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Why the Normandie Casino in Gardena may be hitting its limit

As a teenager some 30 years ago, Dan Natarelli said he would sneak into the Normandie Casino on Rosecrans Avenue in Gardena to play cards. If he wasn't winning, he'd simply leave and walk to one of the other five card houses nearby, hoping his luck would change. But when he was playing in a poker...

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  • 6 great places for food lovers in Gardena

    6 great places for food lovers in Gardena

    For people who don't often find themselves in Gardena, this city — where Japanese immigrants played a large part in the area's early farming community — is known for its myriad strip malls filled, among other things, with many Japanese restaurants. Also a huge Marukai market (you know, the one...

  • Spam lover's guide to L.A.: 7 great dishes with your favorite processed meat

    Spam lover's guide to L.A.: 7 great dishes with your favorite processed meat

    Fans of Spam know that it can actually be pretty great stuff. Sure, it's a chunk of gelatinous, salty meat in a little blue can, but when you put it in the hands of trained professionals, or your grandmother, it can be pure magic.  If you didn't grow up eating Spam, or consider it mystery meat,...

  • Redefining tofu: Gardena's Meiji takes the artisanal route

    Redefining tofu: Gardena's Meiji takes the artisanal route

    Fresh tofu is manna from the heavens and impressive in its austere simplicity. If you can get your hands on a new slab, all you need to do is take a spoon and give it a little taste. No heat or additional adornments are necessary; the natural sweetness of the soy is enough to hold you over and...

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  • Who is Jia Yueting, the Chinese billionaire linked to Faraday?

    Who is Jia Yueting, the Chinese billionaire linked to Faraday?

    He emulates Steve Jobs’ fashion sense but loves to brag that his company has already surpassed Apple in areas including design, craftsmanship, hardware and business models. His company — which is involved in film production, “smart” TVs, video streaming, mobile phones, bicycles and more — has been...

  • Baseball: Wil Aaron leaves as coach at Gardena Serra

    Gardena Serra has launched a search for a new baseball coach after the decision of Coach Wil Aaron to resign. Athletic Director Joshua Dabbs was contacted on Tuesday about whether Aaron had resigned. He said he would have no comment until after a scheduled meeting with Aaron on Wednesday. He confirmed...

  • Football: Washington, Gardena taking action after post-game fight

    Washington and Gardena are taking action after a post-game fight that occurred after the conclusion of their Marine League football game last week. Trent Cornelius, the LAUSD sports coordinator, said, "Schools have identified the culprits and they are disciplining kids." Gardena won the game, 36-8....

  • Football: It's another Chaminade-Serra showdown

    Chaminade (6-3, 3-2), battling for a Pac-5 Division playoff berth, hosts Gardena Serra (8-1, 5-0) on Friday night in a renewal of an annual game that sometimes has taken place twice in a season. One of the most memorable came in 2013, when Chaminade lost to Serra, 36-0, then came back to hand Serra...

  • Football: Gardena Serra moves to No. 3 in Pac-5 poll

    Gardena Serra has moved up to No. 3 behind No. 1 Corona Centennial and No. 2 St. John Bosco in this week's Southern Section Pac-5 football poll. Mater Dei is No. 4 and Oaks Christian No. 5. Despite losing to Camarillo, Calabasas is still No. 1 in the Western Division ahead of Redondo. Here's the...

  • Federal appeals court rules Gardena police shooting videos should remain public

    Federal appeals court rules Gardena police shooting videos should remain public

    A federal appeals court has ruled that a judge's decision to release videos of Gardena police shooting two unarmed men, one fatally, will not be put on hold while the city appeals the ruling. Millions of people have already watched the videos on the Internet. The dashboard camera videos show three...

  • This is the shooting video Gardena police didn't want you to see
    This is the shooting video Gardena police didn't want you to see

    The day after the release of videos showing Gardena police officers shooting two unarmed men, one fatally, the survivor and the deceased victim's brother called for a deeper investigation into the Gardena Police Department.

    The brother of Ricardo Diaz Zeferino, who was killed in the 2013 shooting,...

