Ontario names new city manager

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.

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ONT to get new service to SF

United Airlines has announced it will add a fifth flight to San Francisco out of LA/Ontario International Airport starting in December.

The announcement was made this morning. Tickets for the new flight, which begins Dec. 19, are already available on United.com. (Too bad this flight wasn’t announced yesterday when a glitch in the airline’s system allowed customers to purchase tickets as low as $0.)

Could this be the start of a turnaround at ONT?

Last week, my colleague Brian Sumers reported on Aeromexico’s decision to offer daily service to Guadalajara and low-cost carrier Volaris applying to serve ONT.

Later this month ONT, LA Tourism, and AeroMexico will co-hosting an event to promote AeroMexico’s service at the airport. The event is expected to bring together travel agents from the southern California region. AeroMexico and other Latin American carriers still use travel agents as a major source for booking flights.

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ONT GM campaigning for better air carrier presence

There is a misconception that LA/Ontario International Airport’s costs are significantly more than all other airports in the region, says the general manager of the medium-hub facility.

Jess Romo, general manager of the airport, said he also wants to make it clear that the agency that runs ONT is not manipulating costs specifically to benefit Los Angeles International Airport.

Ontario officials, which have been fighting to regain control of the airport, have claimed Los Angeles World Airports has ignored ONT at the benefit of LAX, one of the busiest airports in the nation.

Inland officials also say the airport is too expensive for airlines to do business and has not appropriately been marketed the facility in recent years.

Romo, who has been the general manager at ONT since 2006, explained how the costs and fees assessed to the airlines is based on several circumstances, and not a decision set by the agency.

“What an airport charges an airline to operate at a facility represents 5 percent or 15 percent of their total operating expenses,” Romo said. Continue reading

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ONT to get TSA Precheck screening

Checking into LA/Ontario International Airport is about to get easier.

The Transportation Security Administration has selected ONT for an expedited screening process to be implemented by the end of the year.

While lines aren’t usually long at ONT, travelers do have to a pause a moment to go through TSA’s screening.

Worry no more. TSA Pre✓allows travelers, who are pre-approved, to leave on their shoes, belt, as well as keep their laptop in its case. They also don’t have to hassle with taking out the liquids/gels bag in a carry-on.

Travelers who are approved will get TSA Pre✓ info on their boarding pass and will be able to breeze through the lines by using a select screening lane.

To be in the program, apply here (note: it will cost you $89).

Here are the lists of airlines that participate/will participate:

Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Hawaiian Airlines, United Airlines, US Airways and Virgin America may receive expedited screening benefits. JetBlue and Southwest are expected to begin participating

ONT was one of 60 airports selected for the process, TSA announced on Wednesday. A total of 40 airports already use the system including Los Angeles International Airport.

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Pardon the interruption

Hello all –

A quick FYI that I will be on the cops shift for the month of September (working nights and weekends). If you have any story ideas or new releases, please also send them to:

Mike Cruz, city editor, 909-386-3880 or mike.cruz@inlandnewspapers.com


Kim Guimarin, senior editor, 909-386-3991 or kimberly.guimarin@inlandnewspapers.com

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McLeod to hold town hall meeting on Affordable Care Act

Rep. Gloria Negrete McLeod (D-Chino) will be holding a town hall meeting on Saturday to inform residents and small businesses about the changing health care system in California and the benefits from the Affordable Care Act.

Rep. Negrete McLeod represents communities of Bloomington, Chino, Montclair, Ontario, Pomona, and portions of Fontana and Rialto-California’s 35th Congressional District.
Special guest speakers include:

  • California State Senator Dr. Ed Hernandez, O.D.
  • 24th District, Chair of Senate Health Committee
  • Rachel Baranick – Deputy Director
  • Sheree Coates – Economic Development Specialist
  • U.S. Small Business Administration
  • Marcia Dávalos
  • Southern California Outreach Manager, Small Business Majority

What: Congresswoman Gloria Negrete McLeod’s Affordable Care Act Town Hall: What You Need to Know

When: Saturday, 10 a.m. to noon (Coffee served beginning at 9:30am)

Where: Montclair City Hall, 5111 Benito St., Montclair, CA 91763

Information/RSVP: (909) 626-2054, email daniel.sanchez@mail.house.gov or visit NegreteMcLeod.house.gov/Events


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Beauty school holding fundraisers to help Angel Bravo’s family

From Marinello:

Marinello Schools of Beauty, is hosting a Cut-A-Thon fundraiser today in honor of student Angel Bravo, who was killed over the weekend in one of several Pomona shootings.

The Ontario and San Bernardino Marinello campuses are inviting the local community to participate in the Cut-A-Thon today, with 100 percent of haircut sales donated to the victim’s family. During the Cut-A-Thon, Marinello students and staff will release 100 red balloons, Bravo’s favorite color, in memory of his life.

Marinello also will be taking donations for Bravo’s family during a car wash and bake sale in the Ontario campus parking lot on Sunday.

Additionally, monetary donations can be made online at http://youcaring.com/angelbravo.

For more information, call 909-988-4629

Marinello Schools of Beauty, Ontario Campus, 940 N. Mountain Ave.

  • Cut-A-Thon: today from 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. (100 red balloons will be released at 4 p.m.)
  • Car Wash: Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.


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Ontario councilman raises concern about Torrance ad

It was only meant to draw people out to the beach, not cause a controversy.

An advertisement promoting the city of Torrance that has appeared in the Daily Bulletin has Alan Wapner, president of the Ontario International Airport Authority, concerned it is an attempt to “poach business” from the Inland Empire city.

Wapner recently said he felt the ad was meant to capitalize on LA/Ontario International Airport’s dwindling passenger activity and aimed at Ontario as a way to lure business to Torrance. The South Bay city is near Los Angeles International Airport. Continue reading

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Ontario Elks Lodge to hold annual corn feed

Ontario Elks Lodge will be holding its annual corn feed – serving all the corn you can eat. The meal also includes a hamburger or hot dog with barbecue beans/ seasoned fries. You can choose between roasted or boiled corn. The event is on Sunday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.. For more information, call  909-984-2777.

Cost: $6  Children 5 and under free.

Location: 1150 W. 4th St. in Ontario.

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Walmart opening up temporary hiring center for Ontario store

Walmart has opened a temporary hiring center at 1520 E. North Mountain Avenue to be able to handle the influx of applications it will be receiving for the 300 job opening for its newest Inland location.

Walmart will open its new store this fall near the intersection of Mountain Avenue and Fifth Street in Ontario.

Applications will be accepted from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Interested applicants may also apply online at http://careers.walmart.com.

In addition, Walmart has a Veterans Welcome Home Commitment program which offers jobs to qualified veteran swho has been honorably discharged within the past 12 months.

For more information, visit: http://walmartcareerswithamission.com.

More details to come.

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