Letter from Councilmember Pine re Ko Olina Bus Stop Removal

Councilmember Kymberly Marcos Pine

Councilmember Kymberly Marcos Pine

From: Councilmember Kymberly Marcos Pine, Honolulu City Council, District 1
Date: November 21, 2014 at 12:41:12 PM HST
Subject: Ko Olina Bus Stop Removal

Dear Nanakuli Neighborhood Board Members and community members,

It has been reported to me that some misinformation was given at your recent meeting about my position on the Ko Olina bus stop removal. I am happy to clarify this information. The Director of the Department of Transportation Services will also be correcting the misinformation given by his staff.

Recently, my office was informed that the State Department of Transportation and the Honolulu Department of Transportation Services together decided to remove east and west bound bus stops near the Ko Olina overpass due to increased safety concerns and fatalities. I requested that prior to removal that the City Department of Transportation present their findings to the appropriate Neighborhood Boards to obtain community feedback.

I strongly object to the removal of any bus stop without a thorough community discussion. I have asked the City DTS to hold off on their planned removal date of December 8 while this discussion is taking place. I encourage you to give your thoughts on this issue to me and your fellow state elected officials of the area, Senator Maile Shimabukuro and Representative Andria Tupola, so that we can forward this information to the City and State transportation departments.

For many years, numerous complaints have come into City and State Offices from both drivers and bus riders or their families. Drivers complain that they are unable to see the bus stop going toward Waianae until you have cleared the overpass. A high speed merging lane onto the freeway at the same location causes drivers to focus on the merge instead of noticing a city bus stopping in front of them. This has caused multiple collisions and sadly a collision that just occurred last month led to the death of one of our very own Waianae residents.

Riders and their families have also expressed worry about their safety. Since riders getting off at this stop often head to the Ko Olina resort area, instead of taking the longer route to hike up a hill and walk over the overpass, they often cross the highway illegally. New persons stopping there for the first time are just not aware of the safer walk route and also take the freeway path to and from the hotels. This practice has led to the fatality of a Ko Olina worker.

While the City and State continue to review this issue, I have asked Ko Olina Resorts and its stake holders to consider offering a shuttle service for its workers and guests as they ultimately are responsible for the safety of the persons who enter and leave their property.

If you want to comment on this issue, please call me at 768-5001 or email me at kmpine@honolulu.gov. I continue to be honored to be at your service.

Best Wishes,

Kym

Councilmember Kymberly Marcos Pine
Honolulu City Council, District 1
530 South King Street | Honolulu, HI 96813
Office: 808.768.5001
http://www.councilmemberpine.com
http://www.facebook.com/Kymberly.Marcos.Pine

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Senator Maile Shimabukuro
Hawaii State Capitol
Room 222
415 South Beretania Street
Honolulu, HI 96813
Phone: (808) 586-7793
FAX: (808) 586-7797
Email: maileshimabukuro@yahoo.com
or senshimabukuro@capitol.hawaii.gov

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Representative Andria Tupola
State House District 43
http://www.andriatupola.com/contact

Hawaii State Homeless Programs – Shelter/Service Bulletin Board

Hawaii State Homeless Programs – Shelter/Service Bulletin Board

This site is a central location to view information on many of the homeless programs in Hawaii. Information on the number of available units, the number of wait list units and other program information is available here. The data on this site is maintained by each of the agencies.

You can view the information on this site in the following ways:

- To view a sortable listing of shelter programs, click here. This listing allows you to filter programs by county and to sort the data.

- To view a listing of shelter programs by county in an expanded format, click here.

- To view a searchable map of programs, click here.

- To view the wish list and volunteer opportunities of the shelters by county, click here.

- To view a listing of outreach programs by county in an expanded format, click here. This is a new feature of the bulletin board. Outreach providers are currently in the process of entering and updating information. We thank you for your understanding.

- To view information on the Homeless Hotline click here.

- For the DHS Homeless Program website click here.

