Ontario council recognizes outgoing commissioners

Outgoing commissioners Ruby Levitt, Ron Newton and Barbara Hartley were recognized at the council meeting for their many years of service to their community.
The council members heaped accolades to trio who were in attendance.
Councilman Jim Bowman told the trio they are part of fixtures here that helped Ontario grow to where it is today.
“On behalf of the City Council I would like to express our deepest appreciation for your long tenured service to our community and its citizens,” he said.
Councilwoman Debra Dorst-Porada said that she knows the outgoing commissioners will stay involved in the community.
“We have three fabulous people here who have given so much of their time, and taking away from their family, we truly, truly appreciate what you’ve done,” she said.
Levitt had served on the library board, Hartley was a planning commissioner and Newton a parks commissioner.
Councilman Alan Wapner told the trio that their service as commissioners was just the tip of the iceberg of your public service to the community of Ontario. Wapner said all of them have spent most of their lives serving the community.
Hartley was a 40-year city employee and has remained active by serving eight years on the commission. Levitt has been involved in the city for at least 20 years while Newton has also spent two decades as a member of the Mountain View School Board along with volunteer duties with the city, Wapner said.
“I hate to say it, but I wish you folks that were interested in running for City Council because we need folks running for city council that have a proven record of committing their service to this city,” Wapner said.
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New Ontario planning commissioners Mautz and Reyes sworn in

The Planning Commission on Jan. 22 marked the political return of one familiar face on the dais.
Former councilwoman Sheila Mautz and planning commissioner Fausto Reyes were sworn in as the commission’s newest members.
It was announced at the last council meeting that Councilman Jim Bowman had appointed Mautz to the commission.
As Mautz sat down for her new term, she shared some thoughts about her new role.
“Wow, Deja vu. Twenty years ago I was sworn in to these chambers to listen to the General Plan update and what am I doing tonight? Twenty years later I’m sworn in listening to the General Plan update, again,” Mautz said.
Mautz was referring to an item on the agenda involving zone changes for 900 residential, industrial and commercial property owners in the city.
Mautz, if you recall, lost her seat on the council to Paul Vincent Avila this past election.
Mautz was appointed to the council in 2005 and was later elected in 2008. Her service also includes 12 years on the Planning Commission as well as the Public Works Overview Committee.
“It’s bittersweet,” she said. “This is where my roots are, this where my love for the city started. I hate to see my dear friend (Barbara Hartley) go, she is quite and asset to this city but as she said, she is not going anywhere and see us around.”
Reyes had been on the commission for two and half years but was appointed by Bowman. With the councilman selecting Mautz, that meant he time was done.
But earlier this month, Avila announced that he was selecting Reyes for his appointment.
Reyes thanked the politician and the Planning Commission and staff for being back.
“It is really truly an honor to serve the city of Ontario, the community. Which is really our role, to represent all of you that are here tonight,” Reyes said. “We listen to staff recommendations and study and look at all different possibilities that would best suit the community.”
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