Saying “It’s time for a change,” Norberto Corona explained that “I am running for Ontario City Council to address the increase in homelessness and gangs in the city.”
Corona says he envisions the revitalization of the city’s central core to reestablish it as the resplendent draw it was throughout most of the 20th Century. “I also want to focus on making the Ontario downtown area a place where people want to come to shop and eat great food every weekend, not just on the days they have a concert in the park.”
It is his work ethic that qualifies him to serve on the city council, Corona said. “I am a hard working dedicated individual who has experience in resolving issues by collaborating with other agencies to achieve a positive and productive solution.”
Moreover, Corona pointed out, he is a common man who sees, lives with, and appreciates the challenges the vast majority of Ontario’s residence are facing. The elitism of the current council has put it out of touch with the city’s mainstream, he said. “I live in the area where it’s not the nicest,” he said. “The candidates live in the nice areas of Ontario and they do not see what I see firsthand every day. Where I live, I see the crimes and homelessness and how it’s affecting the quality of life of our residents.”
The major issues facing Ontario are “homelessness, crime and limited business in the downtown area,” he said.
He has the tools and philosophy to make positive change, Corona insisted. “As a peace officer in L.A. County, I have experience working every day with individuals dealing with homelessness,” said.
His formula for reinvigorating Ontario consists of “providing housing, enforcing existing camping laws. enforcing current laws to prosecute criminals and enforcing existing ordinances,” Corona said. Additionally, Corona said, he would “work to provide incentives to encourage new business to come open their operations in the Ontario downtown area.”
Ontario has the wherewithal to accomplish what needs to be done, Corona said, but needs political leadership to recognize the problems and pursue the proper solutions. “We have current funds that the city needs to fix these things,” he said. “We simply need to readdress our priorities to focus on these issues.”
Corona acknowledged that he has never previously held elected public office, but said that is not a requisite to ensuring government is answerable to the citizens. “I have no political experience, but I understand that the one thing that is most important to all individuals is the quality of life,” he said.
Corona has lived in Ontario for 16 years and has a bachelor degree from Long Beach State in occupational studies/vocational arts. His professional training pertained primarily to law enforcement. He is currently a probation officer for the Los Angeles County Probation Department. He has been employed with Los Angeles County for 19 years, the last 17 of which have been in his current assignment. He is married, with five children, four boys and a girl, along with six grandchildren.
Corona said, “I would like the voters to know that I am dedicated. I am a hard worker who cares about Ontario. I live in the same area they live in, where the parks and apartments are close and see what they see and what issues need to be addressed.”