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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.

            A resident of Duarte since 1985, Fasana is a City Councilmember, and also serves as the Chairperson of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s 13 14 member Board. He has represented the San Gabriel Valley on the Metro Board since its inception in 1993 and previously served as Metro Board Chair in 2001-2002. He also currently serves as the Executive Management Committee Chairperson. During his tenure on the Metro Board, he has tirelessly worked with his colleagues in Sacramento and Washington D.C. to obtain several billion dollars for Los Angeles County residents for critically needed multimodal congestion relief projects including the Gold Line and the recent extension to Azusa that began serving customers in March 2016. These voter-approved, high priority transportation projects have created thousands of jobs within Los Angeles County and improved the County’s economic vitality.  

First elected as a Council Member in 1987, Fasana has continuously represented the people of Duarte and five times has served as Mayor. During his tenure, Fasana and his colleagues helped the City of successfully establish a graffiti abatement program and build a teen center where the NAACP Pasadena Branch’s Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO) has been headquartered for the past six years. Additionally, John has been instrumental in building new parks and a senior center, developing a new middle school and performing arts center, re-building an aquatics center, establishing an effective anti-gang strategy without implementing an injunction, and developing access to regional bicycle trails. Fasana has been an advocate for youth and worked with City of Hope to establish a summer program for Duarte students. He has also served on the Duarte Education Foundation and local YMCA boards, and with his colleagues adopted the Youth & Family Master Plan consisting of 66 action steps to promote the well being of Duarte youth and families. He has also served on the Board of the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments (COG) since its inception. As Chair of the COG Transportation Committee, he provided policy direction that led to the creation of the Alameda Corridor-East Construction Authority and the Foothill Extension Construction Authority.

In 2015, he retired from his Regulatory Manager position with Southern California Edison after 35 years of service.

The Pasadena Branch of the NAACP, with its 97-year history of carrying out the mission of justice for all, collaborates with all races to uplift the cause of civil rights and human dignity. Dedicated volunteers work tirelessly to address political, educational, social and economic equality for all persons. Ruby McKnight Williams, for whom the annual awards dinner was named, served Pasadena for over 50 years. The Pasadena branch is one of three NAACP locations in Southern California open five days a week and staffed by volunteers.