Thursday, July 31, 2014

The Manly Men of Opera are in Town!

My favorite concert of the season!  The Manly Men dinner and concert will sell out.  Don't miss this unique and stunning event.  SIXTEEN basses and baritones singing their hearts out.

Monday, July 7, 2014

D-Bomb Book Launch

Our very own friend, David Allen has written a BOOK! Actually it's a compilation of his Daily Bulletin columns on the history of POMONA! Yes, US!

And you're all invited.

Copies of his book will be available for purchase on site. Come meet the author himself and have him autograph your copy of the book!

~Event Details~
Pomona A to Z  by David Allen
DPOA Office 119 W. 2nd St.
Friday, July 18, 2014
5:30pm - 7:30pm

If you have any questions, please give the DPOA office a call at 909-469-1121. 

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Ice Cream Social

It's that time again for the Historical Society of the Pomona Valley's annual Ice Cream Social. This is the one time each year when the Historical Society opens the doors to tours of the National Register historic Phillips Mansion.

It's also your opportunity to see the world famous flea circus, tour the outside of the Currier House, and have the bumps on your head read by a renowned Phrenologist.

And it all happens this coming Sunday, June 22 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Hope to see you there.

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Saturday, May 24, 2014

Support the Library Initiative

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At last Wednesday's Library Board of Trustees meeting, an item was sent on to the City Council asking them to place a measure on the November ballot for a $42 a year parcel tax. The major differences between this measure and Measure X which got over 60% of the vote in 2012 (it needed 2/3 or about 67% to pass), is that it has a sunset after 10 years and it doesn't have a yearly cost of living increase.

This is not the final measure as it is up to the City Council to place the measure on the ballot and they can either place this measure, a modified measure, or no measure on the ballot at their discretion.

Now it will be important ensure the measure gets on the ballot and to get voters to vote for the measure come September.

To that end, SOPPL (Save Our Pomona Public Library)/Advocacy is holding a fundraiser on June 1. It will be a restaurant crawl through downtown Pomona. 5 restaurants will generously provide "sampler" food and libations. All in historic buildings. This will give you an opportunity to sample some of the best of the downtown scene. All funds will go toward the ballot measure.

It will also offer an opportunity to tour the National Register Historic Pomona Fox Theater.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Library News

Lots of stuff going on at the library.

Last week, Pomona Public Library Foundation raised over $800 at a fundraiser at Eureka! Burger in Claremont. THANKS EUREKA!

On May 21, the library will have the grand opening of the new Teen Center. This was funded, in part, by the Foundation as well:

I hope to see many of you at this event.

ALSO: The library has announced that their summer reading program will begin on June 9 and continue through the summer to July 16.

Click on the images below to enlarge the information on the reading program.

PLUS: A possible library parcel tax (similar to the one on the ballot in 2012) will be under discussion at this month's Library Board of Trustees meeting at 4:30 pm in the Library Conference Room on May 21st.

You can leave comments or questions in the comments area below.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Mozart’s great comic masterpiece, Cosi fan tutte is here in Pomona this weekend.  Go to to hear audio clips.

An ingenious mix of hilarious farce and poignant drama, Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte, set to a libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte, follows two young soldiers who disguise their identities to test their lovers’ fidelity.  Regarded as one of Mozart and Da Ponte’s greatest achievements, the opera features arias and ensembles unmatched in their musical and dramatic perfection.

It is both a wonderul introduction to opera and also much loved by opera fans.

Cosi fan Tutte
Saturday, April 5 at 2 pm
Sundays, April 6 at 2 pm

Performances are at
First Christian Church of Pomona
1751 N. Park Ave.
Pomona, CA  91768

Tickets are $30 for adults and $10 for students and children.
(909) 230-4949

Friday, March 14, 2014

Time to Get Your IRISH On!

