I do not believe that we need to dethrone a city council member by personal attacks like what happened in 2014, but the issues matter more in how Ontario Council Member Alan Wapner has conducted himself in regional organizations such as the Southern California Association of Governments and San Bernardino County Transportation Authority should be the main and only factor.
In the high desert, two members of SBCTA did get dethroned in 2016. However, we must be careful in who replaces people such as Alan Wapner if the opportunity arises. Blanca Gomez replaced Ryan McEachron in Victorville and she has become an opposite in what we want in a council member. Even though a growing number do not want toll lanes or easier passage of transportation taxes, we do not want radicals either where Blanca is an advocate for open borders and wants unqualified people to be planning commissioners.
The minimum we should ask for from our SBCTA members is the following:
Toll roads should be voted on by the residents of the counties involved.
Transportation taxes should not become permanent and continue to ask for voter re-authorization.
Threshold to lower passage of tax increases should not be lowered nor advocacy should be encouraged. The merits of transportation projects should be the main factor if voters want to increase their taxes with the 2/3rds requirement.
Bus Rapid Transit should be prohibited if lanes of traffic are blocked off from regular use.
Yes its that time of year again. The politics of personal destruction awaits Ontario voters with a smear campaign against Jim Bowman and Alan Wapner to high propensity voters in the city of Ontario. I dont find either side of Ontario politics innocent. I know that the reform side and the business side of Ontario politics have done their smear mailings throughout the years.
The Wapner side of the smear mailer is mainly a fake press release with accurate facts according the Orange County Register in October 29, 2004. I also wonder if the San Bernardino County Republican Party pulled Wapner’s endorsement, why is he still endorsed on their website? While the Bowman side is true, but not as horrible as the other side’s of the photocopied annonymous mailing.
What should we do? Maybe vote for city council candidates with no experience or history in city government. So we could clean the city from the politics of personal destruction.
I know there was bad blood in the mid 1990’s with many Ontario residents with several members of the city council such as Alan Wapner, but I feel after opposing him in two elections with the Acker faction that I was wrong after Debbie Acker went delusional.
Wapner is an active member of the community and is very responsive to the needs of the constituents. I feel that he deserves another term representing the people of our city.
Local politics is not as divisive as state or national politics so even if a conservative or a leftist was my representative as long as they brought opportunity and effective public services would be my only litmus test.
The only local issue I disagree with Councilman Wapner is the Wal-Mart on Mountain and 5th. I believe it will only make Mountain Avenue clogged like the Montclair Costco warehouse. I hope the Ontario Redevelopment agency find a better tenant that could provide opportunity and not cause a severe intake in traffic congestion.
If there is no way to stop the Wal-Mart development in Ontario. My two suggestions would be to make sure the new Wal-Mart was not a 24/7 location and that shopping cart locks are installed along the perimeter of the shopping center to prevent blight from people who just leave their shopping carts around the surrounding streets of the city.