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A recent article in the Champion reported on gifts and economic interests to city council members as it pertains to California election laws.  What the report did not include were those gifts returned and thus not reportable. 

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Speculation about the 2020 election includes Chino Valley school board seats. Andrew Cruz and James Na have said they will seek reelection and Irene Blair has stated she will not.

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Columnist Paul Spitzzeri has been writing about the wealth E. J. Marshall attracted to save Chino when Richard Gird’s dream ranch was foreclosed on. After that Chino struggled to replace the economic base provided by the sugar industry. The huge sugar factory operated by the American Beet Su…

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The cities of Chino and Chino Hills have paid a very high price because of the men's prison in their area; a family was  horribly slaughtered. And now Sacramento wants to enlarge the prison which will only add to the risk of lives in the community. California is a very large state with more …

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The average age of inmates at the California Institution for Men is 53 years old but equates to 75 years old because of health issues related to lifestyle, said prison officials during a recent citizens meeting. The Chino prison has become the destination for high risk medical and older popu…

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Letters to the Forum must be signed and contain a home address and phone number for verification. Send to Champion Newspapers, 13179 Ninth St Chino CA 91710; or e-mail to: forum@championnewspapers.com  

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Summer as a kid was the best. School was out in Chino in mid-June, and the days were long. I would walk to my friend's house barefoot, quickly running across the hot asphalt street and onto the lawn to cool my feet. We would grab our bikes (and our shoes) and ride around town, and over to 7-…

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I have been a NASCAR fan since my first race at Riverside back in the early 1980’s.  The spectacle of racing combines fast cars and fearless drivers.  True fans like me get fueled up inhaling burnt tire rubber and gasoline.  As a volunteer for Big Brothers – Big Sisters of Inland Empire I th…

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On July 4, 1776, the Continental Congress approved the Declaration of Independence, setting the 13 colonies on the road to freedom as a sovereign nation. This most American of holidays will be marked with fireworks, parades, concerts, and barbecues. According to the Census Bureau, an estimat…

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The Fourth of July is kind of hidden this year. Thursday is not the best day for an important national holiday. Some companies and their workers will probably make it a long four-day weekend if they can get away with it. 

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Regarding the serious accident on the 71 Freeway where two people just lost their lives: for years the 71 to 91 transition has been a safety problem.  It transitions from four lanes to two lanes and then essentially to one lane east and one lane west.  The resulting daily backup often reache…

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The 17 people who rallied last Saturday in Chino Hills to call for President Trump’s impeachment were outnumbered by the approximately 25 supporters of the president. The event was part of gatherings nationwide asking Congress to start impeachment proceedings.

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As a pastor I am privileged to meet people and besides greeting them in the church, I am invited in good times and bad into their homes. This has given me a view of our community that many might not ever see, and I can tell you without reservation that we have a problem with available housin…

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In addition to graduations and weddings, June was a big month for Chino Valley because of its dairy industry. It was the month of celebrating our largest industry--dairying. In the 1970s, Chino Valley became the largest concentrated milk producing area in the world, a title it held (with our…

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As a lifelong Chino resident I would like to thank you for your service to this wonderful city and continued success of this local community paper. It’s a great weekly read I look forward to on Saturday mornings.

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I have lived in Chino since 1960. I went to Gird Elementary, Chino Junior High and Chino High (two of which no longer exist). I grew up reading the Champion and always read the Commentary and Opinion page. Sometimes I agree, some times not, even had a few of my comments in that section. I un…

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From time to time the city council conducts area surveys. Well I have just done one of my own regarding senior centers. Surrounding cities have dedicated senior centers and very nice ones at that. Last month the Champion had an article in regards to how many more seniors we have in our city …

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 I read your recent newspaper article entitled, “Chino Remembers fallen soldiers at Memorial Day event” and I would like to thank you for displaying our veterans on the front page. Remembering the veterans who served our country should not be thrown to the back of the paper like an ad. Our s…

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Seems as though we just get one addiction under control when another pops up. Probably the two most serious in the U.S., at least up to now, have been alcohol and tobacco. We’ve made tremendous progress in fighting nicotine addiction, thanks to the scare of cancer. Alcohol addiction is less …

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State Senator Connie Leyva’s last day in her Chino office was Thursday. She has moved the district office to Pomona because the lease was up and she needed more space, according to a representative. 

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Letters to the Forum must be signed and contain a home address and phone number for verification. Send to Champion Newspapers, 13179 Ninth St Chino CA 91710; or e-mail to: forum@championnewspapers.com  

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When oil magnate Edwin J. Marshall formed the second version of the Chino Land and Water Company in 1905 to manage and develop the massive Rancho Santa Ana del Chino, he assembled a team of highly connected wealthy business associates whose activities ranged throughout greater Los Angeles.

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With the Dodgers now hot again I went back to the July 5, 1967 column written while their season was turning into a bummer. One season after losing the World Series to the Baltimore Orioles, the Dodgers declined to a record of 73–89. It was their worst record since the war-affected 1944 seas…

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Carbon Canyon commuters have noticed that a guard rail recently installed by Caltrans at Carbon Canyon Road and Canyon Hills Drive has already been hit—hard. 

