I was trying to explain to my friend today that I don't hold a corner on the market for being the Goddess of Pomona. I just happen to own the domain name, and the email addy on gmail, yahoo and mail.com. There are tons of us here in Pomona doing what we can to make the place better, even though you won't see us win awards or necessarily dress up in costume.
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
To fight the crime they attract, cities have made phone booths into public art, like aquariums.
Someone told me other cities fight crime by giving their problem residents vouchers for the Pomona Auto Lodge. This is consistent with who appears to be using Pomona's Final Pay Phone Booth. The problem is folks don't appear to be dialing someone to take them back home.
My husband told me "social policy," has pre-determined that corner will be a crime magnet. I've not the time to sort it all out, but I did have an idea.
The Final Pay Phone Booth Book Exchange.
Here's how it works: During daylight hours when the coast is clear of murder investigations and drunk dialers, leave a book by the phone. If enough books are left, feel free to borrow a book from those left by others. Repeat the cycle. A sign might be nice too. Together we can make an honest woman out of Pomona's Last Pay Phone Booth. Or at least encourage reading at that corner.
Friday, July 18, 2014
Apparently this image is only temporary since the City owns the community garden land and word is they plan to sell it.
Thursday, July 17, 2014
Not sure if all of this will warrant a crepe myrtle festival, but dang if the street doesn't look so much better already!
Some facts about crepe myrtles: they are deciduous (lose their leaves in the winter), bloom in the summer, drought tolerant after a couple years, fast growers to 10 feet tall, fairly disease resistant (most susceptible to mold).
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Monday, July 14, 2014
While most places are clamoring to get a Trader Joe's, members of a community in Portland, Oregon successfully convinced Trader Joe's not to come there.
I suppose it's better to have no hope of a Trader Joe's than to think it's a done deal that you're getting one, only to find out you're not. And poor Upland: they had a Trader Joe's for years, only to have it up and close on them recently. My point is I'm coping with Trader Joelessness just fine.
Sunday, July 13, 2014
Christine Devine showed up, as she tweeted as much and someone at the art walk was bragging about taking a selfie with her.Open Door will open their doors August 15. Their new space is located on the north side of the street, between Garey and Thomas. If you look in the windows, you can already see the dark hardwood floor they've laid down. I met the founder and abyss Melanie Yetter last night, where she and her staff were giving out free sticks of incense.
A yoga and meditation studio will be a nice addition to Pomona, even if you won't find Edward James Olmos downward dogging on the yoga mat next to you anytime soon. You may want to keep an eye out for Eleanor Huizar though. People who come to Pomona from other places tend to fall in love with the place. Guess that's why I'm still here 11 years later.
Saturday, July 12, 2014
Just four examples:
1. Enlightenment and tranquility.wrote about finding it at Middleland Chan Monastery.
At over 200 trees, it's supposed to be one of the largest collections of redwoods in the world! The Soroptomist Club of Pomona and Claremont help it grow and stay healthy.
3. Actor Edward James Olmos
Who will be at the Pomona Arts Walk tonight. And no, it's not to reprise his role as Montoya Santana. Just stop it!
Edward James will be receiving an award as part of the Don't Sleep Festival at Pomona's Latino Arts Museum.
Christine will also be receiving an award tonight. This is hardly her first time in Pomona, having written an article earlier this year about the fun she had at Pomona's Art Walk.
Friday, July 11, 2014
With all these signs about town, it's not surprising that Pomona is home to a few sign companies.Williams' building is pristinely painted and decorated with awesome examples of their signage. Apparently Williams does the signs for In N Out. In N Out Burger that is.
While In N Out Pomona Smog Check's facilities are not quite as pristine as Williams, the place does have a certain Holt Street mystique.there, tell them you heard about them on the blog. I'm sure they won't have any idea what you are talking about.
Pomona has a new neon sign company on Garey, across the street from Pomona Flowers.We Got Signs. The same can be said about Pomona.
Thursday, July 10, 2014
If you were outside yesterday morning, you probably smelled a rubbery chemical in the air. Not surprisingly, the hazardous material unit was called to the fire. But still no announcement of exactly what hazardous substance we were all breathing in yesterday. Nor was there any assurance we were not.
One of the reasons I write the blog is because there is often no follow up to things that go on in Pomona, (especially things that don't pass the smell test). The L.A. Times rarely reaches this far inland for too long after the gun shots ring out. And the Daily Bulletin doesn't really have an investigative reporter.
The Daily Bulletin does have columnist, Claremont-man-about-Pomona, and friend of this blog David Allen. David just published his first book, "Pomona A to Z."
"R is for Roman goddess, who brings classic touch to Pomona."
The last thing I want is for David to update his book and replace Roman goddess with "Recycling plant fire." So here's to keeping Pomona classic, old school and Recycling plant fire free!
Wednesday, July 09, 2014
Please someone help me solve this mystery of which category to put this building into.
Monday, July 07, 2014
Driving into the alley for a closer look, it turns out there are four of them, not exactly dancing, kind of a little grumpy and crossing Abby Road! Grumpy or not, they sure cheer up that empty field and alleyway.
Speaking of public art, awhile back this artist named Damien Jones contacted me about helping him raise money to erect a 15 foot "Fertilitree" in front of AMOCA (the American Museum of Ceramic Art). As you can see, Damien has raised $8K towards his goal, but as of yet the fertilitree can not be seen amidst our forest of cultural revitalization here in Pomona.
If you did donate, you get a small FertiliSeed sculpture and/or your name on the actual Fertilitree statue! Damien describes the Fertilitree as having no branches or leaves, but "fulfilling her purpose of bearing fruits of inspiration, wonder and pleasure in the hearts of all who see her." Fertilitree will provide yet another reason to drive down Garey as opposed to Towne. Go Fertilitree!!
Sunday, July 06, 2014
Awhile back there were posters all over Pomona, and I mean ALL over Pomona for another small white dog named Osito. Does anyone know if Osito was ever found?
Saturday, July 05, 2014
The second segment should be here (unless I screwed up):
Claremont was featured on Good Day L.A. last week. For the sake of comparison, that clip is here:
Definitely two different cities with much different vibes. Pomona wins in the youth and enthusiasm department!
Thursday, July 03, 2014
The Clean Air Pomona website says it best:
"Currently, 38 other cities in LA County and 16 across the San Gabriel Valley enjoy smoke-free parks.
Pomona is a beautiful and vibrant community that should NOT be the exception!"
I can't speak for other parks, but I know in Lincoln Park there are too many times when the cigarette smoke blows from the west part of the park into the playground area. Plus there are tons of butts, put out in the leaves and needles right next to the tree trunks.
If you would like to stay informed about Clean Air Pomona's continued efforts, you can email them from their website.
Wednesday, July 02, 2014
In other 909 film news, an announcement about the upcoming 909 film festival, run by Pomona resident Eddie Gonzalez of 909junkie.com:
Tuesday, July 01, 2014
Hope to bring you more good news on Monterey as it happens.
As for the Monterey contingency of the Pomona Motorhome Collective...