Other unfortunate events of late:
Speaking of big birds, one of the Lincoln Park peacocks was run over by a car and died. It happened near Frantz Cleaners at Garey and Monroe. I thought that street was going to be closed off already? Apparently the peacocks go there to eat flowers out of the Frantz Cleaners' flower boxes. I've never seen the peacocks that far from the park myself. We could use a few "Please slow down for Peacock" signs in the area, not that it will ever happen. Perhaps some of the corner houses will replace their "Norma Torres for Senate" signage with cautionary peacock signs. I would argue that it would do a lot more good for the community. What I will most remember about Norma Torres is the letter from a then-9-year-old neighbor boy who she didn't even bother to answer or write back when she was mayor. I may agree with her politics, but I disagree with how she represents our district as a person.
By the way, I was told that when Animal Control came to get the injured peacock (that later died), they tried to gather the other peacocks to take them away as well. As if!!! Having had the misfortune of dealing with the Inland Valley Humane Society when our dog was found sitting in one of their cells with a gaping wound from being hit by a car and having to BEG them to stitch her up before moving her, well I would not wish that shelter on any animal, especially the Lincoln Park peacocks. I am told Paula Lantz ran interference and saved the peacocks from what could have been ultimate doom.
Has anyone seen the peacocks around since? I have heard what sounds like a peacock crying after dark for the past several nights. Perhaps they are still trying to find the dead peacock, or grieving over his death. Sad.
Like many who knew of his work, I am bummed about the City of Pomona's former parks, recs and streets director Darryl Grigsby moving on to another job in San Luis Obispo. I can't blame him and wish him the best. Just when I had resigned myself to expecting nothing from my city government, I found out about Darryl's good works and experienced a glimmer of hope. Question is will the City of Pomona carry on his legacy of bike-friendliness and committment to informing Lincoln Park residents when our park is sprayed with herbicides? Only time will tell, but I doubt it. The Pomona Valley Bicycle Coalition remains and will continue to conduct regular community rides. The trick, however, is finding Pomona streets safe enough to ride on in order to join up with the coalition group in the first place, given the absence of bike paths in Pomona. Anyone know the status of the bike path network in Pomona?
Lastly, to end on a positive note: garage sale weekend this Saturday and Sunday. THE END