Friday, February 28, 2014

Rain Storm Called Strongest to Hit Southland in 3 Years

Another round of the storm is expected to push through tonight and into Saturday morning, with a threat of showers and thunderstorms continuing until tomorrow night.
The strongest storm to hit the Southland in about three years soaked much of the area with heavy rain today, sending waves of mud and debris cascading down recently burned mountainsides, forcing evacuations and prompting school closures.
About 1 to 2 inches of rain fell in much of the Los Angeles basin overnight and into this morning, with about 3 to 5 inches dousing mountain areas, according to National Weather Service meteorologist Scott Sukup.
A flash flood warning was issued until 12:30 p.m. for the San Gabriel Mountains, including the Colby and Madison fire burn areas above Glendora, Azusa and Monrovia. The warning noted that the storm had the potential of dropping as much as an inch of rain in an hour.
A flash flood watch for most of the Southland was expected to remain in effect until Saturday night.
The NWS also issued a high surf advisory for the L.A. County coast until 5 p.m. Sunday and for the Orange County coast until 4 a.m. Monday. Warnings of coastal flooding also were issued in both counties, as were wind advisories and wind warnings.
Wind gusts in local mountains, including both the San Gabriel and Santa Monica mountains, are expected to reach 60 and 70 miles per hours, according to NWS forecasters, and the NWS warned motorists to guard against broken tree limbs and other debris.
Some huge wind gusts were reported in Los Angeles County this morning—80 mph at Camp Nine and 78 mph at Chilao in the San Gabriel Mountains. Near the Antelope Valley, a 71-mph gust was recorded in Acton.
Mandatory evacuation orders were issued Thursday for residents near burn areas in Glendora and Azusa. Monrovia issued evacuation orders today for residents below the Madison Fire burn area.
In Glendora, the order affected residents in an area north of Sierra Madre Avenue. In Azusa, the orders affected residents on Ridge View Drive. Residents of both cities were advised that they could use a newly establish evacuation center at the Crowther Teen & Family Center at 241 W. Dawson Ave. In all, more than 1,000 homes were subject to evacuation orders.
An evacuation center for Monrovia residents was set up at the Monrovia Community Center, 119 W. Palm Ave. Pets can be taken to Wonder Dog Ranch, 220 Taylor St.
Azusa police said that although there were no evacuations ordered for the Mountain Cove community, residents were being urged to take precautionary measures, including voluntary evacuations.
"Many deaths occur during a landslide when people are sleeping," according to Azusa police.
Inmates were used yesterday to fill sandbags at the Glendora City Yard on Loraine Avenue. The inmates, normally assigned to the L.A. County Jail Fire Camp Training Facility, are doing storm duty work as part of the Prisoner Assistance Community Enhancement Program, which uses non-violent offenders to assist in public service projects.
Mud began accumulating on some Glendora and Azusa streets as debris and water came pouring out of the Colby Fire burn area. Glendora city officials urged residents to heed the evacuation orders, although some residents insisted on remaining in their homes.
By late morning, the sun was actually shining in some areas, but Sukup said people shouldn't be fooled.
"There's definitely going to be more on the way," he said. "... The sun could destabilize things a little bit, which could lead to some thunderstorms. There's definitely going to be waves of rain throughout the day."
Sukup said the "band of really heavy rain" that moved through the area this morning could be repeated as another round of the storm pushes through tonight and into Saturday morning, with a threat of showers and thunderstorms continuing until tomorrow night.
Although the storm is expected to taper off after Saturday, he said there will still be a 30 to 40 percent chance of rain on Sunday.
For people heading to the Academy Awards on Sunday, Sukup recommended, "Definitely bring an umbrella."
Pasadena City College canceled afternoon classes due to the storm, while St. Lucy's Priory High School and Goddard Middle School in Glendora were also closed.
Due to potential mud and debris flows, the Los Angeles County Public Works Department closed the following roads:
-- Old San Gabriel Canyon Road from the Azusa city boundary to the Angeles National Forest;
-- Glendora Mountain Road from Big Dalton Road to East Fork Road in the Angeles National Forest; and
-- Glendora Ridge Road from Mount Baldy to Glendora Mountain Road, also in the Angeles National Forest.
Bouquet Canyon Road was scheduled to be closed in Agua Dulce today from Big Oaks Lodge to two miles north of Vasquez Canyon Road.
The roads will remain closed until the storm system has passed and the roads have been inspected.
Public Works crews were using heavy equipment to remove debris from streets in Glendora. The area is particularly vulnerable due to the 1,952-acre Colby Fire that scorched the hills above Glendora and Azusa in January. Other blazes that were causing flooding concerns were the 250-acre Madre Fire in the Angeles National Forest, also in January; the 125-acre Madison Fire in the Monrovia area in April; the 22,242-acre Powerhouse Fire in the Angeles National Forest in June; and the 28,000-acre Springs Fire in Ventura County in May.
—City News Service

That's Right Folk's, Pomona's Verizon is Closing

Say Adios to FiOS, well the only thing closing is the store. So you will no longer be able to stop and pay your bills, or purchase a new phone. The store is located on the northeast corner of Third St. and Locust St. So a little bit of Pomona's History is going and soon to be gone.
And it sounds like a few people will lose their jobs also, technology isn't it great. 

