Monday night the California High School Choir filled the Southern California University of Health Sciences (SCUHS) theater with the cheerful sounds of old standards and seasonal favorites at a meeting of the Whittier County Community Coordinating Council (WCCCC).
After President Toby Chavez called the meeting to order, Jean Wall, treasurer, introduced Hubert Chang, new executive director of Marketing and Advancement for SCUHS.
Chang said the university wishes to be a “friendly partner” and a “useful resource” for the surrounding community. The campus is a Red Cross designated disaster center.
Wall pointed out that the school allows the council to use the theater free of charge (though perhaps if they charged a fee they would be able to fix that chair whose seat fell off when I tried to sit in it).
The campus has also recently re-opened their track to the community. It had been a popular cite for locals to walk or jog, but was closed to the public in July after a rash of break-ins in the community last July, including cars broken into in the campus lot next to the track.
Next the choir filed onto stage.
Conducted by Dan Hawkins and accompanied by Tim Gudz, they entertained an audience of about 50. Wall said that local high school choirs usually provide the entertainment for each year’s Christmas program.
(More photos of the choir are available here.)
The council, a community advocacy group representing unincorporated Whittier, holds monthly meetings rotating among three locations. After the entertainment Lt. Al Reyes of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office reminded the audience to lock their cars and keep valuables out of view, and advised anyone who sees a crime to “be a good witness” without “inserting yourself in the problem.”
Andrea Villa, field deputy for Supervisor Don Knabe, fielded questions about traffic issues and hazardous waste pickup.