La Quinta City Council
The La Quinta City Council serves as the legislative and policy-making body of the City. The Council is comprised of five members and meets the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month at 3:00 p.m. The City Council is responsible for appointment of the City Manager and the City Attorney. It serves as the Board of Directors for the Financing Authority. In addition, the Council serves as the legislative authority for the La Quinta Lighting and Landscaping District.
LINDA EVANS, MAYOR
Mayor Linda Evans is a California native and moved to La Quinta in March 2003. She was appointed to the City Council in June 2009 to complete a term through November 2010. She was elected to the City Council in 2010; and elected Mayor in 2014. In March 2016, she was named “Woman of the Year” for the 42nd Assembly District by Assemblyman Chad Mayes for the State of California. This recognition was granted for the outstanding contributions and service Linda has provided to her community.
Mayor Evans has worked in the healthcare industry for over twenty eight years, spending the last twenty one years in hospital administration. She is the Chief Development Officer at JFK Memorial Hospital in Indio and has worked for JFK's parent company, Tenet Healthcare Corporation, at four other hospitals in Southern California since 1995.
Mayor Evans received a Bachelor's Degree in Communications/Public Relations from California State University, Fullerton. She holds two Master's Degrees: one in Health Administration and the other in Gerontology, both obtained from the University of La Verne, California.
Linda is the Chairman of the Joint Powers Authority Board of the Greater Palm Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau, Chair of the Coachella Valley Association of Governments (CVAG) Energy and Environmental Committee and serves on the CVAG Conservation Commission and Executive Committee. She is also a Board Member of Food in Need of Distribution (F.I.N.D.) Food Bank, and recognizes the importance of good nutrition, being healthy, and the impact on a prosperous community.
She was a panelist for the 2016 Clinton Health Matters Summit; highlighting the outstanding infrastructure La Quinta has developed to be a center of health innovation for its residents.
Linda is health focused and community driven. She has ignited the engagement of La Quinta residents in her Mayoral position. She and Council are leaders in redefining the structure and service delivery of local government through reorganization and technological advances. She connects public safety and economic development with health and wellness, and promotes empowerment into her values and decision-making.
Linda and her husband, Tim, have been married twenty years.
ROBERT RADI, MAYOR PRO TEM
Council Member Robert Radi was elected to La Quinta City Council in 2014. He currently serves as Chairman of the La Quinta Housing Authority, Vice Chairman of the Coachella Valley Association of Governments’ Transportation Committee, and Commissioner at the Riverside County Transportation Commission (RCTC). Additionally, he serves on the La Quinta Economic Development Sub-Committee and as member of the 2 x 2 Committee of the City of La Quinta and Coachella Valley Unified School District. He recently formed the Public Safety Digital Monitoring Ad Hoc Task-force to explore technology applications in public safety. He previously served on the Code Tune-Up Ad Hoc Committee streamlining the La Quinta Municipal Code, and as Board Member of the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership.
Robert holds a Masters of Business Administration degree from Pepperdine University, where he graduated with honors. He holds a Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership from The Chicago School. He was trained in Executive Leadership at Cornell University and holds a Bachelor of Science (Suma Cum Laude) from the University of the State of New York Regents: Excelsior College.
Robert founded and operated a professional consulting firm serving national and global brands for 19 years and was instrumental in the development of consumer product platforms generating over $100 million in annual revenues. He received over 20 international awards for innovation excellence, and was later appointed as President of China US Strategic Ventures, an organization functioning as a platform alliance focused on the alignment of policies, capital and management. Most recently he formed Integral Advantage, Inc. a strategy and management advisory group.
As a business educator, Dr. Radi served as an adjunct professor and guest lecturer at Otis College (consumer product), Pepperdine University (economics, strategy) and Education Management Corporation (marketing, financial management, organization development). He currently serves as an adjunct professor at Benedictine University (MBA faculty), teaching International Finance and Economics, and as an adjunct professor at California State San Bernardino - Palm Desert Campus, teaching Organizational Behavior (OB) and Business & Society: Stakeholders, Ethics and Public Policy.
Robert’s civic and community involvement is extensive. He has served on the Steering Committee of the La Quinta Cove Neighborhood Association, La Quinta Historical Society, World Affairs Council of the Desert, and Scholarship America. He collaborated with the La Quinta Arts Foundation on initiative development. He donated his time, money and design development toward the placement of the World Trade Center’s steel artifact at La Quinta’s Civic Center Campus. As part of the 9.11 memorial's legacy he collaborates with the La Quinta High School Blackhawk Brigade in fundraising efforts for the Wind Symphony.
Robert is married with one child, Max. He and his wife, Charlotte (an elementary school teacher) both volunteer with the Swim to Win Foundation and co-sponsored Tennis For Fun.
KATHLEEN FITZPATRICK, COUNCIL MEMBER
Council Member Kathleen Fitzpatrick moved to La Quinta in 2006. She was elected to the City Council in 2016.
