Office of City Manager

City Manager Message - Autumn 2019

As we head into Autumn, here are some major highlights that I would like to share with the Ontario community. 

On June 24, 2019, the Mayor and City Council approved an overall budget of $633,915,665 without the use of any reserves and will maintain funding to support the high quality of municipal services.  Some of the budget highlights for Fiscal Year 2019-20 including the roll out of an Early Literacy Campaign to address the needs of the community; a mentorship program through the Ontario Youth Activities League; establishment of a Satellite Workforce Services Office to provide job training and placement assistance for residents; a new Community Benefits District in the improvement of Downtown Euclid; over $109 million of investments for new affordable housing; construction of a new First Station No. 9 in the Ontario Ranch area; and $7.7 million for street pavement rehabilitation and traffic signage projects to ensure city streets are of the highest possible quality. 

Recently, the Ontario City Library was awarded a grant form the California State Library for $71,000 to pilot an early learning initiative for young children and their parents and caregivers.  The initiative, Little Minds, Big Futures, will bring library staff to high-traffic neighborhood areas to provide services and resources to families with young children in the form of pop-up programs that will expand access to early childhood learning opportunities.  These programs will support parents and caregivers as their child’s first teacher providing exposure to early childhood learning activities, expert led sessions and raise early childhood development and school readiness awareness in the community.  This is a huge win for our community! 

In the light of the recent earthquakes and subsequent aftershocks, this is a reminder of how important it is to be ready.  Take the time now to talk with your family about your emergency plan.  Important questions to ask area:  What would happen if a disaster strikes today and you are at work? Do you have a plan for your kids? Do you have a plan for family members with special needs that may need extra care or assistance?  What are the pre-determined responsibilities of your family members?  Do you have supplies at home so your family members can be self-sustained for at least three days and up to two weeks?  When the next significant event does hit Southern California, the actions we take now will determine how well we respond.  To learn more visit www.ontarioca.gov/readyontario and be sure to participate in National Preparedness Month this September.  

The Ontario Community Life & Culture Agency, in conjunction with community arts and culture organizations are excited to announce the second annual Ontario Festival of the Arts to be held on Saturday, October 19, 2019 from 11 AM – 7 PM.  This event will feature a comprehensive scope of both visual and performing arts.  Attendees will be able to visit over 50 artist and community booths selling functional, decorative and fine art; enjoy a variety of music and dance performances on two stages; participate in min walking tours of historic buildings; take art learning classes; and enjoy food trucks and craft beer.  Come out to this one-day event and Let’s Celebrate Our Story!  For more information visit www.ontarioarts.org/festival.

As we close out the calendar year, be sure to save the date for the annual Ontario 5K Reindeer Run & Rudolph’s Dash!  This year, the Ontario 5K Reindeer Run has a new location!  This year’s 5K Reindeer Run and Rudolph’s Dash will take place on historic Euclid Avenue, where you will run through historic areas within Downtown.  After the race, stay and enjoy the traditions of the Christmas on Euclid Experience. Shop local craft vendors for unique holiday items, while enjoying the many food booths and entertainment from local performers.  Visit www.ontario5krun.com for more information and to register for the race. 

Ontario has a lot of great resources, events and programs for all ages to enjoy.  Take time to read this issue of the Ontario Living Magazine and I hope to see you at an upcoming event. 

 

Scott Ochoa

City Manager