Hawthorne Happenings October 26, 2017

News for the City of Good Neighbors from Norb Huber

 Vote YES on HH
It’s a no brainer.  The City of Hawthorne is not bringing in enough revenue to meet the demands for city services.  We are running a deficit.  It is not due to mismanagement or corruption. It’s due to the lack of tax revenue generated within our city.  We do not have big corporations that sell products that generates tax revenue.  So, what is Measure HH?  It is simply a very small sales tax increase on non-food items.  If you buy a big screen television at Costco-Hawthorne and pay $400 retail price, then the increase in sales tax would be simply $3.  For every $100 you will pay 75 cents more.  Most of our customers at Costco and Home Depot don’t live in the City.  So we, the residents, will only being paying for only 40% of the tax increase.  There is no question that the added income will help our city.  Use your brain, vote YES. Help Hawthorne move forward.  

 Hawthorne Trivia
While you watch the Dodgers win the world championship and as you sip on your cold ones to stay cool, here is some Hawthorne trivia to digest.  (Email me your answers. The first person to get them all correct will have the opportunity to enjoy a cold one with the City Clerk. Special note: Family members are not eligible to win since I really don’t care to share a cold one with my biggest critics.) What was the name of the street that Marilyn Monroe lived on when she lived in Hawthorne?   What street did Jim Thorpe live on in Hawthorne?  What family lived on 119th Street? What single family housing tract was built first: Holly Glen or Holly Park? At what location in Hawthorne did Jack Northrop start his company? What year was the first graduating class from Hawthorne High School? Who came up with the name Hawthorne?  When you drop the e from Hawthorne what do you spell and what does it refer to? What year was the current city hall built?  What organization had a contest to come up with the city motto, City of Good Neighbors?  What is a wig-wag and where in Hawthorne is one working?  Good Luck!  I will share the answers with all five of you next week.   

 Halloween Chamber Mixer
The Hawthorne Chamber of Commerce will host a mixer on Halloween night over at Chester Washington Golf Course, located at 120th and Western Avenue.  The mixer is from 5 to 7 p.m. and will include great food, games and costume contests.

 Historical Society to Meet
The Hawthorne Historical Society will conduct an open meeting on Monday, November 6 beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the new Hawthorne Museum.  Dr. Tom Johnstone, superintendent of Wiseburn School District will be our guest speaker.  He will share stories of his life in Hawthorne and give a brief history of the Wiseburn School District that has been over on the west side of town forever.

 Veterans Day After Party
November 11th is Veterans Day and the Veteran’s Commission for the City of Hawthorne is hosting a Veterans Day “After Party” at Dana Middle School located on 135th Street in Holly Glen.   There will be a brief program and then the party will begin with a great rock band and dancing.  Come celebrate our Veterans on their day.  The program will begin at 7 p.m. on Saturday, November 11.

When I speak with neighbors and friends their number one complaint is parking or the lack there of on residential streets.  I have spoken out several times at city council meetings.  I have written a couple of articles on this problem.  There really doesn’t seem to be any real good solutions. Neighboring cities have similar parking problems.  Some of these cities have permit parking or restricted zone parking.  We have several residents come to the city council to speak about their individual parking problems.  It gets to be a safety issue when people have to walk several blocks at night just to get home.  If I had the answer I would certainly share it with you and the council.  I feel your pain.  I understand your frustration.  It has become a “parking war” on many of our streets.  Having a cold one will not solve this problem but it may make you feel a little better about life in our city. 

 Contact email: norbhuber@gmail.com