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PLDC repeal in jeopardy

This is not a position of the Democratic Party.  The Environmental Caucus supports repeal of Act 55 which created the Public Land Development Corporation.

The PLDC has the authority to sell State land and enter into long term leases on ceded land that is protected by the Constitution with no public oversite.  The PLDC can over ride the land management initiatives of the DLNR essentially turning DLNR into a real estate development agency.  The PLDC projects are excempt from any environment, Hawaiian Cultural and even County planning, building code and zoning regulations.  PLDC. at their discretion may hold one public hear on a project.  The may enter into a public/private partnership to facilitate any project without going to bid.

Supporters of Act 55 claim that the short commings of Act 55 can be corrected in the Rules developed by the PLDC to guide its operations.  In fact, only the law matters.

Senator Solomon introduced the legislation in the Senate that creating Act 55.  Now she is blocking all efforts to repeal this terrible legislation.

This introduction is authored by Bill Sager.  The following is thanks to Hawaii Thousand Friends:

ACTION NEEDED

Friday 2/2/13 on the Senate floor, Senator Malama Solomon, Chair of the Water and Land Committee, said that she will not hold a hearing on any of the Senate repeal PLDC bills, and that she will wait to see what crosses over from the House. 

The problem with this strategy is:  if a House repeal PLDC bill crosses over to the Senate but no Senate repeal PLDC bill crosses over to the House, the Senate committee chair can choose to not hold a hearing on any House repeal PLDC bill or can hold a hearing but not have a vote on the bill, thus making a repeal PLDC bill dead on arrival.

Act NOW. 

Contact Senate President Donna Mercado Kim  senkim@Capitol.hawaii.gov

and also contact your Senators and let them know you want the Senate to hear bills that will repeal PLDC.

Senators by Island 2013

List of all Senate repeal PLDC bills :

SB 1 – Introduced by Hee

http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2013/bills/SB1_.htm

SB 245 – Introduced by L. Thielen, Baker, Ihara, Ruderman, Slom

http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=245  

SB 338 – Introduced by Keith-Agaran, Baker, English

http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=338  

SB 480 – Introduced by English

http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2013/bills/SB480_.htm

SB 663 – Introduced by Green, Ruderman

http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=663

SB 780 – Introduced by Slom

http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=780

SB 958 – Introduced by Kim

http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=958

 

Last Day to Comment – Turtle Bay Resort Expansion

Today, Fri Jan 18th deadline ! to make comments about massive developments planned Turtle Bay !
Testimony link > http://www.KeeptheNorthShoreCountry.org

and/or send individual email to each of the following:

drew@replayresorts.com, leesichter@gmail.com, emartin@honolulu.gov, anderson@honolulu.gov and be sure to include a cc to: ccComments@honolulu.gov

*Even just emailing in two lines is helpful. Use the following or even better add you own words:
“I oppose any expansion at Turtle Bay.
“My family is very concerned about:

1. Traffic and the inevitable widening of Kamehameha Hwy from Kahaluu to Kahuku,
2. Hawaiian Iwi and traditional Hawaiian rights,
3. Fishing & effects of overpopulation on our Ocean,
4. Overcrowding on our beaches and the loss of beach access for our local families,
5. Endangered Species including the loss of turtle nesting area, beaches where monk sear haul out to rest. and rare coastal plants,
6. Quality of Life in Oahu, the rural character of Windward Oahu and the North Shore will forever be changed,
7. Damage to our Film Industry & high-paying film jobs-because Turtle Bay is the #1 resort for Filming,
8. Damage to our Tourist Industry with overcrowding in a key scenic area,
9. The added infrastructure expense for sewer disposal plant and highway improvement that we the public will have to pay for,
10. This massive tourist destination expansion outside of the planned south shore tourist destination areas will set a president for “secondary tourist development” throughout Oahu.

also Save Turtle Bay Endangered Species Petition
http://www.change.org/petitions/no-turtle-bay-resort-expansion-beyond-the-current-footprint

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Reference links:
http://honoluluweekly.com/cover/2012/12/country’s-time/
http://www.civilbeat.com/articles/2012/12/10/17839-report-more-traffic-will-clog-north-shore-if-turtle-bay-expands/
Keep it Country, Grow Film Jobs ! my Op-Ed>
http://www.staradvertiser.com/editorials/20100722_Keeping_country_country_is_good_for_isle_film_industry.html?id=98994499 <

The Dirty 8 + a few

I signed a petition against the bills to gut our environmental reviews.  SB755 now contains many of the exemptions, but other exemptions are in separate bills.  County Plans and Zoning will be able to be ignored and citizen participation is minimized.  SB 2927 allows for development projects in vicinity of rail and bus hubs to be exempt from county planning and zoning.  The environmental laws enacted in the 1970s are under attack, and your help is needed.  Please keep up the pressure.

The administration is doing everything possible to eliminate all impediments to State projects the Governor wants to implement in the name of jobs.  The proposed legislation in these bills will eliminate environmental review and county plans and zoning and even building codes.  These projects will be implemented with no opportunity for citizen review or oversight.

Many of these bills have been slipped into the process at the last minute.  SB755 was a gambling bill that was gutted and the permit exemption language was inserted.  It would have snuck through unnoticed except for Henry Curtis and Rep Thielen who alerted the environmental community.

SB755 is referred to FIN. Email Rep Oshiro at repmoshiro@capitol.hawaii.gov or call his office at 586-6200 and ask him to hold SB755.  If the bill is scheduled for a hearing you can submit testimony by going to capitol.hawaii.gov.  Enter SB755 in the bill search box, then click on testimony and fill out the form.

Remember who voted for these terrible bills when it comes time for you to vote.

Bill Sager