The Hawkins family are synonymous with the city of Watts for the last eight decades. The elder Hawkins migrated West from Arkansas and settled at 11603 Slater Street where the family business and home has stood since 1947. The family is now in danger of losing their business due to an error made by the County of Los Angeles.
The County of Los Angeles is responsible for building permits for the unincorporated areas of the county, which includes where Hawkins House of Burgers resides.
“You protect Black women, by speaking up for Black women.”
We found it impossible that the County would make such an error, that allowed the family to build on the land, given that the County is the holder of records for all property deeds, permits, and the like. The County is also responsible for performing code enforcement.
“According to property records, the county was at this property within the last decade, and should have caught their error long before now,” said Aaron Lobliner, an urban planner, who pulled historical property records once the families fight with Caltrans became public.
Caltrans contends that a small portion of the existing HOB building encroaches on their land. The amount of land encroaching on Caltrans property that the fix is real easy.
“It’s as simple as performing a lot line adjustment,” said Lobliner.
Black elected officials, who represent the area, have yet to weigh in on the Hawkins family believing they will need to tear down their 80 year old business to remedy the issue with Caltrans.
Remember when Asm. Mike Gipson was laid out in the middle of Watts protesting for Black lives? Where you at now Mike?
Congresswoman Maxine Waters began her practically lifelong political career in Watts. Where you at “Auntie”?
Supervisor Holly Mitchell spoke confidently and eloquently when she championed the restoral of Bruce’s Beach to its rightful heirs over in Manhattan Beach, which she doesn’t represent. Are you really about to let the state shut down this Black woman’s business Holly?
Oh, and Watts Councilman Joe Buscaino is trying to become the next mayor of Los Angeles and will need Black votes. Where you at Joe?
Cynthia Hawkins is a minority, female, Black owner who shouldn’t be shut down because the County fucked up.
Adjust the lot line and let this woman get back to business, because if these leaders allow her to close, they shouldn’t receive a SINGLE BLACK VOTE next election cycle.