Calling all Duarte families looking for a challenge: the Duarte Amazing Family Race is coming up on Saturday, October 20. The Amazing Family Race is a Duarte favorite, promoting family unity, good health and fitness.
Calling all Duarte families looking for a challenge: the Duarte Amazing Family Race is coming up on Saturday, October 20. The Amazing Family Race is a Duarte favorite, promoting family unity, good health and fitness.
September 5, 2018 – Today, Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn, Sheriff Jim McDonnell, and Director of the L.A. County Workforce Development, Aging and Community Services Department (WDACS) Cynthia Banks came together to officially launch “L.A. Found,” a groundbreaking countywide initiative which aims to quickly locate individuals with autism, dementia, or Alzheimer’s disease when they wander and go missing.
DUARTE, CA – With the planning for Duarte's annual Route 66 Parade and 81st Anniversary Picnic titled, “Livin’ the Good Life” well underway, both residents and business owners are encouraged to come out and enjoy the festivities on September 22nd starting at 10:00 am.
DUARTE, CA, September 6, 2018 – The public is invited to a Community Yard Sale on Saturday, October 13thfrom 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Duarte Senior Center, 1610 Huntington Drive. Find a treasure at a bargain price and enjoy delicious refreshments while shopping! For information, please contact the Duarte Senior Center at (626) 357-3513.
The City of Duarte is seeking a community-focused municipal parks and recreation leader to serve as its next Director of the Parks & Recreation Department. Long time Parks and Recreation Director Cesar Monsalve recently announced his intent to retire effective December13th of this year. The ideal replacement will be a well-respected, proven leader who understands all aspects of Parks and Recreation, is forward thinking and willing to promote new and exciting ways to deliver recreation programs that enrich the community.
DUARTE, CA, September 10, 2018 –The City of Duarte has been named one of five finalists for the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation’s (LAEDC) Most Business-Friendly City Award in the category of cities with a population of 60,000 and under. Duarte was a previously finalist for Most Business Friendly City in 2010 and 2011 was was named Most Business Friendly City in 2012. This is the first year the City has been eligible again after a required five year waiting period.
DUARTE, CA, September 10, 2018 – Preparing for a Wildfire Emergency will be the topic of a Duarte Town Hall Meeting held at the Duarte Community Center, 1600 Huntington Drive, Thursday, September 20 at 6:30 pm. The general public and members of the Duarte community are invited to attend.
Who said spring was the only time for cleaning? On Saturday, September 29thfrom 8:00 am to 2:00 pm, Duarte will hold its bi-annual Community Clean-up Day at both Duarte City Hall, 1600 Huntington Drive, Duarte CA, 91010 and Beardslee Elementary School, 1212 Kelwill Way.
DUARTE, CA, August 27, 2018 -The City of Duarte has been awarded a $498,448 competitive state grant under the California Intervention and Prevention Grant Program (Cal-VIP) to reduce violent crime by 25% and expand trauma-based care to over 600 young adults 18-24 years of age in Duarte, Monrovia as well as adjoining unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County.
DUARTE, CA, August 21, 2018– A field of twelve candidates will vie for four Duarte City Council seats in the November 6, 2018, election. The deadline for filing nomination papers closed on August 10 and the County of Los Angeles has verified the nomination papers for all twelve candidates.
DUARTE, CA, AUGUST 21, 2018- In anticipation of the official start date of the Mandatory Citywide Street Sweeping program on September 4, City Staff has created a web-based street sweeping calendar for Duarte residents and business owners to quickly navigate the date and time of their respective street sweeping window.
The Los Angeles County Superior Court is seeking qualified individuals who may be interested in applying for the Civil Grand Jury. Recruitment is year-round and applicants are accepted on a continuous basis. The term of service is one year, beginning July 1stand continuing through June 30thof the following year. The deadline to submit an application is in November of each year for the term beginning July 1stof the following year. Please see the enclosed Timetable for all pertinent dates.
DUARTE, CA - San Gabriel Valley workforce leaders and the Duarte Chamber of Commerce are again partnering a to host the annual Women’s Business Expo “Turn Your Passion into Power” scheduled for September 8, 2018 from 9am-2pm. The expo, held at the Duarte Senior Center located at 1620 Huntington Dr. is open to all women for a nominal entrance fee of $10 which includes a swag bag, continental breakfast and a lunch.
DUARTE, CA - Grab your swimsuit, beach chair, and the whole family for a fun movie night under the stars at the Duarte Pool, 1600 Huntington Drive. This event is limited to the first 200 registrants. Please pay at the door. $3 for adults and $2 for kids with BBQ dinner included.
DUARTE, CA - City officials have been informed that the LA County Board of Supervisors at their September 4thmeeting will vote to set aside less than 2% of Measure H’s $355 million annual revenue to LA County’s 88 cities to combat homelessness in their communities. An approximate $6 million dollar annual grant program would be the total set aside from the ¼ cent sales tax that went into effect in November of 2017.
Following the Route 66 “Livin’ the Good Life” Parade, join us at Duarte’s 61stbirthday picnic celebration at Royal Oaks Park 2627 Royal Oaks Drive. The picnic will be held at 2627 Royal Oaks Drive from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Enjoy dozens of food and display booths, live music and entertainment on the main Celebration Stage, fun on the Children’s Stage and a vintage car show.
DUARTE, CA —Chicken, Ribs, hot dogs, popcorn and a free screening of the classic flick Star Wars: The Last Jedi may not appear like traditional crime fighting but that's exactly what Duarte residents will be doing when they gather at Encanto Park on August 7, 2018 to celebrate the City’s 36th annual National Night Out Against Crime.
To provide Duarte residents with relief from the predicted triple digit heatwave this week, the Duarte Senior Center facility will remain open to the public from 10:00 am until 8:00 pm on both Monday and Tuesday, August 6 and 7th. The facility, located at 1610 Huntington Drive next to the City pool, is designated as the City’s official “Cooling Center.”
The City of Duarte has partnered with Service Line Warranties of America (SLWA) to offer protection for homeowners for the Dual Product (Water Primary) protection program. The coverage is voluntary and available at affordable monthly or annual prices. Founded in 2003, SLWA has partnered with over 400 leading cities and municipalities in the US to provide repair service plans that offer peace of mind and convenience.
A discussion on fireworks focusing on whether to enact an outright ban by ordinance, or to put the matter before the voters in the upcoming November 2018 election, will occur at the July 24thCity Council meeting starting at 7:00 pm.
Duarte Transit is embracing the City’s long standing, successful contract service model and applying it to our aging transit system. Starting in early 2019, the City in conjunction with Foothill Transit is introducing a fleet of new, 35 foot electric buses that will operate on existing Duarte transit routes.
DUARTE, CA, July 9, 2018– Educating the community about the existing fireworks ordinance including a $1,000 fine for illegal fireworks combined with pro-active enforcement by Duarte Public Safety and the LA County Sheriff Department appears to have proved successful.
DUARTE, CA, July 3, 2018– Ever wondered what it felt to touch or hop on a fire engine. Dream no more and come to the City of Duarte’s annual “Touch-A-Truck” free event on July 11th from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Encanto Park, 751 Encanto Parkway.
(Duarte, CA) – At the Regular Meeting held on Thursday, June 28, 2018, the Board of Education voted unanimously to appoint Gordon Amerson, Ed.D., as the new Superintendent of the Duarte Unified School District (DUSD). Following a nationwide search, Dr. Amerson was selected from a competitive pool of 33 highly qualified applicants.
DUARTE, CA – The City of Duarte Public Safety Department has received a $318,348 State grant to combat the illegal sale of cigarettes and tobacco products to minors.
The Duarte City Council voted at its July 24thCity Council meeting to put a measure prohibiting the sale of and discharge of legal fireworks starting in 2019 before the voters on the upcoming November 2018 ballot. The Los Angeles County Registrar Recorder has given it the designation Measure F; Duarte Ballot Measure Regarding Ordinancee to Ban/Prohibit Fireworks.
June 27, 2018, DUARTE, CA- The City of Duarte and FlashVote are working to make civic participation accessible and simple for the Duarte Community. The City of Duarte recently entered into a contract with FlashVote, a cutting-edge survey provider that will collect timely resident feedback on current municipal topics of concern.
The community is invited to attend a ceremony dedicating a recently installed bronze plaque honoring Dorothy and Monty Montgomery at the Duarte Historical Museum, 777 Encanto Parkway, Encanto Park in Duarte at 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 21 A reception will follow.
The City of Duarte will be enforcing restrictions on fireworks usage for the Fourth of July, 2018 holiday. Fireworks may only be discharged on the day of July 4th between the hours of noon and 11:00 p.m. They are not allowed to be discharged on the days leading up to the holiday.
