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Diamond Head Neighborhood Board Meeting February 2019 Minutes
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2019
ALA WAI CLUB HOUSE
CALL TO ORDER: Chair Pro Tem Bert Narita called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m. A quorum was established with eleven (11) members present. (Note - This 15-member Board requires eight (8) members to establish quorum and to take official Board action).
Members Present: Julia Allen, Judith Bowman, Richard Figliuzzi, Michelle Matson, Barbara Miller, Bert Narita, Laura St. Denis, Winston Welch, Jerry Wanager, George West, and Linda Wong.
Member Absent: Ajay Bhatt, Mark Kamahele, and Don Persons.
Due to the resignation of a Board Member after the publication of the agenda, no vacancies are listed.
Guests: State House Speaker Emeritus Calvin Say; State Representative Bertrand Kobayashi; Cliff Kaneshiro (Office of Council Chair Anne Kobayashi); Councilmember Michael Formby, Walea Constantinau (Mayor Kirk Caldwell's Representative); Kenny Amazaki (Office of Council District 4); Lieutenant Christopher Lowell (Honolulu Police Department); Ann Wong (Board of Water Supply); Carol Hoshiko (Kapiolani Community College); Stephen Pazenza (Na Wahine); John McNamara (Compacc); Wendy Lum, Skyun Ueno, Wayne Swan, Tae Kim, Natalie Iwasa, Kristy Lam, Craig Ho, Ben Rotter, Daisy Murai, Barbra Armentrout, Aisling Crowley, LJ Duenas, Chris Nishimura, , Robert Ubert, (Residents); and Thomas Baldwin (Neighborhood Assistant).
Chair Pro Tem Narita called a recess at 6:30 p.m.
Chair Pro Tem Narita called the meeting to order at 6:34 p.m.
Announcements: Chair Pro Tem Narita commented that anyone wishing to speak on items not already on the agenda should fill out a Community Concern form at the front table and turn it into the Chair or Neighborhood Assistant.
Hearing no objections, Chair Pro Tem Narita moved to BOARD BUSINESS Item B.
Ala Wai Canal Project and Resolution
Matson moved and Welch seconded to adopt the resolution to postpone the Ala Wai Canal Project.
Status of the Project: Resident Dave Watase reported on the project intended to provide flood mitigation for Waikiki, adding that Congress recently approved $125 million for the project. He commented that the next stage involves the State passing the matching funds.
Project Construction: He commented that he is not against flood mitigation for Waikiki nor is he against federally funding in Hawaii. He reported that the project involves several retention basins to be installed in Palolo, Manoa, Makiki, and Kanewai Park, as well as impacting Ala Wai Golf Course and Ala Wai Park turned into retention basins. A four (4) foot solid concrete wall is planned to be installed around the Ala Wai Canal.
Concerns: He commented that the Army Corps of Engineers failed to follow the National Environmental Policy Act and the Hawaii Environmental Policy Act in the process of formulating the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). He added that many affected stakeholders and the area neighborhood boards were never engaged, or were engaged with less than two (2) weeks' notice before the cut-off date to submit public comments. He commented that, while the designs for the retention basin overlapped with his property, he was not notified during the three (3) year process. He added that Hokulani Elementary School, Iolani School, and Halaukumana School were not notified, despite some of the designed basins intended for construction being adjacent to their properties. He distributed resources to the Board and community related to the impact of the project, emphasizing that many areas of the Ala Wai watershed will still see severe flooding despite the construction of retention basins, the negative impact on the streams, as well as the poor modeling for the 100 year flood event that the designs were based on.
Expanded Project Scope: Wong commented that in a discussion with the Army Corps of Engineers in the past, only a few retention basins near the Ala Wai Golf Course were disclosed. She clarified that the new retention basins as well as the condemning of properties is information not previously disclosed with the community. She expressed concerns with the impact of the project on the surrounding neighborhoods, commenting that the project ought to be put on hold to reassess the designs with the community in mind. Vice Chair Narita asked and Wong responded that she was speaking with the Army Corps of Engineers as a resident, and was not representing the Diamond Head/ Kapahulu/ St. Louis Heights Neighborhood Board No. 5 at the meeting. Vice Chair Narita reminded all Board members that if they state in similar meetings that they are or are affiliated with the Neighborhood Board, that the Board must grant permission to the member to represent the Board.
Storm Drains: Chair Pro Tem Narita expressed concerns with the lack of effective storm drains in the affected neighborhoods. He elaborated that there are no storms drains in the older neighborhoods such as St. Louis Heights. He commented that in lieu of storm drains, these communities utilizes ditches that accumulates water from higher altitude and diverts them to Palolo/Manoa Streams. He commented that there are no other accommodations for run-off, leading to flood areas during heavy rain. He concluded that there are likely runoff issues in neighborhoods of the Ala Wai watershed that contribute to the runoff that have not been addressed.
