Category Archives: Ontario

Favorite Nursery: Sunshine Growers

Sunshine Growers has 3 locations in Corona, Ontario & Yucaipa. The Ontario location will be moving to Eastvale in January 2020. For their current sales & offers, visit their website at http://www.sunshinegrowersnursery.com.

Courtesy Sunshine Growers

Corona- Russ & Marsha Lepper, the owners of Sunshine Growers, have sold their Ontario location and will be moving ¼ mile closer to the 60 Freeway in the City of Eastvale. They will be in their new location on Jan. 2, 2020 after being in business for 30 years in Ontario.
They will be building a brand new facility with new Greenhouses shade and bulk areas, new lighting, asphalt parking and many street improvements, all brand new with over $2,000,000 in improvements.
They are not leaving, they are just moving to a brand new facility. They will be having a Huge Sale, so go and visit them and landscape your home or business the professional way.
Sunshine Growers looks forward to a lifetime of service in the Nursery Industry.
They have three convenient locations:
CORONA 1508 Taber Street (951) 736-6000
ONTARIO
13130 S. Hamner/Miliken Ave. (909) 923-7277
YUCAIPA
34017 Yucaipa Blvd. (909) 797-9210
Visit them online at http://www.sunshinegrowersnursery.com. ■

Voortman’s Egg Ranch: Farm Fresh Eggs for 60 Years

The Voortman Family circa 1956. Voortman’s Egg Ranch is located at 13960 Grove Avenue in Ontario. You can reach them at (909) 465-1319. They are open Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Photo courtesy: Voortman’s)

Staff Reports

Ontario – Voortman’s Egg Ranch has been in the business of providing farm fresh eggs to friends and visitors to the local area for over 60 years. Originally from Bellflower, the Voortman family – who has always been in the egg ranching business – moved their operation to Ontario in 1951.

Voortman’s has a small-town farm ambiance, with the latest in technology.  Their happy chickens are enjoying their newly remodeled home; and their egg-processing machine can handle about 36,000 eggs per hour at its peak. If the average bird lays one egg about every 26 hours, that equals a lot of chickens at the Voortman ranch!

Did you know that you can tell how fresh an egg is by how high the yolk stands up in the frying pan after you crack it?  Voortman’s will have your over-easies standing tall.  Their fresh eggs are the highest in quality, with dark, nutrient-dense yolks.  You will immediately notice a difference in your cooking and baking.

Have you ever wondered how long the eggs in the grocery stores have actually been sitting around?  Despite the use-by date, there is really no way to know how long ago they were produced.  With Voortman’s, the eggs are selected daily, on site, and readied for you in their store.

Third-generation egg rancher, Eddie Voortman, says, “We are a local, family-owned business that provides fresh, quality products to the public.”

Customers of Voortman’s rave about their all natural, cage free eggs, touting the freshness, and great pricing.  One customer said, “They make the fluffiest scrambled eggs!”

The eggs come in all sizes and colors, depending on your needs.  Whatever you choose, you will not be disappointed.

Voortman’s is centrally located just minutes from Chino at 13960 Grove Avenue in Ontario (just north of Edison).  You can reach Voortman’s at (909) 465-1319; and Like them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Voortmans-Egg-Ranch.

Stop by any time Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Voortman’s Egg Ranch

The Voortman Family circa 1956. Voortman’s Egg Ranch is located at 13960 Grove Avenue in Ontario. You can reach them at (909) 465-1319. They are open Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Staff Reports

Ontario – Voortman’s Egg Ranch has been in the business of providing farm fresh eggs to friends and visitors to the local area for over 60 years. Originally from Bellflower, the Voortman family – who has always been in the egg ranching business – moved their operation to Ontario in 1951.

Voortman’s has a small-town farm ambiance, with the latest in technology.  Their happy chickens are enjoying their newly remodeled home; and their egg-processing machine can handle about 36,000 eggs per hour at its peak. If the average bird lays one egg about every 26 hours, that equals a lot of chickens at the Voortman ranch!

Did you know that you can tell how fresh an egg is by how high the yolk stands up in the frying pan after you crack it?  Voortman’s will have your over-easies standing tall.  Their fresh eggs are the highest in quality, with dark, nutrient-dense yolks.  You will immediately notice a difference in your cooking and baking.

Have you ever wondered how long the eggs in the grocery stores have actually been sitting around?  Despite the use-by date, there is really no way to know how long ago they were produced.  With Voortman’s, the eggs are selected daily, on site, and readied for you in their store.

Third-generation egg rancher, Eddie Voortman, says, “We are a local, family-owned business that provides fresh, quality products to the public.”

Customers of Voortman’s rave about their all natural, cage free eggs, touting the freshness, and great pricing.  One customer said, “They make the fluffiest scrambled eggs!”

The eggs come in all sizes and colors, depending on your needs.  Whatever you choose, you will not be disappointed.

