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MCCULLY/MOILIILI NEIGHBORHOOD BOARD
REGULAR MEETING MINUTES
LUNALILO ELEMENTARY SCHOOL CAFETERIA
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2003
CALL TO ORDER: Chair Brian Akana called the meeting to order at 7:09 p.m., a quorum was not present. (6 members present)
MEMBERS PRESENT: Brian Akana, Jeb Brown, Albert Furuto, Betty Lou Larson, Ronald Lockwood, Joel Stauring, Clifton Takamura, Ron Tolleson, Les Hata.
MEMBERS ABSENT: Nasir Gazdar, Janice Low, John Kato.
GUESTS: Daisy Murai, Poni Daines, Capt. Ernie Akana (Honolulu Fire Department), Steve Carvalho, Judy Gold (Senator Carol Fukunaga’s Office staff), Mike Amii (Mayor’s Representative), Lana Yoshimura (Representative Scott Nishimoto’s Office staff), Carl and Lillian Novak (McCully Citizen Patrol), Irvin Cuang and Leah Labugues (University of Hawaii – nursing students), Lynn Nagatoshi, Barbara Hudman, Raymond Lalosin, Representative Kirk Caldwell, Burt Goldenberg, Gary Masumoto, Benjamin Park (Councilmember Ann Kobayashi’s Office staff), Trish Glancey, Representative Scott Nishimoto, G. Silva, Michelle Matson (Diamond Head/Kapahulu/St. Louis Neighborhood Board No. 5), Officer Mark Min, Sgt. Tsujioka and Sgt. Nagata (Honolulu Police Department), Randall Phan (Club Mist), Marie Richardson (Neighborhood Commission Office staff).
PUBLIC SAFETY INPUT:
Honolulu Fire Department – Capt. Ernie Akana reported the following for the month: 1) There were 6 structure, 5 rubbish fires, 65 medical and 19 search/rescue emergency alarms. 2) Safety Tip: Install smoke detectors in your home. Put a smoke detector on each floor and near the bedrooms in your home. Put the smoke detector six to twelve inches below the ceiling and away from any air vents. Test the smoke detector each month. 3) HFD is asking the assistance of all residents/commercial tenants to make your home/building address more visible. This would help speed up their time in responding to an emergency call. It would be helpful to clearly mark both sides of the mailbox.
Honolulu Police Department - Sgt. Tsujioka (District 1) reported the following: 1) There were 3/2 robberies, 4/10 burglaries, 19/10 unauthorized entry to motor vehicle (UEMV), 8/4 auto thefts, 2/1 aggravated assaults, 7/8 simple assaults, 29/30 motor vehicle collisions (MVC), 1/1 driving under the influence (DUI), 0/1 graffiti, 1/2 family offense, and 1/1 drug offense.
Officer Mark Min (District 7) reported the following: 1) There were 27/23 burglaries, 46/37 vehicle thefts, 21/18 theft from vehicle, 37/55 property thefts, 6/4 robberies, 21/28 major MVC, 30/60 minor MVC, 1/0 major non-traffic MVC and 11/12 minor non-traffic MVC. 2) Learn about the Honolulu Police Department , District 7 or other police activities at: www.honolulupd.org. 3) Crime Highlights: a) On December 31, 2002 at 3:00 p.m. a victim was encountered by two suspects who attempted to grab the victim’s daily planner. A brief struggle ensued and the suspect fled on foot, Kokohead direction on King Street. The suspect described as a Caucasian male, 5’8” and weighing 160 pounds. No injuries. b) On January 1, 2003 during the afternoon, two 14 year old boys were approached by three juveniles while playing at Kuhio School. The juveniles used force to take their money and items and the suspects fled. Suspects were described to be about 15 years old, tan complexion between 5’6” – 5’8” in height. c) On January 1, 10:30 a.m., a male enters Territorial Savings on McCully and hands the teller a robbery note. The suspect puts the money in a bag and flees on foot makai bound on McCully Street. The suspect fled on foot makai bound on McCully Street and was later apprehended in a hotel in the Keeaumoku Street area. d) On January 5, around 9:00 a.m., police responded to an alarm call at a nightclub on Algaroba Street. The door had been broken into and while officers were doing interior checks of the establishment, located a local Asian male hiding inside. The male was subsequently arrested. 4) Crime Tip: How Can I Protect Myself – Many crimes can be prevented if you: Trust your instincts and avoid dangerous situations. Use safety precautions while on the streets, in your car and while traveling.