In cooperation with VET CARE, the Duarte Public Safety Office has scheduled the annual, low cost Vaccination Clinic on Saturday, June 23, from 8:00-10:00 a.m. The clinic will be held at Duarte Park, 1344 Bloomdale Street, adjacent to the Teen Center.
Come and enjoy a series of fun, free nights filled with live entertainment, dancing, food, and games for the entire family at the annual City of Duarte 2018 Summer Concert Series Wednesday nights from 6:30 – 8:30 pm at Duarte Park, 1344 Bloomdale Street, Duarte CA.
This weekend was no ordinary weekend in the Duarte Community. On Saturday, May 19th twenty-year-old Erika Sanchez, a boxer out of the Duarte Boxing Club gym, won first place in her category at the National Golden Gloves Championship in Omaha, Nebraska.
DUARTE, CA- May 9, 2018- Enjoy classical music, delicious food and wine at the home of Duarte’s famous winery, D’Aquino Italian Imports as part of the Duarte Historical Society’s fundraiser, “La Dolce Vita,” Saturday, June 16, 2018.
DUARTE, CA, May 7, 2018 - Display the beauty of Duarte’s 60 years through your eyes by submitting your best shot to the City’s second annual “Photography Contest” July 2nd through the 31st. All Duarte residents are encouraged to participate and photo submissions must capture Duarte’s history; its landscapes, Architecture, people…
In response to years of concerns from residents about street cleanliness and litter on City streets, the City of Duarte began rolling out its Mandatory Citywide Street Sweeping Program in April in all quadrants with the exception of Quadrant 2.The three-month grace period will start June 1st where written warning notices only will be issued. At the conclusion of the 90-day grace and education period from June 1st to August 31, 2018, Duarte Public Safety will start issuing $60 citations September 4th following the Labor Day holiday.
DUARTE, CA, May 5, 2018– Duarte homeowners who maintain the beauty of their homes while thinking “Green” are the focus of the Duarte “Green Home” Awards. This program, will recognize its environmentally conscious winners during the May 22nd Duarte City Council meeting at 7 pm.
DUARTE CA, June 6, 2018- The City of Duarte will spotlight its 60years of incorporation with a memorable celebration on June 30, 2018 from 6:00 pm to 10:30 pm at Beardslee Park, 2000 Buena Vista Street.
The public is encouraged to attend and participate in the 2018 - 2019 budget process scheduled for April 30th and May 1st starting at 4:00 pm in the Duarte Community Center located at 1600 Huntington Drive. On an annual basis, the City of Duarte staff prepares the annual budget based on input from the community, council in addition to addressing new state and federal mandates.
The Cities of Duarte and Irwindale invite residents and business owners of their respective communities to bring forward their concerns and ideas on homelessness during a third outreach workshop on Wednesday, April 18th, 2018. This Discussion on Homelessness will take place at the Duarte Community Center, 1600 Huntington Drive, Duarte. The workshop will begin at 5:30 pm with a light dinner followed by a community discussion from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.
Duarte will again host the Pasadena-Duarte NAACP’s local competition of the Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO) for all high school youth, especially those of African American descent, on Saturday, April 28th from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Duarte Senior Center located at 1610 Huntington Drive, Duarte, CA. The competition portion is free and open to the public beginning at 1:00 pm.
DUARTE, CA, March 27, 2018 – Duarte and Bradbury will honor the Earth with a variety of joint community volunteer projects starting at 9:00 am on Saturday, April 21st at the Duarte Teen Center. *
DUARTE CA, March 22, 2018- The City of Duarte continues its efforts to enhance public safety in the community by partnering with Ring to provide residents with a discounted price on select Ring Home Security Products. Specifically, the City of Duarte will offer a $50 subsidy per household and Ring will provide an additional $50 discount. To be eligible, applicants must be a resident of the City of Duarte and submit proof of residency. Residency must be verified with a combination of the following documents: 1) a valid California Driver’s License or Identification Card (must display the address listed on the application form); and, 2) a current utility bill or bank statement. Once this information is verified, the promotional discount codes will be emailed to the e-mail address listed on their application. The $100 discount will only be available on a first come first serve basis to the first 200 verified Duarte residents to purchase one Ring discounted product per household.
The National Weather Service is now predicting that the heaviest part of the storm has passed the City of Duarte. Based on this new information, both the Melcanyon Road closure will be lifted at 2:00 pm and the wood wall deflectors will be removed at 4:00 pm today, March 22nd. To date, the City has experienced a .74” of total rainfall and no debris flow with this storm. The City of Duarte’s Fish Fire Impact Area will remain at Yellow Alert level through Friday, March 23 at 7:00 am. At this time as well the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) will close. Burrtec Waste Industries will be servicing the Fish Fire Impact Area per normal schedule on Friday, March 23, 2018.
DUARTE CA, March 13, 2018- Over 32 years of Community Service to the public and community volunteerism to five different non-profit boards was recognized on Saturday, March 10, 2018 as Karen A. Herrera, Duarte’s long-time Deputy City Manager was honored by Assembly member Blanca Rubio as 2018 Woman of the Year for outstanding Community Service.
Duarte, Calif – March 5, 2018 – California School of the Arts – San Gabriel Valley (CSArts-SGV) continues its partnership with the Sierra Madre Playhouse as the school’s Acting Conservatory students head back to the theater for “The Importance of Being Earnest,” their third play of the school year (previously “The Yellow Boat” and “Elephant’s Graveyard”).
With the bulk of the storm behind us, City of Duarte officials are moving to the Green Alert level tomorrow morning, March 3rd at 7:00 am. Bus services in impact area will resume tomorrow morning. Streets and curbs throughout the impact area remain clear and open and the City’s Emergency Operation Center (EOC) will close at approximately 10:00 pmthis evening.
In anticipation of the second significant winter storm of the season, the National Weather Service (NOAA) is anticipating a moderate to severe rain event starting in the early hours of Friday, March 2nd.
DUARTE, CA, February 22, 2018- When do haircuts and blood drives make dollars and cents? Join the City of Duarte, the City of Hope Blood Donor Center and Sport Clips Duarte for a fun, family-friendly fundraiser on Saturday, March 3rd
The Cities of Duarte and Irwindale invite residents, non-profits, churches and business owners of their respective communities to bring forward their concerns and ideas on homelessness during two outreach workshops. Entitled. a “Discussion on Homelessness” the next workshop will be conducted on Thursday, March 15 at the Duarte Community Center, 1600 Huntington Drive, Duarte. The event will begin at 5:30 pm with a light dinner followed by a community discussion from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. The first workshop with approximately 30 attendees occurred on Monday, February 26th at Irwindale City Hall.
DUARTE, CA February 5, 2018 - The Friends of the Duarte Library would like to welcome the Duarte Community to a special free screening of the documentary film, Beauty Bites Beast on Wednesday, February 21, 2018, at the Duarte Senior Center, located at 1610 Huntington Drive Duarte, CA 91010. Co-sponsored by the City of Duarte, State Senator Anthony J. Portantino, Assembly member Blanca E. Rubio, LA County Supervisor Kathryn Barger and the Duarte Chamber of Commerce, this special screening includes a reception with light refreshments starting at 5:30 pm followed by the film screening from 6:30 to 8:00 pm.
DUARTE, CA - Celebrate the birthdate of the late Labor Leader Cesar Chavez by volunteering in your community Project on March 24, 2018 on the 32-acre campus of Westminster Gardens.
In response to years of concerns from residents about street cleanliness and litter on City streets, starting April of 2018, the City of Duarte will begin rolling out its recently approved Mandatory Citywide Street Sweeping Program.
DUARTE, CA, February 25, 2018 – Duarte has had its share of emergencies in the last two years between mudflows and hillside fires affecting our neighborhoods. With the need for emergency preparedness at the forefront, Duarte Mayor John Fasana will present his assessment as well as his vision for
New entry monument signs have recently been installed on Huntington Drive and Duarte Road to replace the old concrete signs installed many years ago. The new signs are part of a program to increase sign uniformity and to strengthen city image.
DUARTE, CA, January 22, 2018 – Duarte residents can expect to see a modest approximate $0.38 cent increase per month increase in their residential refuse and recycling rates effective January 1, 2018 from $22.07 to $22.45 based on the most common form of service i.e. 90-gallon trash container, 60-gallon recyclable container, and 60-gallon green waste container. Under the City’s contract with Burrtec, annual rate adjustments for refuse collection and recycling are permitted based upon a specific formula including increases to the Consumer Price Index, waste disposal tipping fees and fuel costs.
In the spirit of New Year’s resolutions and setting financial goals, Assessor Jeffrey Prang encourages Los Angeles County homeowners to apply for the Homeowners’ Exemption that can save owners of residential property $70 off their property tax bill each year.
With the bulk of the minor clean up operation behind them, City of Duarte officials are moving to the Green Alert level this morning, January 10th.
DUARTE, CA, January 10, 2018 – On the days of January 15 and 16,, a total of 103 residential customers and 5 businesses will be involved in a series of two planned outages conducted by Southern California Edison.
