Testimony Needed for Tire Dumping & Witness Line-Up Bills on April 3

Tire Dumping Bill

Tomorrow — Tuesday, April 3, the House Finance Committee, Rep Marcus Oshiro, Chair, will be hearing SB 3006 at 6 PM. The bill “Reestablishes the motor vehicle tire surcharge. Establishes a task force which shall study ways to prevent or control the problem of abandoned tires. Effective July 1, 2012. (SB3006 HD1).”

Instructions for submitting testimony, along with other details about the bill, are to be found on the link below:

http://ntsvr7/eclipsereports/reports2012/reports/hearing_rpt.aspx?hearing_date=4/3/2012&commacro=FIN&timeframe=all

In your testimony, be sure to urge the committee to leave in the $1 per tire fee. At one point this was removed from bill, but was put back in by the House Energy & Environmental Protection Committee, chaired by Rep. Denny Coffman. The bill also calls for setting up a task force, which is good … but the Finance Committee needs to be convinced that the $1 fee is a very important part of the bill.

Witness Line-Up Bill

SB2304, which establishes common-sense protocols and procedures to make the witness identification process as fair as possible, is being heard by the House Finance Committee on Tuesday, 4/3/12. The bill requires HPD, when practicable, to use an officer who does not know which person is the suspect to run the line up. It also allows defense attorneys to argue that non-compliance with the procedures could be grounds to suppress evidence or claim mis-identification of suspects. Finally, it requires the Attorney General to train law enforcement officers on proper procedures for running witness identification line-ups.

Lawmakers have been moved by testimony concerning the large amount of falsely identified people who have suffered decades in jail for crimes they did not commit. The Alvin Jardine case in Maui is just one example, see: http://mauinews.com/page/content.detail/id/545411/Jardine-ruling-a-first-for-legal-program.html?nav=10

SB2304 is a critically important bill because as it stands now, there is no penalty when law enforcement fails to follow proper and fair procedures during a witness line up. It is very difficult to overcome a positive witness identification when you are the accused, even if you are in fact innocent. This bill will hopefully help prevent more tragedies like what befell Alvin Jardine, who spent 20 years in jail for a crime he did not commit.

Here is a link to the bill’s status, including a link to submit testimony:

http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=2304

If you have any questions, contact my aide, Wally Inglis, at 586-7793. Mahalo and please spread the word.

Job Opening: Waianae Health Academy

We’re looking for applicants at the Health Center.  This position will coordinate and develop a professional development program.  If you folks know anyone that might be interested, please pass this along.  They can apply at www.wcchc.com.  Even if they only have their Associate’s Degree, a tie to the community or experience in a similar setting definitely helps. Closing date is April 6.

Education Specialist II

Temporary Full-Time

This position is responsible for the day-to-day implementation of the RCHN Foundation Ho`opulapula Project initiative. This position participates in the coordination, execution, and evaluation of the program. The position is 1.0FTE and is grant funded. FTE may vary depending on funding. As such, it is expected to work within the program directives set by funding sources, within the philosophical framework set by the Board of Directors and within the existing network in the community. A Bachelor’s degree in educational counseling or related field, i.e., Bachelor’s degree in Education, Social Work, Public Health and one year experience working in an educational or workforce development setting, or a High School Diploma in education counseling or related field with five years of experience working in an educational or workforce development setting. Must be comfortable working with community groups in a multi-professional setting.

Thanks!
William K. Castillo
Education Coordinator
Wai`anae Health Academy – Ola Loa Ka Na`auao
Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center
TEL:   (808) 697-3213
FAX:  (808) 697-3341

Testimony submitted by Sen. Shimabukuro re `Olelo Community Media Renewal Application

DCCA Public Hearing
‘Olelo Community Media Renewal Application
March 29, 2012

To: Keali’i Lopez, Director – Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs
From: Senator Maile S. L. Shimabukuro

As a Senator from a rural district on Oahu, I have come to appreciate the services provided to our community by ‘Olelo.  As a regular participant at Neighborhood Board meetings on the Wai’anae Coast, I am thankful that ‘Olelo has always been there—offering a dependable media link for residents who are unable to be present.

I am also pleased with what ‘Olelo has contributed to our community through its Wai’anae Enrichment Program, which has trained young people in developing media skills. Not only have our youth benefitted from ‘Olelo’s training programs.  Seniors, and people of all ages, have learned to create their own productions on local issues and topics of community concern.

As DCCA continues its negotiations for the renewal of ‘Olelo’s application as a Community Access Provider, I urge you to take into consideration the enormous progress made in community access television over the past quarter-century. The accomplishments of ‘Olelo and other PEG access organizations throughout our islands have been truly amazing.  Hopefully, through DCCA’s favorable action in this renewal process, they will continue their valuable service in the decades ahead.

I urge you not only to renew ‘Olelo’s application, but also to seek provide whatever additional funding is necessary for the entire public access system to expand its horizons and reach even more communities throughout the State of Hawaii.

Mahalo for this opportunity to offer testimony on a matter of great importance to our community.