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** Grand Opening ** Sushi Fire

Sushi Fire
1723 Huntington Dr., Duarte
(626) 932-1240

Ladies Network Lunch at Duarte Montessori School

Duarte Montessori School
1640 E. Third St., Duarte
(626) 303-2616

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Duarte Unveils State of the Art
Electronic Message Board

October 29, 2014 – At last night’s City Council meeting, the Duarte City Council “cut the ribbon” on its new, state-of-the-art electronic message board.  Working with Architectural Design & Signs Inc. (ADS), the 14 x 10 display LED board features numerous graphic capabilities, a native river rock façade with “City of Duarte” proudly illuminated on top. The message board will be utilized for a variety of City announcements including meetings and special events and is located in front of the City’s Fitness Center. The cost of the board was approximately $96,000 including demolition of the old clock tower, which was removed for safety reasons due to significant structural problems. 

The contractor, ADS, has successfully performed similar projects for numerous cities and other public venues. The area surrounding the electronic sign will be re-landscaped with drought tolerant, California native landscaping.  Look for the sign to be fully functional in the upcoming weeks.

30 for 30 a Great Success for Duarte

Duarte Kiwanis President Mirna de Lira Lopez had an inspirational idea. She wanted to combine her 30th birthday party and her installation as Duarte Kiwanis President. The 30 for 30 event resulted in over $1,700 being shared with 30 charities. Checks were given to those participating organizations who are members of the Duarte Community Coordinating Council at the DCCC October meeting.

Very pleased to receive checks, and shown above, are representatives of the Duarte Historical Society, Duarte Rotary Club, Duarte Education Foundation's Music Matters, Friends of the Duarte Library, Duarte Chamber of Commerce, Duarte Woman's Club, Santa Anita Family YMCA and NAACP-ACTSO. 

Duarte Unified Accepting Applications
to Fill Vacant Seat on Board of Education

Due to the resignation of Pam Kawasaki, Board President, the Duarte Unified School District currently has a vacancy on its board of trustees. At the Regular Board Meeting of October 23, 2014, the Governing Board announced the process to fill the vacancy by a provisional appointment from among qualified applicants.

The school district is requesting all those interested in serving on the school board to submit an application. Applications are available on the district website, www.duarteusd.org, and at the District Office, 1620 Huntington Drive, Duarte.

To be eligible to apply for appointment to the Governing Board, an individual must be at least 18 years old, be a resident of the Duarte Unified School District, be a registered voter in the State of California, and not be disqualified from holding civil office by the constitution or any law of the State of California.

This appointee will hold office for the remainder of the term of office for this vacancy.

An employee of the Duarte Unified School District may not be sworn into office as an elected or appointed member of the Governing Board, unless he or she resigns as an employee. If the employee does not resign, the employment will automatically terminate upon being sworn into office.

Red Ribbon Week 2014:
Love Yourself, Be Drug Free!

The City of Duarte has proclaimed the week of October 23-31, 2014, as Red Ribbon Week in the City of Duarte, and encourages all Duarte residents to participate in drug awareness activities, making a visible statement that we are strongly committed to healthy lives. This year’s theme "Love Yourself, Be Drug Free!” will be emphasized at the Duarte Schools as students participate in Essay contests, Classroom Poster Contests, and more.
Duarte youth are invited to volunteer to help us remind the community by tying red ribbons on trees along Huntington Drive on Saturday, October 25, at 9 a.m. This event will kick off a week of activities in the City and Duarte schools aimed at encouraging a healthy, drug-free lifestyle.
The march will lead off a day of activities at the Duarte Teen Center for youth 1st through 8th grade. The teen center will unveil its new mural and feature arts and crafts a dance contest, and more fun filled activities will be featured at this free event. Duarte Outreach Consultants will also conduct a presentation for parents, teachers, and community members 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. The City of Duarte Public Safety anti-drug campaign has partnered with THINK Together, the Duarte Unified School District after-school program. This co-sponsored event is brought to you through State of California grant funding for crime prevention and intervention programs.
We would like to invite all families in the Duarte area to come out and have a fun free day while acknowledging what DEA agent Enrique Camarena died fighting for, putting a stop to drugs! Please RSVP for the training with Aida Torres at (626) 359-5671, ext. 316 or at A2Torres@lasd.org.

