Acquanetta Warren

During her State of the City speech, Fontana Mayor Acquanetta Warren said that “inclusiveness for all citizens” is vital to the growth of the city. (Photo by Jim Steinberg)

By Jim Steinberg, The Sun
Posted: 01/28/16 – 10:54 PM PST |

FONTANA >> Mayor Acquanetta Warren said Thursday that “inclusiveness for all citizens” is vital to the city of more than 204,000 residents.

She made the statement during her State of the City address at the Jessie Turner Health & Fitness Center, at 15556 Summit Ave., where she also explained that working on infrastructure, police relationships and business development are among the city’s top priorities.

Getting ahead of the what might be a potential problem, members of the Fontana Police Officers Association — on their own time — met with members of the Beth-El A.M.E. Church in Fontana, which is part of the oldest independent Protestant denomination founded by black people in the world.

The meeting was held in a national environment where many black citizens feel police are more prone to use lethal force on their population then other ethnic groups.

The idea for the meeting was initiated by Fontana Police Detective Andrew Vestey, who is president of the Fontana Police Officers Association, said Ted Hunt, executive director of the organization, in an interview.

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