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Community Connection
Welcome to the Community Connection, a newsletter for residents and businesses from the City of Fontana. Here you will find valuable information about issues that directly impact the Fontana Community.

In this issue...
Dedicating a Lifetime to Civic Responsibility
Serving Up a Good Time at the Heritage Neighborhood Center
Regional Planning with Local Priorities
Responding to the Needs of the Community


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Dedicating a Lifetime to Civic Responsibility
For some people, the task of dedicating oneself to civic responsibility may require thorough training.  But sometimes, this dedication and understanding comes naturally; especially for someone like City Clerk Tonia “Toni” Lewis. Read on...

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Serving Up a Good Time at Heritage
In the Northwest corner of Fontana, nestled between Baseline Avenue and South Heritage Circle sits the Heritage Neighborhood Center. This local community center offers services for all of Fontana's residents, from children and teens to parents and senior citizens. Read on...

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Regional Planning with Local Priorities
San Bernardino County is the largest county in the contiguous United States by area and is larger than the four smallest states combined. The county is also diverse, encompassing 24 cities within approximately 20,000 square miles. Read on...

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Responding to the Needs of the Community
The Parks and Recreation Commission serves the community as a liaison to the City Council, fostering positive communication related to parks and community services programs. Thanks to the Fontana Parks and Recreation Commission, the City is able to better understand the needs of the community and create programs and recreational opportunities tailored to what residents want. Read on...



Dedicating a Lifetime to Civic Responsibility
 ToniaLewis_a.jpg For some people, the task of dedicating oneself to civic responsibility may require thorough training.  But sometimes, this dedication and understanding comes naturally; especially for someone like City Clerk Tonia “Toni” Lewis.

Tonia Lewis is a lifetime resident of Fontana. She is a graduate of Fontana High School and attended Chaffey College, California State-San Jose and the American Institute of Banking, majoring in Business Management and Bank Operations.
After 20 years as an Operations Administrator with Bank of America, Lewis retired and became the owner of Toni Lewis Business Solutions, offering management assistance to the Fontana Chamber of Commerce and small businesses within the area.

Lewis first decided to run for City Clerk in 2006 after being encouraged by her friend and fellow Exchange Club, Fontana Days, Historical Society and Women’s Club volunteer, Bea Watson.

“Running for City Clerk just seemed a natural progressive step in my dedication to civic responsibility,” Lewis said.

Lewis was elected to a four-year term in 2006 and again in 2010; keeping her quite busy.  In fact, on a typical day before a City Council meeting, Lewis attends a meeting with the City Manager and Deputy City Clerk to review the City Council agenda.  She also reviews the minutes of the previous Council and commission meetings for errors, answers voice mails, evaluates e-mail messages, respond to requests for public records and responds to all other mail pertaining to City business.

Lewis stays busy, but she wouldn’t have it any other way. She enjoys working with members of City Council and the rewarding experiences that come along with her job.  She enjoys observing the dynamics of City government and the ability to assist residents with solutions related to issues in the City.

“Although I am not a policy maker, any resident is welcome to come to me with a problem and I will do my best to help find a resolution,” Lewis said. “Sometimes, it can be as simple as directing someone to the right department for answers or contributing to the annual “wish-list” for City projects with input from the community.”

Reflecting on her time in City Hall, Lewis said “It is a privilege to work with such exceptionally dedicated people, I am grateful that Mayor Warren has afforded me the opportunity to play a more active role in the Council meetings.”

For more information about the City Clerk, City Council or City Council meetings, visit www.fontana.org or call (909) 350-7600.

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Serving Up a Good Time at Heritage
In the Northwest corner of Fontana, nestled between Baseline Avenue and South Heritage Circle sits the Heritage Neighborhood Center. This local community center offers services for all of Fontana's residents, from children and teens to parents and senior citizens.

“The Heritage Neighborhood Center provides an enjoyable atmosphere for everyone,” says Damien Terrones, Community Coordinator for the Heritage Center.
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“We try to help make Fontana a better community by offering quality classes and programs at affordable prices for residents of all ages.”

According to Terrones, part of what makes the Center such a valuable resource for residents is the wide variety of classes offered. Classes in dance, self-defense, fitness, music, cooking, arts & crafts and child development are just the beginning of what the Center has to offer.

“Our 10,300 square foot facility features a dance and aerobics room, arts & craft room, Tiny Tot classroom, resource tech Lab, banquet room, catering kitchen and even a swimming pool,” says Terrones.