Public Outreach: Chair Pro Tem Narita expressed concerns with the lack of public outreach of the project.
Chair Pro Tem Narita requested and Matson read aloud the title and the final "Be It Resolved…" portions of the resolution for the community.
Public Outreach (continued): Welch expressed support for the resolution due to the widespread concern from residents affected by the project and the lack of outreach to the community and area Boards. He commented that, considering the Manoa Neighborhood No. 7 adopted a similar resolution despite their community's history with flooding, the concerns seems to be concentrated with the lack of community involvement. He clarified that community's wishing to postpone the project are not necessarily against flood mitigation in general.
Resolution and Private Property: St. Denis asked and Matson responded that the resolution does address the condemning of private property.
EIS for the Public: Resident Richard Crylee asked if the EIS is available to read online or the public libraries and Welch commented that the Army Corps of Engineers pulled the EIS from its official site. He added that Resident Watase was able to copy the EIS before its removal and post it on the StopAlaWaiProject.com website.
Website: Resident Watase commented that information that may be pertinent to resident's concerns with the Ala Wai Project can be found at the website he created called StopAlaWaiProject.com. He commented that resources available to residents include the Draft EIS, the final EIS, retention basin design renderings, and contact information for elected officials.
Public Outreach (continued): Resident Antonio Lopez and Resident Wendy Lum expressed support of the resolution due to the lack of public outreach to the affected communities, the need to improve transparency, and to bring back public input of the project. Both residents reported that they are property owners that would be affected by any retention basins built at Kanawai Park.
Other Impacts: Resident Lum expressed concerns that the construction of a retention basin would attract mosquitos, posing health risks for the students of the nearby Hokalani School. She commented that the stream is currently not maintained, and expressed support for exploring alternatives to the project.
Community Effort: Wong lauded the community's efforts in public outreach and providing information related to the concerns with the project.
Chair Pro Tem Narita commented that the Board previously took a substantively similar stance on the issue. Hearing no objection, the Diamond Head/ Kapahulu/ St. Louis Heights Neighborhood Board No. 5 adopted the Resolution by UNANIMOUS CONSENT; 11-0-0 (AYE: Allen, Bowman, Figliuzzi, Matson, Miller, Narita, Persons, St. Denis, Welch, Wanager, West, and Wong. NAY: None. ABSTAIN: None.)
Post-Adoption Discussion: Hearing no objection, the following concerns were discussed following the adoption of the resolution:
• Appreciation: Matson expressed appreciation to the various community members who came to the meeting on Valentine's Day to have their voice heard.
• Conflicts of Interests: A resident requested that Board members disclose any potential conflicts of interests with the projects, and each Board member responded that they did not have any conflict of interests. Figliuzzi asked and the resident clarified that he was interested in those who may have a financial conflict on interest.
Hearing no objection, Chair Pro Tem Narita amended the Thursday, February 14, 2019 Regular Meeting Agenda by UNANIMOUS CONSENT; 11-0-0 (AYE: Allen, Bowman, Figliuzzi, Matson, Miller, Narita, Persons, Laura St. Denis, Winston Welch, Jerry Wanager, George West, and Linda Wong. NAY: None. ABSTAIN: None.)
Amendments include: Strike "Trevor Ozawa" and Insert "Michael Formby".
Hearing no objection, Chair Pro Tem Narita moved to ELECTION OF OFFICERS.
ELECTION OF OFFICERS
Public Safety Reports: Matson expressed concerns that the previous discussion held up the Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) and Honolulu Police Department (HPD), requesting the Board take up the Public Safety Reports before electing a Chair.
Hearing no objection, Chair Pro Tem Narita moved to Public Safety Reports.
PUBLIC SAFETY REPORTS
Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) - Waikiki Station: No representative was present at this time; no report was given.
Honolulu Police Department (HPD) - District 6 Waikiki/ Diamond Head: Lieutenant Kuroda of HPD District 6 reported the following: January 2019 Statistics: There were 7 robberies, 23 burglaries, 148 thefts, 47 assaults, 4 sex crimes, 29 bike on sidewalk citations, 75 skateboards on sidewalk citations, 12 speeding citations, 686 parking citations, 9 loud muffler citations, 87 park closure warnings, 73 park closure citations, 34 park closure arrests, and 4,065 total calls for service.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed:
1. Monsarrat Avenue: Welch asked and Lieutenant Kuroda responded that part of Monsarrat Avenue is split between District 6 and District 7.
2. Loud Muffler Citations: Welch expressed appreciation for the increase in loud muffler citations.
3. Pedestrian Safety: Welch expressed concerns with pedestrian safety following several vehicle collisions with pedestrians at the intersection of Monsarrat Avenue and Kanaina Avenue. He requested HPD enforce against speeding vehicles and to understand that residents avoiding the dangerous intersection will cross in areas without a crosswalk, but with more visibility, for their own safety. Lieutenant Kuroda responded that, while he understands the request, the portion of Monsarrat with the concern is within District 7.
