By Allen David
The purchase and installation of paving stones is still illegal in Norco, and this seems like a good time to remind you that the place has nicknamed itself “Horsetown, USA.” Considering that, do you really want to know why Norco’s City Council voted in June 2011 to place a moratorium on paving stones, the various styles of interlocking bricks that are increasingly used as substitutes for concrete in driveways and walkways because they look better and are water permeable? Because some of Horsetown, USA’s clumsier equines have slipped and tripped while walking over the stones. OK, well, that’s nice. But four years before that—anybody remember 2007?—the Norco council approved the issuance of permits for paving stones because the trails that scribble through Horsetown, USA become muddy messes when it rains and are difficult for people to drive through. During the moratorium, a city Streets, Trails and Utilities Commission has studied alternatives and modifications to the pavers. According to a city report, the commission will soon recommend design changes to the pavers—requirements including specific types of edges and patterns—which it promises will be less slippery and thus provide better footing for horses. Further, the proposed modifications would require property owners to maintain their pavers, including weeding and removing debris from them. But even that may not be enough to satisfy Councilwoman Kathy Azevedo—she wants to see a world in which pavers are prohibited from flat areas and allowed only in areas with an incline. Wouldn’t we all, Councilwoman Azevedo? Wouldn’t we all?
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 7
Jennifer H. Lawrence’s business column in the Riverside Press-Enterprise tells a moral-of-a-story about a “friend of hers.” Lawrence says this “friend” asked her to take a look at her resume and suggest improvements. Although Lawrence says the two worked on the resume together, she is pretty obviously convinced of the value of her input. “I gave [my friend] some creative ideas to help people get a sense of who she is and what she might bring to the table.” But when this “friend” of Lawrence showed her completed project to others—family, friends—they weren’t as impressed. Lawrence came up with a solution for that, too, concluding that her friend’s family are a bunch of rubes who don’t recognize genius when they see it. She told her friend not to show her work to anybody else. “Asking for an opinion about your creative work is usually a very dangerous thing,” Lawrence maintains. “Creativity is a uniquely personal experience and often, especially when we are pushing the boundaries a bit, our friends and families may push back against what we have created because it does not fit what they are used to, it does not fit their taste, or because they are nervous about us putting something that seems so different into the world.” And speaking of different, have you read the biographical paragraph at the end of the Lawrence column that, in essence, tells us what qualifies her to write a business column? The answer, essentially, is the stint she did as CEO of Girl Scouts of San Gorgonio Council. We wish Jennifer would have followed her own advice and not shown that to anyone.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 9
Rep. Mary Bono Mack, the Palm Springs-area Republican who became a member of Congress in 1998 when her husband died in a skiing accident—in fact, ran and won the seat he once occupied—concedes she has lost her race to Democrat Raul Ruiz. Oh, Mack’s late husband was Sonny Bono. Her current husband—since 2008—is Rep. Connie Mack, a Republican from Florida. He conceded his race for the Senate on Tuesday.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 10
The Lakers won! The Lakers won! The Lakers won! Not that I watched their 101-77 win over the Golden State Warriors last night. Who cares about the Lakers? But I like Mike Brown. It hasn’t been easy for him to fill the shoes of Phil Jackson, who won five championships as coach, and I’m happy Brown seems to be turning things around after that 0-8 record in the pre-season and their 1-4 start. Huh? Whuh? Mike Brown was fired yesterday? Bernie Bickerstaff is the interim coach . . . and the leading candidate for the job is Phil Jackson? Aw, who cares? It’s the day before my birthday.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 11
It’s my birthday. And it looks like Phil Jackson is going to be the next Lakers coach.
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 12
It’s the day after my birthday—and the Lakers’ first day with their new coach . . . Mike D’Antoni, the guy who used to coach the Phoenix Suns and New York Knicks. I like him, but it’s not going to be easy for him to fill the shoes of Phil Jackson.
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 13
Anybody know Phil Jackson’s shoe size?