Press release from Ontario Police Department:
As part of April’s Distracted Driving Awareness Month campaign, Ontario police will be actively ticketing those texting or operating hand-held cell phones during the month of April. Drivers who break the law and place themselves and others in danger will be cited with no warnings.
The current minimum ticket cost is $159, with subsequent tickets costing at least $279. Last April, over 57,000 tickets were written statewide for texting and hand-held cell use. There were nearly 450,000 convictions in 2012. Whether it’s a ticket or a crash, as the campaign theme states, “It’s Not Worth It!” Distracted driving is a serious traffic safety concern that puts everyone on the road at risk.
In recent years, hundreds have been killed and thousands seriously injured in California as a result of collisions that involved at least one driver who was distracted. Nationally, an estimated 3,331 died in 2011.
As a result, law enforcement across the state, including the Ontario Police Department are increasingly cracking down on cell phone use and texting. This April will see over 225 local agencies plus the CHP conducting zero tolerance enforcements
The good news seems to just keep on coming out of the Ontario Convention Center since the arrival of Michael Krouse.
Krouse, who has been at the helm of the facility since September has already ushered in a series of changes. The latest is the arrival of the new director of Sales and Marketing for the convention center — Sean Keliiholokai.
The new director previously worked at the Hyatt Regency Orange County, where he directed a 10-person sales team that was responsible for bringing in $8.8 million annually in hotel and meeting room sales, according to the Convention Center.
Keliiholokai also served as a senior consultant with Deloitte & Touche, where he played key roles in several marketing campaigns at a regional and national level where he helped generate of $10 million in new business.
Keliiholokai holds a Master of Hospitality Administration (MHA) degree from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and a B.S. in Business Administration from Biola University.
In case you missed my write up about Krouse and his plans to bring activity to the region, here it is.
There may be some relief in sight for Inland Empire homeowners struggling to pay their mortgage. Bank of America and Wells Fargo are holding several workshops in the cities of Ontario and San Bernardino to give homeowners the opportunity to meet with HUD-approved housing counselor or with their lender. Continue reading
For the first time ever,Ontario Mills will be open on Easter Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Easter Sunday shoppers will have access to exclusive offers from more than 200 popular retailers.
The mall has gone through a series of improvements in the Fashion District of the Ontario Mills mall in recent years.
In August, Nordstrom Rack unveiled its newly renovated 39,000-square-foot store and in May, officials greeted the arrival of Last Call by Neiman Marcus, which bills itself as an affordable option for designer fashions. Earlier this year, the mall became the first Inland Empire outlet location for Michael Kors.
For more information, call 909-484-8300.
Ontario Mills Mall, 1 Mills Circle
CCAA Museum of Art members, artists, supporters and friends are invited to a special event in downtown Ontario this Saturday
- From 10 a.m. until noon, the Ontario Heritage Society is holding its annual Walking Tour featuring buildings in historic downtown Ontario.
- From 9 a.m. until the tour begins, and again from noon until 12:30 pm, the new CCAA Museum building at 217 S. Lemon St. will be open for a look at the interior space, including a preview room that has been refurbished as a gallery containing selections from the museum’s permanent collection of art. The museum store will also be open.
The Auto Club 400 Weekend officially gets underway tomorrow when the annual NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Hauler Parade makes its way through Ontario, Rancho Cucamonga and Fontana before ending at the Auto Club Speedway.
The nearly one-mile stretch of hauler trucks will leave Citizens Business Bank Arena at 6 p.m.
I found this first tweet pretty hilarious and just had to share.(I’ve even received press releases for events in Canada)
I have a very similar disclaimer, in the first tweet, in my Twitter bio box.
Ontario Rotary Club will be honoring the Students of the Month at the club’s weekly lunch meeting Thursday at the Ontario Double Tree Hotel.
The eighth grade students were selected by educators at the eight middle schools of the Ontario-Montclair School District are: Julie Brito, DeAnza Middle School; Victor Martinez Llamas, Oaks Middle School; Gloria Nguyen, Serrano Middle School; Dalen Duguay, Vernon Middle School; Nicholas Malon, Vina Danks Middle School; Karyna Trinidad, Wiltsey Middle School; Esmeralda Adame, Central Language Academy; and Doreen Martinez from Vineyard STEM Magnet School.
Accompanying the students will be Ms Arlene Rodriguez, Elementary Administrator, Central Language Academy.
For additional information please call Don Driftmier at 951-206-5731.
Rotary Club meetings are open to guest.
The cost of the lunch is $20
The owner of Cardenas market, which is headquartered in Ontario, passed away last week. My colleague Neil Nisperos is working on an update. Here is what we have.
Here is a statement, released today, from assemblymember Jose Medina, D-Riverside, on the passing of Jesus Cardenas:
“I was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Jesus Cardenas, the founder and owner of Cardenas Markets. Mr. Cardenas came from modest beginnings and through his hard work, went on to achieve huge recognition in the community as a successful Latino business owner. His family will carry on his memory through their continued participation in the community. My thoughts and prayers are with his friends and family at this time. I will ask my colleagues in the Assembly to join me in adjourning in his memory.”
You can count on Councilwoman Debra Dorst-Porada to provide you with the latest happening in the city.
At the March 5 council meeting, Dorst-Porada took the opportunity during council comments, to talk about a variety of things residents should know.
First she started out by congratulating the Chaffey High Academic Decathlon team which won the San Bernardino County competition in February. This marks the fourth win in five years for the school, she said.
“I’m so excited for these kids to be able to pull it off another time, they worked so hard,” she said.
Wish them luck because they are now competing in the state competition this weekend in Sacramento.
Dorst-Porada said she, Barbara Hartley and Sheila Mautz recent attended an event recognizing the Police Explorers.
“Another great group of kids. Without those kids we just don’t know what we would do without them,” she said about their involvement in various community events.
Save the dates: the Emporia Arts District will hold an artwalk on Saturday in the evening. Meanwhile, Ontario Heritage is planning a downtown walking tour on March 23 from 10 a.m. to noon.