ONTARIO — When Ontario City Council members and city staff met on Saturday morning for a strategic planning workshop, the group began the work session with several icebreaker activities, the first of which was sharing with everyone three things everyone else may not know about them.
Peter Hall, human resources manager and assistant to the city manager, began the icebreaker exercise by sharing, “I was a drummer in a garage band, called ‘For Pete’s Sake,’ I was not a fan of the band’s name. I speak German. I don’t consider myself a picky eater, but I can’t stand eggs.” Brown followed.
“I ran four marathons. The first one was in 2004, the last one was the Air Force Marathon, in Dayton, Ohio in 2009. I learned to yo-yo. I’m a pretty mad yo-yo-er. I’m also a cake decorator.”
Did you know City Councilor Norm Crume used to play the trumpet? He also used to be an avid fisherman and hunter.
“Now days I camp and do a lot of the cooking. I’m figuring out culinary skills. I enjoy cooking.” Crume told the group.
“My place of happiness, my love, is the mountains,” Councilor Ramon Palomo said. “I love hunting, anything outside. I love to cook also. The way my mom always cooked, and has always cooks was no measuring, just add some of this and a little of that.”
In addition, Palomo says he enjoys art, and does oil painting, carvings and sketching.
Newly elected city councilor Freddy Rodriguez told the group he attended one year of school in Mexico when he was 6 years old.
“In fifth grade I ran for class president, and lost by one vote,” he said, adding that he also played football and baseball.
Michael Braden, who was also newly elected to the Council in November of 2018 told the group that the most he’s ever spent on a car is $6,000, and that he’s a basketball coach.
“Fourteen years ago I bought a house two blocks away from the city hall,” Braden said.
Like Crume, councilor Dan Capron said he used to play an instrument, and he loves to cook all the time. In addition, “I’m an ASE certified auto mechanic.”
Councilor Marty Justus who said he was born and raised in a suburb outside of Washington, D.C. said his father was from South Carolina.
“Believe it or not, I was a hunter,” he told the group.
Mayor Riley Hill told the group he was born on a Yakima Indian reservation. In addition, he collects antique Colt and Winchester rifles, and likes to hunt and fish.
In addition, he said, “I like to complete projects and accomplish things.