Duarte Celebrates Nature for the 19th Annual Route 66 Parade and City’s 57th Birthday

Some Snapshots from the Great Event

New Fare Structure on All Metro Bus and Rail Lines Starting Monday, September 15

From Arthur T. Leahy, CEO, Metro

I’m writing to be sure you are aware that a new fare structure will take effect on all Metro bus and rail lines starting Monday, September 15, 2014.  
We know our customers depend on us to get to work, school, medical appointments and leisure activities as efficiently as possible.  That’s why a key feature of the new structure allows our customers who use a TAP card to pay a single fare and transfer for up to two hours at no additional charge to other Metro lines to complete their one-way trip.  We think this feature will be a money-saver for many riders.
Details of the new fare structure can be found here. By the way, we offer many reduced fare options and subsidy programs for eligible riders; they’re all described at www.metro.net/reducedfares.

Duarte Residents and Businesses Asked
to Comply with New State Water Restrictions

The City of Duarte has passed Resolution 14-R-21 making it a code violation for residents or businesses to fail to comply with the recently passed State Emergency Regulations addressing severe statewide drought conditions. Regulations include:
  1. using potable water on outdoor landscapes causing runoff into adjacent properties; roadways, parking lots, or private/public walkways;
  2. using a hose to wash a vehicle except when the hose is fitted with a shut-off nozzle;
  3. using water on driveways and sidewalks; and
  4. using potable water in a fountain or other decorative water feature except where water is part of a recirculating system.  Violations of these regulations may result in fines.
Specifically, the City is treating violations as an infraction utilizing written warnings combined with sufficient time for the violation to be corrected. If, in some cases, warnings fail, the City can then issue citations with penalties ranging from a fine of $75 for the first offense, $150 for the second, and $300 for the third.

The decision to move forward with Statewide restrictions came after a State Water Resources Board survey showed previous conservation measures failed to achieve the 20% reduction in water usage sought by Governor Brown back in January of this year.  These regulations were also reaffirmed more recently on August 14th when the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) issued a resolution requiring all water agencies such as the City’s water system owner, California American Water Company, to inform their customers about the four statewide, mandatory water restrictions. Within 10 days of this ruling, California American Water published notice of the Emergency Regulation in both local newspapers and on their respective website.  They also, within 20 days, provided direct mail notice to their customers of the newly enacted emergency regulations.  They, like the City, will also continue to publicize the restrictions throughout April of 2015.  Additionally, Cal Am shall assist in assuring compliance by working with the City’s Code Compliance division charged with enforcing the mandatory restrictions.

In a prior resolution passed by the Duarte City Council on May 14th, the City had previously asked Duarte residents and businesses to take immediate action to “voluntarily” conserve water.  Duarte residents were encouraged to take simple steps to save water, including taking shorter showers, not leaving water running, checking for leaks, washing only full laundry loads, promptly fixing defective plumbing or sprinklers, and watering only when landscaping needed it during early morning hours. 

Since 2009, the City has been taking steps to conserve water.  For example, City street crews have utilized drip irrigation, regularly inspected and replaced broken sprinklers, utilized weather sensing irrigation clocks, and regularly replaced turf with drought tolerant shrubs. Most recently, the Facilities Maintenance Division of the Parks and Recreation Department has also taken measures to conserve water at the City's facilities by installing water free urinals, automatic toilet flush systems, and low-flow shower heads.

California American Water is an investor-owned water utility providing water service to about 28,000 households and businesses, in the cities of Bradbury, Duarte, El Monte, Irwindale, Monrovia, Rosemead, San Gabriel, San Marino and Temple City, as well as unincorporated portions of Los Angeles County and the Baldwin Hills area. It is these communities that comprise the Los Angeles service area.  The majority of the water service in the Los Angeles district is groundwater, pumped from the region’s main and central basins.  In the City of Duarte, California American Water has seven wells that provide approximately 95% of the local water.

For additional information on water conservation, visit the Utilities section of www.accessduarte.com or www.saveourh20.org.  Local residential or business violations may also be reported to the City’s Code Compliance Division by calling 626-357-7938. 

New Water Use Regulations in Effect for California American Water Customers

Customers Urged to Reduce Water Use by 20 Percent

CORONADO, Calif. (Aug. 15, 2014) – The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) passed Resolution W-5000 on August 14 instructing its regulated water utilities to implement the statewide restrictions on water use recently approved by the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB). The CPUC endorsed mandatory statewide restrictions prohibiting specific outdoor uses of water and ordered utilities to report violations to local government bodies with enforcement powers. Violations of the mandatory prohibited uses may result in fines of up to $500. California is facing one of the most severe droughts in history due to three consecutive dry years.

