Hawthorne Mayor Alex Vargas hangs with Elon Musk to talk physics and tunnels

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Hawthorne Mayor Alex Vargas and Elon Musk stand in front of the the entrance to the The Boring Co.'s tunnel entrance, in the old SpaceX parking lot. (Photo courtesy Alex Vargas)
Hawthorne Mayor Alex Vargas and Elon Musk stand in front of the the entrance to the The Boring Co.’s tunnel entrance, in the old SpaceX parking lot. (Photo courtesy Alex Vargas)

Hawthorne Mayor Alex Vargas met with Elon Musk this week to tour SpaceX, Tesla and The Boring Co. facilities that have put the city on the map worldwide.

The two have rubbed elbows at events in recent years, but this was their first extensive meeting.

Vargas, who has several physics degrees, said he especially enjoyed touring Musk’s newest venture, The Boring Co. The company is working to build the first 2 miles of a Hyperloop tunnel to LAX.

“It’s an awesome feeling knowing that the future of transportation is being developed here in Hawthorne, in particular this underground tunneling project,” Vargas said. “Hawthorne is booming because of SpaceX, Tesla, and The Boring Co. He basically reaffirmed his commitment to helping the community.”

Musk announced this week that he’s working on plans for Hyperloop tunnels on the East Coast and in Texas, as well as from his Hawthorne offices to Los Angeles International Airport.

“I have physics degrees, so it was nice that we were able to talk the same language,” Vargas said. “It allows for a greater appreciation of the work. The tunneling project is going to make a revolutionary impact on public transportation.”

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