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Former Big Island Councilwoman Joins Alaska Mayor’s Staff

On the last day of 2011, former Councilwoman Brittany Smart told me that she would not be seeking a second council term at this time, but is keeping her options open for the future. “Due to personal reasons, I am unable to commit to another two year term at this time. I am honored to serve District 6, but have to think of what’s best for the people,” she stated.

Former Councilwoman Brittany Smart has a new gig.

Former Councilwoman Brittany Smart has a new gig.

Eventually in March of 2012, she made an unsuccessful attempt at running for the Hawaii State House of Representative District 3 seat and after that, she pretty much slid off the political radar scene here on the Big Island.

Today, Newsminer.com (The Voice of Interior Alaska) announced that the former council lady had been hired as the new special assistant to a mayor in Alaska.

A former elected official from Hawaii starts Monday as the new special assistant to Fairbanks North Star Borough Mayor Karl Kassel.

Brittany Smart will work on special projects, including economic development, air quality, tourism, recycling and workforce development, according to a statement from the mayor’s office. Her salary is $89,290 per year.

The 33-year-old has lived in Fairbanks since spring 2015 after she and her husband decided to purchase his childhood home here…

You can read the full article here: Borough mayor hires new special assistant

I’d like to personally thank the former councilwoman for her time in office here on this island and wish her the best in her new position with Mayor Karl Kassel.

Candidate’s Forum Tonight at Aunty Sally’s Luau Hale

Candidate’s forum tonight, Tuesday July 10th at Aunty Sally’s Luau Hale from 5-9pm. We will have voter registration info, info tables from many different organizations, and light refreshments will be served.

At least 26 candidates have agreed to attend so far, including Wendell Ka’ehu’ae’a, Russell Ruderman, Bob Marx, John Carroll, Lorraine Rodero Inouye, Brittany Smart, Denny Coffman, Harry Kim, Dominic Yagong, Lincoln Ashida, Paul Dolan, Ken Goodenow, James Weatherford, Zendo Kern, Karen Eoff, Chelsea Yagong, and many MORE! Candidates will be making short speeches and will be available for informal talk story sessions. A town hall forum will begin at 7:30. Please bring your questions and a friend! Check this web site for more info http://7wiseideas.org/

Sponsored by Occupy Hilo, Pele Defense Fund, Puna Pono Alliance, Ohana Ho’opakele, Malu Aina, Aloha Uprising, Na Kupuna Moku o Keawe, Heiau o Lono, Na Koa Lohe o Ke Akua, and MKrug

Brenda Ford Announces Candidacy for County Council District 6

Brenda Ford announced today that she will run for the County Council seat in the new District 6 (Kona, Ka’u, and Volcano) in the 2012 election.

Brenda Ford

“The rural and agricultural areas of Ka’u, North & South Kona, and Volcano lend themselves to having one representative who understands rural and agricultural areas.  Since I have always held an island-wide view in getting projects completed and providing residents and businesses in the more remote areas with better access to government services, I know that I will be able to represent these areas well.”

“New Council District 6 is very large area and needs a person who understands agriculture, business, infrastructure, and the need for jobs and services.  I have always worked diligently to provide for rural areas throughout the island.”

“Council Member Brittany Smart advised me today that she will not be a candidate for Council next term.  I commend Ms. Smart for her work in representing her district and working with the Council to advance legislation to help all of our residents.  She is highly intelligent, easy to work with, and committed to serving her constituents.  I will miss her on the Council next term.”

“I committed to Ms. Smart, and I also commit to the residents of the current District 6 that I will continue to work on the projects that Ms. Smart started or continued to support such as: Ocean View transfer station, the Pahala Emergency Shelter and Gym, the Ocean View water well project, and a Ka’u Council Office from which residents may testify by videoconference.”

“I am a Council Member who works more than full-time to serve the residents and businesses of my district and all other districts as well. I will continue to work in that manner during the next term if I am elected.  This is not a part-time job, and the people need and expect a full-time advocate and Council Member.”

