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Councilmember Ikaika Anderson

District 3 Report
October 2013

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Councilmember Ikaika Anderson
530 S. King Street
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
Phone: 768-5003
Fax: 768-5011
ianderson@honolulu.gov

3 TALKS @ 6:30 pm

Tuesday, April 9

Ahuimanu

 Key Project, 47-200 Waihee Rd., Kaneohe 

Tuesday, August 13

Waimanalo

Waimanalo Library, 41-1320 Kalanianaole Hwy.

 

Tuesday, December 10

Kaneohe

Kaneohe Community Ctr., 45-613 Puohala St., Kaneohe

 

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692-5656

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Legal Aid Society of HI
Free legal services for seniors and those who meet low income guidelines.

Tuesdays-1:30 pm to 5:00 pm

Waimanalo Health Center
41-1347 Kalanianaole Hwy.
Mauli Ola Conference Room
No Appointment Necessary

Bottle/Can
Redemption Sites:

Kaneohe

Kaneohe Bay Shopping Cntr
(Behind Safeway)
46-047 Kamehemeha Hwy.
Mon. - Sat., 9 am - 5 pm
Closed for lunch, 12 - 1 pm

Reverse Vending Machine:
Windward Mall
Macy's prkng lot-Haiku/Kam
46-056 Kamehameha Hwy.
Wed. - 10 am - 5 pm

Kahalu`u
46-0702 Kamehemeha Hwy.
Mon., Tues., Wed., and Fri., 9 am - 5 pm
Sat. and Sun., 8 am - 4pm

Kailua
Aikahi Park Shopping Cntr
(Behind Safeway)
25 Kaneohe Bay Drive
Mon. - Sun., 9 am - 5 pm
Closed for lunch, 12 - 1 pm

Reverse vending machine:
Marine Corps Base Hawaii
(Exchange)
Tues. - Fri., 12 pm - 5 pm

Enchanted Lake
Keolu Shopping Center
(Next to Blossom's Okazuya)
Also has Reverse Vending 1090 Keolu Drive, Ste. 107
Mon. - Sat., 9 am - 5 pm
Closed for lunch, 12 - 1 pm

Waimanalo
Waimanalo Hawaiian Homes Association
41-853 Kalanianaole Hwy.
Thursdays - 9 am - 5 pm
Closed for lunch, 12 - 1 pm

 

Smoking in Public Parks

Pursuant to Bill 72 (2012) (Ordinance 13-5), which went into effect on April 8,2013, and Bill 25 (2013) (Ordinance 13-27), which takes effect January 1, 2014, there should soon be no butts on the beach.

Bill 72, introduced late last year, extended the smoking ban to additional beach parks not already indicated in the Revised Ordinances of Honolulu. Beach parks included under the new ordinance were Duke Paoa Kahanamoku Beach park; Kapiolani Beach Park; Kapiolani Park Beach Center; Kapiolani Park; Kuhio

Beach Park; Sandy Beach Park; and all sandy beach areas of Ala Moana Regional Park under the maintenance of the City Department of Parks and Recreation. It was Councilmember Anderson's position that if smoking is to be banned at city beach parks for health reasons, then we shouldn't designate the ban to just a few beach parks. Thus he introduced Bill 25 in April of this year to extend the ban to all public parks except for the open air areas of a municipal golf course and within any region of a beach park where a designated smoking area already exists. This ordinance will take effect on January 1. Members of Beach Environmental Awareness Campaign-Hawaii ("B.E.A.C.H.") have prepared "Smoke-Free Oahu, a healthy environment for all" promotional materials that you may have noticed in various retail establishments and public locations. You also will soon see signs placed at the many city parks on Oahu reminding residents and visitors to keep our beach parks smoke free.

Grants In Aid Awards

Last year voters approved an amendment to the City Charter which required that at least $5M be set aside for grants in aid to eligible non-profits. This year is the first year that awards will be made under this new Charter provision.

Earlier this year, the Council established the process through which awards would be made. A commission, comprised of volunteers with experience in the non-profit sector, receives and reviews grant applications, ranks the applicants based on various criteria and makes recommendations for awards. Once the commission finalizes their recommendations, that list is forwarded to the Council for review and final approval.

I have always believed that, when it comes to the awarding of grant monies, it should be done through a process that ensures both transparency and impartiality. After having a chance to monitor the process and review the commission's recommendations for this fiscal year I am confident that the process the Council set forth accomplishes both.

When dealing with grants that are funded with taxpayers' money, once a process has been established, I believe it is imperative that the process be honored and respected. While some have suggested that the commission's recommendations could use some revision—a right that the Council did reserve itself — in the absence of egregious oversight or malfeasance I see no legitimate reason for the Council to do anything other than move forward in full support of the recommendations made and that is a position that I will always hold to.

                                       An Opportunity to Help in the Community

This weekend, volunteers will join members of the Community Works in 96744 in a community clean-up project at Kaneohe District Park from 8—11:30am. Community Works is a community drug prevention and youth development coalition whose mission is to create a community where substance abuse is minimized and youth and their families effectively use community resources to support healthy lifestyles.

The coalition sponsors community-wide graffiti paint-out and clean-up projects twice a year. These projects are supported entirely through volunteer efforts. These ongoing projects have resulted in numerous areas throughout Kaneohe being adopted to help combat and paint-out graffiti as it arises.

This is a wonderful opportunity for any interested individual or group to help make a difference in our Windward Oahu community! If you are interested in participating in this event, future events or would like help in organizing an event of your own, please contact my office and we will be happy to help organize it. For those planning to attend this weekend event please do not forget to bring sunblock and a hat; all other materials will be provided.

Road Re-Paving Updates

Very frequently, we receive calls from our constituents inquiring about the status of a road re-paving project. Earlier this year the City setup an online database that provides a listing of both current and future road repaving projects. As this list is maintained on a regular basis it is an excellent resource for anyone interested in road repaving projects anywhere on the island.

You can visit this index at: http://www1.honolulu.gov/ddc/roadrepavingupdate.htm It is also important to remember that when the City issues a contract for an area to be repaved, the contractor has the discretion to determine the order in which roads—within the scope of their contract—will be paved. If you should have any questions regarding road repaving projects please do not hesitate to contact my office! We are always happy to assist you!

  

Last Reviewed: Wednesday, October 23, 2013