I’m proud of my service as a Firefighter and Fontana City Councilmember; and it tells you a lot about how I work. Here are some highlights, see if you agree!

-John Roberts

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Community Center/Facility Construction

  • Jesse Turner Center
  • Senior Community Center
  • Heritage Community Center
  • Ralph M. Lewis Library/Technology Center
  • Historic Center Stage
  • Police Department
  • Community Services Administration
  • Veteran’s Resource Center
  • John B. Roberts Fire Station
  • Fire Stations 78 & 79
  • Teen Center
  • Miller Fitness Center
  • Development Services Building
  • Chamber of Commerce

 

  • Foothill, Baseline, Sierra, and Jurupa renovations
  • Built two water parks
  • Built two skate parks
  • Built two roller hockey facilities
  • Built one dog park
  • Built 12 lighted soccer/football fields
  • Built 11 lighted baseball fields
  • Created a citywide after school program-3600 students daily
  • Lived within our means for 15 years and counting
  • Made intergovernmental and grant funding a priority
  • Tripled the size of Chaffey College
  • Received national and international award recognition for many city developed programs
  • Invested heavily in technology and efficiency enhancing equipment
  • Annexed 32 county islands into the city

 

The following is an updated list of City-wide accomplishments by the City Council from 1999-2013 for your information and use.

2011-2013

Economic Development

Facilitated development of Westech College at 9460 Sierra Avenue.
Project: Two story, 20,000 sq ft College
450-500 Students per semester will attend
Grand opening spring 2013

Kia Dealership scheduled to be open in March 2015.

Rock Honda opened 2011.

Partnered with Sunrise Ford on the construction of a new state of the art freeway sign along the 10 freeway.

Updated the SWIP Specific plan adding business friendly elements to enhance development opportunities in South Fontana.

Financial

1.    Restructured the pension obligations/system for both new and existing employees to save money for city wide services.

2.    Eliminated the Fontana Redevelopment Agency and restructured existing city goals and services as a result.

3.    City’s Issuer Credit Rating is now AA- (upgraded from A+)

Infrastructure

1.     Started construction of the Citrus/I10 Interchange – Completion Spring 2014
Widened to 4 approach lanes with 3 through lanes in each direction on the bridge.
Adding a north to west bound loop ramp
Widening all on and off ramps
Total project cost $51 million

2.    Started construction of the Cherry/I10 Interchange – Completion Fall 2014
Widen to 4 approach lanes with 3 through lanes in each direction on bridge.
Adding a north to west bound loop ramp
Widening all on and off ramps
Total project cost $73 million

3.    Started construction of the Duncan Canyon Interchange – Completion Spring 2015
Widen to 3 approach lanes with 2 through lanes in each direction on bridge.
Converting existing overpass to complete interchange (Spread Diamond)
Construct 10’ X 12’ box storm drain across the State ROW
Total project cost $45 Million

4.    South Fontana recycled water project. Supplies 1000 acre feet of recycled water, but more importantly saves 1000 acre feet of precious drinking water annually. Complete Fall 2014

5    Invest approximately $20 million from 2011-2013 for rehabilitation and preservation of the street network.  The City currently has a Pavement Condition Index of 74 which compares favorably to the state average of 68

Public Safety

#15 Safest City in the Nation

Fontana Rapid Response Team to deal with safety issues associated with early release.

Reentry Support Team developed to provide recent individuals release from jail with resources they need to avoid returning to jail.  They are offered support in the following areas: anger management, substance abuse, entering the job market, family support, spiritual support, GED, and other programs

Created an award winning Future Leadership Investment Program (FLIP) in partnership with the Fontana Unified School District, targeting positive development opportunities for at risk youth.  Received the nationally acclaimed Webber Seavey Award for this program

Police Station remodel that was  completed in 2013
Project budget of $14 million
Expansion will add 40,000 square feet
New portion will include: report writer room, briefing area, supervisor offices, shooting range, property/evidence area, field evidence lab, narcotics enforcement, multiple enforcement team work areas and expanded locker rooms

Fire Station 73 – Purchased land and currently in design. May 2014 construction start date.