Porky's Choice

A little History About Ontario Ca.

Gemmels Drugstore opened its doors in Ontario in 1934. The two-story brick building was constructed in 1888 and had an upstairs public meeting hall and was originally occupied by Smith’s Brothers Furniture; then Wright Brothers and Rice Furniture and later the Ontario State Bank. The architects were Kilpatrick and Hull. The contractor of the Sweet Block was John Gerry, the Upland contractor who bu...ilt a great deal of Upland. In the 1950’s this building was severely modernized to give it the “New Look.”

On the “B” Street side, almost to the alley is a canopied entrance with the name Euclid Building in tile on the floor and over the entrance. Gemmels Drugstore is still in operation today at southwest corner of Euclid Avenue and B Street. 

Ren's Note: Ontario will always be my second home, my mom grew up in Ontario, the family lived on Nevada St. and Cherry St. on the southwest corner. And like Pomona, it has a rich history.

For more than 75 years Blondie and Dagwood Bumstead have been one of America's favorite couples. Through war and peace, through boom and bust, through sexual revolution and social upheaval, Blondie has become the most widely read comic strip in syndication-in 35 languages and in 47 countries.
Blondie―the comic strip―was born on September 8, 1930. Dagwood was the rich, but awkward, son of millionaire industrialist J. Bolling Bumstead, while Blondie was a poor and beautiful nobody. Dagwood's parents were opposed to the marriage, but love won out, even though Dagwood had to give up his inheritance to marry Blondie in February, 1933.
Over the years, the particulars of the Blondie comic strip have changed. Traveling salesmen have been replaced by telephone salesmen. Dagwood no longer takes the bus to work. He now rides in a car pool. But the themes have remained the same―eating, sleeping, making a living and raising children, all tied together by Blondie and Dagwood's undying devotion to each other.
It's all here in this definitive book: The lives of Blondie and Dagwood and their interactions with their children Alexander and Cookie, their neighbors Herb and Tootsie Woodley, the family dog Daisy, Dagwood's boss Mr. Dithers, the mailman Mr. Beasley, and the neighborhood kid Elmo Tuttle. Included are Blondie and Dagwood's courtship, their early beaus, their wedding, Dagwood at work, Blondie's catering business, the cartoonist's favorite strips, and the story of Chic and Dean Young, the creators of Blondie.

Bark Around Ayala Park set March 8

Bark Around Ayala Park event for dogs and their owners will be held March 8 at Ayala Park in the parking lot near the Chino Valley YMCA, 5665 Edison Ave., Chino.
The free event featuring a dog walk, dog fashion show, little dog races, pet-specific vendors, Chino police’s K-9 police dog demonstration and raffle prizes.
The event will also include a pancake breakfast fundraiser by Chino Kiwanis Club.
Dog owners must sign a waiver and provide proof of current vaccinations for their dogs to be admitted. All dogs must be on leashes at all times during the event.

Information: 909-334-3258.

Sandbags Are as Close as the Nearest Fire Station

                            Firefighters won't fill them or deliver them, but you can get them.

Empty sandbags and sand are available at all Los Angeles Fire Department stations, although the department will not fill or deliver them.

Most county fire stations also have sandbags available.

Fire stations in Pacific Palisades:
  • Station 23, 17281 West Sunset Blvd.
  • Station 69, 15045 Sunset Blvd.
Word is, however, that Station 23 is cleaned out of sandbags. You may also check Station 19, 12229 West Sunset Blvd. in Brentwood.

City News Service

Freeway Accidents Double in Rainy L.A. County

There were 77 accidents on rainy L.A. County freeways last night and early this morning, the CHP reported. Patch file photo.

"It's not the weather that's caused the crashes: it's the drivers," says one CHP officer.           

There were 77 accidents on rainy L.A. County freeways last night and early this morning, the CHP re
Originally posted at 7:24 a.m. Feb. 27, 2014. Updated with more recent figures.
California Highway Patrol officers logged 111 traffic crashes on Los Angeles County freeways and other CHP-patrolled roads in a four-hour period this morning, compared with 53 accidents during the same period a week ago, authorities said.
Today's wrecks were reported between 5 a.m. and 9 a.m., CHP Officer Tony Polizzi said.
After the rain started last night, the CHP logged 77 accidents between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m., compared with 15 from the same period a week earlier.
"It's not the weather that's caused the crashes: it's the drivers," CHP Officer Francisco Villalobos said. "We've seen a significant increase in the number of traffic collisions at on-ramps and off-ramps, spinning out and hitting guardrails. That tells us people are driving too fast for the conditions."
The problems included a series of multi-vehicle collisions in the Pasadena area that blocked Foothill (210) Freeway transition lanes in both directions.
The first accident, involving three big rigs and a Mercedes-Benz, closed the two-lane connector road between separate sections of the eastbound 210 around 11:35 p.m. Wednesday, CHP Officer Alex Rubio said. No injuries were reported.
The second accident, around 12:30 a.m., closed the westbound transition lanes of the freeway, which also connect separate sections of the 210 west, after a big rig jackknifed and collided with a sedan.
In a third incident, a big rig jackknifed at 12:40 a.m. and blocked the two transition lanes on an overpass from the eastbound Ventura (134) Freeway to the westbound 210, according to the CHP.
--City News Service

Man Sues Los Angeles over Excessive Parking Meter Fines

When a fine for an expired meter grew to $175, one man decided he was mad as heck and wasn't going to take it anymore.

