The rains of 2005 helped Californians to grow lots of corn. They also caused many landslides. Somewhere at a La Habra school a young student squints as he peers at the blackboard. He is in need of glasses. The Lions Club of La Habra wants to help that young gentleman.
Every August the Lions Club of La Habra hosts a Corn Festival. That Festival contains one of California's largest parades. Food, games and rides at the Festival help the Lions Club to continue its support for numerous charitable causes. Money raised through that Festival allows the Lions to cover the costs of eye examinations for needy school children within La Habra.
The schools appreciate the Lions' support. That's why the organization from a La Habra school, the High School Football Boosters, participates in the Festival Parade. That is why the students and teachers gladly cheer the Parade participants, as they march down a major La Habra street.
The Lions club hopes to improve the vision of the younger La Habra citizens. A different La Habra group wants to help, figuratively, to "open people's eyes." That group, HOSEC, contains members of six cities. Residents of Whittier, La Habra Heights, Brea, Hacienda Heights and Rowland Heights have joined the residents of La Habra to form HOSEC. The name of their organization stands for Hillside Open Space Education Coalition.
The goal of the HOSEC is the preservation and acquisition of hillsides that are threatened with development. The members of HOSEC realize the consequences of overdevelopment on a California hillside. Those consequences became all too evident during the rains of early 2005. Those consequences showed that the hillsides of California could possibly qualify as "endangered habitat."
After all, even a student who struggled from a need for new glasses could learn quickly that the hillsides of California are home to mountain lions. Destruction of the homes of California would lead to the disappearance of the mountain lions' major habitat. That explains why the hillsides of California could be thought of as "endangered habitat."
And one should not need glasses to realize that the overdevelopment of a hillside could lead to problems. It could result eventually in the washing away of the foundations for the buildings on that hillside. The members of HOSEC want to prevent that from happening.
In an effort to educate more citizens about the dangers of hillside development, HOSEC has recently created its own Website. La Habra students, some of them wearing glasses purchased with through the aid of the Lions Club, can now use that Website to expand their growing knowledge of geology. The members of HOSEC hope that in the future some of those students will one day become new members of HOSEC.
By the same token the members of the La Habra Lions Club envision a different future for the city's youth. They would like to see large numbers of La Habra students moving into a position on the planning committee for the annual Corn Festival.