Voortman’s is centrally located just minutes from Chino at 13960 Grove Avenue in Ontario (just north of Edison).  You can reach Voortman’s at (909) 465-1319; and Like them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Voortmans-Egg-Ranch.

Stop by any time Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Man Convicted For Murder Of Ontario Woman

By Anthony Saude

Ontario – A 25-year-old man was convicted for his role in the 2011 torture and burning death of Maria Banuelos.

 

Johnny Hernandez was found guilty of First Degree Murder of Maria Banuelos by a Rancho Cucamonga jury. The jury finding was also in favor for the prosecution charge that the special circumstance her murder was committed during the course or commission of Mayhem. They added one count of Torture, one count of Mayhem and one count of Arson Causing Death.

 

Investigators arrested four other suspects linked to the brutal attack: 45-year-old Hector Meza of Yucca Valley, 27-year-old Genese Ramirez of Banning, 25-year-old Robert Zapata of San Bernardino, and 30-year-old Johnathan Zuniga of Rancho Cucamonga.

 

On Oct. 22, 2011, officers from the Ontario Police Department arrived at an apartment complex and found residents administering aid to 34-year-old Banuelos, who at the time was still on fire.

 

Banuelos identified Hector Meza and three others as her attackers at the scene. While in route to the hospital in the ambulance she spoke her last dying words: “Hector Meza set me on fire. He is abusive and obsessive.”

 

Banuelos was rushed to a hospital but two days later she succumbed to her injuries and died.

Only hours after the attack officers arrested Meza on suspicion of attempted murder.

 

According to Deputy District Attorney Kent Williams, who prosecuted the case, it was later determined by the coroner that the victim had been hit on the head three times with something consistent with a metal bar prior to being set on fire.

 

Meza was sentenced Jan. 4, 2017 to Life in State Prison Without the Possibility of Parole.

 

Zuniga was sentenced to 25 years to life in state prison March 24, 2017.

 

Ramirez is due back in court later this week for a status hearing.

 

Zapata is scheduled to appear in court for a Pre-Trial Hearing June 29.

 

Hernandez faces life in state prison without the possibility of parole when sentenced Aug. 31, 2018.

 

This case was investigated by the Ontario Police Department.

Voortman’s Egg Ranch

(Photo Courtesy: Voortman’s Egg Ranch) The Voortman Family circa 1956. Voortman’s Egg Ranch is located at 13960 Grove Avenue in Ontario. You can reach them at (909) 465-1319. They are open Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

(Photo Courtesy: Voortman’s Egg Ranch)
The Voortman Family circa 1956. Voortman’s Egg Ranch is located at 13960 Grove Avenue in Ontario. You can reach them at (909) 465-1319. They are open Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

By K.P. Sander

Ontario – Voortman’s Egg Ranch has been in the business of providing farm fresh eggs to friends and visitors to the local area for over 60 years. Originally from Bellflower, the Voortman family – who has always been in the egg ranching business – moved their operation to Ontario in 1951.

Voortman’s has a small-town farm ambiance, with the latest in technology.  Their happy chickens are enjoying their newly remodeled home; and their egg-processing machine can handle about 36,000 eggs per hour at its peak. If the average bird lays one egg about every 26 hours, that equals a lot of chickens at the Voortman ranch!

Did you know that you can tell how fresh an egg is by how high the yolk stands up in the frying pan after you crack it?  Voortman’s will have your over-easies standing tall.  Their fresh eggs are the highest in quality, with dark, nutrient-dense yolks.  You will immediately notice a difference in your cooking and baking.

Have you ever wondered how long the eggs in the grocery stores have actually been sitting around?  Despite the use-by date, there is really no way to know how long ago they were produced.  With Voortman’s, the eggs are selected daily, on site, and readied for you in their store.

Third-generation egg rancher, Eddie Voortman, says, “We are a local, family-owned business that provides fresh, quality products to the public.”

Customers of Voortman’s rave about their all natural, cage free eggs, touting the freshness, and great pricing.  One customer said, “They make the fluffiest scrambled eggs!”

The eggs come in all sizes and colors, depending on your needs.  Whatever you choose, you will not be disappointed.

Voortman’s is centrally located just minutes from Chino at 13960 Grove Avenue in Ontario (just north of Edison).  You can reach Voortman’s at (909) 465-1319; and Like them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Voortmans-Egg-Ranch.

Stop by any time Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Mother Arrested For Murder

Sarah Gomez is seen in a booking photo provided by the Ontario Police Department on May 29, 2018.

By Anthony Saude

 

Ontario – A mother was taken into police custody early on May 29, after she, allegedly, struck her boyfriend and their 7-month-old daughter with her vehicle resulting in the child’s death. The boyfriend, and father of the child, suffered minor injuries.

