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Given the choice, most of us want to stay in our homes. Sometimes, people need help to remain at home. That's where Always Best Care Senior Services comes in.

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“I highly recommend Always Best Care for every aspect from the ones seeking care for a loved one or themselves, all the way to the ones seeking an opportunity to care for a senior. I personally worked for ABC, and throughout my years with them I had the pleasure of interacting with the seniors as well as with the amazing caregivers. From the stories of a much more simpler time in the elders life to the reasons from a caregiver wanting to truly care for the seniors. (Most reasons are personal to them that have impacted their life and heart). This is truly a caring company with exceptional professional staff. It's hard to find a company that demonstrates both of those traits....”

Christina H.

“Always Best Care absolutely saved us when my father needed immediate assistance. Maria and team were extremely compassionate, responsive, informative and truly wanted us to feel comfortable with every small detail. The caretakers were all amazing and dependable. I truly cannot say enough positive things about the level of service provided by ABC as they helped us navigate this truly impossible time.”

Sascha B.

“I cannot say enough good things about Always Best Care in the South Bay. I was lucky to be referred to ABC when my Father suddenly needed in-home care several years ago and I hired ABC again a few months ago when my friend needed in-home care. The learning curve is steep when a family member is no longer independent. Having reliable, caring and professional caregivers is invaluable in getting through these challenges. Hiring the caregivers from ABC allowed me to be the "daughter" again. I absolutely could not have cared for my beloved Father or my dear friend without ABC by my side!”

Marta P.

“Always Best Care agency has been wonderful to work with. The caregivers they have provided to stay with my dear friend, who has dementia, have been outstanding. My husband, an MD, and I, an RN, have rather high standards and have found all of the caregivers to be professional, caring and extremely reliable (24/7 care in this case) They go above and beyond expectations. I have felt safe with the caregivers,as they are also down-to-earth; caring people. Dr. David Hart is the main point person in this family-run agency and he is not only a very caring person, he is extremely intelligent in his communication, yet very down-to earth at the same time. He is responsive to any issues that arise immediately…not only for the client, but also to his caregivers, who he genuinely cares about. That is perhaps why he attracts and retains such stellar employees, We feel very lucky to have found ABC Senior Care services. Ilene Watson, RN and Dr. Walter Watson,MD, Manhattan Beach, CA”

Ilene P.

“The senior in-home care was top notch. The caregivers were caring, comforting, and always available even with our requested schedule changes. Definitely would recommend to others in our family.”

D H.

“I attended the free family caregivers seminar presented by Dr. David Hart. The seminar was both informative and practical. Dr. Hart is very knowledgeable and practical as he cared for his grandmother with Alzheimers. He is an unusually caring person who is very approachable. I am grateful to know him and to know he is available whenever he might be needed.”

Ruth O.

“Dr David Hart has given me security to know that I can do it. He has such a caring and approachable demeanor. I feel I can call on him at any time for help with either one of us. Thank heavens he came along in our lives.”

Laurie D.

“My experience with ABC Senior Services has been uniformly positive, starting with participation in their Memory Club several years ago. My wife has Alzheimer's and the challenges are severe. ABC, notably Dr. David Hart, has been a terrific source of support and advice. They take the time to understand your individual needs and circumstances. This is a great resource for those of us in the South Bay.”

Joel T.

“This is a long overdue review and endorsement of Always Best Care-Torrance. My family is forever grateful for all the care given to my father for more than four years. From our initial meeting with Carrie and David to selecting the most wonderful caregiver that was with Dad to the end of his days. The love and support from everyone at ABC was so appreciated especially during some very difficult times. May God bless you always - You are truly special angels. Thank you all!”

Don V.

“I attended one of their monthly caregiver essentials workshop and found it incredibly informative. I now have a much better understanding of the disease progression, and have walked away with so many helpful resources. Attending made me aware that I do not have to struggle alone through this, there are support groups and resources available to assist me. Dr. David Hart is a compassionate person who is genuinely willing to help others navigate the path of caring for a loved one with dementia.”


“Carrie, David, and their team are terrific to work with. Carrie has been a lifesaver by helping us to quickly find a wonderful 24/7 board and care facility for our loved one who is suffering from both advanced dementia and a broken, severe arthritic neck. They have provided very capable temporary care givers to us to help with taking our loved one to doctor's appointments and during the time our loved one was being treated in the hospital. David has thoroughly educated us on all aspects of dementia and counseled the family members to help sort out their emotions during these difficult times. We strongly recommend Always Best Care South Bay to anyone needing advise, help, and services to find care facilities, care givers, and/or counseling.”

Raoul G.

