Ontario

By Grace Wong, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 10/30/14, 8:11 PM PDT |

ONTARIO >> Despite dramatic campaigning that has forced family members to come out and speak at council meetings, the issue of the Ontario Airport returning to local control is still the hot topic of the City Council election on Tuesday.

Three seats are open for this election with two council seats and one for the mayor. There are three incumbents up for re-election, Mayor Paul Leon and Councilmen Jim Bowman and Alan Wapner. Councilman Paul Vincent Avila and challenger Rudy Favila are candidates for mayor. There are three challengers for council, Ruben Valencia, Reyna Machado and Yolanda Garcia.

The hot topic for this city is LA/Ontario International Airport, with some candidates supporting local control, like Wapner, Bowman and Leon, others simply advocating for increased ridership, like Valencia, and others dismissing the topic entirely, saying that the desire to gain local control is futile, like Avila. Others take another approach, like Machado, who believes that focusing on revitalizing the city is the key to gaining control.

Leon, 58, has served as mayor for the last 10 years and been on the City Council for the last 15 years. In addition to taking back control of the Ontario airport, he hopes to reduce crime and bring more jobs to the city.

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