A Massachusetts native, Kathleen moved to California as a teen and attended the University of California, Berkeley receiving a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree. In 2005 Kathleen retired, after a career spanning 33+ years with the City of Los Angeles, Department of Recreation and Parks. During her career she became a Project Manager responsible for design and construction of major capital improvements, ultimately promoted to Superintendent of Planning and Development responsible for the oversight of the Department’s multi-million dollar capital improvement program.
After moving to La Quinta, with her husband Ron, a retired Architect, they continued their interest in public service and involvement in the community. Ron served on the City of La Quinta’s Architecture and Landscaping Review Board. Kathleen was appointed to the La Quinta Community Services Commission in 2008, joined the Board of the La Quinta Historical Society; and was elected to her Home Owner Association’s Board of Directors. In 2014 she was appointed to serve on the La Quinta Planning Commission. Kathleen volunteers with the Ophelia Project mentoring young women, and is also a volunteer with the La Quinta Arts Foundation.
Kathleen is dedicated to building a stronger community in a fiscally responsible and transparent manner.
Kathleen, who has run numerous marathons, enjoys the healthy, active life style of La Quinta, she continues to run several times a week, and hikes with many friends on Coachella Valley trails in her leisure time.
Kathleen and Ron have 2 children, one wonderful 12 year granddaughter, and a second grandchild, a boy, coming in April 2017.
JOHN PEÑA, COUNCIL MEMBER
John Peña began his public service in 1982, when he served on a school site task force with city and school district officials to locate school sites in the City of La Quinta. Elected to the La Quinta City Council in 1984, he served on the Council until his retirement from public office in December 2002. John came out of his retirement and was again elected to the City Council in 2014.
John currently serves as a member of the Coachella Valley Animal Campus Commission and, during his previous terms of office, has served on various Boards and Commissions throughout the Coachella Valley including: Sunline Transit Agency Executive Board), the Coachella Valley Association of Governments, the Palm Springs/Desert Resorts Convention & Visitors Bureau, Riverside County Transportation Commission, Court Appointed Special Advocates, La Quinta Chamber of Commerce, Local Agency Formation Commission, Riverside County Commission on Education, La Quinta High School Foundation, Children’s Discovery Museum, Carreon Foundation, Workforce Development, and John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital.
A lifelong Coachella Valley resident, John graduated from Indio High School and attended College of the Desert where he was inducted into the Alumni Hall of Fame. He earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from California State University, Fullerton and continued his postgraduate work at Western State University College of Law where he received his law degree.
John has received many honors including selection by the Jewish Federation to travel to Israel for the International Conference of Mayors, Distinguished Citizen of the Year by the Boy Scouts of America, Distinguished Recipient Honoree of the Annual Hispanic Awards.
John is Principal of John Peña & Associates, a business and governmental relations consulting firm. His wife Sherry is CEO of Emerald Presidio, Inc., a family-owned food service business that includes Desert Cities Catering and food services consulting. They have two children. John currently holds a position as the California Territory Manager for Verizon FiOS.
STEVE SANCHEZ, COUNCIL MEMBER
At the age of 19, Steve enlisted in the United States Marine Corps as an Infantryman. He served 8 years (1996-2004) with deployments in Asia and a combat tour during the ground invasion in Iraq (2003). His time with the Marines taught him about team-work, detailed planning and looking at the big picture to achieve the goal. And as they say, “Once a Marine, always a Marine.” He’s a patriot, loves his country, and his community; service above self is something he truly believes in.
Currently, Steve is a businessman. His post military career has taken him from the telecommunication industry; a district director for a state legislator; a salesperson for a radio station group and a billboard company. He is now as a successful commercial real estate agent focusing on apartment buildings and income properties.
Steve is a current and past board member for many local non-profits. After overcoming different adversities in his life, and through the help of his family and friends, He spends a majority of his time reaching out and helping others. He is the Past-Chairman for the Indio Chamber of Commerce, a past-board member for the La Quinta Chamber of Commerce, a former Big Brother with the Big Brother and Big Sisters of the Desert, as well as a current board member for the Big Brothers and Big Sisters of the Desert, Leadership Coachella Valley, Young Scholars Association, and a volunteer for numerous local charities.
Steve is passionate about fitness and living a healthy lifestyle. If you’re up at 4am in La Quinta, you can usually see Steve out running to start his day. He travels to compete in half marathons around the country. La Quinta offers a variety of terrains for him to train on any day of the week. He is also an animal lover and being a parent to several dogs has taught him many things about love and compassion.
Steve is fascinated by the history of Ancient Rome, Greece, England, and the American Revolution; while also having a soft spot for mathematics. He has a love for spoken word, and has tried to learn as many languages as possible. In his youth, he studied French and Arabic and is currently learning Russian. Steve believes language is a fascinating thing to study, and it has taught him a lot about focusing, attention to detail and the ability to communicate the right words at the right time.