SOPPL (Save Our Pomona Public Library--also known as the "green people" because of their colorful T-shirts) will be holding a fundraiser the Saturday after St. Patrick's Day, March 22, from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm, to raise funds for an anticipated campaign for library funding in the November election. The theme is St. Patrick's day and the event looks to be lively fun. Green Beer, a Baked Potato Bar (and yes, one of the toppings WILL be Corned Beef and Cabbage, along with the more traditional cheese, broccoli, bacon, sour cream, etc.), and entertainment provided by Jeff Schenkel and his band as well as singers from Pomona's own Repertory Opera Company. Fun, games, and a chance to dance, what more could one ask for.
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Please come out and support our library. Tickets can be ordered online at, or at the door.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

For the Valentine's Season

Over thirty talented singers of Pomona's Repertory Opera Company will bring the Valentine’s spirit to life with their concert “Serenades of Love”.   This concert includes love duets, opera arias and musical theater songs to celebrate romance.  There will be the sublimely passionate duets from Madama Butterfly, Pearl Fishers and La Bohème and blood stirring arias such as Ah, mes amis with its 9 high C's, Dove sono and Chi bel sogno.  We will rumble your heartstrings with Some Enchanted Evening and tickle your funny bone with Blah, blah, blah by Gershwin.  The ROC Children's chorus will sing the beautiful prayer from Hansel and Gretel and Who will Buy from Oliver.  The lovefest culminates with the extraordinary Sextet from the Tales of Hoffman.  

A reception with light refreshments follows the concert.

The performance is Sunday, February 9 at 4 pm at First Christian Church, 1751 N. Park Ave., Pomona, CA  91768.  Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for children. 

This event is part of Repertory Opera Company’s fifth season in Pomona.  The season continues with Mozart's Cosi fan Tutte in March and Puccini's  Tosca in June; and ends with the Fourth Annual “Manly Men of Opera” dinner concert – featuring a bevy of  basses and bass-baritones.  

To buy tickets go to or call (909) 230-4949.

Monday, January 27, 2014

The Parable of Deadcatpooville


There was once a large barnyard. It was ruled by cats, who thought the best thing for the barnyard was dead mice. If you walked by the ruling cats, you would hear a chorus, “dead mice, dead mice, we need dead mice; that’s how we’ll fix this barnyard.” 

There were lots of problems in the barnyard. In one corner young cats were killing each other because they were bored, maybe they were not being taught how to be clever, how to use their cat skills to make the barnyard a better place. “Dead mice,” said one of the fat cats. “Police and prisons,” said another, "that’s what we need." A few  suggested teaching the young cats how to kill just enough mice and no more. But the loudest cats said, “dead mice, dead mice, that’s what we need, more dead mice.” 

In spite of this doubtful tactic, there was also a lot of potential in the barnyard. In one corner creative young cats were getting together and asking how they could make the barnyard a better place. Sometimes they would make suggestions, but when they did the ruling cats just said, “bring us dead mice, and then we’ll talk.”

One day a cat came from the next barnyard over to make a name for himself. He was a beautiful cat, very big and sleek with a shiny grey coat. The ruling cats liked him, but he had mean eyes.

Mr. Sleek approached a few of the fattest ruling cats and said, “I will bring you 18000 dead mice AND I will do you a favor. I will build a cat poo train through your barnyard. We will scrape up catpoo from all over and bring it through your barnyard. Then no one will be able to smell all these dead mice I will bring you, all they will smell is cat poo. The fat cats thought this was a great idea. 

The creative young cats, said, “Oh no, fatcats, this is a terrible idea, it will be stinky and unhealthy. Let us help you come up with a better plan.” They held meetings, and learned that none of the ordinary cats liked this plan. They agreed that maybe it was a better idea to build cat gardens and teach kittens good cat skills like how to cover their messes or use it as fertilizer. But the fatcats could only think of dead mice.

Mr. Sleek got wind of this and started piling up the dead mice in earnest. Then he threatened to take away the dead mice.  There was a bad smell in the barnyard. More cats started killing each other. They said, noone cares about us, they only care about dead mice and cat poo. They don’t care about the barnyard, or building gardens, or teaching kittens. Why should we care?  

If only the ruling cats had listened, today that barnyard wouldn’t be called Deadcatpooville.

Let those who have ears hear....

Thursday, December 5, 2013

December Happenings

December is a big month for things going on in Pomona. Here are a few of them you might want to check out.