  • Gardena police shooting stirs heated debate on social media
    Gardena police shooting stirs heated debate on social media

    In the hours after videos showing Gardena police officers fatally shooting an unarmed man were released Tuesday, social media lighted up with comments, from furious remarks about excessive police force to criticism of the man who disobeyed police orders.

    The grainy videos, captured by patrol car...

  • Gardena police officer describes moments leading up to deadly shooting of unarmed men
    Gardena police officer describes moments leading up to deadly shooting of unarmed men

    Right before Ricardo Diaz Zeferino tumbled to the ground in a hail of gunfire from Gardena police officers, he was just beginning to lift his palms out and up, without holding a gun.

    Such was the testimony in depositions of the senior officer at the shooting, which was documented in videos released...

  • One of 5 injured when car plows into Gardena doughnut shop dies
    One of 5 injured when car plows into Gardena doughnut shop dies

    A woman has died of her injuries sustained when a car slammed into a doughnut shop in Gardena Tuesday night. She was among five people injured in the crash.

    The 30-year-old Huntington Park woman, whose name hasn’t been released, died at 7:52 p.m., said Gardena Sgt. Nick Pepper.

    The other four victims...

  • Law enforcement seeks to bar release of video showing Gardena police shooting

    Organizations representing police chiefs and officers from around the state have filed legal briefs supporting an effort to bar the release of videos that recorded Gardena police fatally shooting an unarmed man and seriously wounding another.

    The Los Angeles County Police Chief’s Assn., California...

  • Videos of fatal police shooting of unarmed man in Gardena are sought
    Videos of fatal police shooting of unarmed man in Gardena are sought

    By barring the release of videos that recorded police fatally shooting an unarmed man, the city of Gardena is violating the public's right to information, three news companies, including the Los Angeles Times, argued in a motion submitted Monday to a federal judge.The dashboard videos — under seal...

  • Earthquake: 3.4 quake strikes near Gardena
    Earthquake: 3.4 quake strikes near Gardena

    A shallow magnitude 3.4 earthquake was reported Saturday evening near Gardena, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 9:54 p.m. PDT at a depth of 7.5 miles.

    According to the USGS, the epicenter was one mile from Westmont, two miles from Gardena and two miles from Willowbrook.

    ...

  • Privacy often trumps transparency with police shooting videos
    Privacy often trumps transparency with police shooting videos

    Cameras mounted inside patrol cars captured every moment.

    With their guns drawn, Gardena police officers screamed instructions at three men on the sidewalk. The officers warned them to keep their hands above their heads, mistakenly believing that they had been involved in a robbery.

    Exactly what...

  • Gardena kidnapping 911 call: 'I just lost my baby ... I can't find her!'
    Gardena kidnapping 911 call: 'I just lost my baby ... I can't find her!'

    The Gardena woman heard her daughter yell, “Mom!” as she was washing her car, and by the time she turned around the girl was gone, snatched away by a stranger.

    In a panicked six-minute 911 call on April 2, the woman cried and asked for help, pleading with police to find her 2-year-old daughter...

  • Man charged with kidnapping, sexually assaulting 2-year-old girl
    Man charged with kidnapping, sexually assaulting 2-year-old girl

    A 36-year-old man from Torrance has been arrested and charged with sexually assaulting a 2-year-old girl kidnapped from a car wash, police said Wednesday.

    Michael Ikeler is accused of snatching the toddler on April 2 from a self-service car wash in the 14000 block of Western Avenue in Gardena,...

  • Football: Gardena Serra to host weekly passing competitions in May

    Gardena Serra, expected to have one of the top football teams in the Southland this fall, will be holding a weekly seven on seven passing competition every Wednesday in May. That's the month college coaches can come out and watch, so get ready for the sidelines to be crowded.

    City Section title...

  • Police looking for 'child predator' accused of abducting toddler in Gardena
    Police looking for 'child predator' accused of abducting toddler in Gardena

    Police released surveillance video Friday showing the car of a suspected child predator, who they say abducted a 2-year-old girl in Gardena, then dropped her off 10 miles away in Cudahy.

