For the seventh consecutive year, Inland Empire’s Largest Mixer returns Wednesday, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., bringing together hundreds of local business people and more than 20 local chambers of commerce at the Ontario Convention Center Center, 2000 E. Convention Center Way,
Ontario, CA 91764.
Businesses interested in purchasing exhibitor space or tickets should call 909-560-2800 or visit www.iemixer.com.
Ontario Heritage will host its 4th annual Historic Cemetery Tour at Bellevue Memorial Park. Participants will take a leisure stroll through Bellevue Memorial Park and learn about the history makers of the city, “Ontario’s Dreamers and Dwellers,” on Oct. 12 at 10 a.m.
Costumed actors will bring these characters to life.
Tickets are $10 for non-members, $5 for Ontario Heritage and Upland Heritage members and can be purchased starting at 9:30 a.m. on the day of the event. Children 12 and under are free.
For more information, visit www.OntarioHeritage.org.
Ontario High School Drama Club will present, “Stage Door,” a play about the pursuit of professional performance where dreams are either realized or crushed.
Written by Edna Ferber and George Kaufman, this comedy-drama (set in the 1930’s) concerns a group of young girls who have come to New York to study acting and find work as performers. Some are too old, some have no talent, some choose love over the stage, some choose the stage over love, some “sell out,” and some fight through discouragement to keep pursuing their passion for live performance. Performances are Oct. 10, 11, 12, 17, 18 & 19 at 6:30 p.m.
Tickets are $7 for seniors & students with ID and $8 for general admission. Tickets may also be reserved at the box office for $5.
To reserve tickets, please call: 909-460-5664, x450-2310. On performance nights, the box office opens at 5:30 p.m.
In today’s paper I examine the reason for the low turnout for the Los Angeles Lakers game in Ontario on Saturday.
One analyst believes the reason for the unusually low turnout at this weekend’s game in Ontario was the absence of the team’s star, Kobe Bryant.
“Kobe is this team and this brand. When you know Kobe is not going to play, it is going to have a significant effect on attendance,” says Jeff C. Fellenzer, who teaches the course Sports, Business, Media at USC Annenberg.
Here’s the rest of my story.
Lakers play one more game in the Inland Empire tonight but judging the response from this reader, I don’t think things will be different tonight.
At Tuesday’s meeting, councilman Alan Wapner said he took issue with an “editorial from the Los Angeles News Group,” he recently read regarding the announcement of Chris Hughes’ departure.
According to Wapner, the editorial stated, “that it was good news for Los Angeles that Chris Hughes was leaving. I don’t know where they get their information from.”
(I immediately knew it didn’t sound right but I’ll let Wapner proceed) Continue reading
Organizers of the Ontario car show Cruisin Reunion say they registered 800 vintage automobiles, and had more than 139,000 people visit the event during the three days, bringing in $15.3 million in economic impact.
It also exceeded initial expectations by 39 percent, said Michael Krouse, president of the nonprofit Route 66 Reunion and President & CEO of the Ontario Convention Center.
More to come this week.
At Tuesday’s meeting councilman Alan Wapner stated during public comments that he has noticed a change in name for L.A./Ontario International Airport.
Wapner said he has noticed it is now referred to as, Ontario International Airport.
I wasn’t able to connect with Wapner after tonight’s meeting to see if he was referring to the new marketing campaign – unveiled by Los Angeles World Airports – as his reasoning for the name change. Continue reading
The City Council has named deputy city manager Al Boling to succeed Chris Hughes as City Manager.
The council unanimously made the decision during closed session of Tuesday’s council meeting. The appointment was announced during the meeting.
Boling has been with Ontario for 17 years, serving as the city’s first internal auditor and, for the past six years, in the role of deputy city manager .
Hughes, the city manager for the past three years, announced Thursday he will retire in December.
“I have the most utmost confidence and respect for Al Boling,” Ontario Mayor Paul Leon said “I know the city will be well taken care of.”
As deputy city manager, Boling oversees several city departments but has usually reserved a low-profile during council meetings.
“A lot of people don’t even know who Al is,” said Councilman Alan Wapner, motioning Boling to stand up to the podium at Tuesday’s council meeting.
Wapner said he has had several long conversations with Boling in the past and is confident he is suited for the position.
The outgoing city manager has been at the helm of the battle for local control of L.A./Ontario International Airport. And on Tuesday, Wapner assured the public that things will be no different with Boling, adding he has been involved in the issue with the airport from the start.
August passenger traffic at L.A./Ontario International Airport declined nearly 15 percent from the same month last year, making it the largest drop in monthly passenger traffic since May. Prior to that the largest drop in passenger traffic was last seen in October 2011.
Figures released by Los Angeles World Airports on Thursday show ONT recorded a 14.8 percent decline in passenger traffic with 338,387 travelers in August. The number was 396,632 in August 2012.
Overall, there was a 9.45 percent decline in the amount of travelers coming in and out of the medium-hub facility for the first eight months of the year compared with the same period in 2012.
In May, there was a 9.3 percent from the same month last year.
In 2011, the airport experienced a 10.2 percent decline in passenger traffic compared with the same month in 2010.
So far 2.6 million passengers have utilized the airport in 2013.