Hawthorne Happenings February 15, 2018

News for the City of Good Neighbors from Norb Huber

The Plaza Mall
Okay, so the proposed redevelopment of the very heart of downtown Hawthorne has fallen through.  Our crown jewel, the Hawthorne Plaza Mall, has lost its luster and then some.  (Kind of like me, but you have heard that one already.) So, where do we go from here?  For the good of Hawthorne, the long-time owner needs to sell it off.  If he doesn’t sell the property outright, the City needs to use whatever means possible to force him to relinquish ownership.  But, then what?  Do we have any creative ideas for the final solution to this eye-sore of a problem sitting right smack dab in the middle of our city?  More housing?  That doesn’t seem like the answer.  Mr. Gabay was approved to build 600 housing units a year ago and that didn’t pan out.  How about asking Elon what he thinks?  He is good at solving the world’s problems.  Why not ask him to help us solve Hawthorne’s problem.  I like the idea of a terminal for the Boring Company’s traffic solving tunnel system that would whisk commuters to their jobs underground.  I like the idea of building a practice facility for both the Rams and the Chargers to use really close to their future home stadium.  I’m not so keen on building thousands of small cottages for the LA County homeless population to call home even if we are the city of good neighbors. That would displace all of the feral cats that have called the site home for close to 20 years.  Is the site large enough for SpaceX to recover their spent rockets?  Then they wouldn’t have to transport them very far to recycle them.  Maybe a tourist attraction will work.  Maybe we should talk to Disney about a park and fly to Disneyland to shuttle tourists there from LAX since parking seems like a problem out in the happiest and most expensive place on earth. Every major city has an extra tall tower or building that people pay $30 a pop to go to the top of to get a 360 degree view of the city.  Let’s build a tower on the boulevard, at the very least it would keep the LAX jets from flying over our houses in the middle of the night. How about a national aerospace museum on the west coast since the roots of aerospace run deep here?  Okay, I will stop.  We have to think outside of the box. We should  call a meeting over at the LA Ale Works brewery and have some cold ones.  There is absolutely nothing that cannot be solved over a cold one or two.   Now there is an idea, let’s open up the world’s largest craft brewery in the world at the mall site.  It’s wouldn’t be Miller Time it could be Hawthorne Time.

Life and Death
We received word this week that two longtime residents of Hawthorne have passed away recently.  Eleanor Escalante and Bill Shultz both were very involved in the Hawthorne community.  Eleanor was a teacher, principal of Yukon Intermediate School, and then after retiring served as a school board member with the Hawthorne School District.  Bill was a Class of ’63 grad of Hawthorne High School and outstanding baseball player.  He volunteered many hours to help with the local youth baseball leagues and stayed active with the Historical Society.  He has many friends who will sorely miss him. Both of these fine people were neighbors of mine in the Ramona Tract, the best part of Hawthorne.                                                                                                                                                            Hawthorne Kiwanis Club Special Guest Day
Want to get involved with your community and help make Hawthorne a better place to live and work?  The Kiwanis Club of Hawthorne is having a Special Guest Day luncheon on Friday, March 2nd starting at 12 noon at the Hawthorne Memorial Center.  I am an honorary member of this club and I can say that membership is full of fun, service and great comradery with others who share my passion for making Hawthorne better. Interested in attending?  Contact Don Harris at 310-293-6580 or hollyglendon@sbcglobal.net.  The special luncheon is an invitation to potential members who may wish to join the club.

Hawthorne’s “Hometown Pancake Breakfast”
Mark your calendars. Tell your cell phone to send you a reminder. Make a point to get out of bed early and come on over to the Hawthorne Museum on St. Patrick’s Day morning, Saturday, March 17 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 11 a.m.  The Hawthorne Historical Society will be holding our 4th Annual Hawthorne Hometown Pancake Breakfast.  How much better can it get than hot cakes, bacon, sausage, orange juice and coffee?  Bring your friends and family.  The price is right, $5 is all that you pay.  After having a great breakfast you can enjoy all of those green cold ones in celebration of our Irish heritage. I was wondering the other day why Germans don’t have a holiday designated in America to celebrate their lineage.  Cinco de Mayo is for Mexican culture, African-Americans have MLKJ Day, there is a Chinese New Year, but I guess the closest thing we have for Germans is the entire month of October being a “fest”.  I have to admit that cold ones for a month is pretty good.  So there, I don’t feel so left out. My name, Norbert Huber is pretty Germanic. The German pronunciation of Huber is “Uber”.  Just don’t call me if you need a ride, I’m sure you can understand why, especially if it’s October.     

The “State of the City” Luncheon
Mayor Alex Vargas promises to keep his speech shorter than President Trump when he delivers his annual “State of the City” address on Wednesday, March 21st over at the Memorial Center.  Tickets to the luncheon are $50 per person and can be obtained by calling the Chamber of Commerce office.