Sunday, February 28, 2010

Boys and Girls Club Gala Fundraiser

Saturday night's Boys and Girls Club Gala at the Sheraton Fairplex was a sold out affair. This year's honorees were; Congresswoman Grace Napolitano, Senior Juvenile Court Judge Daniel Lopez, and PFY Director Allan Young. There was a live auction with items such as a golf package, home air conditioner, jewelry, and a $5k ring which was modeled by Miss Pomona and her court. The masters of ceremony were PUSD Superintendent Richard Martinez and former Police Chief Joe Romero. An estimated $120K was raised for the kids.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Raymond Fong Newest Member of DPOA Board

Raymond Fong, Pomona's Redvelopment Director and senior staff of the Vehicle Parking District, recently joined the DPOA's (Downtown Pomona Owners Association)Board of Directors.There are thirteen DPOA board members. Carolyn Hemming, president, and Larry Egan, executive director, welcome Mr. Fong.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Beautiful Lake Pomona For Sale!

Want to own your own urban lake? Want to be the envy of all your friends? Lake Pomona may be just the cure for you. Bring $8 million dollars with you on March 8, 2010, to the steps of the County Courthouse, right here in Pomona, and you may be the lucky new owner of Lake Pomona. But there's more...along with Lake Pomona you will receive a 5 story bank building, a 7500 sq.ft warehouse, a 2 story restaurant, two vacant lots and a city block of real estate. Be on time...the auction begins at 10:30AM. Sorry, no credit cards. Cash or cashiers checks only.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Troop 101 reaches 100th

Boy Scout Troop 101, Pomona's oldest troop, oldest troop west of the Mississippi for that matter, celebrated its 100th anniversary this weekend. The troop came to Thomas Plaza in downtown Pomona for a ribbon cutting ceremony hosted by the Pomona Chamber of Commerce and received certificates of appreciation from the Chamber and the Downtown Pomona Owners Association (DPOA). Current and previous Eagle Scouts spoke of the importance of scouting and the positive impact it has had on their lives. Happy Birthday Troop's to another 100!!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Wrap Up Meeting

The 2009 Christmas Parade Committee met recently at Joey's BBQ to compare notes and make suggestions for improvement, and develop a strategy for the 2010 parade. Two pages of notes were taken which only means there is a great deal of room for improvement. One such comment; "Never put an ambulance, police car, fire truck, or any other noise making vehicle or float near a competing marching band"

Monday, February 15, 2010

Saturday night in downtown Pomona

A Pirate band, movie shoot, Art Walk, Opera, good friends, safe streets, fun times...that's what we do! And we do it better than anyone around. Come to downtown Pomona sometime, you'll be glad you did.

Thursday, February 11, 2010


At a recent DPOA marketing meeting, downtown promoter Ed Tessier pitched an ad campaign that uses tongue and cheek psychology to promote the downtown. As a culturally aware , artistic, creative, and spontaneous group of people inhabiting the downtown for work, pleasure ,business, or residence, the idea that this jewel of the Inland Empire and hub of all that is progressive, good, and wholesome and by association "The real 909", it was almost laughable (which of course is the point of the campaign)when we were asked to come up with 909 reasons why we love downtown Pomona...piece of cake Mr. Tessier, not even a contest!

Think you can come up with 909 reasons why you love downtown Pomona? Give it a try, we'd love to hear from you. In the meantime, here are a few;

We only have one Starbucks
No hair, new hair, green hair, blue hair
Usually, you can't smell Chino
There had to be something between Pasadena and Vegas
There's never been an Olsen Twin sighting

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

A Very Cultural Event!

Opera at the dA! That's what I'm talking about.
Repertory Opera Company will perform a "sample" opera during Art Walk at the dA to tease you, taunt you, to want more. You can get more...Check the listings below.

 dA Center for the Arts
Concert during the Pomona Art Walk
Saturday, February 13 at 8 pm

 Serenades of Love
An elegantly romantic afternoon with extravagant desserts & beloved melodies
February 14 at 2 pm
St Paul’s Episcopal Church Pomona

 La Traviata
Saturday, March 13 and 20 at 2 pm
First Christian Church of Pomona

For tickets and more information
(909) 230-4949

Monday, February 8, 2010

Pirates of the Black Swan


Friday, February 5, 2010

Would you like to see a dance contest this summer in Thomas Plaza?

Marketing Meeting

Last night's DPOA Marketing meeting produced some thought provoking topics. There was the usual advertising discussion, which publication, format, size of ad, etc. and then the discussion turned to summertime activities and more specifically the "Dancing With The Stars" concept. The idea of a dancing contest apparently has merit, but would such an activity attract visitors to the downtown, would people participate? These and other issues were discussed at length and in the end it was decided that we should do what politicians do...conduct a survey. No one really had any suggestions regarding questions to be asked in the survey, other than would you like to see a dance contest? At least that's a start. Soon we will post a survey on our web site, probably right here on the blog, but before we do we're asking for your input. What questions should we include in the survey, should it be lengthy or short, yes and no answers, or multiple choice?, etc. Let us know what you think. If your ideas and suggestions are rated PG we'll post them. In the meantime we will begin the process of setting up the survey.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Would You Care To Dance?

The DPOA is always on the lookout for events that will draw people to the downtown, so when such an event was suggested to me, my antennae wiggled and stood at attention for a minute. As you all know TVs "Dancing with the Stars" is an immense hit, so, it was suggested, (by a longtime watcher of Pomona doings) that we put on our own version of the show right here in downtown Pomona, probably in Thomas Plaza during the summertime when the evenings are warmer and longer.

At first blush the the idea has merit, but when you think about it for awhile it gets a bit involved. We would need professional dance instructors for one thing, maybe Arthur Murray Studios, it was suggested. We can't "steal" the name Dancing with the Stars, besides Pomona doesn't have that many "stars" that I'm aware of . What should we call the contest?, P-Town Twirlers? Who would be the contestants?, maybe key politicos? Yes, but would they draw a crowd? Do we need "experienced" judges, or should the public vote? Not sure how all this would work exactly.

If you think the idea has merit, give us your thoughts and we'll give the matter some serious attention.