Look What's Coming Up

** Grand Opening ** Sushi Fire

Sushi Fire
1723 Huntington Dr., Duarte
(626) 932-1240

* 3 Grand Openings *

* Mary Kay, Jacqueline Hasty
* NRS Design Studio
* DLL Business Solutions

Mary Kay, Jacqueline Hasty
(626) 222-5931
NRS Design Studio
(818) 970-6942
DLL Business Solutions
1217 Buena Vista St. #103-A, Duarte
(626) 771-3268

** Grand Opening ** Cooks Collision

Cooks Collision
1718 Highland Avenue, Duarte
(626) 357-9407

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Duarte Station Specific Plan
Receives Economic Development Award

DUARTE, CA, June 16, 2014 - The City of Duarte has received the 2014 Economic Planning and Development Award from the American Planning Association – Los Angeles Chapter (APALA) for the Duarte Station Specific Plan and EIR.  The award was presented on June 12 at the APALA awards gala in Los Angeles.  The specific plan was recognized for its forward thinking approach to planning with a focus on both economically feasible development and high quality design standards.
The Duarte Station Specific Plan was adopted by the Duarte City Council on December 10, 2013 and establishes the economic and land use framework for an innovative, transit oriented development adjacent to the future Duarte Gold Line Station scheduled to begin service in 2016.  The Plan provides for mixed-use development of up to 475 residential units, 400,000 square feet of office, 12,000 of commercial, and 250 hotel rooms in the 19-acre planning area.  RBF, the Dahlin Group and Economic and Planning Systems assisted in the drafting of the plan. 
One unique element of the plan was its incorporation of a Fiscal Impact Analysis that analyzed both the financial impacts of plan and the economic feasibility of development in the area.  Community Development Director Craig Hensley explained,  “From the beginning of the project, the City set the goal to develop a plan that would promote development at the Duarte Gold Line Station area.  To accomplish this, the plan needed to allow for a mix of uses and densities that would be feasible for development.   The plan also required excellent architectural designs so that development near the Gold Line station would be special and create a positive sense of place.  It is great that the APALA has recognized the quality work that was done in Duarte.”
This award is another indicator that Duarte is dedicated to quality economic development and the City Council and City Staff are on the right track. “This is a great follow up to the Most Business Friendly City award,” Hensley said.   For additional information on the Duarte Station Specific Plan and EIR visit www.accessduarte.com or call (626) 357-7931, ext. 230.

Duarte Summer Concerts in Park Series
Kicks Off July 9 With Cold Duck

The band “Cold Duck” featuring Top 40, Old School, Big Band and more, will kick off Duarte's Summer Concerts in the Park Series on Wednesday, July 9 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Duarte Park. Rutan & Tucker, LLP is sponsoring the opening concert.
Duarte Park is located at 1344 Bloomdale Ave., just east of Buena Vista St., and adjacent to the Duarte Teen Center. Free bus transportation is available through the use of the Duarte Transit system, which arranges an extended schedule.
Duarte’s summer concert series offers a fun and stress-free way to enjoy a warm summer evening in the company of family and friends. Concertgoers are invited to bring along a lawn chair or blanket and pack a picnic dinner, or enjoy something good to eat from one of several food booths that will be open for business beginning at 6 p.m. There will be more than music to enjoy as each of the four scheduled concerts also features an entertainment and play area for children, and a raffle hosted by the Route 66 Parade Committee.  
Other concert dates in the series are July 16 featuring the band, Chico – Salsa and Top 40; July 23, Sgt. Pepper – a Beatle Tribute Band; and July 30, Mariachi Poncitlan & Edmundo Galan bringing lively Latin tunes.

Also helping to sponsor the series of concerts are Burrtec Waste Industries; Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich; The Sierra Family of Dealerships; Foothill Transit and the Duarte Soccer League.

For more information, call Duarte Parks and Recreation at (626) 357-7931.

