Public Hearings Scheduled on Neighborhood Plan Amendments

25 08 2016

Sharing a notice from the Neighborhood Commission Chairperson on the proposed changes to the 2008 Neighborhood Plan and upcoming opportunities to submit comments.

 

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, by its chairperson, of public hearings to be conducted by the Neighborhood Commission of the City and County of Honolulu, pursuant to Section 91-3 and 92-41, Hawaii Revised Statutes, and Sections 4-105.4, 13-106 and 14-104, of the Revised Charter of the City and County of Honolulu 1973 (2000 Edition), as amended, for the purpose of receiving public testimony on a proposal to amend the 2008 Neighborhood Plan as follows:

1) 2-11-203 – Allows a board to assign a third member to attend the conference of chairs if one of the three also is a Neighborhood Commissioner.
2) 2-11-308 – Deletes sections on quorum and majority voting that conflict with HRS.
3) 2-11-319 – Replaces RONR with parliamentary rules adopted by the Commission.
4) 2-13-105 -Amends Plan to require board members to recuse themselves if they have a financial conflict.
5) 2-13-107 – Requires board members to publicly post one type of contact information.
6) 2-14-102 – Changes board members terms to expire in even number years.  Allows the Commission to extend an existing term as necessary in order to achieve this.
7) 2-14-104 – Requires a nomination in order for a qualified resident to be considered for appointment to a vacancy. Clarifies when the verification of a possible nominee for a vacant seat must occur. Allows the Commission to fill a vacant seat if the vacancy interferes with the board taking action in three successive meetings. Requires a roll call vote for filling a vacancy with each member stating the name of the nominee they cast their vote for.
8) 2-14-106 – Clarifies action to declare a seat vacant must occur in the same term in which the absences occurred. Clarifies that three absences accumulates from the start of the term or the date of  appointment. Prohibits sending a three absence letter at the end of the term. Clarifies what the board must do for it to have considered vacating a seat. Makes a resignation effective when received by the Executive Secretary.
9) 2-14-111 – Requires committee agendas to be filed 7 days prior to the meeting.              
10) 2-14-115 – Requires roll call votes for election of officers or filling of vacancies.
11) 2-14-118 – Specifies that abusive language constitutes a breach of order and decorum. Requires that public testimony be allowed at the time the board considers an agenda item.
12) 2-14-124 – Deletes section which conflicts with HRS that defines majority vote. Makes the board chair a non-voting ex-officio member of all board committees.
13) 2-17-202 -Defines active voter for purposes of pre-registration.
14) 2-17-203 – Deletes the provision which allows someone to change their board residency after the voter registration deadline.
15) 2-17-204 – Requires that a candidate who fails to indicate at-large or subdistrict on their registration form to be automatically listed as a subdistrict candidate.
16) 2-18-101 – Makes committee members subject to sanctions.

The time and dates of the hearings are:
September 10, 2016 (Saturday), 10:00-11:00 am
Mission Memorial Hearing room (ground floor)
550 South King Street
Honolulu, HI 96813

September 10, 2016 (Saturday), 10:00-11:00 am
Kapolei Hale – Conference Room A
1000 Uluohia Street
Kapolei, HI 96707

All interested persons shall be afforded the opportunity of being heard. Any interested person desiring to be heard or to submit information, data, views or arguments on the proposed amendments at the public hearing is requested to register at the public hearing site beginning thirty (30) minutes prior to the starting time of the public hearing, as specified above, and is encouraged to submit twelve (12) copies of their testimony or statements in writing at the same time. All speakers will be limited to a three (3) minute presentation.

Anyone unable to attend the public hearing may file a written statement addressed to: Testimony, Attention Chairperson, Neighborhood Commission, 530 South King Street, Room 406, Honolulu, Hawaii 96813. Written statements must be received by 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 20, 2016.

Any disabled person requiring accommodations at these hearings may call the Neighborhood Commission Office at 768-3710 for details at least 72 hours prior to the hearing.

A copy of the proposed rule amendments will be mailed to any interested person who requests a copy, pays the required fees for the copy and the postage, if any.  Requests must be in writing and may be sent to Neighborhood Commission Office, 530 South King Street, Room 406, Honolulu, Hawaii 96813.

The proposed rule amendment may be reviewed in person at the Neighborhood Commission Office, 530 South King Street, Room 406, Mondays thru Fridays between 7:45 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Should the Commission accept the amendments, it will become effective as provided for by law.

