Tuesday, May 1, 2007

When two sides go to war, the cow chips are gonna fly

This is better than the war between the Army and the other armed services. There's a war between two Inland Empire cities, neither of which exist yet.

This still-growing community doesn't yet have enough rooftops and retail, but residents nonetheless are forging ahead with efforts to attain cityhood for Eastvale, a suburb emerging on longtime agricultural land....

[T]here's a new sense of urgency in Eastvale, brought on by the incorporation aspirations of neighboring Jurupa Valley communities. Mira Loma, Glen Avon, Pedley, Sunnyslope, Rubidoux, Jurupa, Indian Hills and Belltown would band together to become one city, said Refugio "Cook" Barela, an Indian Hills resident who is leading the incorporation effort.

The conflict arises because the proposed Jurupa Valley city would include a crucial area -- bordered by Hamner Avenue on the west and Wineville Avenue on the east.

Hamner is the road which us northerners (Yankees?) refer to as Milliken, and which also serves as the west side of a huge shopping center (I got gas at the Vons there once). Obviously it's an enticing tax base that either city would like to control for its own.

And the war continues:

More than 50 Jurupa Valley residents packed the board room of the Jurupa Community Services District on Monday night to learn about the procedures necessary to implement Measure W....

A large number of Eastvale residents attended the meeting to express frustration and concern over their lack of representation on the board since Eastvale resident Kathryn Bogart resigned and Jack Smith, who lives in Jurupa, was appointed to her seat.

While we're talking about board representation, I should mention how I found out about this war in the first place. Back in 2004, the Eastvale Community Commitee set up a blog, and listed all of their committee members. One of the representatives for Sumner Place was named Carrie Bok.

"So what?" you mumble. Well, you remember the Mahree Bok mystery, which I never got around to solving (I'd better find Piper Dellums' book). One of the theories about the Mahree Bok character in the Disney movie "The Color of Friendship" was that she was a real person whose name was Carrie.

Is there a chance that this Carrie, after returning to South Africa from the Dellums' house, ended up moving to the United States and settling in rural Southern California (several hundred miles away from her host father, yet somewhat close as such things go), only to find herself embroiled in...COMMUNITY POLITICS?

I seriously doubt it, but it certainly makes for idle speculation, doesn't it?

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