Hawthorne's Mayor Elect Chris Brown Swearing-in Ceremony
Hawthorne-History was made in the City of Hawthorne last month. Citizens elected it's first African American Mayor. Mayor Elect Chris Brown (at age 32) is also the youngest mayor ever elected in the City of Hawthorne.
Thursday, December 5th, Hawthorne Mayor Elect Chris Brown held a public, honorary swearing in ceremony, at the Hawthorne Memorial Center, 3910 West El Segundo Blvd.
The center was beautifully decorated with patriotic red, white and blue ballons, accentuated with some seasonal poinsettas. Several elected and appointed officials representing the State of California and nearby cities were joined by community members for this historic occassion.
Ilu Johnson and Mark Montgomery of Bomb Entertainment provided some, smooth jazz tunes as guest arrived and mingled before the start of the program.
Hawthorne High School Jr. ROTC Posted The Colors, as the Hawthorne High School Band and Color Guard led the crowd in the Star Spangled Banner. The crowd and I remained standing as Patricia Donaldson, President of the Hawthorne Chamber of Commerce led the crowd in The Pledge of Allegiance.
Pat Sanders, President, The New Frontier Democratic Club addressed the crowd. The crowd and I honored the memory of Nelson Mandela and LAUSD School Board Member, Marguerite Poindexter LaMotte, as we collectively bowed our heads in a moment of silence.
Pastor Larry D. Weaver, Atherton Baptist Church gave the Opening Invocation. Elected and Appointed officials were recognized and acknowledged. Talented 17 year old vocalist Danya Brooks sang "A Change is Gonna Come" and received a well deserved standing ovation.
Hawthorne City Councilmember Olivia Valentine addressed the crowd and stated her confidence in Mayor Elect Chris Brown to lead the city to reach its potential. Assemblyman isadore Hall III, 64th District stated "how excited he is to be able to assist and develop new young leaders." He also stated "he has confidence in Mayor Elect Chris Brown to successfully lead the City, if he continues to focus on the needs of the people."
Assemblyman Isadore Hall III officiated the Oath of Office for Mayor Elect Chris Brown, assisted by his wife Hedako. Mayor Elect Chris Brown reinterated his agenda of attracting new business to the city, increase public safety, and establish ethic reforms.
The program concluded with Pastor Weaver, Atherton Baptist Church delivering The Benediction. The reception was catered by Robin West Catering. Deon Dolor, Donyae Parker and Carl Green served up some tasty dishes of sauteed vegetables, shrimp scampi, chicken pasta with a side of mixed green salad and rolls.
Newly-elected mayor Chris Brown will be officially sworn into office on Tuesday, December 10th, at 6:00PM. This will be his first official city council meeting. Along with Mayor Brown, L. David Patterson will be sworn in as City Treasurer. Incumbent Council members: Angie English-Reyes, and Alex Vargas along with City Clerk Norb Huber will also be sworn in for their second four-year terms.