The Duarte City Council is comprised of five members who are directly elected by the voters. The Council serves as a legislative body for both the City and the Redevelopment Agency. It is responsible for the establishment of City policies, the adoption of ordinances and resolutions, the holding of public hearings, the adoption of the budget, the authorization of expenditures, and the appointment of the City Manager, City Attorney, and the members of City commissions and committees.
The City Councilmembers are elected officers identified in Government Code Section 87200 and file statements of economic interests with the City Clerk's office. Copies of the statements of economic interests filed by the above elected officers may be obtained by visiting the offices of the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) or the City Clerk.
The physical address of the FPPC is 428 J Street, Suite 620, Sacramento, California 95814. The physical address of the City Clerk's office is 1600 Huntington Drive, Duarte, California 91010. The statements of economic interests for some state and local government agency elected officers may be available in electronic format on the FPPC's website.
All elective city offices shall be filled by the city electorate at a general municipal election. General municipal elections are held in odd years on the first Tuesday following a Monday in the month of November. City officers holding elective city office shall hold office for a prescribed term of four years from the date of the installation of officers following adoption by the council of the official canvass of their election and until their successors are elected and qualified.
City Councilmember Biographies
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Mayor Pro Tem:
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Liz Reilly was raised and educated in Utica, New York where her parents had emigrated from Poland after World War II. Liz graduated from the State University of New York with a degree in Management and the University of Oklahoma with a BA in Nutrition. Shortly after, she moved to Hollywood, California where she began her career as Clinical Dietitian at Hollywood Community Hospital, and then as Chief Dietitian for the Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage. From there, Liz held various positions including regional dietitian for Mannings, a food service company, food service director for Alhambra Community Hospital, and manager of the Tearoom for Bullock’s Pasadena before leaving the workforce to raise her family. Liz moved to Duarte in 1987 with her husband to raise their two daughters. After her husband, the late Edward Reilly, passed away, Liz began the position she holds today as an RSP Instructional Aide at Valley View Elementary School.
Liz’s two daughters Beth and Kate attended Valley View, Northview, and Duarte High before graduating from Northwestern University and USC, respectively.
As a Duarte resident and mom, Liz was highly involved with local community and school groups. When her daughter, Kate, started preschool, Liz began volunteering in the classroom as a room mother and was appointed as the Head Start representative to LACOE from Andres Duarte School. Other volunteer activities included:
- Valley View PTA, where she received the Lifetime Achievement Award recipient,
- Northview PTA, President and PTA Continuing Service Award recipient,
- Community Education Council, Chairman,
- Duarte High PTSA, President and DUSD Volunteer of the Year.
Liz was, also, a MALDEF Parent School Partnership trainer at Duarte High. Currently, Liz serves as Parliamentarian for the Duarte Council of PTAs and Financial Director for the Duarte Booster Organization.
She considers it an honor to have been elected to the Duarte City Council and to have the opportunity to serve the Duarte community. Liz wants to create an economic environment that attracts new businesses, supports existing businesses, and brings tax revenue, sales, and jobs to Duarte.
Liz feels that the business of the city council is to be involved in all aspects of the city, and she says, “I intend to do just that.”
Currently, Liz serves as Chairman of the Cities Select Committee for California Contract Cities Association, Duarte representative on the Goldline Phase II, Joint Powers Authority Board, and Director of District 15 with the LA County Sanitation District.
Liz feels that reading is the gateway to all learning and on the first Tuesday of the month, she reads to children at the Duarte Public Library. Monthly Liz holds “What's Happening in Duarte” at the Senior Center to learn about their needs and listen to what seniors have to say. Beginning February, 22nd, Liz will have “Coffee and Conversation” on the fourth Saturday of each month at the Duarte Public Library from 10 to 11 AM.