“From the moment I first spoke to Mark Wecker at Always Best Care, he was kind, caring and extremely knowledgeable. He made sure to ask all the right questions to help my siblings and me find the perfect place for our father who had very advanced Parkinson's Disease. He took us to places that fit the high quality we were looking for and in our budget range. Mark showed genuine concern for us and my father. And he helped us navigate through a challenging situation. We made a great decision based on his expert advice. Unfortunately, my father passed away before we could bring him to LA. But I will always be grateful for the detailed attention we received from Mark and Always Best Care.”

Batsheva F.

“My son and I have received family counseling from Dr. Hart for nearly two years. We both suffer from PTSD, among other mental disabilities, and have been seen by a number of therapists over the years. We have found Dr. Hart’s care to be among the most helpful. He is kind, understanding, and patient. Rather than employing long term, traditional psychotherapy or other limited methods exclusively, he uses different approaches to break through a person’s natural resistance. He suggests interpretations of feelings and actions, asks questions that show real insight, and then gives practical and usually appropriate advice that can be accepted or discussed further. He has treated us with respect and even with a non-intrusive, kind of professional affection. We would recommend him to friends and family without hesitation.”

Andrew L.

“I'm glad I attended Dr. Hart's caregiver support workshop which focused on Alzheimer's disease. I knew then Always Best Care would be the right agency to handle my Dad's care. From the beginning to the end the staff were professional and courteous. My dad unfortunately decided to end services because of his stubbornness. Mark was understanding and expressed his concern for my Dad's wellbeing. He didn't push for us to continue services. I would work with ABC again if my father agrees to resume services. They definitely have your loved ones best interest in mind.”

G S.

“Experienced people, excellent service.”

Elsie M.

“I HIGHLY RECOMMEND Dr. David Hart for your elder-care needs. Dr. Hart is an incredibly knowledgeable and caring person who helped our family beyond measure to provide the best level of care for our mother who has Alzheimer's Disease. We engaged Dr. Hart to 1) conduct his own periodic assessments of our mother; 2) create a forum for our broader family, including our mom, to communicate and ask questions; 3) provide training and resources; and 4) help our family evaluate and implement an interim and long-term care plan for our mother. DR. HART EXCEEDED OUR EXPECTATIONS ON EVERY LEVEL. Prior to meeting Dr. Hart we had received a lot of conflicting information and our broader family was experiencing a very high level of stress and frustration. Thankfully, after engaging with Dr. Hart for several months, our family became knowledgeable, we communicated well with each other, and we just implemented a long-term care plan that addresses all of our mom's needs and one that she really enjoys. DR. HART IS THE BEST AND HE TRULY CARES ABOUT HIS PATIENTS AND THE FAMILIES HE WORKS WITH. Thank you Dr. Hart for all of you have done for our family. Words cannot express our gratitude.”

chris B.

“Dr Hart knows so much about dealing with issues that Alzheimer's creates for those who have the disease as well as those of us who are caretakers.”

Kaye T.

“Best in home care company in the South Bay & LA”

Michelle P.

“Mark Wecker provided us with invaluable help both in terms of finding appropriate board &scare homes for our loved one, and explaining how this whole senior placement business works. It turns out we were quite naïve about it being a "service" as it is very territorial! That made us all the more impressed with Mark's unselfish and caring approach to helping us meet our needs. He also took time to really listen to our criteria, asked great questions when he accompanied us to look at the homes, and only showed us places that met our standards. We recommend him highly to anyone!”

Ramona P.

““ I have been very happy with the excellent professional and loving care services ABC has provided for Kathleen who suffers from Alzheimer’s Dementia and the Andreoli family who cares for her. ABC is a full service provider that has also offered free seminars, consultation and information to me and my daughter who are Kathleen’s primary care takers. These have helped us greatly in this daunting task. THANK YOU – Leo Andreoli, Torrance, CA””

Leo A.

“My widowed 80-year-old mother who has Alzheimer's disease has been living alone for 3 years. She has been extremely resistant to having caregivers in her home and my brother and I had all but given up. We have been amazed at the progress we've made since enlisting the help of Dr. David Hart at Always Best Care. In a little over a month, Mom has accepted a caregiver and is considering a move to an assisted living facility. Equally important, the support and assistance we have received in making both large and small decisions has been invaluable and a huge relief. I also highly recommend the Caregiving Essentials class taught by Dr. Hart, which covers everything you need to know in a single 3-1/2 hour "bootcamp" session, including brain science, communication tips, and resources. (GPS shoe insert, who knew?!) The class would benefit anyone who has a friend or family member suffering from dementia.”

Linda S.

