The Votes are in for Investment in Riverside, Measures O and Z PassThe City will receive a boost in funding for City projects and schools
After months of advocacy efforts regarding 11 local and state ballot measures, the Chamber is pleased to having been successful on eight accounts. As a result of these wins, Riverside will receive additional funding to renovate school facilities, secure money for City services, and require greater transparency from the state’s legislators, to name a few.
Propositions and Ballot Measures
Most significantly for the region, Riverside’s residents voted to pass Measure Z and Measure O, both of which have significant economic impacts for the City. Measure Z, which passed by a substantial 15-point margin, will provide funds to much-needed City services, such as the local police and fire departments, while also restoring the City’s General Reserve Fund. Measure O, which passed by a more than 2-to-1 margin, will raise over $380 million and be used to renovate school facilities, better preparing Riverside’s students for success in the classroom.
Moreover, the Chamber also saw victories in the passage of Propositions 51, 52, 54, and 58. Respectively, these Propositions will raise funds for K-12 and community college facilities, limit the legislature’s ability to divert funds away from Medi-Cal, require greater legislative transparency and accountability, and increase the amount of language immersion programs offered to K-12 students. On another high note, the Chamber’s move to oppose Propositions 53 and 61 also ended in success, as the measures failed to receive a majority approval.
The Chamber extends its congratulations to Assemblyman Jose Medina and Assemblywoman-Elect Sabrina Cervantes, who won their respective races. In correspondence to the passage of every local and state measure regarding education enhancement, Riverside voted to re-elect Assemblyman Jose Medina to a third two-year term. Previously, Assemblyman Medina was a local educator and has spent much of his time in the Assembly working to expand access to education, with the creation of the UCR School of Medicine as the most pertinent example.
Ontario Assumes Control of Airport with Support from Local Business CommunityThe Chamber spent years advocating for local control to stimulate region’s economy
After years of tremendous support from the Chamber and local business entities, the Ontario International Airport Authority officially assumed control of the Ontario International Airport (ONT).The Los Angeles World Airports relinquished control of ONT after nearly 50 years in charge. Not only will this reduce congestion at LAX, but it will incentivize travelers to fly out of Ontario, bolstering the local economy.
The Inland Southern California region’s economic growth over the past five years has landed it a position as one of the fastest growing areas in the country. Local control of ONT will ultimately result in flight expansions, an enlarged hotel, restaurant, and service sector, and a larger pool of jobs to fill. As a result, the Inland Southern California region will benefit from a surge in economic activity for years to come.
A recent ceremony to commemorate the region’s victory was attended by many local business leaders, Federal Aviation Administration officials, and numerous state and federal officials. During the ceremony, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti presented a ceremonial key to Ontario International Airport Authority President Alan Wapner, who has spearheaded the campaign to release ONT from Los Angeles’ control.
Howard Saner, Chair of the Chamber’s Board of Directors, stated, “The transfer of the Ontario International Airport to local authorities brings about an incredible opportunity for our region to potentially create thousands of jobs as a result of the greater demand for local air travel. We must take advantage of this opportunity to further grow our economy and place our region on the global map.”
This feat would not have been possible, however, without the immense support and collaboration between U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein, Mayor Garcetti, the Ontario International Airport Authority, and many local Chamber and organizations. As Mayor Garcetti noted, “It’s time for us to just be Southern Californians tied together to a mutual future that today we see here.” The gate has been opened for the Inland Southern California area and Los Angeles to come together to work in unity to promote economic prosperity for the entire region.