Aloha Members of the Democratic Party of Hawaii,
Just a note to remind you about our upcoming meeting this Saturday, December 11, 2010, from 9am to 1pm, at Democratic Headquarters. We have a wonderful line up of speakers planned, followed by a general discussion, and a caucus vote. If you have not been able to attend any of our other meetings, this is the one that counts. We will be determining our top ten priorities to fight for during the upcoming legislative year.
8:00 Door will be open for set up.
8:30 Sign in can begin. Look for pastries, coffee, and a lot of interesting people.
9:00 Group introductions and a brief overview of the day’s agenda and goals led by Gary Hooser.
9:15 Speaker Glenn Martinez, newly elected President of the Hawaii Farmers Union, will speak on Food Safety and Sustainability issues. Glen owns and operates a five acre Certified Organic farm in Waimanalo. He also serves on the Board of Directors for Hawaii Aquaculture and Aquaponics.
9:40 Speaker Sabry Shehata, Professor of Agribusiness at the College of Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resource Management, University of Hawai’i at Hilo will discuss issues specific to food sustainability in Hawaii.
10:00 Speaker Jeff Mikulina from Blue Planet will give an overview and background on Hawai’i’s energy issues and present Blue Planet’s legislative priorities.
10:45 Speaker Ronald J. Cannarella, from DLNR’s Division of Forestry and Management, will speak on high priority issues relating to natural resources, invasive species, and land management. Ronald helped author our State’s last federally mandated assessment on public and private land usage, and he has a wealth of information.
11:00 Gary will lead a full caucus discussion in which the subcommittees will report on the legislative recommendations they have received over the past two months. Our Goal during this time is to take these recommendations and as a Caucus prioritize them. Roughly five minutes for each committee to present their recommendations. We will also hear any individual legislative recommendations and testimony at this time, followed by a fifteen minute general discussion in which the Caucus will attempt to prioritize the individual subcommittee’s recommendations. Roughly twenty minutes for each subcommittee.
12:00 Half hour pizza lunch in which we expect you to continue consideing and discussing the subcommittee suggestions.
12:30 Caucus resumes to vote on our top legislative priorities for the upcoming session.
12:50 Individual announcements as time allows.
1:00 Meeting Concludes and the work really begins.