Completed a reconstruction/expansion of the John Roberts Fire Station 71
Project cost $10 million
Project completion in September 2012
Originally built 1927
1st Fire Station
Busiest station in San Bernardino County
Renovation and expansion includes 16,000 square foot new single story
Historical preservation of the old station

Established an in house regional helicopter program to serve the communities of Fontana, Rialto and Colton 7 days a week.

Created a regionalized SWAT Program for the communities of Fontana, Rialto, and Colton.

Created a field services unit in house for animal control services.

Quality of Life

1.    Constructed and opened the Martin Tudor Water Park.
Budget – $2.5 Million
1800 sq. ft. interactive splash pad designed to accommodate a range of ages
Shaded seating and water play areas
Two new waterslides
New restroom facilities
New security lighting
New fencing surrounding the improvements
New landscaping

2.    Completed construction of the Pacific Electric Trail System.  Approximately 7 miles from city limit to city limit.
The construction of the trail was made possible by successful application for and use of state and federal grants to offset the combined total of $8.6 Million in construction costs.
Trail benefits include:
Used as a commuter route to Public transportation
A healthy alternative to driving
Safe connection to schools and other public facilities like parks, the library, and City Hall
Healthy Fontana’s Walk and Bike clubs take advantage of the amenity daily.

3.    Purchased land for parking expansion at the Senior Community Center.

4.    Partnered with FUSD and Supervisor Janice Rutherford to renovate the Fontana High School Football field.

5.    Veteran’s Resource Center opened 2012

6.    John Piazza Senior Apartments – 60 Units

Toscana low income apartments – 55 Units

Paseo Verde low income apartments – 142 Units

9.    Completed Chaffey College Phase III

10.    Implemented a smart phone application (Access Fontana) to report graffiti, pot holes, and deceased animals

11.     Implemented city social networking sites through Facebook and Twitter

Overall

Maintained the After School Program that serves 3,600 students daily.

Developed a Grant Team to focus efforts to successfully acquire grants

2011-2013 over $25 million in grants awarded

2007-2010

Economic Development

Allocated resources to create a Valley Blvd. and South Fontana transition district following successful completion of the corridor annexation.

Financial

National and State awards for financial management, community innovations and various proactive programs including multiple Helen Putnam Awards.

Continue to work with Fontana Water and Cucamonga Valley Water District to establish a reclaimed water system to serve the City’s landscape areas, parks and school properties.

Infrastructure

Established two new flood control channels across the 15 Freeway.

Created a community wide capital investment program to rebuild key infrastructure throughout this community (Bob Weddle CIP).  To date we have invested in excess of $200 million of such projects.

Self-funded the construction of the new Cypress overpass at the I-10 Freeway.

Adopted and implemented Foothill beautification landscape plan to compliment the route 66 design.

Worked with the County to establish an MOU to reinvest the money generated in the Speedway Redevelopment area.

Public Safety

Established City-wide animal control service

Acquired land for the reconstruction and expansion of Fire Station 71.

Reorganized Code Enforcement into the Police Department to enhance the
Community policing aspects of the department.

In October 2007, implemented a verified alarm response policy which reduced
the cost associated with responding to false alarms by 90%, saving the equivalent
of two full-time officers.

Created the City’s own Fire District.

Established a reverse 911 broadway calling system to enhance public safety
communication to our residents.

Quality of Life

In 2000, the City had no lighted soccer/football fields.  The city now has 12 lighted soccer/football fields with plans for more in the next few years.

Constructed a $60 million, 93,000 square foot, Lewis Library and Technology Center.

Funded and built a new community center in the Village of Heritage.

Constructed a 43,000 sq ft Senior Community Center in the Downtown area of Fontana.

Built a new 40 acre Fontana Community Park that includes the 43,000 sq. ft. Jessie Turner Health and Fitness Center, aquatics center, skate park, dog park, and passive play areas.

Acquired several properties north of the newly opened 210 Freeway for creation of a new sports park and completed construction drawings.

Worked with Kaiser Hospital to construct a new state of the art facility.

Partnered with the Auto Club Speedway to host the July 4th event with more than 20,000 people in attendance.

Created a year round aquatics program that allows us to host US regional swim meets.

