Category Archives: Action Alert

Reminder – Food Security Form 6pm today at Olelo Mapunapuna

You are all invited to participate in a Food Security Forum this evening at 6pm at Mapunapuna Olelo, 1122 Mapunapuna Street, Honolulu, HI (808) 834-0007

Come listen to experts discuss what needs to be done to shift Hawaiiʻs agriculture from big farms, plantation style to diversified ag that grows food for Hawaii.

this can make the difference between eating and starving when our supply lines are disrupted by natural disaster, terrorism or transportation strikes.

Electricity Rates High?

Just wait till you are paying for a billion dollar plus high power electrical transmission cable to Maui.  Civil Beat looks at the numbers.  There are alternative.  We can produce the power we need right here on Oahu.

SB755 exempting government projects from environmental review

Urgent action request from the Environmental Caucus. This is not a position of the Democratic Party. 

Our only chance to stop this legislation is to influence the floor votes.  Email our legislators at sen@capitol.hawaii.gov and rep@capitol.hawaii.gov and tell them to vote NO on SB755.

SB 755 (the “gut and replace bill”) seemed dead because no conference conferees were selected by either the House or the Senate. But wait! There’s a maneuver that legislators can use to pass a bill. The House can agree with the Senate’s version during the floor vote on Tuesday 5/1 and then vote on it.

In the 4/26/12 Civil Beat article, “Is Calvin Say Holding the Budget Hostage?”(emphasis added throughout), reporter Chad Blair writes: ” … it will be the seventh time in 10 days that conferees have met on the budget … The hold up, sources tell Civil Beat, is the insistence of House Speaker Calvin Say that the Senate accept Senate Bill 755, a measure granting temporary exemption to environmental law in order to expedite state and county construction projects. There are controversial bills every session, obviously, but SB 755 arguably wins the prize this year. … two lawmakers and a third source well-known in legislative circles say that Say has made passage of SB 755 his No. 1 priority and is playing hardball.”

For whatever nefarious reason(s), Speaker Say really wants this onerous legislation passed and we must do everthing in our power to defeat this SB755.

One last try to kill the worst bill in legislative history

This is posted for Hawaii Thousand Friends.  It is supported by the Environmental Caucus but is not a position of the Democratic Party.

Dirty Dozen Update & Action Alert, hopefully for the last time…

SB 2927 & SB 2398 HD2 SD1

SB 2927 is being heard in conference tomorrow; Tuesday 4/24. Also see SB 2398 below the following:

Members on Conference Committees are usually members of committees that have heard a bill — but some how, mysteriously, Speaker Calvin Say appointed members of two totally-unrelated committees – McKelvey & Pine (from Economic Revitalization and Business Committee) and Joe Souiki (Chair Transportation Committee)! In short, this move adds two more proponents of the offending bill to the Conference Committee.

Phone and email as can, the following House & Senate conferees and tell them “Do not pass any form of SB 2927.” For more specific information, see our 4/19 em blast HERE.

SB 2927 Senate Conferees; Dela Cruz (chair) who introduced the bill; Solomon, Ige (co-chairs); Fukunaga, and Kouchi.

Donovan Dela Cruz
Senate District 22 – Kunia Village, Mililani Mauka, Wahiawa. Whitmore, Hale`iwa, Mokule`ia, Waialua, Sunset Beach.
Phone 808-586-6090
Fax 808-586-6091
sendelacruz@capitol.hawaii.gov

Malama Solomon
Senate District 1 – Waimea, Hamakua, North Hilo, Rural South Hilo, Hilo.
Phone 808-586-7335
Fax 808-586-7339
E-Mail: sensolomon@capitol.hawaii.gov

David Ige
Senator District 16 – Pacific Palisades, Pearl City, Waimalu, Upper ‘Aiea, ‘Aiea Heights.
Phone 808-586-6230
Fax 808-586-6231
sendige@capitol.hawaii.gov

Carol Fukunaga
Senator District 11 – Makiki/Punchbowl, Ala Moana, McCully.
Phone 808-586-6890
Fax 808-586-6899
senfukunaga@capitol.hawaii.gov

NOTE: Les Ihara has been replaced by:
Kouchi, Ronald (D) – Majority Caucus Leader
Senate District 7 – Kaua’i, Ni’ihau.
Phone 808-586-6030 Fax 808-586-6031
senkouchi@capitol.hawaii.gov

SB 2927 House conferees: Chang, Cabanilla, McKelvey, Souki, Har Co-Chairs; Pine.