10:00 am Pomona Christmas Parade celebrates Pomona's 125th Birthday. The parade starts at 2nd and Gibbs, goes west on Second to Park then north to 8th. It's supposed to be cold so bundle up and enjoy the over 120 entrants and over 3,000 individuals who will be participating in this year's edition.

10:00 am - 3:00 pm Holiday at the Plaza continues the tradition of a citywide holiday celebration with live entertainment, booths, games, and SNOW. This is another fun free event for the whole family. You can always make sure you're near the snow and the sounds of kids laughter while the politicians are speaking.

5:00 pm Pomona Heritage Annual Holiday Progressive Dinner. Members and friends of Pomona Heritage (and you're a friend, aren't you?) are invited to enjoy a three course dinner at various locations around the city. Appetizers in a mid-century modern home out of the Jetsons, lunch at a historic women's club building, now a museum, and desserts at a regal Spanish nestled in the hills. And the cost is that you bring a side-dish. For more information contact


11:30 am Pomona Chamber of Commerce Annual Holiday Luncheon will be held at Avalon at Fairplex. This holiday tradition is always a fun event with a nice meal, live entertainment, the opportunity to win a specially decorated Christmas tree with prizes on the limbs, and mingling with some of the nicest people that our city has to offer. Price is $45 per person.


5:30-9:30 pm DPOA Holiday Mixer sees the downtown Pomona community coming together for good cheer. A great chance to mingle with the artists, business people, and friends of the downtown arts, antique, and entertainment communities. They will also be collecting unwrapped toys for Pomona's children. RSVP

6:30 pm Opera Opening Night will feature a lavish holiday dinner by chef Don Sanders and a concert featuring singers from Pomona's own Repertory Opera Company. Not an evening to miss! Price is $20 with advance reservations, $25 at the door.  Reservations close Friday please.  Call with any questions - (909) 230-4949



3:00 pm A Dickens Holiday Seance. Dickens was an important member of the famous Ghost Club founded in 1862. The medium, Professor Gallivan, is a member of that same society, which has been dedicated to the study of ghosts, séances, psychical phenomena and things that go bump in the night. He is a member of the exclusive worldwide Psychic Entertainers Association, a performing member of the Magic Castle, and has performed many Victorian séances.  He also presents historically accurate phrenology readings and lectures at the Riverside Dickens Festival and other organizations. The event will be held in the scary basement of the Pomona Library. Professor Gallivan warns that There will be no admittance after doors are closed at 3:33 pm.  Please arrive at 3:00 for refreshments. This event will not be appropriate for young children. Price is $15 with funds going to support the library. You can purchase tickets online at: Seating is limited.

I'm sure that I've missed some very good and popular events. Please feel free to add your events in the comments area below. Hope to see you all at one or more of these.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Opera Night - Tuesday, November 12

Our chef Don Sanders finalized the delicious menu for our festivities:

  • Baked Ham with Cranberry Sauce
  • Mashed Potatoes and Gravy
  • Cranberry Pecan Green Salad
  • Sunshine Gelatin Salad
  • Carrot Cake
  • Rolls and Butter
  • Coffee and Tea

So far singers set to sing a wonderful array of songs - Raul Matas, Coril Prochnow, Steve Moritsugu, Debbie Dey, LizBeth Lucca, Armando Castillo, Neal Dougherty, Aumna Iqbal and Shawn Taylor.  We will have selections from everything from Aida to Cabaret to Trovatore to The Mikado.  Robert Sage at the piano.

Not an evening to miss! $20 with advance reservations, $25 at the door.  Reservations close Friday please.  Call with any questions - (909) 230-4949

Friday, October 18, 2013

LA Opera Announces......
come to Pomona!

The Festival celebrating composer Benjamin Britten's 100th year includes Repertory Opera Company - Pomona's Opera Company - and this week's production of Albert Herring.

Saturday, October 19 at 2 pm
Wednesday, October 23 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, Octobert 26 at 2 pm.

