Commentary by Former Councilman Pete Hoffman – Let the “Newbies” Cast a Few Votes Before Criticizing

Despite some misgivings, I’m finding I’m unable to simply fade into the woodwork after eight years in County politics. I doubt anyone who’s even remotely interested in what’s happening locally would be able to ‘turn off the faucet’ and evaporate in an instant. Therefore, a few opinions are offered as I labor to meet my wife’s goal of finding ‘gainful employment’.

It’s been a month since the elections and mercifully we have survived another bout of ‘sign pollution’. However, no spectator of this last election, irrespective of what level (federal, state, local) is reviewed, can fail to be concerned regarding the impact of the so-called ‘super-PACs’ on the voting results. Personally, I wonder whether the Supreme Court in its decision really anticipated the effect of the resources brought to bear on candidates from the PACs in a wide variety of races? Here in Hawaii, one or two Honolulu-based organizations spent several hundreds of thousands of dollars influencing the outcome of local campaigns. Is this the political future upon which our democracy rests!! This is truly scary!!!

Although the PAC contributions did not result in victories in every race (Margaret Wille did manage to win her race for County Council), the specter of their potential impact will dramatically change the campaigning landscape in 2014 and beyond if no steps are taken to place some restraints on the size of these contributions. While national contests may be immune to some of this impact, local races remain extremely vulnerable in this environment. This should not happen. I believe that the concept of public financing for elections is in jeopardy under these circumstances. Not many new candidates, let alone toughened incumbents, will be able to match PAC donations.

As to the Mayoral campaign, much can be stated about the results and much more can be inferred. If I understand it correctly, Mayor Kenoi won re-election after outspending Harry Kim by a factor of 30 times. (Some have calculated that disparity even higher). Whatever number you wish to use, the impact of political contributions from sources outside the BigIsland likely played a considerable role in the vote count. And when you consider that Mayor Kenoi won by a relatively small margin despite the tidal wave of spending on his behalf, any observer must conclude this was not exactly a resounding endorsement of an incumbent candidate who seeks higher office. A reassessment of policy and a more effective public outreach would be my first considerations if I were in the Mayor’s shoes. A reappraisal of my leadership style and initiatives would also rank high on my list of things to review. The Mayor is a smart individual with supposedly good people skills. I’m hopeful in his second term he makes the adjustments that our island requires, that he will be able to partner with those who don’t always agree with him politically, and that he will be able to generate the voter support an effective leader requires in his quest for higher office.

As to the results of the election itself, a very different County Council is in place. Some letters to the editor have already condemned the ‘overwhelming tilt’ of the Council to the eastside, and that may be the case. But at least give the novice Council members the benefit of the doubt before determining that they are ‘lost’ to compromise. Let the ‘newbies’ cast a few votes before criticism is levied.

I do agree that the estrangement of Brenda Ford from any real position of leadership on the new Council does not bode well and sends an ominous signal. One can only imagine the convoluted rationale of the Council that denied Ms. Ford some major responsibility in the current organization. No one denies that she is tenacious in defending her positions. No one denies that she can be aggressive and controversial. (I didn’t agree with her on many issues). However, no one denies she has been the hardest worker on the Council for the past two terms, has probably done more extensive homework and research than other members, and has a wealth of experience and information that a vastly renovated Council lacks, at least for the moment. The Council needs individuals who can lead, and no matter whether you agree or not with the policies of Ms. Ford, she is a leader. A Council with six new members can ill afford to play politics and remain effective.

At the bottom of County Council correspondence is a brief statement that says: “serving the interests of the people of our island.” I trust the new Council recognizes that to be effective it must adhere to that statement and avoid even the hint of political gamesmanship that, unfortunately, has characterized many previous Council discussions. The people of our island need real leadership not simply political agendas.

Councilman Pete Hoffmann

Pete Hoffman, December 2012

James Weatherford Cleared as “Independent” Council Candidate

Hawai’i County Council candidate James Weatherford of the newly drawn Puna Council District #4 has been certified for full public funding by the State Campaign Spending Commission.

James Weatherford

After gathering the signatures, $5 contributions and early support of 200 registered voters from the district, Weatherford’s campaign was cleared to receive full public funding in the amount of $16,300.00 for the primary race to be decided August 11, 2012.
“This is something important for me that I always share with the people I talk with,” said Weatherford. “The combination of public funding and my non-partisan status makes me independent — from special interest campaign contributors and from political parties. An independent voice is something that Puna needs and has not had for a long time.”

