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

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

Bio of Mayor Peggy Lemons

Peggy Lemons has been a member of the Paramount City Council since 1997. She is currently serving her sixth term as the City’s Mayor.

She previously sat on the Public Safety Commission, and was named Public Safety Person of the Year by the California State Legislature. In addition, she has received the Soroptomists’ Woman of Distinction Award as well as the Paul Harris Award from the Rotary Club.

She was instrumental in launching the Paramount Education Partnership (PEP), a collaboration between the City, the Paramount Unified School District, and the Paramount Chamber of Commerce that stresses the connection between continuing education and future economic success.

Lemons is the City’s representative for the County Sanitation Districts of L.A. County Districts 1 & 2, the L.A. County City Selection Committee, and the Southeast Area Animal Control Authority Board.

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.

He is an active member of International City/County Management Association (ICMA) and the California City Management Foundation (CCMF). He serves on the Gateway Cities Economic Development Working Group and was appointed to the California Sex Offender Management Board by Speaker of the Assembly Anthony Rendon.

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.