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KALIHI-PALAMA NEIGHBORHOOD BOARD NO. 15
REGULAR MEETING MINUTES
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 17, 2007
KAPALAMA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL CAFETERIA
CALL TO ORDER: Chair Bernie Young called the meeting to order at 7:10 p.m. A quorum was present.
Chair Young welcomed everyone to the Neighborhood Board meeting.
MEMBERS PRESENT: Ken Harding, Rodolfo Ibay, Fetu Kolio, Calvin Konno, Darryn Ng, Eric Purcell, Jesusa Rone, Casey Sakai, Tracy Sakai, Bernie Young, Jennifer Waihee, David Yaw (appointed at this meeting).
MEMBERS ABSENT: Ken Akamine, John Dell, Jamie Harvest-Silva.
VACANCIES: Subdistrict 2: (1) vacancy; Subdistrict 3: (3) vacancies.
GUESTS: Keoki Miyamoto (Mayor’s Representative), Councilmember Romy Cachola, Dennis Galolo (Councilmember Cachola’s office), Senator Gordon Trimble, Kristi Sue Ako (Senator Trimble’s Office), Natasha Wong (Senator Suzie Chun Oakland’s office), Representative Joey Manahan, Jocelyn Ho (Representative Corrine Ching’s office), Patrick Stanley (Representative Karl Rhoads’ office), Sgt. Yiu Chan, Sgt. John Haina and Officer David Yomes (HPD), Norman Ho (HPHA), Pat Lee (HHCTCP), Franciflor Cuesta (TJ Mahoney), Theresa Cummings (Mayor Wright Housing), David Henkin (Earth Justice), Randy Leong. Michelle Matson and Lawson Teshima (honolulutraffic.com), Thomas Beck, C. Fang, Leonard Lester, Maryrose McClelland, Darryl Tamanaha, Shane Yaw, Steve J. Rodrigues (Neighborhood Commission office staff).
FILLING OF VACANCIES: Chair Young asked if there were any candidates to fill the vacancies in subdistrict 2 or subdistrict 3. There were no interested individuals.
Mayor Wright Housing – There was lengthy discussion on this issue. A number of residents voiced their concerns regarding the undesirable/illegal activities ongoing at Mayor Wright Housing. They include drugs (marijuana and “ice”), drinking (including underage drinking); gangs; being attacked; violence (especially against Micronesians); and guns. Residents are concerned about their safety. A suggestion was made to close the
Pedestrian Safety – A resident had concerns about vehicles parking on the sidewalk in the community. It forces pedestrians to walk on the road. She presented photographs of the illegally parked vehicles to the HPD officers who were in attendance.
Traffic Signal – Chair Young asked Representative Manahan to contact the State Department of Transportation (DOT) to install more traffic signals at
Banyan Street – A resident indicated there are always people loitering around
Vandalism/Graffiti – Thomas Beck said the vandalism/graffiti in his neighborhood,
Honolulu Police Department – Sgt. John Haina reported: 1) The December Crime Report for Beat 150: 2 robberies, 1 burglary, 2 UEMV, 5 auto thefts, 2 assaults, 7 property damage, 20 motor vehicle collisions, 3 DUI, 5 sex assaults, 2 family offenses, 3 drug offenses, 1 graffiti, and 84 miscellaneous calls. 2) He introduced Sgt. Yiu Chan.
In response to Chair Young, Sgt. Haina stated Mayor Wright Housing does not fall under Beat 150; it comes under the jurisdiction of District 5. They will probably work with District 5 officers.
Honolulu Police Department – Officer David Yomes reported on the statistics for District 5.
A resident had concerns about the
Board of Water Supply – Devon Nekoba dropped off BWS’ monthly report, along with BWS’ Coloring Contest Calendars. Neighborhood Assistant Steve J. Rodrigues circulated the documents.
Mayor’s Representative – Keoki Miyamoto reported 1) The Mayor has declared February as City & County of Honolulu’s Month in
Governor’s Representative – No report or representative was available.
Chair Young called for a recess at 8:06 p.m. Orders resumed at 8:14 p.m.
CORRESPONDENCE/ANNOUNCEMENTS/CHAIR’S REMARKS – Chair Young announced the Board of Education (BOE) will hold a public meeting on February 22, 2007, Princess Miriam K. Likelike Elementary School Cafeteria, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
TREASURER’S REPORT – The Board accepted the Treasurer’s Report subject to audit.