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Star-Advertiser: Peter Apo Says ‘Nation Within a Nation’ Is Best

Peter Apo OHA‘Nation within a nation’ is best outcome for Hawaii’s people
By Peter Apo (Office of Hawaiian Affairs trustee)
Star-Advertiser, Nov 20, 2014 – 01:30 a.m. HST

Hawaiians are moving forward with plans for a delegate election and a Hawaiian Constitutional Convention in 2015 to propose a Native Hawaiian governing entity that will succeed the state Office of Hawaiian Affairs.

In giving shape to a new Hawaiian governing entity to succeed OHA, convention delegates are also expected to address proposals that will redefine the political relationship between Hawaiians and the federal and state governments.

For many, the process is filled with anxieties and is forcing painful introspection over a number of fundamental questions. What does it mean to be an American? What does it mean to be a Hawaiian? Are the two reconcilable? How are Hawaiians supposed to feel about the American overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom — an illegal condition that continues to today?

The most difficult question of all is how will delegates deal with the question of who is a Hawaiian — as in citizen of a Hawaiian nation? Technically, Hawaiian is not an ethnic term. Hawaiian words do not end in consonants. It is a place-based definition of a person who is from that place called Hawaii.

OHA Button2-180As for the ethnic Hawaiian (kanaka maoli) community, some see America as the enemy, as an occupying or colonizing force in our islands. Others are proud to be Americans. They or their parents and grandparents voted for statehood, fought in its wars and believe America to be the best country on Earth.

Still others are not so fervently pro-American, but consider Hawaii to be better off under an American regime than under the domination of some other world power, or struggling as a small, independent nation.

Personally, I am proud to be Hawaiian and American. Those of us who are pro-American cannot deny that America’s history is scarred with injustices of every dimension. Racism, sexism, violation of indigenous people’s rights, income inequality, unjust wars — all those things have blighted, and continue to blight us, as a nation. And so we must continue to fight for justice, peace and equality.

On the question of Hawaiian nationhood, we can’t ignore the overthrow, illegal annexation and subsequent injustices — but I believe the time for reconciliation is upon us. I believe that a Hawaiian nation-within-a-nation relationship will emerge out of the convention that not only will bring closure to our long-standing grievances, but also protect long-standing programs that support Hawaiians.

Hawaii’s people cannot become whole until this question of nationhood is resolved, and it must be resolved by including the rest of Hawaii’s people in shaping the solution.

One of the blessings of America is the right to dissent that is extended to people of every persuasion. I fervently hope that in the passion and intensity of the nation-building dialogue that we set aside malice and are respectful of all voices.

I believe the Constitution of the United States, as the very foundation of the nation, is a brilliant document. It is especially brilliant because realizing its sweeping promise of equality, justice and opportunity for all can never be fully achieved. Not because the document is flawed, but because we, the people, are flawed. And so, we must keep working to improve on our performance as citizens of the world’s greatest nation.

Read the op-ed on the Star-Advertiser site.

Financial Disclosure Law Challenged by State Attorney General

Hawaii Attorney General to Appeal Financial Disclosure Ruling
By Nathan Eagle
Honolulu Civil Beat, 11/19/14

It could be months if not longer before the Hawaii State Ethics Commission releases the financial disclosure statements of certain state board members that a judge ruled last week must be made public in accordance with a new law.

That’s because Hawaii Attorney General David Louie plans to appeal the court’s decision, which is expected to keep the records private while that lengthy process plays out.

The five-member commission voted 4-0 on Wednesday to not object to the AG’s move to appeal. Commissioner Melinda Wood abstained. The vote came after an almost hour-long discussion behind closed doors with Louie and two deputy attorneys general.

Act 230“The Attorney General believes that Act 230 and the complaint presents an important legal issue and should have appellate review,” Ethics Commissioner Susan DeGusman said before making her motion.

“The commission has no objection to the Attorney General filing an appeal to the preliminary injunction and/or taking necessary steps to seek further proceedings to obtain full and final appellate review on the merits,” she said.

Civil Beat filed a lawsuit in September challenging the commission’s decision to not release the financial disclosure statements of the members of the University of Hawaii Board of Regents, Land Use Commission and Agribusiness Development Corporation Board of Directors.

First Circuit Judge Rhonda Nishimura on Nov. 12 granted Civil Beat’s request for a preliminary injunction to require the commission to release those records. The Civil Beat Law Center for the Public Interest brought the case to court on behalf of the Honolulu news outlet.

