City Manager Al C. Boling
City Manager's Update - Autumn 2016
As we close out the summer season and enter into the autumn months, I am pleased to highlight some news and information of developments and events occurring throughout Ontario.
This past spring, the Ontario City Council held a grand opening ceremony for the new Schimmel Dog Park at John Galvin Park. The new dog park, located at the northeast corner of Cucamonga Avenue and I Street, is dedicated in memory of “Ex” Von Der Schimmel-Schultz-Heide, the first Police Department Service Dog who gave his life in the line of duty on July 2, 1986. Be sure to take your dog and visit this new park and the amenities it has to offer.
On June 15, 2016, the City Council unanimously approved a structurally balanced budget for Fiscal Year 2016-17. The total overall budget of $469,372,820, balanced without the use of any one-time monies, is consistent with the Mayor and City Council’s goals and objectives to continue to preserve public safety levels, meet community and cultural needs, and deliver on critical capital projects. We will also be adding 21 new Police Officer positions, bringing the total to 33 additional positions in the last 24 months.
The primary City Council goal for Fiscal Year 2016-17 remains: Regain local control of the Ontario International Airport. I am happy to report that the Ontario City Council and the Ontario International Airport Authority (OIAA) continues to work in bringing your Ontario International Airport (ONT) back to local control. On June 21, 2016, the House of Representatives approved, H.R. 4369 which helps facilitate the transfer of ONT from the City of Los Angeles to the OIAA. To stay updated with the latest information regarding the transfer of ONT, visit www.OntarioOIAA.com.
The 2016 Route 66 Cruisin’ Reunion is right around the corner. This annual three day event will come to the historic downtown area on September 16-18. Be sure to mark your calendars to attend this free event showcasing hundreds of classic cars, live music, food and vendors, and entertainment for the entire family! For more information regarding this event or to register your classic vehicle, please visit www.Route66CruisinReunion.com.
The downtown area is thriving with many arts and cultural amenities for the community through various programming and events. The Annual Día de los Muertos exhibit will be on display at the Ontario Museum of History & Art from October 6 – November 13. Be sure to pay a visit as this annual exhibition showcases contemporary paintings, sculptures, ofrendas (altars), and the winners from the citywide Mask Making Contest. The Museum offers free admission and fun for all ages. For more information about arts and culture events in Ontario, visit www.OntarioArts.org.
Finally, I would like to point out that December 10, 2016 marks the 125th Birthday for Ontario since its incorporation in 1891. This is a very exciting opportunity to celebrate Ontario’s heritage. Founded as a model colony in 1882 by George and William Chaffey, the City of Ontario continues its commitment to creating opportunity and building value in the community. Be sure to stay connected on the City’s social media channels by visiting www.ontarioca.gov/socialmedia, as we celebrate a rich history and heritage of community, culture, and commerce with exciting events and programs as we get closer to our birthday.