Irradiator near Reef Runway – David Henkin of Earth Justice encouraged everyone to attend the public hearing on the Draft Environmental Assessment (DEA) for the Pa’ina Hawaii’s proposed nuclear irradiator on February 1, 2007, Ala Moana Hotel, 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. For an electronic copy of the DEA, please go to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s website at www.nrc.gov/materials.html and select “Pa’ina Irradiator”. The deadline to submit written comments is February 8. Questions to consider: a) Why doesn’t the DEA discuss the risks from terrorist attack? b) Why is there no analysis to support the DEA’s claim there is no threat from airplane crashes? c) Why doesn’t the DEA consider alternate locations, far from populated areas, risks of airplane crashes, and potential terrorist targets? d) Why doesn’t the DEA consider the alternative of a non-nuclear, electron-beam irradiator, like the one currently in use on the
Concerns and comments followed: 1) Henkin answered: a) The report is in favor of the project. b) You shouldn’t approve any projects without the facts. c) He would be more than happy to provide Yaw additional information. d) In September 2005, the State was going to exempt the review. The State wasn’t going to do an EA. It’s a private company on public lands. e) People won’t eat radiated food so they call it “cold press” food. Studies show that irradiated food promotes colon cancer. 2) Chair Young thanked Henkin for being the watchdog for the
community’s safety. She encouraged everyone to testify. 3) Michelle Matson said Earth Justice is one of the most reputable environmental law firms in
Drug activity at Public Housing – Discussed earlier in the meeting.
Resolution in support of Express Bus Guideway – Michelle Matson, representing Honolulutraffic.com, stated the City Council passed Bill 79 (to construct an elevated mass transit system), by a vote of 7-2. Now, the Council has introduced Bill 92 to select the technology for the City’s Honolulu High-Capacity Transit Corridor Project. She asked that the Board support a resolution urging the City Council’s full consideration and approval of the express bus Guideway as the transportation solution for communities from Kapolei to Manoa. Lawson Teshima, also with Honolulutraffic.com, distributed an article he wrote on managed lanes (bus and HOV) versus rail. In addition, he highlighted that we cannot afford the cost of rail ($6.4 billion). The road would be the highest cost per capital than any other city. The half percent (0.5%) General Excise Tax (GET) is insufficient and needs to be increased to 1.0% to 1.5%. Estimates are that it will take a 40% increase in real property tax. The city of
There was lengthy discussion on this issue. Concerns and comments followed: 1) Teshima answered: a) managed lanes would run only in town. b) The express bus guideway proposal would not take any space (imminent domain). c) It takes less energy to run the bus than rail. Rail would require another energy plant. d) There are no bids for the train. e) The train would bring 31% more traffic. f) A recent poll indicated 60% percent of residents opposed rail and only 40% supported rail. g) 2) Pat Lee of HHCTCP clarified that the poll was done by a political polling company. In fact, 45% preferred rail (but, that doesn’t mean that 55% opposed rail). He will provide more information at next month’s meeting. Also, 60,000 new homes are planned. Residents on the Leeward side are in strong support of rail. 3) Maryrose McClelland mentioned when rail was first proposed during the Fasi administration 96% supported rail, but 96% also indicated that they wouldn’t leave their vehicles at home. 4) Matson indicated rail would have a huge impact (financial) to the entire island. 5) Randy Leong, also with Honolulutraffic.com, stated rail will affect this neighborhood and would have no benefits. Rail would cost nine times more than the second highest-cost city (
Councilmember Romy Cachola – Dennis Galolo circulated Councilmember Cachola’s monthly report. In addition, Councilmember Cachola stated: 1) We need fixed guideway to reduce gridlock. He supports fixed guideway (rail or buses). It’s working in other cities. 2)
Chair Young said our children will be paying for this project for generations to come.
Senator Suzanne Chun-Oakland – Natasha Wong circulated Senator Chun-Oakland’s monthly report.
Senator Donna Mercado Kim – No report or representative was available.
Senator Norman Sakamoto – No report or representative was available.
Senator Gordon Trimble – Senator Trimble circulated his monthly report. He departed before making a report.
Representative Corrine Ching – Jocelyn Ho circulated Representative Ching’s monthly report.
Representative Lynn Finnegan – No report or representative was available.
Finance Committee. 2) Bill introduction deadline is next Wednesday, January 24, 2007. 3) Regarding the irradiator issue, he spoke with Senator Taniguchi and he likes the idea. 4) If anyone has any concerns, please call his office at 586-6010 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chair Young indicated she would speak to Senator Taniguchi on the irradiator issue. Representative Manahan said he is willing to work with the community on this issue.
Representative Karl Rhoads – Patrick Stanley circulated Representative Rhoads’ monthly report and highlighted the following: 1) Representative Rhoads sends his regrets. He is the Vice Chair of the Human Service and Housing Committee and is a member of the Finance, Health and International Affairs Committee. 2) If anyone has any questions, please call their office at 586-6180.
Kolio moved and Waihee seconded to add Mayor Wright Housing to next month’s agenda. There being no objections, the motion carried unanimously.
ADJOURNMENT: By consensus, the Board adjourned at 9:30 p.m.
Steve J. Rodrigues,
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