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Makaha Bridge Update

The Original 1997 Makaha Beach Park Study Proposal, which includes re-routing Farrington Highway (image from http://www.malamamakaha.com).  Civil Beat ran an article about the Makah Bridge issue on 3/8/13: http://www.civilbeat.com/articles/2013/03/08/18545-leeward-residents-protest-temporary-road-through-makaha-beach/)

The Original 1997 Makaha Beach Park Study Proposal, which includes re-routing Farrington Highway (image from http://www.malamamakaha.com). Civil Beat ran an article about the Makah Bridge issue on 3/8/13: http://www.civilbeat.com/articles/2013/03/08/18545-leeward-residents-protest-temporary-road-through-makaha-beach/)

 
 
I have received numerous calls from people concerned about the Makaha Bridge Project. A big concern is whether the bridge will preclude the re-routing of Farrington Highway mauka of its current location according a community-backed City master plan for Makaha Surfing Beach. (For more information about this issue, visit http://www.malamamakaha.com).
 
I am happy to report that I met with Councilwoman Kymberly Pine on 3/7/13, and Pine stated that she intends to push for the re-routing of Farrington Highway onto the City-owned land on the mauka side of the highway’s current location. In a recent email regarding the Makaha Bridge issue, Councilwoman Pine stated:
 
On Mar 4, 2013, at 12:38 PM, “Pine, Kymberly Marcos” <kmpine@honolulu.gov> wrote:

Thank you, Maile. You and Rep. Jordon have done a great job trying your best to resolve this issue. I will still pursue the Mauka Road and Park idea via the City which will connect to the bridge no matter where the bridge. We first need to find out how much it will be to study the plan then how much it will cost to construct. This will all be done with City funds. As soon as I have this information, I will share it with you.

All the best,

Kym

Further, in response to community concerns, I asked the State Department of Transportation (DOT) whether they could slant the planned bridge in the mauka direction to accomodate re-routing the highway.  I also asked whether DOT could cancel the project altogether due to questions about the high cost, and concerns about whether the replacement is necessary given that the bridge was repaired in 2006 and 2009.
 
DOT responded that they would oppose either option due to serious liability concerns about the existing bridge’s safety and operating load capacity.  DOT explained that the bridge may be incapable of supporting large vehicles such as fire trucks and buses as it deteriorates further, and that Makaha is their number one priority bridge project.
 
Another concern is whether the temporary bypass will be on the sand.  DOT stated that the bypass will not be on the sand; rather there will be a temporary bridge and part of the asphalt shoulder on the mauka side of Farrington Highway will also be used. 
 
I spoke to Civil Beat about the issue on 3/8/13 (See http://www.civilbeat.com/articles/2013/03/08/18545-leeward-residents-protest-temporary-road-through-makaha-beach/), and plan to either attend or send my liaison to future meetings regarding the Makaha Bridge.
 
I realize that many residents remain very opposed to the bridge project, and I will continue to try my best to address your concerns.  You may contact me  at maileshimabukuro@yahoo.com or 586-7793.
 

HSTA TELLS LEGISLATORS ABOUT THEIR PRIORITIES; PLANS RALLY 3/14 @ CAPITOL

HSTA came by today to see Maile and discuss:

Two bills that they oppose: SB 238    Amends the definition of “student instructional hours” for elementary and secondary schools. & SB 1084 SD1   Proposes a constitutional amendment to permit the appropriation of public funds for private early childhood education programs, as provided by law.

Two bills that they support: SB 573 SD2  Authorizes a state income tax credit for certain expenses paid or incurred by a school teacher during the taxable year, & HB 151 HD1, which sets a time frame within which the Hawaii Labor Relations Board shall resolve complaints.

HSTA visited Maile on 3/8/13.  L-R: Juli Patten, HSTA Leeward Chapter president and Maili Elementary teacher for the past 21 years; Amber Riel, Waianae High teacher for the past 3 years; Joseph DeMarco, Waianae Intermediate teacher for the past 12 years; Maile; and Doug Robertson, teacher at Kaleiopuu Elementary in Waipahu.

HSTA visited Maile on 3/8/13. L-R: Juli Patten, HSTA Leeward Chapter president and Maili Elementary teacher for the past 21 years; Amber Riel, Waianae High teacher for the past 3 years; Joseph DeMarco, Waianae Intermediate teacher for the past 12 years; Maile; and Doug Robertson, teacher at Kaleiopuu Elementary in Waipahu.

Bumble Bee Tuna Recall

Bumble Bee Foods Issues Voluntary Recall On Specific Codes Of 5-Ounce Chunk White Albacore And Chunk Light Tuna Products Due To Loose Seals

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Consumers:
800-800-8572

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March 6, 2013 – Bumble Bee Foods, LLC, has issued a voluntary recall on specific codes of 5-ounce Chunk White Albacore and Chunk Light Tuna products. The recall has been issued because the products do not meet the company’s standards for seal tightness.

Loose seals or seams could result in product contamination by spoilage organisms or pathogens and lead to illness if consumed. There have been no reports to date of any illness associated with these products.

These products were distributed for retail sale nationwide between January 17, 2013 and February 28, 2013.

Bumble Bee Foods SVP of Technical Services and Corporate Quality Assurance Steve Mavity said: “Due to can integrity concerns, our top priority at this time is to remove these recalled products from distribution as soon as possible. We are working closely with our sales team and with retailers to help expedite the recall. We must assure our consumers and retailers of a safe and quality product so we very much appreciate everyone’s part in disposing of the products with the specific codes indicated.”

Mavity added, “There have been no consumer reports of illnesses attributed to these products, but because we’ve identified an issue with seal tightness, we’re voluntarily recalling products to ensure the highest margin of safety and quality.”

Consumers who have purchased the recalled products should discard the product by disposing in the garbage.

For any questions concerning this voluntary recall or reimbursement, consumers can contact Bumble Bee Consumer Affairs 24 hours a day at (800) 800-8572.