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** Grand Opening ** Cooks Collision

Cooks Collision
1718 Highland Avenue, Duarte
(626) 357-9407

** Grand Opening ** Sweet Nothings
Cake Shop

Sweet Nothings Cake Shop
1849 Huntington Dr., Duarte
(626) 357-8049

** Grand Opening ** Pho Vinh's Vietnamese Cuisine

Pho Vinh's Vietnamese Cuisine
1362 Huntington Drive, Duarte
(626) 531-6299

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Growing list of Taste of Duarte participants . . . Cabrera's Mexican Cuisine * D'Aquino Italian Imports * Duarte Lemonade Brigade * El Salvadoreño Restaurant * Fresh and Easy * Los Angeles International Wine Competition * Qdoba Mexican Grill * Ranchero Mexican Restaurant * Rolling Sushi * Souplantation Catering * Sweet Nothings Cake Shop * The Slaw Dogs Cafe Advantage Ford Lincoln * Arcadia Association of Realtors * Automobile Club of California * Bay Alarm * Buena Vista Chiropractic * Burrtec Waste Services * Charter Business * Citrus College *

Duarte and Bradbury Join in Earth Day Projects

Community Clean-up Offers Large Item
and E-Waste Disposal April 12

Duarte and Bradbury will honor Earth Day 2014 on Saturday, April 12, with a variety of joint community volunteer projects including the City’s bi-annual Community Clean-up beginning at 9 a.m. 

"Our goal for Earth Day 2014 and and every day is to maintain a clean and green Duarte," said Duarte Mayor, Liz Reilly. 

A breakfast at the Duarte Teen Center followed by a guest speaker from the City of Hope and welcomes from both the Bradbury and Duarte mayors will kick off the Earth Day activities for some 60 volunteers.  California American Water Company has donated drought tolerant plants that will be installed at Bradbury City Hall and at Royal Oaks Park in Duarte.  Trees will be planted at Duarte Park, a project made possible through a Proposition A grant from the office of Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael Antonovich. Volunteers will also conduct clean-ups along the Royal Oaks Trail and San Gabriel River.  Following the morning's hard work, volunteers will be treated to lunch, crafts and a raffle at the Teen Center.

The City of Duarte and Burrtec Waste Industries will offer an opportunity for residents to dispose of large refuse items and E-Waste from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Drop-off locations are at Duarte City Hall, 1600 Huntington Dr., and at the former Buena Vista Pavilion property at 2144 Buena Vista St.

Joining in the Earth Day activities, students at Mt. Olive High School will participate in a school wide clean-up of the gardens and grounds, while Andres Duarte Elementary students will work on a clean-up and recycling project at Otis Gordon Park.

Earth Day sponsors are Burrtec Waste Industries, California American Water Company, the cities of Bradbury and Duarte, and Duarte’s Promise – The Alliance for Youth.  

For more information, call Duarte City Hall at (626) 357-7931, ext. 221.

Duarte Presented 2014 Cultural Diversity Award at National League of Cities Conference

Diversity Award — The City of Duarte was honored by the National League of Cities, National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials with the first place 2014 City Cultural Diversity Award at the National of League of Cities Congressional Conference in Washington, D.C. The award was given for the work of Duarte's Community Mediation Team (CMT). From left to right:  CMT co-founder and current co-chair, Lois Gaston; Duarte Mayor Liz Reilly; Political strategist and Keynote Speaker, Donna Brazile; Crime Prevention Specialist Aida Torres, and Deputy City Manager Karen Herrera.
The National League of Cities, National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials honored the City of Duarte with the first place 2014 City Cultural Diversity Award at the National of League of Cities Congressional Conference in Washington, D.C., on March 10. The award recognizes creative and successful municipal programs that are designed to improve and promote cultural diversity through a collaborative process with city officials, community leaders and residents.  Political strategist, academic and American Author, Donna Brazile served as keynote speaker for the awards ceremony which took part in conjunction with the National League of Cities Annual Conference in Washington, D.C.

Duarte received the award for the work of its Community Mediation Team (CMT), a community partnership established in 2003, composed of a diverse group of Duarte, Monrovia, and Los Angeles County leaders and stakeholders who collectively identify, assess, and strategically address the needs of individuals and families at risk.  Over the past 10 years, the CMT has successfully curbed gang violence by creating an effective community communication system, which is representative of the range of cultures within the service area, and by serving as a trusted facilitator to connect at-risk individuals and families with the necessary resources.

Since its founding, CMT's primary goal has been to ensure that the service area's community-based and other programming effectively meet the needs of a growing multicultural population. Through this approach, Part 1 crimes in the City of Duarte have been on a steady decrease since 2007, from 611 incidents to 282 incidents in 2013, making Duarte one of the safest communities in the San Gabriel Valley. 