“I want to express how helpful Mark Wecker was to me and my family as we were looking for a place for my father to live. We needed to quickly move him from Kansas City to Los Angeles. Mark spent time with us to hear our needs and then appropriately guide us through this new challenging stage in our lives. His advice and dedicated time was so valuable and personable to us, I don't how we would have managed without him. Thank you again, Mark!”

David H.

“Thankful and grateful don’t seem quite good enough to express how I feel about Always Best Care South Bay and all the good work they do. They offer a support group run by Dr. David Hart. That group was my lifeline while I was caring for my husband. When it came time to place him in a memory care facility, they assisted me with that decision also. Dr. Hart and his team are extremely knowledgeable, always professional but most of all genuinely caring.”

Ann W.

“The attitude and professionalism of the management of a company is especially important in the field of elder care. I can think of no better way to express my experience with Always Best Care then to say the management and their hands on approach with the care givers they hire is 5 stars”

John D.

“Its always a pleasure working with a team that has their hearts and minds on the patient’s wellbeing. ABC is the way to go.”

David S.

“Always best care saved my life they have a great staff ready to assist 24/7 always available and reliable I highly recommend Always best care.”

Jennifer B.

“This company is very professional. All the staff is very experenced. They provide top notch care..The caregivers are also so professional on time and experenced.”

Christina 3.

“Very professional staff. Also my caregiver was awesome”

Atom F.

“Best In Home Care Company in the Southbay”


“Helpful, compassionate, and always available to assist. I appreciate Always Best Care so much!”


“The staff are friendly and professional every step of the way.”


“Mark Wecker provided us with invaluable help both in terms of finding appropriate board &scare homes for our loved one, and explaining how this whole senior placement business works. It turns out we were quite naïve about it being a "service" as it is very territorial! That made us all the more impressed with Mark's unselfish and caring approach to helping us meet our needs. He also took time to really listen to our criteria, asked great questions when he accompanied us to look at the homes, and only showed us places that met our standards. We recommend him highly to anyone!”

Jack P.

“Dr. Hart has been of monumental assistance to our family during a very difficult time. We first learned of Dr. David’s practice when mom was first diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment (MCI). His support groups for families and patients offered comfort and practical advice from others going through the same experience. He provided essential information—facts about dementia and lifestyle changes to slow the process—based on the latest research findings, sparing us the time and frustration of navigating the web and sorting facts from myths. But most important to me has been the emotional support Dr. David has personally provided to my sister and I, and the trusting relationship he established with mom. His professional empathy and experience with human behavior as well as his expertise in the field of geriatrics and cognition combine to provide an array of servicesthat will truly make the difference toward a successful transition for elders and their families. I could not recommend Dr. Hart more highly!”

Eileen S.

“Over the last five years always best care has provided Home Care to several of my patients. I appreciate their case management did they include with their service. The patients and families have been very happy with the caregivers. Several have been able to take advantage of the driving service. I have referred numerous people to their caregiving course that is offered monthly.”

nancy G.

“I want to let you know how fortunate I feel that our lives intersected with your company and with those who work there. When I realized that we would be needing a company that provided caring care-providing services, I was hoping and praying that I would find a company like yours. We could not have asked for better with the service Always Best Care provided. Even when the chemistry and/or the timing wasn't quite right, adjustments were made and reasonably so. Carrie, that introductory talk you and I first had and why you started ABC -- I want to let you know that what you created and why you created it is evident. Some of Dad's caregivers go the extra mile and above and beyond and really give of themselves. They are really top notch people. I have heartfelt gratitude for your company and for your employees who cared for my dad during our time of need. Thank you not only for providing the service that your company does, but also and in particular, for the high quality of the service that some of your employees provided.”

Ky S.

“I am so very fortunate to be a part of a professional, caring and supportive company. We are all family here trying our very best to be a family for all the clients we work with. Our caregivers and staff try our best to help those families in need live a peacefully, fulfilling and loving life. If you want to have a dependable, reliable and gratifying career come and work with Always Best Care South Bay!!”

Julie M.

“I've worked for four agencies over the last 16 years but this is the best by far! Personable, supportive, compassionate, knowledgeable, and the greatest staff!”

Debora A.

“Great place to work”

Ruby J.
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How does In-home Senior Care in Gardena, CA work?

Home is where the heart is. While that saying can sound a tad cliche, it's especially true for many seniors living in America. When given a choice, older adults most often prefer to grow older at home. An AARP study found that three out of four adults over the age of 50 want to stay in their homes and communities as they age. When you begin to think about why, it makes sense. Home offers a sense of security, comfort, and familiarity.

