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Articles by Gary Luster

Gandhi is purported to have said, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”

While some may dismiss it as a cute slogan to put on a bumper sticker, there are those like former Miss America Angela Perez Baraquio who take that saying to heart and run with it.

Local residents expressed their frustration at a Sept. 8 community meeting held at the Gardena City Council Chambers by the Gardena Police to determine how to eradicate the nuisance of illegal fireworks in the city.


The general consensus of the approximately 40 residents in attendance was that illegal fireworks was a problem that could only be solved by the combined crime-stopping efforts of local residents and the police.


The first phase of units at the Sage Park Apartments on West 177th Street will be completed in late August, officials said.

At that time, 46 of the 90-unit residential complex, located on the north side of the Gardena High School campus, will offer one, two, and three-bedroom apartments for families of up to four who have an annual income of approximately no more than $50,000 per year.

In-N-Out Burger will soon be in a shopping center near you. The 66-year-old fast-food chain that specializes in hamburgers that people from far and wide come to enjoy, will finally establish a presence in Gardena.

“They were kind of in a holding pattern for a while,” said Raymond Barragan, Quality Control Manager of Gardena’s Community Development Department. “They now have said that they are ready to go so hopefully, we’ll be pulling permits within the next month or so.”