Chang, Jerry
House District 2 – South Hilo, Waiakea Kai, Kaumana, Keaukaha.
Phone 808-586-6120
Fax 808-586-6121
E-Mail: repchang@capitol.hawaii.gov

Cabanilla, Rida
House District 42 – Waipahu, Honouliuli, West Loch, Ewa.
Phone 808-586-6080
Fax 808-586-6081
E-Mail: repcabanilla@capitol.hawaii.gov

McKelvey, Angus
House District 10 – Lahaina, Kaanapali, Kapalua, Maalaea, Kihei.
Phone 808-586-6160
Fax 808-586-6161
E-Mail: repmckelvey@capitol.hawaii.gov

Souki, Joseph
House District 8 – Wailuku, Waihee, Waiehu, Puuohala, Waikapu.
Phone 808-586-9444
Fax 808-586-9499
E-Mail: repsouki@capitol.hawaii.gov

Har, Sharon
House District 40 – Royal Kunia, Makakilo, Kapolei, Kalaeloa.
Phone 808-586-8500
Fax 808-586-8504
E-Mail: rephar@capitol.hawaii.gov

Pine, kimberly
House District 43 – Ewa Beach, Iroquois Point, Puuloa.
Phone 808-586-9730
Fax 808-586-9738
E-Mail: reppine@capitol.hawaii.gov

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HB 2398 HD2 SD1 (Coffman, Evans)
This terrible bill would transfer development rights of certain lands under the division of boating and ocean recreation and land division to the Public Land Development Corporation, Act 55, the law that “put in the basic wiring” for the The Dirty Dozen. Despite out best efforts, it passed and was signed into law by Governor Abercrombie last year. See Act 55 HERE. Read HB 2398 HD2 SD1 HERE.

Here, it seems that the legislature is playing poker with the public interest. Inside information tells us that SB 2398 (and other bills) are being held hostage by either the House or the Senate in order to get certain preferred bills passed. SB 2398 appears to be one of those bills. You will note that there are no Senate conferees. That is because the House conferees will meet with themselves to see if they can agree with the Senate amendments; i.e. the current bad language in the bill.

Maybe the House can agree with the Senate version — but we cannot because the exemptions are glaring. Nothing can be done to “fix” this bill and it should be shelved.

Call and/or email the following House conferees and all Senate members and ask them to kill this bill because, suffice to say here — it severely shuts out the public, thwarts due process, disfranchises citizens, corrupts public policies and generally undermines democracy.

House conferees: Chang, C. Lee, Har Co-Chairs; Coffman, Riviere.

Chang, Jerry
House District 2 – South Hilo, Waiakea Kai, Kaumana, Keaukaha
Phone 808-586-6120
Fax 808-586-6121
E-Mail: repchang@capitol.hawaii.gov

Coffman, Denny
House District 6 – North Kona, Keauhou, Kailua-Kona, Honokohau
Phone 808-586-9605
Fax 808-586-9608
E-Mail: repcoffman@capitol.hawaii.gov

Har, Sharon
House District 40 – Royal Kunia, Makakilo, Kapolei, Kalaeloa
Phone 808-586-8500
Fax 808-586-8504
E-Mail: rephar@capitol.hawaii.gov

Lee, Chris
House District 51 – Kailua, Waimanalo
Phone 808-586-9450
Fax 808-586-9456
E-Mail: repclee@capitol.hawaii.gov

Riviere, Gil
House District 46 – Kaena Point, Schofield, Mokuleia, Waialua, Haleiwa, Waimea, Pupukea, Sunset, Kahuku, Kunia Camp, Poamoho, Wheeler, Laie
Phone 808-586-6380
Fax 808-586-6381
E-Mail: repriviere@capitol.hawaii.gov

All Senators contact information HERE.

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Again, it would be very helpful if you contacted Governor Abercrombie’s office and tell him you are against any version of SB 2927 and SB 2398:

CONTACT:
The Honorable Neil Abercrombie
Phone: 808-586-0034
Fax: 808-586-0006
Email HERE

P.S. Please forward this em to your interested friends and associates,  Mahalo!