The truth is, as we age, we begin to rely on others for help. When a family is too busy or lives too far away to fulfill this role, in-home senior care is often the best solution. Home care services allow seniors to enjoy personal independence while also receiving trustworthy assistance from a trained caregiver.

At Always Best Care, we offer a comprehensive range of home care services to help seniors stay healthy while they get the help they need to remain independent. As your senior loved one ages, giving them the gift of senior care is one of the best ways to show your love, even if you live far away.

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Aging in Place: The Preferred Choice for Most Seniors

While it's true that some seniors have complicated medical needs that prevent them from staying at home, aging in place is often the best arrangement for seniors and their families. With a trusted caregiver, seniors have the opportunity to live with a sense of dignity and do so as they see fit.

In-home care makes it possible for millions of seniors to age in place every year. Rather than moving to a unfamiliar assisted living community, seniors have the chance to stay at home where they feel the happiest and most comfortable.

Here are just a few of the reasons why older men and women prefer to age at home:


How much does a senior's home truly mean to them? A study published by the American Society on Aging found that more than half of seniors say their home's emotional value means more than how much their home is worth in monetary value. It stands to reason, that a senior's home is where they want to grow old. With the help of elderly care in Gardena, CA, seniors don't have to age in a sterilized care facility. Instead, they can age gracefully in the place they want to be most: their home. In contrast, seniors who move to a long-term care facility must adapt to new environments, new people, and new systems that the facility implements. At this stage in life, this kind of drastic change can be more harmful than helpful.

Healthy Living
Healthy Living

Institutional care facilities like nursing homes often put large groups of people together to live in one location. On any given day, dozens of staff members and caregivers run in and out of these facilities. Being around so many new people in a relatively small living environment can be dangerous for a seniors' health and wellbeing. When you consider that thousands of seniors passed away in nursing homes during the COVID-19 pandemic, opting for in-home care is often a safer, healthier choice for seniors. Aging in place has been shown to improve seniors' quality of life, which helps boost physical health and also helps insulate them from viral and bacterial risks found in elderly living facilities.


For many seniors, the ability to live independently with assistance from a caregiver is a priceless option. With in-home care, seniors experience a higher level of independence and freedom - much more so than in other settings like an assisted living community. When a senior has the chance to age in place, they get to live life on their own terms, inside the house that they helped make into a home. More independence means more control over their personal lives, too, which leads to increased levels of fulfillment, happiness, and personal gratification. Over time, these positive feelings can manifest into a healthier, longer life.

Cost and Convenience
Cost and Convenience

More independence, a healthier life, and increased comfort are only a few benefits of aging in place. You have to take into consideration the role of cost and convenience. Simply put, it's usually easier to help seniors age in place than it is to move them into an institutional care facility. In-home care services from Always Best Care, for instance, can be less expensive than long-term solutions, which can cost upwards of six figures per year. To make matters worse, many residential care facilities are reluctant to accept long-term care insurance and other types of payment assistance.

With Always Best Care's home care services, seniors and their families have a greater level of control over their care plans. In-home care in Gardena, CA gives seniors the chance to form a bond with a trusted caregiver and also receive unmatched care that is catered to their needs. In long-term care facilities, seniors and their loved ones have much less control over their care plan and have less of a say in who provides their care.

Empowers Seniors

Affordable Care Plans

In-home care is a valuable resource that empowers seniors to age in place on their own terms. However, a big concern for many families and their loved ones is how much in-home care costs. If you're worried that in-home care is too expensive, you may be pleasantly surprised to learn that it is one of the most affordable senior care arrangements available.

Typically, hiring an Always Best Care in-home caregiver for a few hours a week is more affordable than sending your loved one to a long-term care facility. This is true even for seniors with more complex care needs.

At Always Best Care, we will work closely with you and your family to develop a Care Plan that not only meets your care needs, but your budget requirements, too. Once we discover the level of care that you or your senior need, we develop an in-home care plan that you can afford.

In addition to our flexible care options, families should also consider the following resources to help offset potential home care costs:

Veteran's Benefits
Veteran's Benefits

Aid and Attendance benefits through military service can cover a portion of the costs associated with in-home care for veterans and their spouses.

Long-Term Care Insurance
Long-Term Care Insurance

Many senior care services like in-home care are included in long-term care insurance options. Research different long-term care solutions to find a plan that provides coverage for senior care.

Private Insurance
Private Insurance

Home care can be included as part of a senior's private insurance plan. Read over your loved one's insurance policy carefully or speak with their insurance provider to determine if in-home care is covered.

Life Insurance
Life Insurance

Depending on the life insurance plan, you may be able to apply your policy toward long-term care. You may be able to use long-term-care coverage to help pay for in-home elderly care.