Board members Hata, Furuto and Tolleson arrived during the above portion of the meeting. (9 members present)
Questions, comments and concerns:
1. Stauring requested again to have a graph of the yearly police statistics. Sgt. Nagata will look into it.
2. Resident Carvalho commended Sgt. Bernette for his diligence in assisting with the Club Mist issue at the last Board meeting.
3. There was a concern regarding the laws about barking dogs. HPD will follow-up.
4. In a case of a car accident, do not move the person to prevent further injury. Assist by keeping them warm and comfortable.
5. There are concerns regarding homeless people occupying and sleeping in the bathrooms at the parks in the area. Other complaints regarding the homeless is that they are smelly and a nuisance; some of the restaurant establishments are feeding them and therefore encouraging them to hang around; another homeless person lives in a van with a dog near the park on Isenberg Street.
Larson indicated that it isn’t a crime to be homeless. While others choose to be homeless there really isn’t much that you can do, there are those who are victims of circumstance. The community needs to talk to area Legislators to legislate for outreach help programs. There are programs on the mainland that are successful with the homeless. There is a need to look for a solution and not have HPD be the solution. Call Waikiki Health Caravan Program at 922-4787 for information or assistance.
6. Resident Novak is concerned about a limousine (license number KRD-668) parked in the vicinity of Citron Street by McCully Recreation Center; parked longer than four hours without moving.
1. Stauring announced that the Hausten Street Traffic Light is working. Takamura and Brown were project champions.
Board of Water Supply – No representative was present.
Mayor’s Representative – Mike Amii announced the following: 1) Contact Randy Wong, Department of Community Services at 523-4435 for assistance with the homeless. 2) The next Sunset at the Beach event is scheduled for February 15 and 16 on Kuhio Beach. The next Brunch on the Beach will be on Sunday, February 16 on Kalakaua Avenue. 3) Remember March 3 is “Girls Day”. 4) The Caregiver Education Resource Guide, a publication of the Elderly Affairs Division, Department of Community Services was made available. Call the Senior Hotline for help or information about Caregiver Services at 523-4545.
Questions and comments:
1. Amii said he was unable to retrieve his responses for previous concerns/request made from the last meeting because his email was down. He will have the information by the next meeting.
2. Takamura thanked Mayor Harris for the invitation to the State of the City Address. Amii will look into the request regarding for bus schedules.
3. Amii will look into Larson’s request regarding the bike lanes at the Ala Wai Community Park.
4. Thanks for painting the speed bump at between Iolani School and the park.
Councilmember Ann Kobayashi (District 5) – Benjamin Park, Councilmember Ann Kobayashi’s aide, introduced himself to the Board. He also distributed her monthly report and was available for questions.
Takamura asked for assistance from Councilmember Kobayashi’s Office to attain the traffic calming master plan.
Senators Brian Taniguchi (District 10) – Poni Daines distributed Senator Taniguchi’s report and announced that there will be a Legislative Town meeting on Wednesday, February 19, 6 – 8 p.m. at the McCully/Mo’ili’ili Public Library. He will be joined by Representative Scott Saiki and Councilmember Ann Kobayashi.
Senator Carol Fukunaga (District 11) – Judy Gold distributed Senator Fukunaga’s report.
Representatives Scott Nishimoto (District 21) – Representative Scott Nishimoto apologized for being late because he was in a Finance Hearing this afternoon.
Questions and comments followed:
1. Representative Nishimoto had no details regarding what items will be faced with budget cuts. Lockwood asked Nishimoto to address concerns regarding Human Services.
Representative Scott Saiki (District 22) – Representative Saiki’s report was distributed.
Representative Kirk Caldwell (District 24) – Representative Kirk Caldwell distributed his report and highlighted the following: 1) He would be supporting legislation in areas of environment, energy, health and transportation. 2) He will be Vice-Chair of the Transportation Committee; and on other committees such as Consumer Protection and Commerce, Judiciary, Labor and Public Employment, Public Safety and Military Affairs and War Preparedness. 3) If there are any questions regarding upcoming legislative issues, contact his office at 586-8475; fax: 586-8479; email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Questions and comments followed:
1. Representative Caldwell feels that both Bus Rapid Transit System and a Fixed Rail System can work in Hawaii.
2. A proposal plan needs to be provided to obtain federal funds for roads and highways and of which, the federal government would provide approximately one third of funding and both the city and state would have to come up with the rest.
