By Allen David
Poor, sad Wildomar. A week ago, only 20 of its 32,178 residents showed up at City Hall for the city’s fourth birthday. That lack of enthusiasm can be traced to economic problems that enable the local government to provide only the minimum services required to remain a city. Now comes the announcement that Wildomar is taking another run at a birthday party, summoning the citizenry to Wildomar Elementary School on July 1, to watch city officials ring the old school bell. Why, Wildomar? Why? It doesn’t know. This is just its nature. Listen to Councilman Bob Cashman, a 30-year resident of Wildomar explain why four years of miserable cityhood have been good for his friends and neighbors, like he did to a Press-Enterprise reporter at the first birthday party. “Now we know what we have, what’s coming in and we can make some plans for it,” Cashman said. “I have that optimism because it’s the people who want the best for themselves, want to raise their families. How can it not work?” Hmmm. Go to the Wildomar birthday bell-ringing on Sunday and find out.
THURSDAY, JUNE 21
Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlours, which became a crazy-popular chain in the 1960s by dressing its employees like they were in the 1890s and making them act like they were on LSD, will return to Riverside perhaps as early as this fall with a new, 8,700-square foot restaurant next to Castle Park. Good news? Well, interesting, anyway. Farrell’s seemed wacky almost a half-century ago—waiters in striped vests, bow ties and cane hats delivered gluttonously proportioned desserts with names like The Pig’s Trough and The Zoo in a production of sirens, bells, whistles and frantic scrambling not unlike the air-raid drills of the period—but by today’s standards, will it just seem whack?
FRIDAY, JUNE 22
The Beaumont City Council, which earlier this year voted to prohibit dog owners from allowing their animals to create excessive noise after receiving a written notice, is now reducing the number of cats someone can own without a cattery license from nine to four.
SATURDAY, JUNE 23
An alleged hazing incident at A.B. Miller High in Fontana prompts police to arrest a 27-year-old teacher at the school and four students. Although the cops don’t release the details of the alleged hazing—they say it could damage their investigation—some clues can be gleaned from the basis of the arrests. The teacher, Emmanuel Delarosa, is booked on suspicion of child cruelty. Of the four students arrested, only one is a legal adult—Fernando Salgado, 18, who according to books logs is arrested on suspicion of attempted sodomy with a person younger than 18. Police say there were three victims in the alleged hazing, which they believe occurred during a summer school masonry class that began May 31. Police also allege that Delarosa knew hazing was taking place at the school, and he may have even directed students to carry it out “to limit behavioral problems within the classroom.”
SUNDAY, JUNE 24
The police had their say, now the family and friends of the A.B. Miller High masonry teacher accused of child cruelty—released from custody and placed on administrative leave—have theirs. They tell the San Bernardino Sun that Emmanuel Delarosa is “a good Christian,” was planning to go on a mission to help people in Haiti, took a cut in pay three years ago to switch careers from journeyman bricklayer to schoolteacher and is “cool.” One of the students refers to Delarosa as “Mr. D.” All noted.
MONDAY, JUNE 25
The Supreme Court upholds a section of Arizona’s controversial immigration law that makes it mandatory for officers to verify immigration status, and soon City of Corona officials find themselves in the middle of a circus. It’s the Ramos Bros. Circus, which set up last Thursday on the corner of Sixth Street and Avenida del Vista. Acting on a tip, Corona officials track down two zebras and two camels and discover that the animals have entered Corona illegally. The circus is closed immediately and the four animals are banned from the city. The City of Perris eventually grants them asylum. That’s harsh, but hey, the notoriously hardheaded zebras and camels could have avoided the trouble if they had just entered Corona legally . . . except that Corona has classified zebras and camels as “exotic” animals, and Corona has outlawed exotic animals in the city. Well, that’s harsh, too, but you gotta ask why the circus operators would risk a violation. “Last year, the circus performed in the city with the same animals without a problem,” circus spokeswoman Jessica Ramos says, explaining that a city employee said the exotic animals were prohibited but could be brought along if they did not perform. She adds, “They’re part of our family.” And with that—family—she has us. But she doesn’t stop there. Instead, she adds, “It’s not like they’re tigers or elephants or bears.” And if she’s gonna go there—some of our best friends are tigers, elephants and bears—well, good riddance.
TUESDAY, JUNE 26
A cattery license?