ALOHA,

SEND THE CITY INFORMATION DIRECTLY TO GET ITEMS FIXED

Please consider checking this site out – click here. For those who can access the internet and go online, you can submit a work order for stuff to get fixed “Johnny On The Spot.” This new system to report broken stuff will save us time waiting for the repairs and help us keep more of our money in our wallets.

WORKING TOGETHER TO GET ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE

Hats off to Senator Maile Shimabukuro for introducing SB2302 that calls for a compensation package to the communities playing host to the side-effects of landfills and such. The measure needs some tweaking, but overall, if we can get the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism as well as the Department of Health to take the lead, it could improve upon the current system that is broken.

Right now, I have a measure – 11-251 at the City Council that I expect will get a hearing during the budget season to make a community benefits package permanent. Instead of pleading each year to an ever-changing administration for compensation for housing a landfill (whoever the community is that has dumps in their backyard) the funding mechanism should be stable and consistent.

Watch some snippets in a youtube I made from yesterday’s hearing on SB2302 at the State Capitol. Special MAHALOs to Kimo Kelii for tracking down a bus donated by Mr. Oshiro to gather and rally the troops.

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OUR NEXT PARKS AND CULTURAL AFFAIRS COMMITTEE MEETING

Read the agenda here.

I will be voting against Bill 5, but our committee will hear the measure regardless so we can work with Vice Chair Ikaika Anderson regarding all the problems going on in his district at Kailua Beach Park. Let’s find a way to help them out over there – for Bill 5 as written, is too overreaching in my opinion and maybe we can find another means to mitigate the problem.

If we do not get any satisfaction out of the AHI FEVER fishing tournament discussion to allow over night camping at the Waianae Boat Harbor for such a special event, we have this resolution to fall back on – click here.

LANDFILL EXTENSION CONTESTED CASE STATUS

See link here. I was also at the hearing earlier this week regarding where the next landfill is to be situated and it turns out we won’t know yet where that location is to be for a awhile…stay tuned….they meet again in March.

In closing, my resolution 12-20 for Historic Homes – will be heard in the Budget Committee on February 8. See agenda here.

All our friends and neighbors in Historic Ewa Villages that already have proper signage identifying their home as historic to qualify for the tax credit, are being hit up to change their signage to a bronze plaque. My reso would grandfather those historic homes designated prior to September 2011, as not having to erect the bronze plaque and let them keep up what they already have.

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