Those who follow the Hesperia Star on Twitter (http://twitter.com/hesperiastar) may have noticed how the recent City Council reorganization took place. This is how things looked as Star reporter Beau Yarbrough "tweeted" via his smart phone on Tuesday, Dec. 1:


6:27 PM - Heading to city council meeting. There doesn't appear to be any new business on tonight's agenda.


6:37 PM - Well, there is one thing: The council is choosing a new mayor for 2010. (It's mostly a ceremonial role.)


6:38 PM - Mayor Pro Tem Rita Vogler (essentially the vice-mayor) is a member of the council's controlling majority and will likely be mayor again.


6:45 PM - The city has just launched its new online volunteer matching system today at CityOfHesperia.us.


7:02 PM - Vogler just nominated herself for mayor. There were no seconds and the measure died.


7:02 PM - Vogler just nominated Councilman Paul Bosacki for Mayor Pro Tem. It passed 5-0.


7:04 PM - Mayor Thurston "Smitty" Smith just nominated himself for a second term as mayor. Motion passed 5-0.


7:18 PM - In council comments, Vogler said she's gotten a "vote of no confidence" tonight from fellow council members and that her ego is bruised.


7:19 PM- "But that's OK," Vogler continued. "The voters have been very good to me."


7:40 PM - Council, in it's guise as the Hesperia Community Redevelopment Agency, is having a public hearing on its next five years.


7:47 PM -City council meeting over. Next is Dec. 15 at 6:30.


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I haven't heard the exact attendance figures from last Thursday's Christmas tree lighting ceremony, but there certainly were many people at Hesperia Civic Park. Many hundreds, at least. In fact, the more people gathering at the sprawling park next to Hesperia City Hall, the merrier it is.


The Hesperia Recreation Park District put on a stellar show, and there seemed to be additional lights, ornamentation and other features throughout the park. City staff also pitched in to make the event a memorable one.


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While the annual Christmas tree lighting is a community highlight and the recent event was certainly no exception it seems appropriate to integrate the Hesperia Chamber of Commerce into the mix. Many communities have "Shop At Home" events. That could work well here as well.


Perhaps a double-decker bus could transport (for free) shoppers up and down the length of Main Street. Participating shopping centers could offer hot cocoa to visitors. Or how about a horse-drawn carriage taking attendees through east Hesperia?


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Oops, this one slipped through the cracks:


A story in an October issue of the Hesperia Star stated that $5,000 was donated to Oak Hills High School. Actually, the donation by the Housos family was made to the Bulldog Career Center.


"The Housos family, father Gus and son George, along with the rest of the family, wanted to give back to the students of Oak Hills High School," according to Diane Rodriguez, scholarship coordinator for the career center. " They requested that this money be used to establish a scholarship fund for Oak Hills High School students to pursue their future dreams after high school. And for that, we are most grateful."