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.
Mayor Finlay has been a member of the Duarte City Council since 1990 and a resident of the City with her husband Brad and their five children for over 30 years. She is also very proud of the fact that all five children are graduates of Duarte public schools. In fact, Margaret and her family love the City so much that now her children have come back to Duarte to raise their children here. Margaret is also President of the Duarte Education Foundation and also is a long-time member of the Duarte Rotary Club. Outside of the City, Margaret is on the Executive Committee for the California Joint Powers Insurance Authority, a member of the LA County Sheriff’s Liability Trust Fund Board, and Incoming President of the Southern California Association of Governments Regional Council.
A resident of Duarte since 1985, Fasana has served as a City Councilmember since l987, and also serves as the Chairperson of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s 14 member Board. 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. During his tenure on the Metro Board, he has tirelessly worked with his colleagues to obtain several billion dollars critically needed for the completion of the Gold Lin extension to Azusa that began serving customers in March 2016. In 2015, he retired from his Regulatory Project Manager position with Southern California Edison after 35 years of service.
During their tenure, Fasana and Finlay jointly have helped the City of successfully build both a teen and a senior center and new parks including one named after long time City volunteer, Lena Valenzuela. They have also successfully worked together to both pass the first Duarte school bond in 1998 and fight the battle against mining in our foothills.