Holiday Gift Market and Santa at Promenade at Hughes Center

BY GEOFF MALEMAN

Since the beginning of September, 85 student delegates from the Westchester Family YMCA’s Youth and Government program have been working in teams, brainstorming, researching and writing their own bills to take to the state capital in Sacramento as part of the program, which seeks to give high school students insight and experience into the legislative process.

The students will present their bills at the annual Bill Hearing Night at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, November 27th, at the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) Administration Building, One World Way, at the airport.

Bill Hearing Night will help the group determine which three of the proposed bills will be brought to Sacramento for consideration by the Youth and Government model legislature next year.

Among this year’s panel of judges will be Assemblyman Curren Price, who represents Westchester.

Six bills will be presented at the event, with the student introducing himself or herself and any co-authors, the purpose of the bill, the fiscal impact to the state, and why he or she wants it passed. The panel then asks questions of the author(s).

The bill is judged on merit, preparation and presentation. The highest scoring bills for each delegation throughout the state are selected to go to Sacramento.

Once in Sacramento, various student committees will review bills submitted from scores of Youth and Government programs from throughout California and will select which bills will be brought to the Senate or Assembly floor.

The bills that move on are debated in the actual Senate and Assembly chambers, where students have the unique experience of debating bills as our elected officials do.

If approved, the bills go on to be signed by the youth governor.

This program not only promotes civic engagement among the students but it has already made an impact on the government. For example, the California seat belt law is a product of a Youth and Government bill introduced in the 1980s.

The local event is free and open to the public. Be sure to see students learning about democracy by participating in this unique program.

HOLIDAYS AT HUGHES CENTER — The Promenade at Howard Hughes Center will light up with Holiday Festivities Saturday, November 17th.

Join Santa as he arrives in his stunning burgundy vintage sedan at 10:30 a.m., compliments of the Automobile Driving Museum, located in El Segundo. Santa will also be available for visits and photo sittings.

In conjunction with Santa’s arrival, the Westchester Certified Farmers Market will hold its first Holiday Gift Market, with fun for the children and arts and crafts for Mom and Dad, including activities from wreath-making to ceramics, as well as organic fruits and vegetables on sale for the Thanksgiving table.

At noon and 2 p.m. the Puppets and Players Little Theatre will present a marionette show, Puff the Magic Dragon. Also, the Bridge Cinema de Lux will be showing Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium.

The Farmers Market is open from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Saturday on Center Drive, in front of the Promenade at Howard Hughes Center in Westchester.

Information, Kathleen Gill, (310) 641-8073.

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