Past Stories

Citizens Business Bank Arena Opens For Business in Ontario

For the past few decades, explosive population growth in Riverside and San Bernardino counties has intensified the need for a major indoor sports and entertainment arena. Blockbuster (now San Manuel) Pavilion at Glen Helen Reg...


Truth and justice on ICE

Over the past few weeks, while everyone’s attention was riveted on the Wall Street meltdown and the debates, agents of the federal, state and local governments fanned out through Riverside and San Bernardino counties and ...


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Pomona editor helps keep British artist out of jail

Michael Dickinson is a free man today. The British-born artist was recently acquitted in Turkish court on charges of insulting the dignity of Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan in an art piece Dickinson displayed two years ago in Is...



The Dealers Next Door, Part 2

It’s been nearly a year since I wrote about the drug dealers operating next door to my house [vol. 2, issue 25 cover], and if you’re wondering how the guys are doing, let me assure you they’re doing just fine....


Karl Rove Met With Protests at McKenna College

Hundreds of protesters descended on the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum at Claremont McKenna College on Monday night where former Bush administration Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove held a scheduled dinner and talk for the student ...


Newspapers Continue into Obsolescence?

The Riverside Press-Enterprise is the latest daily newspaper to suffer drastic cuts in their staff.  Parent company A.H. Belo Corp announced the completion of a Voluntary Severance Offer (VSO) aimed at reducing staff at their ...



Shining a Light on the Death of Robert Day

Waiting until all the facts are in is not something journalists are particularly good at. Ours is a deadline-driven business: We report each and every detail as quickly as we get them, often without considering whether the deta...


Things to do in Denver when you’re dying

Last week, I sat in the lounge of the glittering Sheraton Hotel in downtown Denver typing medical symptoms into a search engine on my laptop. The list included fever, nausea, chills, body aches, stomach cramps, headaches, abdom...


The Arthouse Experience

The Laemmle 5 Theater in Claremont has taken some hits in recent weeks for not being arty enough. Residents and moviegoers are disconcerted that the family-run chain—which hails itself an “arthouse” theatre, s...



Local to Climb Mt. Fuji–Four Times in 24 Hours

“Sugoi!” say some Japanese (awesome). Others say “Arienai” (impossible). But Chief Petty Officer Mike Raney cuts to the chase. “Perhaps we are a bunch of knuckleheads,” Raney writes in an ema...


Claremont blog still howling like a wounded dog

Reading the latest rant against the Weekly by that primer of syllogistic fallacies known as the Claremont Insider, I’m reminded of an old newsroom saying: “You know you hit ‘em in the sweet spot when they howl...


Claremont Museum of Art Gets Giant Gift

The Claremont Museum of Art (CAM) just scored a huge donation of $10 million dollars, but the last thing Executive Director William Moreno wants you to do is put that twenty dollar bill you had earmarked for the museum back&hel...



A Wall Between Vice and Commerce in Highland

Heide DeWitt came to work one morning and noticed that a wall had gone up barely 20 feet in front of her store. DeWitt, the proprietor of That Smoke Shop, a tobacco shop located at the intersection of Highland Ave.…


No New Assessment Taxes

The residents of Phillips Ranch have made their decision and, going against the recommendations of Pomona’s City Manager, their answer is “No new assessment taxes!” As a result, Pomona may have to cut services...


‘Awesome!’–Riverside’s annual burning of Mt. Rubidoux

Rising 1,337 feet above sea level, Mt. Rubidoux in the city of Riverside may very well be the world’s tallest Roman candle.  For at least 50 years every Fourth of July, Riverside City Hall has staged spectacular displays...



Stuck in the Weeds in Pomona

At the start of Pomona’s City Council meeting on Monday, Mayor Norma Torres, just back from the U.S. Conference of Mayors held in Miami, began singing the praises of the city of Wilmington’s zero-tolerance code enfo...


Feral Dogs a Problem on Baldy

Armed with bear spray, Jeff Villepique gets out of his pickup and walks through the mountain fog to the edge of a precipitous wash where he recently found the gruesome remains of a protected bighorn sheep. Villepique, a wildlif...


UCR, Paranoia and the Art of Exaggeration

If a controversial piece of art was displayed in the woods and no one saw it, would it still be controversial? And if it was removed—would it be considered censorship?   These are questions that are being asked in li...



The Heat is On

On May 3, when the Pomona Police Department came in with their Traffic Safety Checkpoint staging equipment, city-franchised tow truck operators close behind, and set up shop in a vacant lot in the northeast corner of the inters...


So much bitterness, so little change

The dust is still settling on the recent Riverside County Board of Supervisors District 1 election, a mean-spirited and frequently baffling clash between incumbent Bob Buster and Riverside City Councilman Frank Schiavone. The&n...


Weekly Bulliten

The on-going spectacle of Rodney King will hew once again to American gawkerism, this time in the form of a recovering drug and alcohol addict on the VH1 reality show, Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew. The Rialto resident, who in&...



Think Green, Bud

By now you have all seen or heard of CFLs (compact florescent lights), those little spirally light bulbs that look like the skeleton of a soft ice cream cone. But what you might not know (or have thought about) is…


Racist, Raciest . . .

This past week, Riverside Community College choreographers and the dance department made fliers to promote its upcoming “Celebrate Dance 2008 Student Concert.” The fliers (four-color glossies, very nice) contained t...


Coachella Cleaner, Artier

There was a time in the not-so-distant past when tromping through the Empire Polo Field at Coachella was equivalent to visiting the local dump. By nightfall, your feet would crunch down on so much debris—namely plastic be...



Highway To Hell

At the risk of alienating most of our readers, we at the IE Weekly would like to speak out in defense of the California Department of Transportation.     Caltrans is the Rodney Dangerfield of state agencies. It gets no…


The Idea of Unionizing Makes Henchmen of Administrators

No one loved Parkview Hospital like RN Deirdre Kirkwood. When the medical facility had financial hardships and temporarily closed its doors, she was one of the last RNs to leave the neo-natal intensive care unit. And, when the ...


Thanks, P.E., for making our jobs that much more difficult

It was one of those situations in which the local journalism community felt it had every right to beat a governmental body over the head with the Constitution. In the end, it was the image of modern journalism that took…



Bringing Home the Bacon

It starts with pigs.   Mike Davis says, “Make sure she tells you the story about the pigs.”   By “she” he means Susan Straight, to which Straight replies, “which story?”   In other words, ...