In March 2014, California American Water activated voluntary conservation measures in accordance with the Governor’s emergency drought declaration and the CPUC’s Rule 14.1, calling upon customers to restrict non-essential uses of water. In accordance with CPUC Rule 14.1 and the SWRCB order, California American Water will continue to request voluntary conservation measures while restricting specific outdoor water use as required by the SWRCB and the CPUC. Mandatory prohibited outdoor water use includes:
  • The application of potable water to any driveway or sidewalks
  • Using potable water to water outdoor landscapes in a manner that causes runoff to adjacent property, non-irrigated areas, private and public walkways, roadways, parking lots or structures
  • Using a hose that dispenses potable water to wash a motor vehicle, unless the hose is fitted with a shut-off nozzle
  • Using potable water in a fountain or decorative water feature, unless the water is recirculated. Recycled water is not mandated, but encouraged for fountain use
Most water consumption and water waste occurs outdoors. California American Water prefers education over enforcement, but repeated failures to comply with state mandated outdoor water use restrictions may result in fines or discontinuation of water service.

“By and large, our customers have answered the call to reduce water usage and are doing a great job conserving in the face of this historic drought,” said California American Water President Rob MacLean. “We are here to help our customers conserve even more water during this crucial time. We ask that our customers continue to look for common-sense ways to efficiently use water, helping protect the State’s supplies and our local environment in the face of drought conditions.”
California American Water encourages all consumers to voluntarily find ways to reduce their water use by:
  • Fixing leaks promptly
  • Washing only full loads in your dishwasher or washing machine
  • Taking five-minute or shorter showers
  • Collecting the water used from washing fruits and vegetables in a basin instead of running water from the tap
  • Adjusting irrigation systems to avoid creating run-off to streets, sidewalks and gutters
  • Use positive pressure hose nozzles (available at no charge from California American Water)
“Our water efficiency and conservation programs are among the best in the state and they help reduce water use without affecting our quality of life,” said MacLean. “I’d encourage customers to take advantage of the free Water Smart Home and Business Survey to find easy wins to reduce water usage and learn more about how they can get cash back from our rebate programs for toilets, washing machines, turf removal and more.”

To learn more about the free conservation programs and services or to learn more about water use restrictions, customers can visit California American Water’s website at www.californiaamwater.com.

California American Water, a subsidiary of American Water (NYSE: AWK), provides high-quality and reliable water and/or wastewater services to more than 600,000 people. California American Water has been an active member of the Duarte Chamber of Commerce since 1958.

Founded in 1886, American Water is the largest publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company. With headquarters in Voorhees, N.J., the company employs approximately 6,600 dedicated professionals who provide drinking water, wastewater and other related services to an estimated 14 million people in more than 40 states and parts of Canada. More information can be found by visiting www.amwater.com.

Duarte Businesses Collect Batteries
Making Recycling Easier

Two businesses in the City of Duarte are part of 38 establishments in the San Gabriel Valley participating in a pilot program that aims to increase battery recycling within the City and throughout the Valley. The state of California banned batteries from disposal in landfills in 2006 in an effort to recycle more metals and to reduce groundwater contamination caused by the presence of batteries in landfills.

The following locations are participating in Duarte as battery take-back sites:

Frontier Hardware, 2137 Huntington Dr.
Route 66 Car Wash, 2110 Huntington Dr.

Residents can conveniently bring any household batteries (rechargeable or alkaline that weigh less than 11 lbs.) and cell phones to the take-back locations. This means that old lithium-ion cell phone and camera batteries along with traditional AAA-D batteries can be brought to the same convenient take-back location. Signs on store windows identify take-back locations. Customers can turn in their batteries at the marked battery recycling boxes inside the store. Simple instructions on how to safely recycle batteries are located on each take-back box. Full boxes of batteries are mailed to recycling facilities at no charge to the participating businesses.

Thanks to an approximate $396,000 grant from the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle), the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments (SGVCOG) has been able to facilitate a pilot-recycling program for household batteries. The SGVCOG is working to make battery recycling more convenient by partnering with local businesses to become battery take-back locations. The Call2Recycle® program is paying for all disposal costs associated with the battery recycling. This take-back process reduces costs to the public because battery producers pay for the shipping and recycling. Furthermore, recycling is more convenient for consumers because local retailers throughout the San Gabriel Valley host collection locations.

For more information about the battery-recycling program or to find a take-back location near you go to www.SGVCOG.org/batteryrecycling or contact Nicholas Conway, SGVCOG Executive Director at (626) 457-1800. For more information about CalRecycle go to www.calrecycle.ca.gov.

