Published: 19 February 2012 07:19 PM

Arnold Palmer. Tiger Woods. Chi Chi Rodriguez. And, now, Jack Nicklaus.

Someone’s all-time fantasy foursome? Nope, it’s a list of golfers who Inland Rep. Joe Baca has sought to honor through congressional legislation.

Baca, D-Rialto, (handicap somewhere between 3 and 4.2, last we checked,) introduced a bill last week seeking to bestow the Congressional Gold Medal upon the Golden Bear.

“Jack Nicklaus is a true humanitarian and a giant among golfers,” Baca said in a written statement. “Through his dedication to helping others, his success in business, and his prowess on the links — Mr. Nicklaus has grown his sport and served as an exemplary American.”

The medal, along with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, is considered the highest expression of national appreciation that can be given. It has only been given on around 150 occasions, beginning with George Washington in 1776. The list of recipients includes many of the nation’s greatest luminaries, including the Wright brothers, poet Robert Frost, baseball great Jackie Robinson and Gen. Colin Powell.

A bill penned by Baca gave the medal to Palmer in 2009. He also passed a resolution in 2010 honoring Rodriguez for his work with Latino at-risk youths. Baca abandoned efforts to award Woods with the Congressional Gold Medal in 2009 after personal “transgressions” tarnished the golfer’s image.


Inland Rep. Mary Bono Mack welcomed her first grandchild Thursday, after her daughter Chianna Bono gave birth to a son.

Sonny William Hrabe was born at 3:12 p.m., weighing in at 8 pounds and 6 ounces. Mother and baby are doing well, Bono Mack, R-Palm Springs, said in a statement.

The baby has more in common with his maternal grandfather Bono than just his name. The boy also shares his birthday with the late entertainer-turned-politician Sonny Bono — and Bono’s father, who also went by Sonny.

Finding time to dote on the youngster might be tough for Bono Mack, who is already juggling her congressional duties and chairmanship of a House Subcommittee with time spent running for her own re-election, working in support of her husband Rep. Connie Mack’s U.S. Senate bid in Florida and campaigning for GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

But she’ll be close by when in D.C.

Chianna Bono lives with her husband, Mark Hrabe, across the Potomac River from the Capitol in Northern Virginia.

“We thank everyone for their kind words of encouragement and congratulations during this time, and we are looking forward to being grandparents and the memories that are in store for our family with little Sonny,” said grandparents Bono Mack and Mack.

Missing voters

Several competitive seats mean Inland Southern California will get a lot of notice this year. Recently released state voter statistics, however, suggest that many residents will be on the sidelines.

To read entire story, click here.