A Los Angeles man is suing the city for what he claims are unconstitutional excessive fines imposed for expired parking meters, according to court papers obtained today.
Jesus Pimentel, lead defendant in a proposed class-action suit, contends that his $175 parking fine was unfair and potential further penalties deprive residents of their right to due process.
A call to the City Attorney's Office after regular business hours was not immediately returned.
According to the complaint, filed in Los Angeles federal court this week, Pimental received the ticket on Eighth Street downtown at 3:10 p.m. last May 29.
He paid the fine in order to register his vehicle at the DMV, the lawsuit says.
The ticket started out at $63 for an expired meter, but doubled because it wasn't paid within two weeks, the complaint states. Pimentel also had to pay a $28 delinquent fee and $21 for collection, he said.
The lawsuit alleges that the DMV's threat to withhold registration of his car and/or boot or seize the vehicle if he didn't pay the $175 -- along with the threat of civil litigation, reporting him to a credit bureau and garnishing of his state tax refund -- violated his constitutional right to face his accusers in court.
"The parking meter expiration penalties are unreasonable and oppressive, and grossly disproportionate to the seriousness of the violation," the suit claims.
The lawsuit seeks class certification, declaratory relief, an injunction, and damages.
--City News Service




A very fun holiday, which is National Tooth Fairy Day, is celebrated each year on February 28th and also on August 22nd.
The tooth fairy is one of the favorite fantasy figures of our early childhood years.  Folklore stories state that when a child loses a baby tooth, if he or she places the tooth under their pillow, the tooth fairy will then come to visit while the child is sleeping, replacing the lost baby tooth with a gift (usually money).
If the tooth has been lost, they need not worry, the tooth fairy will still visit if a note of explanation is left under the pillow in place of the tooth!

A 2013 survey conducted by Visa Inc. indicates that American children receive an average of $3.70 per tooth. 
In early Europe, the tradition was to bury the baby teeth that had fallen out.  When the sixth tooth falls out, the child’s parents then slip a gift of money from the tooth fairy under their child’s pillow, leaving the tooth as a reward.  Many of the parents will leave a trail of glitter on the floor, which represents fairy dust. 
The tradition in Northern Europe was to pay a tann-te or tooth fee when a child lost their first tooth. This tradition can be found recorded in writings in the earliest written record of Norse and Northern European traditions.  
Unlike Santa Claus, there are few details of the tooth fairy’s appearance that are consistent in the various versions of the myth.   A children’s books and artwork review found the tooth fairy to be depicted as the following:  a child with wings, a pixie, a dragon, a blue mother-figure, a flying ballerina, two little old men, a dental hygienist, a pot bellied flying man smoking a cigar, a hat, a bear and others. 
Rosemary Wells conducted a study in 1984 revealing that 74 percent of those surveyed believed the tooth fairy to be female, while 12 percent believed the tooth fairy to be neither male nor female and 8 percent believed the tooth fairy could be either male or female.  When Wells was asked about her finding regarding the appearance of the tooth fairy, she explained: “You’ve got your basic Tinkerbell-type tooth fairy with the wings, wand, a little older and whatnot.  Then you have some people who think of the tooth fairy as a man or a bunny rabbit or a mouse.”  

Research has found that the belief in the tooth fairy may provide comfort to children experiencing fear or pain resulting from the loss of a tooth. 
Author Vicki Lansky advises parents to tell their children, at a young age, that the tooth fairy pays much more for a perfect tooth than for a decayed one.  It has been said that some families leave notes with the payment, praising the child for their good dental habits.
Within our research, we were unable to find the creator of National Tooth Fairy Day, an “unofficial” national holiday.    National Tooth Fairy Day – Feb. 28th and Aug 22nd.