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PC Guru

Beacon Media

Community Health Alliance of Pasadena

David Granillo Air Conditioning & Heating

Foothills Pregnancy Resource Center


LA Plumbing Supply

Cabrera's Mexican Cuisine

New Life Assembly of God

Southland Opera

Jan's Towing, Inc.

VivaDance and Fitness Studio

Accu-sembly, Inc.

Costco Wholesale Azusa

Mountain Vista Plaza

Citrus College

Mel Cohen Insurance Services

Delafield Corporation

Rolling Sushi

Meridian Financial & Insurance Services

Judy Ann Blake

Farmers Insurance

Southern California Edison

Charter Business

San Pablo Home Care


Royal Vista Terrace

Foothill Unity Center

Kevin Shaw Plumbing

Old Spaghetti Factory

Sierra Autocars Inc.

LTI Architects Inc.

Sierra Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram

Healthy Connecting LLC

Rutan & Tucker, LLP

Arcadia Association of Realtors


Event Guard Services

Right At Home

Jan & Bob Wight

Friends of the Duarte Library

Ranchero Mexican Restaurant

In Your Image Life Coaching

Roads of Success

Trilogy Financial Services, Carol Haynes

Reed Office Interiors

Duarte Community Service Council

Gentile, McCloskey & Company

Acti-Kare Responsive In-Home Care

TELACU Community Capital

Dewey Pest Control

Post Alarm Systems

Christian Alliance Bible Church

HealthCare Partners


The Slaw Dogs

Cooks Collision

City of Hope

Frontier Hardware

Methodist Hospital

Santa Anita Family YMCA

Foothill Transit

Sushi Fire

Domino's Pizza

SCE Federal Credit Union

New York Life Insurance, Patrick Miller

DLL Business Solutions

Welcome Aboard Cruise Agency

Church of the Foothills

MXM Inc.

Local Advantage Publishers Inc.

Heritage Park Apartments

Soyfoods of America

Quota International Club of Monrovia-Duarte

Santa Teresita

Mt. Olive Storage, LLC

Alex Romo Auto & Truck

Nilima M. Patel, DDS

Condor Outdoor Products

Margaret & Brad Finlay

The Gas Company

Nissan of Duarte

Cima Fire Protection

Old Town Sign Company

Duarte Liquors

Pasadena Mexican American History Association

Staples, Duarte

Pat De Rose

Duarte Unified School District

RGS Energy

Duarte Lemonade Brigade

El Salvadoreno Restaurant

Avila Gardens


Jack & Tina Heany

Super Shuttle

IHOP Duarte

Opportunities For Learning Public Charter Schools

Royal Oaks

Dahon California, Inc.

Comfort Keepers

Doubletree Hotel Monrovia

Rudy's Plumbing

Foothill Federal Credit Union

Duarte-Azusa Animal Hospital

A1 Party Rental


Teri Cronin, Nutrition Education

LA Works

Shaffer Awards

American Cancer Society/Relay for Life

Specialty Promotions

Sweet Nothings Cake Shop

Boys & Girls Club Of The Foothills

Andersen, Horie & Co. CPAs

Duarte Kiwanis

Thomas Allied Physical Therapy

Rotary Club of Duarte

Pora and Henry Custodia


Douglass & Zook Chapel of Remembrance

California American Water

Turner & Stevens Live Oak Mortuary

Del Rio Pest Control

Tupperware, Karen Wilson

NRS Design Studio

Ginny Joyce Belba

Mt. Sierra College

Duarte Tile and Stone

D'Aquino Italian Importing Co.

Smile Finders

Burrtec Waste Services

McDonald's, 1122 Huntington Dr.

Santa Anita Soccer Club

Advantage Ford Lincoln

Clean Air for Everyone

Westminster Gardens

YWCA San Gabriel Valley

University of Phoenix

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

StorAmerica Duarte

California Skewers

Podley Realtors, Rana Madain

Durston Builders

Duarte Montessori School

RCS Heating & Air Conditioning

AmericanWest Bank

M & R Professional Services

Hemosure - WHPM

7-Eleven, 1430 Mountain Ave.

Central San Gabriel Valley Worksource

Country Villa Monte Vista Health Care Center

Baja Ranch

B-Man's Teriyaki & Burgers

Everlasting Caregivers Inc.

Bradbury Park Apartments

John & Kris Fasana

Sierra Fiat of Duarte

Advantage Ford Lincoln

Courtyard by Marriott

Bowden Development

Rancho Duarte Golf Course

Foothill Workforce Investment Board