Sunday, October 04, 2015
Friday, June 05, 2015
Winner of the most emotional tree (especially in the fall when this photo was taken) is the walnut tree at Towne and Mission. Located in front of the New Town Grill whose Chef Fred boasts a special sauce and the motto, “Barbeque for more people."
The tallest tree in Pomona is a palm located in Lincoln Park. Some nights it's taller than the moon.
Most screwed up tree has to be the corkscrew palm on Lower Indian Hill Blvd. Head south from San Berdoo Avenue and you will see it on your right before you hit Holt. Most perfect looking trees, to the point of looking fake, are in stone planters along Second Street downtown. They are decked out in a necklace of lights year round. Anyone know what kind they are?
Lastly, the most unconventional on the list, is the "Molles Manor Family Tree" on lower Towne Avenue north of Philadelphia. The family tree lists each family member, where they live now and how many miles they landed from that spot where they grew up. Pretty cool, plus it's drought tolerant.
Be sure to list your favorite Pomona tree below.
Friday, May 22, 2015
But for the first time in maybe decades, 2015 has seen visible progress at that intersection.
One corner now hosts a Starbucks which was built from the ground up where the abandoned gas station used to be. It opened in April to waiting lines of customers and has had non-stop business ever since.
Another corner is home to the Pomona Auto Lodge, whose current owners took down the iconic sign and reinvnted themselves as the Garey Motel. The good news is there is an interior and exterior makeover going on at the motel. Additionally, the troublesome pay phone at that corner has been removed.
On the third corner still sits Stater Bros., a dependable classic, whose vintage storefront fits right into the historic neighborhood that surrounds it on every side. This is the last Stater Bros. standing of the three that were once in Pomona.
The final corner of the puzzle is the Old Firehouse Restaurant building, whose weeds have been cut and spray painted green by the City to look like grass. The building itself, unoccupied forever, makes great street art as it patiently waits for it's next tenant.
As the improvements at that intersection pick up steam, so does my confidence in Pomona. So many of us have been hoping and visualizing good things for all of Pomona. It sure seems like our collective will power is finally creating change. Let's all keep thinking good thoughts.
You can now read the Goddess of Pomona at Pomona's new online newspaper PomonaProud.com.
Sunday, May 03, 2015
So imagine my surprise when my bike was stolen recently from the very public square at the Claremont Village Expansion. I just assumed it would be safe there, safer than my own house. I mean nothing bad ever happens in Claremont, does it? Least of all not to my beloved bike of all things?
As a Pomona resident, we are brainwashed to believe pesky urban crime only happens in our town, or at least on our part of Towne Avenue. So I had to laugh when the Claremont police detective told me that many bikes stolen in Claremont show up at pawn shops on Holt Street in Pomona. Ahh, the Pomona connection I have been trained to expect. Or perhaps it's just the cycle of life.
Here's hoping that whoever took my bike will route it back to Pomona, and to my waiting arms and heart. I would hate for my bike to simply die a slow death in Claremont or take on an underground, marginal existence in Hesperia. But, the reality of the situation is I'll probably never see my bike again, much less know what it's next route in life ended up being. Goodbye beautiful Pomona bike.
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Here's the particulars:
10/24/14 at Benson Auditorium Pitzer College in Claremont! Doors open at 6:30PM and the festival starts at 7PM. 1050 N. Mills Ave. Claremont, CA 91711 You can park right on Mills Ave. or in the Sanborn Parking lot.
The GNOMIE award is awarded to the winner of the BEST 909 Movie!
Here's the winner from last year, Prince of Pomona by Jim Lujan.
See you there.
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
I had always envisioned a funky coffee shop such as the one above, but after being subjected to that abandoned corner for 11 years now, well I am actually pretty over the top happy that Corporate America is coming to Lincoln Park. Anything that increases the amount of people walking, talking, biking and now drinking cofffee in Lincoln Park is a good thing.
What I am not so happy about is the lack of any publicity about these things coming before they are actually a done deal. Such as the Walmart grocery store up at Arrow and Towne, which is taking the longest time to get built btw. We are definitely getting the Pomona treatment on that one. It's sad becuz the mini mall where the Walmart is going in is finally at full capacity. I worry that some of those small businesses with delightfully funky names and signs will be put out of business when the new Walmart grocery store finally comes to town. I think there is this feeling that any business, be it Walmart or an exotic foot parlor, is welcome business in Pomona becuz we are so desperate to fill our vacant buildings. I think it's important for Pomona to keep our funky, handpainted sign vibe while still being vibrant and clean.
I keep thinking there is a catch with the Starbucks, tho. Will we be getting a "drive thru only" Starbucks with no foot traffic or something like that? Something "Less Than" when we deserve so much more?
If my coffee drinking friend is any indication, at the prospect of being able to walk to the corner to get her Starbucks iced teas, the reaction was "Shocked but Stoked." Truly. Should be one busy Starbucks full of familiar faces... THE END
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Sunday, July 27, 2014
For those that don't know, the historic packing plant was developed by Jeved Management (the Tessiers) and turned into live/work space for artists. It opened this past Fall.
Saturday, July 26, 2014
"Urban acupuncture is an urban environmentalism theory which combines urban design with traditional Chinese medical theory of acupuncture. This process uses small-scale interventions to transform the larger urban context. Acupuncture relieves stress in the body, urban acupuncture relieves stress in the environment. Urban acupuncture produces small-scale but socially catalytic interventions into the urban fabric."
In other words, urban acupuncture is a cheap fix to making a city more livable. Even something like using Pomona's existing sidewalks to establish walking zones. The "Palomares Walk Zone" could run from Lincoln Park to downtown and continue down to Grand Avenue. The only item required to do it would be periodic "Walk Zone" signs, making it simple, cheap, and doable. Signs could be sponsored and funded by individuals, groups and businesses who would receive small credit on signs they purchased. This is a great opportunity for places like the Trash Transfer Station and Western University to give back to the community. So come on Pomona, I promise it won't hurt.Shawn's on Temple is the Yelp favorite.
Friday, July 25, 2014
It's Mission Hydroponics of course. I especially like their groovy van, complete with the Pomona wheel. The van is actually for sale for $2,000. Tempting, I know.
fyi, hydroponics is the latest craze for urban vegetable and fruit gardeners, so it's nice to see Pomona on the cutting edge.
I'm going to keep a look out for other businesses that incorporate the Pomona wheel logo on their storefront. Email me if you see one. Maybe I can make it a regular feature on the blog.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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.