News for the City of Good Neighbors from City Clerk Huber
Tall and Long
I drove over to Crenshaw Blvd following the city council meeting this past Tuesday evening just to get a glimpse of it. Yes, it is tall. It looks like it fits right in with the SpaceX headquarters in the background. It is the first stage of the first Falcon 9 to successfully make a soft landing. It is now on display at the SpaceX facility where it was built. After stopping briefly, I proceeded down Jack Northrop Avenue and saw the foundation being poured for the one mile long hyperloop track that is being constructed along our city street. Where else in the world can you see a space rocket standing as a monument and a test track for future earthly travel all on the same street? After seeing first hand last week the receding glaciers of Alaska caused from man-inflicted global warming, I return to Hawthorne where electric cars are being designed and ultra fast travel is becoming a reality. Maybe it’s not too late to save our planet from man’s destructive footprints. At the end of Jack Northrop Ave I looked over the fence behind Costco’s Business Center to see the pumps ready go for their new gas station. It still may be a few years until we can stop waiting in line to fill up our gas guzzlers.
My Brother’s Keeper
How can you make a difference in the world? Become a mentor for a young person who needs an adult role model or just someone to talk with. President Obama started a program two years ago called My Brother’s Keeper and challenged communities to step up and do something about the youth falling through the cracks. Hawthorne has joined with five other cities in LA County to try to meet this challenge. We are trying to pull all of the programs that deal with youth together to make a unified effort to make a difference in Hawthorne. Every child deserves a chance. Some young people have been left to raise themselves. The adults in their lives have failed them. They lack direction. That is where our community needs to fill that void and it is done one individual at a time. Big Brother and Big Sister programs are just one example of how many communities have addressed this problem. Schools play a very key roll in this. I return to Long Beach Poly High School next week to begin my 40th year of trying to make a difference in the lives of adolescences. I try to have my students “see a future”, set a goal, and daily remind themselves of that goal. It’s not easy work changing the mindset of a non-motivated teen. If we really do want to make America great we must tackle our problems head on and there are very few problems that are more important than lifting up our youth. They are our future. You are invited to a summit meeting of My Brother’s Keeper to be held on October 18th from 6 to 8 p.m. at Hawthorne High School. Come out and find out how you can be involved with this challenge and opportunity.
North Hawthorne Picnic
Hawthorne residents are invited to attend the annual North Hawthorne Community Picnic to be held on Saturday, August 27th from 12 noon to 4 p.m. Hot dogs, pizza, games and family fun are all planned over at Eucalyptus Park. Come out and enjoy the afternoon.
End-of-The-Summer Historical Society Meeting
The Hawthorne Historical Society will meet one last time for the summer this coming Monday, August 29th at 6:30 p.m. at the Hawthorne Museum. Bring in a "travel story" to share with the group. Refreshments will be served. You are welcome to join us on the last Monday of each month for our open meetings.
Call it Like it Is
My critics tell me I'm being too politically correct when I tell people to have a cold one. They say just to come out and be truthful and say have a beer. Like I said before in several of my columns, I do not advocate alcohol in excess and I think a cold one can mean lemonade or ice tea for some people. So, I will keep pushing having any beverage that quenches your thirst, makes you happy, or helps you celebrate being alive another day. So there you go you critics, just drink your beer and stop reading my column if you don't like my style. I'm having too much fun to worry about pleasing you drunkards.