City Manager Al C. Boling
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City Manager's Update - Summer 2014
As the summer months near, I would like to update you on some of the exciting developments happening around town and also let you know about the many upcoming family events offered in the City of Ontario.
This year’s Huck Finn Jubilee to be held at Cucamonga-Guasti Regional Park in Ontario has been reinvented and is expected to attract thousands of attendees from all over the United States. The three-day festival, from June 13-15, is a celebration of old Americana, featuring bluegrass and country music, themed activities and contests, fishing, camping, raft-building, living history displays, and everything Huck Finn. This event is billed as one of the largest bluegrass festivals west of the Mississippi and is one more example of our City Council’s commitment to building Ontario as a destination and premier event host.
We’ll come together on Friday, July 4 for the annual City of Ontario Fourth of July Parade in downtown, followed by the fireworks show at Westwind Park later that evening. The City Council will host local marching bands, car clubs, and local dignitaries for fun, food and activities for the entire family. The theme for our parade and fireworks show is “Star Spangled Spectacular” and will attract attendees from all over the County. So make sure to arrive early and wear your red, white, and blue!
Ontario’s award winning National Night Out takes place on Tuesday, August 5, and will once again provide an opportunity for you to meet with public safety personnel as we keep Ontario a model of safety and prosperity. The City of Ontario was the first Southern California city to receive national recognition for its participation in this event, and we consistently rank among the top five cities in the nation for Night Out activities. If you would like to become more involved in this year’s event, please contact our Police Crime Prevention Unit at (909) 395-2093.
We’ll need housing for all those moving into the Ontario area as a result of our strong business climate and family-friendly living; and we are ready. The new single-family residences at Parkside adjacent to Cucamonga-Guasti Regional Park are almost sold out, and the New Model Colony is experiencing an unprecedented boost in investment. In fact, the number of residential construction permits is up over 600% from last year in only six months. Ontario continues to be the place to do business and raise your family.
Finally, for all of you making your summer travel plans, you will notice that Ontario International Airport continues to struggle. Owned and operated by the City of Los Angeles, the airport has lacked an owner with a vested interest in its success and growth. But that will change. The Ontario Mayor and City Council were able to reopen negotiations with Los Angeles while keeping the lawsuits against LA as a viable option in case negotiations fizzle. The Council has been clear that “no is not an option” and we are cautiously optimistic that change is coming. Our Council stands committed to restoring our region’s most important economic and jobs engine.
Enjoy all the wonderful activities Ontario has to offer, and I look forward to seeing you at one of our many community celebrations.