Hawthorne Happenings May 19, 2016

News for the City of Good Neighbors from City Clerk Huber

Holly Park Pancake Breakfast – This Saturday                                                                                  

This Saturday, June 18th the Holly Park Homeowners Association will be sponsoring a pancake breakfast to help raise funds for their scholarship fund.  It will be held at Olivet Lutheran Church located just East of Crenshaw on Imperial Highway. The event is from 8 a.m. to 12 noon.  

This Sunday is Fathers Day. My father had a great influence on me.  Both my father and grandfather were Lutheran pastors.  When my father was up in the pulpit preaching, he was communicating God’s Word to me.  As a youngster, he seemed like GOD to me.  I never thought I could fill his shoes and follow in his footsteps.  I became a teacher in Lutheran schools instead.  It was with that same missionary mindset of wanting to help others that led me into the teaching/coaching profession and has motivated me for the past 39 years to continue to fight the good fight in our public schools.  Almost every day, we are reminded of the sin that is in our world.  We are surrounded by violence and death.  I don’t know about you, but I have yet to find anything in this world that I can put my trust in besides Jesus Christ. My prayer is that my children would also come to that knowledge of this saving grace. My heavenly father forgives and loves me, I in turn forgive and love my children, my wife, my friends, neighbors and even my enemies in like fashion.  May God bless all fathers this week end.

Shortest Man – Shortest Street  

A little known Hawthorne resident/celebrity Michu Meszaros died this past Sunday.  The actor played "ALF" in the popular '80s sitcom. The 76-year old Meszaros, who stood only 33 inches tall, had a stroke last Thursday and had been hospitalized since. Meszaros wore a full-body suit to portray the alien wiseguy "ALF," which was sometimes portrayed by a puppet.  The NBC series ran four seasons. Meszaros was born in Hungary and joined Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus in 1973. He performed for U.S. presidents Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan and became friends with Michael Jackson after Jackson saw him performing. In the 1990’s, the Hawthorne Chamber of Commerce, with leadership from former mayor, Danny Juarez, named a short street for the shortest man in Hawthorne.  The street is located North of El Segundo, and runs West from Ramona Avenue.  

City Council Approves Hotels for Civic Center Site  

In closed session, during a special meeting of the Hawthorne City Council on Wednesday, June 15th, the council approved a development concept presented by the Mogul Capital Development Company to construct two hotels on the nine lots that the City owns around the City Hall.  During the public presentation of the project, it was revealed that the hotels would be Courtyard by Marriott and a TownePlace Suites also by Marriott. The Courtyard hotel would have approximately 200 rooms and the TownePlace would have about 100.   Ample parking is to be included in the site development.  The hotel bed taxes from this project will deliver much needed revenue to our cash-strapped city.  Yes, it will be different having two hotels right next to our city hall.  Yes, the Hawthorne Museum and art galleries will have to be relocated.  But, if the development will bring us closer to balancing our budget, then we should whole-heartedly be in support of it.  The hope is that with this project the good stuff will spill across the street to the vacant mall.  IF we would ever see activity on the East side of Hawthorne Blvd, then Hawthorne for sure will be on its way back to prosperity.  One good thing leads to another and before you know it, it’s all GOOD. 

Brewery Site Approved

The owners of LA Ale Works appeared before the Planning Commission last night to receive permission to open a brewery in an industrial building located in the 12900 block of Cerise Avenue in Hawthorne.  They did receive the conditional use permit and are making plans to open their micro-brewery in November or December of this year. This will be the first-ever brewery located in Hawthorne. I meant to ask if they plan on naming any of their beers with a Hawthorne flavor.  I could see “Good Vibrations” Ale, or “Marilyn Blonde” or “Colonizing Mars Cooler”. How much better can it get?  Having a cold one in the City of Good Neighbors, enjoying the music the Boys, and dreaming of taking the next shuttle jet up to the Red Planet. Stay thirsty my friends! 

GOOD NEIGHBORS DAY – Saturday, July 16 - 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Civic Center

Please contact me if you would like to participate in our 6th Annual Good Neighbors Day home town fair and car show.  It’s always a good day to hear some good music, enjoy some company and eat a little food.  Vendors are welcome to set up a table.  We are looking for local talent.  

Let’s make this year’s event special.  

Contact email: norbhuber@gmail.com