Acquired land for and created design concepts for a new central park in the core of Fontana.

Overall

Established live streaming video webcasts on the City’s website of the City Council meetings, Planning Commission meetings, and Parks and Recreation Meetings.

Construct a 20,000 sq ft expansion of City Hall for the Development Services organization.

2003-2006

Economic Development

Established a pro-business policy to both attract new business and to facilitate the expansion of new business.  Created the division of Business Services and have expanded our Economic Development Department.

Facilitated the move of the Chamber back into the downtown area.

Created an Economic Zone that eliminates City Fees for new commercial developments within both North and South Fontana.

Facilitated the development of the Summit Heights Commercial Center, the Lewis Commercial Center at Sierra Lakes and the Regency Commercial center.

Prepared and adopted an Economic Feasibility Study for the Downtown area.

Rewrote the City’s sign policy to be more business friendly for the automobile industry.

Have facilitated the development of an Auto Center in North Fontana

a.    Attracted Fontana Nissan to the Auto Center which “officially” opened in December 2005.
b.    In 2006 Rotolo Chevrolet successfully relocated to the Auto Center.
c.    In 2011 Rock Honda opened for business.

Obtained and constructed the City’s first Economic Development Center.

Constructed decorative intersection paving at five key intersections in the
Downtown area.

Implemented a Façade Improvement Program in the Downtown, and have renovated the facades of two city blocks using a redevelopment investment in excess of $1 million.

Facilitated an agreement with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to set aside approximately 25 acres in the Jurupa Hills for a protected habitat for the endangered Delhi Sands Flower Loving Fly.

Acquired the property for the Ventana Specific Plan to create a top quality development for the city.

Financial

The City has refinanced its outstanding bonded indebtedness to take advantage of lower interest rates.  The advantages achieved by these refinancing have been passed along to the property owners in the form of reduced taxes. E.g. Village of Heritage (15% reduction), Hunters Ridge (7% reduction), Sycamore Hills (25% reduction), Country Club Estate (5% reduction), and Sierra Lakes (16% reduction).

Successfully completed the financial restructuring of the Empire Center, eliminating bond defaults and facilitating development.

Created a Community Foundation to support community fund raising activities.

Created a library fund raising campaign achieving a goal of raising $15 million toward the construction of the Lewis Library and Technology Center.

Infrastructure

Built a $20 million Baseline storm drain system.

Saw the construction of the 210 freeway through Fontana completed.

Partnered with San Bernardino County for the construction of Slover Avenue.

Successfully created and managed an Interstate 10 coalition to build support
for reconstruction of Interstate 10 and the related interchanges.

Obtained a grant of $25 million from the State Revolving Loan Fund for the
construction of the San Bernardino Avenue trunk line.

Public Safety

Contracted with a private vendor for helicopter patrol services.  By privatizing the
function the City was able to keep the needed services within budgetary
restrictions.  In 2006, funding was expanded to provide air support 5 days a week.

Built Fire Station 79 at Duncan Canyon and Interstate 15.

Developed a recruitment strategy designed to increase local residents interest in
careers in Public Safety with goal of developing a diverse police department which
reflects the community.

Acquired property for the expansion of security lighted parking at both the Bill
Martin and Veteran’s Park.

Contracted with Fontana Unified School District to have a Fontana Police
Lieutenant serve as the Police Chief for the school district.

Established security management for two skate parks enhancing safety for youth.

Quality of Life

Successfully, completed the annexation of 32 unincorporated islands adding 14,000 new residents to the city.

Doubled graffiti abatement, establishing a policy to remove 80% of all graffiti within 24 hours of being reported. We have maintained this goal in excess of 6 years.

Expanded tree trimming and street sweeping throughout the community.  We are now on a 5 year or better trim cycle through-out the entire city.

Built the City’s first skate part in the core of Fontana.  The second Skate Park was added in 2008.

Re-opened the Fontana Teen Center with additional state, county and local grant funds.

Provided grant funding as seed money for expansion of the Fontana Boys and Girls Club.

Created a monthly Cruise Night and Market Night in the Downtown area that has grown to regularly attracting over 300 classic, hot rod, and low rider vehicles, 20-30 vendors, and 3000-4000 attendees.