According to investigators, the infant’s mother, 19-year old Sarah Marie Gomez, and her 21-year-old boyfriend and father of the baby, had been drinking at a family party just a few streets away. The couple had been arguing on and off throughout the day.  The couple left the party, with their child, just before midnight and the arguing continued.  Gomez was driving home when her boyfriend got out of the car and took the baby with him. Authorities said Gomez then intentionally struck him with her vehicle while he was carrying their child outside a home on the 500 block of West D Street in Ontario. Family members immediately took the father and child to a hospital where, sadly, the baby died. According to hospital reports, the child’s injuries were consistent with being hit by a car. The father was released from the hospital after receiving treatment for minor scrapes and bruises sustained in the incident.

Police are still investigating the father’s reason for exiting the vehicle with the child. Sgt. Jeff Higbee of the Ontario Police Department said “He got out of the car with the baby, and that’s when she struck them,” “But we’re not certain yet how that happened. That’s still under investigation.” He went on to say “It appears alcohol was involved,”.

Gomez was initially arrested at the hospital and taken to West Valley Detention Center on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon. According to court records, she is now being charged with Vehicular Manslaughter with Gross Negligence, Child Cruelty resulting in injury or death and DUI causing bodily injury. She is being held on $100,000 bail.■

 

 

 

Ontario Woman Killed By Chino Driver

By Marissa Mitchell

Chino – On Sunday night, October 8, a woman was struck and killed by a car at Francis Avenue and Central Avenue in Chino. Misti Ann Lucas, a 44-year-old woman from Ontario, was pronounced dead at the scene. The collision occurred at 6:49 p.m. at the intersection between the two Chino cross-streets, stated police spokeswoman Monica Gutierrez. Investigators were quickly at the scene. It was reported that 51-year-old Darron Williams was driving a 1994 Honda when the car and pedestrian crashed as the woman stepped onto the crosswalk. The intersection of Central and Francis was closed off for three-and-a-half hours post-collision.“Mr. Williams remained at the scene of the collision and is cooperating with investigators,” declared Gutierrez. “Investigators do not suspect alcohol or drugs are involved in this fatal collision. The cause of the collision is still under investigation,” she stated.Anyone with information may call Cpl. Scott Trosper at 909-334-3153.

 

Brazilian Leaders Visit U.S.

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Photo Courtesy: Michael Armijo Jerry Silva hosted a dinner for local officials to meet with Brazilian leaders as part of the IVCLA.

Photo Courtesy: Michael Armijo
Jerry Silva hosted a dinner for local officials to meet with Brazilian leaders as part of the IVCLA.

Ontario– Local resident, Jerry Silva, hosted a Home Hospitality dinner for Brazil Leaders last month thanks to the International Visitors Council of Los Angeles (IVCLA). The visitors were invited to the United States under the auspices of the Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program.

The Department of State has outlined the following specific objectives for the project: Meet with youth initiatives, campaign organizers, political candidates, party officials, and media representatives to examine methods of youth engagement; learn about the structure, processes, and financing of political campaigns; discuss the role of political parties, conventions, and grassroots political organizations in federal, state, and local elections; examine the influence of domestic and international issues, media coverage, and civil society on candidates; and study young people’s impact on the upcoming Presidential, Congressional, and State 2016 elections.

Silva’s event did just that, as many Brazilian leaders and dignitaries were in attendance, including the Mayor of El Monte, Councilman Jerry Velasco, and political consultant Luis Alvarado. Various media agencies were also in attendance, including OurWeeklyNews.com.

Silva said that he hosted and paid for this event because he loves bringing people and groups together. “It allows me to share my values and the values of my guests with these dignitaries from other countries.”

“As a board meeting with IVCLA, I am able to assist our organization on the programming that is done in IVCLA on behalf of the State Department, and the quality of meetings and dialogue we are to put together will help better understand our similarities, rather than focus on the differences,” said Silva.

Another benefit from these meetings can be that each country will have a better understanding of how one country may solve a problem, based on their resources and knowledge. “By sharing our experiences and knowledge, you hope there is better dialogue in the future of how we both learn and take it back to our colleagues and communities, regardless of their branch of government,” said Silva.

Silva said he believes the dinner went very well. “My guests and I were able to build new friendships in Brazil in better understanding their challenges and their resources. In return, they have done the same and hopefully see IVCLA and my involvement as a future resource.”

Silva plans to host future events, however he would only be able to if the state department approves travel and programming for dignitaries that request to visit Los Angeles as part of their education.

“I would like to do 3-4 events per year. As a traveler of many countries, I’ve learned to appreciate various cultures and their traditions,” said Silva.

Silva is a former Public Affairs Manager for Southern California Edison, board member for Hispanic 100 and a former White House Fellows regional judge, among other titles.

For more information about the International Visitors Council of Los Angeles, visit http://www.ivcla.org.

Ontario City Council Public Hearing on Harvest Power Permit

Courtesy of the guardian

Courtesy of the guardian

By Nicole Leiva

ONTARIO– Harvest Power appealed a conditional-use permit denial at a public hearing on March 1, during the Ontario City Council meeting. Harvest Power, who wants to establish and operate an organic materials facility on 34 acres near the Chino border at Campus and Schaefer, composts green waste, manure, food materials, fats and grease.  Ontario’s zoning administrator turned down the original permit request, and on appeal, the Planning Commission unanimously turned it down as well.  Ontario City Councilman Alan Wapner requested a council review, and Harvest filed an appeal.

