Former City Council Member Tom Berg
Tom Berg – Photo: Emily Metcalf

BY COUNCIL MEMBER TOM BERG

EWA MAHIKO PARK – RECREATION COMPLEX TO OPEN

Finally, the recreation building at Ewa Mahiko Park – in Historic Ewa, is about to open up for public use. When I get the dedication ceremony details I will send you an email to apprise you.

ELECTRICITY – STOP THE MONOPOLY

As you know, our costs for electricity rates per Kilowatt Hour are the highest in the nation. To fight back, I introduced Resolution 12-62 to get the ball rolling and give us consumers a break. My resolution is assigned to Councilman Nestor Garcia, chair of the committee on Safety, Economic Development, and Government Affairs. Please help by contacting Councilman Garcia (ngarcia@honolulu.gov) and request he schedule the resolution for a hearing to break up the monopoly- next hearing date, November 27, 9:00 a.m. – let’s get this on his agenda! For more on my Clean Energy Initiative pursuits – please click here.

JOBS FOR WEST OAHU- PRESERVATION AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT – A WIN- WIN

We did it! Together, we championed the passage of Resolution 12-172 to get the historic trails within Kalaeloa mapped so that planned development does not encroach on the trails. These pre-Captian Cook trails could link the Barbers Point Riding Stables with the military museum efforts – Save Ewa Field, Naval Air Museum, and Historic Military Vehicles Museum, as well as the sink holes – karst system, that native Hawaiians used for many reasons. We have a goldmine sitting idle in Kalaeloa that could be transformed into stimulating the economy in our district – and at the same time, promoting the preservation of both military and native Hawaiian features. My staff and I are working on securing grants to advance the preservation of trails and meeting with authorities to initiate the mapping. Stay tuned.

STOP THE RAIL FROM PLAYING SCAVENGER- RESTORE CITY BUS SERVICE

Read it here – an article submitted to the media, but ignored by most, why? Fact: buses beat rail; bus proponents do not have lobbyists and millions of dollars to take out ads on television or get publicity in the StarAdvertiser to promote their cause. The result of this omission is that the truth is being withheld from you, for money, for politicking, for greed and corruption. Dr. Panos Prevedouros nails it here – disclosing all of the bus cuts to be implemented when rail comes into play. If you are a bus rider now and think you got screwed by the recent cuts, wait until rail comes around.

SEWER RATES? ANOTHER SCANDAL?

If you think you have been told the truth as to what rail will cost to operate and maintain, let alone build, try reading this – an article about sewer repairs being FIVE TIMES – yes, five times over the estimates pitched . . . click here to get your blood boiling.

WHAT’S UP ON THE PUBLIC LAND DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION – THIS REPEAL ACT 55 MOVEMENT?

Simply read my approach on this – click here to read Resolution 12-270 introduced to abolish, repeal ACT 55. Other neighbor island City Councils have championed the passage of resolutions to abolish the PLDC – I am offering all of us within the City and County of Honolulu – to get with the program and follow suit. This reso is assigned to the committee on Safety, Economic Development, and Government Affairs. The chair of this committee – is Councilman Nestor Garcia (ngarcia@honolulu.com). Please consider contacting him to support my resolution and ask it get a hearing. MAHALO!

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  1. Monopoly on electric power should have triggered alternative ways to get it. Its monopoly is tied to companies who had the capacity to foresee power generated from natural resources and exploit it. Maybe every country should start learning to use solar power. It's a good thing I've found one from the line of electricians perth who knows the process of using solar panels.

  2. Every power sector has their own set of monopoly for each region on this planet. Whether it is for profit or sustainability of the firm, makes it very debatable. Take for example the powerline installation fees that companies pay. It is often very over-priced. These monopolies will continue unless we reform genuinely the power sector and their power producers.

  3. Solar power is right. If we want to avoid being involved in this monopoly, then the only way is to produce and utilize our own energy. There are alternatives that are more convenient for us, we should just be open to these new sources.

    Vanessa Terrence

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