Initiated a Healthy Fontana Program, developing it into a city-wide program designed to promote and encourage physical activity, healthy eating habits and Smart Growth development to the residents, employees, business and developers.  Healthy Fontana is achieving this through its five “Steps Along the Way” Walking Clubs, the Health and Fitness Boot Camp, the “Fast, Fresh and Fabulous” cooking class, “Step Out to Wellness” employee program and various community and county outreach events such as:  Health Fairs, Kids Fitness Challenge, SBCO Walks and presentations. Healthy Fontana has established itself with regular programming on KFON featuring a cooking show produced from the cooking class.

Initiated a Community Assistance Program in partnership with local non-profit and faith based organizations.

Rewrote the ordinance dealing with adult entertainment establishments to align City codes with State laws.

Established the ability for residents to license their dogs at City Hall.

Created the After School Enrichment program – Working with the Fontana Unified School District and Boys and Girls Club. To date, over 150 Recreation Aides have been hired to staff the ASES program.

Reorganized to create a new Community Services Department, focusing on recreation programming, cultural arts, community involvement and facility operations.

Expanded KFON programming to offer 10 hours of locally produced original shows per day and improved overall quality of programming through equipment and staffing enhancements.

Developed and implemented the Intra-City Marketing campaign to enhance communication with residents, educate the community about projects, developments and services, and develop an improved overall perception of the City.

Organized and facilitated a quarterly meeting open to all Faith Based Organizations with community pastors and church leaders, sharing in the common goal of improving the quality of life for all Fontana citizens.  The meetings have acted as an extension of our Area Commander program and allowed the city to disseminate information along with allowing attendees the opportunity to pose questions and receive answers.

Created a Downtown Historic Mural Program in the Downtown, and have Commissioned three murals to date that have been painted on the sides of buildings in the Downtown.

Acquired and reconstructed the historic Fontana Theater and Train Depot, creating two new city amenities in the downtown.

Facilitated development of the second post office in the City of Fontana.

Implemented new wireless mobile computing devices to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of in-field building inspectors.

Achieved the State’s 50% diversion requirement for City wide refuse and recycling.

Assumed inspection responsibility for vector control and monitoring of the south Fontana chicken ranches.

Developed and implemented a weekend Community Clean Up Program that has provided in excess of 12,000 hours of trash and cleanup services for City parks.

Completed a $4 million renovation of the Ralph M. Lewis soccer/football fields with synthetic turf, greatly enhancing the year-round use of this facility.

Was named 100 Best Communities in America for Young People as declared by America’s Promise Alliance.

Overall

Development of a Civic Center Campus Master Plan that has guided the development of a new Civic Center entrance, walking trail and community gathering area, a wayfinding signage program, new regional library, amphitheater and band shell.  Also reconstructed portions of City Hall to provide for expansion of services to a growing community.

Completed American’s with Disabilities Act renovations in 24 building and park sites.

1999-2002

Economic Development

Implementation of the City’s first integrated economic development strategy.  This was a seven point strategy initially and has later been updated to a ten point strategy.

Created a marketing partnership with the Fontana Area Chamber of Commerce.

Facilitated the completion of two business class hotels.

Created an infill development policy to reduce city development fees by 50%.

Facilitated the expansion of Sunrise Ford to a new location in South Fontana.

Brought the Home Shopping Network and the American Hotel Registry businesses to Fontana, both of which are now in the top ten sales tax producers for the community.

Created a city-wide city competitive program to enhance processing of plans through the City review system.

Reestablished the power of eminent domain for the entire Downtown Redevelopment Projects and in three specific sub areas of the North Fontana Redevelopment Project.

Facilitated the development of a Downtown Business Association (DBA) to help businesses become more successful.

Financial

Facilitated the completion of both the Village of Heritage and the Hunters Ridge Developments, working through several financing and development related issues.

Implemented Expenditure Control Budgeting and cost containment techniques, providing departments an incentive to under spend their budgets.

Restructured the Hunters Ridge development agreement to facilitate the development of 500 new units and resolve several community concerns, successfully getting community support for restructuring the rate and method by an overwhelming 98.4% of ballots returned.