Complete Street Waialae Ave

This message is being forwarded at the request of Daniel Alexander of Cycle Manoa and may be of interest to Complete Streets supporters, cyclists, and residents in the Waialae area.

The Environmental Caucus supports non-motorized transportation and has been working to make Hawaii more bicycle friendly.  Complete streets and protecting vulnerable users are an important part projects of the Environmental Caucus.

Aloha community members,

Your voices in rallies, community meetings, and everyday conversations has created a movement for a complete Waialae Avenue with bike lanes!  Change is at our fingertips!  Yet, we must do more to push the balance!  Join us to present the petition for bike lanes on Waialae Avenue that has been signed by over 1,000!

Complete Our Street Waialae Petition Rally
Thursday 4/5 12:00PM
@ Honolulu Hale Inner Courtyard

We will be presenting the petition to the Mayor, City Council Members and department directors.  Rally at 12:00PM, immediately followed by petition presentation.  After the Waialae event, stick around to give testimony at 1:00PM City Council hearing on a Complete Streets ordinance.

– Complete Our Street: Waialae Avenue Team

Turning a good bill bad

Bill SB2782 is scheduled to be heard by FIN on Tuesday, 04-03-12 4:00PM in House conference room 308.

FIN will vote on HD2.

HD2 amends SB 2782 to fund the Governors Watershed Initiative by robbing other severely underfunded conservation programs to fund the Governorʻs Watershed initiative.

This is a perfect example of the fun and games that goes on at the legislature to turn a good bill bad.

Tell Rep Oshiro to oppose HD2.  Call his office at 586-6200, testify in person if you can and submit you written testimony at http://capitol.hawaii.gov.

School Garden resolution

3/2/12 2pm Rm 309HCR 94 will be heard REQUESTING THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH TO CONVENE A TASK FORCE TO EXPAND A SCHOOL GARDEN PROGRAM STATEWIDE.

A high priority of the environmental caucus is the expansion of the school garden program.  Submit testimony by:

To submit testimony

1) go to this site:  http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/submittestimony.aspx

2) Type in “HB1893” in the box under “enter a measure” and click on “submit”

3) The date, time, etc. for the hearing will appear in green

4) Then enter your personal information, click on “individual” and click “oppose”

5) Then scroll down to the “additional comments” box, add your personal comments/
sentences into the box (OR write up your comments and save as a document, use the “browser” box, and it will upload for you).

6) Then click the little “I agree to terms” box at the bottom, and hit “SUBMIT”

It will automatically be sent to the Chair of the Committee.

Blue spot zoning in Waianae

C&C 10:45 Tuesday 3/4 the BLUE SPOT, as was contained within the Waianae Sustainable Communities Plan that sought to designate a regional park in the Nanakuli area, will be discussed in the form of Resolution 12-75 and voted upon in the Parks and Cultural Affairs Committee.

GMO Labling

Tuesday April 3 9am C&C committee on Safety, Economic Development and Government Affairs – Resolution 12-57 is to be heard that tries to get foodstuffs that contain Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO’s) properly labeled so consumers know what they are buying- so they have a choice – so they can make an informed decision on such purchases. It is simply called, “The Right to Know.” The right to know is not about making a claim GMO’s are good or bad, rather, it is about advancing consumer rights.

HB 2483, HD1 Plastic Bag Bill

This call to action is posted for those who are interested in the plastic bag bill which will require vendors charge a fee for disposable bags with said fee funding the DLNR watershed initiative.  The Environmental Caucus supports HB2483.

HB2483 will be heard 4/3/12 at 2:45pm in rm 225.

If you can submit testimony personally, please do so.

If you prefer to submit you testimony electronically, here are the details.

To submit testimony:

1) go to this site:  http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/submittestimony.aspx

2) Type in “HB1893” in the box under “enter a measure” and click on “submit”

3) The date, time, etc. for the hearing will appear in green

4) Then enter your personal information, click on “individual” and click “oppose”

5) Then scroll down to the “additional comments” box, add your personal comments/
sentences into the box (OR write up your comments and save as a document, use the “browser” box, and it will upload for you).

6) Then click the little “I agree to terms” box at the bottom, and hit “SUBMIT”

It will automatically be sent to the Chair of the Committee.