    Investigators are now searching for the man who they say was seen circling the neighborhood several times before...

  • Missing 2-year-old girl in Gardena is found in Cudahy
    Missing 2-year-old girl in Gardena is found in Cudahy

    Police in Gardena say a 2-year-old girl who went missing Thursday afternoon was abducted, then found hours later in Cudahy after her kidnapper dropped her off.

    Stacy Lopez was last seen about 4:55 p.m. near the intersection of 149th Street and Western Avenue, according to Gardena police.

    About...

  • Man killed in Gardena street race, police say; second driver sought
    Man killed in Gardena street race, police say; second driver sought

    Police were looking Wednesday for a driver believed to have been involved in an illegal street race that killed another driver in Gardena.

    The incident occurred about 4:50 p.m. Tuesday near Vermont Avenue and Redondo Beach Boulevard, where a Honda van traveling west on 155th Street was struck by...

  • Football: Gardena Serra QB Khalil Tate commits to Arizona

    Standout junior quarter Khalil Tate of Gardena Serra has committed to Arizona.

    Coach Scott Altenberg said he thinks the decision is "a great fit for him."

    Tate passed for 1,395 yards and 17 touchdowns and ran for 1,287 yards and 17 touchdowns.

     

    Twitter:@LATSondheimer

     

  • High School Roundup: Laguna boys' golf off to 2-0 start

    The Breakers take two matches from Sage Hill; boys' volleyball squad falls in five sets at San Clemente.

  • 6 great places for food lovers in Gardena
    6 great places for food lovers in Gardena

    For people who don't often find themselves in Gardena, this city — where Japanese immigrants played a large part in the area's early farming community — is known for its myriad strip malls filled, among other things, with many Japanese restaurants. Also a huge Marukai market (you know, the one...

  • Football: It's another USC vs. UCLA competition for Gardena Serra players

    The 2015 college football recruiting competition is barely over, but at Gardena Serra, the battle for players has started again involving recruiters for USC and UCLA.

    Four Serra players ended up picking USC this season. Now four more on the team have been offered scholarships by USC and UCLA, with...

  • Football: QB Khalil Tate has offers from USC, Florida State

    Junior quarterback Khalil Tate of Gardena Serra has become a popular target for college recruiters.

    USC has offered him as an athlete and Florida State also has offered, Coach Scott Altenberg said.

    Tate doesn't turn 17 until late until his senior this fall. He can pass, he can run.

    "He's a freak,"...

  • Boys' basketball: Gardena Serra is hosting one-day event on Saturday

    Gardena Serra will be the site for a one-day basketball event on Saturday.

    The schedule:

    11 a.m. - Washington vs. Saddleback Valley Christian

    12:30 - Peninsula vs. Claremont2 p.m. - Diamond Ranch vs. Narbonne3:30 - Lawndale vs. Gahr5 p.m. - Serra vs. Chaminade6:30 - Cantwell-Sacred Heart vs. Sheldon...

  • On-call workers entitled to pay for all hours spent at job, court rules

    Employees who while on call are required to stay at a worksite should be compensated for all their hours, including sleep time, the California Supreme Court ruled unanimously Thursday.

    In a decision written by Justice Carol A. Corrigan, the state’s highest court said security guards who were obligated...

  • 200-pound Rudolph decoration found at Gardena trailer park
    200-pound Rudolph decoration found at Gardena trailer park

    For more than 50 years, Rudolph and his lightbulb nose sat atop an L.A.-area neighborhood sign. Until this month, when the wooden Rudolph was torn from the sign, his antlers broken in the process.

    Rudolph went missing Dec. 12 from his home atop the marker for the Ranchview neighborhood of Rolling...

  • Football: Three former Gardena Serra receivers have NFL touchdowns this season

    Gardena Serra Coach Scott Altenberg is feeling lots of pride these days, because three of his former receivers have scored touchdowns in the NFL this season.

    There's Paul Richardson with the Seattle Seahawks.

