The Rundown

By Allen David

Posted November 29, 2012 in News


The public works yard in the City of Upland is being redesigned to look like . . . the City of Upland. The new landscape, which is actually going to be a recreation of the original landscape, will be comprised of plants that are native to the region. The result? A landscape that is less expensive to maintain, displays city pride and provides an educational example to residents who might want to show similar pride and save similar money. The landscape was designed by a Cal Poly Pomona student, who incorporated colorful drought-tolerant plants that are native to the region. The plants were selected for their beauty, bloom time, local availability and ease of maintenance. They will be labeled to help visitors identify and find plants they would like to purchase for their landscapes. The plants should become available in local nurseries and maybe retail stores as demand is created. Since the plants are native to the region, they will only need to be maintained twice a year. The plants should be able to survive off the winter rains, but if there is a dry spell, installing a new irrigation system should help. The Toro Co. donated a new irrigation system and controller that will feature high efficiency drip and spray emitters, which can all be controlled from a cell phone. The same company also provided the city water-wise sprinkler nozzles that were given to residents for free. The city hosts free workshops at the city yard to help residents with their water-wise landscapes.


As is traditional when observing this most-American of holidays, families and friends are gathering to share a meal, celebrate their shared values and look ahead with a renewed sense of solidarity and purpose. They also take a moment to remember those who are no longer with them—that is, those who are already in line at a crucial store or shopping center. After all, this is Black Friday Eve, and without this big strategy session they would not stand a chance against the throngs, who just like them, are establishing their goals and debating their deployment for Black Friday—the first day of the official Holiday Shopping Season.


And now, the day we have all been waiting for . . . Black Friday—so named because it epitomizes the arrival of a radically capitalist society that worships “one market under God,” replacing the diversity of our culture with the avariciousness of economics, forcing all of us to be money-centric simply in order to survive. And since money is not alive, to the extent that we become radically money-centric and money is at the center of all of our thoughts, decisions, and activities, we are dead and incapable of any resistance to injustice.


The pre-season pollsters who predicted a season to remember for the USC football team are proven right tonight—give or take a few details—in the Trojans’ loss to Notre Dame at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. For USC, which was ranked No. 1 in the country in this year’s preseason Associated Press poll, tonight’s loss is its fourth in a row. But what really makes things memorable is that it is its fifth loss of the season. Since the Associated Press started doing preseason polls in 1950, only one No. 1 has finished with as many as five losses: Mississippi’s 1964 team, which was 5-5-1. But USC is not finished. It will play in some bowl game, no doubt in some outpost town against some other also-ran school—and wherever the game and whoever the opponent, there is absolutely no doubt that USC has a chance to lose . . . that is, to make history by becoming the first team chosen No. 1 by the AP pre-season pollsters to end up with six losses. Fight on!


The Lakers bounce back in a big way from two successive losses by going to Dallas and beating the Mavericks, 115-89. The victory is significant in a few ways. Dallas beat the Lakers in Los Angeles on the opening night of the season. The Lakers are now 7-7 for the season under three different coaches. And the best of the three coaching records turns out to be the 4-1 mark by Bernie Bickerstaff, who served in an interim capacity between Mike Brown (1-4) and Mike D’Antoni (2-2).


Happy 83rd birthday, Dad!


FYI: Black Tuesday occurred on October 29, 1929, and was the fourth day of the stock market crash of 1929, which signaled the start of the Great Depression. Within hours, the stock market lost all gains from the entire year. In just four days, the stock market dropped 25 percent. It lost $30 billion, or 40 percent, in market value. This was 10 times more than the 1929 Federal budget, and more than the U.S. had spent in World War I. By Nov. 13, the day when stock prices hit their lowest point in 1929, over $100 billion had disappeared from the American economy. In today’s terms, that was worth $1.3 trillion.


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