Robert Vandenheuvel is the General Manager of the Milk Producers Council, a non-profit trade association representing dairy farmers in Chino, Ontario and Eastvale. He and his members are concerned about the location of the proposed waste processing facility. The designated location for this plant is right next to a newly constructed water treatment facility for the City of Chino. The farmers and residents near the location are concerned about water contamination, increased truck traffic and fire hazards that have become common with green waste processing facilities.

Ten residents and farmers were allotted time to share their concerns about the green waste facility with the council members. The citizens that live and/or work near the designated location spoke of their concerns about the lack of regulations on compost waste facilities, increased traffic, potential water contamination, potential exposure to toxic smells in the air, and potential fires at the waste facility that can spread to the nearby dairies and kill livestock.  There have already been fires at some of the other eight composting facilities in the area.

The Director of Community Development for the City of Chino, Nick Liguori, stated his concern that so far, there have been no environmental studies done regarding the plant. In addition, other representatives from Chino were concerned that the location of the plant will be too close to the newly built water treatment facility. At the very least, the City of Chino said that they would like environmental studies to be conducted before the Ontario City Council approves the contract.

In opposition to those who spoke against the waste processing facility, a representative from the Ontario Chamber of Commerce gave the Chamber’s support for the project. A lawyer for Harvest Power spoke to defend the company and dispute the statements from the residents/farmers.  A representative from Harvest Power spoke during the public hearing and he listed off prestigious awards the company has been awarded, the services they provide and told how the company will develop into a member of the community.

After all the statements, Ontario Mayor Paul Leon was ready to vote to overturn the decision from the Planning Commission, but two council members, Bowman and Avila, were still adamantly against the project, citing concerns about resident and animal safety, increased traffic and potential water contamination.  Councilman Bowman also expressed that because the testimony from the residents/farmers was very compelling, he would be voting against the project. Councilwoman Dorst-Porada also had questions and concerns about the safety of the facility.

Mayor Leon said that although he was inclined to support the project, the council members could not come to an agreement, and because of that, he will request a town hall meeting with Harvest Power, so residents have their questions and concerns addressed.  The council will schedule a vote after the town hall meeting.

 

Deputies Reassigned to Unincorporated Areas

Courtesy of the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department

The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors approved the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s request for one detective and six deputies to be reassigned to the Chino Hills Station to improve law enforcement services for the Mission Corridor. The area includes an estimated four square miles of unincorporated area adjacent to the cities of Montclair, Ontario, Chino, and Chino Hills. The reassignment began on Saturday, January 23, 2016.

This reorganization will give the community a higher law enforcement presence. “The deputies dedicated to the Mission Corridor will be able to respond to our citizens faster and will be able to increase pro-active patrol for our community,” Sheriff John McMahon said.

Prior to the shift in personnel, deputies from the Fontana Station were responsible for providing law enforcement services for the Mission Corridor. The once 40-minute drive from the Fontana Station will drop to a six-minute drive from the Chino Hills Station. The area will now have dedicated deputies who will be responsible for responding to calls for service and conducting investigations. Fourth District Supervisor Curt Hagman stated, “This change will allow the public to be served quicker and more efficiently. It is proof the County is putting public safety first.”

 

Lawsuit Over Control of Ontario Airport Settled

Staff Reports

Photo Courtesy of LA/ONT Airport Facebook  L.A. City Council approves $250 million settlement agreement for Ontario International Airport Authority to take over ONT.

Photo Courtesy of LA/ONT Airport Facebook
L.A. City Council approves $250 million settlement agreement for Ontario International Airport Authority to take over ONT.

ONTARIO—The Los Angeles City Council approved last Wednesday the landmark settlement agreement that hands over the reins of LA/Ontario International Airport (ONT) to the Ontario International Airport Authority (OIAA).

In a closed-session meeting, the council unanimously settled the $250 million lawsuit brought by the city of Ontario in June 2013. In 1967, Ontario turned over airport operations to Los Angeles who then sold it in 1985.

“We are now one step closer to finalizing a historic settlement that will improve air travel throughout Southern California and benefit residents and airport employees in both Los Angeles and Ontario,” said L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti in a statement. Ontario will pay $30 million from its reserves, take over the airport’s $60 million debt and make payments of $50 million over five years and $70 million in the final five years, officials said.

The OIAA must now obtain a certificate to operate the airport from the Federal Aviation Administration, according to the report. The entire process, including FAA approval, is expected to be completed next year.
“We are committed to working closely with FAA officials and Los Angeles World Airports to ensure a smooth transition of airport control in the second half of 2016,” Wapner stated.