First Christian Church of Pomona
1751 N. Park Ave.
Pomona, CA  91768

You can purchase tickets online or at the door.
(909) 230-4949

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Voices from the Camps--HSPV, Saturday, October 19

As part of the Together We Read programs from the Library, Historical Society of the Pomona Valley will be presenting a program titled, Voices From The Camps, at a dinner on Saturday, October 19 at 6:00 pm.

After a wine/beer reception, and a Sushi dinner, guests will be entertained by the Repertory Opera Company (Pomona's own Opera company), who will perform two scenes from Madame Butterfly. Then they will be presented with a special "reader's theater" performance of first person accounts from those who were interred in "America's Concentration Camps," during World War II.

The dinner and program is a fundraiser for the Historical Society and the price for dinner and performances is $30 per person.

We hope to see everyone there.


The next Saturday, October 26, there will be a performance by The Kishin Daiko drummers. This performance will be held on the lawn outside Pilgrim Church (Garey Ave, just north of Holt).

For a complete schedule of the Together We Read programs, visit:!/month/2013/10.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Pomona deadlocks on trash station, blows away $1 million

Much like David Allen I've been away from the Pomona City Council for a while, hopeful that a new group of people might be able to get along better. Unfortunately, that has not been the case, with the recent deadlock of the trash station franchise agreement.

What bothers me is the "sore loserness" of the opponents to the transfer station - equivalent to what is going on in Washington. By withholding the franchise agreement, all James Sambrano and his plaintiffs are doing is increasing Pomona's legal bill. Sambrano, incidentally, actually settled with the transfer station operators to drop his environmental lawsuit with prejudice, or else the court would have imposed penalties for his frivolous lawsuit. David Perez, who owns the transfer station's operator, did promise the city a $1 million minimum franchise fee, money that is needed to help the city rebuild its reserves, which are currently $8.1 million.

As for those who claim that the members who voted for the transfer station have been bought off, that is not supported by the facts. I have posted the campaign statements for Pomona city councilmembers here for some time. The only person Valley Vista gave to in large quantities was Elliott Rothman, and he recuses himself on the trash station as required. 

Overall, trash station theater is starting to get old. It's time to move on.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Community Hero!!

Pomona Police & the Pomona Community Mourns the Loss of Bloodhound “Willow”

The Pomona Police Department regrets to inform you that their senior police bloodhound, Willow, died early this morning, Sept. 12, 2013 while being treated for gastric torsion.

Just after midnight this morning, Officer Joe Hernandez rushed Willow to the Animal Hospital where she was diagnosed with severe gastric torsion, and found to be in need of immediate surgery. Once the surgery began, the gravity of Willow’s condition was revealed and Willow passed soon thereafter.

The Pomona Police Department and all of its members are saddened by Willow’s passing. Willow was an outstanding member of the department and has been referred to as a Hero on several occasions for her countless finds.  There is not a police or sheriff’s department around Pomona that has not called upon Willow to help with finding either a dangerous suspect or a missing person. She is not just a Hero of Pomona, but a Hero of the entire Inland Empire. Most recently, Willow even took on the role of a “training officer” as she was assisting Officer Hernandez in training our junior police bloodhound “Jax.” Soon the Pomona Police Department will prepare a news story that highlights Willow’s career and many accomplishments.

Michael Olivieri, Captain
Operations Division, Canine Unit Commander

This notice was copied from the DPOA's web site. 

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Join us Sept. 5 at the Library!

Come join supporters of the Library as we commemorate the increased hours of our library from the current 20 hrs/4 days/week to the expanded 29 hrs/5 days/week.

While this is still far short of what our community needs, it's a step in the right direction and we want to acknowledge the small increase in service over the past year. However, we will still be running the library with an all-part-time staff and no leadership specific to the library.

Currently, Deputy City Manager Mark Gluba is in charge of the library so his time is split between the library, his role as community information officer, and multiple other duties as a deputy city manager. Muriel Spill is doing yeoman's work as  a part-time library manager, but scheduling employees, dealing with city issues and the other myriad duties she has to do overwhelm the 20 hrs/wk that she works. Thus the library is operating, but still lacks real leadership and vision.

Please come out and visit the library on Sept. 5, listen to what the different library support organizations are doing to work together to bring the library to what the city of Pomona needs and deserves.

