A Message from the Interim City Manager

November 2019

Greetings Fontana,

As we begin to close out on 2019 and enter the season of giving thanks, we typically begin to reflect on the past year’s successes and challenges. We have had many reasons to celebrate such as the wonderful events that bring together families and friends of all ages, new residents and businesses that moved into town, and much more.

Together, as a City, we have faced challenges as well. More specifically, the last week with the extreme high wind warnings and power shutoffs. In order to work towards creating a solution to balance power shutoffs and public safety, I would like to invite you to a community meeting. In partnership with the Fontana Chamber of Commerce and Southern California Edison, the City of Fontana will host a Public Safety Power Shutoff community meeting on Wednesday, November 13, 2019, at the Jessie Turner Center from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. A representative from SCE will be present to listen to concerns, answer questions, and explain the process behind power shutoffs.

As the month to give thanks, the Development Services Organization is launching its Customer Appreciation Campaign. Also known as the DSO, the organization is made up of the Department of Engineering, Public Works, Community Development (Planning, and Building and Safety), the Fire Protection District, and Administration. Every day, these departments work closely with residents and businesses on projects relating to the growth and development throughout Fontana. However, all the development wouldn’t be possible without our customers…like you! Visit the DSO, located at 8353 Sierra Avenue, on Thursday, November 14, for the first Customer Appreciation Day of the campaign. Coffee, donuts, and water will be available for the day while supplies last.

In honor of our Veteran community and in celebration of Thanksgiving, all City of Fontana Administrative offices will be closed on:

  • November 11 for Veterans Day. Be sure to honor those who have served our country at the City of Fontana Veterans Day Celebration at the Miller Amphitheater. The celebration begins at 11:00 a.m.
  • November 28 and November 29 for Thanksgiving Break

Offices will reopen the following business day.

Thanksgiving is an opportunity for family and friends to come together to express gratitude. Eat & Be Well, presented by Project Boon, is a one-day event celebrating the Thanksgiving season by supporting the underserved community of San Bernardino County with a Thanksgiving meal. This free event is taking place on November 27 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Seville Park (8380 Cypress Avenue). Healthy Fontana will be hosting a booth with free resources, giveaways, and more. For more information, click here

Give back to the community during a park clean up event on Saturday, November 9, along the Pacific Electric Trail between Citrus Avenue and Tokay Avenue. Volunteers will be picking up trash, removing weeds, and raking from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Be sure to wear closed-toe shoes and lunch will be provided.

If you are looking to get your steps in, join your community members at Mary Vagle Nature Center for the upcoming Fontana Walks! community walk on Saturday, November 16 at 8:00 a.m. Last month, the Fontana Walks! program became the newest recipient of the prestigious Helen Putnam Award. Congratulations to the Community Services Department for their hard work and congratulations to our community members whose participation has made the program the success it is today.

I hope to see you at one or all the events in November. 

Have a great month, Fontana,

Michael Milhiser