Duarte Mayor Liz Reilly, Deputy City Manager Karen Herrera, Crime Prevention Specialist Aida Torres, and a CMT co-founder and current co-chair, Lois Gaston, accepted the award.  The awards program was developed by the National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials (NBC-LEO), an NLC constituency group as a means of demonstrating quality and innovation in addition to the many aspects of cultural diversity. Winners are selected in each of four population categories and chosen by an independent panel of judges representative of all five of NLC's constituency groups: National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials (NBC-LEO), Asian Pacific American Municipal Officials (APAMO), Women in Municipal Government (WIMG), Hispanic Elected Local Officials (HELO), and Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Local Officials. (GLBTLO).

"Duarte is one of the most diverse communities in Southern California in terms of race, ethnicity, religion, economics and age. Our residents, businesses, organizations, and city, school district, law enforcement, and faith community leaders are committed to working together to make our City the best it can be.  We are honored to be recognized at a national level for our diversity and commitment," said Mayor Reilly.

The CMT supports cultural diversity in the cities of Duarte and Monrovia and neighboring County Areas by focusing on all ethnic groups, with an emphasis on the African American and Latino communities, and recognizing their distinct cultures and needs. The CMT also actively addresses the racial tension between the two groups in order to reduce gang violence and foster an appreciation of the community's cultural diversity. 

The Duarte City Council will celebrate the award and honor the contributions of the Community Mediation Team at the City Council meeting on March 25.

Duarte Museum Exhibits Antique Firearms

A treasure trove of antique firearms is now on display at the Duarte Historical Museum.  Once exhibited at Western State Bank located on Huntington Drive in Duarte in the 1980s, the collection has been in storage until recently.  The current property owners have dusted off the collection and donated it to the Museum.

“Some of these firearms are a throw-back to the civil war era.  Rendered inoperable for safety sake, many of the pieces are genuine, although a few are replicas,” says Claudia Heller, president of the Duarte Historical Society.  The collection has a variety of pieces including a Phoenix Rifle with leather holster, a Remington handgun, a bayonet and a powder horn. “I’m sure as museum visitors look over the collection they will be able to tell us some details about  these firearms,” says Heller. 

Also on display are civil war photos and a circa 1980 rendering of the Western States Bank. The display will remain through May.

The museum is located at 777 Encanto Parkway in Encanto Park, Duarte, and is open Saturdays 1-4 p.m. and the first and third Wednesday of each month 1-3 p.m.  Admission is free.

At Mid-Year, City of Duarte Reports a $415,000 Surplus and Increase of $1.5 Million in Revenues

Adopted 2013/2014 Budget Projected $223,000 Deficit

For the City of Duarte the light at the end of the tunnel at mid-year is an estimated $415,000 surplus in the City of Duarte's General Fund, a bright note in the wake of a 2013-2014 adopted budget that included a $223,000 deficit.

A one-time residual payment of $693,000 from the County that represents the City's small share of the $7.4 million in non housing dollars that the former Redevelopment Agency was forced to turn over to the county is largely responsible for the reversal of fortune. The surplus of $415,000 will leave the General Fund reserves at $7.2 million, which represents 54% of the General Fund expenditures. At year-end, total General Fund revenues are projected to be $13.8 million, an increase of $1.5 million as compared to the adopted budget.

“The City is seeing a slow recovery from the worst recession in over 75 years," said City Manager Darrell George. "Our operating expenses have been kept pretty flat.  Prudent fiscal decisions have also allowed us to see a gain in reserve funds not seen in six years.”

Two construction projects helped to greatly increase the revenues generated by building and engineering permit fees. A retaining wall built by Southern California Edison brought $75,000 while the proposed City of Hope Visitor Center added $110,000 to the City's coffers. City of Hope has deposited $429,000 with the City of Duarte to offset the costs of an Environmental Impact Report for construction of a Visitor's Center.

At year-end, total General Fund expenditures are projected to be $13.4 million, an increase of $845,000 as compared to the adopted budget. Several of the increases are funded by new revenues including the one-time residual payment from the County, or represent capital projects. As part of its contribution towards the costs related to the  traffic signal at Pops Road, Southern California Presbyterian Homes paid $100,000 to the City at the close of escrow.  In conjunction, a one-time revenue of $27,000 was received for the signal from the L. A. County Aid to Cities

Other highlights of the mid-year budget report:
  • $100,000 has been included in the Community Development capital improvements budget to provide for the removal of the City Hall clock tower and construction of a long-discussed state-of-the-art electronic message signboard in its place.
  • The City Council has recently approved $25,000 and $16,000 in funding for a contract with Kosmont and Associates for an economic analysis of the Charles Company Town Center proposal and RKA for a Royal Oaks traffic calming study.
  • Due to positive public feedback, City staff is recommending that a pilot program to open Royal Oaks Park restrooms on weekdays, Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to dusk during the months of June through September continue.
  • Ever-increasing water costs are widening the gap between revenues from assessments collected and expenses incurred in the Landscape and Lighting District Fund.  The 2013/2014 budget estimated a $215,000 shortfall, but based on the past six months, it is estimated that the gap will be $56,000 more, increasing the General Fund subsidy to $272,000.

