Hawthorne Happenings October 20, 2016

News for the City of Good Neighbors from City Clerk Huber


Community BBQ Dinner – This Thursday
The Hawthorne Presidents’ Council will be hosting their annual Community BBQ Dinner this Thursday, October 20th at the Memorial Center.  Tickets are only $5 for adults and $2.50 for children.  The kitchen will be open from 5 to 6:30 p.m.  Bring your cash to buy raffle tickets.  Donations all go to help the Presidents’ Council purchase food baskets and toys for community families during the upcoming holiday season. Members of the LA County Fire Department will be there to share safety tips to protect your family and home.

 Pancake Breakfast and E-Waste Roundup and Shredding Event
The Ramona Neighborhood Association is planning a pancake breakfast to be held on Saturday, October 29th at Ramona Park from 9-11 a.m.  It is free to Ramona Neighborhood Association members and only $2 for non-members.  On that same day, Allied Waste is holding an E-Waste Roundup and Shredding Event at the Memorial Center.   

 “My Brother’s Keeper” Summit
A large crowd turned out for the kick off to a very important program regarding saving our youth from falling through the cracks and into trouble.  My Brother’s Keeper-Hawthorne Summit was a gathering of many city leaders and educational types who worked on networking and strategies to help save our youth.  The meeting held this past Tuesday night at Hawthorne High School was only the beginning of our push to meet the challenge put forth by President Obama.  I’m sure we will be hearing much more concerning these efforts to help kids from preschool on up.   

Don’t Mention It
How’s the weather?  How are you doing?  That would be small talk.  We usually make casual conversation just to be nice to a coworker or fellow churchgoer.  But, no one wants to go further than that these days.  No one wants to mention the “E” word, the E standing for “Election”.  A better question is how are you coping with it?  Are you watching the Dodger games and trying to forget about our national mess?   Are you just wanting it to be over soon?  Are you going to vote for President or are you just going to leave that space blank? It seems like the whole nation is in a dilemma.  Most election years, people would want to advocate for their candidate. This year, more people are voting against a candidate than for a candidate.  Then we have too many measures on the California ballot to really deal with.  Should we legalize pot?  Should we ban plastic bags?  Should adult film stars be required to wear protection during filming?  It gets to be overwhelming.  We live in a sin filled world and politics seems to bring out the worst of our world. It seems like ALL elected officials are crooks, except of course for city clerks who talk about cold ones and God and their old lady keeping them in line and how they get high on life and black coffee.  Who needs pot?  Live the high life; just don’t mention the E word.   

Drop Off Your Absentee Ballot at City Clerk’s Office
We have an official election drop off box in the city clerk’s office in city hall.  You can personally drop your absentee ballot into the ballot box during our regular office hours which are from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday thru Thursday.  The LA County Register’s Office will be collecting the ballots and counting them prior to November 8th.  


Human Trafficking
As a secondary school educator, I am concerned for the students.  I see that some of them are addicted to their electronic devices.  I discovered some scary statistics recently:  Children 8 to 18 years of age spend 7 hours and 38 minutes in front of a screen on an average day. There are over 1 million predators lurking on the internet at any one time looking for underage boys and girls to groom into coming over to the dark side. The dangers that our technologically advanced world brings right to the pocket of our teens is unbelievable.  Most parents are unaware of the great risks their children face by being active on the internet.  Here are some stats: 95% of teens are online, 90% use social media.  76% use Instagram and 59% are on Twitter.  87% of teens send text messages at least occasionally.  On average 18 to 24 year olds, send 130 texts a day or 3,853 a month.  Finally, 91% of our teens post a photo of themselves on the world wide web.  That means their image is out there for the world to see.  With location finding data, the bad guys now can determine exactly where a person lives or travels to.  If you have a child, you may want to read this book entitled, “Seduced – The Grooming of America’s Teenagers” by Opal Singleton.  She has done the research and now conducts workshops for parents, educators and law enforcement on America’s youth and human trafficking. It only takes one post and you can lose your bright, young child to prostitution and gangs.  The problem is no longer international, it is right here on main street America.

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