Interested in volunteering during the annual Homeless Count on January 23, 2018? The City of Duarte, in partnership with the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, will conduct its annual Homeless Count starting at 8:00 pm in the Duarte Community Center. Note: this is a correction to the date originally published in the winter edition of the Duarte City News.
Hundreds of Duarte students and business community members will have the opportunity to spend the day learning about a variety of careers during the 16th annual Groundhog Job Shadow Day on February 8, 2018 starting at 7:30 am in the Community Center.
DUARTE, CA, JANUARY 4, 2018 – A major theme in the life of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was to urge people to join hands and work together for positive change. For the 17th year,
California School of the Arts – San Gabriel Valley’s (CSArts-SGV) School of Dance is excited to announce visits from two dance professionals this coming January as part of the school’s Master Artist Series, a program that brings notable artists, instructors and industry professionals to campus to educate and inspire students in their specific art disciplines.
Cheers to 60 Years, the City’s yearlong anniversary celebration for the City of Duarte continues with the unveiling of 52 pole banners along Huntington Drive at intersections and a street banner across Buena Vista. The banner program features a combination of over 30 different contemporary and historical images of City parks, residents, facilities, the DHS Falcon Marching Band, the Gold Line and Citywide special events.
Since the 1980’s, the City of Duarte has maintained a public and governmental access channel on local cable. With the recent sale of the DCTV studios on Third Street, an opportunity arose for the City to revisit the classic service and possibly take it to the next level.
DUARTE, CA, December, 2017 – The City of Duarte invites community members to partake in a variety of fun-filled festivities for their holiday season taking place during December.
DUARTE CA, December 14, 2017- Due to popular demand, the City of Duarte and Phoenix Decorating Company are adding additional volunteer float decorating opportunities at the Phoenix Decorating Rose Float Plaza South Facility at 5400 Ornelas Drive in Irwindale California.
DUARTE, CA, December 14, 2017 – The City of Duarte through its franchised trash hauler, Burrtec Waste Industries, will provide a Christmas tree collection/recycling service for residential customers.
Handcrafts, vintage items, antiques, local author book signings, entertainment, food and holiday fun will fill the day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on December 9 at the Andres Duarte Statue Plaza and adjacent Grace Fellowship Church, 1551 Huntington Drive in Duarte.
City of Hope is seeking approval of the City of Hope Campus Plan which would provide direction for enhancement and development over a 20-year period. City of Hope is proposing additions to the existing outpatient (clinic), inpatient (hospital), research, office, industrial, warehouse, and hospitality uses.
DUARTE, CA. November 28, 2017 — Duarte City Council members voted 5-0 to elect John Fasana as Mayor for 2017-2018, and Liz Reilly as Mayor Pro Tem, during the annual reorganization meeting of the Duarte City Council.
City of Hope is ready to kick off the New Year with a powerful message with their 46th float in the 129th annual Tournament of Roses Parade. The float showcases the Rose Parade’s theme of “Making a Difference” by emphasizing City of Hope’s commitment to groundbreaking research and patient-focused care. The physicians, nurses and patients riding the float symbolize City of Hope’s promise: better futures for cancer patients everywhere.
The City of Duarte will have seven distinct districts for future City Council elections starting in November of 2018. Under the district-based method, voters may elect City Council candidates only from their district. Click here to see Council adopted map.
How do the Statewide water conservation regulations affect Duarte residents Water in Duarte is supplied by California American Water Company’s Los Angeles Service District; an urban supplier. The following statewide regulations/prohibitions apply to all Californians include:
DUARTE, CA., October 19, 2017—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, Saturday, Nov. 11 at 9 a.m.
Duarte’s Promise; The Alliance for Youth, the Duarte Neighborhood Watch Program, along with local churches, businesses, schools and non-pro ts are teaming up to ensure a joyous 2017 Holiday season for hundreds of Duarte area families.
The City will continue to take submittals to name its newest park through December 4, 2017. Please submit suggestions via the City's social media accounts or by emailing DuarteparksACTIVE@accessduarte.com
Construction is slated to begin in a few months on Duarte’s newest park. The former Third Street Park will be relocated to the corner of Oak and Third Streets and will be the City’s first themed park, honoring Duarte’s historic citrus industry and will include an orange fruit themed playground, native river rock walls embedded with Duarte historic citrus crate labels and more.
DUARTE CA, OCTOBER 24, 2017- What better way to spend a Sunday afternoon than with family and friends at Encanto Park enjoying the first ever Family Fun Fest FUNdraiser presented by Duarte Kiwanis and Duarte Rotary Clubs.
DUARTE —Duarte will express its thanks to outstanding community volunteers and kick off the holiday season at the 32nd annual Mayor’s Thanksgiving Prayer Breakfast and 30th annual Duarte Chamber Community Service Recognition Awards.
LA County Public Works and the City of Duarte will host an open house at Maddock Debris Basin, Saturday, Nov. 4, from 9 a.m. to noon. Visitors will learn about County flood protection operations and how debris basins function to save lives and protect property during storm events.
DUARTE, CA - Join the City of Duarte, City of Hope and MADIA Tech Launch on Tuesday, November 7th from 6:30 to 8:30 pm as they co-host an evening with Dave Berkus, well known venture capitalist and 50-year entrepreneurial success story as he explores the key factors that lead to entrepreneurial success in the tech world.
DUARTE, CA, October 5, 2017 – The City of Duarte and the Volunteer Center of the San Gabriel Valley are teaming up for a day of old fashioned fun, games and food at the Duarte Teen Center, 1400 Buena Vista Street.
October 4, 2017 - (WASHINGTON, DC) Today, Rep. Grace F. Napolitano (D-El Monte) joined 25 House Democratic cosponsors in introducing a House resolution (H.Res. 555) to force the Trump administration to be more transparent about its review of national monuments.
DUARTE, CA, October 3, 2017 – Tie a red ribbon around our Huntington Drive trees in celebration of RedRibbon Week on October 21st starting at 9:00 am at the Duarte Teen Center, 1400 Buena Vista Street and join the rest of the Duarte community in taking a stand against drugs. The event, courtesy of a Duarte Public Safety crime prevention grant and several community sponsors, will feature free t-shirts, lunch, a pumpkin patch, and arts and crafts while supplies last. The 2017 theme is “Your Future is Key, So Stay Drug Free!”.
The Gas Company will be upgrading their natural gas facility on Second Street just west of Oak Avenue. The project is scheduled to begin on October 2, 2017 and continue through December 8, 2017 from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
DUARTE, CA, September 27, 2017 – The Duarte Parks and Recreation Department will once again host the annual Halloween Howl at Royal Oaks Park located at 2627 Royal Oaks Drive from 6:00-9:00 pm on Tuesday, October 31st.
The City of Duarte will begin accepting applications beginning October 2nd to fill 18 positions on its six City Commissions. Duarte citizens interested in serving on a commission will have until November 30, 2017 to apply.
Approval has been given for a new mixed use project on Huntington Drive with 161 luxury apartments and 5,560 square feet of commercial space. The project site is 1405-1437 Huntington Drive, currently vacant City owned property and Alex Romo Auto Repair.
To celebrate both its 60 years of incorporation and connection to the famous U.S. Highway, the Duarte City Council, the Duarte Historical Society and local State officials Anthony Portantino and Blanca Rubio will dedicate one of several Route 66 logos recently stenciled onto the famous road during a brief ceremony at 9:15 am in front of the City’s Plaza located at 1553 Huntington Drive.
DUARTE, CA, August 7, 2017- Display the beauty of the City of Duarte through your eye by submitting your best shot to the City’s first annual “Photography Contest” September 1st through the 30th.
DUARTE, Calif., September 11, 2017 – The Duarte Chamber of Commerce has announced the appointment of Sheryl Lefmann as their new President and CEO. She will assume duties from retiring President/CEO Jim Kirschner on September 18, 2017
(Duarte, CA) - On July 18, 2017, Mrs. Cheryl Taylor, former Vice President of the Governing Board of the Duarte Unified School District, filed notice with the Los Angeles County Superintendent of Schools that she would resign as a member of the Governing Board effective July 31, 2017.
DUARTE, CA, September 5, 2017 – The Duarte Senior Center, Chamber of Commerce and Foothill Workforce Development Board (FWDB) will partner to host a “Get Back to Work,” event to help senior citizens connect with employers.
DUARTE, CA September 5, 2017- Who said spring was the only time for cleaning? On Saturday, September 30th from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm, Duarte will hold its bi-annual Community Clean-Up Day at two convenient locations:
International Line Builders (ILB) has been contracted by Southern California Edison to install an underground power facility on Las Lomas just north of Huntington Dr. ILB is scheduled to start work on September 5, 2017 with an estimated completion schedule of 8 weeks.