“The OIAA will take all steps to ensure that Southern California has the airport capacity needed to meet the long-term demand for air travel while boosting the Inland Empire’s most important economic and jobs engine,” Alan Wapner, Ontario councilman and president of the authority, said in a statement.
Deborah Flint, executive director of Los Angeles World Airports, in unison with the agreement ensures that ONT operations and jobs will not be affected by a lapse in airport operation.
“The agreement ensures uninterrupted operations at ONT by providing the 191 Los Angeles World Airports employees with key employee protections and stability during the transition,” she said in a statement.  “My staff is committed to working closely and cooperatively with the City of Ontario and the OIAA to allow for a smooth transfer.”

Big Rigs Causing Big Headaches for Some Residents

By Emily Aguilar

Ontario/Eastvale – For the past few months, Ontario and Eastvale neighborhoods have had to deal with the disruptive presence of Jauregui Trucking semi-trucks passing through Sumner and Bellgrave.

The disruption has ruined the calm serenity of the neighborhood to the point where some citizens have expressed that they need ear plugs to silence the trucks bothersome work (which starts as early as 4 in the morning). Worst of all, this trucking operation is allegedly illegal.

As a result of Edison and Haven being closed off, the trucks have no choice but to drive through Sumner to Limonite or Bellgrave to Hamner. The trucks do not have a permit to drive through the area; there is even a sign erected on Hamner that specifically prohibits trucks from passing through, but it has not been enough to stop them.

Luckily, Kenneth Cheung and Kyle Vander Hill have initiated a plan to bring an end to the trucking.

Through various meetings and emails, the men have attempted to find a solution to the problem. After filing a complaint to the Code Enforcement in Ontario, speaking to Eastvale city council officials, and exchanging emails with Donna McKnight in Ontario and Joe Indrawan of Eastvale, the men were met with little change. Donna McKnight issued a Stop Notice to Jauregui Trucking. Cheung has also ordered signs to be set up in order to guide trucks where they should and should not drive. However, according to them, nothing has come of the matter.

To make matters more difficult, Motor Officer Scott Forbes looked into the legality of issuing tickets to the truck drivers and stated that the trucks might have a right to drive through Bellgrave. Of course, this only to some extent; they are not permitted to drive through the trucking yard.

Both men, as well as their neighbors, believe the truckers have failed to show respect in the situation, and are “getting away” with the fact that they know they “can’t be touched by the police.”

While the matter is frustrating, the men are nevertheless determined to restore peace in their neighborhood. At present, Cheung is looking forward to speaking to McKnight and Indrawan in order to set up necessary signs for the semi-trucks.

 

West Nile Virus on the Rise in San Bernardino County

Photo courtesy: Google Images

Photo courtesy: Google Images

Staff Reports

Ontario– Local medical centers have reported a rise in West Nile virus exposures in San Bernardino County.

In response, San Bernardino County’s Public Health Department, local vector control agencies and San Bernardino County’s Sheriff Department have joined forces to reduce the risk of exposure.

On Oct. 10, the West Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District (WVMVCD) reported a total of 212 mosquito samples tested positive in the district.

The San Bernardino County Vector Control Program also had 8 positive mosquito samples in basins and channels in Chino, Ontario, and Chino Hills during the past two months.

County entities will remain vigilant with reporting the common breeding areas for mosquitoes, district officials said in a news release. These areas are typically found in stagnant bodies of water and unmaintained pools.
“Aviation helicopters utilize mapping systems that are downloaded with the County’s parcel information,” sheriff officials said. “If an area is observed during the crew’s proactive patrol, the flight officer can obtain the specific address information. Once identified, the information will be forwarded to Vector Control for any enforcement or corrective action.”
The West Valley District’s Board President Glenn Duncan urges residents to maintain vigilant and wear repellents when outdoors at peak biting times, dusk and dawn.

In addition, the West Valley District is distributing repellent wipes and mosquito dunks (a larvicide homeowners can use) to residents in an effort to help them in the fight against mosquito-transmitted diseases.

The West Valley District also provides mosquito fish, a small, guppy-like fish that residents can put in standing, permanent sources of water like ponds, fountains, and water gardens. West Valley Vector Control District consists of the cities of Chino, South Montclair, South Ontario and areas of unincorporated county land, including Chino Hills and the Dairy Preserve. Visit their website for more information, www.wvmvcd.org.

Most people infected with the virus do not become seriously ill, some experience flu-like symptoms and about 1 percent of them can develop serious neurologic illness. People who are 50 and over or who have pre-existing medical conditions such as diabetes or high blood pressure have the greatest risk of developing complications.

Until the weather cools, residents are urged to continue taking precautions, by remembering the three D’s:

  • DEET:Use it as insect repellent.
  • Dawn and dusk:Mosquitoes bite in the early morning and evening.
  • Drain:Eliminate all sources of standing water on your property, because that’s where mosquitoes breed.

 

Ontario Airport To Return Home

Photo Courtesy:  Ontario Airport

Photo Courtesy: Ontario Airport

By Claire Lewis

Ontario – Since 1923, when a small landing field was first built on land leased from the Union Pacific Railroad (three miles west of the current Airport), the City of Ontario has had a vested interest in the success and sustainability on the Ontario International Airport.