Foothill Extension News

Pasadena to Azusa Update April 29

Work on the 11.5-mile Foothill Gold Line light rail project from Pasadena to Azusa continues on time and on budget. This month, crews are completing two more at-grade crossings (Myrtle Ave in Monrovia and San Gabriel Ave in Azusa); leaving only three of the 14 at-grade crossings to be completed. Work is now underway on all three - Magnolia Ave and Mountain Ave in Duarte/Monrovia and Virginia Ave in Azusa. Mountain Ave will be closing for approximately eight months total (in phases), to allow crews to not only complete the grade crossing work, but also reconstruct the intersection of Mountain Ave and Duarte Rd to improve safety and visibility.
Construction has started on all six stations, and canopy structures are now installed at the three westernmost stations - Arcadia, Monrovia and Duarte. Nearly all of the project's two dozen bridge structures are now complete and light rail track is being installed west of Irwindale. The Overhead Catenary System poles are starting to be put in place, and miles of soundwalls and retaining walls are now installed.

Recently, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) approved the Construction Authority's request for noise mitigation for intersections near sensitive receptors (like homes, schools, hospitals, etc.) in the portion of the project that only has light rail. The CPUC approved installation of shrouds around the crossing bells to direct the noise down to the intersection, as well as the silencing of the bells once the gates are in the horizontal position, for the following at-grade crossings: Mayflower Ave, Magnolia Ave, California Ave, Mountain Ave and Buena Vista St. These measures have worked well in cities along the current operational Gold Line. The Construction Authority has submitted a request to implement similar measures at crossings in the city of Azusa, where the light rail is within a shared corridor with BNSF Railway. A decision is forthcoming.

24-hour Community Hotline - (626) 324-7098.

Jeff Melching of Rutan & Tucker
New City Attorney for City of Duarte

Jeff Melching, a partner at Rutan & Tucker, LLP, public law department, is the new City Attorney for the City of Duarte. He replaces Dan Slater of Rutan & Tucker, who has retired after serving as Duarte's City Attorney for ten years.

"It's a smooth transition for the City because Jeff has served as our capable assistant City Attorney for several years. We are pleased to have an attorney of his caliber represent Duarte," said City Manager Darrell George.

Melching has served as the assistant City Attorney for Irvine since 1999, and is General Counsel to the Orange County Great Park Corporation.  He has also served as general counsel and special counsel for other cities throughout California, including Glendale, Berkeley, Thousand Oaks, Burbank, Burlingame, San Clemente, and San Juan Capistrano.

Duarte Businesses Collect Batteries
Making Recycling Easier

Two businesses in the City of Duarte are part of 38 establishments in the San Gabriel Valley participating in a pilot program that aims to increase battery recycling within the City and throughout the Valley. The state of California banned batteries from disposal in landfills in 2006 in an effort to recycle more metals and to reduce groundwater contamination caused by the presence of batteries in landfills.

The following locations are participating in Duarte as battery take-back sites:

Frontier Hardware, 2137 Huntington Dr.
Route 66 Car Wash, 2110 Huntington Dr.

Residents can conveniently bring any household batteries (rechargeable or alkaline that weigh less than 11 lbs.) and cell phones to the take-back locations. This means that old lithium-ion cell phone and camera batteries along with traditional AAA-D batteries can be brought to the same convenient take-back location. Signs on store windows identify take-back locations. Customers can turn in their batteries at the marked battery recycling boxes inside the store. Simple instructions on how to safely recycle batteries are located on each take-back box. Full boxes of batteries are mailed to recycling facilities at no charge to the participating businesses.

Thanks to an approximate $396,000 grant from the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle), the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments (SGVCOG) has been able to facilitate a pilot-recycling program for household batteries. The SGVCOG is working to make battery recycling more convenient by partnering with local businesses to become battery take-back locations. The Call2Recycle® program is paying for all disposal costs associated with the battery recycling. This take-back process reduces costs to the public because battery producers pay for the shipping and recycling. Furthermore, recycling is more convenient for consumers because local retailers throughout the San Gabriel Valley host collection locations.

For more information about the battery-recycling program or to find a take-back location near you go to www.SGVCOG.org/batteryrecycling or contact Nicholas Conway, SGVCOG Executive Director at (626) 457-1800. For more information about CalRecycle go to www.calrecycle.ca.gov.

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Visionary Members

Royal Vista Terrace

Foothill Unity Center

Kevin Shaw Plumbing

Old Spaghetti Factory

Sierra Autocars Inc.

LTI Architects Inc.