But if you ask Terrones, the variety of classes offered isn’t what makes the Heritage Center great. That extra step comes from the level of commitment the staff has to serving the public.

“Our staff makes sure that all of our visitors receive exceptional customer service and continue to participate in our programs,” says Terrones. “We take great pride in ensuring that all members of the community of Fontana will leave our facility thinking about the next time they can come back.”

In addition to all the classes, there are always lots of great events going on at the Heritage Center. This winter the Center has a Holiday Recital and Open House on Saturday, December 17, from 10 a.m. to Noon. This event has holiday festivities with song and dance performances and light refreshments. It’s the perfect opportunity to come and see what the Center has to offer.

The Heritage Center also offers a great rental opportunity, a conference room and a full banquet that can seat up to 180 people, the Center even has a pool that can be rented by the hour. The Heritage Center is ideal for all sorts of events such as anniversaries, award banquets, birthday parties, business seminars, dinner dances, luncheons, receptions and even weddings.

The Heritage Center is located 7350 W. Liberty Parkway, and is open Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. To learn more about the Center or for rental information, please call (909) 349-6968, or visit online at heritage.fontana.org.

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Regional Planning with Local Priorities
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San Bernardino County is the largest county in the contiguous United States by area and is larger than the four smallest states combined. The county is also diverse, encompassing 24 cities within approximately 20,000 square miles.

Organizing projects within this enormous and dynamic region poses unique challenges. SANBAG, which stands for San Bernardino Associated Governments, is a council of local governments that serve the 1.9 million residents of San Bernardino County.
SANBAG helps all the local governments, including Fontana, cooperate in regional planning and the creation of the county’s efficient transportation network which involves multiple modes of transportation including roads, rail and air.

“The organization is unique among councils of governments and transportation commissions in California and is viewed by many as the model for integrated planning,” according to the SANBAG website. “Local governments within San Bernardino County find value in the monthly forum of city and county representatives who address issues of mutual concern with a unified voice.”

 Since its creation in 1973, SANBAG's mission has been to enhance the quality of life for all residents in San Bernardino County by improving cooperative regional planning; developing an accessible, efficient transportation system; and strengthening economic development efforts.

Several projects within Fontana have benefited through cooperation and support of SANBAG. Recent construction projects along the I-10 Corridor in Fontana have had SANBAG contributions, such projects include:

• The recently opened Cypress Avenue Overcrossing, which has eased  
   the daily commute of residents and provided enhanced access to the 
   City
• The I-10 / Citrus Interchange project, widening the 4 lane bridge to 7 
   lanes and improving on and off ramps.
• The I-10 / Cherry Interchange project which plans to replace an
   existing 4-lane bridge with an 8-lane bridge and improve on and off
   ramps.

These and many more projects in and around Fontana have benefited from the cooperation and support that SANBAG provides. With the help of SANBAG these and other similar projects are likely to be in Fontana’s future.

To learn more about SANBAG, please visit www.sanbag.ca.gov or attend the SANBAG Board of Directors meeting, which is held on the first Wednesday of every month at 9:30 a.m. at the Santa Fe Depot, located at 1170 W. 3rd Street, 2nd Floor, San Bernardino.

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Responding to the Needs of the Community
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The Parks and Recreation Commission serves the community as a liaison to the City Council, fostering positive communication related to parks and community services programs. Thanks to the Fontana Parks and Recreation Commission, the City is able to better understand the needs of the community and create programs and recreational opportunities tailored to what residents want.
When explaining how the commission addresses the needs of the community to the City Council, Janie Rowland, Chairperson of the Commission, said “We are out there in the community, so it is a hands-on approach in talking with residents and considering recommendations from staff…we [then] make recommendations to City Council for programs or items that need to be addressed.”

The Commission primarily works with Community Services staff to facilitate various recreational and sports programs, after-school programs, senior citizen programs, special events and services as well as programs that generate revenue for the City. Other responsibilities of the Commission are to work with other governmental agencies and civic groups for advanced recreation planning and programming in the City. Through these programs, the Commission ensures the needs of the community are heard.

Rowland said, “They [residents] can come to any of the commissioners and we can be the liaison to the City Council,” expressed Rowland. “We are here for residents. Their views and opinions are the most important because they’re out there using the services of the city.”

The Parks and Recreation Commission hold public meetings on the fourth Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at the City Hall Council Chambers, located at 8358 Sierra Avenue. The public is encouraged to attend, or view the Parks and Recreation Commission meetings live on KFON or online at www.KFON.org.

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