The Duarte Chamber of Commerce will continue its 97-year tradition of serving hundreds of Duarte businesses and community members in their new location at 1735 Huntington Drive. Their new home, located on the historical Route 66, is approximately 1,674 square feet in size and received approximately $50,000 in improvements funded by the City. The official grand opening is set for September 27, 2017 at 5:30 pm.
DUARTE, CA, AUGUST 17, 2017 – Are you ready to compete in this year’s Amazing Family Race on Saturday, October 14, 2017? Sponsored by Foothill Transit and FSP Design, grab your families, work together as a team and participate in a day in Duarte filled with fun, adventure and prizes! The first-place team will be awarded $400, the second-place team will be awarded $300 and the third-place team will be awarded $200. All placing teams will also receive a family fun pack including various goodies and gift cards from local businesses.
DUARTE CA, JULY 18, 2017- The City of Duarte invites the Duarte community to join the official “Duarte Day” Celebration at the Los Angeles County Fair on Wednesday, September 13th. In partnership with the Cities of Monrovia, La Verne, and the MAD communities, Duarteans will be able to come together to celebrate our “Community Hero” and join in a fun-filled community parade starting at 5:00 pm.
DUARTE, CA, August, 2017 - Beginning August 28, 2017, the Federal Recreational Lands Senior Pass will increase from $10 to $80. The lifetime pass has not increased since 1994 and the new revenue will be used to enhance the visitor experience throughout every National park in the country; currently more than 2,000 recreation sites managed by 6 federal agencies. Senior Passes purchased before August 28, 2017, will be grandfathered in at the old rate and are good for life.
To facilitate the recruitment process and prepare applicants to serve on commissions, the City staff will be conducting a “City Commissioner Informational Workshop” for current commissioners and interested persons on September 26 starting at 5:00 p.m. in the Duarte Community Center. The two-hour event features an overview of commissioner responsibilities and roles, and will be followed by dinner.
On Tuesday, August 1, 2017, Los Angeles County Sheriff ‘s Deputies and fire fighters alongside Duarte Public Safety Personnel and elected officials mingled with residents at Duarte’s annual National Night Out celebration. Over 200 residents of all ages showed their support despite the rain at this community wide celebration over a free BBQ dinner and a sunset movie at beautiful Encanto Park.
Are you ready to enjoy great music and movies in the comfort of Duarte’s great outdoors? If the answer if yes, the City has a full schedule of family friendly activities planned for the Duarte community starting this June.
Three local high school students including two Duarte High School graduates representing the Pasadena/Duarte NAACP Branch #1054 were awarded a total of three medals: gold, silver and bronze at the recent national ACT-SO (Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological Olympics) competition, July 21 – 24 in Baltimore, MD.
Due to the resignation of Cheryl Taylor, Board Vice President, the Duarte Unified School District will have a vacancy on its Board of Education on July 31, 2017. At the Regular Board Meeting of July 20, 2017, the Governing Board announced the process to fill the vacancy by a provisional appointment from among qualified applicants.
DUARTE, CA., July 24, 2017 —Ribs, chicken, hot dogs, popcorn and a free screening of the Lego Batman Movie may not appear like an effective way of fighting crime, but that's exactly what residents will be doing when they gather at Encanto Park to celebrate the City’s 33rd annual National Night Out Against Crime on Tuesday, Aug. 1.
The City of Duarte continues its long tradition of creating empowering opportunities for at-risk youth through the launching of the Work Investment Network (WIN) summer internship program. WIN, a collaboration of the City of Duarte and Duarte Unified School District created a unique opportunity for 20 at-risk teens and young adults aged 16 – 24, to gain meaningful work experience at a variety of work sites throughout the community.
The Duarte pools will be closed for Open Swim 7/12 and 7/13 between 1pm-3:30pm due to maintenance and repairs. All scheduled swim lessons will still take place on Thursday 7/13. Please call (626) 357-6118 on Friday morning to confirm Open Swim for that day. We apologize for the inconvenience.
DUARTE, CA, July 6, 2017 – To provide Duarte residents with relief from the heat over the next two days when temperatures are expected to break triple digits, the Duarte Senior Center facility will remain open to the public from 10:00 am until 7:00 pm Friday, July 7, 2017 through Saturday night July 8th.
The City of Duarte has received the “Best Comprehensive Plan for a Small Jurisdiction” award from the Los Angeles Section of the American Planning Association for its Duarte Town Center Specific Plan. The plan was recognized for its innovative and transformational planning techniques, model land use and economic development policy, and utilization of creative incentive-based zoning as its foundation.
Recognizing that bears are wild animals and danger could exist, Ranger Bosell also sees the lovable side of these animals and suggests ways to live with them in harmony. She has stories to tell! Some are humorous, some scary and some just plain fun. Along the foothills we are in bear country and many residents have had close encounters.
DUARTE, CA, JUNE 24, 2017-The City of Duarte will begin to transport sediment from the Greenbank Debris Basin to the Manning Pit facility in City of Irwindale starting Monday, June 26, 2017. The City’s contractor, Sully-Miller will begin transporting the sediment from the site starting at 7:00 a.m.,
LOS ANGELES COUNTY - Supervisor Kathryn Barger announced that the Charter Oak / Duarte Summer Beach Bus service to Santa Monica Beach started on Wednesday, June 7th.
Pasadena Police announced today the arrest of eight alleged members of the DuRoc Crips gang suspected of fatally shooting three men and wounding two women in what is being labeled as a “feud” between rival gangs.
DUARTE, CA JUNE 8, 2017- The City of Duarte and Burrtec Waste Services will be hosting a free community paper shredding event on June 24, 2017 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Duarte City Hall, 1600 Huntington Drive, Duarte CA 91010.
California American Water is upgrading the infrastructure that provides water service to customers in the community. They are planning to install a new 8-inch water main through the intersection of Mountain Avenue and Huntington Drive. The new water main is an important part of the water system and will provide reliable and safe water for years to come.
Pasadena Pops and Symphony will bring its “Random Acts of Music” program to the City of Duarte on Wednesday, June 21st from, 5:30 - 7:00 pm with a free concert for the Duarte community in the Grocery Outlet parking area located at 1322 Huntington Drive. For additional information, contact the Duarte Chamber at 626-357-3333.
The City of Duarte is accepting applications to fill two positions on the Economic Development Commission (EDC); one for a business representative expiring December 31, 2017 and the other for a residential representative expiring December 31, 2019. Duarte residents and business owners (City residency not required) interested in serving on the EDC commission will have until July 3, 2017 to apply.
Duarte, Calif.—Aug. 8, 2017—California School of the Arts – San Gabriel Valley (CSArts-SGV), a new public charter school offering unparalleled opportunities for middle and high school students passionate about the arts, opens with the first day of school on Tuesday, Aug. 14. Since June 30, 2016, when the Duarte Unified School District (DUSD) School Board unanimously approved the charter, CSArts-SGV has accepted more than 700 students in grades seven through 11 (next year will expand to include grade 12).
DUARTE, CA,May 30, 2017– The City of Duarte will be enforcing restrictions on fireworks usage for the Fourth of July, 2017 holiday. Fireworks may only be e discharged on the day of July 4th between the hours of noon and 11 p.m. They are not allowed to be discharged on the days leading up to the holiday.
DUARTE, CA, May 25, 2017 – Duarte residents, business members and others who enjoy keeping up to keep up to date on the latest news from the City of Duarte can subscribe to our free, semi-monthly enews that re-launched after a long hiatus on Friday, May 25, 2017.
In an effort to reach out to our community with accurate and current information, the City of Duarte’s Public Safety Office in conjunction with the Los Angeles County Sherriff’s Department (LASD) wanted to reassure our community about our continued and pro-active fight against crime as we strive to keep our residents safe daily.
DUARTE, CA, MAY 11, 2017- In tribute to the resent victims of violence and their families, the Community Mediation Team will be hosting a 1.5-mile March for Peace on May 20, 2017. The Peace March will promptly begin at 9 a.m. at Duarte City Hall, 1600 Huntington Drive Duarte Ca, 91010, and end at the Mary Wilcox Youth Center, 843 East Olive Avenue Monrovia CA, 91016.
San Gabriel Valley, CA - May 09, 2017 - Samples of mosquitoes collected from Bonelli Park in the City of San Dimas have tested positive for West Nile virus (WNV). This confirms that mosquitoes in the San Gabriel Valley are actively circulating the virus and people are once again at risk of being infected.
DUARTE CA, MAY 8, 2017- Liz Reilly, Duarte Councilmember since 2011, was recently appointed to the San Gabriel and Lower Los Angeles Rivers and Mountain Conservancy (RMC) by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. This position does not require Senate confirmation nor is there compensation.
Finlay, the Mayor of Duarte, was sworn in Thursday to lead the nation’s largest metropolitan planning organization after serving the past year as SCAG’s First Vice President. The swearing in took place on the first full day of SCAG’s 52nd Annual Regional Conference and General Assembly.
