Council’s Override of the Mayoral Veto

1 07 2015

In the aftermath of the Council’s override of Mayor Caldwell’s veto of the latest sit-lie bill, it might be a good time to reflect on the path we are taking with regard to the issue of homelessness. Bill 6, which expanded the City’s sit-lie law is in effect following the Council’s override of the Mayor’s veto on June 3rd. The Mayor never objected to the ultimate goal of the bill, which was to protect local business and their right to engage in commerce without obstruction. His main concern was the fact that it could be legally challenged.

Perhaps Bill 6 might not have been necessary if the Administration had begun to enforce existing stored property ordinances, especially in those areas identified in Bill 6, before instead of after passage. But it is worth remembering that while the Mayor may have the luxury of restricting his attention to matters of island-wide importance, each Councilmember by design must be primarily concerned with the issues affecting the constituents he or she represents.

That is why in the eyes of the Council, something had to be done for those affected businesses, similarly for what we did for Waikiki. In our eyes, no one Oahu business is more important than another. Over the past two years, the City Council has taken extraordinary steps to provide the Administration with the resources to manage our homeless issues – nearly $50 million in Fiscal Year 2014 and another $30-plus million for FY 2015. My concern is that we have very little to show for it – despite all statements about the urgency of the problem. Where is the transitional housing? Where is the permanent housing? These are absolutely critical to prevent homeless persons from merely shifting from one locale to another. Housing First is nothing without housing.

As for the criticism that the Council and the Administration are not working hand in hand to solve the problem of homelessness, I see the Council-Mayor relationship historically as a system of checks and balances. We are not, and cannot be a rubber stamp for the Administration. With an issue as complex as homelessness, or even rail, differences of opinion will emerge along with different approaches to solve the problems.

Like each of the eight other members on the Council, I also have a district with pressing needs and concerns. I advocate for the resources to meet those needs and I rely on the support of my colleagues to be successful. Likewise, I supported my colleagues whose districts are being overrun by illegal campsites and who preferred to override the Mayor’s veto. Bill 6 which may not be perfect but it is the best we have at this point in time. As evidenced by the recent armed robbery at the Kukaniloko site in Wahiawa recently, the problems associated with unchecked homeless encampments may already have grown to a significant level in our district as it has in other Council districts. We need to provide law enforcement with adequate tools to protect our residents and local businesses in Wahiawa as well as Waikiki.





The Big Fix is Coming

23 06 2015

July BF flyer





Schofield Training Starts Tomorrow

15 06 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 15, 2015
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Training alert for Schofield, June 16-18

Local service members are scheduled to conduct live-fire, mortar training at
Schofield Barracks, June 16-18.

The Marine Corps is planning to conduct training between approximately 7
a.m. and 8 p.m. Intermittent noise may be heard in surrounding communities
during this time. If individuals hear noise, there is no immediate danger.
Weather, such as overcast conditions, can increase noise and vibrations.

The scheduled training dates and times are subject to change based on
environmental and other factors.

The military services in Hawaii appreciate the community’s understanding and
continued support of local service members and families. While sometimes
loud, the sounds of training represent how the military ensures the nation’s
service members are ready to accomplish the mission and return home safely.

To report concerns related to noise or training, community members can call
the U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii (USAG-HI) Noise Concern Line at (808) 656-3487
or email usaghi.comrel@gmail.com. The USAG-HI Public Affairs Office responds
to all reported concerns during regular business hours, Monday through
Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

For questions regarding Marine Corps Base Hawaii training, please contact
Elizabeth Feeney, Public Affairs, at 808-257-8832.





Traffic Advisory for Wahiawa

15 05 2015

Wahiawa sewer work mapThe Department of Environmental Services is alerting the public that traffic will be affected next week as crews rehabilitate wastewater pipes in Wahiawa.  City crews and contractors will conduct sewer pipe work on the following dates and locations:

  • May 18 (Pipe Liner) – 8:30 AM-5:30 PM:  289 California Ave.
  • May 19 (Pipe Liner) – 8:30 AM-5:30 PM:  407 Kilani Ave / 1473 Hele St.
  • May 20 (Pipe Liner) – 8:30 AM-5:30 PM:  152 Wilikina Dr / 1495 Hele St.