3. Michelle Matson questioned if the state can afford a two-system transportation system. She commented that the state could look at ways to lower the cost by having private entities provide transportation to local destinations.
FILLING OF VACANCIES PURSUANT TO REVISED NEIGHBORHOOD PLAN 1986 (1998 EDITION) SECTION 4-2.2: There were no interested parties at this time.
1. Takamura is concerned about car alarms going off in the middle of the night between the hours of midnight and 2:00 a.m. The complaints regarding this matter is increasing.
2. Stauring is concerned with garbage trucks making pickups before 6:00 a.m. He asked if to have the City’s Department of Environmental Services attend the next meeting regarding this issue.
3. Carvalho commented that the Club Mist issue is improving. Randall Phan, owner of Club Mist, was present to address community concerns. According to Phan, extra security has been hired to maintain the parking lot and canvass around the block, etc. He is interested in being a good neighbor and working with the community to address the concerns and issues.
Primary Urban Center Development Plan Revision Effort Update – PUCDP (May 2002 Draft) as Proposed by the City & County of Honolulu Department of Planning & Permitting – No update at this time.
Neighborhood Plan Revision Effort Update – No update. Refer to Other Announcements following the Approval of the Regular Meeting Minutes.
Kamoku-Pukele 138 kV Transmission Line Project Update – No update.
Ala Wai Canal Watershed Issues Update – Brown announced that next general membership meeting will be held on March 1, time to be announced.
Stoneridge Recoveries LLC Zoning Variance Application for Land Parcel Located on Kapiolani Blvd. Between Makiki Stream and Kalakaua Avenue (Mauka of Hard Rock Café) – Ben Torigoe is asking the Board to consider support of the zoning variance application by Stoneridge Recoveries LLC. He submitted a draft resolution complied by Stoneridge Recoveries LLC. The draft resolution included the fifteen (15) conditions (detailed specific to each condition) of the Board.
Discussion followed: Furuto was in favor of the 5 year temporary contract. According to Torigoe, the rent would be paid to a holding company in the mean while. Another concern was the six (6) feet high security fencing, which is only temporary until the hedge grows to help minimize the obtrusive view.
Stauring moved, Brown seconded to accept the revised resolution of the Board. The motion failed, 7-1-1 due to the lack of 9 votes required. Nay: Hata. Abstain: Furuto.
University of Hawaii – Campus Town – This item was deferred.
Fiscal Year 2004 Capital Improvement Project Proposals and Priorities; Capital Improvement Project Program Update – Stauring said that since he hasn’t heard any word regarding changes, the submitted proposals might have been accepted.
City Administration Request to Prioritize Street Repaving – Stauring indicated that the Planning Committee came up with the following recommendations, therefore Stauring moved, Brown seconded to accept the following recommendations: a) Mahiai Street from Date Street to Kapiolani Boulevard b) Mauka side of Kapiolani Boulevard from Date Street to Kalakaua Avenue; c) McCully Street from Kapiolani Boulevard to the bridge; d) Diamond Head side of Kalakaua Avenue from Kapiolani Boulevard to King Street; e) the 500 block area from Kapiolani Boulevard and University Avenue and from the intersection of University Avenue and Hihiwai Stream; and f) the addition of Coyne Street. Discussion followed: Furuto indicated that he wanted item f) to be at the head of the list for the following reason: although Coyne Street is not really bad, but the already stressed use of Coyne Street with the freeway cut off and giving back to the residents in the area, Coyne Street should be moved to the top of the list. Mahiai Street is felt to be a major constant traveled thoroughfare and it seems to make better sense to repair Mahiai Street at this time. The motion failed, 8-1-0 due to the lack of the required 9 votes needed. Nay: Furuto.
Furuto moved, Larson seconded to prioritized a) Coyne Street; b) Mahiai Street and the rest in that order. Discussion followed: Chair Akana expressed that the efforts of the Planning Committee was to take into consideration the list of streets in the area and come up with a recommendation. The motion failed due to the lack of 9 votes required to pass the motion, 6-3-0. Nay: Akana, Brown, Stauring.
