City Commission, Corporation, Board and Committee members are appointed by the Mayor and City Council to advise the City on important programs and policy decisions. Public participation, therefore, is a vital component of the City’s governing system. All meetings of advisory groups are open to the public. Elected officials are not allowed to serve on Commissions, but Citizens may serve on multiple Commissions.

Planning and Environmental Quality Commission

Comprised of five members, this Commission was created in compliance with the State Government Code as an advisory agency to the City Council on all matters of land use and the environment. Its responsibilities are to make investigations and reports on the design and improvement of proposed subdivisions, and to submit reports and recommendations to the City Council on matters relating to zoning, land use, environment, the City’s General Plan and other related matters. This Commission meets on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m.in the Council Chamber located at City Hall. The term of service for a member of the Planning and Environmental Quality Commission is two years and the monthly rate of pay is $100. Members are required to attend scheduled meetings in order to receive the monthly rate of pay. Elected officials are not allowed to serve on Commissions, but Citizens may serve on multiple Commissions.

  • Art Kaskanian, Chairman
  • Brenda Jackson, Commissioner
  • Nolan Jamora, Commissioner
  • Philip Johnson, Commissioner
  • Steve Sherman, Commissioner

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Human Services Commission

The Human Services Commission is comprised of five members who are responsible for the development and utilization of human resources within the City for the betterment of the community. The Mayor and each Councilmember appoints one member-at-large to serve on this commission. Its responsibilities are to advise the Council on all matters relating to social conditions within the City, assess and report to the Council the social needs of the citizenry, and advise the Human Services Division on policy and program direction for meeting such needs and making appropriate recommendations to the Council. This Commission meets on the 3rd Thursday of each month at 7:00 p.m.in the Management Information Center (MIC) of the Council Chamber at City Hall. The term of service for a member of the Human Services Commission is two years and the monthly rate of pay is $50. Members are required to attend scheduled meetings in order to receive the monthly rate of pay. Elected officials are not allowed to serve on Commissions, but Citizens may serve on multiple Commissions.

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  • Renee G. Anderson, Chair
  • Barbara Banks
  • Richard Luna
  • George Nakakura
  • LaWanda Staten

Recreation and Parks Commission

This Commission is comprised of five members who advise the Council on matters relating to recreation and parks within the City. The Commission considers, advises, and/or recommends to the City Council the needs of the City pertaining to the acquisition, development, and use of facilities, buildings and structures for recreational and park purposes; promotes public interest in recreation and parks programs and regulations; consults and confers with public officials and agencies, citizens, civic, educational, professional, and other organizations. This Commission meets on the 2nd Monday of each month at 7:30 p.m.in the Council Chamber located at City Hall. The term of service for a member of the Recreation and Parks Commission is two years and the monthly rate of pay is $50. Members are required to attend scheduled meetings in order to receive the monthly rate of pay. Elected officials are not allowed to serve on Commissions, but Citizens may serve on multiple Commissions.

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  • Woods Woolwine, Jr., Chair
  • Stephen W. Dyson
  • Terri Hause
  • Alexis Moore
  • Kay Winter

Senior Citizens Commission

This Commission is comprised of five members who advise the Council on all matters relating to the needs and concerns of the City’s older adult population. The Commission coordinates its activities with those of the Affiliated Committee on Aging. This Commission meets on the 4th Wednesday of each month at 2:00 p.m.in Room G of Nakaoka Community Center, located at 1670 W. 162nd Street, at the Civic Center. The term of service for a member of the Senior Citizens Commission is two years and the monthly rate of pay is $50. Members are required to attend scheduled meetings in order to receive the monthly rate of pay. Elected officials are not allowed to serve on Commissions, but Citizens may serve on multiple Commissions.

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  • Luis Carrillo
  • Martha A. Kirksey
  • Bill Labeaud
  • Jessica Randle
  • Barbara Rosales

Gardena Youth Commission

The Youth Commission is comprised of five members appointed by the City Council and five “at-large” members approved by the Commission and ratified by the City Council. The Commission identifies and evaluates youth and community problems, projects and concerns and makes recommendations to the City Council to resolve such issues. They act in the capacity of volunteers working in community activities with community groups, organizations and Recreation and Human Services staff. This Commission meets on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m.in the Management Information Center (MIC) of the Council Chamber at City Hall. The term of service for a member of the Youth Commission is two years and members are appointed on a volunteer basis. Elected officials are not allowed to serve on Commissions, but Citizens may serve on multiple Commissions.

Rent Mediation Board

The Rent Mediation Board consists of fifteen members comprised of five tenant members, five owner/manager/real estate professional members, and five members-at-large. Each Councilmember shall appoint one member from each of the three member groups and each member shall serve at the pleasure of the Council. On April 10, 1987, an Ordinance of the City of Gardena became effective that established mandatory mediation and hearing for residential rental units within the City of Gardena. The term of service for a member of the Rent Mediation Board coincides with the term of the City Council member by whom they were appointed and the monthly rate of pay is $50. Members are required to attend scheduled meetings in order to receive the monthly rate of pay. Elected officials are not allowed to serve on Commissions, but Citizens may serve on multiple Commissions.

  • Florence Bagsby
  • Barbara Banks
  • Micaela Bryant
  • Jane Hall
  • Zoraida Hernandez
  • Claudia Jones
  • Shirley Lewis
  • Burt Nakamura
  • Jack Nemeth
  • Gerrie Noel
  • Ki Young Park
  • Kalpesh Solanki