Addressed a number of key debt issues that included shifting obligations away from the General Fund, eliminating exposure to variable rate interest risk, eliminating exposure to the credits of unstable Japanese banks, eliminating “bullet” loan obligations, and completing workout plan for Community Facilities District in payment default.  We were able to move specific Redevelopment bonds from junk bond status to investment grade and obtained a City credit rating by Standard and Poor’s of “A”.

Infrastructure

Funded the construction of the San Sevaine Flood Control Channel ($8 million) that will reduce/eliminate drainage restriction problems for much of the City.

We have taken over oversight responsibility for Foothill Blvd. from Caltrans.

Constructed the I-10/Sierra Avenue Urban Interchange, a $23 million project predominately funded through outside moneys.

Public Safety

Began Certified Emergency Response Training (CERT) as part of our Office of Emergency Services (OES).  This program implements our goal of tying Neighborhood Watch and OES together.

We have created the area’s first intelligent transportation systems and traffic center.  This information is now available via KFON and the internet.

Established a City-wide paramedic program to serve the entire community.

Implemented the Area Commander Program.  This program has allowed us to increase our effectiveness by focusing efforts on problem solving.  As part of this program, the police assumed the responsibility for conducting community meetings.

Built Fire Station 78 at Citrus and Baseline.

Retrofitted all intersections with energy efficient lamps.  The savings generated from the action paid for the installation of uninterruptible power supply systems for each intersection.

Conducted a comprehensive review/audit of use of force procedures within the Fontana Police Department.

Deployment of high speed wireless communication to our police vehicles which will significantly improve the officers’ ability to communicate with our systems and improve officer safety.

Quality of Life

Opened the City’s first golf course at Sierra Lakes.

Reopened the Mary Vagle Museum and Nature Center for community use and expanded programming to include environmental education programs, field trip tours, outdoor summer camps and on-going recreational classes.

Updated the City’s General Plan, development standards and zoning consistency.

Rebuilt the Omnitrans intermodal facility adding new restrooms and bus bays.

Created a passport processing center at City Hall for the convenience of the citizens.

Updated the City’s Parks, Trails and Recreational Master Plan.

Overall

Reopened City Hall access to improve community access and to foster open communication avenues within the City of Fontana.

Overall – 1999-Present

Economic Development

Approved over 15 million square feet of industrial development that will provide in excess of 5,000 new jobs and in excess of 2 million square feet of new commercial.

Have aggressively pursued various business development opportunities to increase the City’s sales tax base.  In addition, continue to conduct pre-development meetings with selected business enterprises/developers to facilitate their development within this community. Also, continued to aggressively market and promote opportunities within Fontana through the business development web page, at selected Trade Shows (ICSC) and through the print media.

Financial

Implementation of an Intergovernmental Relations function.  Since 1999 the city has received grants in excess of $75 million towards completion of:

Pacific Electric Trail
Lewis Library and Technology Center
Various street improvements
CMAQ intelligence transportation system
Freeway Interchanges
Parks
Teen Center
Healthy Fontana
After school programs
Safe routes to school
Energy conservation projects
Public safety grants
Senior housing
Community Services programs

Have invested in technology to allow the City to work smarter.  Each year, the city has very effectively and efficiently operated with fewer administrative employees per resident.

Successfully negotiated through many pending litigious actions, saving significant costs and time for the community.

Improved employee morale and have kept compensation levels competitive with surrounding jurisdictions.

Financially we have lived within our means, ensuring that liabilities are fully funded.  This approach has allowed us to manage through the elimination of the City’s Utility Users Tax for all residents.  This during a time when surrounding communities are finding the need to establish such a tax to make ends meet.

Replaced all major internal computer systems to enhance the efficiency of operations. Developed a Technology Master Plan and restructured the Information Technology Department to be more responsive to the needs of citizens and other departments and support over 50 different computer applications for all 12 departments.

Modified processing to accept credit cards payments for most city transactions.

Infrastructure

Constructed the north and south side of Foothill Blvd. between East Avenue and Hemlock.

We created and have maintained a pavement management system.  This system, along with the funding policies of the City Council, has reduced the road maintenance backlog.  The City Council has maintained a goal of reinvesting 10% of the General Fund budget each year in new City infrastructure each year.

