A peek back at the Gardena Harvest Festival and GPD Pancake Breakfast

Tri-City CERT members were out in force on Oct. 16. From left are Cindy Matsuda, Gary Kaneshiro, Flora Tucker, James Tucker, Michael Gallegos, Stuart Gorsky, Rui Gan (seated), Day Pham and daughter Demora (seated), Jose Hernandez, Councilman Art Kaskanian and Kennedy LaMarr. Before the new variants of the coronavirus, the local CERT had scheduled in-person training for 2022.
Among the participants at the Harvest Festival on Oct. 16 was the Gardena Sister City Committee. From left are
Esther Trujillo, Patricia Trujillo and Virginia Almaraz. The local group is sister city with Huatabampo, Mexico
and Ichikawa, Japan. Travel and visits between the sister cities since March 2020 has been suspended due to
Working the pancake grills are members of the Gardena Police Department. The volunteer chefs include, from left, Detective Bobby Rosales, J. Mathieu, officer Victor Gomez and Gabriel Jiminez, code
enforcement officer. Proceeds from the annual GPD pancake breakfast benefit the department’s K-9 unit.
The city of Gardena’s Clerk’s Office was well represented at Harvest Festival. From left are Gardena City Clerk
Mina Semenza and granddaughter Gianna Hawkins, 7; Becky Romero, chief deputy city clerk; and Katherine
Rhee, records management coordinator, with daughter Emily Such, 6. This is an election year and open seats
include mayor, 2 council, city clerk and treasurer. Romero can be reached at bromero@cityofgardena.org.
A poster of Gardena Police Chief
Mike Saffell adorned the pancake
dining area of Civic Plaza on
Oct. 16. Guests who dined on
pancakes could add a variety
of toppings, including whipped
cream and fresh fruit, provided by
the city of Gardena.