One of the main benefits of public election funding is that candidates can focus on the concerns of voters in the district. Dubbed “the reform that makes all reforms possible” by proponents like Voter-Owned Hawai’i, who successfully lobbied the legislature to enact the program in 2009, the public funding pilot for Hawai’i County Council is in its second of three election cycles. With his qualification for the program, Weatherford’s campaign will be fully-funded for the primary August 11th from the Hawai’i Election Campaign Fund. Revenue for the special fund comes from the voluntary contributions of state income tax payers and the fines paid by violators of campaign spending law.

As a publicly-funded candidate, Weatherford says he “will not accept any private campaign dollars from special interests based on-Island, in Honolulu or beyond.”

Weatherford’s opponent, one-term incumbent Fred Blas, is not using public funding. Typical privately financed campaigns rely on contributions from individuals, businesses and political action committees, either from within or outside the islands, who may each give up to $2000.00 a piece total, as permitted by law, for the the primary and general elections.

Eric Paul D’Almeida Announces Candidacy for Hawaii County Council District 1

Aloha, I am Eric Paul D’ Almeida.  I am from Wainaku and my Portuguese family came to Hawaii to find work at Wainaku Sugar Mill.

Eric Paul D’Almeida

My grandfather, a former Hawaii County Legislative Auditor, taught me about economics and local government.  It has seemed for a while now, that our County Council has been wanting to license and regulate most everything from where you can’t hunt or fish to paper or plastic bags at your grocery store.
The only effect of which is limiting your job opportunities, personal freedoms and taxing families security.
As our great Councilman Dominic Yagong leaves to enter the mayoral race.  We, in County Council Seat #1, are left with a choice; whether we want to keep a strong voice for personal freedoms or begin leadership which makes our decisions for us, without asking our opinion.
You deserve better than good intentions and endless regulations from your Councilperson.
That’s why I am announcing my desire to be your Councilman, for County Council #1.
I believe you are better served by first asking what you want, before making a decision.  I share your concerns, vision and values.
I believe that protecting your families personal freedoms, security, success is best achieved by getting local government out of your way, not narrowing the path or choosing it for you.  If you agree I would like your vote.

I am Eric Paul D’ Almeida, Mahalo.

Councilman Hoffmann on County’s Decision to Truck Trash from East Side to West Side “So Much for the Transparency”

I received the following letter from Councilman Pete Hoffmann regarding the County’s recent decision to truck trash from East Hawaii to West Hawaii.

Councilman Pete Hoffmann

No one even remotely connected with County operations would deny that the Department of Environmental Management (DEM) is one of the more complex and difficult operations to control. Add also the somewhat emotional reactions of County residents to the various issues that are involved in the DEM arena and the situation becomes even more complicated. Finally, the fact that the County Council for various reasons has rejected some administrative initiatives to address outstanding matters has only frustrated all involved.

That said, the sordid performance of DEM officials at the recent Finance Committee Budget hearings on 20 April far exceeded any expectations. The immediate background for this less than inspiring series of DEM comments was generated specifically by the Mayor’s presentation at the Kona Town Meeting on 10 April, (and also mentioned at Waikōloa and Waimea talk stories last month) where Mr. Kenoi emphatically stated he had no plans to truck East Hawaii trash to West Hawaii and assured the audience that no decision had been made regarding this ‘hot’ topic. In attendance at this meeting was Hunter Bishop, the DEM Deputy Director.

Despite such comments by the Mayor, a few days later, we learn that a pilot program to truck trash from Kea’au and Hilo to the Pu’uanahulu landfill adjacent to Waikoloa had been in operation for at least a couple of months, without any public notice or explanation. To be clear, the Mayor did not publicly misstate the situation, but his comments certainly gave his listeners a false impression. The budget hearing was the first opportunity for Council members to query Bishop and Dora Beck, the Interim Department Director, on this ‘silent’ project.

Without detailing all of the vocal frustration expressed by Council members, some of the pertinent exchanges of this meeting follow:

- asked why DEM didn’t inform someone of this pilot program, DEM responded they didn’t think they had to reveal to the public (nor apparently to the Council and to the Mayor’s own Environmental Management Commission) every pilot program they activated and didn’t feel it was important. The Council agreed that not every program warranted public exposure, but surely common sense should have indicated that any trash trucking operation, a flashpoint for all involved, would have been a logical project demanding public disclosure and not one to be kept silent.

