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Councilwoman Margarette Wille: GMO Meeting Rescheduled, But No Public Testimony Permitted

“The GMO Bill # 79 Council Committee hearing has been rescheduled for August 6th, at 1:30 pm in Hilo at the Council’s Chambers at Aupuni Center.

Councilwoman Margaret Wille

Councilwoman Margaret Wille

At this time council members will discuss and presumably vote on Bill 79, with any amendments.  The public is encouraged to attend but no public testimony will be permitted.

FYI – We had over 700 written testimonies submitted on Bill 79″

Councilwoman Margarette Wille

 

Commentary: Retired Councilmen Bob Jacobson on Resolution 123-13… “End of Recycling and Mulch Programs”

Aloha kakou

On Tuesday June 4th, Councilmember Wille is introducing a measure to end our current policy of ruling out garbage incinerators (also called waste to energy) as our method of handling our solid waste.

The County of Hawaii (you) spent $1 million, plus countless hours of County workers on a study considering the merits of using an incinerator during rosy economic times. It clearly demonstatrated that unless we stopped all recycling and greenwaste operations and burned everything, we did not generate enough solid waste to make the system economically sound.  Ironically, this study was done by pro-incinerator professionals who usually promote incineration as the soluton to all waste problems.

Even my successor Councilmember Enriques voted to pass the last policy of keeping organics out of our landfill as did most of that Council.  Resolution 123-13 attempts to reverse all recycling and green waste efforts on this island and give massive amounts of our hard earned cash to snake oil salesmen who have contributed to Mayor Kenoi’s campaigns over the years.

If we had built the incinerator in 2008 we would have paid penalties of millions of dollars for the lowered solid waste amounts we experienced during this economic depression.  In 2009, Current Environmental Management Director Bobby-Jean bemoaned this decreased amount of solid waste we had to handle.  She should have been happy! Keeping solid waste out of the landfills and out of incinerators protects our air, land, water and assets.  Incinerators still have a lot of very toxic residue that must be landfilled.  Snake oil salesman will come with their honeyed tongues and promise the sun, the moon, the stars and jobs.  What they have in their other hand behind their backs is; pollution, massive tax payments to offshore interests, tax increases, corruption of local official, increased pollutions and an end to recycling and greenwaste programs.

By the way, the landfill at Puuanahulu could easily and cheaply be upgraded to handle all of our waste for another 50-100 years.  I suppose we should close it and raise taxes to pay for a polluting waste burner if we believe our Mayor.  Of course the last time Mayor Kim and Billy Kenoi were pushing incineration in 2008, their literature said we could build an incinerator for $45 million or less, not the $120+ million the study said it would cost even if we had enough waste to make it feasible.

Please let the County of Hawaii know you are not going to be fooled by corrupt officials, construction interests, greedy bankers and incineration company paid liars.  Vote against this resolution.

Sincerely,

Retired Councilmember Bob Jacobson

Update on the County Council Redistricting Commission Hearings

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Commentary by Margarette Wille

The bottom line is that the Hilo boys’ plan to make sure that urban Hilo has at least three seats on the County Council for the next ten year, and the possibility of a fourth “Hilo/Upper Puna” District seat is making great progress to be approved by the Commission! So if you are in favor of a Hilo dominated County Council for the next decade – rest assured – the Commission is embracing just such a lop-sided redistricting Plan. Also if your preference is to eliminate Hamakua as an independent “rural” District, you will be happy to hear that is also part of their chosen plan, now called “Plan 46”. Likewise if you think it is a good idea to break up the South Kohala – North Kohala District 9, that maneuver is also part of the Hilo Boys’ Plan 46. (According to Plan 46, Waikoloa would now be part of a Kona District 8 that extends into downtown Kona – and District 9 would now wrap around from North Kohala to Honoka’a.)

Hilo centric “Plan 46” made its entrance at the Hilo October 21st hearing –after all public hearings were concluded and without ever having been available on line — and it still is not available on the County Redistricting site. (However if you may notice this Plan 46 is similar to original Plan 17 – -the Plan that was the most opposed at the public hearings…

Full Post here: Update on the County Council Redistricting Commission Hearings

Margaret Wille Joins Twitter… And Grandma Florence of Maui

I’m pretty stoked to announce that The Kohala Blog founder Margarette Wille has joined twitter.

She had some difficulty setting up her initial account and removed them and I noticed in her blog posting today she has made the formal announcement:

…As many of you know, lately Damon has been pushing twitter. So with difficulty and problems I have taken that leap. My twitter username is @Himargaretwille – in case you are interested.

This is great news… and I hope she starts using it effectively to find folks from through out the world that are interested in her issues she blogs about.

Some folks think that Twitter is only for younger folks… but believe it or not Florence Hasegawa over on Maui is 101 years old and tweets daily.

101 Year old Maui Tweeter Florence Hasegawa @grandmaflorence

You can check her account at @Grandmaflorence

Her most recent tweet to the world:

My grandsons arriving for Patty’s b’day and bringing food here tomorrow. I need to put on some weight so I’ll just eat like a grandma pig! 8:41 AM Nov 28th from web

HOW TO FOCUS YOUR FRUSTRATION ABOUT THE COUNCIL COUP INTO ACTION; AND THE KEY PROVISIONS OF THE SUNSHINE LAW

HOW TO FOCUS YOUR FRUSTRATION ABOUT THE COUNCIL COUP INTO ACTION; AND THE KEY PROVISIONS OF THE SUNSHINE LAW

Click here to learn HOW TO FOCUS YOUR FRUSTRATION ABOUT THE COUNCIL COUP INTO ACTION; AND THE KEY PROVISIONS OF THE SUNSHINE LAW (This Photo Courtesy Margaret Wille)

Walking the Red Carpet

Walking the Red Carpet, Photo Damon Tucker

Mayor Kenoi Outside the Civic

Mayor Kenoi Outside the Civic, Photo Damon Tucker

Singing National Anthem

Singing National Anthem, Photo Damon Tucker

Emily Naeole Walks the Red Carpet

Emily Naeole Walks the Red Carpet, Photo Damon Tucker

Mayor Kenoi Takes Office

Mayor Kenoi Takes Office, Photo Damon Tucker

Crowd Shot

Crowd Shot, Photo Damon Tucker

Video Courtesy of BIVN:

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