EASTVALE, CA – Diversity in thoughts and opinions is what helps create a healthy and vibrant community. The evolution, growth, development, and future of our young city ultimately relyon the tough yet crucial conversations, such as the topics mentioned below, that we have been having as a community. In an effort to remain fiscally responsible and to provide the best customer service experience to our residents and businesses, the City of Eastvale continually evaluates the best services for the best value. The suggestions that came out of these topics are a result of the City of Eastvale’s robust community engagement efforts and strategic plan. The City of Eastvale’s strategic plan can be found at: http://bit.ly/eastvale-strategic-plan.
Eastvale Continues Contract with the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department & Evaluates Law Enforcement Substation
About a year ago, with the projection of historical rate increases of 7-9 percent, Riverside County discussion of putting more law enforcement costs on local agencies, continually hearing from residents that they would like an increases law enforcement presence, along with the City of Menifee conducting a Feasibility Study to create their own Police Department, the City of Eastvale evaluated whether it made sense to form its own police department as a way to direct policy establishment, ease of information distribution, and leverage local resources. There were many opportunities for public input on public safety priorities to include: the Public Safety Budget Workshop in March 2019, the City Council Meeting in March 2019, the Public Safety Commission Meeting in March 2019, the Public Workshop for Public Safety Priorities to include a Facebook Live event in July 2019, and at the City Council Meeting on September 25, 2019.
In the end, Sheriff Chad Bianco was ultimately able to reduce the projected rate increases and created a command staff to work with City Managers and County staff to identify future saving opportunities.
At the City Council Meeting on Wednesday, September 25, 2019, the City Council provided direction to not pursue creating a local police department at this time. The City of Eastvale is hopeful that the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department continues to collaboratively explore ways to keep rates low and identify ways to align their services with our unique values and needs.
The City Council also provided direction to explore opportunities to build a law enforcement substation within Eastvale city limits. Some of the advantages of having a substation in Eastvale are that deputies could be able to report directly to Eastvale, potentially improving response times and coverage. A law enforcement substation can also help our residents have a greater connection to the local deputies that serve our community.
A potential location option for a law enforcement substation is at the intersection of Riverboat Drive and HamnerAvenue. Fire Station 27, just south of this intersection has surplus land that could be leveraged as a potential law enforcement substation with the vacant adjacent parcel. This site could allow opportunity for a unified public safety command center by locating a law enforcement substation next to Fire Station 27.
Eastvale Pursues Economic Development for New Revenue Opportunities
The City of Eastvale explored a financial priorities discussion with the City Council and the community to gain a better understanding on what and when the community desired the City to deliver enhanced services, programs, and projects such as a Civic Center (City Hall and Public Library), Enhanced Public Safety (Law Enforcement and Fire Services), and infrastructure (roads, trails, traffic signal synchronization, etc.). There were many opportunities for public input on financial priorities to inlcude: the Public Safety Budget Workshop in March 2019, the City Council Meeting in March 2019, the Public Safety Commission Meeting in March 2019, the Public Workshop for Financial Priorities to include a Facebook Live event in June 2019, and at the City Council Meeting on September 25, 2019.
At the City Council Meeting on Wednesday, September 25, 2019, the City Council provided direction to focus on Economic Development to enhance revenues to provide services to the community. The City Council also provided direction to not pursue a sales tax measure on the ballot at this time. As a result, the City Council approved a Business Incentive Loan Policy to help attract and expand businesses within Eastvale.
In Eastvale, there is a $71-million-dollar sales tax leakage in the food and beverage industry, which equates to approximately $713,000 in potential sales tax revenue each year; if each dollar spent is taxable. When residents are eating outside of our city, that money is going to other communities and contributing to services those cities provide for their residents. We want to create opportunities for our residents to stay in Eastvale and eat local. The City also has an opportunity to create unique dining experiences that help attract others from throughout the region.
In order to capture that potential revenue, the City will need to enhance and diversify restaurant choices and options. In our recent Community Satisfaction Study, when residents were asked what would enhance the quality of life for them, elevating dining was one of the top responses. It is the City’s goal to create a food destination and experiences. In addition to attracting and recruiting restaurants to Eastvale, the City of Eastvale is committed to recruiting businesses that will create a broad base of revenue for our city by means of sales tax, property tax, transient occupancy tax, and job creation. These revenues can allow the City to enhance and provide our residents with quality services they need and deserve.
