— There are signs all around the Gardenas department store.
“Gardena is a city where the city fathers have to work and the city moms have to take care of kids,” said Gardena Mayor Mark DeCicco.
But some residents think the department store is too big for its own good.
Gardenas Mayor Mark deCiccos office was closed for several months after the city council voted to close it.
It was a vote that was heavily criticized by some residents who complained that the City Council should have voted on the closure earlier.
A number of the stores had been under a $2 million budget shortfall, and many of the workers had been laid off and were trying to find new work.
In a recent interview, deCocco blamed the closure on the new mayor.
“I think the Mayor got the best deal for his own benefit,” he said.
DeCocos daughter worked at the store and she said she would not want to work for any other store.
“We can’t live like this.
It’s like I would not even be able to survive,” she said.
DeCicos has been on the job for a little over a year, and said he knows how much it costs the city.
The Gardenas city council has voted twice in the past to close the stores, but the new city manager says that has not happened.
He says he will continue to do whatever he can to make sure that people can have access to jobs and help them to move out of the city, and to keep the city’s tax base up.
The Gardena City Council voted to shut the department stores down after residents complained about their high rent and the fact that many of their workers were not eligible for city benefits.
While the closures are now over, the Gardenans are still left without their city government and will have to find a new place to live.
The city of Gardenas has spent millions on its $2.9 million budget for the next five years.
The council voted earlier this month to cut $1.4 million from the budget to pay for the closure, but that has been frozen.