Congratulations to our outstanding city staff for putting together a July 3rd Independence Day Party that rocked the SGV. We expected maybe a 1000 people and ended up with over 7000. Food, friends, families, fun - thanks Duarte for supporting our first ever fireworks show. #finlayfamily #bestpartyaround #overlysuccessful #nofireworkssalesthisyear
Thank you to Levon Yotnakhparian for bringing this film to our city - taken from the journals of his grandfather, it is the story of his grandfather’s heroism in helping the survivors of the Armenian genocide in 1915 to escape from the Ottoman Turks. It is an outstanding documentary that depicts the horrors of the first genocide of the 20th century. Thank you for the opportunity to educate ourselves this evening.
Poster for the Crows of the Desert movie.
Standing with Levon and Tina Heany. Before the showing.
Since SCAG’s mission is heavily influenced by Sacramento’s decisions, we took a couple of days and visited with some of the state legislators to talk about SB1, housing, economic development, transportation and the environment. We hope we delivered a message that resonates with all of them to improve the quality of life here in So Cal.
Working with Senator Scott Weiner, Councilmember Maggie Clark and Assemblymembers Laura Friedman and Sharon Quirk Silva.
Stopped by to see my Assemblymember Blanca Rubio.
Thanks to our city staff for setting up another Starbucks with the Sheriff. It is no wonder we continually rank among the lowest crime cities in the valley.
At SCAG Economic Summit, and just heard Dr. Garrett Reisman, former International Space Station astronaut and current Senior Advisor at SpaceX, speak about the past and future of space travel. Incredibly interesting speaker and topic.
Once again, I am humbled by the vote of confidence expressed by the citizens in my district for electing me to serve on the Duarte City Council for another 4 years. With having received 70% of the votes cast, I recognize that there are still many people that I need to be in touch with to address their concerns.
My friends and colleagues waited patiently with me for the first election results to come in from the county.
James and the 3 winning school board candidates, Ceci Carroll, Ken Bell, and Reyna Diaz, as well as Mayor John Fasana, wait for the first results to come in.
It is with great sadness that I bid au revoir to one of the greatest CEO’s I have ever worked with in my 28 years on the Duarte City Council. He is leaving SCAG for several reasons but one of the most compelling for him is that he wants to take on a new challenge in his career - that as the new Executive Director of SANDAG, the sister organization to SCAG in Los Angeles county. I know he will have the vision, intelligence, integrity and tenacity to bring great success to this organization. Best of luck, dear friend - we will all miss you.
Hasan is a family friend as well and the grandkids always called him Mr. Hasan.
Presenting Hasan and Deborah a “fun” handbook for SANDAG to follow in how to handle Hasan.
Also saying “goodbye” to city Councilmembers that have made a huge difference in the quality of life in our region - Michele Martinez, Barbara Messina, Laura Rosenthal, Sam Pedroza, Glen Becerra, Kris Murray, and John Proctor. Your great work will live on.
Last weekend of the re-election campaign and we get help putting up signs - it has been a lot of fun and we have met some amazing people on the campaign trail!
Worked with John Fasana, Mayor of Duarte, Hasan Ikhrata, CEO of SCAG, and Steve Finnegan, Government Affairs Director for Automobile Club of Southern California.
Was inspired by the words of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti about making our So Cal transportation systems once again some of the best in the world.
We are all honored to have this man and his lovely family in our community. Mr. D’Aquino, we are grateful for your love and generosity to all. This award is well-deserved and we couldn’t be prouder.
Mr. D’Aquino and his family.
Congratulations Valley Light Industries and Sage Newman on an incredibly successful Fashion Show at the City of Hope today. Valley Light Industries helps with job placement for adults with special needs. I love seeing Leslie, one of the models today, helping as a serving hostess at Westminster Gardens
Sage Newman, Duarte Mayor John Fasana, LA County Supervisor Kathryn Barger and I all helped to celebrate Lily’s success at Valley Light.
One of the outstanding runway models in the fashion show.
Studies show that when people know their neighbors in an area, crime tends to go down. Thanks to Mesa President, Carie Osburn, for hosting this years block party - it does make a difference!
Thanks to Marilyn Mays and the Teen Center boxing staff for their hard work putting together the boxing show this past Saturday. We are proud of you, as well as our outstanding young athletes.
Our city is very excited to welcome a new leader for our schools. Dr. Gordon Amerson is from the Capistrano Unified School District, where he served as Associate Superintendent of Human Resource Services.
I attended a lovely welcome reception for Dr. Amerson along with my colleague on the city council, Sam Kang, and friends Ceci Carroll, Lydia Carswell, Debbie Ogden, and David Gallivan.
Thanks to our Public Safery employees for the excellent job that they do to keep our community safe and healthy. I am proud to say that we have one of the safest cities along the foothills with Part One crimes.
It’s great to be able to meet with old friends and meet new ones - our connections make for a better community overall.
Congratulations to city council colleague, Tzeitel Paras Caracci, on the opening of her new business in Duarte. Best of luck for a huge success! The Grand Opening was so fun for all the little kids.
The ribbon cutting, with Mayor John Fasana.
Margaret and two of her closest friends, Lois Gaston and Reyna Diaz.
Congratulations to our son, James, a veterinarian, Rick Crosby of DUSD, Vic Benavides of the City of Hope, Ceci Carroll, parent and volunteer extraordinaire, and Dr. William Wallace, principal at the California School of the Arts, on joining our Duarte Rotary Club, world-renowned for it’s stand in allowing women into service clubs. Duarte took it all the way to the Supreme Court of the United States in the late 1980’s - and Duarte Rotary prevailed. That is why our club is known round the world as “the mouse that roared”. Shown also is Dr. Sylvia Whitlock, the first woman president of our club, and also former District Governor.
I was honored to attend our son’s graduation from Naval Officer Development School, in Newport, Rhode Island, over the 4th of July. Best of luck in caring for our service men and women, Evan!
Thanks to the Calif Transportation Commission for funding our region equitably from the SB1 dollars. Traveled to San Diego as Past President of SCAG to thank them in person.
Planting trees in Duarte and practicIng bike riding as SCAG President at Orange Coast College are two of the ways to celebrate saving the Earth for future generations.