Safety Alert for Laie

12 05 2015

LAIE, OAHU —  The Department of Land and Natural Resources is urging the public to avoid the nearshore ocean waters and shoreline in the vicinity of  Temple beach park on the north side of Laie Point, (across from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints) due to possible safety hazards from broken pieces of a vessel that went aground last night and was broken up by high surf. State crews plan to conduct debris removal tomorrow morning.





Annual Prescribed Burn at Schofield Begins May 11

8 05 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 7, 2015
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Army takes action against summer wildfires

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii – Army officials are taking action against
wildfires by conducting an annual prescribed burn of the Schofield Barracks
training range complex beginning May 11.

U.S. Army Hawaii personnel have spent the last six months preparing for the
burn by removing brush around existing range firebreaks and improving roads
throughout the range complex to provide better access for firefighters and
emergency personnel.

The Army’s plan is to conduct a deliberate and phased prescribed burn of
approximately 1,200 acres – systematically burning small areas over the
course of about one week.

“Safety is our number one priority,” said Chief Scotty Freeman, Fire
Division Chief, Directorate of Emergency Services (DES), U.S. Army
Garrison-Hawaii. “Prescribed burns are an important tool in preventing
wildfires and protecting our communities, especially as the dry summer
months approach.”

The prescribed burn will improve safety by removing highly flammable guinea
grass and other vegetation. If left unchecked, these grasses become large
fuel sources for wildfires that can be difficult to contain and threaten
area resources.

Freeman estimates that effective prescribed burns can reduce wildfire
outbreaks by as much as 75 percent.

The team will conduct final checks, May 10, to ensure all personnel,
equipment and safeguards are in place and ready. The actual burn will begin
May 11, provided weather conditions such as wind, temperature and fuel
moisture are within the regulatory parameters.

Fire officials plan to complete the burn effort in approximately one week,
pending any unforeseen issues or weather.

Burn operations will take place during daylight hours, and Army firefighters
will remain on site each night to monitor the area.

“Coordination between supporting agencies is critical for an event like
this,” said Col. Duane Miller, Director of Emergency Services, explaining
that the garrison must follow Army, state and federal requirements when
conducting a prescribed burn.

Multiple personnel from USAG-HI, the Federal Fire Department, the 8th
Theater Sustainment Command, the 25th Infantry Division, and U.S. Marine
Corps Forces, Pacific are supporting the burn effort, to include
firefighters, aviators, engineers, natural and cultural resources
specialists, explosive ordnance disposal personnel, and law enforcement
personnel.

The Army has also coordinated with the Hawaii State Department of Health’s
Clean Air Branch and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, who have both
reviewed and approved the prescribed burn plan.





Pupukea Road Repaving Begins May 4, 2015

29 04 2015

Pupukea Road Work May 2015

The project is scheduled to be completed in January, 2016.  Work includes: cold planing, reconstruction and resurfacing of the asphalt roadway, adjustment of utility personhole frames and covers, lane striping and marking, installation of vehicle detector loops, and locating existing personholes, valve boxes, and monuments.

Work will be done from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.  Residents are advised that on-street parking will be prohibited at times.  ‘No Parking Tow Away’ signs will be posted a minimum of 24 hours in advance.  Illegally parked vehicles will be towed at the owner’s expense.

Motorists are reminded to observe and obey all traffic controls, posted signs, and special duty officers.  Drivers are asked to avoid unnecessary travel through the area and to consider alternate routes when possible, otherwise anticipate delays.

The contractor for the project, Grace Pacific, LLC, is responsible for coordinating local traffic.  Please call Grace Pacific, LLC at 842-3231 or AECOM at 366-2588 with concerns.

The rehabilitation project includes the following roads:Pupukea Roadwork May 2015

 

 

 








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