The City of Eastvale is also thrilled to share we have several new restaurants and a hotel opening within our cityand we will have many more to announce in the coming months. The City Council Restaurant Ad-Hoc Committee and City staff are working collaboratively with our development and broker community to recruit and attract restaurants that will exceed Eastvale’s expectations.
About the City of Eastvale
The City of Eastvale was founded on October 1, 2010 as an independent local government agency, governed by a five-member, elected City Council. The City of Eastvale serves over 73,700 residents and encompasses 13.1 square-miles in western Riverside County. The City is strategically poised between Interstate 15 and California State Routes 91, 60, and 71, making access easy for residents, visitors and businesses alike. Eastvale is a young and dynamic community filled with economic opportunity, tremendous growth, and strong values. For more information on the City of Eastvale, please visit: www.EastvaleCA.gov
IECE Presents its Inaugural State of Entrepreneur Report on Dec. 9
The first-ever State of Entrepreneurship Address for the Inland Empire is being held by the Cal State San Bernardino Inland Empire Center for Entrepreneurship on Thursday, Dec. 9, from 5-8 p.m. at 4th Sector Innovations in Ontario.
IECE’s goal in producing the State of Entrepreneurship research study is to bring the voice of local entrepreneurs to those who need to hear it most – local and state policymakers, community organizations, lenders, and other resource providers.
The Voice of the Entrepreneur survey, on which the address is based, sends powerful feedback on the challenges that entrepreneurs and business owners of the Inland Southern California region face.
Survey results were drawn out earlier this year by reaching out to IECE’s extensive network, consisting of more than 10,000 entrepreneurs and business owners representing a diverse group of industries. The IECE will continue to distribute the Voice of the Entrepreneur survey in the spring of each calendar year to find out what Inland Empire entrepreneurs and business owners are going through.
The report is a potent tool for policymakers, economic impact drivers, and business owners and entrepreneurs to analyze growth potential within the region. Using measurable data, the goal is to identify the challenges and opportunities facing local business owners and obstacles that may be impeding business growth.
The result is a concise report that gives insight into how we can effectively learn and evolve together with a regional focus.
The evening will start and end with networking and food; in between, the SOER report will be presented, which includes examining the indicators of entrepreneurial activity and how the IE measures up as a region; learning of the Voice of the Entrepreneur direct survey results and the common themes, as well as an IE Ecosystem assessment; and regional perspectives from influencers that include:
- Rod Vandenbos, founder and CEO, buzzbox beverages, Indio;
- Mike Napoli, Tech Coast Angels, Palm Springs;
- Edward Ornelas, Jr. President, Inland Empire Regional Chamber of Commerce
- Ana Karina Suchánek, president, Cask Restaurant Group, Inc., Rancho Cucamonga; and
- Pepi Jackson, president and CEO, Riverside Black Chamber of Commerce
Click the following link – Secure Your Spot for the 2021 State of Entrepreneurship Address – to attend, network and learn more about entrepreneurship in the region. Whether you are a seasoned or soon-to-be entrepreneur, there is a perspective for everyone who wants to know more about how to strengthen the Inland Empire economy.
The presentation will unveil breakthrough metrics and perspectives on the State of Entrepreneurship throughout the Inland Empire, including:
- Why a report like this is essential for the collective growth of our region;
- What the report consists of: indicators for entrepreneurship and what real entrepreneurs in our communities are telling us through our Voice of the Entrepreneur survey results; and
- Regional perspectives from influencers and officials that are active in our ecosystem.
The event will also include food and cocktails while networking within an inspirational setting at 4th Sector Innovations Ontario.
To learn more, visit the IECE State of Entrepreneurship Report website.
Southwest Airlines will fly from Ontario International Airport, CA, to Austin in 2022
The announcement from Southwest Airlines that it will fly daily nonstop from Ontario International Airport (ONT) to Austin (AUS) starting in March 2022 is welcome news for the Southern California gateway and the Inland Empire.
The announcement from Southwest Airlines that the low-cost carrier will fly daily nonstop from Ontario International Airport (ONT) to Austin (AUS) starting in March 2022 is welcome news for the Southern California gateway and the Inland Empire.