DUARTE, CA, MAY 1, 2017- With over 50 years of giving back to her community, longtime Duarte Community Services Council volunteerDorothy Smith was honored at the 2017 Women of the Year- “Unsung Heroines” award ceremony for her outstanding contributions to the City of Duarte.
DUARTE, CA - Does your landscape utilize the latest in drought tolerant landscaping or California native plants? Have you recently switched to an irrigation system that utilizes drip technology or other water conservation features?
(Duarte, Ca) – The Duarte Unified School District (DUSD) has partnered with the Orange County School of the Arts (OCSA) to bring the highly successful public charter’s first sister school called the California School of the Arts – San Gabriel Valley (CSArts-SGV) to Duarte starting the 2017-18 school year.
DUARTE, CA, APRIL 12, 2017 – In preparation for fire season, LA County Fire Division II will host a Brush Drill in Spinks Canyon above the Cities of Bradbury and Duarte on May 8th, 9th and 10th, from 8:30-1:30 PM daily. Each session will begin with an overview of our current structural defense tactics and unified command communications. Immediately following, fire personnel will participate in a series of drills and exercises in the general area.
DUARTE, CA - The California Park and Recreation Society (CPRS) and the City of Duarte recently honored long-time volunteer and community leader, Steve Hernandez with the distinguished Community Service Award at its annual Awards Dinner earlier this month. Hernandez has dedicated much of his time and energy towards improving the City of Duarte serving as a hardworking volunteer at the Senior Center for numerous years.
The City of Duarte invites community members of all ages to partake in a series of fun-filled activities during the upcoming Spring Break. Bring the family to Breakfast with the Easter Bunny! On Saturday, April 15th, start the day off by enjoying a delicious pancake breakfast from 7:30 - 9:30 a.m. at the Duarte Community Center, 1600 Huntington Drive.
The City of Duarte Public Safety Department and the members of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department that serve our community are extremely concerned about the two recent murders in our City. Both events are neither gang rivalry events nor were the victim’s gang members.
(Duarte, CA) – If you’ve visited the district office of the Duarte Unified School District lately, you have seen for yourself that the promise of the future has already arrived. The modern design of the remodeled lobby matches the bold academic renaissance taking place throughout the district.
DUARTE, CA, MARCH 28, 2017 – Join City officials and members of the public for a light lunch and celebration on April 12th at 3:00 pm as the former Sparr Liquor building at the corner of Huntington Dr. and Buena Vista St. closes. The event marks the beginning of the demolition process paving the way for yet another chapter in the Duarte Town Center Specific plan. This exciting development comes on the heels of the adoption of the Plan which was approved last Fall and is already spurring new interest in the area.
DUARTE, CA, MARCH 28, 2017 – Biking and walking to and from the Duarte/City of Hope Gold Line Station just got a lot easier for Duarte residents with the addition of new sidewalks, lighting, landscaping, directional signs and bike lanes. Join Duarte officials on April 12th as they celebrate these pedestrian upgrades in an unveiling ceremony at the Duarte/City of Hope Gold Line Station Parking Lot starting at 5:00 pm.
DUARTE, CA, MARCH 23, 2017- Kathryn Barger, newly elected member of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors spearheaded the approval of a $10,000 reward to any individual with information leading to the location of suspect(s) in the recent murder of Duarte resident, Kirinda Lavar Morehead. Morehead was shot February 18th in front of his home at around 8:30 pm on Mount Olive Drive after parking his car on the 2300 block of Bashor Street. The incident does not appear to be gang related nor is victim a known gang member. The responsible party is still at-large.
DUARTE, CA, MARCH 22, 2017 - The National Weather Service has notified the City of Duarte that an upcoming Saturday storm is expected to produce 1/4” to 1/2” inch of rain in the community. The City will remain at Green level during this minor event and it is not anticipated to damage the Duarte hillsides left barren by the Fish Fire last year. No EOC operations are anticipated this weekend and both LA County Department of Public Works and Duarte Public Safety will monitor the weather and the impacted mudslide areas throughout the rest of the week.
The City of Duarte has hired a contractor, Care for the Children, to refresh painted curb addresses citywide. This service is being provided at no cost to residents or property owners. Please do not pay the painters or anyone that requests a fee or donation for curb painting.
DUARTE, CA, MARCH 16, 2017- Southern California Edison will be replacing an electrical vault at the northwest corner of Huntington Drive and Windsor Circle,1935 Huntington Drive beginning March 20th causing westbound traffic to be reduced to one lane. The four-week electrical vault replacement process requires the temporary relocation of live wires causing the sidewalk to not be available to pedestrian traffic as well.
SCE CONDUCTS MAINTENANCE POWER OUTAGES ON MARCH 14TH AND 15TH AFFECTING 313 CUSTOMERS
DUARTE, CA, MARCH 13, 2017 – On the dates of March 14th and 15th,, a total of 278 residential customers, 35 business, and 2 traffic signals will be involved in a 9 hour maintenance outage conducted by Southern California Edison. This scheduled maintenance will begin on Tuesday, March 14th at 8:00 pm and end at 4:30 am on Wednesday, March 15th.
Starting the week of March 6th and concluding on the 31st, the City of Duarte will be adding both updated and new parking restriction signs to streets within the designated Street Sweeping Pilot Program area. The new signage was in response to action taken by the Duarte City Council on October 25, 2016 to revamp the original pilot program that required vehicle removal from both sides of the street on street sweeping days to allowing residents to park on one side one day, and the other side the next.
DUARTE, CA, March 2, 2017 – Duarte Mayor Margaret Finlay and Unified School District President Reyna Diaz will update the community at the annual State of the City and School District, a Duarte Chamber-sponsored reception at the City of Duarte Community Center and Courtyard on Tuesday, March 21, beginning at 5:30 p.m.
On Sunday March 5th, 2017 - the one year anniversary of the Foothill Gold Line Extension grand opening - the Metro Open Streets Program presents 626 Golden Streets, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to walk, bike, run, skate, scoot, dance and play on over 18 miles of car-free open streets.
DUARTE, CA, February 21, 2017 – Duarte and Bradbury will honor the Earth with a variety of joint community volunteer projects starting at 9:00 am on Saturday, April 8th at the Duarte Teen Center. This year’s Earth Day celebration, sponsored by Burrtec Waste Industries, Volunteer Center of the San Gabriel Valley, Upper San Gabriel Municipal Water District, and the LA County Sanitation Districts will include the planting of drought tolerant plants and trees in Encanto Park and Bradbury, cleaning the Royal Oaks Trail, Duarte Park and retail parking lots along Huntington Drive.
DUARTE, CA, February 19, 2017 – Duarte and Burrtec Waste will hold its bi-annual Duarte Community Clean-Up Day on Saturday, April 8, 2017 from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm at two convenient drop-off locations where residents can dispose of large refuse items and e-waste. The locations are the Duarte Civic Center at 1600 Huntington Drive and Beardslee Elementary School at 1212 Kellwill Way, Duarte, CA, 91010. Please note that at this event, hazardous waste will not be accepted. For household hazardous waste information, please call (800) 238-0172 or visit dpw.lacounty.gov/epd/hhw/
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Homicide detectives are continuing their investigation into the shooting death of a male Black adult that occurred on Saturday, February 18, 2017, at 8:18 p.m. on the 2300 block of Bashor Street, Duarte. Based on information gathered through the ongoing investigation, the Sheriff's Department has at this point, ruled out the possibility that this crime was either gang or race related.
With the bulk of the clean up operation behind them, City of Duarte officials are moving to the Green Alert level at 4 pm this afternoon, February 18th. Identification checkpoints will lift and the public and residents may now move about freely through the impact area.
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Operation Safe Streets gang detectives are continuing their investigation into a shooting that occurred on Saturday, January 7, 2017, at approximately 2:48 p.m. on the 2500 block of Bloomdale Street, Duarte.
The City has been receiving many calls about the upcoming atmospheric river event designated to hit our community this Friday and Saturday, February 17 and 18th. Based on current available information, the City is planning to declare a Yellow Alert Level starting tomorrow, February 16th at noon in the Fish Fire Impact Area with the possibility of moving to the Red Alert Level, Friday, February 17th at 7:00 am.
At 5 pm, the National Weather Service (NWS) declared a Flash Flood Warning for the Fish Fire Burn Area until 8 pm as the City continues to brace for what the NWS is calling an “atmospheric river event” that will be impacting the City of Duarte and the Fish Fire Impact Area today and tomorrow, February 17th and 18th generating up to an inch an hour in rain including wind gusts of up to 70 MPH. The City remains at Red Alert Level in the Fish Fire Impact area since 7 am on the 17th placing approximately 202 homes under mandatory evacuation.