Sierra Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram

Healthy Connecting LLC

Rutan & Tucker, LLP

Arcadia Association of Realtors


Event Guard Services

Right At Home

Jan & Bob Wight

Friends of the Duarte Library

Ranchero Mexican Restaurant

In Your Image Life Coaching

Roads of Success

Trilogy Financial Services, Carol Haynes

Reed Office Interiors

Duarte Community Service Council

Gentile, McCloskey & Company

Acti-Kare Responsive In-Home Care

TELACU Community Capital

Dewey Pest Control

Post Alarm Systems

Christian Alliance Bible Church

HealthCare Partners


The Slaw Dogs

Cooks Collision

City of Hope

Frontier Hardware

Methodist Hospital

Santa Anita Family YMCA

Foothill Transit

Sushi Fire

Domino's Pizza

SCE Federal Credit Union

New York Life Insurance, Patrick Miller

DLL Business Solutions

Welcome Aboard Cruise Agency

Church of the Foothills

MXM Inc.

Local Advantage Publishers Inc.

Heritage Park Apartments

Soyfoods of America

Quota International Club of Monrovia-Duarte

Santa Teresita

Mt. Olive Storage, LLC

Alex Romo Auto & Truck

Nilima M. Patel, DDS

Condor Outdoor Products

Margaret & Brad Finlay

The Gas Company

Nissan of Duarte

Cima Fire Protection

Old Town Sign Company

Duarte Liquors

Pasadena Mexican American History Association

Staples, Duarte

Pat De Rose

Duarte Unified School District

RGS Energy

Duarte Lemonade Brigade

El Salvadoreno Restaurant

Avila Gardens


Jack & Tina Heany

Super Shuttle

IHOP Duarte

Opportunities For Learning Public Charter Schools

Royal Oaks

Dahon California, Inc.

Comfort Keepers

Doubletree Hotel Monrovia

Rudy's Plumbing

Foothill Federal Credit Union

Duarte-Azusa Animal Hospital

A1 Party Rental


Teri Cronin, Nutrition Education

LA Works

Shaffer Awards

American Cancer Society/Relay for Life

Specialty Promotions

Cabrera's Mexican Cuisine

Sweet Nothings Cake Shop

Boys & Girls Club Of The Foothills

Andersen, Horie & Co. CPAs

Duarte Kiwanis Club

Thomas Allied Physical Therapy

Rotary Club of Duarte

Pora and Henry Custodia


Douglass & Zook Chapel of Remembrance

LA Plumbing Supply

California American Water

Turner & Stevens Live Oak Mortuary

Foothills Pregnancy Resource Center

Del Rio Pest Control

Southland Opera

Tupperware, Karen Wilson

Anthony's True Blue Plumbing

NRS Design Studio

Ginny Joyce Belba

Mt. Sierra College

Duarte Tile and Stone

D'Aquino Italian Importing Co.

Smile Finders

Costco Wholesale Azusa


Burrtec Waste Services

McDonald's, 1122 Huntington Dr.

Citrus College

Santa Anita Soccer Club

Meridian Financial & Insurance Services

Advantage Ford Lincoln

David Granillo Air Conditioning & Heating

PC Guru

Accu-sembly, Inc.

Farmers Insurance

Clean Air for Everyone

Judy Ann Blake

Charter Business

Mel Cohen Insurance Services

Foothill Family Service

Westminster Gardens

YWCA San Gabriel Valley

VivaDance and Fitness Studio

University of Phoenix

Delafield Corporation

Mountain Vista Plaza

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

StorAmerica Duarte

California Skewers

Podley Realtors, Rana Madain

Durston Builders

Duarte Montessori School

RCS Heating & Air Conditioning

AmericanWest Bank

National University

M & R Professional Services

Hemosure - WHPM

7-Eleven, 1430 Mountain Ave.

Central San Gabriel Valley Worksource

Jan's Towing, Inc.

Country Villa Monte Vista Health Care Center

Baja Ranch


B-Man's Teriyaki & Burgers

Rolling Sushi

Everlasting Caregivers Inc.

Bradbury Park Apartments

John & Kris Fasana

Sierra Fiat of Duarte

Advantage Ford Lincoln

Courtyard by Marriott

Bowden Development

Rancho Duarte Golf Course

Foothill Workforce Investment Board