A Message from the Interim City Manager

March 2020

Hello, springtime!

As we welcome the new season with more family-friendly events, we are also welcoming exciting changes to Fontana’s leadership.

First and foremost, I am pleased to announce the selection of Mark Denny as Fontana’s City Manager. Mark comes to our City with extensive leadership experience from roles, including City Manager and Deputy City Manager of Dana Point, as well as the Chief Operating Officer of Orange County. I am honored to have served Fontana during the selection process as Interim City Manager and am confident that the best is yet to come with Mark helping to propel Fontana into the future. He will begin his new role at the beginning of April.

The Public Works Department also recently had a change in leadership. Former Public Works Director Chuck Hayes was appointed to the position of Deputy City Manager of Development Services. Former Public Works Manager Keith Kramer was announced as the new Public Works Director.

As for events, count yourself in for the 2020 Census at the City of Fontana Let’s Taco-bout Census event on Tuesday, March 31 at the Fontana Lewis Library & Technology Center (8437 Sierra Ave.) from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Be sure to bring your U.S. Census Bureau invitation that will be delivered to your mailbox during mid-March to participate at the event. If you do not have the invitation during the event, you can also pledge to take the census later. The Taco Tuesday Census Celebration includes free tacos, live entertainment, giveaways, balloon artists, face painting, magicians, and much more. For more information, visit fontana.org/Census2020.

The Fontana Car Show is returning on Friday, March 6. View the most distinguishable cars in Fontana every first Friday of the month until September (excluding June and July) from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Civic Center Campus parking lot (8353 Sierra Ave.). Every month, there are specialty food vendors, entertainment for children, and an array of musical guests. The lineup is as follows:

  • March 6, 2020 – Smokin’ Cobras
  • April 3, 2020 – HUGE
  • May 1, 2020 – Mirage Groove
  • August 7, 2020 – Chico
  • September 4, 2020 – Savoir Faire Band

Visit CarShow.Fontana.org for the listing of rules and regulations.

Are you ready for an emergency or disaster? The next Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program will be held on Friday, March 13 to Sunday, March 15, in the City of Fontana Emergency Operations Center (17005 Upland Ave.). This free three-day basic training will educate volunteers about disaster preparedness for the hazards that may impact their area. The date and times are:

  • Friday, March 13, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 14, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 15, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Register for the CERT training here.

Start your month off by giving back to the community through a Park Clean-Up event. Join us on Saturday, March 14 at Jurupa Hills Park (11925 Sierra Ave.) from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Lunch will be provided. No registration required.

Put a spring in your step at the Fontana Walks! community walk on Saturday, March 21 at Steelworkers Auditorium (8437 Sierra Ave.) at 8:00 a.m. Register with Fontana Walks here. All new program registrants receive a Healthy Fontana t-shirt, pedometer, and water bottle.

The 5th Annual Fontana Senior Regional Games are back! Join us on Monday, March 30 through Wednesday, April 8. The 2020 Fontana Senior Regional Games offer seniors ages 50 and older an opportunity to have fun competing and celebrating health. Registration for the games will be accepted through March 23 at the Fontana Community Senior Center (16710 Ceres Ave.). For more information, visit seniors.fontana.org.

I encourage everyone to make sure your family and friends get counted during the 2020 Census. The City looks forward to a productive and fun-filled month. We appreciate your support as we work to make Fontana a remarkable City.

Best regards,

Michael Milhiser