A strong winter storm is expected to reach the Los Angeles County Region as early as Thursday evening, with significant rain expected in the post Fish Fire Burn Area through the weekend. To restore Maddock Debris Basin’s ability to protect downstream residents and property, LA County Public Works will perform an emergency 24-hour-a-day operation of hauling sediment and debris from the basin, located in the City of Duarte, to Manning Pit in the City of Irwindale.
DUARTE, CA, February 13, 2017 – Duarte, “The City of Health” encourages our community to keep “health” as their top priority for 2017 by attending a free health fair on Saturday, March 4th from 8:00 - 11:30 a.m. at the Duarte Community Center, 1600 Huntington Drive, Duarte, CA 91010. During the event, a variety for free services will be available including full panel blood testing (Note: an individual must fast eight hours before test); bone density, dental, vision, blood pressure and body mass index screenings; ask a dietician and ask a pharmacist booths and a colorectal cancer screening take home kit.
The City of Duarte has moved back to the Green Alert Level as of February 7th and Duarte Transit has resumed normal operations. In terms of pending weather events, the National Weather Service has alreadly advised city officials regarding an upcoming Friday, February 11th and Saturday the 12th storm. Preliminary weather models are indicating light showers of 1/2" to 1" rain totals with intensity rates of a 1/4" an hour. If these models remain consistent, the City expects to stay at a Green Alert Level through the weekend. Additionally, Los Angeles County Public Works will not be issuing a phase flow alert for the Fish Fire Impact Area at this time.
The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Advisory this morning and has also advised the City that a storm will affect the community Sunday night through Monday with periods of moderate rain totaling 0.5 to 1.50 inch with potential for rainfall rates to move to up to one half inch per hour. Additionally, there is a chance of moderate to strong winds with gusts 30 to 50 mph. Rain chances continue through Tuesday into Wednesday morning. This storm may be intense enough to create mud and debris flows in recent burn areas. Currently, Los Angeles County Public Works has issued a No Phase
The City of Duarte will commence street improvements to Bradbourne Avenue between Royal Oaks Drive and Huntington Drive starting next Monday, February 6, 2018. These improvements include roadway resurfacing, installation of new curbs and gutter, sidewalk with ADA ramps, permeable concrete gutters, and automatic retractable screens (ARS) for the catch basins.
The City of Duarte will begin to transport sediment that was stockpiled at Greenbank Avenue to the Los Angeles County Manning Pit Facility starting Tuesday, January 31, 2017. The City’s contractor Sully-Miller will begin transporting the sediment from the stockpile starting at 7:00AM, and anticipates work to take three days to complete.
With the goal of providing convenient, accessible, secure, and transparent options for Duarte voters (and all L.A. County voters) to cast their ballots on, and before, Election Day, Duarte City Hall is now a "Vote By Mail Drop-Off Location" for voters to drop off their Vote By Mail (VBM) ballots. The ballot box is located in the Reception Area of City Hall, easily accessible for members of the public to drop off their VBM ballots, and is available from February 6 - March 6, 2017.
Mandatory Evacuation orders will lift today at 2:00 pm for the approximately 180 homes in the Fish Fire Impact area and the City will move to the Yellow Alert level. Once the orders have been lifted, residents impacted by the evacuation may return to their homes with proper ID. Identification check points will remain in place until 10:00 pm tonight at the following intersections: Royal Oaks and Greenbank, Bettyhill and Conata, Royal Oaks and Mel Canyon, eastbound Fish Canyon at Mel Canyon, westbound Fish Canyon at Mel Canyon, Mountaincrest and Deerlane, and Brookridge and Tannencrest.
LOS ANGELES, January 23, 2016—Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) today announced that a “SoCalGas Advisory,” will be issued for tomorrow, January 23, 2017. A SoCalGas Advisory asks customers to immediately reduce their natural gas use to help lower the risk of possible natural gas and electricity shortages. The Advisory will be in effect beginning at 7am tomorrow and remain in effect until further notice.
The National Weather Service has advised the City that the series of storms will continue to move through Duarte through the weekend. Friday, January 20, rainfall rates of a half inch or more an hour are expected. Heaviest rain is predicted between 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. This may potentially trigger mud or debris flows in the Fish Fire Impact Area.
The National Weather Service flash flood watch that began at approximately 9 a.m. this morning will continue until 9 p.m. tonight. Due to the storm’s intensity, debris flow has occurred on Melcanyon Road between Brookridge and Fish Canyon requiring a staffed street closure and clean-up by both City and Contractor crews. The street closure will remain in effect until 9 p.m. tonight, after the storm passes. Between 7 and 8 a.m. on Friday, January 13th, Burrtec will conduct refuse and recycling service on Melcanyon Rd. between Brookridge and Fish Canyon, and on Opal Canyon between Brookridge and Melcanyon Rd. Transit will not be in operation in the Fish Fires Impact Area tomorrow to facilitate the clean up operation. The City’s Emergency Operations Center remains at the monitoring level until the clean up is complete.
DUARTE, CA, January 12, 2017 – Celebrate the birthdate of the late Labor Leader Cesar Chavez by volunteering in your community project on March 25, 2017 on the 32-acre campus of Westminster Gardens. The annual Cesar Chavez volunteer Project, coordinated by Duarte’s Promise: The Alliance for Youth and Westminster Gardens, will kickoff at 8:30 a.m. at Westminster Gardens located at 1420 Santo Domingo in the City of Duarte.
As a result of the storm that occurred in the early hours of Monday, January 9th, approximately 50 cubic yards of debris was released and settled on both Mel Canyon Road and Deerlane Drive. The City’s Field Services staff worked this morning through early afternoon to clear the debris. Road closures were lifted by noon and staff will continue to clear small debris by hand until later today. The City’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) was also deactivated at 12:30 p.m.
DUARTE, CA, January 5, 2017 – The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) will hold a Public Participation Hearing (PPH) covering California American Water’s general rate case increase request on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at the Courtyard Marriott Hotel at 700 W. Huntington Drive in Monrovia.
DUARTE, CA, January 2, 2017 – Together, the City of Hope and the City of Duarte unveiled their joint Rose Parade entry "The Miracle of Science with Soul" as part of the 128th annual Tournament of Roses parade this morning on the streets of Pasadena. The float, decorated by Phoenix Decorating Company, was the fifth entry down Colorado Boulevard this morning and featured Darrell George, Duarte City Manager and Cancer survivor.
Los Angeles County Public Works has now upgraded their alert to a Phase 1 Debris Flow Forecast. The National Weather Service had advised the City this morning that a fast moving storm system is predicted to move through Duarte that may generate periods of heavy rain starting the afternoon of December 31st through the evening. Rainfall rates may reach levels that could trigger mud or debris flows in the Fish Fire Impact Area
The City of Duarte has moved to Green Alert Level and all road closures have been lifted following a mud and debris flow that occurred overnight on December 23rd through early morning through December 24th. The approximate 650 cubic yards of mud and debris was located primarily at the intersection of Melcanyon and Deerlane.
DUARTE, CA, December 22, 2016 – The homeless population, although often silent and in the shadows, are part of the demographic make-up of Southern California. To accurately count this often-vulnerable group, the City of Duarte opted to participate in the 2017 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count sponsored by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA).
Residents and visitors will not have to obtain temporary overnight parking permits for passenger vehicles parked on City streets December 23rd, 24th, 25th, 30th and 31st and January 1st and 2nd. This permit suspension affords the community the opportunity to entertain guests and visitors without worrying about purchasing permits during the holidays. Overnight parking enforcement will resume on January 3, 2017.
DUARTE, CA, December 19, 2016 – Duarte residents can expect to begin paying $0.91 cents more per month on their refuse and recycling bill effective January 1, 2017. This 4.3% increase is the first increase to residential refuse service rates since January 1, 2014. Over the three-year period, the factors that make up the rate have increased.
DUARTE, CA, November 7, 2016 – The City of Duarte invites community members to partake in a variety of fun-filled festivities to kick off their holiday season taking place during the month of December.
Duarte, CA) - Duarte Unified School District (DUSD) is hosting a Sneak Peek Event on Saturday, Dec. 17, starting at 9:30 a.m. at the Duarte Performing Arts Center (1401 Highland Avenue, Duarte, 91010) to showcase what’s in store for all of the district’s schools next year and to provide a look at the signature program offerings that can only be found in Duarte schools.
DUARTE, CA. December, 2016 — Duarte City Council members voted unanimously to elect Margaret Finlay, Mayor for 2016-2017 and John Fasana, Mayor Pro Tem during the annual reorganization of the Duarte City Council on November 22, 2016.
Duarte's Promise; The Alliance for Youth, the Duarte Neighborhood Watch Program, along with local churches, businesses, shcools and non-profits are teaming up to ensure a joyous 2016 Holiday season for hundreds of Duarte area families.
