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MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING MINUTES OF AUGUST 28, 2006
CALL TO ORDER: Chair Grant Tanimoto called the meeting to order at 7:05 p.m.
Members Present: Sheila Apisa, Clara Ching, Ed Gall, Bernard Kaahanui, Robin Makapagal, Jeanette Nekota, Kalene Sakamoto, Grant Tanimoto, Sylvia Young.
Guests: Debbi Glanstein and Jon Chinen (Kailua Neighborhood Board No. 31), Tom Heinrich, Ron Lockwood and Albert Furuto (McCully-Mo'ili'ili Neighborhood Board No. 8), Gary Bautista (Ewa Neighborhood Board No. 23), Darryn Ng (Kalihi-Palama Neighborhood Board No. 15), Tom Smyth (Downtown Neighborhood Board No. 13), Cruz J. Vina Jr. (Pearl City Neighborhood Board No. 21), Ray Gruntz (Waikiki Neighborhood Board No. 9), Daisy Murai , Janet Inamine, Jennifer Waihe'e (Corporation Counsel), Kioni Dudley (Makakilo/Kapolei/Honokai Hale Neighborhood Board No. 34).
Staff: Joan Manke (Executive Secretary), Michelle Kidani, Nola Frank, Marie Richardson.
ROLL CALL OF COMMISSIONERS: The following Commissioners answered the roll call - Apisa, Ching, Gall, Kaahanui, Makapagal, Nekota, Sakamoto, Tanimoto and Young; nine of nine commissioners were present.
Executive Secretary's Report: Joan Manke extended a warm welcome to Robin Makapagal, the Commission's newest member. Makapagal was asked to give a brief background of herself.
Manke reported the following updates:
Budget Committee – Sakamoto reported on the reactivation of the Budget Committee whose meeting preceded tonight's Commission meeting. The next meeting is scheduled for Monday, September 25 (preceding the Commission meeting). The committee looked at how the Boards are utilizing their allocated budget. For Fiscal Year 2005 – 2006 - $40,967 was unused and went back to the General Fund. Kidani provided an evaluation with a breakdown of the Publicity budget with Boards exercising their option to utilize funds for videotaping or newsletters. Sakamoto thanked Kidani and the discussion will continue.
Training Committee – Nekota reported that the Training Committee also met prior to the Commission meeting. Nekota felt more time is necessary for brainstorming and to flush out topics and ideas. The next committee meeting is scheduled for Saturday, September 30, 2006, 2:00 p.m. - following the Permitted Interaction Group meeting for the Revised Neighborhood Plan.
Permitted Interaction Group (PIGroup) – Neighborhood Plan: Tanimoto reported the PIGroup met through the months of July and August and is steadily moving forward and will be meeting following tonight's Commission meeting to address substantive issues with regards to elections, procedures and rules applicable to the neighborhood boards. The PIGroup will continue its efforts to complete the RNP.
Complaints: Manke introduced the new "Complaints" agenda item. At the next Commission meeting, there will be a complete update of pending complaints.
Up until the time a complaint is accepted or rejected by the NCO, the Neighborhood Plan only allows communication between the Executive Secretary and the neighborhood board where the complaint is being heard. According to
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Chair Tanimoto opened the floor to questions; hearing none - Dudley was thanked for coming and the agenda resumed.
Formation of Permitted Interaction Group to consider recommendations in the August 2006 Audit of the Neighborhood Board System as it relates to the Neighborhood Commission – Chair Tanimoto testified at the Council hearing, as an individual. He said the resolution to establish a task force was premature and because of the timing did not provide the Commission with an opportunity to consult on the matter. The Commission is currently juggling a number of issues including the Budget Committee, Training Committee, and the PIGroup for the Revised Neighborhood Plan; and that everyone agreed on the importance and it needs to be considered. He entertained any interest to form a PIGroup to address the audit.
Discussion followed: 1) Nekota and Makapagal expressed interest, and Ching will take it under consideration. 2) Tanimoto mentioned that the staff is reviewing the audit and identifying points of concern as they apply to the Commission, the Neighborhood Commission Office and to the Neighborhood Boards. Kidani added that the working draft is far from complete; however, it is available if the Commission chooses to review it. 3) Gall shared that there is a crossover with the RNP and the audit, and encouraged the PIGroup to work closely together; Chair Tanimoto acknowledged and agreed.