Mayor Pro Tem Tzeitel Paras Caracci
Tzeitel Russel M. Paras was born in 1972. She was named after the eldest daughter in "Fiddler on the Roof", a Broadway musical. On November 6, 2001, Tzeitel became the first Duarte High School (DHS) alumni and the youngest woman elected to the Duarte City Council. Her family moved to Duarte in 1985. Tzeitel (DHS '89) has two younger brothers: Bertrand Russell (DHS '92) and John Paul George (DHS '96).
In 1989, Tzeitel was named the Los Angeles Times and Pasadena Star News DHS 'Student of the Year'. She served as Mayor Pro Tem during Duarte Student Government Day and was also a DHS representative to Girl State. She attended Woodbury University majoring in Marketing and has worked for CIGNA HealthCare, Pasadena Unified School District and the YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles. She is currently working part-time as an Outreach Consultant.
As a public servant, Tzeitel Paras-Caracci has served as Chair for the Redevelopment Agency in 2004 and Mayor in 2006. She continues to participate in many facets of government and civic engagement. She has continued to be an active member various organizations and committees. To name a few, she has served as President for APAMO (Asian Pacific American Municipal Officials) 2004-2006, Chair of the CityFutures Panel of Democratic Governance, member of Duarte Education Council and Duarte Community Service Council, Director of Sanitation District in 2006 and was appointed to serve a two-year term on the Board of Directors of the National League of Cities and the League of California Cities.
Tzeitel is thankful for many things, but most of all the difference she can make every day serving the City of Duarte. This has been her hometown for over 24 years and she loves it. She welcomes constructive input on the progress of the city.
FUN FACTS: In August 2003, Tzeitel married K.C. Caracci (Route 66 Parade Chair) at Royal Oaks Park in Duarte. In addition to English, Tzeitel also speaks Tagalog (konti) and Spanish (un poquito). Aside from loving Duarte, Tzeitel also loves Hello Kitty, watching HGTV and the Food Network, and whenever she has a spare moment enjoys baking and crafts.
- Four-term mayor
- Married to Brad for 34 years, with 5 children all having graduated from Duarte High School. One son, James, has returned to do his residency in Lab Animal Medicine and PhD at the City of Hope.
- Executive Committee of the California Contract Cities 14 years
- Economic Development in the past year - Best Buy, generating sales tax dollars for citizen services
- New Fresh and Easy Store for added shopping convenience.
- New soundwall on the south side of the freeway, protecting DHS and Northview and Westminster Gardens from aggravating freeway noise
- Chairperson for the successful 1998 Measure B School Bond Campaign that is improving aging Duarte Schools
- Over the past 5 years, sales tax revenues increased by $1.5 million or 65%
- Expanded Senior Citizen transportation and more warm meals delivered to household Seniors
- Duarte was named as a Finalist in the Duarte All-America City Competition
- A partnership with the Feds for an enlarged post office parking lot
- A new city website that provides a comprehensive list of city information and services
- Cablecasting the City Council meetings for better communication
- Crime statistics that have dropped 38%
- B.B.A. in Marketing, 1975, St. Mary’s College , Notre Dame, Indiana
- Master’s in Public Administration, 2000, Cal State Long Beach
- Doctoral work at Claremont Graduate University
- Harvard University - Senior Executives in State and Local Government Program- 2004
- Adjunct Professor - Policy Analysis Courses in MPA program at CSU, Long Beach
- International Speaker on Municipal Government in Melbourne, Australia, June 2005
- Speaker at different colleges at Azusa Pacific and Fullerton College
- Los Angeles County LAFCO Commissioner, Elected 2005
- Community Redevelopment Agency (a housing and community development agency) 15 yrs, Chairperson for 4 yrs.
- Three-term Mayor of Duarte
- League of California Cities, State Board of Directors, 4yrs.
- National League of Cities, Board of Directors, 2 yrs.
- National League of Cities, Small Cities Council Steering Committee, Chairperson (2000-2001)
- National League of Cities Program Chair, Congress of Cities, December 2005
- Institute for Local Government (research in government), League of California Cities Board Liaison
- California Contract Cities Association, President (2004-2005)
- California Joint Powers Insurance Authority, Executive Committee, 9yrs.
