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From: Ward, Deborah L
Sent: Monday, October 17, 2016 3:43 PM
Subject: News release from DLNR - PUBLIC INFORMATION MEETING FOR LAHAINA FERRY PIER IMPROVEMENTS
DEPARTMENT OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES
DAVID Y. IGE
SUZANNE D. CASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 17, 2016
PUBLIC INFORMATION MEETING FOR LAHAINA FERRY PIER IMPROVEMENTS
LAHAINA, MAUI -- Maui legislators Rep. Angus McKelvey, Sen. Rosalyn Baker, and the Department of Land and Natural Resources are jointly hosting a public information meeting on Thursday October 20, 2016, to provide an update on the design of the proposed Lahaina Small Boat Harbor ferry pier improvements.
The meeting will be from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Na Aikane O Maui Cultural Center located at 526A Front Street in Lahaina.
The new interisland ferry pier will be located approximately 70 feet to the north of the existing public pier at the Lahaina Small Boat Harbor. It will be approximately 115 feet long and 20 feet wide and will be on piles.
Construction will also include:
For the Week of October 16, 2016
Squirreling Away More Funds for the Zoo
By Tom Yamachika, President
In March, the Honolulu Zoo was denied re-accreditation by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) for the first time in its 100-year history. Many of the media reports at the time said that one of AZA’s principal squawks was the lack of a dedicated source of funding. As a result, Honolulu City & County lawmakers, more swiftly than a gazelle, passed Ordinance 16-12, which established a Honolulu Zoo Fund and split off zoo operations from the Special Events Fund (it then contained revenues from the Neal Blaisdell Center and Waikiki Shell as well as the zoo). Now, Honolulu officials probably think zoo funding is the cat’s meow, so they will ask Honolulu voters in November whether to pass an amendment to the City Charter that would require 0.5% of estimated real property tax revenues, roughly $5 million, to go to this fund every year.
Let’s see how much of this is red herring, however. The letter from the AZA reporting the denial actually said:
[T]he lack of sustained leadership at the Honolulu Zoo as evidenced by a turnover of five directors in five years, and insufficient financial support by the City/County and Honolulu Zoo Society, have resulted in three recurring five-year AZA accreditation cycles of underachievement. … Denying accreditation by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums now will provide sufficient time for the Honolulu Zoo to demonstrate sustained directorial leadership, productive collaboration between the City/County governing authority and Zoo Society, and consistent financial support.
It appears, then, that the AZA was more concerned about inconsistencies in leadership than the financial support when it was evaluating what made the Honolulu Zoo go to the dogs, and was not telling the City to come up with a charter amendment leeching away tax revenues.
Certainly, a City Charter earmark on revenues would be one means of making sure that money in fact goes to the fund. But, as we have reported before, our government has made a fine kettle of fish out of just this kind of an earmark. Half a percent of property tax revenues was set aside for grants-in-aid for nonprofit associations and an independent advisory commission was set up to evaluate all of the grant applications. Although the lion’s share of the grants went through the commission process, several of the nonprofits were able to slither around it and secure funding appropriations through individual council members.
Also, the mentality of weaseling out of special fund restrictions might not be limited to that fund. As reported by Civil Beat, the Friends of Hanauma Bay are mad as hornets, accusing the City & County of taking the Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve Fund (which is fed by admission fees, parking charges, and snorkel rentals and is supposed to be used only for Hanauma Bay) and monkeying with it on a regular basis. According to the Friends’ attorneys, our federal court in 2002 found that the money was being misused and ordered the city to quit those questionable practices cold turkey, and a federal appellate court upheld the order in 2004. But even after the court rulings, the city allegedly used the fund to pay for vehicles for lifeguards to use at other parks, employees for work at other parks, and supplies for other parks; it also required Hanauma Bay employees (who were legitimately paid with fund money) to perform tasks supporting other parks. Wouldn’t that really get the judges’ goats?
After all of that, do we really think that earmarking real property tax for the zoo special fund is necessary, or is this charter amendment effort just going to be another wild goose chase? At minimum, if we’re going to have a zoo fund and tell the AZA it is a dedicated source of revenue, somebody had better be watching it like a hawk so bad things don’t happen to it!
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(The DVD TAPING OF THE SEPTEMBER 10-2016 WEST MAUI DISASTER PREPAREDNESS EXPO, HELD AT THE LAHAINA CANNERY MALL CENTER STAGE of the excellent presentations by Civil Defense, MECO, MPD, MFD, HAARP, Pacific Disaster Center, Insurance Associates, Inc.; Etc. will be on AKAKU THE FOLLOWING DATES AND TIMES CHANNEL 54!
BE SURE TO PASS THE WORD TO ALL TO WATCH AND RECORD THEM FOR FUTURE REFERENCE IN PENDING SITUATIONS OF HURRICANE, FIRES, FLOOD, ETC.
Fantastic Resource for All as WMTA continues to pursue the necessary trainings to be the West Maui Facilitator for the Hawaii Hazards Awareness and Resilience Program (HHARP)!
First air dates on Akakū channel 54:
10/6 1:21 PM
10/12 4:05 PM
10/14 8:04 AM
For all air dates: http://akaku.org/channel-54-program-guide/
*All air dates are subject to change slightly without notice. Note that these are only a few air dates and then the program will continue to play in rotation during the block(s) checked on the cable cast form.
Thank you to all who have been a part of the West Maui Disaster Preparedness Expo held on September 10, 2016. Lots of time and preparation went into making bring this event to the community and a lot of great and wonderful information has been shared by all the speakers and exhibitors.
