News for the City of Good Neighbors from City Clerk Huber
Ramona Neighborhood Picnic - This Saturday
The Ramona Neighborhood Association invites you to attend their annual picnic this Saturday, July 30 at Ramona Park from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free hot dogs and hamburgers for all. If you care about your neighborhood then join the RNA with a $10 annual membership fee. There are games planned for the kids and the park's wading pool will be filled and ready for the little ones. It's always a nice event to get to know your neighbors and enjoy some food and fun.
National Night Out
The Hawthorne community has an opportunity to come together and celebrate our SAFE city on Tuesday August 2 for National Night Out. This year's event will be held at the Civic Center beginning at 6 p.m. This annual nationwide event was established several years ago to bring neighborhoods and law enforcement together. There will be free ice cream and much more. You will be able to meet and greet some of the men and women who risk their lives for us every day. Stop by the Historical Society table for a blue ribbon to show your support of our people in blue. We have a large banner that reads: "Hawthorne supports our police".
Okay, I have to admit that I downloaded the "app", the Pokemon Go app on my iPhone. Some young folks were "playing the game" out in front ofCity Hall the other evening while we were setting up for Good Neighbors Day. They taught me how to get started. We walked, we looked for gyms. We looked for Pokemons and other creatures. I did capture one. They were excited that I also had obtained two eggs that I need to incubate. I had enough of the game after 30 minutes. I got a taste of the craze. I see that it gets people out and walking. That's the good part. I really didn't grasp the point of the whole thing. Maybe that's it, maybe there really isn't any more to it than planning a video game using your GPS, all of your monthly data and all of you cell phone battery life. I have heard reports of local restaurants having to post signs indicating that Pokemon players had to buy a menu item to play inside the cafe. Our church's security guard has had to direct numerous Pokemon-player cars off of our parking lot at night in order to lock the main entrance gate. I saw a Nextdoor post asking if any of my neighbors had found some good Pokemon "nests". I say, let them have fun. If I didn't have 50 other things I enjoy doing more then I would right out there with them. At least the game doesn't not including shooting off fireworks.
Nike's Airport Basketball
Hawthorne took off to the national stage once again over the weekend with Nike spending millions of dollars on transforming our new, airport hangar to a basketball arena. Here is a write up for the event written by DJ Jefferson for Pret-A-Reporter: "What do Chance The Rapper, Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving and a new Aston Martin convertible have in common? They all were featured players in this weekend’s Nike Air fan event, which took over an air hangar at the Hawthorne Municipal Airport in Hawthorne, CA. The interactive footwear experience was organized to celebrate Team USA basketball ahead of the Rio Olympic Games and to hype the launch of the Nike Hyperdunk 2016 Flyknit and Air Jordan XXXI — and it drew more than 1,000 fans, who found out about it through Nike's social media channels.The free two-day extravaganza featured a jam-packed schedule of events ranging from youth league games and an Olympic history gallery to an air dunk show featuring Nike brand athletes Irving and Chicago Bulls’ Jimmy Butler. Chance The Rapper performed a song commissioned by Nike specifically for Team USA. Grace Chang, Nike spokesperson, explains that the Air Hangar extravaganza was not only a celebration of Team USA taking the world stage, but also the basketball community in Los Angeles." We have a lot of "Hypers" going on over there on Crenshaw. Elon is building his hyperlink track along side of Jack Northrop Avenue and now we debut the Hyperdunk shoe. I might even say that Hawthorne is pretty Hyper!
Maybe Something Big
The City Council last night authorized our City Manager to enter into negotiations with the federal government to "succeed" the federal building and eleven acres of land located on Marine Avenue and Aviation Blvd over to the City at 100%, (that means free folks). Wow! That would be big! Negotiations may take up to a year to complete but we can dream that someday soon we would have a new green space and open park located on the most southwestern part of our fine city. If that would transpire I would be obligated to consume not "a cold one" but several cold ones. (You didn't think I could write a column without mentioning a cold one did you?)