When Councilwoman Debra Dorst-Porada isn’t sitting behind the dais making key decisions for the city, she is working as a registered nurse.
Recently, the latter has kept her busy focusing on efforts to get the public prepared for a natural or major disaster.
“I was really, really amazed by the apathy out there,” she said.
Oftentimes, people think they can either call 9-1-1 or the government will be there to take care of them when a major disaster strikes, she said. That’s just not the case, adding the population is too big for the government to take care of everyone.
“In the city we have 165,000. There’s just not enough resources and water for us to feed 165,000 people. I can’t express just enough how much you need to have 10 days of food and water at your home no matter how big of a catastrophe,” she said.
For example, in the case of hurricanes Sandy and Katrina or the earthquake in Japan, it took the government time to setup a response tactic. Dorst-Porada said government agencies needs at least two weeks to get organized to put together the resources to help people.
Dorst-Porada said she recently attended an event with Caltech quakes expert Lucy Jones who told those in attendance that after a major disaster it could be four to five months just to rebuild the water infrastructure in the region.
“Don’t be apathic now, that earthquake is going to happen any day now,” she said.
To help spread a little love this Valentine’s Day, the Helpful Honda Guys, known as the “Guys in Blue” delivered a sweet surprise of complimentary red roses on Feb. 14.
The team popped up in several location including: senior centers (Plott Nursing Home, Sunrise Home), the post office, Ontario City Hall, and the West End Shelter for Animals.
Since the new year, Helpful Honda has been spreading a message of “Helpful after the Holidays” by volunteering at local food banks, blood drives and animal shelters; cleaning up local parks and beaches; opening doors; carrying groceries.
Starting in March, they will be hosting pet adoptions with local shelters, and will be providing free gas during the travel season.
You may have heard by now that the CCAA Museum of Fine Art is moving back to Ontario.
The museum is closed while it relocates from Rancho Cucamonga to its new location near the downtown.
When the building reopens in the spring, it will have rooms for its permanent collection, featured exhibits as well as a gift shop and more.
But that will also cost the museum, which is almost entirely comprised of volunteers with the exception of the museum coordinator. It normally takes the CCAA about $30,000 to annually operate the museum, but it will need an additional $15,000 for the relocation and construction costs. Continue reading
Barbara Hartley, who had been on the Planning Commission since 2005, was recognized for her service at the Jan. 22 meeting.
Hartley’s history with the city actually began before her time on the commission, says Jerry Blum, director of the city’s Planning Department.
Hartley was a city employee, working in the city clerk’s office, for more than 40 years.
She was appointed to the commission in 2005 and during the time has attended 96 Planning Commission meetings, 96 workshops in preparation of the meetings, Blum said. Continue reading
Here is some details about an upcoming event.
The Ontario-Montclair School District Board of Trustees will conduct interviews and consider a candidate to fill the vacancy left by former member Paul Vincent Avila tonight at its meeting.
Avila resigned his seat after being elected to the City Council last month.
Here is the link to tonight’s agenda to the Ontario City Council meeting tonight:
On January 23 at 7 p.m. there will be an informative discussion at the Ovitt Family Community Library about writing books for children.
The panel will consist of book industry insiders who can answer your questions about writing for the juvenile market. This program is free and open to the public age 16 and older.
The Ovitt Family Community Library is located at 215 East C Street in Ontario. For information please call 909-395 – 2252.
Vina Danks Middle School is collecting clean, reusable coats on behalf of Operation New Hope Warming through Jan. 25.
Collection boxes will be located in the school office, Vina Danks Middle School, 1020 N. Vine, Ontario
For more information on the program, visit www.onewarmcoat.org.
Ontario Heritage, a group which focuses on preserving the city’s history, will be holding a potluck on Sunday at 3 p.m. to discuss membership and goals for the new year.
The event will be held at City Hall, 303 E. B St., Conference Room 5.
Ontario Heritage is looking to become more of a presence in the community starting in 2013. They plan to host events that showcase the historic highlights of our community. To do this we are looking to have a more active membership and possibly fill a couple of vacancies on the board.
The 2013 Historic Home Tour is in the initial planning stages and set for this Spring. But Heritage members say they will need an “army of volunteers” for this event.
If you want to know more about Ontario Heritage Board vacancies, membership information and volunteering opportunities, or have questions regarding upcoming events, feel free to contact:
P.O. Box 1
Ontario, CA 91762