By: Russell Yamanoha
Chairperson
Neighborhood Commission





Traffic Advisory for Wahiawa Due to Sewer Work

16 08 2016
The Department of Environmental Services is alerting the public that traffic will be affected as crews rehabilitate wastewater pipes.  City crews and contractors will conduct sewer pipe work on the following dates and locations in Wahiawa:

August 17, 2016  (CCTV/Cleaning) – 8:30 AM-3:30 PM: 1108 Kaala Ave / 1140 Kilani Ave / 1550 Glen Ave / 1520 Glen Ave / 1530 Royal Palm Dr / 1437 Glen Ave / 1402 Glen Ave.

August 18, 2016 (CCTV/Cleaning) – 8:30 AM-3:30 PM: 1755 Glen Ave / 217 Kilea Pl / 293 Palm St / 212 Palm St / 57 Mango St.





Office of Council Services Wins NACO Achievement Award

8 08 2016

OCS

CONGRATULATING
THE HONOLULU OFFICE OF COUNCIL SERVICES
FOR RECEIVING THE 2016 NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF COUNTIES
CIVIC EDUCATION AND PUBLIC INFORMATION ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

In 1970, the National Association of Counties (NACo) established the annual National Association of Counties Achievement Awards, a non-competitive awards program which recognizes innovative county government initiatives in 21 different categories. In 2016, NACo awarded 618 entries from 112 counties across 34 states.

One of the NACo Achievement Award categories is Civic Education and Public Information, which recognizes county organizations or individuals that facilitate, increase, and strengthen opportunities for public and civic engagement. In 2016, 52 awards were made in this category to 32 counties, including the Honolulu City and County’s Office of Council Services (OCS) for its digital publication of the annual budget report titled, “Status of the City’s Finances” (SCF).

With more than 80% of Honolulu’s 930,000 residents using the Internet in their daily routines, Honolulu has a large digital constituency and engaging constituents online is rapidly becoming the societal norm. To address this need, many City and State agencies, such as Honolulu’s Office of Council Services, have made transitioning into the digital-age a priority. OCS redesigned, revamped, and digitized the SCF, creating the City’s first interactive e-publication.

Upon its release in March 2016, the SCF has helped both decision-makers and members of the public to understand and analyze the City’s two billion dollar annual budget. By going digital, redesigning the layout to be more user-friendly, and condensing content, the SCF made vital budget information more readily accessible to the community and much easier to digest. The compatibility of the e-publication with mobile computing devices, along with the availability of digital tools such as bookmarks and note-taking which benefits end-users, paves the way for other City departments to release public documents in the e-publication format.

This award marks the third time that the Office of Council Services has received the Civic Education and Public Information award from NACo, which highlights the OCS team’s dedication to government transparency and civic engagement. While all of OCS staff made vital contributions to the SCF, the primary core group responsible for the redesign and formatting of this edition were Denisse Gee, Charmaine Doran, Gavin Kennedy, Yvette Lee, and Cindy Ramirez.

Therefore, on behalf of the People of the City and County of Honolulu, the City Council hereby congratulates our Office of Council Services upon receiving the 2016 National Association of Counties Civic Education and Public Information Achievement Award. The Council further extends its warmest aloha to the OCS team members as they continue to modernize City government and wishes them luck in all their future endeavors.





August Training Advisory for Schofield Barracks

3 08 2016

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii (Aug. 2, 2016) – Local service members are scheduled to conduct various training here in August that may be heard by surrounding communities.

For the community’s awareness, the training is as follows. Please note, all training dates are subject to change based on environmental and other factors:

Aug. 1-14:    Army mortar training
Aug. 8-12:    Marines mortar training
Aug. 11-13:   Army artillery training
Aug. 13:     Army demolitions training
Aug. 14-19:  Army Lightning Academy training with blank ammunition and explosive simulators on East Range. Training will occur during daytime and nighttime hours.
Aug. 20-26:  Army Lightning Academy training with blank ammunition and explosive simulators on East Range. Training will occur during daytime and nighttime hours.
Aug. 29:   Army mortar training
Aug. 29- Sept. 2:   Army artillery training
Aug. 30-Sept. 1:   Army demolitions training

Should individuals hear noise, there is no immediate danger. Weather, such as overcast conditions, can increase noise and vibrations.