- San Gabriel Valley Vector Control District, 14yrs, President (2yrs)
- Los Angeles County Sanitation District, Board of Directors & Personnel Committee, 10 yrs.
- L.A. County Library Commission, Legislative Chair, 8 yrs.
- L.A. County Sheriff’s Liability Trust Fund Board
- State Committee on Ethics in Government
- Planning Commissioner
- Traffic and Safety Commissioner
- Duarte Education Foundation (serving the community education needs for low-to-moderate income students) President, 8 yrs.
- Royal Oaks PTA (President)
- Volunteer Guide for Tournament of Roses Floats
- Church Youth Leader
- Pi Alpha Alpha (National Honor Society for Public Affairs and Aminstration)
- Phi Kappa Phi (National Honor Socitety)
- 4.0 GPA Graduation Award in the MPA Program at CSULB-2000
Councilmember John Fasana
John was elected to the Duarte City Council in November 1987 and reelected in 1991, 1995, 1999, 2003, and 2007. He has promoted Duarte's interests in transportation, community services, and environmental protection.
- Served as Mayor in 1990, 1997, 2003, and 2009.
- Chairs the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments Transportation Committee.
- John has represented 30 San Gabriel Valley cities as a Director to the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) since its inception. John served as MTA Board Chair during the 2001-2002 fiscal year and currently is a member of the Finance Committee and the Operations Committee.
- John Represents MTA on the Foothills Extension Construction Authority Board. The Foothills Extension Construction Authority will build the Gold Line through Duarte to Azusa with an opening date projected for 2014.
- Represented the League of California Cities in the development of ballot language and support by cities of the 1992 Los Angeles County Park and Recreation Act, which passed with over 60% of the vote and included funding for the Duarte Teen Center.
- John has worked 30 years with Southern California Edison.
A graduate of Whittier College, John and his wife, Kris, have lived in Duarte since 1985. Their three children are graduates of Duarte High School.
Councilmember Sam Kang
- Advanced Project Management (2014) Stanford University
- M.B.A., Finance Azusa Pacific University
- M.S., Applied Computer Science Azusa Pacific University
- B.S., Chemistry U.C. Irvine
- A.S., Fire Technology Rio Hondo College
- Paramedic Training Kern County EMS
- Successful Entrepreneur
- Management in a Fortune 500 Company (Fortune 17 Company)
- Reserve Firefighter (Experienced in Local, County, State level Gov.)
- Past Duarte Economic Development Commissioner
- Member of the Duarte Chamber of Commerce (Past Ambassador)
- Past Business Owner (Roasty Toasty Chicken, Duarte)
- Managed Tough Fiscal Situation ($6 Million Budget)
- Managed Adjacent County Emergencies (Fires, Floods, Wind Storm)
About Sam and his Family:
Samuel, Ranee, Aiden (2 1/2 years old), Yasmina (9 months old) and their little dog "Baabie Kat", have a vested interest in seeing the City of Duarte become one of the best cities to raise a family. This can be accomplished by being proactive with economic development to increase city revenue, supporting existing businesses, and developing both a Biotech Corridor and a 4 or 5 Star Hotel by the Gold-line Station. We also need to attract jobs for the 21st century; increase public safety; beautify our city, improve our public schools and provide classes that are relevant to future emerging fields.
Sam believes the constituents’ vision is Sam’s mission. He is much honored to have the voters trust in him and he will be accountable to move Duarte forward.
Federal Political Practices Commission FPPC:
1) The elected officials who file statements of economic interests are: Liz Reilly, Tzeitel Paras-Caracci, John Fasana, Margaret Finlay, Samuel Kang.
2) Copies of the statements of economic interests filed by City Councilmembers may be obtained by visiting the offices of the Fair Political Practices Commission (428 J Street, Sacramento 95814) or Duarte City Hall (1600 Huntington Drive, Duarte 91010).
3) The FPPC's website is www.fppc.ca.gov. Statements of economic interests for some local government agency elected officers may be available in an electronic format on the FPPC's website.