Hawthorne Happenings March 19, 2015

News for the City of Good Neighbors from City Clerk Huber


    Did you fill it out?  Did you enter your office pool?  Did you pick the winners of the NCAA basketball championship brackets? This is the week that March Madness begins. The unpredictability of the college games and the stories of small schools upsetting the big schools is what makes for the “madness”.  With 68 teams in the tournament and over 80 games being played, there is bound to be one team in the field that you can pull for.  There are many ways to pick the winners.  One of my female teaching colleagues picks by the teams uniform colors. It’s all fun and exciting.  Now, can you tell me where Wofford and Valparaiso Universities are located?    

Service Providers Faire/Earth Day – Memorial Park

    On Saturday, April 11, the City of Hawthorne’s annual Earth Day/Service Providers Fair will be held at the Memorial Park. Councilmember, Angie Reyes English is the coordinator of the Service Provider Fair that annually gives the citizens of Hawthorne an opportunity to obtain information regarding a wide range of services.  There are many booths set up out on the grass area of Memorial Park located at the corner of El Segundo Blvd. and Prairie Avenue. 

Last Call for Golfers

    The 27th Annual Hawthorne Parks and Recreation Foundation Golf Tournament will be held this Monday, March 30 at Coyote Hills Golf Course in Fullerton.  If you wish to play and support a good cause, then contact Dick Huhn at 310-643-9157.

Historical Society Meeting

    The Hawthorne Historical Society will have an Open Meeting on Monday, March 23 beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Hawthorne Museum.  Former Mayor, Guy Hocker will be our guest speaker.  Make plans to be there. Refreshments will be served.   These meetings are a great way to get to know your city’s history better and meet some of your neighbors. 

Carrot or Stick?

    A recent newspaper editorial raised the question regarding our drought and the lack of enforcement for water abusers.  Should our local governing bodies provide incentives for water users who are conserving water, or should they punish those who continue to waste our most precious resource?  Some cities, like Santa Cruz, have collected over 1 million dollars in fines from water wasters in their city, and their usage has declined by 24%.  I really think that until people feel the pinch in their pocketbooks they will continue to ignore the obvious, we need to conserve water.  Not long ago, before unlimited cell phone minute plans came along, we used to have to watch our phone usage, or get stuck with a large bill for “overage”.  The homeowner who goes over his monthly water usage average should be charged an overage fee. Some people just assume that we will always have water flowing no matter how much we use.  We do not want to be like Brazil’s largest city, Sao Paulo, where they are in a water rationing crises. Millions of people there are wondering when their water will run out.   

Upcoming Events:

Monday, March 23: HHS Open Meeting – 6:30 p.m. Museum
Saturday, March 28: Easter Bunny Breakfast – Memorial Center
Monday, March 30: Hawthorne Parks and Recreation Foundation Golf Tournament
Sunday, April 5: Easter Sunday
Saturday, April 11: Service Providers Faire/Earth Day – Memorial Park
Sat/Sun, April 18/19: American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life – Hawthorne High 

Comments or Questions: Contact me at: norbhuber@gmail.com.