Mayor Kenoi’s Budget Sent to County Council

From the Mayors Office:

Dear Chairman Yoshimoto and Council Members:

As required by the Hawai‘i County Charter, the amended operating budget proposal for the County of Hawai‘i for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2011 is hereby submitted…

OVERVIEW

This balanced budget includes estimated revenues and appropriations of $376,001,627 and includes the operations of eleven of the County’s special funds as well as the General Fund. It is $11,044,576 lower than this year’s budget, and is $27,203,371 or 6.74 percent lower than the budget in effect when I took office.

I present you with this balanced budget proposal during a very difficult time for all of the citizens of this island. The construction, tourism and agricultural sectors all face an extremely challenging economic environment. While we see signs of a potential recovery on the national and local scenes, we must continue to reduce spending, focus on core County services and budget conservatively to provide for stability until our local economy rebounds. This budget accomplishes those objectives…

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Did the Hawaii County Council Break the Sunshine Law… Again?

I read an interesting email today and I’ll just post a snippet on my blog:

…While in attendance on Wednesday, May 5, for the discussion of bill 250, a point was made by a Mr. Reece {?} when he gave public testimony. Prior to his testimony, he’d gone to the Council office and asked for a copy of the Building Code, 5.2, referenced in the title of bill 250. When he received the copy of the referenced code, there was no apparent relationship between the amendments to that code and bill 250. The actual amendments were to Ordinance 09-48, which ostensibly would become law, if no further action was taken to negate it, on May 11, 2010. But, as of May 5, what he was handed bore no relevance to the section referenced in the title. Thus, his ability to make public testimony in a timely fashion was impeded on May 5. Instead of dealing with the bill itself, the thrust of his testimony to the council that day was his inability to walk in and ask for a copy of the law that was being amended and receiving it. Whether one calls it an infringement on the Freedom of Information Act or the Sunshine Law, as a citizen of this county, he could not secure information with relevance to Bill 250; thus, his freedom to address any concerns, or even to support the bill were significantly impeded…

Is there anyone that may have attended this meeting that can explain what might be going down soon with the council?

It’s my understanding that the entire council voted on this bill except for Councilwoman Naeole, therefore if there was a Sunshine Law Violation… Could she also be held in violation since she did not vote on the matter?

Dates Set for Taylor Camp the Movie

I previously blogged about Taylor Camp here, I just realized that the film is coming to the Big Island soon as well as a few screenings on other islands as well.

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OAHU:

Book signing at the Hawaii Book and Music Festival
May 15, 2010 to May 16, 2010

SAT – SUN 10AM-5PM

Honolulu, Hawaii, Downtown on the Civic grounds of Honolulu Hale

BIG ISLAND:

Aloha Theatre
May 29, 2010 | SATURDAY 7:30 PM
Kailua-Kona, Kainaliu – Hawaii

Film starts at 7:30 PM – Don’t be late, you don’t want to miss your transportation back to the 60s! Q&A with director Robert C. Stone after the screening.

Hawaii Theatre
May 30, 2010 | SUNDAY 2:00 PM
Honolulu, Hawaii

Producer John Wehrheim will be present to answer questions and sign books.

Palace Theater
May 30, 2010 | SUNDAY 5PM, 7:30PM
Hilo, Hawaii

Film starts on time – Don’t be late, you don’t want to miss your transportation back to the 60s! Q&A with director Robert C. Stone after the screening.

Kalani Oceanside Retreat

June 01, 2010 | TUESDAY 6-7:30 Dinner, 8PM Screening  Pahoa, Big Island, Hawaii

Q&A with director Robert C. Stone after the screening.

MAUI:

Maui Arts & Cultural Center – Castle Theater
June 02, 2010 | WEDNESDAY 7:00PM
Kahului, Maui, Hawaii
Film starts on time – Don’t be late, you don’t want to miss your transportation back to the 60s! Q&A with director Robert C. Stone after the screening.