Annual meeting proxies for Homeowner and Condo Associations given to the board of directors may not be used for electing members to the boards - Stauring asked Burt Goldenberg of his opinion regarding this issue. Goldenberg referred to Section 514A of the Hawaii Revised Statues relating to proxies and indicated that he would be going against this bill. Although Tolleson agreed with Goldberg, Larson is concerned that this bill maybe dangerous. Furuto commented that he assigns a proxy on his behalf. Takamura commented he would get copies of the bills relating to these agenda items to the Board members for review.
Takamura moved, Lockwood seconded to defer this item till the next meeting. The motion carried unanimously, 9-0-0.
The Neighborhood Assistant left the meeting 10:00 p.m. Neighborhood Board Secretary Larson continued with the Board meeting minutes.
Minutes of board of directors meetings for Homeowner and Condo Associations must be for the previous board meeting - Stauring moved, Brown seconded to defer this agenda item till the next meeting. The motion carried unanimously, 9-0-0.
Proposed amendment to the State Constitution requiring a two-thirds supermajority for raising taxes or fees – Stauring moved, Brown seconded to accept the letter. Discussion followed: Larson opposed the letter due to the blanket statement of the amendment. The motion failed due to the 9 votes required to pass the motion, 8-1-0.
Letters from the McCully/Mo’ili’ili Neighborhood Board to the Governor, all State Legislators, Mayor and all City Council members, stating their position opposing tax/fee increases this budget cycle. In addition, the Board requests that other Neighborhood Boards requesting their endorsement by sending similar letters to the Governor, State Legislators, the Mayor and all City Council members – Akana moved, Furuto seconded to accept the letter. Discussion followed: Stauring is concerned regarding the homeless programs. Akana was concerned regarding the extent of taxes/fees may not be increased and of the higher costs of Sunset on the Beach. Larson agreed that these extra services (Sunset) could be costly. Lockwood suggested a friendly amendment: deleting the section giving examples of non-essential services. Both Akana and Furuto accepted the amendment. The motion failed, 8-1-0.
Some members wanted to delete the “non-essential services” sentence and others wanted to keep items like Sunset on the Beach. Hata supported keeping traffic medians as essential.
Tolleson moved, seconded by Brown to defer this item to the next meeting. The motion carried unanimously, 9-0-0.
COMMITTEE REPORTS: Tolleson left the meeting at 10:25 p.m. (8 members present)
Planning, Transportation & Capital Improvements Committee – No report.
Community Affairs Committee – No report.
Legislative Affairs Committee – Takamura announced the following: 1) He would furnish copies of the bills for the letters on the agenda by the next meeting. 2) Legislative Affairs Meeting Minutes of March 2002 and June 2002. 3) The next workshop of the Revised Neighborhood Plan is Saturday, February 22, 2003.
Due to the lack of quorum the following agenda items were deferred till the next Board meeting.
1. The McCully/-Mo`ili`ili Neighborhood Board’s next regular meeting will be held on Thursday, March 6, 2003 at 7:00 P.M. at the King William Lunalilo Elementary School Cafeteria, 810 Pumehana Street.
2. The next Neighborhood Plan Committee meeting is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, February 22, 2003 at 9:00 A.M. at the Personnel Conference Room, City Hall Annex, 550 South King Street. Public hearings will be held in early 2003 for the Neighborhood Plan Revision concerning its proposed adoption. The document sets forth all of the rules guiding the Neighborhood Commission and all Neighborhood Boards. For more information contact Terry Morris at the Neighborhood Commission Office at 523-4088.
3. The last Vision Team 10: Makiki-McCully-Mo`ili`ili-Manoa meeting was held on Tuesday, December 10, 2002. Please call Tom Heinrich at 988-3469 or Peter Radulovic at 527-5449 to verify the meeting schedule, for more information, or to be added to the Vision Team 10’s mailing list.
4. Suggestions for the Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) for the McCully/Mo`ili`ili Neighborhood Board district are welcome at any time in preparation for the next fiscal year budgets. Please contact the Board or any elected official for our area to convey your suggestions.
5. The revised draft of the Primary Urban Center Development Plan (dated May 2002) has been released by the Department of Planning & Permitting. For more information, contact Lowell Chun at 527-6015.
ADJOURNMENT: Without any objections, the meeting adjourned at 10:30 p.m.
Marie Richardson, Neighborhood Assistant
Betty Lou Larson, Board Secretary
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