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People without homes, people wanting homes and people with homes are struggling today to establish roots and realize their dreams. The law of unintended consequences is more in effect than ever as federal, state and local officials vie to solve social problems in a way that favors their cons…

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Graduation means many different things. It can mean the start of adulthood, leaving your hometown or starting a new chapter in your life. For seniors at Chino Hills High School, graduation signifies all of the above. To pay tribute to the town that shaped them, Henna Siddiq, Jared Long and B…

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If you have owned a dog you will easily relate to how smart Walter my Golden Retriever is.  Not quite smart enough to excel on SATs to apply for entrance into USC, but if money was no object I could have his face photo-shopped onto Greg Louganis’ body because he is one heck of a swimmer.  

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Faded and tattered military banners are not making a good impression in Chino Hills on behalf of the armed forces so councilmembers want the program improved. A recent analysis revealed that 32 banners are scheduled to be removed because they are either damaged or the military person has bee…

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Had a great time at the annual Pioneer Picnic on Sunday. The Community Building was full of Chinoans from near and far who came together to share their common love of their hometown.

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With memories playing a big role this week, I remembered a Rolltop Roundup I wrote back in June 1973, about some of mine. Remember this is written from a viewpoint of 46 years ago, when Eastman Kodak was a powerhouse. 

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It’s doubtful that there will be any grandchildren of Chino pioneers at Sunday’s traditional Pioneer Picnic at the Chino Community Building. Sunday’s event is labeled as a celebration of Chino’s pioneer heritage and is open to anyone interested in the community’s history. 

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The chain-link fence installed in front of the former historic La Vida hot springs restaurant on Carbon Canyon Road in Brea had barely been up for a few weeks when a vehicle tore out a 20-foot section during a crash last weekend, an incident predicted by canyon dwellers who said the site has…

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This year my mom celebrates 65 years of motherhood. Her first Mother’s Day was in 1954 and despite her young age she endured labor, delivery and a year alone with a baby while my father was serving his country in Korea.

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I guess it’s time I confessed. As an employer I was guilty of abusing some kids over the half century I operated the Champion. I thought I’d better get this off my chest before some present-day grandfather I used to hire came forward to spoil my record.

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Weeds will be removed from Carbon Canyon Road by Caltrans between Chino Hills Parkway and the San Bernardino/Orange County line from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, May 13 to Thursday, May 16. 

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After about five years of ownership of Rancho Santa Ana del Chino, the Chino Land and Water Company, acquired in 1900 by a group of investors headed by Phoebe Apperson Hearst (see April column) decided to sell the ranch, perhaps because a regional economic boom gave them the means to turn a …

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After noticing that $5 million has been budgeted for well remediation, the Chino Hills Public Works Commission on Wednesday asked for a full presentation on how a new state contamination level for the chemical TCP is impacting the city’s water system. The $5 million fix is the most expensive…

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You might have noticed a lot of orange butterflies flying around lately. Along certain streets in Chino Hills, residents would be able to see hundreds upon hundreds of orange butterflies flying around. If you have witnessed such a beautiful phenomenon, you have witnessed the painted lady but…

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Social Media have added a new aspect to personal communications since this Roundup was written 50 years ago, on March 6, 1969,  but it might be enjoyed by those who have come along since it first appeared as well as others who remember those “ancient” times that really haven’t changed that much. 

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Letters to the Forum must be signed and contain a home address and phone number for verification. Send to Champion Newspapers, 13179 Ninth St Chino CA 91710; or e-mail to: forum@championnewspapers.com  

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How delighted I was to see the familiar face of war correspondent Ernie Pyle in your column last week.  My dad was a professor of journalism at Indiana University from 1920-1928; Ernie Pyle was one of his students.  Dad told us when Ernie was asked by a reporter why he majored in journalism,…

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Mustard plants and brush are getting so tall in Chino Hills that Councilman Ray Marquez said he is concerned about fire hazards when they dry out. He is requesting the matter be placed on a future city council agenda for discussion. 

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The best part of a practical joke is not getting caught. The house next door was sold about two years ago and left vacant. During this period the place became a real dump because nothing was being watered, no gardening, or home maintenance. I complained to my homeowner association as well as…

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Definition: the process of improving or developing something over a period. It also means “moving ahead.”

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Chino Community Theatre and Children's Theatre was formed in 1984 by husband and wife team Paul and Karen Larson of Chino.  Both were local teachers who created the theatre groups for adults and children. 

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Is the increase in airplane noise at night over the valley driving you nuts? Reader Richard Sherman said he was told by Supervisor Curt Hagman’s office that he could complain to the FFA by leaving a voice message at (909) 544-5470, which is the Ontario Airport noise complaint line.

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There are opinions among some of the public that newspapers are too opinionated. Particularly among those who don’t agree with what they contain.