The OHA Settlement – Revised 12.30.11

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Legislative Update: Bills as of 1/24/12

Aloha!  Here is an updated list of some of the bills I will be working on in 2012:

Education

Teacher Shortages – establish the “Hawaii Grow Your Own Teacher Program” to train teachers for hard-to-staff schools

Capital Improvement Project (CIP) funds for schools in 2011-’12 Budget (HB 200):

  . power upgrade for Kamaile Elementary ($800,000)

. architectural barrier removal for Wai’anae HS ($1.3 mil)

. repair Nanakuli HS & Intermediate leaking gym roof (part of $2.3 mil federal grant)

. repair and maintenance for all Wai’anae Coast schools – Kamaile, Leihoku, Maili,

Makaha, Nanakuli (El, HS/Inter) and Wai’anae (El, Inter, HS) — funded by federal

“Race To The Top” program ($1.7 mil)

. design for new Nanakuli Public Library ($1.075 mil)

Transportation

Disabled Veterans’ Exemption (SB 103) – exempt totally and permanently disabled veterans from motor vehicle registration fees

Disabled Placards (SB 1119) – allow disabled persons to receive second removable windshield placard

Makaha Bridges – $1.3m construction of bridges near Makaha Beach Park (HB200)

Farrington Highway – resurfacing, Kili Dr. to Satellite Tracking Station ($10.9 mil)

Harbors – construction funds may be available through lump sum allocation for improvements statewide at boating and ocean recreation facilities ($7.5 mil)

Health

Community Inspectors – empower County mayors to appoint, in cooperation with neighborhood boards, volunteer pollution inspection advisors to Department of Health in matters relating to landfills and similar facilities

Community Give-Back – add a community giveback fee to fines for violations of health and safety regulations levied against landfills and other industrial sites

Landfill Ban – Place a moratorium  on new landfills on the Waianae Coast in the interest of environmental justice; prohibit all landfills from accepting municipal solid waste after dates to be determined (SB 1425)

Medicaid for Disabled – Urge an audit of the state’s QExA health insurance program for disabled patients

Housing

Compost Toilets – eliminate or mitigate legal prohibitions against septic tanks, compost toilets and other “green” alternative wastewater systems which will bring down the cost of housing

“Off-the-Grid” housing – Increase the amount of infrastructure-free  vacant Hawaiian Homestead lots granted to DHHL beneficiaries to create more affordable, “aina-based” opportunities for Native Hawaiians.

Homeless Services/Shelters – approx. $15m per year for the next two years, including $1.6 million for shelter support contracts & 3 new shelters, including Wai’anae (HB200)

Energy & Environment

Tire Bill – establish a $1 per imported tire deposit program aimed at increasing funds to combat illegal tire dumping

Environmental Justice (SB 107) – constitutional amendment to reaffirm and strengthen state’s commitment to environmental rights

GMO Awareness – urge “GMO-Free” labeling on produce, fish, meats, and other non-processed foods. (Note: GMO = genetically modified organism; referring to food which has been produced using gene-splicing and other scientific lab-based genetic engineering)

Hawaiian

Hawaiian Immersion – Hawaii state assessment tests for 5th & 6th grade Hawaiian immersion students shall be given in Hawaiian rather than English; resolution urging increased parity between “English as a Second Language” and  “Hawaiian as a Second Language” programs.

E Ala Voyaging Canoe – plan & design E Ala voyaging canoe ocean education center in Wai’anae ($500,000)

Indigenous Rights – rename Discoverer’s Day as “Indigenous Peoples’ Day”

Ocean & Beaches

Pollution Prevention – authorize use of jet skis for ocean-related community clean ups

Lifeguards (HB 1406) – create new collective bargaining unit for water safety officers

Crime & Public Safety

Sex Abuse (SB 217) – lengthen the statute of limitations for child sex abuse civil suits (Note: The Governor vetoed this bill on 7/12/11; the HD1 version  will be re-introduced in 2012 with a new number)

Witness Identification of Suspects – improve fairness in current system of identification of suspects by eye-witnesses

Flood Mitigation – 3 projects funded in HB 200: Lualualei Flats/Puhawai Stream ($2 mil); Farrington Hwy between Maili & Nanakuli ($8 mil); Lahilahi St. ($1 mil)

Parental Responsibility (SB 216) – encourage parental responsibility by creating misdemeanor offense for inadequate supervision of a minor

Dog Tethering (SB 1424) – create an offense of confinement of a dog by tethering

Ka`ena Point Radio Facility – $1m for one of 9 sites statewide as part of program to improve critical communication systems

Access to Legal Services & Court System

Abandonment of Children & Families – allow service of custody, adoption, guardianship, TRO, and other family-related petitions via posting on Family Court bulletin board when opposing side’s whereabouts are unknown

Arbitration (SB 1488) – Authorizes a default ruling against any party to an arbitration who fails to pay the arbitration fees or costs directed by an arbitrator or arbitration organization.