(Duarte, CA) - From 3-17 the last two years to league champions and competing in the CIF playoffs, that’s the remarkable turnaround for the Duarte High School football team. Under first-year head coach James Heggins, Duarte hosted Laguna Beach on Friday night (11-11-16) at 7:30 p.m. at Falcon Stadium in the first round of the Division 13 playoffs. Duarte USD streamed the game live at http://www.mldistrict.com/districts/ca/duarte/.and it wias also broadcasted by Laguna Beach on radio station KX93.5. Duarte was 7-3 and champions of the Montview League, while Laguna Beach won its last four games to go 6-4 and finish third in the Orange Coast League. Sadly, Duarte's season came to a close that night when they lost to Laguna, 26-21.
The National Weather Service has advised that a storm system may impact the San Gabriel Valley area including Duarte. Although the timing could change, the heaviest rainfall is expected between 10 pm and 2:00 am this evening Sunday, November 20, 2016 through the early morning hours of Monday, November 21st.
The ill-fated St. Francis Dam located a mere fifty miles north of Los Angeles collapsed just before midnight on March 12, 1928, unleashing miles of liquid horror and drowning more than 450 people before reaching the ocean. Author-historian Paul Rippens will relive this disaster in a power point program at the general meeting of the Duarte Historical Society & Museum, 6:00 p.m. on December 2 at the Museum, 777 Encanto Parkway, Encanto Park, Duarte. Admission is free.
On Saturday, November 19th, the San Gabriel Valley Energy Wise Partnership (SGVEWP) will launch its Holiday Light Exchange at the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. This event will offer San Gabriel Valley residents that are Southern California Edison customers the opportunity to exchange an old incandescent holiday light string for a new ultra-efficient light string. The event in Covina will be the first of nine similar exchanges that will take place at various locations in the San Gabriel Valley during the months of November and December.
DUARTE, CA, October 31, 2016 – The 4th Annual City of Duarte Unity March themed “Imagine all the People Living Life in Peace” is scheduled for Saturday, November 5th and will begin at 9:00 a.m. This youth driven event presented by the Duarte Mayor’s Youth Council provides a platform to raise awareness about race relations and call upon the community to continue living in peace. All members of the community are invited to participate in what promises to be an exciting event.
DUARTE, CA – Duarte will express its thanks to outstanding community volunteers and kick off the holiday season at the 31st annual Mayor’s Thanksgiving Prayer Breakfast and 29th annual Duarte Chamber Community Service Recognition Awards. The event will be held Wednesday, Nov. 23 from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. at the City of Hope Cooper Auditorium, 1500 E. Duarte Rd. Buy tickets now by clicking here.
On September 13, 2016 the Duarte City Council voted unanimously to adopt resolutions in support of two November 8th ballot measures Measure A and Measure M. Additionally, the City Council adopted a resolution in opposition of Proposition 57 on October 25th.
Based on updates from the National Weather service, the City of Duarte has lifted mandatory evacuation orders, closed its Evacuation Center and is in the process of demobilizing its Emergency Operations Center. Since Wednesday, October 26th, the City has been confering with experts including the National Weather (NWS) Service. Prior to this time, the NWS was advising that a storm would impact Duarte beginning Friday, October 28th resulting in up to an inch and ½ of rainfall predicted sometime between 6:00 AM and Noon. Ten homes in the Fish Fire Impact area would be under mandatory evacuation orders however, the balance of the Impact Area will remain at the Green Alert level not subject to any type of restriction.
(Duarte, CA) – Basketball has taken Jelani Gardner all over the world and now he’s ready to share a few of the lessons he’s learned with the boys basketball team at Duarte High School.
It’s a perfect match for both Gardner and the Falcons as he brings a lifetime love affair with basketball to a campus that has struggled to field a successful team in that sport in recent years.
DUARTE, CA, October 12, 2016 – The Duarte Parks and Recreation Department will once again host the annual Halloween Howl at Royal Oaks Park located at 2627 Royal Oaks Drive from 6:00-9:00 pm on Monday, October 31st. Children ages 12 and under are welcome to participate in an evening of fun filled activities.
Hundreds of red ribbons will flutter along Huntington Drive in honor of the annual Duarte “Red Ribbon Week” celebration happening during the week of October 22-29. All members of the Duarte community are invited to join the rest of the nation as we march against drugs and tie red ribbons on trees along Huntington Drive starting at 9:00 am at the Duarte Teen Center on October 22, 2016. Volunteers will be provided with free t-shirts, lunch, and crafting activities. This event is an official part of the Volunteer Center of San Gabriel Valley’s 26th annual “Make a Difference Day” activities.
With the goal of providing convenient, accessible, secure, and transparent options for Duarte voters (and all L.A. County voters) to cast their ballots on, and before, Election Day, Duarte City Hall is now a “Vote By Mail Drop-Off Location” for voters to drop off their Vote By Mail (VBM) ballots. The ballot box is located in the Reception Area of City Hall, easily accessible for members of the public to drop off their VBM ballots, and is available from October 11 – November 7, 2016.
The 11.5-mile Foothill Gold Line light rail line from Pasadena to Azusa, with its six new stations in Arcadia, Monrovia, Duarte, Irwindale and Azusa is an unequivocal success. Fully funded by Los Angeles County’s Measure R (which was approved by county voters in 2008), the line was completed on time and under budget and opened for passenger service in March 2016. With the new extension to Azusa, the Metro Gold Line light rail system is now providing service to more than 50,000 daily boardings each weekday.
DUARTE, CA, September 29, 2016 – Are you ready to competein this year’s Amazing Family Race on Saturday, October 15, 2016! The Amazing Family Race is a special event to promote family unity, good health and exercise while highlighting various city facilities. The event is sponsored by Southern California Edison and the Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District will donate water bottles for participants.
The Los Angeles County Superior Court is seeking qualified individuals who may be interested in applying for the Civil Grand Jury. Recruitment is year round and applications are accepted on a continuous basis. The term of service is one year, beginning July 1st and continuing through June 30th of the following year. The deadline to submit an application is in November of each year for the term beginning July 1st of the following year. Please see the enclosed Timetable for all pertinent dates.
To provide Duarte residents with a “cool” option to soaring heat, the Duarte Senior Center facility will open to the public from 8:30 am until 8:00 pm on September 26th for the local temperature is slated to exceed 100 degrees.
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Works, the Natural Resources Conservation Service and the City of Duarte conducted a post Fish Fire assessment to address safety issues related to residential properties in the burn areas within the City.
DUARTE, CA, September 14, 2016 – Join Congresswoman Grace Napolitano and the City of Duarte for a free export seminar entitled “Take Your Business Further” on Wednesday, October 20, 2016 from 9:30 am - 3:00 pm at the Duarte Performing Arts Center located at 1410 Highland Avenue. Registration begins at 9:00 am and the event is open to the public.
DUARTE, CA - The Duarte community has reason to celebrate! On September 1, 2016, the former Mike’s Food location, 1322 Huntington Dr., opened and became the new home for Grocery Outlet Bargain Market. The retail space is 18,000 square feet and each Grocery Outlet stores are a local, independently run, family business.
The Duarte Historical Society and Museum is in need of volunteers. Docents are needed for duty about once every six weeks on either a Wednesday (1-3 p.m.) or Saturday (1-4 p.m.) and will always serve with an experienced volunteer. It is fun and educational.
DUARTE, CA, September 12, 2016 – – In the spirit of keeping Duarte beautiful, the City of Duarte is inviting all residents to roll up their sleeves and participate on Saturday, October 1st in the bi-annual “Duarte Community Clean-up Day “ and a County sponsored household hazardous & E-waste roundup.
DUARTE, CA, August 31, 2016 - Some 475 homes and 10 businesses in Duarte will be without electrical power between 8:00 am and 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 6th due to a planned maintenance outage by Southern California Edison.
The City of Duarte will now be offering residents two convenient options to purchase temporary parking permits. A 24-hour a day, City Hall kiosk location and a “way to park” phone app. The kiosk is located in front of City Hall allowing 24-hour per day, walk-up access for residents. Both the machine and the app will allow the user to purchase up to a 10 day pass.
On September 13, 2016, the City Council will hold a public hearing on the Town Center Specific Plan; a Supplemental EIR for the project; General Plan Amendment 15-2; and Zone Change 15-2. The Council meeting will start at 7:00 p.m. and will be held at the City Council Chambers at 1600 Huntington Drive.
DUARTE, CA, August 24, 2016 – The Pasadena Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) will bestow the organization’s annual Civic Award to Duarte City Council Member, John Fasana at its 31st Annual Ruby McKnight Williams Award Dinner on October 13, 2016 at the Pasadena Hilton. Twelve inspiring individuals and businesses that have also made tremendous contributions to the community will also be honored at the event.