Wikipedia states that in 1929, the City of Ontario purchased 30 acres to create the Ontario Municipal Airport.  This sustained the City until 1941, when Ontario purchased another 470 acres around that airport, adding runways and a partnership with the Army Air Corps as a training/operating base.

Due to transpacific cargo flights originating in the City, in 1946, the Airport was renamed the Ontario International Airport.

On Oct. 18, 1967, the City of Ontario requested that the City of Los Angeles enter into a Joint-Powers Agreement for the operation, management, and control of Ontario International Airport (Los Angeles World Airports – LAWA).  In more recent years, that management has come into question and criticism.  In 2008, 6.2 million passengers used the airport, which was 13.5 percent less than in 2007.  Additionally, passenger volume decreased 4.6 percent from 2010 to 2011.  In early 2011, Southwest Airlines carried 54 percent of the entire Ontario passenger load.

In 2013, LAWA offered to turn the airport back to the City of Ontario for $474 million, but the offer was rejected.  And recently, once again, LAWA has agreed to turn over ownership of Ontario International Airport to the City in an agreement that includes the settling of previous lawsuits and protection of the facility’s 182 employees.

According to L.A. County Supervisor, Don Knabe, The City of Los Angeles has, in fact, agreed to transfer control of the airport back to the City of Ontario.

“For years, the idea of spreading air traffic across our region was talked about by Los Angeles World Airports.  Instead, we saw significant reductions in passenger traffic to Ontario International Airport that couldn’t be explained away by the economy,” said Knabe.

Knabe states that transferring local control back to the City and allowing it to manage and grow its airport is the best path toward creating a truly regionalized vision for transportation throughout Southern California.

The complete transfer process could take over a year to complete.  Once said and done, the Airport will reportedly be operated by the Ontario International Airport Authority, under a joint-powers agreement with San Bernardino County.

The Mosquitoes Are Back

National Mosquito Awareness Week

Beware of these critters!

(Photo Courtesy:  Wikipedia) Ew!

(Photo Courtesy: Wikipedia)
Ew!

Staff Reports

Ontario – The onset of warm weather has increased mosquito breeding in the West Valley. Vector Control surveillance has seen increased adult mosquitoes in their traps designed to catch females looking for a blood meal and those looking for a water source to deposit their eggs.

The West Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District warns residents that the breeding season is upon us, and preventing mosquito breeding in your backyard early will pay off in the long run! The District has sent reminder letters to residents to clean up pools and water sources now so they won’t have to worry about visits from mosquitoes or mosquito control technicians!

Next week is national mosquito awareness week – the perfect time to take a moment and remove those pesky critters from your yard.  The District will be conducting aerial surveillance flights for suspect water sources in backyards in the northern portion of the district (Rancho Cucamonga, North Ontario, Montclair) beginning on Mon., Apr. 20, and will be sending letters out to residents with neglected swimming pools shortly thereafter. Technicians will be visiting homes to help reduce mosquito breeding threats throughout the following week.

The District reminds residents that the West Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District is a Public Health Agency, and its mission is to provide help and protection against mosquitoes and other vector-borne diseases. The District also provides mosquitofish, a small, guppy-like fish that residents can put in water sources such as ponds, fountains, and water gardens to control mosquito breeding.

The District is here to help with mosquito problems, and will even take anonymous calls regarding green pools or other mosquito breeding sources.  It takes everyone’s participation to help fight mosquito-transmitted diseases, including West Nile Virus and Malaria.

For more information, call (909) 635-0307, or visit www.wvmvcd.org.

 

Farm Fresh Eggs At Voortman’s Ranch

(Photo Courtesy:  Voortman’s Egg Ranch) The Voortman Family circa 1956.  Voortman’s Egg Ranch is located at 13960 Grove Avenue in Ontario.  You can reach them at (909) 465-1319. They are open Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

(Photo Courtesy: Voortman’s Egg Ranch)
The Voortman Family circa 1956. Voortman’s Egg Ranch is located at 13960 Grove Avenue in Ontario. You can reach them at (909) 465-1319. They are open Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

By K.P. Sander

Ontario – Voortman’s Egg Ranch has been in the business of providing farm fresh eggs to friends and visitors to the local area for over 60 years. Originally from Bellflower, the Voortman family – who has always been in the egg ranching business – moved their operation to Ontario in 1951.

Voortman’s has a small-town farm ambiance, with the latest in technology.  Their happy chickens are enjoying their newly remodeled home; and their egg-processing machine can handle about 36,000 eggs per hour at its peak. If the average bird lays one egg about every 26 hours, that equals a lot of chickens at the Voortman ranch!

Did you know that you can tell how fresh an egg is by how high the yolk stands up in the frying pan after you crack it?  Voortman’s will have your over-easies standing tall.  Their fresh eggs are the highest in quality, with dark, nutrient-dense yolks.  You will immediately notice a difference in your cooking and baking.

