City Manager Chris Hughes
City Manager's Update - Winter 2013/14
Publication Date: November 8, 2013
Our City Council’s focus on economic development and community prosperity continues to create value and job growth throughout our City. Downtown Ontario is once again becoming a gathering point for our residents and a destination for those from all over the Southland.
This transition is underway with new construction projects in the City of Ontario which look to spur job growth and foot traffic in Ontario’s walkable historic downtown. At the corner of Holt Boulevard and Euclid Avenue, a new three-story 60,000 SF office building will bring 150 jobs to the City’s downtown while just to the north on Euclid you will see the development of the 1.77 acre Ontario Town Square. This new City park will include an open air amphitheater, children’s play garden, picnic area, history wall, and walking paths. The open lawn area and surrounding seating areas can accommodate approximately 1300 visitors for special events.
To compliment the recent development in our Downtown, Euclid Avenue played host to the Route 66 Cruisin’ Reunion on September 20-22, which was attended by over 100,000 residents and visitors. This highly successful inaugural event brought millions of dollars of economic value and this annual event will ensure that Downtown Ontario is a key focal point in this recovering economy.
As we near the holiday season, I would like to encourage all community members to shop local. A portion of your sales tax revenues are reinvested by the City Council into City services. By shopping locally you invest back into your community, help businesses grow, and create jobs. Check out the “Shop Local” insert in this issue of Ontario Living Magazine to meet all your shopping needs.
In this season of holiday travel, we want to remind you that your City Council remains committed to use “any and all means necessary” to achieve local control of Ontario International Airport. Negotiations and the pursuit of legal remedies continue to be at the forefront of our strategy to secure our region’s most important economic and jobs engine. We remain hopeful that the new Los Angeles City administration understands the value of a regional air transportation system and will work with our City Council to affect a successful transfer. If you haven’t yet supported our Set ONTario Free campaign, please “like” us on Facebook and sign the online petition at www.SetONTarioFree.com. We will be successful in this commitment to our community.
You may be aware that in early October I notified the City Council that I will be retiring from the City of Ontario at the end of December. I want to thank our Mayor and City Council for giving me the opportunity to serve as your City Manager and providing such a stable and supportive environment to the benefit of our City staff and all City residents. I have enjoyed serving the City of Ontario in various capacities over the last 25 years and I will continue to watch our City grow and prosper based on the vision that they have created. In a unanimous 5-0 vote on October 1, 2013, the City Council appointed Deputy City Manager, Al Boling, as the next City Manager. I have complete confidence that he will continue to work with our Mayor and City Council to provide the highest level of service excellence and community programs that you have come to enjoy in the City of Ontario.
For more information about Ontario projects and activities, please visit our website at www.ci.ontario.ca.us or our Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/Ontario.California.