City Manager Message - Autumn 2018
The summer months were filled with exciting programs, events and exhibitions for our community to enjoy. As we head into Autumn, the Ontario City Council and I would like to share some major events and programs coming soon.
On June 18, 2018, the City Council unanimously approved a structurally balanced budget for Fiscal Year 2018-19. The final adopted budget of $589,033,225 is consistent with the City Council’s goals and objectives. Some of the budget highlights for the new year include funding for improvements at Anthony Munoz Park and Community Center, replacement of the historic scoreboard at Jay Littleon Ball Park, and developing an innovative tech incubator accelerator in the City’s downtown area.
We would like to remind the community that September is National Preparedness Month. Take this opportunity to get prepared for disasters or emergencies. The Office of Emergency Management has prepared some programs to help you with your emergency preparedness needs. Take a look at the events on pages 8 and 9 or visit www.ReadyOntario.com for more information.
Mark your calendar for September 15, 2018 from 11 AM to 6 PM when the City of Ontario partners with Chaffey Community Museum of Art (CCMA) to put on the inaugural Ontario Festival of the Arts in the Arts District (the area between and around the Ontario Museum of History & Art and CCMA). The Ontario Festival of the Arts will celebrate visual and performing arts with artist booths, art demonstrations and instruction, maker machines, display of historical artifacts and ephemera, mini walking tour of Arts District historic buildings, and live musical performances. You will not want to miss this event. For more information, visit www.ontarioarts.org/festival.
The Ovitt Family Community Library is excited to announce Lightspeed, now open. This interactive makerspace features nine unique stations including state-of-the-art 3-D printers, a laser cutting machine, virtual reality headsets and textile equipment like sewing machines and Cricuts. This new makerspace is open to the public with your Ontario City Library Card. Come join the maker community and participate in our programs and events!
Back by popular demand is Ontario Reads. The Ontario City Library staff has chosen this year’s title, Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton. This book was chosen in honor of the 25th Anniversary of the release of the original movie. Multiple programs surrounding the theme of Jurassic Park will happen from August 13 to October 13. Visit the Ontario City Library for more information about upcoming events.
Be sure to download the latest version of the myOntario app to stay up-to-date with all that Ontario has to offer. Our improved easy to use app, will allow you to easily search for your favorite city park or facilities, find your local library, explore upcoming events, and stay current with news and alerts. You can also report maintenance and service issues, which will help improve the service delivery to our community. Our goal is to maintain Ontario as a clean and safe community.
As development continues throughout the community, we are excited to welcome the Element by Westin Hotel, which broke ground in June. This 90,000 square foot hotel is being constructed across from Citizens Business Bank Arena. The four-story, 131-room hotel will include amenities such as a pool, fitness center, and a 3,000 square foot full-service restaurant. Complementing this new hotel, the area will feature high-density residential units, a grocery-anchored shopping center, new restaurants and brew pubs. This integrated lifestyle center will create a vibrant entertainment district for Ontario’s residents, employees and visitors.
There are lots of great programs that our staff provides to the community. Enjoy this issue of the Ontario Living Magazine and I hope to see you at a future event in Ontario. Should you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me.