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Articles by Gary Luster

Opting for special election targets

March 7 date - next city municipal

elections; Tanaka’s term expires

The Gardena City Council voted to appoint an interim mayor to fill the post left vacant by Mayor Paul Tanaka, who was removed from office following his conviction of Sheriff’s Department scandal charges in April.

The council’s consensus at the July 12 Council Meeting was to avoid a special election — which would take place in conjunction with the November presidential election.

Gardena Police Detective Luis Villanueva recently received the department’s Lifesaving Award for his efforts in helping to lift an overturned car that had pinned the driver underneath.

In addition, once the driver was free from the car, Villanueva noticed that the man wasn’t breathing and cleared the man’s throat of the dirt and leaves that were blocking his airway.

The rescue, which occurred at approximately 10:55 a.m. May 5, 2015, was at the intersection of Gardena Boulevard and Normandie Avenue.

Local photographer donates Cesar Chavez portrait to school

 

Cesar Chavez Elementary School located in the East L.A. neighborhood of El Sereno, celebrated its 10-year anniversary with a special ceremony followed by a party on April 1.

To help them celebrate, Gardena-based photographer Gary Miyatake o f Toyo Photography, along with former California State Assemblyman Paul Bannai, presented a photographic portrait of labor leader and civil rights activist Cesar Chavez to the school.

Gardena Mayor and ex-Los Angeles County Undersheriff Paul Tanaka, who faces up to 15 years in federal prison after he was convicted April 6 on one count of conspiracy to obstruct justice and one count of obstruction of justice, will create a vacancy in the mayor’s office after he is sentenced June 20.

In terms of filling the vacant mayor’s seat, there are two options: either hold a special election or have the new mayor chosen by appointment.

Peary Magnet student chosen to compete in National

History Day competition May 6-8 in Rocklin, Calif.

 

Ayame Lewis, a student at Robert E. Peary Math/Science/Technology Magnet Middle School was selected to represent Los Angeles County at the National History Day state competition May 6-8 at William Jessup University in Rocklin, Calif.

National History Day was the result of history professor David Van Tassel, who created the event to address what he saw as the decline of the humanities in general and history in particular in America’s schools.

‘Freeway City’ documentary to show Saturday at Gardena JCI

Gardena has long been known as the City of Opportunity with new businesses and residents moving in on a regular basis. But once upon a time it was known as the Freeway City, a place where card clubs reigned supreme and pioneers like Ernie Primm and Evel Knievel made Gardena the talk of the town for years to come.

Annual event to feature entertainment,

Petting zoo, food trucks, kids’ activities

 

 

Gardena is gearing up for this year’s “An Afternoon in the Park,” an annual celebration of commemorating Black History Month.

Filled with music, food, local entertainment and a petting zoo, the celebration will take place at Rowley Park Saturday, Feb. 27 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Lack of public hearing among controversy in

pending sale; 600 residents could be affected

 

 

The sale of the South Bay Keiro Nursing Home is currently in a state of flux as protesters to the sale continue to express their outrage to state and city officials.

In an effort to be heard, the demonstrators gathered outside of the Los Angeles office of California Attorney General Kamala Harris, who approved the sale contingent upon the acceptance and enactment of conditions that she placed on the sale.

Local Giuliano’s  draws customers

from all around to its Gardena store

 

While businesses all around them have come and gone over 64 years, Giuliano’s of Gardena Delicatessen and Bakery staked its claim in Gardena and has been there ever since.

Thanks to a menu that includes their famous torpedo sandwiches, as well as customer service that makes you “feel right at home,” Giuliano’s has customers coming from all over the South Bay and the greater Los Angeles area to experience its authentic Italian cuisine.

Gardena’s newest resident, a small beetle, has been causing big problems for the city’s Willows Preserve. Tens of thousands of the bugs, called Ambrosia Beetles, have invaded the Gardena Willows Wetland Preserve, leaving a path of damaged and destroyed trees in its wake.

Kelley Dawdy, a certified arborist and Gardena Willows Wetland Preserve board member, estimated that swarms of the beetles have infected and destroyed between 200 and 300 trees in the preserve.