Have provided a budget for sidewalk installation in the core of the community in each of the past 7 years.  Over $2 million has been spent to date.

Have invested in excess of $3 million in road repairs in each of the past fourteen years.

Have built in excess of $20 million of new sewer systems to serve an expanding community.

Created a owner-friendly real estate right of way acquisition program that have saved the city several million dollars in property dedication costs.

Rehabilitated in excess of 60 lane miles of pavement and 250 miles of slurry seal and pavement maintenance work.

Public Safety

Reduce crime city-wide by emphasizing community oriented policy.

Implemented our award winning School Resource Officer (SRO) Program.  The      program is part of the Police Department’s long term strategy to reduce crime.

Implementation of the Police Cadet Program designed to assist in the Department’s effort to improve its role in obtaining a diverse work force.  This program is designed to attract young adults who are well-qualified to participate in an organized, on the job training program to ultimately move into a career in law enforcement.

Quality of Life

Facilitated the expansion of Chaffey College in Fontana by providing land to the college for development.  In January, 2007 Phase II of the Chaffey College “campus” was completed. The Phase II expansion included 10,000 sq. ft. of additional class room space. Phase III of the campus expansion (encompassing 35,000 sq. Ft of class room) was completed in 2011.

Built 11 new City parks (Ralph M. Lewis, Rosena, Charles Koehler, McDermott Sports Complex, Coyote Canyon, Sycamore Hills, Country Club Estates, Pat Marrujo, Almeria, Fernandez and Fontana Park) and renovated 6 existing parks (Bill Martin, Jack Bulik, Veterans Park, Cypress Park, Jurupa Regional Park, Miller Park).  More projects are on the way.

Acquired a city block and built a Senior Housing Project for low income residents, then completed the development of three additional centers.  This represents an investment of $80 million.

Created the community summer activity programs and have maintained them for the past ten consecutive years.

Created a Cultural Division in Community Services that developed and implemented the Art Depot program, developed cultural arts focus within community centers; created the Art in the Park, Music Under the Stars, and Art Shows/Family Days at the Art Depot; negotiated the Center Stage Contract; developed concepts for concert series’ at our new outdoor amphitheater; and scheduled  activities for the Library Auditorium for joint Community Services and Library programming.

Authorized the purchase and rehabilitation of the following apartments to reduce crime and improve aesthetics:

a.     Citrus Gardens (200 units)
b.     Cambridge Apartments (260 units)
c.     Transitional Housing Facility (4units)
d.     Nuevo Apartments (16 units)
e.     Hillcrest Apartments (52 units)
f.     Citrus Grove Apartments (50 units)
g.     Ceres Avenue Apartments (42 units)
h.     Valencia Woods Apartments (68 units + learning center)
i.    Laurel Woods Apartments (68 units + learning center)
j.    Whitram Court (37 units)
k.    Reed Street (24 units)

Expanded recreational programming throughout the community. Expanded or newly developed program areas are: KFON  programs; Intra City Marketing efforts; utilization of schools and other community sites for satellite programs; expanded programming at the Nature, Don Day , Cypress and Jesse Turner Centers; working with all Community Services divisions and sections, other City departments and community groups to implement Healthy Fontana programs; expansion of the Summer Night Life event series; expansion of Teen Center programs; addition of 19 after school sites; increased the number of sites for Pee Wee, Youth and Teen Sports programs; conducted additional sports clinics for participants and coaches; expanded Adult Sports programs; developed and implemented Art Depot program including the creation and operation of an alliance with community groups; created the Art in the Park, Music Under the Stars, and Art Shows/Family Days at the Art Depot; and joint Community Services and Library programming.

We have received a Tree-City USA designation for the past several consecutive years.

Created joint use agreements for field and facility usage with the Colton School District, Fontana Unified School District and Etiwanda School District.

Constructed or started construction of the entire 6.5 miles of the regional (20 mile) Pacific Electric Trail through the center of Fontana from city limit to city limit.

Overall

Have adopted the operational policy of blurring departmental lines to enhance efficiency and effectiveness of all available city resources.