A delightfully delicious dessert is celebrated each year on February 28th as it is National Chocolate Souffle Day.
 The word souffle is the past participle of the French verb souffler, which means “to blow up” or more loosely “puff up”, which describes a souffle perfectly.   A souffle is a lightly baked cake made with egg yolks and the beaten eggs whites that are combined with various other ingredients.   Souffle can be found served as a savory main dish or sweetened as a dessert.    
There are two basic components that make up every souffle.
  • 1.  a French creme patisserie base/flavored cream sauce or puree
  • 2.  egg whites beaten to a  soft peak meringue
The flavor is provided by the base and the “lift” is provided by the beaten egg whites.  There are certain foods that are commonly used for the base in a souffle which include cheese, jam, fruits, berries, chocolate, banana  and lemon.   Many souffle bakers like to puncture the top of the souffle, after it is removed from the oven, and pour various types of liquid sauces onto it, such as chocolate or vanilla.
To celebrate today’s food holiday, try one of the following “tried and true” recipes:

LASD Fire Camp Inmates Help Glendora Prep for Storm

Twenty inmates assigned to the Los Angeles County Jail Fire Camp Training Facility were sent to the Glendora City Yard on Thursday to assist with the filling of sandbags in preparation for the heavy rainfall predicted for this weekend.

These inmates are part of the Prisoner Assistance Community Enhancement (PACE) program. There are 29 inmates assigned to the PACE crew of the 160 inmates assigned to the Fire Camp Training Unit. The inmates are part of the Public Safety Realignment Plan (AB109), which places lower security level inmates (“N3”, Nonviolent, Non-serious, Non-sexual) in the custody of local law enforcement agencies. The PACE crews consist of in-custody inmate workers who provide assistance for public service projects throughout Los Angeles County. These projects include trash clean-up, landscape maintenance, and miscellaneous projects. The inmates involved in both the Fire Camp and PACE program volunteer for the programs. Many of the inmates believe this is their way of giving back.

The inmates have been approved for work crew positions and are supervised by sworn personnel. Sworn personnel were sent with the inmates to the City of Glendora and were transported in two fully equipped, Sheriff’s Department ten passenger vans, each towing a trailer with work tools and portable toilet.

As Los Angeles County prepares for a second storm this weekend, the burn areas surrounding Glendora as a result of the Colby Fire present serious concern for the people who reside below the hillsides. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department began reaching out to the various areas of concern to offer their inmate work force as a labor pool to assist with the filling of sandbags. On Wednesday, the City of Glendora declared the following ORANGE LEVEL emergency protocol in effect for the Colby Fire Burn Impact Area. The alert was raised to orange from yellow due to Weather Forecasts and the field conditions within the foothills of Glendora.

Sandbags can be obtained at the Glendora City Yard, 440 South Loraine Ave., Glendora.

—Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Good News for Me Old Casa

Well I stopped off at the old casa today at 376 E Monterey Ave. ( Use to be Monterey St. ), when I seen these guys working in the front yard.
So I stopped at the house where I grew up, and it was sold, to the company next door, when my mom moved out
Then they let this guy move in, and he was one of those guys, who started something, but never finished what he started, he no longer lives there.
The last time I was in there it was a mess.
So the guy I was talking to, who also works next door.  He said, he was tired of seeing it run down, and a few of the fruit trees had died ( my dad planted all of the fruit trees ), and he was talking about the historic value that it has to offer ( Built in 1924 ).
So I gave him my phone number and told him I would like to help in anyway that I can.
So right now he said, that he needs to get the sprinkler system going, and the fruit trees will have a drip line to keep them watered ( right on ). 
It's great to see that someone is taking care of the house where I grew up at. Well at least I know it's in good hands now.

Picture was taken in June 1963, that's me up front ( clowning around ) with my older brother and sisters.

Writer's for Images of Pomona

OK the staff is a little upset with me, saying that I'm getting all the credit. Alright here you go, but your still only going to get, one banana each for lunch.

Ren's Wayback, The Southern Pacific Hotel, Ontario Ca. 1887-1897


This grand building, called the Brooks Block, was also named the Southern Pacific Hotel by its owner, W. H. Brooks and overlooked the Southern Pacific railroad. Brooks purchased the land for $1500.00 and constru...ction began in late 1887 using materials purchased from W. J. Waddingham’s lumber yard. The architect was David Kilpatrick, who reportedly later designed buildings in the unique mountainside town of Jerome, Arizona. Brooks supposedly spent $60,000 developing his block which took several years to complete. It included six store rooms on the ground floor, a dining hall, a bank, a billiard hall, and a “commodious” kitchen. The second and third floors contained 70 hotel rooms as well as parlors, reception areas, six bathrooms, and sixteen water closets. While the building was quite extravagant and often compared to the splendid buildings of the time of San Bernardino and Pasadena, Mr. Brooks apparently ran into financial trouble and was sued by Mr. Waddingham in 1889, claiming he was never paid for the building materials. The building was later up for sale for $60,000, represented by Charles Frankish, who stated in a March 1890 letter that the hotel had never been furnished and was not quite finished. The hotel was up and running by 1894 and an Ontario Observer article from January 1896 announced that the hotel was being managed by Mr. Albert Schreiber of Germany, and rooms in the first class hotel were available between $2.00 and $2.50 per day. Unfortunately, this grand building was plagued by fire early in the morning on December 3, 1897, destroying the entire structure. Fortunately, no one was hurt in the blaze. The site of this building later became the Ontario Country Club, built in 1903, which in 1910 was purchased by the city to serve as its city hall. The country club was later demolished and a new city hall was built on the site in the late 1930s, which is now the Ontario Museum of History and Art.

