Press

This page lists information for media organizations and other public entities to use when informing their audiences about environmental issues pertaining to Paramount. For all press inquiries, please contact Chris Callard at Paramount City.

He can be reached at (562) 220-2156 or ccallard@paramountcity.com.

Mission Statement

Paramount is a city of just under 55,000 residents that is characterized by a balanced combination of residential, industrial, and commercial developments. Once the hay and dairy capital of Southern California, the city, which incorporated in 1957, eventually turned into a blighted suburb. Launching a revitalization effort in the mid-1980, Paramount eventually became known for its successful transformation into an attractive, innovative city with a good quality of life. Located at the gateway to the Los Angeles metropolitan area, Paramount is near four major freeways, Los Angeles International Airport, and the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. The city has earned numerous state and federal awards for its inventive strategic planning, progressive public safety initiatives, and investment in capital improvements. It is also known as the home of the world-famous Zamboni ice resurfacing machine, which was invented by Frank Zamboni at the Iceland skating rink and is still manufactured in the City.

Today, Paramount is a community of landscaped boulevards, superior police services, parks, recreation programs, affordable housing, public art, and tree-lined neighborhoods with white picket fences. The City has traditionally been on very sound financial ground, conservatively managing its funds and investments to ensure important services for its residents are regularly available. This fiscal approach has consistently led to budget surpluses and recognition for superior financial reporting and management from state and federal organizations over the last 30 years. For more information, please visit www.paramountcity.com.

Bio of Mayor Tom Hansen

Tom Hansen was born in Fullerton, CA, in 1945 and moved to Paramount in 1949. He attended Paramount public schools, and went to Compton College and then Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, IA. He opened his chiropractic office in 1969 and moved to its current Paramount location in 1972.

Hansen has long been involved in the Paramount community as a 50-year member of the local Elks Lodge, former president of the Rotary Club, and former member of the board of directors of the Paramount Chamber of Commerce. He served on the City’s Parks and Recreation Commission in the early 1970s and was named to the Planning Commission in 1996. He was elected to the City Council in 2007 and is currently serving his third term as Mayor.

Hansen is the City’s representative for the Southeast Water Coalition, the Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District, the County Sanitation Districts of L.A. County Districts 1 & 2, and the L.A. County City Selection Committee.

With wife Vivian, a longtime member of the Paramount Board of Education, Hansen has three children: Todd, Chad, and Amanda.

Bio of City Manager John Moreno

John Moreno, Paramount’s City Manager since October of 2015, first began working for the City as a management analyst in 1993. Since that time he has served as Assistant Public Works Director, Assistant Public Safety Director, Public Safety Director, and Assistant City Manager.

Moreno has a Bachelor’s degree in history from UCLA and a Master’s in public administration from USC. The Fresno native is married and has two children.