We have highlighted each speaker in a YouTube video clip for you to watch which can be found in this playlist (click here https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLqjprPppUENZib0-wJ5Hg1DM_UCaLeWOQ )
Thank you to everyone who was a part of the
WEST MAUI DISASTER PREPAREDNESS EXPO!
Without your support, we would not be able to do this.
West Maui Taxpayers Association
Maui County Civil Defense Agency
CBRE I Asset Services and Lahaina Cannery Mall, Koleka Alcomindras, Real Estate Services Coordinator
University of Hawaii-Maui College, Lahaina Education Center, Marti Wukelic, Coordinator
Rick Nava – WMTA Board President & Event Co- Coordinator
Joseph Pluta – WMTA Vice President & Event Co- Coordinator
Donna Lorenz – WMTA Board Member & Event Co-Coordinator
Bobby Motooka, Director of Safety - Maui Electric Company
Anna Foust, Director - Maui Civil Defense Agency
Capt. Peter K. Davis - Lahaina Fire Department
Kamuela Mawae - Maui Police Department
Sharon Meilbrecht - Pacific Disaster Center
B. Gen. (R) Bruce Oliveira, Community Programs Director - Hawaii State Department of Defense
Donna Lorenz – Hawaiian Hazards Awareness & Resilience Program (HHARP), Facility Group Coordinator
Tim Waite, Co-Sponsor/Speaker - U.H. Sea Grant College Program
Mahealani Strong, Owner/Executive Agent - Insurance Associates West Maui
Ace Hardware Lahaina
American Red Cross
Community Emergency Response Team (Cert)
Civil Air Patrol
Insurance Association West Maui
Maui Civil Defense
Maui County Dept. of Health Volunteers
Maui Fire & Flood
Maui Police Department/Neighborhood Watch
Pacific Disaster Center
Salvation Army Lahaina
Simpson Strong-Tie Company
West Maui Taxpayers Association
Ace Hardware - Lahaina
Dairy Queen/Orange Julius - Lahaina Cannery Mall
Grand Wailea Resort
Honolulu Cookie Company West
Insurance Association West Maui
Maui Civil Defense
Maui Electric Co.
Napili Kai Beach Resort
Safeway – Lahaina
Teddy’s Bigger Burgers
West Maui Taxpayers’ Association
West Maui Improvement Foundation –
Gretchen Baldon & Aldrina Meier
Five charter amendments on ballot
By MIKE WHITE, for The Maui News
A proposal to require the mayor of Maui County to get the County Council’s confirmation of department heads is one of five charter amendments on the Nov. 8 general election ballot.
Under the current county charter, council approval is only required for three nominees: the director of Water Supply, the corporation counsel and the prosecuting attorney. The director of Personnel Services, fire chief and police chief are chosen by commissions.
The charter amendment would give the County Council confirmation authority over the appointments of directors of the departments of Environmental Management, Finance, Housing and Human Concerns, Management, Parks and Recreation, Planning, Public Works and Transportation, starting after the next mayor’s inauguration in 2019. In addition, the charter amendment says the council may add minimum qualifications for department heads by ordinance.
The goal is to improve the balance of power between the executive and legislative branches and enhance professionalism in management of the county. These values were illuminated over the last year as the county manager form of government was debated in meetings held by two council committees, the Policy and Intergovernmental Affairs Committee and the Special Committee on County Governance.
The ballot question is as follows:
“Shall the Charter be amended to require Council approval of the Mayor’s appointment of the Managing Director, Director of Finance, Director of Public Works, Director of Parks and Recreation, Planning Director, Director of Housing and Human Concerns, Director of Transportation, and Director of Environmental Management and to allow additional qualifications for department directors to be established by ordinance?”
The council employs legislative attorneys to provide legal research and writing and other services to council members and council committees. The current charter says attorneys within the Department of the Corporation Counsel, housed in the executive branch, are the exclusive legal advisers to county officials, including council members. A charter amendment would allow the council to designate legislative attorneys to provide advice and representation.
Here’s the ballot question:
“Shall Sections 3-6, 3-7 and 8-2.3 of the Charter be amended to allow attorneys within the Office of Council Services, in addition to the attorneys within the Department of the Corporation Counsel, to serve as legal advisors to the Council and its members and to allow the Council to designate by two-thirds vote of its entire membership attorneys within the Office of Council Services as special counsel to serve as legal representatives for any special matter presenting a real necessity for such employment?”
Two of the other charter amendments are intended to improve the efficiency of the process for accepting “supplemental petitions.”
The charter allows voters to initiate ordinances, charter amendments and the recall of the mayor and council members by petition. For a petition to be accepted, the county clerk must certify that the specific requirement for valid signatures has been satisfied. If an initially submitted petition fails to meet the applicable signature threshold, the petition proponents may submit a supplemental petition.
The council has placed the following questions on the ballot:
“Shall Sections 11-4 and 11-5 of the Charter be amended to correct clerical errors and to provide consistency within the Charter by allowing an individual to withdraw their signature from a supplemental petition?”
“Shall Section 11-5 of the Charter be amended to allow the County Clerk twenty (20) days to review a supplemental petition instead of ten (10) days?”
Another charter amendment would rename the Civil Defense Agency as the Maui County Emergency Management Agency. The council has noted this name change would follow the models of the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency, providing clarity and consistency.
The question posed to voters is:
“Shall the Charter be amended to change the name of the Civil Defense Agency to the Maui County Emergency Management Agency?”
Proposed charter amendments are available at mauicounty.gov/elections. To register to vote for the general election, please call the county clerk at 270-7749 or register online atelections.hawaii.gov.
* Mike White is chair of the Maui County Council. He holds the council seat for the Paia-Haiku-Makawao residency area. “Chair’s 3 Minutes” is a weekly column to explain the latest news on county legislative matters. Go to mauicounty.us for more information.
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