Brian Black, the law center’s executive director, said Wednesday that he hopes the AG will be looking for ways to get the matter resolved as expeditiously as possible.

“It’s disappointing that they have allowed a course of action to continue that is not in the public interest and does not maintain the high ethical standards that the Legislature clearly wanted,” he said.

The Legislature in April unanimously passed a bill, backed by the Ethics Commission, that added 15 boards to the list of those whose members must publicly disclose their financial interests.

The law took effect July 8 without the signature of Gov. Neil Abercrombie, who expressed concerns over protecting the privacy of people who joined the boards with an understanding that their financial disclosure statements would remain confidential.

By late July, 26 members across 10 state boards had quit since the bill was passed. Over the past few months, the governor has steadily appointed new members to fill those seats.

The commission took up the matter in September, reaffirming its position — as advised by the AG — that the law should only apply to those members who joined a board after the law’s effective date, thereby sealing the disclosure statements of anyone who had already filed.

Ethics Commission Executive Director Les Kondo has interpreted the law to require the release of all the current members of the boards who fall under the new requirement, regardless of when they filed. Nonetheless, he is yielding to the commission’s decision and has not released the records.

Kondo said after the meeting that he thinks the AG’s Office is more interested in the merits of the case, “which they think is an important enough issue that they feel an appeal is appropriate.”

Wednesday was the first time Louie has come to one of the commission’s meetings on the matter. In the past, he has sent his deputies, Charleen Aina and Robyn Chun.

With Gov.-elect David Ige taking office Dec. 1, it’s uncertain whether Louie will remain AG in the next administration.

Read the full article on the HCB site.

See a list of related news articles and announcements.

Maile’s Nov 2014 Newsletter: Priorities for 2015 on Page 2

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Dress for Success Clothing Drive – ’til 12/19/14

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Hawaii School Empowerment Conference 2014 – Nov. 28-29

Hawaii School Empowerment Conference scheduled for Friday, November 28 and Saturday, November 29, 2014 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Moanalua High School.

First Lady-Elect, Dawn Ige will deliver an opening address on education at the Hawaii Empowerment Conference.

The conference is open to all principals, vice principals, teachers, staff members, educators, parents, students, legislators, and community members interested in Hawaii’s public school system. SEE REGISTRATION INFO BELOW.

There is no cost for those attending. Lunch and refreshments will be provided for conference attendees. This conference is sponsored by the Education Institute of Hawaii.

Everyone who attends will receive a complimentary copy of “10 Lessons from New York City Schools – What Really Works to Improve Education”, by Eric Nadelstern.

The conference will feature keynote presentations by the following outstanding speakers on school empowerment:

Michael Strembitsky, former Superintendent of Edmonton Public Schools and a leading expert consultant on school empowerment

Jeremy Hauser, Associate Superintendent of Clark County School District and leader of the “Empowerment Schools” initiative in Clark County

Judy Ivie Burton, President and CEO of the Alliance College Ready Public Schools in Los Angeles Unified School District and leader of the “LEARN” school empowerment effort in Los Angeles

Dr. Tommy Chang, Instructional Area Superintendent, Intensive Support and Innovation Center, Los Angeles Unified School District and leader of the “Pilot Schools” – 49 autonomous schools in LAUSD

Dr. Sandra Stoddard, Executive Director – Governance and Strategic Support Services, Edmonton Public Schools. The Edmonton Public Schools District is one of the most admired and respected school districts in North America in the area of school empowerment.

David Fraser, Executive Director, Corporate Services, Edmonton Public Schools

Dr. Lisa Wright, Principal of the Michael Strembitsky School, Edmonton Public Schools

Bruce Coggles, retired Assistant Superintendent of Edmonton Public Schools
Additionally, the 27 members of the recent School Empowerment Tour Travel Delegation will be sharing their takeaways and new insights.

If you would like to attend, register at the following website – https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/empowerment2014

If you have any questions please email darrel.galera@gmail.com or call
(808) 778-6378.

Mahalo!
Randall Roth
President, Education Institute of Hawaii

Darrel Galera
Executive Director, Education Institute of Hawaii

http://www.edthinktankhawaii.org

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