Ren's Did You Know


Saint Motel, Golden Sun

Sat, March 1, 2014

7:00 pm

The Glass House

Pomona, CA


This event is all ages



Mar 06, 2014 - 08, 2014

10:00 AM - 05:00 PM

Quilt, Craft & Sewing Festival

Location: Fairplex Expo Hall 6

It's the Spring Quilt, Craft & Sewing Festival at Fairplex with a huge variety of sewing, quilting, needle-art and craft supply exhibits from many quality companies along with free seminars, workshops and daily door prize drawings
Admission is $10, good all three days; free with coupon
Parking at Gate 17 on Fairplex prevailing rates
Visit the website

History of In-N-Out Burger

Up Close and Personal with a Whale


               NATIONAL KAHLUA DAY

February 27th celebrates National Kahlua Day.  This day was created as a day for those, over the age of 21, to recognize and enjoy this creamy rich alcoholic liqueur.   To celebrate today, you may want to use Kahlua, a coffee-flavored rum-based liquor, to flavor your ice cream or another dessert such as cheesecake or cake.  Other options would be to add it to your coffee or cocoa for a nice after dinner drink, add it to cold milk or cream or drink it on the rocks, straight up or mixed with a cocktail.
Kahlua is made from coffee beans therefore it does contain a
small amount of caffeine.
* Pedro Domecq began producing Kahlua in 1936.
* In 1994, the company merged with Allied Lyons forming Allied Domecq.
* In 2005, Allied Domecq was partially acquired by Pernod Ricard which merged with the Swedish Vin & Sprit (V & S Group) in March of 2008. 

KahlĂșa is found to be used in a few notable cocktails, including the following:
  •  B-52
  •  Baby Guinness
  •  Black Russian
  •  Mudslide
  •  White Russian
  •  Espresso Martini
  •  Caribbean Mudslide

Enjoy some Kahlua today!

Our research failed to find the creator or origin of National Kahlua Day, an “unofficial” national holiday.



National Strawberry Day is annually celebrated on February 27th.  Strawberry lovers everywhere enjoy this day as strawberries are appreciated for their characteristic aroma, bright red color,  juicy texture, and sweet taste.
Strawberries are enjoyed by millions in many different ways.  They can be eaten fresh by themselves, in fruit salads or in prepared foods such as jams, preserves or juices.  They are also favorites when added to smoothies, pies, cakes, ice creams, milk shakes, salads and chocolates as well as many other delicious dishes and desserts.   Artificial strawberry aroma is used in many industrialized food products.
The first garden strawberry was grown in France during the late 18th century.  Prior to this, wild strawberries  and cultivated selections from wild strawberry species were the common source of the fruit.
“The strawberry fruit was mentioned in ancient Roman literature in reference to its medicinal use. The French began taking the strawberry from the forest to their gardens for harvest in the 1300s.  Charles V. France’s king from 1364 to 1380, had 1,200 strawberry plants in his royal garden. In the early 1400s western European monks were using the wild strawberry in their illuminated manuscripts. The strawberry is found in Italian, Flemish, German art, and English miniatures. It symbolizes perfect righteousness. The entire strawberry plant was used to treat depressive illnesses.”  (Wikipedia)
Along with enjoying the delicious taste, eating strawberries gives you the benefit of adding the following into your diet: potassium, fiber, folic acid and Vitamin C.   They are also low in calories, with no fat and no cholesterol.
You may want to have a fresh bowl of strawberries now, while you enjoy the following “tried and true” recipes:

Wednesday, February 26, 2014


Mar 02, 2014

05:00 AM - 02:00 PM

Pomona Swap Meet & Classic Car Show

Location: main lot

Sponsored by George Cross & Sons, Inc., each of the seven events per year you will find hundreds of vendors in over 2,500 vendor spaces selling tons of hard to find car parts and accessories at low swap meet prices.  Thousands of original and restored classic vehicles will be on display and for sale in six distinct ‘Cars for Show and Sale’ areas:  Pre 1985 Classics, Corvettes, Porsches, Pre 1959 Street Rods, Pre 1985 Volkswagens and Imports.
Since 1975, millions of auto car enthusiasts have come from across the nation and around the world to the West Coast’s Largest Automotive Event – The Pomona Swap Meet & Classic Car Show. Car parts, accessories, automobilia, customs and classics are all available to those who come to buy, come to sell and come to look.
General admission is $10, children 12 and younger admitted FREE.
Parking is through Gate 17 off Fairplex Drive. (Fairplex charges a $10 parking fee)
For more information please call (714) 538-7091 or visit our website.
For Vendor information click here.
For Showing/selling your vehicle information click here.

My Lucky Star

Yeah what a great find today, this old tin star that I found, on my walk today.