- queried as to why he did not speak up at the Kona Town Meeting in light of the Mayor’s comments, at least to insure no misperceptions were generated, Mr. Bishop simply stated “no one asked the question”.

- regarding the Hilo Sort Station, DEM officials told the Council during this meeting that the County planned to staff and operate the sort station in the immediate future. The Council passed a resolution some weeks ago by a vote of 6-1 requesting the administration initiate a Request for Proposal for a private-for-profit entity to convert the sort station to a Material Recycling Facility. No County resources were to be used. Asked why DEM/administration would apparently ignore this resolution, no response was provided.

There will always be controversies regarding issues of this nature. However, the blatant refusal of DEM to disclose activities that have a high profile in the community is a curious way to promote the Mayor’s program of transparency and open government. Bishop’s comments reflect an arrogance for the Council and the public that is hard to define. After the 20 April meeting, Bishop was asked why he responded to the Council in this manner? He answered; “well how does one respond to those questions?” I told him a simple statement such as: “in hindsight, we probably should have said something” would have been more appropriate.

Whatever the reason, the Council’s frustration was palpable, the administration’s lack of transparency obvious, and DEM’s responses inappropriate. Whether one agrees or not with trucking trash, I fear that the public’s perception of County government in general has suffered a serious setback. And for those with lingering doubts about the Council’s willingness to cooperate with the administration, here’s a prime example why several Council members are reticent to work with the administration on many issues. I trust the Mayor will take some immediate action to address this matter.

Pete Hoffmann

Karen Eoff Announces Candidacy for Hawaii County Council District 8

Aloha Friends and Family,

Mahalo to all of you for your support and encouragement!

It is now official….I filed my nomination papers with the Office of Elections, and I am a candidate for County Council District 8.

I will be applying for Comprehensive Public Funding for my Campaign.

This is a Pilot Program for the County of Hawai‘i to promote “Clean Elections.”

To qualify, we need to collect $5 from 200 Registered Voters in District 8.

With help from many of you, we have over 100 signatures already and will work hard to reach our goal.

Please contact me if you would like to contribute $5 to the Campaign Election Fund and someone will arrange to meet with you.

Again, mahalo a nui loa for your well wishes and support.

I look forward to serving you on the County Council.

Karen

(www.KarenEoff.com Web Site to be launched soon)

Ike Payne Announces His Candidacy for Hawaii County Council District 4

Aloha all,

I will be planning to run for county council in the new district, the day i need to register for the city council seat is February 1st.

Ike Payne

I can make my intent known but nothing shall begin with the county til then.. via Puna’s county office
district 4 watch out.  Any support and blessing and help would be great. Love to have your help and love to hear ideas and things that need work on in Puna.

I Live in hawaiian beaches,

Ike Payne

Councilman Yagong’s Email Account Hacked – “With Best Regards” My Okole!

Last night at 10:29 pm I got a suspicious email that came from Councilman Dominic Yagong’s email that looked like this:

This afternoon, Councilman Yagong sent the following out to folks on his email list:

Hello Everyone,

Please disregard any email you may have recently received from me regarding pharmaceutical products, among other things.
My account has been hacked. My County Council account will remain the same, however, I will be changing my personal email account.

Warmest Aloha,
-Dominic Yagong

I asked him on his facebook account if it would be OK if I shared this with folks on my website and he said:

Councilman Yagong's Facebook Image

Councilman Yagong's Facebook Image

That would be great Damon! Mahalo – Dom

You can still reach Councilman Yagong at his County Email Address: dyagong@co.hawaii.hi.us

This seems eerily reminiscent to when Representative Kimberly Pine’s email was hacked just recently as  reported by the Civil Beat back in June:

Hackers briefly seized control of the government email and website of Hawaii state Rep. Kymberly Pine.

The email account — reppine@Capitol.hawaii.gov — was taken over on Thursday, and follows the hacking of her website — kymberlypine.com — in late April.

I do find it a bit coincidental, that the person that was eventually found to have hacked into Rep. Pines account seems to get his hands dirty in a lot of things.  Hawaii Island Journal reported the following on the alleged person.

…The man discovered to have hacked Pine’s website and email account is Eric Ryan, the same Eric Ryan who claims to have designed Internet templates and graphics for Pine’s 2010 re-election campaign.  If Pine had done her research before hiring Ryan for the job, she may have avoided the recent Internet issue altogether.  Just last year, Republican candidate John Carroll’s website was transformed into an anti-Carroll portal… http://www.hawaiiislandjournal.com/2011/06/kym-pine-hacked/

At least on behalf of us taxpayers… we can be thankful that his county supplied email seems to be still intact.

