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 Diane J. Martinez

Diane J. Martinez, a lifelong resident of Paramount, has been a member of the City Council since 1994. She is currently serving her sixth term as Mayor.

Martinez earned her Bachelor’s degree in liberal studies from California State University, Long Beach. She went on to earn a teaching credential in multiple subjects, a preliminary credential in education administration, and a Master’s degree in education administration from California State University, Dominguez Hills. She is a full-time elementary school teacher in the El Rancho Unified School District.

Martinez is the City’s representative for the California Contract Cities Association, the League of California Cities, and the Southern California Association of Governments, and a member of the Gateway Cities/COG SR-91/I-605/I-405 Corridor Cities Committee, the Paramount Sister City Committee, the City Council/Paramount School District Ad Hoc Committee, the Paramount Women’s Club, the Southern California Edison Advisory Board, and the St. Pius X/St. Pius Academy Advisory Board.

In her spare time, Martinez enjoys playing golf. She is a longtime member of Our Lady of the Rosary Church in Paramount.

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.