Island-Wide Effort Underway to Defeat Honolulu Mayor’s Cabinet Appointment David Tanoue

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BY KIONI DUDLEY – HONOLULU – David Tanoue’s nomination for Honolulu Planning & Permitting Director passed the City Council Zoning Committee last week with a unanimous vote. Tanoue is a holdover from the Hannemann administration. The full Council will vote on his confirmation during the regular Monday November 22, 2010, Council meeting.

Save O’ahu Farmlands Alliance (SOFA), a growing coalition of 40+ organizations and some 50 community activists and farmers is leading the effort to defeat Tanoue’s appointment.

Members of SOFA believe that a clean break with the previous administration is needed, with more transparency in process and a new focus on the long-term ramifications of County planning and permitting — especially when agricultural lands are involved.

Submitted by Kioni Dudley, Oahu resident and spokesperson for this group

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