Young moved, to form a PIGroup to address the Neighborhood Board System Audit; Nekota seconded the motion. Discussion followed: 1) Given the scope of the audit, Tanimoto felt that Ching's inquiry regarding the main purpose or duty of the PIGroup was fairly open ended. Ching noted that a timeline is also an important factor. 2) In regards to the audit, Nekota understood that it would appear on the Council agenda for October; and also that a working plan by the Commissioners and the NCO would certainly show a sense of good faith that something is in place and being worked on. Awareness and concern were expressed relating to the elimination of the Neighborhood Board System. 3) Gall announced that Council would be hearing the resolution for adoption on September 6; and Heinrich verified the hearing date. According to Smyth, the Auditor's asked that a separate meeting be held to present their report. 4) Regarding a timeline raised by Ching, Cruz Vina, Jr., secretary of the Pearl City Neighborhood Board No. 21, stated the resolution mentioned a December 31, 2007 deadline; and suggested lining up strategies by mid-October. 5) In spite of what actions Council might take, the Commission can still take a position with respect to the resolution. 6) Ure said the resolution is with a committee of the City Council, and will not be received by Council until after it's gone to committee. Therefore, you will not know until you see the agenda, which was the surprise this month. Full Council still has to hear it. 7) Apisa encouraged addressing what's on the floor now - voting whether the Commission wishes to establish a PIGroup, which is not talking of any dates or timelines at this time, but establishing that later. Tanimoto agreed. 8) Heinrich appreciated Apisa's comment and noted that the PIGroup is definitely independent of anything else, but is needed in order to consider the audit. Secondly, the Committee on Executive Matters did report out the resolution for adoption. If the Council takes it up at the next Council hearing, he fully expects that the Council will adopt that resolution on September 6; only one reading for a resolution is necessary. 9) Smyth commented on two things being addressed in items A and B: a) whether the Council does nothing about the audit, however, the Commission will still need to address the audit, hence the purpose of the PIGroup to address the audit itself; and b) with the resolution, it has more to do with the wording itself than the processes that the resolution will lead to. In any case, Council is going to pass out the resolution, and the Commission should still take a position on it. Because of the timing, Tanimoto said the Commission had not taken a position; so with that being said, Tanimoto referred back to the motion currently on the floor. The motion carried by unanimous consent, 9-0-0. Aye: Apisa, Ching, Gall, Kaahanui, Makapagal, Nekota, Sakamoto, Tanimoto and Young.
Commission Response to Council Resolution 06-291, "Establishing a Task Force To Review the Effectiveness and Efficiency of the Neighborhood Board System" – Gall moved, that the Neighborhood Commission request that the City Council defer implementation of Council Resolution 06-291 – relating for ninety (90) days in order that the Commission and the Executive Secretary may continue to evaluate the City Auditors Report; Apisa seconded the motion. Discussion followed: Hearing Smyth's comments regarding the passage of the resolution by Council, Gall thinks that if the Commission approves this motion that it sends a strong enough message to City Council. The motion carried by unanimous consent, 9-0-0. Aye: Apisa, Ching, Gall, Kaahanui, Makapagal, Nekota, Sakamoto, Tanimoto and Young.
Chair Tanimoto commented on the process of the PIGroup – in general, this group should be complete with their findings by June 2007; come back before the Commission with their recommendations. Chair Tanimoto appointed the following Commission members to the PIGroup to address the audit: Commissioners Nekota (Chair), Ching and Makapagal. No questions followed.
Kalihi-Palama Neighborhood Board No. 15 – Filling of Vacant Seat due to the lack of Quorum – Manke reported one of the first things brought to her attention, when filling the Executive Secretary position in January 2006, was the lack of quorum on some of the Boards; and historically, the Kalihi-Palama Neighborhood Board No. 15 has not been able to take any action since the last election in 2005. In looking at the way the Neighborhood Plan is written, it offers no real solution and in order to declare any seat vacant due to board member absences, a quorum is necessary. There had also been members in the community wanting to serve and fill those vacancies, and more recently, the NCO was able to resolve the matter where the number of seats filled has fallen below the quorum. And because of this, the NCO is looking at Section 3-9.4 of the Neighborhood Plan which says – if the number of vacancies is such that the remaining members do not constitute a quorum, the commission shall – do one of the three options listed; and in this case, item (a) certify as elected one or more unsuccessful candidates receiving the next highest number of votes in the last election to fill the vacancies necessary to constitute a quorum. But in the election of 2005 the race was uncontested race and therefore no list from which to select. However, in deliberation with Corporation Counsel, the NCO looked at the previous election of 2003 and there were two individuals and the top person was Darryn Ng. Contacts with Mr. Ng found that he is willing to serve. Others options in the plan: (b) called for a special neighborhood board election to fill the vacancy; or (c) suspension of the board for its tenure of office. The option of calling a special election would be costly at this point; and the suspension of the board would deny the community representation. Manke is hoping that the Commission will step forward and certify Mr. Ng to the Kalihi-Palama Neighborhood Board No. 15.
Mr. Ng was open to answer questions from the Commission. Commissioner Ching asked for a brief introduction of himself. On top of being a past member of the Kalihi-Palama Neighborhood Board, Mr. Ng also participated with the Adopt-a-Block and the Neighborhood Security Watch; and a participant for the caring of the last remaining "lo'i kalo" in Honolulu, along with kids from the Kapalama and Fern Schools.
