Hawthorne Happenings January 5, 2016

News for the City of Good Neighbors from City Clerk Huber

City Council Sets Up Procedure to Fill Vacant Seat

The Hawthorne City Council met Tuesday night to listen to the 14 applicants who submitted their application for the opening on the City Council.  Each person had three minutes to tell the council why they should be appointed to fill the seat vacated by Mayor Alex Vargas.  The four members of the Council will try to agree on one of the candidates and make the appointment at an upcoming meeting later this month.  This procedure was put into place to avoid the cost of running a special election.

Martin Luther King, Jr Day

As soon as the New Year begins and we are returning from our long holiday breaks, we always look forward to our next break.  Well, we don’t have much time to wait.  The Martin Luther King holiday is held on the third Monday in January.  It gives us something to look forward to.  We really do need to put into practice what Dr. King was preaching during those chaotic years of the early 1960’s.  Respect for every man or women regardless of who they are is still needed today.  I think that respect comes from how we view our world and other humans.  From the Christian perspective, God has created every one and he has placed us here on earth to live together.  All of life is a gift from God.  If we truly love God, then we will love others.  If we look at each other from this view, we tend to treat each other in a respectful way, knowing that life is too short to hate or hurt our neighbor.  Why can’t we all be “respectful good neighbors” in 2016?

My 2016 Resolutions

Here it is, my list of 2016 New Year’s resolutions:  Eat less, run more, read more, laugh more, sleep more, listen more, talk less, get upset less, sleep less during long city council meetings, play golf more, work less, love my wife more, spend more time with my grandkids, read my bible more, submit my newspaper column on time more, give of my time more, eat less Mexican food, eat more sushi, check my cell phone less, remember the important stuff and forget the bad stuff, figure out who the best presidential candidate is, remember all of my passwords for every one of my internet accounts so that I don’t have to tell the site that I forgot it and request an email to be sent to my phone that allows me to reset my password, remember every one’s name who knows my first name and treats me like their best friend, delegate more, lead more, think less of myself and more of others, be thankful more, travel more, share the joy that I have in Jesus more, and of course, just relax and have more “cold ones”. (How long did it take me to break a resolution, not long.)  Every day I pray that God would use me to help me serve my family, friends, neighbors and community using the talents He has given to me.   Here’s to a New Year! Here’s to a great 2016!  Have a cold one or two or three!