We want you to have as effortless a vote as possible. We have listed quicklinks to some of the more important official resources to find your polling location or to check on the status of your vote by mail ballot. Below you will also find information with regards to volunteering, which we need and welcome. As well as a phone number to request a ride to a polling location. Regardless of whom you vote for make sure you VOTE. It is easy to dismiss as something superfluous, but every single vote makes a difference. It only takes an moment to make a difference.
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Contact Phil Reyes: (626) 664-9139
Contact Sam Kang: (626) 863-7773
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Duarte’s residents want ACTION! They do not want to hear a report with regards to what conferences were visited. Or a report another meeting with City Hall patting themselves on the back! We hear about how we ride bikes to work to council meetings, but how about setting up bike lanes for everyone to enjoy? How about a Duarte Road walking trail? How about putting the greatest city hall workers to well… work for the rest of Duarte! Let’s develop Duarte into a vibrant city full of life and the only way to do that is with a plan and a desire to get things done! Below are just some of our plans for Duarte, a Duarte with jobs, business opporunities AND support, a Duarte with services for ALL. A Better Duarte.
Local, State and National Leaders with whom I have established a partnership and friendship based on trust and respect support Sam and myself! The community supports us and the community wants to be heard and not looked at in a condescending manner. We as city council members and elected officials must ALWAYS remember we are here FOR the residents. Some of my colleagues seem to have forgotten why we sit on the dais. Let’s build a better community!
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Over the weekend you may have received a mailer from Council Member Margaret Finlay that says she is for a Dial A Ride/Taxi Program, voted YES for the Teen Center, and wants No New Taxes! All of her claims are inaccurate and misleading.
She helped lead the effort to try and declare a fiscal emergency in Duarte and place a New Tax on the ballot in the summer of 2012 but was stopped because I was the only Council Member to vote No stopping the possibility of taxing our residents in its tracks. She had the opportunity 8 months ago to bring a Dial-A-Ride/Taxi program but didn’t support it. As for the teen center/ boxing program, she was on the Council when I spearheaded the development of the Teen Center, and voted yes, but soon after being served with a Recall notice. She Voted NO!!! If it was up to Council Member Margaret Finlay, the TeenCenter or our Boxing program would not exist.
Please don’t be mislead by Margaret Finlay and her deception and double talk, she only acts as it suits her benefit. Vote NO on Margaret Finlay Tuesday, November 5th. We need Council Members who actually want to do something to make this a better community, for all of us.
Veterans, families of those currently serving, and the general public are invited to attend a special Veterans Day ceremony sponsored by the City of Duarte at Thorsen Park, Monday, Nov. 11 at 9 a.m. Thorsen Park is located at 2800 Huntington Dr. at Encanto Parkway. Seating will be available at the ceremony and refreshments, donated by the Duarte Kiwanis Club and Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, will be served immediately after the ceremony.
World War II veteran Ezequiel Lopez, Master Sergeant United States Army Air Corps and Afghanistan War veteran Carlos Garcia, Corporal United States Marine Corps will be the featured guest speakers. Local veterans from American Legion Post 44 will assist with the Posting of the Colors.
To ensure that Duarte veterans are personally remembered and thanked for their service at the ceremony, veterans and their families are invited to provide City Hall with those names so that they can be acknowledged at the ceremony. Contact Lupe Valerio at (626) 357-7931, ext. 260.
Honoring military service to the nation is at the heart of the Duarte Military Banner Recognition Program launched in 2012 co-sponsored by the City of Hope. Duarte residents with family members currently serving in the military have the opportunity to honor their loved one’s service in the United States Armed Forces with a Military Recognition banner placed along the City’s main corridor, Huntington Dr. These banners are currently available at no-cost to the first 30 military personnel whose family members complete a program application, provide necessary verification documents and are deemed eligible. To date, the City is displaying 12 banners. For more information about the Veteran’s Day Event or Military Banner Recognition programs, call Duarte City Hall at (626) 357-7931, x221 or visit www.accessduarte.com.
We all need to know… The truth about what Margaret Finlay and Tzietel Parras-Carracci stand for. They are not our friends, and they have not supported our community. For over a DECADE, they have been unwilling or unable to take Our Community to the next level, proving they have no vision or plan for the future of Duarte. For over a decade I have supported and pushed for aggressive economic policy. Since 2000 I have advocated for a Town center. An idea embraced by the residents only to received no support from Finlay and Parras- Carracci. Additionally I proposed we join the LAEDC (Los Angeles Economic Development Corp) and develop a economic strategic plan 2 ½ years ago, again to lukewarm reception. In Duarte we are extremely forunate to have a major asset, City of Hope a flagship of the health Industry and Bio-technology. We should be aggressively pursuing this sector for job development and economic growth and creating a Bio-tech park. Currently, I am working with the COH in this area.
At the golf course I secured a hotel developer that will bring a $50 million project. The Town Center Vision at the north-east corner of Buena Vista and Huntington is still my goal and objective. I continue to bring potential developers to the Transit development (our Goldline station) on Duarte Rd in front of City of Hope. These opportunities will bring Duarte necessary Revenue and Jobs which would instead eliminate the need to tax the residents.
With regards to city services and maintenance, I have proposed equity in spending from the North to the South. Speed bumps in needed neighbors, restrooms at all parks as well as a Duarte Road walkway next to the Goldline. At the opposite end of the spectrum, Margaret Finlay, Tzeitel Parras Caraaci, and John Fasana have not share this desire to develop new services, and definitely not equally. They did not support the idea of the Boxing program and teen center when they were proposed. Finlay voted against it. The Senior Dial a Ride, a program I have worked hard to bring this service at no cost to our senior residents, was denied again a few months ago by Finlay and Paras-Carraci! To add insult to injury.
