Mayor —City of GardenaMarch 7, 2017 —Local Elections
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- Public Safety - Our residents well-being will continue to be my number one priority
- Economic Development - Continuing to grow Gardena's infrastructure.
- Fiscal Responsibility - Creating a city budget that will ensure Gardena's future.
Councilwoman Tasha Cerda is considered by many to be one of the most fearless women in Gardena politics. She is known for not backing down to big corporations and has a “Can Do” attitude towards building Gardena.
Starting in March of 2009, Tasha Cerda served as City Clerk for the city of Gardena. On September 22, 2009, Ms. Cerda was appointed by a majority vote to the City Council. She was then elected in 2011 and re-elected in 2013, where she presently serves. Ms. Cerda also served as Mayor Pro Tem for the city of Gardena from 2010 - 2011 and again from 2014 – 2015.
Because of her seven years on the City Council, Ms. Cerda has a strong presence and exemplary reputation within the city of Gardena, due to her strong leadership skills and relationships with both civic and community organizations.
Having strong family values and an innate ability to encourage others, Ms. Cerda quickly became an integral part of the city of Gardena. She served as President of the local Homeowners Association for many years and her consistent level of volunteerism, hands-on style and sense of community has garnered Ms. Cerda the respect of other city leaders and the constituency that she serves.
Ms. Cerda’s immense experience while being a City Councilwoman has included sitting on the Gardena Finance Committee and The Southern California Association of Governments. She has also served as an alternate City Delegate to the Los Angeles County City Selection Committee and to the League of California Cities.
Over the years, Ms. Cerda has been a strong advocate for the city and has worked on numerous projects that have benefited the community. At times this has included taking a hard stand against difficult and challenging issues, such as irresponsible developers and marching with labor unions.
Being born and raised in the city of Gardena has allowed the Councilwoman to see Gardena from a variety of perspectives and witness it during both its good and bad times. Ms. Cerda has continued to make progress with the city’s economic renewal by attracting new businesses and making Gardena a destination city.
Through Ms. Cerda’s careful analysis of the issues at hand and leadership based on integrity, Gardena will experience a positive change that reflects its hidden Treasure in the South Bay.
Tasha Cerda - "The People's Advocate"
- Create programs that encourage and support economic development, small business security, job creation and increased revenue.
- Safeguard tax dollars with common sense spending that strengthens our city's financial stability.
- Combat crime and gangs by supporting smart public safety measures to enhance neighborhood security.
- Greater Responsive Government by creating a greater collaborative space for all community stakeholders.
- Further Community Improvements with the advent of technology and best policy practices that have been proven.
- Foster Business Growth with the success strategies that attract business and support existing business.
Mark E. Henderson, Ed. D was elected in March 2015 to the office of Gardena Councilmember. He was appointed to the position of Mayor Pro Tem in April 2016. As current Mayor Pro Tem, Dr. Henderson is serving as Acting Mayor until the March 2017 election. He previously served the City of Gardena as an appointed member of the Planning and Environmental Quality Commission, from 2010 to 2013. As the past chairman (during 2012), he worked to be an effective leader of the Planning Commission and proactively collaborated with community members, city council and city staff, exhibiting valuable insight into understanding the needs of the residents and businesses of the entire community. Prior to that appointment, he served as a Member-at-Large for the City of Gardena Rent Mediation Board. In that role he worked tirelessly to ensure that landlord and tenant discussions were civil, ended with both parties satisfied, and that the most appropriate measures were executed. He later became a community leader within the Gardena Environmental Justice Committee, whose primary purpose is to heighten community awareness regarding long-standing environmental issues and to create opportunities to develop and propose strategies to city officials and staff while maintaining open dialogue prior to the implementation of environmental land reuse policies.
Henderson was born in Harbor City, CA, and was raised in Los Angeles County. After completing his military service in the U.S. Navy, he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Telecommunications Management from DeVry University, a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Redlands, and a Doctorate in Organizational Leadership from the University of La Verne. He is currently an administrator at Los Angeles Pierce College and has been with the Los Angeles Community College District since 2002. He has held previous leadership roles for municipalities in California. In 2014 the Center for Digital Education recognized him as a Top 30 Technologist, Transformer, and Trailblazer.
His Council responsibilities include representing the City of Gardena as a delegate to the Centinela Youth Services and the Independent Cities Association, and serving as alternate City delegate to the Southern California Association of Governments and the West Basin Water Association.