Gall moved that the Neighborhood Commission appoint Mr. Darryn Ng to the Kalihi-Palama Neighborhood Board No. 15; Sakamoto seconded the motion. Commissioner Ching called for the question. The motion carried by unanimous consent, 9-0-0. Aye: Apisa, Ching, Gall, Kaahanui, Makapagal, Nekota, Sakamoto, Tanimoto and Young. A brief recess ensued while Neighborhood Assistant Richardson verified Ng's qualifications and administered the Oath of Office; following that Ng was congratulated.
Approval of Regular Meeting Minutes of July 24, 2006 – Tanimoto asked if there are corrections to the minutes. Hearing no objections, the Regular Meeting Minutes of July 24, 2006 were approved.
ADJOURNEMENT: Since there was no other Commission business, the meeting adjourned at 8:10 p.m.
Marie Richardson, Neighborhood Assistant and
Commission Chair Grant Tanimoto
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Minutes of Commission Training Committee
Monday, August 28, 2006
Council Committee Meeting Room
CALL TO ORDER: Chair Jeanette Nekota called the meeting to order at 6:40 p.m.
MEMBERS PRESENT: Kalene Sakamoto, Bernard Kaahanui, Grant Tanimoto, Clara Ching, Jeanette Nekota, Ed Gall, Robin Makapagal, Sylvia Young, Sheila Apisa.
GUESTS: Tom Heinrich, Ron Lockwood (McCully/Moiliili Neighborhood Board No. 8, Chair); Debbi Glainstein, Linda Ure, and Jon Chinen (
STAFF: Joan Manke (Executive Secretary), Michelle Kidani, Marie Richardson, and Nola J. Frank.
Brainstorming Ideas for Training of Board Members:
Chair Jeannette Nekota stated that the Commission never had a budget for training. She noted that it was previously suggested that informational CD's be provided to board members. The committee ideas are being sought for the 2007 board elections.
Kidani mentioned that last year's orientation included budget training.
Sakamoto stated a list of areas where training is needed.
Lockwood suggested establishing an interactive website similar to those set-up for schools, the library system and groups, which could be accessed at anytime. Lockwood did not know the cost for training board members.
D. Glanstein said that Steve Glanstein had done parliamentary training for board members. She added that five neighborhood boards have members who are parliamentarians Debbi Glanstein (Board 31), Steve Glanstein (Board 18), Rachel Glanstein – Board 14, Ron Mobley (Board 20), as well as Commissioner Ching.
6:45 p.m. Commission Sheila Apisa arrived (8 Commissioners present).
Tanimoto suggested taking a step back and posting written materials not currently on the website within the last two or three years. There is a need to provide more written materials for board members.
Chair Nekota relayed that the board's budget guideline booklet is not posted on the website. It has been announced at board meetings that the booklet is on the website. Previously, quarterly chairs' meetings were held to brainstorm problem areas. This would not be a "Sunshine Law" issue if it were reinstated again. The problem is that board members that need training do not attend the sessions. Manke said she has spoken with staff person Bryan Mick to put the board's budget book on the website, which is a good working tool for board members. In addition, Nekota suggested adding printing to the budget, although cost of printing was a previous issue.
6:50 p.m. Commission Young arrived (9 Commissioners present).
Ching provided a two-page handout on parliamentary procedures to those present. Kidani said it would be a good idea to print the procedure in the board members' guidebook.
Questions, answers and comments:
Ure mentioned that one issue regarding the website is that to reach the NCO site, one must go through several agencies. She added that there is no way in government to identify Neighborhood Boards. It was suggested that information pertaining to board members could be posted on the Neighborhood Commission or the Neighborhood Boards websites.
Glanstein asked if there are any plans to have an orientation relative to minutes as was done last year. The response was that a workshop on minutes was held for the staff last year.
Bautista commented that out of 444 board members, approximately 80% have web access. Computers are available for use at the libraries but are not always convenient due to people's work schedules.
Due to time restraints, Chair Nekota proposed a Training Committee meeting on another day for further discussion and brainstorming. A Saturday meeting was suggested. Kidani asked if the meeting would be held on a Saturday following the Revised Neighborhood Plan meeting. Sakamoto asked if a tentative date would be set. Chair Nekota responded, the date would probably be set for Saturday, September 30, 2006, at 2:00 p.m.
Training Committee suggestions for the next meeting were parliamentary training, minute taking for staff, and budgetary training for board members.
Lockwood suggested a September 15, 2006 deadline to email ideas for further discussion at the next meeting. All agreed with this suggestion.
Tanimoto added that the NCO staff would assist with the Commission committee meetings.
Chair Jeanette Nekota adjourned the meeting at 7:03 p.m.
Nola J. Frank, Neighborhood Assistant
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