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During your Care Plan consultation with Always Best Care, your Care Coordinator will speak with you about in-home care costs and what options there may be to help meet your budget needs.

Compassionate Care. Trusted Caregivers

When you or your senior loved one needs assistance managing daily tasks at home, finding a qualified caregiver can be challenging. It takes a special kind of person to provide reliable care for your senior loved one. However, a caregiver's role involves more than meal preparation and medication reminders. Many seniors rely on their caregivers for companionship, too.

Our companion care services give seniors the chance to socialize in a safe environment and engage in activities at home. These important efforts boost morale and provide much-needed relief from repetitive daily routines. A one-on-one, engaging conversation can sharpen seniors' minds and give them something in which to be excited.

At Always Best Care, we only hire care providers that we would trust to care for our own loved ones. Our senior caregivers in Gardena,CA understand how important it is to listen and communicate with their seniors. A seemingly small interaction, like a short hug goodbye, can make a major difference in a senior's day. Instead of battling against feelings of isolation, seniors begin to look forward to seeing their caregiver each week.

Understanding the nuances of senior care is just one of the reasons why our care providers are so great at their job.

Unlike some senior care companies, our caregivers must undergo extensive training before they work for Always Best Care. In addition, our caregivers receive ongoing training throughout the year. This training ensures that their standard of care matches up to the high standards we've come to expect. During this training, they will brush up on their communication skills, safety awareness, and symptom spotting. That way, your loved one receives the highest level of non-medical home care from day one.

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Taking the First Step with Always Best Care

The first step in getting quality in-home care starts with a personal consultation with an experienced Care Coordinator. This initial consultation is crucial for our team to learn more about you or your elderly loved one to discover the level of care required. Topics of this consultation typically include:

An assessment of your senior loved one


An in-depth discussion of the needs of your senior loved one to remain in their own home


Reviewing a detailed Care Plan that will meet your senior loved one's needs


Our caregivers are trained to spot changes that clients exhibit, like mental and physical decline. As your trusted senior care company, we will constantly assess and update your Care Plan to meet any new emotional, intellectual, physical, and emotional needs.

If you have never considered in-home care before, we understand that you and your family may have concerns about your Care Plan and its Care Coordinator. To help give you peace of mind, know that every team member and caregiver must undergo comprehensive training before being assigned to a Care Plan.

When you're ready, we encourage you to contact your local Always Best Care representative to set up a Care Consultation. Our Care Coordinators would be happy to meet with you in person to get to know you better, discuss your needs, and help put together a personalized Care Plan specific to your needs.

Latest News in Gardena, CA

Vivion Inc. Announces Warehouse Relocation and Expansion to Meet Growing Demand

LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Vivion Inc., a brand of ...

LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Vivion Inc., a brand of Operio Group and a global provider of ingredient solutions for everyday applications, has announced their relocation to a larger warehouse in Gardena, CA, to accommodate their expanding product range and recent advancements in demand.

The company has been providing high-quality ingredients and chemicals to a variety of industries, including the solid dose, pharmaceutical, nutritional, food & beverage, cosmetics, personal care, agricultural and industrial markets, and the decision to move to a larger warehouse comes after years of steady growth and expansion for Vivion. The new warehouse, which measures at 49,545 square feet, will permit space for Vivion’s expanding product line and improve logistics operations to meet the needs of their growing customer base.

Rather than distributing from numerous warehouses in California, the Gardena location will serve as a regional distribution hub and provide Vivion with the space it requires to store more inventory. “As Operio Group and Vivion solidify our goal to be the best company to work with for our customers, we are excited in our move to consolidate and expand our California warehouses into one main building,” said Bret Allan, V.P. of Operations at Vivion. “This will improve our handling, packing, QA-QC and on-time deliveries even more than our customers are used to now.”

“I am really happy to continue the expansion of Operio with an investment in Vivion,” said Alastair Sanderson, CEO of Operio Group. “I am confident that the new facility will be able to help us drive operational efficiencies and in doing so provide a better experience for our customers at a lower price.”

By being committed to maintaining its high standards of quality and customer service with this expansion, Vivion is poised to keep continuing its growth and success. Sanderson concluded, “As I look to the future, I hope that this becomes the model for facilities we are looking to roll out across all of North America.”

About Vivion Inc.

Vivion Inc. is a prominent ingredients distributor that specializes in supplying quality products for solid dose manufacturers in the pharmaceutical and nutraceutical industries. Founded in 1957, Vivion has over 65 years of experience in providing a vast, growing array of ingredient products as well as exceptional customer service and commitment to excellence. Vivion is a proud member of the National Association of Chemical Distributors (NACD), an international association whose members have the highest standards in environmental safety, performance, and security. For more information, visit vivion.com.

