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NEIGHBORS : Daddy and His Little Girl Spend Quality Time With Dollies : Greg Bonura and 8-year-old Bailey operate a hauling and construction business. The father-daughter aspect has attracted a high proportion of female customers.

September 16, 1993|PANCHO DOLL | SPECIAL TO THE TIMES

Greg and Bailey Bonura of Oak View are perhaps the only father and daughter pair with matching dollies.

No, dad doesn't have Barbies. The dollies they share are of the wheeled variety used to lug things around. The Bonuras make up what is, as far as anyone can tell, the only father-daughter hauling service around, Bonura and Daughter Hauling and Construction.

Whether you need your schlock schlepped or treasures trundled, their motto is "You Name It and We Haul It."

Greg acknowledges that male offsprings are the traditional favorites for inclusion in business mastheads, "but since she is my first and in all likelihood only child, I thought, 'Why not?' I might look like a big brute, but I've always been an advocate of women's rights and taking her out on jobs with me is a great way to spend time with my daughter."

Bailey, 8, does light lifting and heavy scavenging.

"I look for Barbie stuff, wood for building Barbie houses and boxes," she said. "Everything I find, though, mom has the final word on whether I can keep it or not."

Dad reports that payday comes whenever they are near a Toys R Us outlet. Compensation is most often in the form of Barbie paraphernalia. Bailey has trunks of it and a collection of individual Barbies that numbers about 100.

His paternal sensitivity has turned out to be shrewd. The Bonura and Daughter advertisement attracts a high proportion of single, divorced and widowed women, he said.

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Ojai artist Kenny Schneider has found that citizens are the harshest critics of public art.

"If they don't like it, they destroy it. If they like it, they'll steal it," he said. "I've had things that were bolted down with hardware that NASA used and they got away with it. You have to build these things to withstand John Wayne and three cattle drives."

Schneider's most popular works were cast-iron Dalmatians placed as doorstops outside a Seattle firehouse. The dogs, eight of them, were mimicking poses from master paintings.

"The fire chief told us that he didn't understand art, didn't like art and would rather have the money for equipment. But the law said 1 1/2% of remodeling costs was to be set aside for public art."

What the chief got were two Dalmatians dressed in Roman togas from Raphael's "The School of Athens." Another was dressed in 17th-Century Italian costume and playing a lute, in the manner of a famous Titian.

They came to be called "public aarf" and "grrgoyles." The Dalmatians were stolen (some were returned and later stolen again) from the firehouse that was manned 24 hours a day.

Last week, Schneider installed a work of his at the even less protected corner of Hollywood Boulevard and Cherokee Avenue. This one, however, should be safe. It is a 14-foot tall, 3,000-pound steel kiosk, put there to complement redevelopment in Hollywood.

The kiosk contains, among other things, a video screen, a slide projector and a fake clock with bronze Harold Lloyd hanging from the minute hand--a la 'Safety Last," one of his films.

The kiosk is also designed to lean at seven degrees.

"The lean is just to challenge architecture. It gets your attention right away. Also, it's in an earthquake zone, so maybe it will straighten up after the Big One."

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Cultural arts consultant Michael Kelly of Ventura wants to know what's wrong with arts in his town.

Kelly trashes the Community Cultural Plan--a blueprint for publicly sponsored visual and performing arts in the city--and he's none too pleased with the $55,000 that the city paid to consultants.

He's especially put off by two events that the consultants proposed, "Beer & Beethoven" and "Champagne & Chopin."

"Do we really need alcohol to induce people to listen to classical music? Kelly quipped that we should also include "Brandy & Brahms," "Margaritas & Mozart" or, for the visual arts crowd, "Pot & Picasso."

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