By Neil Nisperos Staff Writer
Created: 02/25/2011 07:41:53 PM PST

CHINO – Assemblywoman Norma Torres this week moved into a new district office in this city’s downtown to cut costs and to upgrade facilities.

The new 2,600-square-foot office is on the ground floor of the city-owned Chino Chaffey Information Technology Center at 13179 Seventh St.

The space once held the offices of former San Bernardino County Supervisor Fred Aguire and current Supervisor Gary Ovitt, who recently moved his office to Chino Hills, as well as Chino’s Business Resource Center.

“I want to thank the city of Chino for their cooperation and collaboration on this project and look forward to continuing our strong partnership,” Torres said.

The Chino City Council recently approved the two-year lease agreement. State funds will pay the $3,100 monthly lease rate for the site.

“This is a real win-win,” Torres said. “We will save the state almost 30 percent in lease costs, provide better office for our residents, and the city of Chino will rent our office space that had been vacant for more than a year.”

Since winning her 61st District seat two years ago, Torres’ district office has been at 822 N. Euclid Ave. in Ontario.

Torres said her former office, which cost $4,362 a month, lacked parking lot lighting, a conference room and a reception area for visitors, she said. Last year, the office was vandalized and a window was broken.

“In a smaller office, the setup is really difficult,” she said. “When you walk into the (Ontario) office, you’re in the middle of a room and there isn’t anything to stop someone from going into my office or any of the other offices. It’s difficult to have a community meeting because our office is so tiny it had to be held in the middle of the room.”

According to a report by Assistant City Manager Patrick Griffin, the lease agreement will provide the city with $74,400 in revenue over a two-year term.

As part of the lease agreement with Torres, council members approved a general fund expenditure of $7,276 to offset an existing lease agreement between the county and the city.

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