February 26th is a day for all to celebrate National Pistachio Day.  It is a day that has been set aside for all pistachio lovers to eat their favorite nut all day long.  For those who do not eat pistachios, buy some and give them to someone who does.  Crack them open and eat them up or enjoy them in ice cream or your favorite pistachio dessert!
Pistachios arrived in the United States sometime in the 1880′s but they have been cultivated in the Middle East since the Biblical times.
The pistachio tree grows to about 20 feet tall needing little or no rain and must have high heat.  In Iran, they claim that they have pistachio trees still living that are 700 years old!  A new tree takes between 7 and 10 years to mature and bear fruit.
*  All pistachio shells are naturally beige in color.  Some companies dye nuts red or green if nuts are inferior or for consumer demand.
*  California produces about 300 million pounds of pistachios each year, accounting for 98 percent of America’s production.
*  Pistachio shells typically split naturally, when ripe, prior to harvest.
*  The kernels are often eaten whole, either fresh or roasted and either salted or unsalted.
*  In the Middle East people call the pistachio the “smiling nut”
*  In China people call the pistachio the “happy nut”
Health Benefits:
Pistachios are an excellent source of vitamin B6, copper and manganese and a good source of protein, fiber, thiamin, and phosphorus.  In July 2003, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the first qualified health claim specific to nuts lowering the risk of heart disease: “Scientific evidence suggests but does not prove that eating 1.5 ounces (42.5g) per day of most nuts, such as pistachios, as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol may reduce the risk of heart disease”

A great thing to do — Recycle the pistachio shells:

The empty pistachio shells are useful for recycling in several ways. If unsalted, the shells need not be washed and dried before reuse, but washing is simple if that is not the case. Practical uses include as a fire starter, just as kindling  would be used with crumpled paper; to line the bottom of pots containing houseplants, for drainage and retention of soil for up to two years; as a mulch  for shrubs and plants that require acid soils: as a medium for orchids; and as an addition to a compost pile designed for wood items that take longer to decompose than leafy materials, taking up to a year for pistachio shells to decompose unless soil is added to the mix. Shells from salted pistachios can also be placed around the base of plants to deter slugs and snails. Many craft uses for the shells include holiday tree ornaments, jewelry, mosaics, and rattles. Research indicates that pistachio shells may be helpful in cleaning up pollution created by mercury emissions.

Our research failed to find the creator or the origin of National Pistachio Day, an “unofficial” national holiday.


National Tell A Fairy Tale Day, an “unofficial” National holiday is celebrated on February 26th.  Snuggle up in your corner chair or sofa with the children sitting near you or maybe all gather around a campfire as it is a day to celebrate by telling your favorite fairy tale or making up one of your own.
Originally, adults were the audience of a fairy tale just as often as children. Literary fairy tales appeared in works intended for adults, but in the 19th and 20th centuries the fairy tale became associated with children’s literature.
As stated in Wikipedia:  A fairy tale is a fictional story that may feature folkloric characters such as fairies, goblins, elves,  trolls, giants, mermaids or gnomes and usually magic or enchantments.  The term is also used to describe something blessed with unusual happiness, as in “fairy tale ending” (a happy ending) or “fairy tale romance” (though not all fairy tales end happily). A “fairy tale” or “fairy story” can also mean any far-fetched story or tall tale; it’s used especially of any story that not only isn’t true, but couldn’t possibly be true.
~~ Today your story may begin with “Once upon a time” and it may end with “Happily ever after”  but whatever your fairy tale is, may it be a good one and may your day be a good one as well! ~~

Forecast: L.A. County Economy to Grow 3-4% a Year

A majority of area residents believe the region is heading in a good direction.
A report released today concludes that the Los Angeles County economy will continue to improve at a rate of 3 to 4 percent this year, with a majority of Angelenos believing the region is heading in a good direction.
Forecast L.A., which was released this morning at Loyola Maymount University, combines an economic forecast with an opinion poll in which 2,400 Angelenos and their local elected leaders were asked last month about how they feel about the economy. The survey also includes responses from leaders of 60 of the county's 88 municipalities on how they felt about the direction of their city.
"People are increasingly optimistic about their own economic situation and the situation of the region, and then leaders are especially optimistic about their cities," said Fernando Guerra, director of the Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Center for the Study of Los Angeles at LMU.
"All three trends are merging, mutually reinforcing each other saying that the city of L.A., the county of L.A., are heading in a good direction for the coming year," Guerra said.
The report found that the Los Angeles County economy is heading out of the "funk" that started in 2008 and should see a steady improvement over the next few years, with employment growth rising to 2.5 percent, Guerra said.
However, housing remains a major concern for a majority of Angelenos, with 83 percent of participants reporting that home ownership remains out of reach in their city. The report points to population growth that is outstripping new construction.
Chris Thornberg, founding partner of Beacon Economics, said California is not lagging behind the nation in terms of economic growth.
"Let's stop focusing on the short term," Thornberg said. "The crisis is behind us, the economy is improving, and candidly at this point in time, there is no major imbalance in the system that makes me think we are going to have another downturn. Again, let's focus a little farther ahead."
The report is meant to inform the decisions of those in the public, private and nonprofit sector, according to Guerra.
--City News Service

Tuesday, February 25, 2014


1949 Winter Wonderland


For a few days 65 years ago in mid January, snow blanketed the region transforming Southern California’s landscape into a winter wonderland. Kids were in awe of the snow, taking advantage of the opportunity to buil...d snowmen and throw snowballs at one another. For many young residents, it was their first experience with snow in the valley, and according to news reports, some considered the storm as a sign of climate change in California. The old timers however snickered at this sentiment, remembering the occasional snow storms over the years in the Inland Valley dating back to the 1890s. Cold temperatures were damaging to the citrus crop that year, with frost setting in the days preceding the storm, but fortunately the precipitation and cloud cover did manage to raise temperatures a few degrees, which helped minimize crop loss.


On Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 6:00 P.M., The Ontario Police Department Explorer Post #350 will be hosting a recruitment and orientation meeting to provide information about the Police Explorer Program.
The meeting will be held in the community rooms located to the front of the Ontario Police Department (2500 S. Archibald Avenue). There will be a brief SWAT demonstration and then everyone will go into the station, where the program will be explained in further detail.
The Ontario Police Department welcomes anyone interested in becoming an Ontario Police Explorer. The Ontario Police Explorer Program is a youth group designed for teens from 14-20 years old. Explorers learn about police work through; ride-a-longs, assisting police department personnel and other related duties. Those interested must bring a parent or legal guardian to the orientation. An applicant packet will be given out during the orientation.
New Explorer Recruits must be in good physical condition, complete a background investigation, oral interview and written test. Explorers may not have any felony convictions on their record and must also maintain a minimum 2.0 G.P.A. Explorer applicants under the age of 18 years must have permission from a parent or guardian to join.
Applicants will take part in a training program that consists of physical agility, marching and use of the police radio. They will also demonstrate proficiency regarding police radio codes and laws of arrest.
Upon successful completion of the training program, the recruits are promoted to Junior Explorers where they will receive exposure and training to the many different aspects of police work such as gangs, narcotics, firearms safety, K9’s and the air support unit.
Explorers may also be called upon to assist regular officers with traffic control, searches for missing persons and evidence, as well as assist with special assignments. Explorers are also given the opportunity to promote to higher-ranking positions within the organization.
Taking part in the Police Explorer Post is an excellent way to develop discipline and gain exposure to the law enforcement profession.
For further information, please contact Explorer Advisors, Technician Loretta Culotta at (909) 395-2822 or Detective Gary Naranjo at (909) 395-2764.


Huge Meteorite Hits the Moon

Hey look it's the D.A. from the D.B out of the I.E. and ( waite for it ) E - I - E - I - O

Ren's Wayback, Oct. 1, 2010 Well they say the rain is coming

They should call the new apartments " THE RAINBOW GARDENS"

San Bernardino County “State of the County”

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National Chocolate Covered Nut Day is celebrated, each year, on February 25th.  A day for the delicious crunchy nut to be enjoyed  once it has been covered in chocolate.  The possibilities are endless as there are so many different types of nuts as well as different types of chocolate.
For thousands of years, nuts have been a staple of the human diet.  The walnut was a favorite of the ancient Greeks and Romans while the pecans were  a favorite of the Native Americans.

** Both chocolate and nuts can be good for you **     

Dark chocolate seems to posses substantial amount of antioxidants while the nuts contain the essential fatty acids linoleic and linolenic acids, and the fats in nuts for the most part are unsaturated fats, including monounsaturated fats.  Nuts also provide arginine, a substance that may help make the walls of the arteries more flexible and less prone to blockage from blood clot formation.  Many nuts are good sources of vitamins E and B2, and are rich in protein, folate, fiber, and essential minerals such as magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, copper, and selenium


** The original chocolate covered peanut candy are Goobers which were first sold in 1925.  The word “Goober” was a common slang word for peanut. **
One of the more well known chocolate covered nut is the M & M.     These chocolate covered peanuts or chocolate covered almonds have become a favorite of many.   The peanut M & M was introduced in 1954.  They were tan until 1960 when the colors red, yellow and green were introduced.
Whether it be unsweetened chocolate, sweet chocolate, semisweet chocolate, white chocolate or dark chocolate mixed with peanuts, cashews, almonds, macadamias, pecans, or any other nut, enjoy your favorite combination today!!


National Chocolate Covered Nut Day, sometimes also called National Chocolate Covered Peanut Day is an “unofficial” national holiday. Our research has failed to find the creator or the origin of this holiday.