    There's Robert Woods with the Buffalo Bills.

    There's Marqise Lee with the Jacksonville...

  • Spam lover's guide to L.A.: 7 great dishes with your favorite processed meat
    Spam lover's guide to L.A.: 7 great dishes with your favorite processed meat

    Fans of Spam know that it can actually be pretty great stuff. Sure, it's a chunk of gelatinous, salty meat in a little blue can, but when you put it in the hands of trained professionals, or your grandmother, it can be pure magic. 

    If you didn't grow up eating Spam, or consider it mystery meat,...

  • Football: Scott Altenberg tries to explain to his kids why he's home

    Gardena Serra Coach Scott Altenberg is the father of two kids, ages 6 and 10, and he's had to explain to them why he's suddenly home after school. After all, he's always been busy with the playoffs this time of the year. But Serra got moved to the Pac-5 Division, and last week, the Cavaliers were...

  • Football: Running back Malik Roberson commits to San Jose State

    Gardena Serra running back Malik Roberson announced on Friday after his team's victory over Chaminade that he has committed to San Jose State.

    Roberson missed last season with a torn ACL.

    He has come back to help lead the Cavaliers to within one victory of gaining a share of the Mission League...

  • Redefining tofu: Gardena's Meiji takes the artisanal route
    Redefining tofu: Gardena's Meiji takes the artisanal route

    Fresh tofu is manna from the heavens and impressive in its austere simplicity. If you can get your hands on a new slab, all you need to do is take a spoon and give it a little taste. No heat or additional adornments are necessary; the natural sweetness of the soy is enough to hold you over and...

  • Football: The buzz is growing about Serra's Oluwole Betiku

    Gardena Serra Coach Scott Altenberg keeps producing future college and NFL players, and his next top prospect appears to be defensive lineman Oluwole Betiku, a native of Nigeria who came to the United States with no football experience.

    Well, he must learn things quickly, because opponents are...

  • Gang member sentenced to life without parole in triple-murder case

    A Gardena gang member was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole Friday for shooting three people to death and the attempted murder of a fourth victim.

    Luis Erasmo Rivera Garcia, 30, was convicted of three counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted murder in...

  • Assemblyman Bradford drops special-election bid to replace Rod Wright
    Assemblyman Bradford drops special-election bid to replace Rod Wright

    Assemblyman Steven Bradford (D-Gardena) said he won't run in an upcoming special election to replace former state Sen. Roderick D. Wright.

    "I have decided to forgo my intended run for the state Senate," Bradford said in a statement issued Sunday night.

    "I offer my support to my colleague Isadore...

  • Football: Serra's Scott Altenberg has plenty to do during bye weekend

    Gardena Serra has a bye this coming week, so Coach Scott Altenberg turned over his Sunday schedule to his wife, Amy.

    "Dinner, movie, mall. We lived it up. No film breakdown. She was in charge. It was her weekend," Altenberg said.

    Players got the weekend off, too, with no film breakdown on Saturday...

  • Football: Gardena Serra's defensive line displays growing strength

    Gardena Serra appears to be developing the "Fearsome Foursome" as a defensive line unit.

    Opposing coaches are starting to rave about the Cavaliers' defensive line.

    And the best lineman, Seven Ma'aele, a 6-foot-3, 265-pound sophomore, is out for two more weeks while recovering from a knee injury....

  • Football: Gardena Serra faces team with 54-game win streak

    Gardena Serra Coach Scott Altenberg better have his team ready for a top performance on Saturday night at Oceanside High, because the Cavaliers' opponents is no ordinary team.

    Bellevue High is coming from Washington with a 54-game winning streak. It's the same program that ended De La Salle's 151-game...

  • Football: Linebacker John Houston is back practicing for Gardena Serra

    Standout senior linebacker John Houston of Gardena Serra practiced for the first time in full pads on Monday after being sidelined for months because of a stress fracture in his back.

    "He's a little rusty, but we'll take it," Coach Scott Altenberg said.

    Houston is on track to play in Serra's season...

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