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On the Light Side

August 25, 1989

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Randy and Grace Quinones got married five years ago after meeting on a commuter van they took to work each day.

On Thursday they celebrated, with Mayor Tom Bradley, the 10th anniversary of the van-pool program that shuttles more than 21 percent of the employees to and from the downtown TransAmerica Center.

″It’s good for everyone,″ Bradley said. ″You can read, sleep ... you can even propose for marriage if you like.″

Quinones, 32, sporting a top hat, and his 31-year-old wife, clutching a bouquet, said they met in 1981 when he was the designated driver of the van she took each day from Ontario, about 35 miles east of downtown.

He eyed her in the rearview mirror for about a month before he got the nerve to ask her out on a date. Three years later, they were married.

The Quinoneses still live in Ontario and remain in the van pool.


MARYSVILLE, Calif. (AP) - How about this name on a college sweatshirt: ″Yosubacola.″

It was one of several offered this week as Yuba College District trustees discussed changing the district’s name.

″We cover a large geographical area,″ said Patricia Wirth, the superintendent who suggested a change because ″Yuba College does not necessarily describe″ the district.

Trustee Fred Mathews offered Yosubacola in jest, using two letters from each of five counties the district covers: Yolo, Sutter, Yuba, Colusa and Lake. The district also includes parts of Butte, Glenn and Placer counties.

Mathews said he offered the name because he was ″scared to death someone’s going to come up with a cutesy name.″

One trustee suggested that any new name be higher in the alphabet.

The trustees agreed to think about the proposal and discuss it again.

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