About Operio Group

Launched in 2022 and started from the seeds of LFA Machines and Vivion Inc., Operio Group was conceived from a simple idea: customers do not need machines or ingredients, they need solutions to make products. Operio Group has been set up to invest in companies that directly serve the nutraceutical, pharmaceutical, food and beverage manufacturing industries. Aiming to bring together multidisciplinary teams from different sections of the supply chain in the industries that it serves, Operio Group is able to not just provide products but support people through the consolidated knowledge of their brands. For more information, visit operiogroup.com.

GTrans bus driver trainer knows his way around town

By Gary LusterMost teachers do their job in a classroom equipped to hold anywhere from 25 to 30 students. But what happens when your classroom is 40 feet long, weighs 40,000 pounds, and can accommodate as many as 50 people?That’s when you bring in a guy like George Lewis, whose job at GTrans (formerly Gardena Mu- nicipal Bus Lines) is to train new hires who come to the company as prospective bus operators.Whether the new drivers have a commercial license or not does not matter. Lewis trains and has trained both exp...

By Gary Luster

Most teachers do their job in a classroom equipped to hold anywhere from 25 to 30 students. But what happens when your classroom is 40 feet long, weighs 40,000 pounds, and can accommodate as many as 50 people?

That’s when you bring in a guy like George Lewis, whose job at GTrans (formerly Gardena Mu- nicipal Bus Lines) is to train new hires who come to the company as prospective bus operators.

Whether the new drivers have a commercial license or not does not matter. Lewis trains and has trained both experienced and inexperienced drivers to handle a vehicle that most people never get an opportunity to drive. However, before sliding in behind the wheel, Lewis said all new drivers must start off in a traditional classroom setting.

“New drivers usually begin in the classroom learning funda- mentals such as wide turning, working without a rear-view mirror, and using the left and right side mirrors in lieu of a rear-view mirror,” Lewis said.

Making the transition from driving a car to driving a bus is different for everyone, according to Lewis, who has been a transportation professional for the past 24 years.

He said that some find that the job is not for them once they get behind the wheel, while others take to it relatively quickly.

“Most people who have never driven anything bigger than a minivan will, after about a week of training, realize that they can handle driving a bus,” Lewis said.

Once drivers complete the required classroom training on driving a bus, they are then taken to a closed course at the GTrans bus yard where they are taught how to make left and right turns and how to use the mirrors.

After two to three days of training at the bus yard, the drivers are then taken to the streets near Cal State University, Dominguez Hills (east of Gardena), where Lewis and the new driver will train on an empty bus.

This is the usual training area for GTrans drivers thanks to the fact that the streets near the campus are wide, mostly empty with very little traffic and very few parked cars. Lewis notes that the openness of the streets allows new drivers the ability to take their time and actually learn without distractions.

Once the drivers get comfort- able enough with the training near CSUDH, then the drivers start route training where Lewis, who has been training GTrans drivers for the past three years, teaches the drivers all of the routes they will drive every day.

Lewis will pick a different route and the driver just drives that route all day.

New drivers won’t begin taking on passengers for another three weeks which is the point at which the new drivers will go to the California Department of Motor Vehicles to take their DMV skills test; if they pass, they will get their Class B commercial driver’s license and join the approximately 85 drivers currently working for GTrans.

The drivers come back every quarter for safety meetings where Lewis will talk to the drivers about changes in laws or safety issues. Drivers also must attend monthly smart training where they take an 8-hour class that focuses on defensive driving techniques and customer service skills, including how to interact with the disabled.

“The most important skills [that drivers learn] are defensive driving and knowing how to recognize hazards and getting in the habit of moving your head and moving your eyes and anticipating what other drivers are go- ing to do before they do it,” Lewis said.

Anticipating what other driv- ers will do is one way to avoid accidents, which Lewis said is something no driver wants on their record.

If a driver is deemed at fault for an accident, then that driver will be brought back into the classroom for an hour or two of retraining where Lewis and the driver talk about the accident and then the driver will receive coaching on how to do better to avoid another accident.

Lewis said that one way for drivers to avoid accidents is for them to stay calm during their route and practice patience.

“My thing is to always take your time,” Lewis said. “There is no rush. If you’re late, stay late. Rushing causes accidents and you don’t want accidents. Most people who are not in transit think that buses have to be on time. It’s good for buses to be on time because people depend on it. but not if it’s going to cause you to rush.”