Southwest will offer flights between ONT and Austin-Bergstrom International Airport daily on the following schedule effective March 10, 2022.
|1204||ONT||AUS||10:55 a.m.||3:35 p.m.||Mon – Fri &|
|474||ONT||AUS||9:50 a.m.||2:30 p.m.||Sat||737-700|
|1739||AUS||ONT||4:35 p.m.||5:55 p.m.||Mon – Fri &|
|257||AUS||ONT||2:55 p.m.||4:10 p.m.||Sat||737-700|
The new flights are available for booking immediately at southwest.com.
“The addition of the Texas state capital to our route map is welcomed news and further indication of confidence by ONT’s largest air carrier,” said Alan D. Wapner, President of the OIAA Board of Commissioners. “It is also another sign that ONT’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic is well underway and gaining momentum.”
The announcement of the new Southwest flights comes as ONT continues to experience an impressive pandemic recovery. In August, ONT reported passenger traffic was within 7% of pre-COVID levels.
Family Fun Month of Rides, Slides & Glides
Alpine Slide Big Bear Observes Family Fun Month with a Variety of Delights
August is Family Fun Month, and Alpine Slide Big Bear (Alpine Slide) is the premier spot in Big Bear that gives families an opportunity to soak up the joys of summertime fun together. Alpine Slide provides guests of all ages, from toddlers to grandparents, a variety of family-fun offerings, which includes a double waterslide, a mountain coaster thrill ride, a zipline-style flight, the Alpine Slide bobsled experience, go-karts and miniature golf.
“The great thing about having a variety of attractions is it gives families a chance to pick and choose what best appeals to them,” said Alpine Slide Big Bear General Manager Julie Eubanks.
Family Fun Month occurs every August, and undoubtedly August happens to be one of the hottest months that many Southern California communities have to face each year. However, Big Bear is a great place to escape the daunting heat. Not only is Big Bear 20 to 30 degrees cooler than most of Southern California’s hot zones, but Alpine Slide’s double waterslide gives families who seek refuge from the heat an extra bonus to cool off. Kids can splash all day on two flumes of cascading water, turning and banking on the way to a 3 ½ – ft. deep, heated splash pool. Parents can spread a blanket out on the grass, or relax on the shaded, wrap-around deck at the base of the double waterslide.
“Alpine Slide is also home to three attractions that are the first and only in California, which includes the Mineshaft Coaster, the Soaring Eagle, and the Alpine Slide,” added Eubanks. “Each of these rides offers something unique and suitable for all ages.”
Mineshaft Coaster, which is the first and only mountain coaster in California, is an amusement-style, thrill ride that stretches over one mile long on a stainless-steel-tube track. It has all the bells and whistles of a roller coaster such as steep descents, hairpin turns, tunnels, bridges and 360-degree corkscrews. Here’s the kicker…the rider actually controls the speed of the coaster cart, which can reach max speeds of 30 mph.
The Soaring Eagle is a one-of-a-kind ride not seen anywhere else in California either. The Soaring Eagle has dual seats so a parent and child can ride side-by-side. It starts by lifting riders backwards on a zipline cable to a 70-foot tall launch tower. Once it reaches the top, it then catapults forward at 26 mph, on a 100-foot long vertical drop, that travels 500 feet back to the base. The Soaring Eagle not only offers folks an opportunity to experience the sensation of flying, but they are treated to a bird’s eye view of Big Bear Lake and surrounding mountain vistas, too.
Another distinctive attraction on site is the Alpine Slide, which is the only authentic bobsled /luge experience in California. Riders navigate their own individually controlled sleds down a quarter-mile long concrete track with high-banked turns and long straight-aways. Each sled is equipped with Teflon runners, ball bearing wheels, control handle and brakes. Youngsters who meet the height requirements can ride with their parents on this fun-filled feature ride.
Rounding off the family-fun activities at Alpine Slide is a go-kart track, putt-putt golf and video arcade. When it’s time for a break, head inside for an ice-cream cone. An ice-cream bar located at the snack bar offers 12 different tasty flavors to choose from, such as Banana Split, Cotton Candy or Birthday Cake!
Alpine Slide, located at 800 Wildrose Lane (just off Big Bear Blvd.), is open daily. The Summer hours of operation are Sunday through Thursday from 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. For general information, height requirements, pricing and specific hours for each attraction, please visit AlpineSlideBigBear.com or call 909-866-4626.
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