Some of the areas in which I provided legislation or action to assist our county residents are:

Charter Amendments:

  • Fair and equitable redistricting code (provided to the Charter Commission)
  • Special Funds (allows Council or the Administration to establish such funds)
  • Special Counsel (allows Council to hire special counsel without authorization of Corporation Counsel)
  • 2% Public Access, Open Space, & Natural Resource Fund (PONC- acquire open space lands)
  • Maintenance Fund (provides funds for public safety and preservation of open space lands acquired by the PONC fund)

Hawai’i County Code (both corrections and new codes):

  • Redistricting (fair & equitable council district design)
  • Budget Stabilization Fund (sets minimum amount of $250K per year)
  • Disaster & Emergency Fund (sets minimum amount of $250K per year)
  • DUI Towing  (drivers may get their vehicle towed if they are DUI)

Provided Hawai’i State Association of Counties and State Legislation:

  • Liquor Tax for DUI programs
  • Ban aquarium fish collection from our reefs
  • Agricultural product branding to protect each Hawaiian region’s identity and products
  • Truth-in-labeling for product content by percentage of total
  • Country of Origin Labeling (protects agricultural products grown in Hawai’i from misuse of our regional names)
  • Improve “indigent” definition (allows “partially indigent” definition, sets explicit standards for determination of indigent)
  • Vote By Mail (County)
  • Vote by Mail (State)
  • Sewer exemption (allows up to 10 years to pay sewer fees when a gang cesspool converts to septic)

Generic:

  • Advocated for a police take-home radio policy & funding for radios to enhance officer & resident protection
  • South Kona Police 24/7 Station (new station in the only district without one to improve response times)
  • Captain Cook Police Substation remodel (provided funds to remodel kitchen to be sanitary and fully functional)
  • Kipapa Park acquisition (new park on Ali’i Drive & additional parking for nearby beaches)
  • New crosswalks near Kona Bali Kai Condominiums; working on new parking lot for Banyan’s Beach & pedestrian-controlled signal light for crosswalk
  • Continued to advocate for Hokuli’a to complete bypass road and open it for public use
  • Advocated for paving: Seaview Circle Subdivision, Honalo-to-Captain Cook highway, synchronized traffic signal lightss on Ali’i Drive to improve traffic flow
  • Advocated for paving & widening shoulders, appropriate striping, and traffic signal light on Ali’i Drive near Kaleiopapa Drive to protect pedestrian walkers
  • Worked with Administration to develop & advocated for federal funds for 26 sewer projects desperately needed in seven districts around the island

Councilwoman Smart Will Not Be Seeking a Second Council Term at This Time

Brittany Smart announced today that she will not be seeking a second council term at this time, but is keeping her options open for the future. “Due to personal reasons, I am unable to commit to another two year term at this time. I am honored to serve District 6, but have to think of what’s best for the people,” she stated.

Councilowoman Brittany Smart

Ms. Smart, however, expressed her support for Councilmember Brenda Ford for the District 6 seat. “Ms. Ford is completely dedicated to this job and has my utmost confidence in accurately representing the district,” Ms. Smart said. “Ms. Ford is very knowledgeable in issues that face rural areas, such as lack of government access and infrastructure, agricultural issues, and sufficient police presence. Ms. Ford has promised to follow through on any projects that may remain at the end of my term, such as the Pahala Emergency Shelter and Gym, the Ocean View Transfer Station, and last, but not least, a Ka`u Council office for public testimony.”

Ms. Smart wanted to sincerely thank all of her constituents for their support and to assure them that she will continue to diligently advocate for the District for the remainder of her term. Ms. Smart also thanked the Council members and the Mayor’s administration for their help and support as well. Lastly, she sent heartfelt thanks to Governor Neil Abercrombie for his support, especially in providing the $17.9 million dollars for the Pahala Emergency Shelter and Gym.

District Six Community Meetings for June

Aloha Friends,

This month there will be more District 6 Matters (D6M) community meetings to gain public input and opinions on a couple different subjects that affect Ka‘u.

District 6 Matters & Resolution 60-11:
Thursday, June 9th at 7:00 PM at the Na’alehu Community Center
This is a public meeting to discuss proposed Resolution 60-11, which delays Hawai‘i County Council action on any rezoning or general plan amendments in Ka‘u until a Community Development Plan (CDP) is completed and in place, or December 31, 2012, whichever comes first. Questions and statements are encouraged, light refreshments will be served.

District 6 Matters & PATH:
Wednesday, June 8th at 7:00 PM: Ocean View Community Association
Wednesday, June 29th at 7:00 PM: Cooper Center (Volcano)
Councilmember Brittany Smart will host the District 6 Matters (D6M) meetings with special guest Executive Director of the People’s Advocacy for Trails Hawaii (PATH) Laura Dierenfield.

Ms. Dierenfield will be discussing Complete Streets, the Bike Plan Implementation Plan as well as having open dialog on pedestrian and bicycle safety and needed infrastructures. Direct questions and comments are welcome on any subject dealing with pedestrian and bicyclist issues. Light refreshments will be served.