Have you ever wondered how long the eggs in the grocery stores have actually been sitting around?  Despite the use-by date, there is really no way to know how long ago they were produced.  With Voortman’s, the eggs are selected daily, on site, and readied for you in their store.

Third-generation egg rancher, Eddie Voortman, says, “We are a local, family-owned business that provides fresh, quality products to the public.”

Customers of Voortman’s rave about their all natural, cage free eggs, touting the freshness, and great pricing.  One customer said, “They make the fluffiest scrambled eggs!”

The eggs come in all sizes and colors, depending on your needs.  Whatever you choose, you will not be disappointed.

Voortman’s is centrally located just minutes from Chino at 13960 Grove Avenue in Ontario (just north of Edison).  You can reach Voortman’s at (909) 465-1319; and Like them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Voortmans-Egg-Ranch.

Stop by any time Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Former Ontario Police Officer Arrested

Staff Reports

(Photo Courtesy:  San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department) Former Officer, Tyler Stone

(Photo Courtesy: San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department)
Former Officer, Tyler Stone

Ontario – On Nov. 8, 2014, investigators from the Ontario Police Department received information that one of their officers, Tyler Stone, 30, of Rancho Cucamonga, had an inappropriate relationship with a juvenile female. The Sheriff’s Department immediately placed Stone on administrative leave, and on Dec. 9, 2014, began an investigation into possible criminal acts.

Detectives from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department (SBSD) Crimes Against Children Detail assumed the investigation and discovered Stone met the victim while he was on duty and later developed a sexual relationship with her. The illegal acts occurred in the city of Ontario and at Stone’s residence in the city of Rancho Cucamonga.

On Dec. 22, 2014, Stone resigned from the Ontario Police Department.

According to SBSD, the District Attorney’s Office issued a warrant on Feb. 19 for Stone’s arrest for two counts of Oral Copulation of a Minor, one count of Unlawful Sex with a Minor, and one count of Annoying/Molesting a Child.

Stone turned himself in on the evening of Feb. 19, and was booked at the West Valley Detention Center. His bail was set at $150,000. Stone posted bail and was released from custody.  His arraignment date has not been set.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is urged to contact Detective John Everman or Sergeant Dana Foster at (909) 387-3615. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463) or you may leave information on the We-Tip Hotline at www.wetip.com.

SCE To Ontario: No TRTP Undergrounding

Tehachapi Renewable Transmission Project (Photo Courtesy:  City of Ontario)

Tehachapi Renewable Transmission Project (Photo Courtesy: City of Ontario)

By K.P. Sander

Ontario – The Tehachapi Renewable Transmission Project (TRTP) has been under construction since September of 2013.  The Project’s objective is to deliver electricity from new wind farms in the Tehachapi area to Southern California Edison (SCE) customers in an effort to meet the State’s renewable energy goal of 33 percent by the year 2020.

 

There have been some ups and downs for SCE along the construction way.  The City of Chino Hills was granted a tower undergrounding proposal by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) in July of 2013.  The decision for this approval stated that the burden imposed on the City by the overhead power lines was unfair and contrary to community values.  Chino Hills was granted the removal of a 3.5 mile tower section, and an underground cabling replacement.  This approval cost TRTP an additional $224 million, on top of the over $2 billion budget that will ultimately be passed on to ratepayers.

 

In a déjà vu-like attempt, the City of Ontario has stated that their situation is as bad, if not worse, than Chino Hills’.  When TRTP erected Ontario’s towers in April, the impact suddenly became very apparent.

 

Ontario reportedly asked for a stay of constructionto sort things out, and the CPUC allowed legal proceedings to be reopened in October.

 

According to the City of Ontario, they filed an amended petition with the CPUC on Nov. 21 in order to modify the 500kV lines from tower construction to undergrounding – specifically Segment 8 of the Project.

 

With TRTP employing multiple public proceedings prior to construction, SCE is reportedly questioning why the City of Ontario did not come forward at that time, rather than after the fact. If the community is somewhat shocked as to the appearance of the towers and the proximity to new housing developments, more due diligence should have been completed up front. In essence, SCE’s answer to Ontario is, “No.”

 

Most recently, in a document submitted to the CPUC on Dec. 5, SCE attorney Angela Whatley stated, “A party that has not engaged in the proceedings should not be able to derail this crucial project at such a late stage in development.”

 

In October and November, legal staff at the City of Ontario consulted with the City of Chino Hills, and on Dec. 9, the Ontario City Council approved the hiring of an Environmental Engineer to review and analyze California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Mitigation Measures Compliance by SCE.  Council also approved the hiring of a Utilities Consultant to review and analyze easements for compliance and any title issues.

 

SCE filed requests on Dec. 5 that CPUC deny the City’s petition to underground, and to deny the construction stay.  On Dec. 15, Ontario filed documents to the contrary.