To the Latino Community and in reality every resident, the idea of Margaret Viramontes’ Park is important. Everyone remembers her leadership and compassion for all people but especially her lifelong dedication to the underserved and underprivileged, but they did not support this proposal. It may be a small thing to them but it is a very big sign of how detached they are from the very people that elected them.
They talk about economic development and their leadership but the truth is that time and time again they miss the mark. Relatively simple things that would have a huge impact are just not being approved, for lack of vision, lack of accountability or for whatever their reasons may be. If its because of self preservation however the logic is that if they do not want to get their hands dirty it really is time to vote them out. They have not supported, Project Labor Agreements which would bring construction jobs, locally, and create spendable dollars here in our community. The school district is not using a PLA. These are thousands of dollars that are completely lost to outsiders instead of staying in the community! Additionally Finlay and Parras-Carracci voted to try and pass the decision to TAX you to you. A decision which they claim was to not deny the residents their voice. But this was done to pass the buck, if they had the best interest in mind they would have ended this whole thing and taken a stand against the notion of new taxes. Especially when we have had surpluses the last 2 fiscal years of approximately $400,000. This brings up the red-herring that the tax was not about a fiscal emergency but about protecting city hall salaries. I proposed if we were actually in a fiscal emergency we should start by cutting from the top down instead of putting the burden on the services the residents count on! I can assume how that idea was taken.
The truth is that they claim I am not a team player, and it’s true how can I be part of a team that doesn’t want to play? They passed me on the mayor rotation the last 2 years. Why, because when Finlay and Parras-Carraci tried to bring low income housing to Duarte in the summer of 2011, The Community and I killed it! Imagine, Section 8 Housing on a prime business zone along Huntington Drive! That is not economic growth! It would have destroyed the Town Center Vision and prevented use of that property for anything else, any money generating use. Instead of having a aggressive economic policy that should have been implemented over a decade ago!
The truth is I have been out there for the past 20 years talking, working, acting for the residents. The residents know me and know I have worked hard to take Duarte futher but it’s difficult when it has usually been four against one. I need your help. The community does not have the majority, it needs to have new faces and we need Sam Kang elected! He is a lifelong resident with a strong desire and will to take this community to the next level… We have had a VISION for Our Community…We have the Vision to Development this community and bring the much needed revenues and jobs to our community. Services for our youth, seniors, and continued strong Public Safety programs. We need your help!
It’s Important to Know the Facts:
Lone Councilman Blocks Duarte’s Attempt at Sales Tax Hike
Phil was the single vote against raising taxes for the residents.
Read the NBC Article:
Tzeitel Paras-Carraci and Margaret Finlay claim it was to give residents a vote
They claim it was to give residents a choice, but time and time again they prove they won’t make the hard decisions!
SGV Tribune Article:
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Learn about the Tax issues and the reason why City Hall has consistently been the cause for lack of economic growth in City Hall
Changes to Post Office to Minimally Affect Duarte DUARTE, CA, October 2, 2013 — Some changes in the operation of the Duarte Post Office are expected to impact local patrons minimally as the United States Postal Service continues to implement ways to save money and consolidate services. Beginning October 26, Duarte postal carriers will start and end their workdays at the Monrovia Post Office, 225 S. Ivy Ave., instead of the Duarte Post Office. No closure of the Duarte Post Office is planned. Post office boxes, window clerks, package mailing, stamp purchasing and other lobby services will continue to be available at the Duarte Post Office, 1210 Highland Ave. The only change for Duarte customers will be the need to travel to the Monrovia Post Office, 2.9 miles away, if a customer receives a notice to pick up a package. Other than the absence of mail vehicles at the Duarte Post Office, any noticeable changes will be minor.
DUARTE, CA: This year, the theme of the Salute to Route 66 Parade is “Gateway to Hope,” to celebrate City of Hope’s 100th anniversary. Dr. Rahul Jandial will lead the festivities as the parade’s Grand Marshal.
Dr. Jandial, M.D., Ph.D. is a neurosurgeon & scientist who is also KTLA’s Morning News health expert. As part of his dedication to patients, Dr. Jandial is intensively working on pioneering new operations and therapies at City of Hope Cancer Center. He is also active in the service of the larger community through his teaching (Professor at USC) and international humanitarian efforts. “We are proud and honored that Dr. Jandial has accepted our invitation to be Grand Marshal”, said K.C. Caracci, chair of the all-volunteer Route 66 Parade Committee. This year will also feature “Community Grand Marshal” Claudia and Alan Heller renowned Route 66 authors and historians. The parade will be filled with marching bands, a cavalcade of classic cars, floats, equestrians, schools and community and faith based organizations.
The parade will step off at 10:00 a.m. on the historic Route 66 on Huntington Drive, from Cotter Street to Mt. Olive Avenue. Immediately following the parade, festivities will move to Royal Oaks Park, 2627 Royal Oaks Drive in Duarte. From 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., the community at large is invited to attend the Classic Car Show and the annual Duarte City Picnic. The picnic will feature music from a live band, food, crafts and game booths. Duarte’s Salute to Route 66 Parade is presented with the support of the City of Duarte which provides logistics and public safety for the event.
Funding for the parade is provided by corporate sponsors, individual donations and various fundraising efforts. Major sponsors this year include, but not limited to: City of Hope, Southern California Edison, StorAmerica, Burrtec Waste, Sierra Autocars, Jan’s Towing, Bowden Development, and Duarte Elk Lodge 1427. For additional information on the event, contact City Hall at 626 357-7931