Aloha,

Brittany Smart
Hawai’i County Councilmember
District 6 – Upper Puna, Ka’u, South Kona

Councilwoman Smart on Tonight and Tomorrows Community Meetings

Media Release:

Aloha,

This is a friendly reminder that the District 6 Matters meetings are coming up soon tonight and tomorrow and we will be having discussions on Hawai‘i Island’s solid waste issues with special guest Terin Gloor, Hawai‘i Island’s Chief Engineer for the Solid Waste Division for the Department of Environmental Management, at the following times and places:

Topic: Solid Waste

  • March 23 – 7:00 PM – Ocean View Community Center
  • March 24 – 7:00 PM – The Cooper Center, Volcano

I look forward to seeing you all soon!

Aloha,

Brittany Smart – District 6 – Upper Puna, Ka‘ū, South Kona

Community Meeting on Kahuku Villages

Media Release:

There will be an upcoming community meeting sponsored by Nani Kahuku Aina, LLC, March 2 at 6:00pm in the Naalehu Community Center in Naalehu. They are seeking community input on Kahuku Villages, a proposed development in Ka‘ū.

Please consider attending this event if you would like to learn more about it and let them know your thoughts as well. For more information please email: info@kahukuvillages.com

Have a wonderful and safe weekend.

Aloha,

Brittany Smart, District 6 – Upper Puna, Ka‘ū, South Kona

 

 

Councilwoman Smart on the Public Meeting Regarding the Aina Koa Pono LLC Project

Media Release:

Aina Koa Pono LLC (AKP) has signed a contract with Hawaiian Electric Co. with the hopes of helping “to set Hawaii on a fossil fuel-free future”  and they have proposed to build a biofuel plant in Ka’u. For more information on this subject please view Peter Sur’s article in the Hawaii Tribune Herald, “Biofuel plant to be out of town” (HTH, 27 Jan. ‘11)

There will be a public meeting sponsored by the Ka’u Chamber of Commerce February 21 at 6:00 pm at the Pahala Community Center. Residents are encouraged to attend to discuss the possible future biofuel plant in Ka’u.

Also, ‘AKP will most likely be presenting their project to the Hawaii County Council Committee on March 1, but the agenda has yet to be finalized. We will send out notification once the agenda is confirmed later next month.

Hope to see you there!

Mahalo,

Brittany Smart

How Impact Fees Impact Me Meetings Moved to Februrary

As many of you may know Councilman Pete Hoffman suffered a heart attack last week.  I just received the following notice regarding the impact fee meetings that were scheduled have now been moved to February.

Media Release:

The January community meetings in District 6 to discuss impact fees with Councilmembers Brittany Smart and Pete Hoffmann have been moved to February.

“How Impact Fees Impact Me” meetings will be

  • February 9th at Yano Hall 6:30p.m.
  • February 10th at Cooper Center 7:00p.m.
  • February 17th at Pahala Community Center 7:00p.m.*
  • February 23rd at Na’alehu Community Center 7:00p.m.*

*Previously, the meetings in Pahala and Na’alehu were scheduled for January.

Vice Chairman Pete Hoffmann will speak on how the proposed impact fee system is designed to enable our County government to impose such fees, the flexibility inherent in this system, how the rates can apply, as well as the constraints of such a capability. Questions from the audience are encouraged and light refreshments will be provided.

Contact: Jen at (808) 961-8536 or district6@co.hawaii.hi.us for more info.

Councilmember Smart and Hoffman Present: “How Impact Fees Impact Me” Community Meetings

Media Release:

“How Impact Fees Impact Me” With Hawaii County Councilmember Brittany Smart and Guest Speaker, Councilmember Pete Hoffmann

  • January 26th 7:00pm Na’alehu Community Center Club House
  • January 27th 7:00pm Pahala Community Center Club House
  • February 9th 6:30pm Yano Hall, Kona
  • February 10th 7:00pm Cooper Center , Volcano

Come to a community meeting organized by Councilmember Brittany Smart regarding the proposed impact fee ordinance.  The meeting will assist the public to better understand the impact fee system and how it will ensure that those responsible for developments will bear a proportionate share of the cost of improvements to our public facilities on the Big Island . Councilmember Pete Hoffmann will speak on how the proposed impact fee system is designed to enable our County government to impose such fees, the flexibility inherent in this system, how the rates can apply, as well as the constraints of such a capability.  Questions from the audience are most welcomed.  Light pupus and soft drinks will be served.

Contact: Jen at (808) 961-8536 or district6@co.hawaii.hi.us for more info.

My Only Endorsement I Will Make this Political Season: Brittany Smart for Hawaii County Council District 6

I said I won’t endorse any candidates this year… I lied.

Brittany Smart looks to be ready to replace Guy Enriques on the Hawaii County Council.