Lewis started his career in transportation as a school bus driver for four years in the Los Angeles Unified School District. However, school bus driving is not consistent (no work in the summer) so he jumped over to public transit with the city of Montebello.

From there, Lewis worked for the Big Blue Bus in Santa Monica then went to the Orange County Transportation Authority and then the MetropolitanTransportation Authority before finally settling in Gardena at GTrans, where he has been since 2012.

Those interested in learning more about employment as a GTrans bus driver can contact George Lewis at [email protected]

GTrans is a municipal transit agency that serves Gardena, Ca. and surrounding Los Angeles County neighborhoods. It was founded on Jan. 15, 1940, as Gardena Municipal Bus Lines.

On the agency’s 75th anniversary, the agency was renamed as GTrans. GTrans provides public transportation services in the South Bay of Southern California including the cities of Gardena, Hawthorne, Compton, Carson, Harbor City, Lawndale and Los Angeles.

Puratos USA Expands its West Coast Operations with Series of California Investments

LOS ANGELES, June 1, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- Puratos U.S., a leading bakery and sweet goods ingredient company, is pleased to announce the expansion of its West Coast operations with two key investments in the Los Angeles region—the installation of a new manufacturing line at its Rancho Dominguez facility and planned relocation to a state-of-the-art warehouse/distribution facility conveniently located 15 minutes away in Gardena, California. These strategic investments will further strengthen Puratos' operations to support its growing cust...

LOS ANGELES, June 1, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- Puratos U.S., a leading bakery and sweet goods ingredient company, is pleased to announce the expansion of its West Coast operations with two key investments in the Los Angeles region—the installation of a new manufacturing line at its Rancho Dominguez facility and planned relocation to a state-of-the-art warehouse/distribution facility conveniently located 15 minutes away in Gardena, California. These strategic investments will further strengthen Puratos' operations to support its growing customer base in the region while reducing its carbon footprint.

Doubling dry capacity at its Dominguez facility, the new manufacturing line will be operational by the end of the year and produce Puratos' full line of dry products including bakery and sweet goods mixes and improvers. Meeting the highest standards of quality and food safety, it will feature cutting-edge technology with improved automation and an enhanced design that incorporates ergonomics and material flow. In parallel, sizable upgrades have been made to the factory infrastructure, including a new break room to improve the overall employee experience.

To optimize its logistics network and better serve customers in the region, the company is also relocating its warehousing/distribution from Rancho Cucamonga to a brand-new facility in Gardena just 5 miles from its plant. The transition will be completed by Fall 2023, and its strategic location will reduce transport time between its two facilities by over 52 miles, eliminating 30,000 truck miles and over 12 tons of CO2 annually.

In addition to modern infrastructure, the 86,000 square feet facility features environmentally friendly features, including LED lighting, an ESFR sprinkler system and on-site electrical charging for vehicles, waste reduction initiatives and responsible packaging practices. In the heart of South Bay's transportation corridors, the new location offers easy access to area freeways, airports and ports, providing greater accessibility and faster response times for its bakery and sweet goods clientele.

"These investments demonstrate our dedication to our customers, partners and people, and our commitment to the most sustainable operating model possible," said , President of Puratos U.S. "By expanding, consolidating and streamlining our operations, we are well-positioned to meet the rising demand for our products and further strengthen our partnerships throughout the critical market."

Puratos is an international company that offers a full range of innovative food ingredients and solutions for the bakery, sweet goods and chocolate categories. We serve primarily large industrial bakeries and retailers in the US, in addition to foodservice chains, distributors and artisan customers. Our US headquarters are in with a national footprint, and our global headquarters are in . At Puratos, we believe that food has extraordinary power in our lives. We do not take such a responsibility lightly. This is why we aim to help customers be successful with their business, by turning technologies and experience gathered from food cultures around the world into new opportunities. Together, we move the planet forward by creating innovative food solutions for the health and well-being of people everywhere.

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Mother Demands Answers After Her 7-Year Old Son Was Stabbed At School In Gardena

A mother is shaken, angry, and is seeking justice after her 7-year old son was stabbed by two other boys at Purche Avenue elementary school in Gardena.It all took place on February 6th when "Ida Jordan" went to pick her son "Karter" up from school just before 2:30pm but quickly realized he wasn't popping up anywhere.Her son was in the bathroom when 2 other kids went into the bathroom and one of the boy's told the other to "Get him". Jordan son went to the office where no one contacted her about the...

A mother is shaken, angry, and is seeking justice after her 7-year old son was stabbed by two other boys at Purche Avenue elementary school in Gardena.

It all took place on February 6th when "Ida Jordan" went to pick her son "Karter" up from school just before 2:30pm but quickly realized he wasn't popping up anywhere.