Duarte Installs New Traffic Signal
on Heavily Used Huntington Drive

A new traffic signal has been installed and is now operational at the intersection of Huntington Dr. and Pops Rd. that will help pedestrians cross the boulevard safely and facilitate access to transit routes on both sides of Huntington Dr.

Several senior citizen housing complexes are located in the vicinity of the Huntington Dr. Pops Rd. intersection, including Andres Duarte Terrace and Westminster Gardens on the south side of Huntington Dr., owned by Southern California Presbyterian Homes (SCPH). and Huntington Oaks on the north side. SCPH assisted with a portion of the funding for the traffic signal. Other funding for the $268,000 project, long on the priority list for the City of Duarte, was provided by Proposition B and Los Angeles County Aid to Cities.

The section of the boulevard between the traffic signal at Highland Ave. and Pops Rd., is where three pedestrians have been struck and killed by cars in the last four years while attempting to jaywalk across four lanes of traffic. With the traffic signal at Highland Ave., and the new signal at Pops Rd., pedestrians will now have two signal crossings on Huntington Dr. within 400 feet of each other.

In addition to the new traffic signal, the City also installed a Duarte signature Mission Bell marker in the Huntington Dr. median at the Pops Rd. intersection.

"We hope people will consider their own safety by only crossing at signaled intersections and marked crosswalks," said Duarte Public Works Manager, Rafael O. Casillas. He cited a recent study which found that the severity of accidents increase on four-lane highways that carry traffic of over 10,000 cars a day at 40 miles per hour. Casillas said some 26,000 vehicles a day travel through Duarte along Huntington Dr., at an average speed of 46 miles per hour.

If personal safety isn't enough of a concern, there's another good reason for pedestrians not to jaywalk. Duarte Public Safety Director, Brian Villalobos has a reminder that the penalty, if cited, is a possible $191 fine.

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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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

Cabrera's Mexican Cuisine

Heritage Park Apartments

Sweet Nothings Cake Shop

Cooks Collision

Boys & Girls Club Of The Foothills

Andersen, Horie & Co. CPAs

Duarte Kiwanis Club

Thomas Allied Physical Therapy

Rotary Club of Duarte

Pora and Henry Custodia


Douglass & Zook Chapel of Remembrance

LA Plumbing Supply

California American Water

Turner & Stevens Live Oak Mortuary

Foothills Pregnancy Resource Center

Del Rio Pest Control

Southland Opera

Tupperware, Karen Wilson

Anthony's True Blue Plumbing

NRS Design Studio

Ginny Joyce Belba

Mt. Sierra College

Duarte Tile and Stone

D'Aquino Italian Importing Co.

Smile Finders

Costco Wholesale Azusa


Burrtec Waste Services

McDonald's, 1122 Huntington Dr.

Citrus College

Santa Anita Soccer Club

Meridian Financial & Insurance Services

Advantage Ford Lincoln

David Granillo Air Conditioning & Heating

PC Guru

Accu-sembly, Inc.

Farmers Insurance

Christian Alliance Bible Church

Old Spaghetti Factory

Clean Air for Everyone

Judy Ann Blake

Charter Business

Mel Cohen Insurance Services

Foothill Family Service

Westminster Gardens

YWCA San Gabriel Valley

VivaDance and Fitness Studio

University of Phoenix

LTI Architects Inc.

Foothill Unity Center

Delafield Corporation

Mountain Vista Plaza

Right At Home

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

Sierra Autocars Inc.

HealthCare Partners

StorAmerica Duarte

California Skewers

Podley Realtors, Rana Madain

Durston Builders

Duarte Montessori School

RCS Heating & Air Conditioning

AmericanWest Bank

National University


DLL Business Solutions

M & R Professional Services

Sierra Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram

Trilogy Financial Services, Carol Haynes

Hemosure - WHPM

Dewey Pest Control

7-Eleven, 1430 Mountain Ave.

The Slaw Dogs

Central San Gabriel Valley Worksource

Friends of the Duarte Library

SCE Federal Credit Union

Santa Teresita

Jan's Towing, Inc.

McDonald's, 480 W. Huntington

Welcome Aboard Cruise Agency


Country Villa Monte Vista Health Care Center

Royal Vista Terrace

Soyfoods of America

Duarte Community Service Council

Baja Ranch

Church of the Foothills


Foothill Transit

Ranchero Mexican Restaurant

B-Man's Teriyaki & Burgers

Rolling Sushi

Everlasting Caregivers Inc.

Ralphs Grocery Company

Methodist Hospital

Kevin Shaw Plumbing Inc.

Bradbury Park Apartments

John & Kris Fasana

Sierra Fiat of Duarte

Margaret & Brad Finlay

Advantage Ford Lincoln

Courtyard by Marriott

City of Hope

New York Life Insurance, Patrick Miller

Post Alarm Systems

Bowden Development

Santa Anita Family YMCA

Jan & Bob Wight

Duarte Community Coordinating Council

Nilima M. Patel, DDS

Alex Romo Auto & Truck

Contractor's One Stop Shop, Inc.

Rancho Duarte Golf Course

Foothill Workforce Investment Board

Wells Fargo Home Mortgage