City Manager Al C. Boling
City Manager's Update - Autumn 2017
As we build momentum off the many cultural and recreational activities that we had throughout the Summer months, I want to share with the community some upcoming programs and events happening throughout Ontario.
On June 21, 2017, the City Council unanimously approved a structurally balanced budget for Fiscal Year 2017-18. The total overall budget of $524,553,984, balanced without the use of any one-time monies, is consistent with the City Council’s goals and objectives to continue to preserve public safety levels, meet community and cultural needs, and deliver on critical capital projects. One of the many budget highlights for the new year includes funding to install a new dog park in south Ontario, to be located at the Whispering Lakes Golf Course.
One of the City Council goals for next year encourages efforts to provide a healthy community. Through the City’s Healthy Ontario program, our partners have been working closely with stakeholders to transform our community centers into hubs for health activities and wellness. Our mission is to better connect our residents to healthy living resources focused on four main areas: Prevention & Wellness; Access to Healthcare; Education & Lifelong Learning; and Safe & Complete Neighborhoods. For more information about this citywide initiative, please visit www.BeHealthyOntario.com.
I highly encourage all of you to participate in the third annual Ontario Reads program, which encourages every resident in the City to read together the same books during the months of September and October. Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley, turns 200 years old in January 2018. To honor the 200th anniversary of the famous monster, the Ontario City Library has selected Shelley’s work, as well as other books that have featured Frankenstein for Ontario Reads. Pay a visit at both Ontario City Library locations this Fall for more information about Ontario Reads and to enjoy the different programming offered.
Mark your calendars for the annual Route 66 Cruisin’ Reunion taking place along historic Euclid Avenue on September 15-17. Come enjoy these three days of classic cars, live entertainment and vendors in the comradery focused on the classic car. Get ready to rumble and enjoy some special entertainment this year including Aloha Friday featuring your favorite beach tunes with Surf City, then Saturday evening Blood, Sweat, and Tears will take the stage at Ontario Town Square, and to finish the weekend Breakfast with Britain’s Finest will top off the live entertainment. For more information visit www.Route66CruisinReunion.com.
Finally, our annual Fall Fest event will be held on October 21 at Ontario Town Square. This event brings fun activities for the entire family. Come join all your friends and neighbors for a day filled with live music, kids entertainment, pumpkin painting, and much more. The Ontario City Library is one of the partners for this event as they put on Kinder Fair, which explores more information about kindergarten for families to enjoy!
These are just a few highlights of the many exciting events happening in Ontario. To stay connected with everything Ontario, be sure to follow us on the City’s approved social media networks, which can be found at www.ontarioca.gov/socialmedia. As always, feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.