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 training, please call (808) 257-8832.





Daily Lane Closures Scheduled for Paumalu Stream Bridge

28 07 2016

HONOLULU — The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) alerts the public that the 24/7 lane closure on the Paumalu Stream Bridge has been removed as of Wednesday, July 27, 2016. The Paumalu Stream Bridge on Kamehameha Highway is located between Paumalu Place and Ke Nui Road, near Sunset Beach.

HDOT began repairing the Paumalu Stream Bridge in May 2016 to ensure its integrity. The installation of the Acrow truss structure has been substantially completed, allowing the 24/7 lane closure to be lifted.

The remaining repairs to the bridge require a northbound lane closure on Kamehameha Highway that will occur during daytime non-peak traffic hours. Traffic will be contraflowed through the remaining open lane with flaggers on both sides of the bridge to assist traffic flow. Emergency vehicles will be given priority access. All roadwork is weather permitting. The lane closures are as follows:

  • Thursday, July 28, 2016 and Friday, July 29, 2016 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Monday, Aug. 1, 2016 through Friday, Aug. 5, 2016 from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • Monday, Aug. 8, 2016 through Friday. Aug. 12, 2016 from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The weight restriction of 25 tons continues until further notice.

HDOT will continue to alert the public of lane closures at http://hidot.hawaii.gov/highways/roadwork/oahu/. HDOT thanks the community for its patience as we make the necessary repairs to the Paumalu Stream Bridge.

 

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Taking Aim at Gun Control

27 07 2016

“Losing one officer is heartbreaking. Losing five officers is unimaginable. What happened in Dallas is a painful and personal reminder of how dangerous police work is.” This was the reaction of HPD Police Chief Louis Kealoha to the recent tragedy in Dallas, Texas where a gunman opened fire during a peaceful rally, killing five police officers and wounding seven others. Sadly, gun violence is fast becoming a way of life in our country. An even deadlier shooting happened several weeks earlier in Orlando, Florida, where an American-born gunman who had pledged allegiance to ISIS used an AR-15- type assault-style rifle to kill 50 people and injure dozens more in what was the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.

A new study ranked Hawaii as having the lowest gun death rate in the nation. But despite the good news, can similar mass shootings happen here in paradise? The answer is yes—they have occurred and can do so again. Many of us can still vividly recall the Xerox shooting in 1999 where gunman Byron Uyesugi shot and killed seven of his co-workers.

Thankfully, the state last month passed three new laws that will certainly help improve public safety as far as gun violence is concerned. The first law set-up a database of firearms owners called the “Rap Back” system which notifies police whenever a gun owner is arrested for a crime anywhere in the U.S. This allows police to evaluate whether the owner may continue to legally possess and own firearms. Supporters say the database is needed because initial background checks were insufficient.

A second measure signed into state law prohibits those who have been convicted of stalking or committing sexual assault from owning guns, while a third new law requires gun owners to surrender their firearms and ammunition to the police if they’ve been disqualified to possess the weapons “due to a diagnosis of having a significant behavioral, emotional, or mental disorder, or due to emergency or involuntary admission to a psychiatric facility.” If the person does not voluntarily give up their arms, police officers have the right to seize the weapons.

These three laws will help to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people and make our state a safer place to live but perhaps additional legislation is needed. According to HPD, Hawaii has a ban on “assault pistols” and “automatic weapons” but no ban on assault weapons. Perhaps it’s time to consider an outright ban on all assault weapons as well as on large-volume ammunition magazines. While lawful gun owners should be allowed to continue using their guns for sport, hunting and self-protection, the bottom line is that gun violence has claimed far too many innocent lives. The time for change is now. Let’s not wait for yet another mass shooting before we realize the need to take better aim at controlling gun violence.

In the words of Police Chief Kealoha, “I ask that the public continue to support our local law enforcement officers in their efforts to make Honolulu one of the safest cities in the nation. Rest assured that the Honolulu Police Department is committed to protecting the safety and rights of all residents and visitors.”

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Mahalo to the Department of Facility Maintenance Signs & Marking Team

20 07 2016

With school going back into session soon, keeping students safe as they commute to and from school on our streets is of utmost importance. A big mahalo goes out to the Department of Facility Maintenance’s Signs and Marking Team for their prompt action in re-striping the crosswalks in Waialua near St. Michael’s School.

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