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Meeting to Eliminate Neighborhood Boards Reset for Thursday

On May 16, 2016 a Permitted Interaction Group (consisting of Hawaii Charter Commission members Pamela Witty-Oakland, Chair; Judge Michael F. Broderick (Ret.); Reginald V. Castanares, Jr.; and Nathan T. Okubo) of the Honolulu Charter Commission recommended that the Charter Commission place on the general election ballot the following question: “Should the City increase citizen participation in the decision of government though the use of electronic communication, such as television, Internet, and email, and eliminate the Neighborhood Board System?’

The Charter Commission will be considering this recommendation at their meeting on Thursday, June 9, 2016 at 3:30 p.m. in the Committee Meeting Room at Honolulu Hale (aka Honolulu City Hall), 530 S. King St., Honolulu 96813. View the agenda here: AGENDA

If you had previously submitted testimony ahead of the May 26 Charter Commission meeting that was cancelled, your testimony was kept and will be provided to the Charter Commissioners for their consideration. You do not need to resubmit it.

If you have not submitted any testimony, I ask you consider doing so at this time. Please be sure to indicate you are testifying on agenda item four (IV).

Testimony may be submitted online here: Submit testimony

Testimony may also be emailed.

Sources: Email from Shawn Hamamoto, Executive Secretary, Neighborhood Board System & Report of the Permitted Interaction Group On Proposals Relating to Open Government, May 16, 2016.


Shawn Hamamoto Explains Oahu's Neighborhood Boards [Hawaii Political Info] May 31, 2016

Neighborhood Boards Are Real Democracy [Hawaii Political Info] Jun 2, 2016

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Wall Street Is behind the Brazilian Coup

Global Research

Control over monetary policy and macro-economic reform was the ultimate objective of the Coup d’Etat. The key appointments from Wall Street’s standpoint are the Central Bank, which dominates monetary policy as well as foreign exchange transactions, the Ministry of Finance and the Bank of Brazil (Banco do Brasil).

On behalf of Wall Street and the “Washington consensus”, the interim post coup “government” of Michel Temer has appointed a former Wall Street CEO (with U.S citizenship) to head the Ministry of Finance.

Henrique de Campos Meirelles, a former President of FleetBoston Financial’s Global Banking (1999-2002) and former head of the Central Bank under Lula’s presidency was appointed minister of finance on May 12.

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Neighborhood Boards Are Real Democracy

Kioni Dudley, Ph.D.

by Kioni Dudley, Ph.D.

Neighborhood Boards truly are the place where the government and the people meet.
Every month, they provide a venue for community members to bring concerns, and a forum for those proposing projects for the area to discuss them and get community input and support, or rejection.

The Governor, Mayor, and area City Council members, Senators, Representatives, the military, HART, police and firemen attend every meeting on the island, either in person or through representatives who report back. The Boards are a principal place where they learn what is happening in their community. ‘Olelo televises many Boards, and community members do watch. Board meetings truly are democracy in action.

Members are elected by small areas of the island, and are the voice of their people. While Board decisions are only advisory, they are weighty evidence to take to Legislative and City Council meetings.

Many in higher office first gained community favor and support serving on Neighborhood Boards.
Don’t mess with Neighborhood Boards.

Kioni Dudley, a retired educator, is president of the Friends of Makakilo and a member of the Makakilo-Kapolei-Honokai Hale Neighborhood Board. He is active in the effort to ameliorate leeward Oahu's worsening traffic gridlock.

Shawn Hamamoto Explains Oahu's Neighborhood Boards

Surprisingly, Shawn Hamamoto, who is the Executive Secretary of the Neighborhood Commission Office, which runs the neighborhood board system under the auspices of the City & County of Honolulu, doesn't mention in the interview below the move afoot to do away with the neighborhood boards.

According to a May 23, 2016 email from Shawn,

On May 16, 2016 a Permitted Interaction Group of the Honolulu Charter Commission recommended that the Charter Commission place on the general election ballot the following question: “Should the City increase citizen participation in the decision of government though the use of electronic communication, such as television, Internet, and email, and eliminate the Neighborhood Board System?’

Shawn made it clear that he'd like to see the neighborhood boards continued. You can see the May 26 Charter Commission agenda here. The item is right at the top, Agenda Item III. It reads:

Agenda Item III


Discussion and action on the Findings and Recommendations by the Permitted Interaction Group established to review proposals relating to Open Government/Citizen Participation pursuant to Hawaii Revised Statutes §92-2.5(b).

You may submit testimony online here. Be sure to indicate at the top that you are testifying on agenda item III.

The Charter Commission canceled the meeting scheduled for last Thursday during which this item was to be considered.

Government Can't Help

It can only hurt.

Three recent stories regarding three government agencies — the IRS, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) — show why we should oppose big government for practical, as well as philosophical, reasons.

In recent months, many Americans have missed their flights because of longer-than-usual TSA security lines. In typical DC fashion, the TSA claims the delays are because of budget cuts, even though Congress regularly increases the TSA’s funding!

The TSA is also blaming the delays on the fact that few Americans have signed up for its “PreCheck” program. Under PreCheck, the TSA considers excusing some Americans from some of the screening process. Those who wish to be considered must first submit personal information to the TSA and pay a fee. Only a bureaucrat would think Americans would be eager to give the TSA more information and money on the chance that they may be approved for PreCheck.

The TSA is much better at harassing airline passengers than at providing security. TSA agents regularly fail to catch weapons hidden by federal agents testing the screening process. Sadly, Congress will likely reward the TSA's failures with continued funding increases. Rewarding the TSA’s incompetence shouldn’t surprise us since the TSA owes its existence to the failure of government to protect airline passengers on 9/11.

If Congress truly wanted to protect airline passengers, it would shut down the TSA and let airlines determine how best to protect their passengers. Private businesses have a greater incentive than government bureaucrats to protect their customers and their property without stripping their customers of their dignity.

The head of the VA also made headlines last week when he said it is unfair to judge the VA by how long veterans have to wait for medical care, since no one judges Disney World by how long people have to wait in line. Perhaps he is unaware that no one has ever died because he waited too long to go on an amusement park ride.

For years socialized medicine supporters pointed to the VA as proof that a government bureaucracy could deliver quality health care. The stories of veterans being denied care or receiving substandard care demolish those claims.

If Congress truly wanted to ensure that veterans receive quality health care, it would stop forcing veterans to seek health care from a federal bureaucracy. Instead, government would give veterans health-care vouchers or health savings accounts and allow them to manage their own health care. Congress should also dramatically reduce the costs of providing veterans care by ending our militaristic foreign policy.

Another story last week highlights the one thing government does do well: violate our rights. The House Judiciary Committee held a hearing on impeaching IRS Commissioner John Koskinen over his role in the IRS's persecution of conservative organizations.

Those who value liberty and constitutional government should support impeaching Koskinen. However, truly protecting Americans from IRS tyranny requires eliminating the income tax. Despite the claims of some, a flat tax system would still require a federal bureaucracy to ensure Americans are accurately reporting their income. Since the income tax is one of the foundations of the welfare-warfare state, it is folly to think we can eliminate the income tax without first dramatically reducing the size and scope of government.

The TSA, VA, and IRS are just three examples of how government cannot effectively provide any good or service except authoritarianism. Individuals acting in the free market are more than capable of providing for their own needs, including the need to protect themselves, their families, and their property, if the government gets out of the way.

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