1175+ Signatures to Save Wai`anae DHS Offices!

4/20/10 Email from Louie Agrabante:
Aloha Maile,
Thank you for your attention on this matter. As of today, I have a total of 1175 signatures for the petition to keep the Wai’anae DHS offices open. I have attached a PDF copy of all of the signatures.
Just today, April 20th, I collected 700 signatures at Tamura’s supermarket in Wai’anae, where people in our community are concerned, especially for the elderly, disabled, and families.
Yesterday, while collecting signatures at Wai’anae Mall, a disabled person approached me to sign the petition, then he told me, “Wait — I’ll be right back.” He then went onto the handicapped bus and brought 22 disbled people off the bus to sign the petition.
Some of these people didn’t know their address or their phone numbers. Some didn’t even really know how to sign the petition form. Yet, they believed that signing would help them.
Maile, please send this signed petition to the Governor, DHS, the HI Government Employees Assn., and anyone else who may be able to help.
When more petition sheets are filled with signatures, I will forward them to you. For now, this is the bulk. Mahalo for your time and help.
Aloha for now,
Louie Agrabante
bruddalouie@yahoo.com
[Note from Rep. Shimabukuro: This Petition is in response to DHS’ threatened closure of 31 offices and layoffs of 220+ workers as part of its “EPOD” re-organization. Click HERE to view Petition.]

Sign Wai`anae Coast Petitions Now!

Click HERE to sign Petitions supporting WCCHC, LCC-Wai`anae, and the E Ala voyaging canoe, or go to this link:

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Homeless Update: City Laws Banning Tents & Shopping Carts Applied to "Active" Parks Only

FYI, please see 4/20/10 email from HPD Major Michael Moses. Rep. Shimabukuro’s office has contacted Corporation Counsel (the City’s attorneys) regarding this issue, and is attempting to obtain further clarification.


Aloha…

Yesterday I personally checked the beach parks along the Waianae coast and found no illegal tents (non-permitted) or shopping carts in any of the “active” parks. Unfortunately, there was numerous camp sites set up along Maili Point which is undeveloped park land. Since this area is not considered an active park we (HPD) do not have the legal authority to enforce the park ordinances including the newly enacted prohibitions on tents and shopping carts. HPD does patrol this area daily and has enforced on-view violations for traffic and criminal offenses. So until advised otherwise from the Department of Parks and Recreation or Corporation Counsel this is the only type of enforcement can deploy for this area of concern.

Major Michael K.S. Moses

Regional Patrol Bureau

District 8 (Ewa-Kapolei-Waianae)

Ph: (808) 723-8403

Fax: (808) 692-4263

e-mail: mmoses1@honolulu.gov