City of Hawthorne logoThe City of Hawthorne has six commissions aimed at enhancing civic engagement and improving quality of life for all Hawthorne community members. With diverse subjects spanning from civil service to youth affairs, the City urges residents to lend their expertise, passion, and dedication to these impactful committees.

“Our commissions are vital bridges between the City Council and our community, ensuring that diverse perspectives are heard and considered in decision-making processes,” said City Manager Vontray Norris. “Commissioners foster a culture of collaboration and inclusivity that strengthens Hawthorne, and I commend those who step forward to serve.”

The City’s commissions serve as advisory bodies to the City Council, addressing a wide array of topics crucial to Hawthorne’s functioning and well-being. They also directly oversee events including art shows and senior resource fairs, as well as community cornerstones like Hawthorne’s veterans flags. These commissions provide valuable insights, recommendations, and advocacy on the matters of civil service, parks & recreation and fine arts, city planning, senior citizen care, veterans affairs, Hawthorne’s youth, and more. Read on to learn more about each of these commissions.

Civil Service Commission

Meetings held on the first and third Thursday of each month at 5:00 p.m.

The Civil Service Commission acts as a personnel board, board of review, hearing board, personnel appeal board, and governmental agency. It ensures fair and efficient employment practices within the city, addressing personnel matters and upholding standards of professionalism.

Parks & Recreation/Fine Arts Commission

Meetings held on the first Tuesday of each month at 6:00 p.m.

The Parks & Recreation/Fine Arts Commission advises the City Council and the City Parks and Recreation Department. It helps develop parks and public recreation programming, reviews recreation services, and oversees facility improvements.

Planning Commission

Meetings held on the first and third Wednesday of each month at 6:00 p.m.

The Planning Commission harnesses its community insight to guide the City’s implementation of the general plan. It acts as a board of appeals and hearing board for various permits and variances from zoning ordinances, ensuring thoughtful and sustainable development within Hawthorne.

Senior Citizen Commission

Meetings held on the first Wednesday of each month at 3:00 p.m.

The Senior Citizen Commission analyzes and evaluates the needs of seniors, coordinates available resources, and provides input on programs and activities tailored to seniors’ interests and well-being. It serves as a vital advocate for senior citizens’ quality of life.

Veterans Affairs Commission

Meetings held on the first and third Monday of each month at 4:00 p.m.

The Veterans Affairs Commission provides advocacy and support for veterans and their families, homeless individuals, and those at risk of homelessness in Hawthorne. It facilitates communication, planning, and cooperation among groups serving veterans and coordinates services to ensure comprehensive support for those who have served.

Youth Commission

Meetings held on the first Thursday of each month at 6:00 p.m.

The Youth Commission is dedicated to addressing issues related to graffiti and gangs, and coordinates resources and initiatives aimed at abating these concerns within the community. It conducts studies and makes recommendations to city officials, working to create a safer and more accessible environment for Hawthorne’s youth.

Each commission offers a unique opportunity for community members to contribute their expertise, perspective, and passion to important civic issues. Qualified electors of Hawthorne are encouraged to apply for a commission position and become active participants in shaping the future of their city. Each commissioner is paid $50 per commission meeting attended. Complete the Boards, Commissions and Special Committees Appointment Application today!

For more information about these commissions and how to get involved, please contact the City Clerk’s office at 310-349-2950. Let’s work together to make Hawthorne an even better place to live, work, and thrive.