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The City of Ontario is pleased to announce the next citywide yard (garage) sale weekend is August 3, 4, and 5, 2018 (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday). If rainy conditions exist on that Friday or Saturday, an alternate yard sale may be held on August 10, 11, and 12, 2018 (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday). 

In 2010, the City adopted a yard sale ordinance giving residents the opportunity to hold more sales each year on fixed dates and eliminating the need for yard sale permits and fees. Approved yard sale dates are the first full weekends in the months of February, May, August, and November. The final yard sale weekend of 2018 will be November 2, 3, and 4. The rules for signs (one 6 square foot sign on the owner's property) and rules for merchandise to be sold (seller's personal property only, no new or re-sold goods) remain unchanged.

If you have further questions, please contact Erin Bonett at the City of Ontario Code Enforcement Department at (909) 395-2326.

Mayor Paul Leon and the City Council praised the Ontario Police Department and the staff of the Ontario Mills Mall for their swift, safe and effective coordination of an evacuation of the mall following a disturbance on Saturday, July 7.

Police are still investigating the incident, which apparently involved a Taser weapon being fired during a fight. The mall was evacuated and the situation contained. The Mills are open for business today.

City officials said the presence of a police substation at the mall helped ensure a rapid response.

“This was an isolated occurrence, involving a Taser. No gun was involved. While we live in a time when incidents such as this become magnified, Ontario has been and remains an extremely popular — and safe — destination for visitors. We work closely with our venues to make sure that appropriate levels of security are in place, and will continue to take every step necessary to ensure the safety and well-being of our entire community,” the mayor and council said in a statement. “We greatly appreciate the efforts of our Police Department and the mall in handling this situation.”

Because this is an active law enforcement investigation, the City has no additional comment regarding the incident.

While much of the community went out to celebrate Independence Day at the City’s Fireworks Spectacular on Wednesday night, Ontario Police and Fire personnel were out in force, seeking to protect neighborhoods and commercial areas from the dangers of illegal fireworks. The law enforcement effort, which came on the heels of an aggressive campaign to educate the public on the dangers of fireworks and to confiscate fireworks before they could be sold or distributed within the City, resulted in approximately 40 fireworks-related citations.

No different than other cities in the Los Angeles area, illegal fireworks use remains a challenge in Ontario. Police Chief Derek Williams, who personally patrolled the city on the days leading up to the Fourth of July, noted the persistent use of fireworks, as well as the large number of requests for service received from the community. Said Williams,

“Unfortunately, certain individuals continue to selfishly put themselves and others at risk by igniting fireworks in our local neighborhoods. We appreciate the members of the community who called in to report illegal firework use.”

Each year, fireworks-related activities fill emergency medical centers nationwide, and result in a significant increase in structural and brush fires. Additionally, fireworks exploding in close proximity to a house can frighten pets and residents and result in psychological trauma.

Said Rob Elwell, Chief of the Ontario Fire Department, “In a fire season such as we are currently experiencing, fireworks present a significant threat to the community. We want people to have fun and enjoy the holiday, but that cannot be in a way that endangers the safety or well-being of those around you.”

In an effort to curb fire dangers and reduce risk of injury, Ontario has prohibited the sale of fireworks for nearly 30 years. In 2015, the Ontario Municipal Code was amended to include penalties for parents of minors setting off fireworks, and well as for the citation of property owners who allow the use of fireworks on their property. Violations of the City’s ordinance come with a penalty of up to $1,000.

Heading into this weekend, with extreme heat warnings in effect, fire danger will be high. Accordingly, Ontario Police and Fire personnel will continue to be on patrol.

Said Williams, “Although the holiday has passed, the danger has not. Our officers will continue to protect our community by monitoring for the use of any remaining, left-over fireworks. We want to see a peaceful weekend for all those spending time in the City: residents, visitors, and pets alike.”

To report firework activity in the City of Ontario, call the Fireworks Hotline at (909) 988-3650.

The spirit of Independence Day is in full swing, and in preparation for the holiday next week, the Ontario Police and Fire Departments are urging community members to do their part in keeping Ontario safe and refrain from using illegal fireworks.

Ontario has not allowed sales or possession of fireworks for nearly 30 years.  With surrounding cities having varying allowances on fireworks, keeping Ontario free of illegal fireworks is not always easy but necessary to public safety.

“The safety of everyone on Independence Day is always a concern, and in a city the size of Ontario, our focus is trying to balance the desire for fun with the desire for a safe community,” said Rob Elwell, Chief of the Ontario Fire Department.

Chief Elwell elaborated that statistics show that firework usage directly correlates with an increase in structural fires and medical accidents.  This makes it harder for first responders to get to other medical emergencies because of accidents that occur with fireworks.

The effort to keep Ontario safe, especially around the holiday, is a joint effort of prevention and response to situations as they arise.  That is why the Ontario Police and Fire Departments equally focus on education about safety as well as enforcement.

The Ontario Police Department partners with neighborhood watch groups to spread awareness about the risks and dangers of using fireworks.  They also try to promote the programs in place to allow people to turn over fireworks without penalty.