San Gabriel Valley workforce leaders and the Duarte Chamber of Commerce are partnering again to host a Women’s Business Expo “Turn Your Passion into Power” scheduled for September 10, 2016 from 9am-2pm. The expo, held at the Duarte Community Center located at 1600 Huntington Dr., is free to all attendees. Co-hosting with the Chamber are the Foothill Workforce Development Board, the Small Business Development Center at the University of La Verne and the City of Duarte. The Inspiration Presenting Sponsor is Grocery Outlet with the Innovation Sponsors being Nissan of Duarte and The Gas Company and Motivation Sponsor is Constant Contact.
DUARTE, CA, August 16, 2016 –Saturday, Sept. 24th, festival-goers are encouraged to join the great festivities at the “Duarte’s 59 and Feeling Fine” annual Picnic and Classic Car Show celebrating Duarte’s 59th Anniversary of Incorporation at Royal Oaks Park, 2627 Royal Oaks Drive from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. This year’s event features a new beer and wine garden.
DUARTE, CA, August 16, 2016 – The Duarte Senior Center and Duarte Chamber of Commerce will partner to host a “Get Back to Work,” event to help senior citizens connect with employers. Open to the general public and free of charge, the event will take place Saturday, September 17 from
(Duarte, Ca) - When students and staff returned to school at Duarte Unified School District (DUSD) on August 15, 2016, it marked not only the first day of the new academic year, but also the launch of the Competitive Advantage Plan (CAP), the District’s five-year strategic plan.
Duarte Parks and Recreation will be launching Active Network, the industry leader in on-line Recreation software with their fall 2016 Program registration beginning September 12, 2016. With this new service, residents will have mobile access to program and class registration, class and activity registration management; an easy to use park gazebo reservation system; create your profile now by visiting www.accessduarte. com
Duarte, CA, August 8, 2016- Young, amateur boxers from clubs throughout Southern California will be participating in the annual Duarte Youth Boxing Show on Saturday, August 20, 2016 with doors opening at 11:30 am. The event will be held at Duarte High School Gym, located at 1565 Central Ave. and tickets are available at the door; $10 for attendees 12 and up, $3 for children 11 years and under; children 3 years and under are free. Fans and supporters of amateur youth boxing may also purchase advance tickets for $8 at the Duarte Teen Center. The first bout begins at 1pm and several Duarte boxers will be featured as they compete for a championship belt.
The City of Duarte Parks and Recreation launched the Duarte Boxing Club in 1997. The program has developed over the years into a highly competitive, youth boxing program with participants competing successful in local and national competitions. For more information about the boxing program, contact the City of Duarte at 626.303.0863.
About the City of Duarte
The City of Duarte was incorporated on August 22, 1957. With integrity and transparency, the City provides exemplary public services in a caring and fiscally responsible manner with a commitment to our community’s future. For more information visit www.accessduarte.com or call (626) 357-7931. Follow the City of Duarte on Facebook at facebook.com/duartecommunity; Twitter @CityofDuarte; Instagram @city_of_duarte and LinkedIn.
Residents are encouraged to attend an upcoming community meeting “Post Fire Disaster Preparedness” on Tuesday, September 6th at 7 pm at Valley View Elementary School Cafeteria, 237 Melcanyon Road. The City is conducting the meeting for both residents and property owners that are at risk of being impacted from the Fish Fire mud and debris flow from upcoming storms.
The County of Los Angeles Department Of Public Works recently completed construction of the Emerald Necklace Bike Trail located within the Santa Fe Dam Recreation area adjacent to the City of Hope.
Ribs, chicken, hot dogs, popcorn and a free screening of Star Wars: The Force Awakens may not appear like traditional crime fighting but that's exactly what Duarte residents will be doing when they gather at Encanto Park on August 2, 2016 to celebrate the City’s Annual National Night Out Against Crime. Duarte Dance will kick off the event with a performance that you will not want to miss!
Neighborhood Watch block captains, with the support of Duarte Public Safety and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, are inviting all Duarte residents to this free event. Non-profit, Marvell West will provide free hot dogs, hot links, ribs, chicken, and side green salad at 6:00 p.m. to the first 500 attendees. Fresh popcorn will also be available courtesy of Los Angeles County Parks and Recreation. The movie will show at dusk and attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets.
DUARTE, CA; - To better serve the Duarte community, the Duarte Public Safety Office located in the Mountain Vista Plaza (Target Center) at 1042 Huntington Drive will now be open six days per week effective July 8, 2016. In addition to its normal operating hours of Monday through Thursday, 7:30 am to 6:00 pm, the office will now be open Fridays and Saturdays from 7:30 am to 4:00 pm.
DUARTE, CA: Accessduarte.com, the City’s official website, is getting a makeover. The new site, designed by the award winning municipal website developer, Granicus is built on a foundation of photos of Duarte residents enjoying life throughout the community goes live Friday, July 15th. The last time the City website was updated was 2009.
DUARTE, CA, July 5, 2016 – Educating the community about the new firework ordinances and fines by the City of Duarte appeared to have proved successful. As such, five, two deputy cars and two undercover cars consisting of the Duarte Special Assignment Team members, along with eight additional deputy personnel and four Community Service Officers, conducted a "Fireworks Suppression Operation"
(Duarte, Ca) - The Duarte Unified School District (DUSD) Board of Education voted 5-0 at the Regular Meeting held on Thursday, June 30, 2016, to approve a partnership with Orange County School of the Arts (OCSA), which will bring the highly successful public charter school to the San Gabriel Valley starting the 2017-18 school year.
For the past several months, the City has been in the process of developing new zoning for the central part of the city. The Town Center Specific Plan is the result of months of work to put in place a zoning that will help to shape our community for the next 20 years and beyond.
Due to active wildfires affecting air quality in the San Gabriel Valley region, public safety officials and city staff, who have been monitoring the situation closely, have officially moved to postpone the 626 Golden Streets event to a future date.
Combine acreage for the San Gabriel Complex fire remains the same at 5,339 acres. Fish Fire remains at 4,253 acres and containment now is 100%. Reservoir Fire remains at 1,146 acres and containment is at 100%
DUARTE, CA - The Duarte community is celebrating! The long awaited new Smart & Final Extra! opened at 7:00 am sharp on June 29, 2016 to dozens of anxious shoppers. The store provides the Duarte community with a new grocery shopping option at the Buena Vista Market Place shopping center located at the northwest corner of Buena Vista and Huntington Drive in the former Ralphs grocery location.
DUARTE, CA, June 28, 2016 – Both the Fish Canyon Falls Trail and the Duarte Transit Saturday Shuttle to the Falls are closed until further notice due to damage the trail sustained during the recent San Gabriel Complex fire as determined by the Los Angeles County Fire Department.
In the coming weeks after the San Gabriel Complex fire is fully contained, a geologist and County Fire experts will be on site at the Fish Canyon Falls Trails area to assess the extent of the damage to the trail and determine what repairs are needed.
We invite you to visit a new City website duartetowncenter.com to learn more about the Duarte Town Center Specific Plan and EIR that is now in process. The website provides a lot of information about the current process to develop stronger zoning standards for the central part of Duarte as well as historical information about the City’s concept for the area.
Los Angeles County Fire Department held an area wide meeting at North View Intermediate School to discuss the status of fighting the San Gabriel Complex fire with over 200 residents from Duarte, Monrovia and Azusa. Representatives from LA County Fire, Sheriff, State Office of Emergency Services, Monrovia Police Department and Fire Department made brief presentations on efforts being made to both control the fire and deal with evacuations.
You may notice a new addition to City sidewalks and parkways-new bus benches and trash receptacles. The City is replacing the pre-cast concrete benches and receptacles for durable and attractive cast-iron street furniture. Over 40 new bus benches and trash receptacles are being installed by the City's Field Services and Transit Divisions staff at Duarte transit bus stops and at prime Metro and Foothill Transit stops.
DUARTE, CA – Are you ready to enjoy family, friends, great music and movies in the comfort of Duarte’s great outdoors? If the answer if yes, the City of Duarte has a full schedule of family friendly activities planned for the Duarte community starting this season.
DUARTE, CA, March 28, 2016 – In a proactive response to growing resident and business concerns over increased property crimes, the Duarte City Council voted at its March 22nd meeting to increase its law enforcement contract with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department by an additional patrol unit starting April 1st. The addition of this unit increases the City’s daytime patrol by 50%.
Recently, construction started on a new drive-thru Starbucks on the northwest corner of Buena Vista Street and Huntington Drive. In addition, to the 1,850 square foot Starbucks, the will also be a 2,600 square foot retail building that will provide space for one or two retail tenants. The developer, Genoa JRTH LLC, expects construction to be competed this summer.
DUARTE, CA, January 25, 2016 – Accessibility and safety for bicyclists and pedestrians throughout our City is on the road to enhancements! The Community Development Department in conjunction with renowned consulting firm Fehr & Peers, has created a Citywide Bicycle Master Plan and Safe Routes to Transit Master Plan designed to encourage “pedal power.”