EXPANDING THE HAWTHORNE SAFE INITIATIVE
Educating Citizens of Hawthorne on Public Safety
Haidar Awad’s unwavering commitment to public safety can be seen in these initiatives:
- Walk-In COVID-19 Testing Site: Councilmember Awad was successful in securing the use of the Betty Ainsworth Sports Center to be used as a walk-in testing facility. It opened on May 6, 2020, to serve Hawthorne residents, as well as surrounding counties. Testing has been available to all of Los Angeles County residents whether they have symptoms or not.
- Blight Fee: Haidar Awad has fulfilled a campaign promise he made while running for city council in 2015. The implementation and enforcement of something known as the “Blight Fee” hits property owners with a $1,000 recurring fine and possible jail time if they leave their property abandoned and/or refuse to maintain community standards. This gave the City of Hawthorne the leverage it needed to improve residential and commercial infrastructure.
- Hawthorne Safe: In January 2020, a new policing initiative was unveiled. The initiative entitled “Hawthorne Safe” raised money to install 100 Wi-Fi-connected security cameras in city parks, with the goal of making them safer. Memorial Park has now been transformed into a kid-friendly space. Police officers have been educating the public about traffic safety and instructing youngsters on bicycle safety. The program also focuses on school, business, and neighborhood safety, including the expansion of the Neighborhood Watch Program.