“Our officers have done a great job raising awareness in the community about the dangers of fireworks.  We want people to make the safe choice and enjoy a professional fireworks show instead of engaging in highly dangerous activity,” stated Derek Williams, Chief of the Ontario Police Department.

For several years, the City of Ontario has posted signs outlining the penalties and dangers of using fireworks.  These penalties include fines for property owners of land that allow the use of fireworks as well as parents of minors who are caught using fireworks.

Chief Williams expressed that this is an issue the community has to help take ownership for, to discourage the use but also be part of the solution when someone is ignoring the danger.

Each year, dispatch is flooded with complaint reports about fireworks causing a nuisance.  Many community members are concerned about how the noise affects pets in their home, car alarms being set off from loud detonations and trash from used fireworks being left on streets.

“With the number of calls we receive regarding fireworks, it would be impossible to get to all of them in time to catch someone in the act.  However, that should not deter you from making the call because we may have an officer close enough to respond immediately,” said Williams, “Keeping the community safe is a partnership with the community itself.”

The best practice with fireworks on Independence Day?  Join your neighbors at Westwind Park for the City of Ontario’s Fireworks Spectacular, a full professional run fireworks display.

“Independence Day should be a fun celebration for all, the last thing we want is to see someone injured or suffer loss of property from fireworks,” said Elwell.

To report firework activity in the City of Ontario, call the Fireworks Hotline at (909) 988-3650.

 

Ontario’s Mayor and City Council are proud to announce this year’s National Night Out event scheduled for Tuesday, August 7, 2018.  This year’s event will celebrate the City’s ongoing commitment to maintaining a high level of public safety and quality of life. National Night Out is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, enhance participation in local anticrime efforts, and strengthen our community’s partnerships with law enforcement.

The Ontario National Night Out event invites residents, local businesses and visitors to gather with first responders and public service providers to promote crime prevention awareness, public safety, and neighborhood unity.  This year marks the 32nd anniversary of Ontario’s participation in the National Night Out program.  Last year, Ontario residents from more than 200 neighborhoods participated in the event, which helped the City earn sixth place in the nation for cities in similar size.  This year’s event promises to be another award winning celebration with block parties throughout the City representing Ontario’s diverse community.

Those interested in hosting a neighborhood block party are asked to register their event with the Ontario Police Department Crime Prevention Unit by Friday, July 6, 2018.  Neighborhood event hosts will be eligible to have special guests attend their block parties and to receive National Night Out promotional materials.  Visit www.ontarionightout.org to view additional National Night Out ideas and guidelines.

For additional information, please contact the Ontario Police Department’s Crime Prevention Unit at crimeprevention@ontariopolice.org or at (909) 395 2939.

The Ontario City Library is proud to receive a grant from the California Center for the Book to support art programming for adults.  The grant will go towards funding for three unique art programs the week of June 25, 2018. 

Come enjoy the Library’s Pop Up Art Show on Monday, June 25, 2018 from 7:15 PM to 8:15 PM. This one time, one hour event showcases art prints and pieces belonging to Library staff and members of the community. Light refreshments will be served.

On Thursday, June 28, 2018 from 5 PM – 9 PM, an art-themed, four hour movie marathon will occur featuring the award winning fourth season of PBS’ Art 21. The marathon will provide a wealth of interesting information about fine art and will include free popcorn. Guests are invited to come and go as they wish during the four hour movie marathon.

A very special Art Talk will culminate the week on Saturday, June 30 from 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM. Come learn from Chaffey Community Museum of Art President, Nancy DeDiemar Jones about being new to fine art, how to understand it and how it enriches daily lives. Light refreshments will be served.

Residents and visitors alike are encouraged to enjoy one or more of the three unique Art Week for Adults programs. Each event will occur at the Ovitt Family Community Library, located at 215 E. C Street in Ontario. For more information, please visit www.ontarioca.gov/library or call Donella Dorn, Supervising Librarian at (909) 395-2211.

The Ontario Police Department Traffic Unit will be conducting a DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint on June 22, 2018 at an undisclosed location within the city limits between the hours of 6:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.

In recent years, California has seen a disturbing increase in drug-impaired driving crashes. The Ontario Police department supports the new effort from the Office of Traffic Safety that aims to educate all drivers that “DUI Doesn’t Just Mean Booze.” If you take prescription drugs, particularly those with a driving or operating machinery warning on the label, you might be impaired enough to get a DUI. Marijuana can also be impairing, especially in combination with alcohol or other drugs, and can result in a DUI.

Ontario’s Mayor and City Council unanimously approved a structurally balanced budget for Fiscal Year 2018-19 during a public Special City Council Meeting held on Monday, June 18, 2018.

On June 11, 2018 at approximately 10:06pm, Officers were sent to the 900 block of N. Duesenberg regarding an unresponsive woman. Family members of Madis Tolentino (a 48-year-old Ontario resident) found her unresponsive in the residence and immediately called for emergency services.

Today, the Ontario Police Department was awarded $45,200 in state grant funding from California Attorney General Xavier Becerra to combat the illegal sale of cigarettes and tobacco products to minors. The grants, $37.5 million in total, were distributed to 71 local entities throughout the state. They will fund operations, retailer training programs, the installation of signage, youth outreach, tobacco retail license inspections, training for sworn personnel, and other activities.

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