Business and Economic Development

Job Training – Funding for LCC’s Wai’anae Education Center at the Tycom Building in Maili ($3 mil)

Waianae Agriculture Park – $550,000 for design and construction (HB200)

Sandy Beach/Tourist Attraction Preservation – bills to prohibit all taking of sand from beaches, and improve protection of beaches and coastline through better coordination between state and county programs: Coastal Zone Management (CZM), Special Management Areas (SMA), etc.

TO CHECK FOR BILL STATUS VISIT WWW.CAPITOL.HAWAII.GOV or 21maile.com.  Call my office at 586-7793 if you have any questions or concerns. 

PHOCUSED Rally at Capitol Urges Support for Wai`anae Coast & Other Communities

The PHOCUSED Rally at the Capitol on 1/24/12 was a big success!  CLICK HERE to view the KHON News story.  [Click the images to enlarge]

Mahalo nui loa to PHOCUSED director and Makaha resident Alex Santiago (pictured, at left with Maile) for spearheading this event, aimed at raising awareness about the need to support our social service safety net.

Maile enjoyed visiting with Wai`anae residents from HCAP and other social service agencies.

Women of Wai`anae Yard Sale Feb. 4 & 5

Women of Wai`anae (WOW) Scholarship winners.  [Click the image to enlarge]

Women of Wai`anae Yard Sale!

February 4 & 5, 8am-2pm
86-024 Glenmonger St., Waianae

Contact:

Karen Young
kgsyoung@hotmail.com
Ph. 696-4677
WOW Website

WOW yard sales raise funds for scholarships to benefit non-traditional students on the Wai`anae Coast.

Yard sale donations needed (donations to WOW are tax-deductible).  Please spread the word!

FREE CFL Bulb Exchange on Wai`anae Coast

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EXCHANGE YOUR BULBS FOR CFL’S TO PRESERVE THE ENVIRONMENT AND SUPPORT WAI`ANAE COAST STUDENT PROGRAMS SUCH AS PROJECT GRAD!  (EXCHANGED BULBS TRIGGER BLUE PLANET FOUNDATION FUNDS FOR THE STUDENTS).  CLICK HERE TO SEE THE FLYER.

Please Support Wai`anae’s Naked Cow Dairy

From: Naked Cow Dairy
Date: January 23, 2012 3:42:47 PM HST
To: Sen. Shimabukuro
Subject: Video

Aloha Friends and Faithful customers,  Monique and I are ready to start Phase 2 of our Small Dairy, bringing us close to our ultimate goal of providing you with fresh non-homogenized milk.

We have been churning butter for some time now and have made a market for our cheese.  We just have not been able to produce enough for everyone.  With the help for friend we have joined the Indiegogo.com Family.

We are trying to raise the extra money we need to get the hot water heater and chiller for Our Beautiful Cheese Vat/Pasteurizer that we purchased.  With this we will be able to produce large quantities of cheese, supplying both our customers at the Farmers Markets and chefs throughout the islands.

Please go to www.indiegogo.com/nakedcowdairy to see our video and help if you can, and share this site with your friends.  Also please like us on Facebook NAKED COW DAIRY HAWAII, which is our new and current site.

MOO_HALO for all your SUPPORT.
Sabrina & Monique
861-9085

Additional resources:
She Grows Food: Call to Action: Naked Cow Dairy Goes IndieGogo For Cheese
Naked Cow Dairy FaceBook
Naked Cow Dairy Webpage

Job Opportunity: Court Interpreters

The Hawaii State Judiciary is seeking court interpreters in all languages. Deadline to register is 4pm on January 31, 2012.

Click the images below to view information on the workshops.

Application form is available online at www.courts.state.hi.us.courtinterpreting

For more information or to request application/registration forms, please contact:

Office on Equality and Access to the Courts
(808) 539-4860
oeac@courts.hawaii.gov
www.courts.state.hi.us/courtinterpreting