Tuesday, October 14, 2003

President Bush is coming to town... 

...according to this LA Times article, he will be staying in one of the Inland Empire's greatest treasures.

Sunday, October 12, 2003

I.E. key to GOP 

The growing population in the Inland Empire is proving critical to Republicans' efforts to take back power in California, according to this Daily Bulletin story.

At the heart of the region's influence is U.S. Rep. David Dreier, from the eastern Los Angeles County community of San Dimas, and state Sen. Jim Brulte, of the western San Bernardino County suburb of Rancho Cucamonga. Together, these two powerful Republicans and presidential confidants labored to rebuild a party that once held the governorship for 16 consecutive years but as recently as 2002 lost all statewide offices for the first time in over a century.

Red County, Green County 

While the most striking aspect of this map of county-by-county election results from the Tuesday recall election come from Northern California--where the Bay Area sticks out like a sore, out-of-touch thumb, it's also necessary to pay attention to what's going on down South.

Los Angeles County opposed recalling Governor Davis (albeit not overwhelmingly). L.A. County is the urban core of the Southern California region and if similarities to the Bay Region, where City and Suburb voted alike, held true, it should be expected that Ventura, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino oppose the recall as well.

But this didn't happen. L.A.'s surrounding counties favored the recall by some of the highest numbers in the State:

73% in Orange County
70% in Riverside County
70% in San Bernardino County
63% in Ventura County

The Angry Clam shows that this is a trend that is a continutation from the last two elections with these maps.

Saturday, October 11, 2003

Little Kenny Hahn: Environmental Terrorist? 

Well, not exactly, but this opinion piece from the Times does remind people in LA that the pollution from their Hummers ends up posing serious risks for children further inland. I don't agree with the angle, but it is a gentle reminder to those folks to our west.

Civilization coming to Inland Empire 

Some bloggers have come to call the LA Times the "Dog Trainer" and I am thinking they may be right...

Today's business section provides an interesting story about the impacts of suburban sprawl on enophiles in the Cucamonga Valley...

This is California's original wine country — and it's going fast. Decades before Napa Valley became synonymous with California wine, Cucamonga Valley, about an hour east of Los Angeles, was home to more than 35,000 acres of vineyards and as many as 60 wineries.

Today, the Cucamonga Valley American Viticulture Area is down to fewer than 800 acres of vineyard and three commercial wineries, including Galleano's, whose namesake business produces about 100,000 gallons of mostly bulk wine annually.

What's offensive about the story is the headline: Civilization is encroaching on historic Cucamonga Valley's prized vineyards...as if the I.E. were somehow uncivilized before all those Angelenos started moving out here!

Friday, October 10, 2003

Welcome from your Emperor 

The Inland Empire needs a leader...and I offer my voice to the call to duty.

For too long, points east of Ontario have been the bastard stepchild of our neighbors to the east. Los Angelenos treat those of us in Riverside and San Berdu as stopping points on the way to Palm Springs or Pheonix or their nearby Indian Casinos. I'm here to stand up and fight against that evil Los Angeles.

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