side of Allen's column, the Bulletin included a link to an article announcing the resignation of Upland's mayor. The article, written late in the morning on February 22, started as follows:
Upland Mayor John Pomierski resigned this morning from his position as mayor, according to an Upland news release.
I wondered why Pomierski resigned, and the answer came in the fourth paragraph.
Pomierski has been identified as the target of an FBI investigation into alleged corruption in the city of Upland.
In June of last year, FBI and IRS agents confiscated records from Upland City Hall and Pomierski's home, where his construction business is based. They also took records from J.H. Builders in Upland and Venture West Capital in Rancho Cucamonga.
Read the rest of the story for more details. The substance of the story is no surprise - corruption in a city is not unknown - but the surprising thing is that I, living in a city right next to Upland, knew nothing of this. The story's been going on for several months, and I didn't know about it.
It's sad when I don't realize what's going on in my own neighborhood.
And I even have a cell phone. And a netbook.
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
Sometimes I use the label "empo-tymshft" for posts in this blog (and in other places). However, most of you are probably not familiar with the label.
In the context of the Empoprise-IE Inland Empire blog, "empo-tymshft" refers to topics that are affected (or not affected) by the passage of time. In some cases, things in the Inland Empire are very different than they were in previous generations. In other cases, things are pretty much the same.