With greater than 20 years as a resident of Gardena, Mayor Pro Tem Henderson has been actively involved in the life of our community. He has been a past volunteer coach for City of Gardena youth sports activities. He is a city commissioner with the Gardena Pop Warner organization. He is past President of a community-based organization named Brothers Inc., which works with middle school-aged African-American and Latino males in the disciplines of decision-making and critical thinking. He is Board President of PV Jobs Inc., which works to train community members and Veterans to obtain employment within the Building and Construction Trades. He is very active in addressing Veteran’s concerns.
Mayor Pro Tem Henderson believes in placing the community first while developing success strategies in a collaborative manner with all stakeholders to improve our elite City.
- Expand Public Safety Services by finding and applying for Garnt Funding more aggressively.
- Continue to Establish Community Grants for more Business in our City
- Expand Senior and Youth services
- Congresswoman Nanette Barragan
- State Treasurer John Chiagn
- Congressman Ted Lieu
- Assembly/Councilman Paul Bannai (Ret.)
- Mayor Emeritus Don Dear
- Set qualities and qualifications for City Manager, resulting in the appointment of new City Manager.
- Revisit Budget Priorities in light of prospective changes in reduced Federal funding and State funding of local programs.
- Quality Schools. Create City Commission to assess improving current School and create City of Gardena controlled School District.
Ron Ikejiri has spent his entire career serving the public. As an attorney and former City Council Member and Mayor Pro Tem for the City of Gardena, Ron has earned his stripes among his peers and the community. He is a compassionate, and proven leader who deeply cares about our family-oriented community that we all love to call home. Gardena, is in fact, Ron's hometown. He was raised and educated in Gardena, attending Denker Ave. School, Peary Middle School, and Gardena High.
From 1978 to 1984, Ron was the Chief Legislative Director for the Japanese American Citizens League in Washington, DC and advocated the creation of the Presidential Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians of Public Law. His historical contribution has been documented widely including an award-winning documentary and recognition in the Japanese American Museum in Los Angeles. Ron considers his biggest accomplishment fatherhood. He is a proud father to son Jeff, whom he texts and talks to daily.
Ron was elected to three successive 4-year terms to the Gardena City Council, and was the first City Council Member to be termed out under the newly adopted rules in 2013. During his 12 years on the Gardena City Council, Ron served as Mayor Pro Tem three times. As a Governmental Affairs attorney for the last 25 years and member of countless associations, Ron has no intention of slowing down. In fact, he intends to do quite the opposite. As the Mayor of Gardena, Ron will put all of his experience, resources, and skills towards making Gardena a great and graceful place to live.
Gardena Municipal Election Candidates Forum - Ron Ikejiri for Mayor of Gardena hosted by the Women's League of Voter's Torrance Area in January 2017
Gardena mayoral candidate Ron Ikejiri speaking at the Cross Roads South Bay Church meet and greet on January, 28, 2017.
Ron Ikejiri speaking at the Rowley Park Candidate Town Hall Meeting sponsored by Jonathan Reid Family Rights Coalition
- Raise the education level of students in Gardena schools
- Bring more State programs to Gardena that help home owners in their upkeep of their homes.
- Have businesses in Gardena hire a higher percentage of Gardena residence.
Warren Kronberger is a 47 year resident of Gardena with a family history in Gardena of 81 years. He went to Amestoy Elementry, Peary Jr. High and Gardena High school. Warren has a Bachelor of Science degree in Electronic Engineering. He also has a certificate in Machining. Warren ran his union at a paper mill in the city of Vernon for 3 years as Chief Stuart. Warren is a compressor mechanic that supervises his crew who repair gas compressors for oil fields and the Gas companies. Warren is also involved in the hiring and firing of his employees and goes out and talks with his customers. Warren Kronberger is a single father who is raising his three daughters, one of who is already grown and on her own. Warren has two grandchildren through his oldest daughter who is 26. His other 2 daughters are 14 and 12 and live with him. All three daughters have the same mother, but he has been divorced from her for ten years. When Warren was 17 in 1986 his mother passed away from cancer; his dad passed away in 2009. Warren's grandfather Sam Kronberger served on Gardena's City Council. Warren's grandfather Sam also started the Loyalty Day Parade that ran through Gardena and other surrounding cities. Sam was the founding father of the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association Chapter One, which started in Gardena. He started it with his 2 sons Eddie and Robert Kronberger along with 8 ofther founding fathers. Warren Kronberger is a born and breed Gardena citizen who loves his city and wants to help it be even better then it is. ON MARCH 7th, VOTE WARREN KRONBERGER FOR GARDENA'S MAYOR