Which reminds me why I must change my password on my federal job every 30 days.

Councilman Pete Hoffman on the Demise of Impact Fees

Councilman Pete Hoffman

On 21 September, in a surprising reversal of its Planning Committee recommendation two weeks previous, the County Council voted five to four to defeat the long-anticipated Impact Fee legislation.

Despite the obvious need (expressed by almost everyone even remotely involved on this issue) to revamp the current ineffective ‘fair-share’ system, despite the benefit of continuous support (free of charge by the way) from the experts originally contracted by the County to study an Impact Fee, despite a further three page listing of suggested recommendations from the County’s Planning Director received only on 19 September, despite growing public approval for an Impact Fee proposal, and despite repeated explanations countering the numerous misunderstandings of some opponents, the Council terminated Bill 304 at First Reading.

Disappointment is the prevailing sentiment that characterizes this vote.  I’m disappointed that as a Council we are unable to address adequately the difficult issues that have plagued us repeatedly over the years.  I’m not necessarily convinced that my proposal is the best, but I do know that impact fees work, they have been adopted by literally thousands of communities that faced the same infrastructure shortfalls as Hawaii County does now, and development has not stopped in any of those communities.  If Council members don’t like my idea, then what other alternatives do they suggest?  State law has allowed us to adopt impact fees for the past 18 years.  How long must residents wait?  If not now, when will we be courageous enough to create an effective system to address these shortfalls??

Another irony of the situation is that the Council on many occasions has called for administration recommendations regarding impact fees, urging a partnership to resolve this issue.  I recognize that the detailed listing of recommendations received on two occasions recently from the Planning Department did not necessarily represent administration approval of this impact fee proposal, but it would seem to reflect a willingness to work with Council and to discuss a controversial topic.  I would have anticipated that the Council would be willing to advance that discussion rather than cut it short.

Impact Fees, if adopted, would not suddenly make the County healthy.  It would, however, permit the County to employ a funding mechanism which has proven successful in communities nationwide.  Failure to pass this legislation either dooms County residents to continued shortfalls in essential facilities or insures that higher taxes will be the only remedy available to correct those deficiencies.  Those taxes affect all residents; rich, poor, and everyone in-between, not just those that cause the increased impact.

Simply put, the defeat of the Impact Fee legislation translates into higher taxes for all or inadequate infrastructure.  Disappointing to say the least.  Our residents deserve better.

A final comment:  In the aftermath of this vote, I fear the perception will linger that the Council remains more concerned about potential election results than resolving key issues.  Ask yourselves:  when will the Council take the lead and make the tough decisions?? I believe we missed a great opportunity on 21 September.

Pete Hoffman  

Anonymous Tips Being Accepted by Hawaii County Council… The County Council Tipline

Media Release:

Hawaii Council Chair Dominic Yagong has a special message for those who wish to express their concerns but would like to remain anonymous. Please read on for more information:

808-932-2999 County Council Tipline

“Phone number 932-2999 has been set up as a County Council Tip Line to provide county employees and the general public the opportunity to call anonymously (if they choose) to report any concerns, impropriety or suggestions on how we can improve County operations.   It is my hope that many great ideas can come forward, and if there is a potential problem we can be pro-active and help address issues important to our employees and county.   The phone is located in my Chairman’s Office in Hilo, and people can leave their message with a name and number if they want a return call.  However, calls can also be placed anonymously if you so desire.

It is my intention to provide a monthly report to council at an executive session for their review.  Names and phone numbers (if provided) will be redacted from the report.   If a caller wishes not to be part of the executive session report, please indicate so on the message and your call will not be included.

This service is being implemented at NO ADDITIONAL COST to the taxpayers.  We took one phone line that was assigned to the Chairs staff (former # 961-8017) and replaced with a pre-assigned number provided to the County of Hawai‘i.  No additional phones were purchased and there will be no increase to our County Clerk budget due to this service.
If you have any questions regarding the County Council Tip Line, please do not hesitate to call me at 961-8264.

Warmest Aloha – Council Chair Dominic Yagong”

Councilman Hoffman “Observations on a Bond Float”

“The County Council action to delay final approval of the administration-proposed $56M bond float so that the in-coming Council can discuss the matter is a proper decision in my opinion.  Although I am a firm advocate of using the bond-issuing power of County government, so long as it is judiciously handled and does not endanger the County’s bond rating (and I do support most of the Mayor’s arguments even in the current appalling economic crisis), it was apparent that a clear majority of residents felt the new Council should be given the opportunity to debate the issue.

