TUESDAY, AUGUST 25
Marilyn Manson, who turned 40 years old in January, gives a concert at the Pomona Fox Theater, and a bunch of protesters with Christian messages show up—by now pretty much a part of the show. In fact, by now can anybody really be certain they are not? I mean, after a career that began when he formed Marilyn Manson and The Spooky Kids in 1989, can anybody still consider the rock ‘n’ roll clown born Brian Hugh Warner any more of a bad influence than Alice Cooper? Guess so, although judging by the protesters quoted in the San Bernardino Sun, they’re the ones prone to blind knee-jerkiness. “The only thing I’m out here to accomplish is what the lord, Jesus Christ, through my belief, tells me to accomplish,” Rod Warner, 65, tells Sun reporter Wes Woods II. “And that’s take his gospel to the lost.” Contrast that robotic spirituality with the sensitive explanation that 19-year-old Cesar Haro provided for his Marilyn Manson fandom: “It’s mostly about the music, when you’re in that age where everything is downhill and that roller coaster. The music just kind of helps you. The music is like a drug. It might make you cry, but that’s just letting it go. The music helps. He’s a misunderstood artist.”
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 26
When the Riverside Community Police Review Commission pulls the trigger on one of its reviews of officer-involved deaths, it doesn’t want anybody criticizing its decision—not even other members of the commission. The commissioners vote, 4-2, to no longer accept reports from dissenting commissioners. Yes, that does seem rather hypocritical, although that’s just one of the things that look bad about this. Commissioner Chani Beeman says the commission is marginalizing itself by banning the dissenting reports. “Our strength is being able to put all this on the table,” she says. Speaking of marginalizing itself, the commission’s 4-2 vote means that three members of the nine-member commission didn’t even show up at the meeting.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 27
Investigators from the District Attorney’s office take the elevator to the fifth floor of the San Bernardino County Government Center, stride into the offices of some members of the Board of Supervisors and hand out subpoenas from the Grand Jury to the supes and several other officials. Why? “It’s a Grand Jury matter, so by law we can’t talk about it,” says Susan Mickey, spokeswoman for the DA’s office. And it’s almost useless to speculate. Considering the endless scandals that emanate from the Board of Supervisors, it could be nearly anything.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 28
The man accused of beating a horse with a sledgehammer and then ordering another man to cut its head off with a chainsaw and feed it to his dogs, is found dead at his home on Upper Tule Road in Anza. Justice? Maybe so, although neither a sledgehammer nor a chainsaw were involved in the death of Jack Mark Ziniuk. He is found alone . . . not counting five dogs, a duck, several birds and seven chickens. Ya think they . . . ? Naahhh, couldn’t be. No way. A neighbor, Shirley Meehan, gives what might as well be the guy’s eulogy: “The man couldn’t treat his animals right.”
SATURDAY, AUGUST 29
The home in Bermuda Dunes seems to be empty—its moved-away residents victims of foreclosure—but the chandelier-sized hive that’s hanging from a patio roof is still buzzing with life. The non-bee neighbors don’t like that—they’re getting scared by the 15,000 bees swarming Delta Street—and they’ve been calling governmental departments all summer for help but they’ve been told the hive cannot be removed without permission from the homeowner. They would like to see the hive removed intact and taken to a local beekeeper. Call it a “honey do list” if you will. But since this is private property, it is the legal responsibility of the property owner to deal with the hive and have it removed by a private beehive removal company, says Rod Chamberlain of the Coachella Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District. Cheryl Isen, who has lived in the neighborhood for eight years, says she is used to bees, but there are now at least 50 in her backyard at any time. “This hive is way too big for this neighborhood.” she says.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 30
I smell smoke.
MONDAY, AUGUST 31
Amnesty for perhaps thousands of the undocumented who have been living in the city of Riverside and unincorporated areas of Riverside County ends today. That’s right, if dog owners in those places don’t get their pets licensed they’ll be liable for a $20 penalty again, just like they were before the amnesty program went into effect in early July. Yes, that can be a bitch.