Each year on February 25th, people across the nation have a bowl and spoon ready to be filled with clam chowder as they prepare to celebrate National Clam Chowder Day.
Clam chowder is any of several chowders containing clams and broth.  In the chowder, along with the clams it is common to find diced potatoes,  onions (often sauteed in pork or bacon drippings) and celery.
Following is a list of the primary clam chowder variants:
  • New England clam chowder
  • Manhattan clam chowder
  • Rhode Island clam chowder
  • Delaware clam chowder
  • New Jersey clam chowder
  • Hatteras clam chowder
  • Minorcan clam chowder
  • Long Island clam chowder

Choose either GA Floor (standing) or GA Balcony (unreserved seats). GA Balcony tickets do not include access to the Floor or Pit areas. Pit wristbands are given out on a first-come first serve basis to GA Floor ticket holders based on capacity.
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Citrus College STEM Teams Hold Science Day for Glendora Unified Students

Nearly 30 elementary and middle school students from the Glendora Unified School District were given hands-on science lessons that included building model rockets, catapults and projectiles during a recent Citrus College RISE Team’s Science and Technology Day fundraiser.
Composed of 22 science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) students, the Citrus College Research in Science and Engineering (RISE) team successfully raised close to $2,000 to help fund its current and future research and outreach efforts.

“I am proud of the success of our RISE students and their role in helping to establish Citrus College as a STEM-rich institution that not only promotes the sciences on campus, but also encourages our community’s K-12 students to be creative learners, embrace physics and have fun at the same time,” said Superintendent/President Geraldine M. Perri, Ph.D.
The RISE program’s three interdisciplinary groups include the Rocket Owls, who are building a rocket for the NASA Student Launch competition in April; the Space Owls, who are building an energy-efficient vehicle for the Shell Eco-marathon competition in May; and the CAPE Owls, who are launching a weather balloon into the Alaskan atmosphere to study sounds emitted by the aurora borealis in April.
“Several parents expressed their gratitude for having this opportunity to expose their children to fun and creative science activities so close to where they live,” said program adviser and physics instructor Lucia Riderer. “Other parents congratulated us for having exceptional college students, who are not only smart, but able to communicate so well and interact with the children effectively.”
Each participant had a college student to work with throughout the day-long event, where their interests in science were sparked through activities such as rocket launching, racing miniature go-karts powered by mouse-trap springs and building structures for an egg-drop competition.
Created last spring, each team within RISE works independently on STEM-based research projects and competes in intercollegiate national and international competitions, as well as conducts monthly outreach activities to local K-8 schools.
“These young students are the world’s future engineers, scientists and innovators, and I am delighted that our incredibly gifted RISE students are helping to shape a new generation,” said Dr. Patricia A. Rasmussen, president of the Citrus Community College District Board of Trustees.
An overview video of the Feb. 8 event can be viewed online.
—Citrus College

Police Warn of Flooding Potential in Colby Fire Burn Zone

With a pair of storms expected to move into the Southland this week and bring long-awaited rain, Glendora officials issued a warning to residents Monday about the possibility of flooding from mountainous areas recently scorched in the Colby Fire.
The city activated what it calls a "Yellow Level" emergency protocol for neighborhoods impacted by the Colby Fire, which burned 1,952 acres, destroyed five homes and damaged 17 others while injuring six people, including five firefighters.
The alert does not mandate any evacuations, but it includes parking restrictions and directs residents to remove vehicles, trash bins and any other obstructions from streets and travel lanes. Vehicles that are not moved off streets could be towed, according to the city.
The area affected by the alert is north of Sierra Madre between the western boundaries of Azusa/Glendora to the eastern boundary of properties on the west side of the Little Dalton Wash, near Loraine Avenue, city officials said.
"These areas have the highest risk of being impacted by flooding/debris flows from rainfall due to the loss of vegetation from the foothills," according to the city's alert.
Updated information for residents is available at

– City News Service. 

Monday, February 24, 2014

Ren's Wayback, The Walker House Oct.18, 2009

Ren's Wayback, Jan. 6, 2011

Man Charged with Causing Monday's 'Hissing' Gas Leak

James Viramonte Cogley is believed to have crashed a pickup truck into some gas valves at a So Cal Gas storage facility, then crashed it again against a parked car a mile away.
A 22-year-old man who allegedly caused in Playa del Rey was charged today with four felonies.
James Viramonte Cogley pleaded not guilty to charges of arson, grand theft auto, unlawful taking of a vehicle and vandalism.
Cogley allegedly went to the Southern California Gas storage facility in the 8100 block of Gulana Avenue around midday Monday, damaged some electrical panels and stole a pickup, driving it over a gas valve that caused a natural gas leak, according to police and prosecutors.
The gas leak was capped after about three hours.
The pickup truck was found about a mile away from the facility, crashed against a parked car, prosecutors said. He was arrested
According to police, investigators found Cogley at a hospital being treated for injuries consistent with a traffic collision, and he was arrested Tuesday.
Outside court following the hearing, defense attorney Alan Eisner said his client “suffers from bipolar disorder.”
“At the time of the conduct ... he was in the throes of an episode of the disease,” Eisner said. “He has very strong family support and both he and his parents are determined to engage in the proper treatment and the rehabilitation to ensure nothing like this will happen again.”
“This is a reminder that even secured facilities can benefit from working smarter with law enforcement agencies,'' said company spokesman Javier Mendoza.

“We are reviewing our security protocols and procedures. We're also enhancing the security at Playa del Rey with additional staff and surveillance cameras. We encourage the public to get involved to help keep our communities safe. If you see something, say something.”
--City News Service