Tuesday, April 08, 2008
So according to John at M-M-M-My Pomona, the proposed YMCA project is back burner, but the demolition at Foothill and Towne is now front and center. For reasons that make sense only on a sinister level, the City still proposes to eminent domain three successful Pomona businesses. All in the name of yet another corporate drug store. Huh?
Coates Bicycle Shop is one of the oldest businesses in Pomona and is considered a local landmark and a community service. According to John, the City's plan will force the tuxedo shop to move to Covina, and will force Coates out of business.
Reader Maribel wrote me awhile back with this letter and idea:
"Hi Goddess of Pomona!
I think I'll start by introducing myself.
I am a sophomore at Pomona College as well as a Pomona, CA resident.
I have lived in Pomona my entire life, and am very grateful to have
found your blog. It keeps me well informed.
I recently read on your blog that
the city is looking to buy the property on which
Coates sits on, and I, much like you,
am disappointed by this.
My intention is not to complain to you, but is rather,
to share something with you. One recent Saturday night,
while my boyfriend and I were walking around the dorms,
we ran into beautiful new bike in his hallway. The
freshman who happens to now own the bike, told us
her parents had just given it to her as a delayed
Christmas present. When asked where her parents bought
it, she answered "Coates." She mentioned that the
people at Coates are really nice, and, perhaps best
of all, offered to store her bike for the summer. In
addition, they gave her a U-lock for her new bicycle.
Storing bikes on campus for the summer is a real pain. Space is
usually given as first come, first serve, so, many bikes (including
my boyfriend's) are left out in the open locked to the bike racks
on campus. They have to bear the extreme heat of a Southern
California summer and can at times be stolen or damaged.
Coates is providing students (I'm assuming that this is a regular
service of theirs) with an amazing service and giving Pomona a
better name just by being in the city.
I thought this would be a good story to share with you, and perhaps
you can ask others on your blog to share their own stories
I think it would be a great thing to collect and share with others,
and perhaps Mayor Torres?
If not, I think it would be a great entry for the blog."
GoP: Unfortunately, this sounds like an idea whose time has come. If you have a story about Coates, please write it below. If we get enough stories, I'll make sure they get to people in the City. Pssst, there's a rumor that some of the City's public servants even read the blog. I'm sure it's just a rumor, tho. :) As with all issues, you can email, write or call City Council.
Thank you to Maribel, who says there are two other current students at Pomona College -all women- who were organically grown here in Pomona. That makes three Godesses of Pomona at Pomona College. Now that's team spirit!