 

Councilman Pete Hoffman

Apart from this aspect, the bond float debate is a microcosm of several disturbing matters that have plagued the Council and administration for the past two years.  The following lists some of those concerns:

Despite significant public testimony to the contrary, the administration continued to ‘stonewall’ any opposing recommendation and forged ahead with no attempt at a compromise or cooperative solution.  It appears the Mayor simply doesn’t appreciate the depth of current public irritation.  When will the administration recognize that too many residents have lost fundamental trust and confidence in the Council and his administration?

Some of the public’s displeasure regarding the float might have been tempered if the administration amended Bill 311 to include a breakdown of funds requested by specific project.  Need I point out there’s an underlying element of transparency, or absence of it, manifested throughout this debate?

Too many e-mails as well as oral testimony indicate a real lack of understanding of the bond float process and the nature of the County’s financial liability.  That misunderstanding generates incorrect assumptions and conclusions County-wide.  The fault lies with both the Council and administration.  Both entities, I feel, have a responsibility to better explain/educate the public on matters of this nature.  Failure to do so leads to bad input and does nothing to enhance the effectiveness of public participation.  This is similar to many misperceptions regarding the County’s operating budget, the impact fee proposal, zoning issues, etc.

Politics and political agendas are part of government at any level.  Right or wrong, the inclusion of some of the projects mentioned as part of the float, were viewed by many individuals only as an effort to enhance the political futures of two Council members engaged in close campaigns during the recent General Election.  Whether one accepts that view or not, the perception remained and the administration did little to dispel that feeling.  I suggest that in these difficult economic conditions, the Mayor and Council refrain from using the budget and related topics as a political battleground and work towards true cooperation. For certain, the public would be better served.

As noted previously, the 30 November Council decision to delay final determination on Bill 311 serves many practical purposes.  I’m optimistic that the new Council will see this as an opportunity to set a positive tone for the next two years.  In the same vein, I would encourage the administration to alter its prior approach to the Council and work to eliminate the sense of frustration and irritation that prevails in the public domain.  The County’s needs are too pressing to continue to have our constituents voice a lack of trust and confidence in their elected officials.”

Councilman Pete Hoffman

Public Funding Pilot Limits Outside Influence

Media Release:

The story dates back to the 1978 Constitutional Convention. At that time, voters in Hawaii decided they did not want outside interests funding Hawaii’s elections and influencing her laws, so they created the partial public funding system that still exists today. Since then, however, election costs have skyrocketed, and the partial public funding system is rarely used.

In reaction, citizen activists pushed for a full public funding option to keep publicly funded candidates competitive with those raising increasing amounts of private money. In 2008, a law was passed that created Act 244, a pilot program for Hawaii County Council elections, which allows candidates to attempt to qualify for full public funds to run their campaigns.

“Instead of looking to mainland architecture and development firms, this program gives Council candidates an alternative option for raising funds,” said Kory Payne, Executive Director for Voter Owned Hawaii, an organization that advocated for the program. “Now many candidates are not dialing for dollars, but going into their districts, registering voters, and collecting qualifying signatures and contributions,” he added.

The money for candidates comes from the Hawaii Election Campaign Fund, which is funded by voluntary check offs on state income tax forms. As of July, the Fund had over $5 million. One area of controversy in Act 244, was a fiscal cap added by legislators, mandating that Hawaii County Council elections cannot pull more than $350,000 out of the Election Fund for the pilot program.

“We explained to legislators that it was highly unlikely the pilot program would ever exceed $600,000, but still the $350,000 cap was put in place,” said Payne. “In the upcoming legislative session, we’ll be advocating for legislation to raise that $350,000 cap,” he said.

This year, the program used a total of $140,188 after eight candidates qualified for full public funds. Sixteen candidates filed “intents” to try to qualify using the program. In order to qualify, the candidates needed to collect 200 signatures from registered voters within their districts, and each signature had to be accompanied with a $5 check or money order.

Kory Payne
Voter Owned Hawaii

TODAY: ONLINE Meeting With Hoffman, Pilago and Yagong

ONLINE MEETING With Hoffman, Pilago and Yagong

Big Island residents are invited to call in and be part of the show for this live broadcast via the internet on www.bigislandlive.com. Calls will be taken at (808)-769-0998. This edition of Big Island Live will be hosted by Kristine Kubat. Pete Hoffmann will be first up at 5:30, and he will be talking about the proposed restructuring of the County Council. Joining him will be former council chairman, Angel Pilago. There is a public hearing coming up on September 14th about the restructuring. Callers should limit their questions to this subject.