 

As it stands now, the CPUC will consider the documents filed by all parties in accordance with this case.  TRTP states that the CPUC is expected to rule on the requests within the next few months, with further hearings, as well as an absolute decision, a possibility.

 

TRTP is scheduled to be completed in 2016.

 

SCE To Ontario:  No TRTP Undergrounding

By K.P. Sander

 

tehachapi-renewable-transmission-project

Tehachapi Renewable Transmission Project (Photo Courtesy: City of Ontario)

Ontario – The Tehachapi Renewable Transmission Project (TRTP) has been under construction since September of 2013.  The Project’s objective is to deliver electricity from new wind farms in the Tehachapi area to Southern California Edison (SCE) customers in an effort to meet the State’s renewable energy goal of 33 percent by the year 2020.

There have been some ups and downs for SCE along the construction way.  The City of Chino Hills was granted a tower undergrounding proposal by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) in July of 2013.  The decision for this approval stated that the burden imposed on the City by the overhead power lines was unfair and contrary to community values.  Chino Hills was granted the removal of a 3.5 mile tower section, and an underground cabling replacement.  This approval cost TRTP an additional $224 million, on top of the over $2 billion budget that will ultimately be passed on to ratepayers.

In a déjà vu-like attempt, the City of Ontario has stated that their situation is as bad, if not worse, than Chino Hills’.  When TRTP erected Ontario’s towers in April, the impact suddenly became very apparent.

Ontario reportedly asked for a stay of construction to sort things out, and the CPUC allowed legal proceedings to be reopened in October.

According to the City of Ontario, they filed an amended petition with the CPUC on Nov. 21 in order to modify the 500kV lines from tower construction to undergrounding – specifically Segment 8 of the Project.

With TRTP employing multiple public proceedings prior to construction, SCE is reportedly questioning why the City of Ontario did not come forward at that time, rather than after the fact. If the community is somewhat shocked as to the appearance of the towers and the proximity to new housing developments, more due diligence should have been completed up front. In essence, SCE’s answer to Ontario is, “No.”

Most recently, in a document submitted to the CPUC on Dec. 5, SCE attorney Angela Whatley stated, “A party that has not engaged in the proceedings should not be able to derail this crucial project at such a late stage in development.”

In October and November, legal staff at the City of Ontario consulted with the City of Chino Hills, and on Dec. 9, the Ontario City Council approved the hiring of an Environmental Engineer to review and analyze California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Mitigation Measures Compliance by SCE.  Council also approved the hiring of a Utilities Consultant to review and analyze easements for compliance and any title issues.

SCE filed requests on Dec. 5 that CPUC deny the City’s petition to underground, and to deny the construction stay.  On Dec. 15, Ontario filed documents to the contrary.

As it stands now, the CPUC will consider the documents filed by all parties in accordance with this case.  TRTP states that the CPUC is expected to rule on the requests within the next few months, with further hearings, as well as an absolute decision, a possibility.

TRTP is scheduled to be completed in 2016.

 

Ontario: Farm Fresh Eggs At Voortman’s Ranch

BY K.P. SANDER

Voortman's Egg Ranch

The Voortman Family circa 1956. Voortman’s Egg Ranch is located at 13960 Grove Avenue in Ontario. You can reach them at (909) 465-1319. They are open Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Photo Courtesy: Voortman’s Egg Ranch)

Ontario – Voortman’s Egg Ranch has been in the business of providing farm fresh eggs to friends and visitors to the local area for over 60 years. Originally from Bellflower, the Voortman family – who has always been in the egg ranching business – moved their operation to Ontario in 1951.

Voortman’s has a small-town farm ambiance, with the latest in technology. Their happy chickens are enjoying their newly remodeled home; and their egg-processing machine can handle about 36,000 eggs per hour at its peak. If the average bird lays one egg about every 26 hours, that equals a lot of chickens at the Voortman ranch!

Did you know that you can tell how fresh an egg is by how high the yolk stands up in the frying pan after you crack it? Voortman’s will have your over-easies standing tall. Their fresh eggs are the highest in quality, with dark, nutrient-dense yolks. You will immediately notice a difference in your cooking and baking.

Have you ever wondered how long the eggs in the grocery stores have actually been sitting around? Despite the use-by date, there is really no way to know how long ago they were produced. With Voortman’s, the eggs are selected daily, on site, and readied for you in their store.

Third-generation egg rancher, Eddie Voortman, says, “We are a local, family-owned business that provides fresh, quality products to the public.”

Customers of Voortman’s rave about their all natural, cage free eggs, touting the freshness, and great pricing. One customer said, “They make the fluffiest scrambled eggs!”

The eggs come in all sizes and colors, depending on your needs. Whatever you choose, you will not be disappointed.

Voortman’s is centrally located just minutes from Chino and Eastvale at 13960 Grove Avenue in Ontario (just north of Edison). You can reach Voortman’s at (909) 465-1319; and Like them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Voortmans-Egg-Ranch.

Stop by any time Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and see their ad on Page 8.