Her son was in the bathroom when 2 other kids went into the bathroom and one of the boy's told the other to "Get him". Jordan son went to the office where no one contacted her about the incident.

Jordan asked a school teacher if she knew where her son was ? The teacher replied she did not know where he was.

That's when two fellow school kids told jordan that her son was stabbed in the neck and he was in the office.

Jordan rushed to the office where she was furious to why she never received a phone call about her son being stabbed.

"Thank god it was only a small cut w/ blood but close to the vain" Jordan said.

When jordan got to the office she witnesses son shakened up by everybody, making her very mad.

Jordan tried reaching out the school's superintendent and principal in hopes to seek justice. Neither one of them contacted her back.

Unfortunately since then both of the kids apart of the stabbing has returned back onto the campus.

Jordan said she kept her son off the campus after that incident.

"Im a angry parent" jordan said.

"Wtf am i supposed to do" jordan also said.

Jordan is hoping for justice in this incident. She wants to know why she was not immediately and directly contacted after the stabbing.

She also wants to know why school official's have not reached back out to her. Also she wants to know why the kids who stabbed her son, is back on campus.

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Helping Hands accepts 3 donations in week six

Vieira, Devereaux make individual contributions; GV Lions add $250By Gary KohatsuIt was a slow week en route to the Christmas holiday as the Helping Hands program received only three contributions.AJ Vieira led the way with a $300 gift, followed by the Gardena Valley Lions Club with $250. Clarence Devereaux added a $100 gift and the week’s total was $650.The unofficial take for the holiday season is $12,340.50.Jaclyn Arcos, Helping Hands coordinator and Community Services Cou...

Vieira, Devereaux make individual contributions; GV Lions add $250

By Gary Kohatsu

It was a slow week en route to the Christmas holiday as the Helping Hands program received only three contributions.

AJ Vieira led the way with a $300 gift, followed by the Gardena Valley Lions Club with $250. Clarence Devereaux added a $100 gift and the week’s total was $650.

The unofficial take for the holiday season is $12,340.50.

Jaclyn Arcos, Helping Hands coordinator and Community Services Counselor, said that the Hustler Casino and the Lucky Lady Casino gave “a carload of toys to Helping Hands” within the last two weeks.

Arcos added that others collecting toys for Helping Hands are Nader’s furniture store and Nissin Foods, as well as eight city locations: City Hall, Human Services, Nakaoka Center, GTrans, Freeman Park, Mas Fukai Park, Rowley Park and Johnson Park.

Now in its 41st year, the holiday program is an important part of the city’s outreach to the Gardena community.

For questions regarding Helping Hands, contact the Human Services Division at 310-217-9574 or email helping- [email protected]

The Helping Hands program helps between 400 and 450 families each holiday season. That would include about 700 children and overall, about 2,000 people.

Families who live outside of Gardena, in the unincorporated area of the Harbor Gateway, might also qualify for the Helping Hands program if there is enough food and toys, city officials said.

For a great cause

Sponsored by the city of Gardena in cooperation with the Gardena Valley News, the holiday food drive began in 1980 as a food basket giveaway to Gardena’s less fortunate.

In recent years, food vouchers to area grocery stores have replaced food baskets, which provides families with a greater selection of food items, including dietary and ethnic items.

Last year, the Helping Hands program received palettes of canned foods and non-perishables from various groups for the holiday.

The city of Gardena provides all staffing in the Hands drive and all monetary contributions go toward the holiday fundraiser and the year-round food pantry.

No money is used for administrative costs.

As in the past, the Gardena Valley News will publish a list of contributors, with a weekly update of new donors. For more information about Helping Hands, call 310-217-9574.

• Checks should be made to “Helping Hands” and can be sent electronically to cityofgardena.org/events, under “Donation Opportunities” tab. Then click “Helping Hands.”

• If donations are sent by snail mail: City of Gardena, Attn: Human Services Department, 1700 W. 162nd Street, Gardena, CA 90247.

• Monetary donations should be dropped off at the Human Services Building, 1651 W. 162nd Street, Gardena.

• Businesses collecting toys are the Hustler and Lucky Lady Casinos, Nader’s furniture store and Nissin Foods.

City departments and parks have eight drop-off locations:

City Hall, Human Services, Nakaoka Center, GTrans, Freeman Park, Mas Fukai Park, Rowley Park and Johnson Park.

• Food donations are accepted year-round.

“We need items such as toys, books, art supplies, board games, sports equipment and gift cards for youth age 10 and older,” Arcos said.

To learn more about the event, contact Jaclyn Arcos, City of Gardena Recreation Department, at 310-217-9574.


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