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Articles by Gary Kohatsu


Toshio Hirai praised at Friday service


On a warm Friday morning, the last day of November, a crowd of family members, friends and law enforcement officers gathered to pay last respects to Gardena Police Officer Toshio Hirai.


In Week Three of the Helping Hands holiday food and toy program, Naders LA Popular Furniture led the way with a $250 check, as well as two boxes of toys.


Funeral services for Gardena police Officer Toshio Hirai are set for 10 a.m. Nov. 30 at Green Hills Mortuary and Memorial Chapel, 27501 S. Western Ave., Rancho Palos Verdes, GPD Lt. Steve Prendergast said.


Gardena Community of Christ adds $1,000

The 37th Helping Hands holiday food and toy fundraiser for needy families is underway and as it has done for decades, the Gardena Elks Lodge No. 1919 kicked off the drive with a $4,000 donation.

Exalted Ruler Adrianne Castaneda made the donation recently to 2018 Hands coordinator, Anahi Corte at the Human Services Division.

Community of Christ Gardena gave generously as it has done in the past, with a might $1,000 donation.


49th Services features music medley,

a 21-gun salute and proclamations



When it comes to creativity, scammers have it in spades and getting to your hard-earned money is a lot easier than most people want to imagine, as pointed out by Antonia Villaseñor, the Education and Outreach Coordinator of the Consumer Services and Strategic Support division of the California Department of Business Oversight.

As the fall season leads us to the 2018 holidays, needy families in Gardena can reap the benefits of the City’s annual Helping Hands seasonal fundraiser.

Families should have registered for the program from Oct. 24-27 at the Human Services Building. There were a limited number of sign-ups on a first come, first served basis.

Distribution of food and toys is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday Dec. 15 at Rush Gymnasium, 1651 W. 162nd St., Gardena.

With the November election just weeks away, the Gardena Valley Democratic Club and its members have voiced their concerns. Members voted unanimously to take a “no support” position on the County’s Safe, Clean Water Program stormwater tax on July 17. 

The Club was presented with a description of the stormwater tax, which the County Board of Supervisors voted last July to place on the Nov. 6 ballot.  The measure requires a two-thirds majority in order to pass.

Msgr. Sal Pilato heads Gardena’s 108-year-old Catholic church


It was both an evening of celebration and a homecoming for Sabato Anthony Pilato. The monsignor was installed on a cool Oct. 28 evening as Gardena Saint Anthony of Padua Church’s 14th pastor.

Bishop Marc Trudeau of the San Pedro Pastoral Region of L.A. presided over Pilato’s installation.


Gardena Councilman, Dr. Mark Henderson, took his place at the podium a week ago and along with 5 other executive board members of the Independent Cities Association, accepted his new role as president.