There will be cake and lemonade for attendings. Bring the kids and enjoy the return of at least 1 more day of service to our struggling library.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Pomona’s ROC troupe brings back its popular ‘Manly Men of Opera’

The Manly Men of Opera

Who: Pomona-based Repertory Opera Co.
Where: First Christian Church, 1751 N. Park Ave., Pomona
When: 5 p.m. Sunday
Tickets: $30 each, $240 for table of 8
Information: 909-230-4949,
Once in awhile something new and exciting happens in a classic art form making people look at the familiar with fresh eyes or, in this case, fresh ears.
Two years ago Pomona-based Repertory Opera Company, ROC, did just that when it unveiled “The Manly Men of Opera,” featuring more than 14 baritones and basses in a celebration of the low, rich, resonant male voice.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Election Tuesday, July 23

Tomorrow, July 23, is the date set for the special election to fill the seat vacated when Norma Torres was elected to the state Senate.

The election has been somewhat heated, especially AGAINST former Republican (who reregistered as Independent for this election) mayor of Ontario, Paul Leon. Pomona is well represented in the race with councilman Freddie Rodriguez, school board member Jason Rothman, former councilperson Danielle Soto, and former aid to Nell Soto and Joe Baca Manuel Saucedo. In addition, perenniel candidate from Ontario, Paul Vincent Avila is on the ballot along with Democrats Doris Louise Wallace, and Tom Haughey, along with Republican Dorothy Pineda.

If no candidate receives over 50% of the vote (which in this 9-person election is highly likely), a runoff will be held with the top two vote getters (regardless of party) facing off.

The polls will be open from 7 am to 8 pm. If you need to find your polling place, visit

Monday, July 8, 2013

Fundraiser for Fifth Season of Opera in Pomona

Anybody within the sound of my voice (which is quite a range) or my computer (possibly bigger) knows that Repertory Opera Company has received a LA County Arts Commission grant for $5,800 for each of the next two seasons (the dA Center for the Arts has also received a grant award, way to go Pomona).  But we must raise a matching $5,800 to get that money.  So to raise money for the fifth season in Pomona (wow!), the company's Musical Director, instead of accompanying the singers and being the orchestra, is going to play solo.  Since he is an international competition-winning concert pianist, it will be guaranteed stunning. And I will be singing as well. Lady MacBeth anyone?  So come out to support this local asset, to mock me, or (yeah, you guessed it) just send a check, so we can kick off the season and grab LA County's money.  The only opera companies this year to get the grant were LA Opera, Long Beach Opera and Pomona's Own, Repertory Opera Company.

Nothin' but love for Pomona,


Repertory Opera Company
Business Address
168 West Willow Ave., #112
Pomona, CA  91768

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Thinking about Trash in Pomona

Thinking about having  much of the county's trash coming through my city has made me rethink my own disposal habits. How can I reduce and reuse? No more sparkling water in small bottles for me. What about green waste? I was shocked to learn recently that the green bin waste went into the landfill, as reported in the Daily Bulletin? Time to think about a bigger compost pile, or maybe a small scale community compost. And yes, let's reglue the cat scratching post rather than chuck it and buy another.

There is a Zero Waste movement in California, see here, here, and here. Wouldn't it be great if Pomona joined that trend? Becoming known as environmentally friendly (for real) would certainly complement the city's potential reputation as a place of music, learning, and art.

As Valley Vista Services gears up to build their 1500 ton-per-day trash station, I continue to be amazed that city council saw fit to approve it.  I also have to ask why is it so big? The current station only handles 150 tons per day. Certainly it is problematic because it is open air and it is so close to one school. But the proposed station is ten times bigger.

Most cities report their disposal statistics see here, but Pomona does not appear to do so. Still Glendale, which is a bigger city than Pomona only produces 135 255 tons per year; so why is the Pomona trash transfer station permitted to handle around 500 000 tons per year? Valley Vista says it will take Pomona only trash, but clearly that cannot be the case.

Maybe city council will rethink the idea of making Pomona a city of trash and instead pass a resolution to become Zero Waste by 2025.