Next up is Dominic Yagong, and he will be addressing the proposed sale of the Hamakua Sugar lands that the county acquired in 1994 for delinquent taxes from Hamakua Sugar Company. This sale will be addressed in the upcoming council meeting in Kona. Again callers should try to limit their questions to this subject.

Lincoln Ashida: “What is the Legal Difference Between a Voter Initiative and an Ordinance?”

From the Desk of Lincoln Ashida:

Lincoln serious

During the recent lively Hawai‘i County Council debate concerning the two-year suspension of payments into the Public Access, Open Space and Natural Resources Preservation Fund, a question asked was whether voter initiatives enjoy greater legal recognition and protection than ordinances passed by the Council.  This question was asked in the context of arguments made that voter initiatives should not be subject to amendment by the County’s legislative body.

The short answer is there is no legal difference.  Voter initiatives once passed, become ordinances with no greater or less recognition than ordinances (laws) passed by our Council.  This means they are subject to amendment and repeal or other modification as any other local law.

In the 2008 general election our Hawai‘i County Charter was amended to provide voter initiatives that become ordinances cannot be amended unless there is a two-thirds vote of the Council.  This amendment applies to voter initiatives passed after the 2008 general election, so it did not apply to the amendments made by the Council to the Public Access, Open Space and Natural Resources Preservation Fund ordinance.  However, the 2008 amendment to the Charter makes clear the will of the voters is to extend greater recognition and protection to voter initiatives compared to Council-passed ordinances.  This is a positive step in our democratic process that affords our voters an active role in public policy formulation at the County government level.

For those in County government responsible for overseeing our public elections, this means even greater care must be deployed in ensuring proper information is provided to the public.  From distributing public information reciting “pros and cons” to crafting neutral ballot language, voter education is critical.  Luckily, our County is blessed with a very effective County Clerk and a very efficient Elections Division.  As the opportunity for greater public involvement in the County government process grows, our County legislative branch is up to the challenge of ensuring all members of our island community are informed.

As ever, if you have any comments or questions on the above or any matter, please feel free to email our office at Lashida@co.hawaii.hi.us, or call me at (808) 961-8304, extension 118.  This message was posted on June 16, 2009, at 10:20 a.m.

The End of the Council Meeting

I will put these notes on my blog site…. so if some did not come through .. you will be able to find there margaretwille.com

*EDIT*

Margaret thank you for the wonderful job you did reporting what you did.  I appreciate it very much and judging from the amount of page views this blog has had today, so have others.

I think you are ready for twitter. ;)

Hoffmann comments to Enriques

Hoffmann: to Enriques [this email may not have gone out earlier

I challenge your comparison to sports -

resumed testimony 200, 201, 202

NOt sure if this email went out …earlier
Speaker: Gregory SMITH
I oppose these resolutions.
This is a step backward to when a small handful of people controlled our county

Onishi asks to postpone this vote

This occurred after the break [email did not go out right away]

Onishi moves to postpone vote to the call of the chairman

Naeole:

I feel shame … you are causing me shame. If akua believes in me I

I have put this on the line and I want the vote to go forward.

Our people deserves a chance….

Dominic says Emily no can handle. Thanks Donald for supporting me.

Please just vote it down.

Onishi: okay I withdraw my motion to withdraw.

Enriques: I agree with Emily that she may not have the most finesse when she sits in the Chair running the committee. .. but what should be our concern is what is the outcome

earlier there were statements that I can not do the DPW committee chair and that Onishi can not do the finance committee

vote on reso 200

reso 200 passes-

Greenwell on Emily

Greenwell:

I don’t get up to seat number 1 in the canoe if I can;t canoe…..

you have been going on about this Hawaiian thing. I am tired with it.

YOu should know better than to think you can do this job,, everyone on this council knows you are not up to this… and just doesn’t have the balls to say this.

if you keep pushing people down…. is it because my color is dark .

Dominic and Greenwell have been putting me down, but others in my district have been supporting me.

but I will stand by my statement that all of us are very capable ..

Pete has had a lot of opportunity and everyone here can do this.

change is sometimes difficult but provides opportunity

Dominic speaks about Emily

Yagong:

Emily .. I don;t think you are ready to be council vice chair … you are doing committee chair. .. Council meetings are very difficult those meetings are very difficult