Hawthorne Happenings July 7, 2016

News for the City of Good Neighbors from City Clerk Huber

Saturday - July 16th - Come out and Celebrate Hawthorne! 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. - Civic Center

Worst Cities to Live In?  Hawthorne is NOT #4!
Someone forwarded the email when I returned from my fishing trip and I could not believe that Hawthorne was ranked #4 on the list of worst USA cities to live in. That is WRONG! One of the reasons for our high ranking: “Hawthorne residents are at a disadvantage. Incomes are lower than average in Hawthorne, while a higher than average cost of living in the city further weakens residents’ purchasing power.”  I understand that reasoning but that doesn't make us one of the worst places to live in America.  If we are so bad, why do so many people want to live here?  Is it our fault that there are more people who want to buy or rent a house in our fine city than what the market has available?   Here is my list of reasons why people love living here: #1.) the weather #2.) closeness to jobs, freeways and the beach#3.) affordable house prices for those who can afford to buy. I bet if you asked some of your relatives who live in the Midwest whether they like the winter weather in Omaha or Hawthorne, most would opt to live in Hawthorne. Hawthorne is small in size geographically but has a very broad range of income levels.  Yes, a majority of our citizens are hard-working, lower-income workers who can only afford to rent an apartment or a house.  But, come to Hawthorne's west side and you will see homes selling for close to one million and there are plenty of buyers who want to plunk down their money and move in.  I'm tired of "outsiders" knocking Hawthorne.  Let them say or write what they want.  I know we have a lot of good neighbors living here who enjoy living here.  Who cares what others think?  Why don't we make Hawthorne GREAT again?  (No, I'm not running for president.)   

Good Neighbors Day - "United Hawthorne"
I challenge the good neighbors of Hawthorne to come together for Good Neighbors Day.  The date is Saturday, July 16th and this community building event will be held at the civic center in front of city hall.  The day will be full of great activities, our annual car show will kick things off at 10 a.m.  Over 20 artists will display their talents at an Art Walk.  Music will be a big part of the program.  Emmit Rhodes, a long-time Hawthorne resident who has been making music for over 40 years will be on stage beginning at 11 a.m.  There will be local other bands that will perform. Did I mention that there will be vendors, exhibitors and games for the kids and adults?  It's not too late to sign up to participate.  Call me or email me to let me know if you wish to help us celebrate Hawthorne.   My phone number is 310-292-6714 and my email is norbhuber@gmail.com.

Jail House Tours
A special treat at Good Neighbors Day will be tours of the old Hawthorne Police Department jail.  This will be your last opportunity to peek inside and see the old holding tanks that have housed quite an array of villains during its day. The old city hall and police station building is scheduled to be demolished in the next year to make room for new development.   Small group tours led by HPD's past jailers will be offered from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. that day.

 "Nextdoor" Unite
If you are a member of your local information-sharing website/app and you want to actually meet some of your neighbors who post then come on down to Good Neighbors Day, we will have a table designated for that purpose.  We'll also show some of you who may not be familiar with this app how to join.  It's another way for us to come together as a community.

Ramona Neighborhood Picnic
The Ramona Neighborhood Association invite you to attend their annual picnic on Saturday, July 30 at Ramona Park.  It's always a nice event to get to know your neighbors and enjoy some food and fun.

Did you Know?
Things happening in Hawthorne: Elon gave all of his hard-working, SpaceX employees this week off to enjoy the 4th and summer.  The Costco business center will soon have a gas station located behind their warehouse over on Prairie Avenue.  Another major renovation of a section of Hawthorne Blvd is underway between 120th and El Segundo Blvd.  A Porsche dealership is going in at the 405 and Isis.  The HPD received over 100 calls reporting illegal fireworks on the 4th. Two fires were reported due to our pyrotechnic displays.  California's economy is the sixth largest in the world, only five countries produced more last year than California: the U.S., China, Japan, Germany and the United Kingdom. Forget the cold ones, have an iced coffee today! Stay sober my friends.   

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