4. Waikiki School: Wong expressed concerns that parents picking up their children from Waikiki Elementary School around 2:20 p.m. double-park on Leahi Street, blocking traffic from Pualei Circle through Waikiki School. She commented that it would be preferable for those vehicles to be parked on the side of the road than to be double-parked on the road. She requested an officer be assigned to the area to help direct traffic and Lieutenant Kuroda responded that they will bring the concern to their community policing team to seek an arrangement with the school.
5. Park Closure Statistics: Matson asked and Lieutenant Kuroda responded that the park closure statistics include those generated from Kapiolani Park and Kuhio Beach Park.
6. Van near Kapiolani Park: Wong expressed concerns with a resident with a bench warrant renting space in a van for people to sleep in near the Aquarium. Lieutenant Kuroda requested information related to the van.
Honolulu Police Department (HPD - District 7 Kapahulu/St. Louis Heights): Lieutenant Christopher Lowell reported the following:
• January 2019 Statistics: There were 3 motor vehicle thefts, 4 burglaries, 25 thefts, 14 unauthorized entries into motor vehicles (UEMV).
• Safety Tips - Pedestrian Safety: Lieutenant Lowell provided the following safety tips:
o When crossing a street, make eye contact with the nearby driver(s) before crossing.
o Despite the right-of-way, be prepared to yield to an oncoming vehicle in case an unaware driver does not see you.
o Do not allow children to walk near the roadway unattended.
o Do not try to cross a street when an oncoming vehicle is visible, as trying to judge the speed of an oncoming vehicle can be difficult and dangerous.
o When walking in darkness, wear light-colored clothing.
o Walk facing the direction of traffic so you can see oncoming traffic and vice-versa.
o Do not leave the curb or place of safety to walk, especially when in the path of a vehicle which is too close for a driver to adjust.
o Be especially aware of a vehicle making a right turn on red.
o Never enter a roadway behind parked cars as there is a chance the car might back up.
• Meet the Major: Lieutenant Lowell announced the Meet the Major event at Ali'iolani Elementary School on Friday, February 15, 2019 at 5:45 p.m. This is an opportunity for the public to meet the District Major, HPD administration, District Captain, Lieutenants, and other officers.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed:
1. Monsarrat Avenue and Kanaina Street - Jaywalking Citations: Welch reiterated his concerns with pedestrian safety at the intersection of Monsarrat Avenue and Kanaina Street, adding that he believes ticketing jaywalking across the intersection will encourage people to use the crosswalks, which in this instance are less safe due to the reckless drivers. Welch asked if the unmarked crossing in question could be legally defined as an "implied crosswalk," since the crossing where much of the jaywalking occurs is technically safer than the available crosswalks due to the tendencies of drivers to speed through the later. Lieutenant Lowell responded that his watch does not target that area, and so is unfamiliar with the enforcement of the other watches there. He commented that he will send out a notice to the different divisions, admitting that there may be more to the situation because of the safety risks Welch mentioned. He concluded that the concern will be passed on.
2. Monsarrat Avenue and Kanaina Street - Pedestrian Signs: Resident Daisy Murai commented that there are a few plastic banners nearby to alert drivers of pedestrians. She asked if these signs would be permanent and Lieutenant Lowell commented that they will likely be temporary, as it is contingent upon the related project. He commented that some communities have taken it upon themselves to improve pedestrian safety, citing the prevalence of pedestrian flags at risky intersections to improve visibility.
3. Crane Park: Wong expressed concerns with the campers along the sidewalks around Crane Park. Wong asked and Lieutenant Lowell responded that the area surrounding Crane Park is not a part of the park grounds. Wong asked and Lieutenant Lowell responded that while the park closure hours are being enforced, individuals on the sidewalk have the same rights to be there as any other individual.
4. District 6 Meet the Major: Lieutenant Lowell added that District 6 will have a similar Meet the Major event on February 27, 2019 at the Waikiki Community Center.
Board of Water Supply (BWS): Ann Wong of the BWS reported the following:
• Main Break: There was one (1) 12 inch cast iron main break on 3560 Campbell Avenue near Kaunaoa Street. The main was installed in 1938.
• Detect-A-Leak Week: Preserving and protecting our most essential resource - our water - is everyone's responsibility. The BWS encourages all residents to check for property leaks and to fix them promptly during Detect-A-Leak Week which is being observed statewide from March 18-24. Checking for and repairing property leaks helps save water, lowers your water bill, and prevents potential damage to your home. During Detect-A-Leak Week free toilet leak detection dye tablets will be available to the public during that week at the BWS Public Service Building at 630 South Beretania Street, at all Satellite City Halls, and City Mill locations. For more leak detection information visit www.boardofwatersupply.com or call 748-5041.
• Water Conservation Week Poster and Poetry Contests: The Deadline for the Water Conservation Week Poster and Poetry contests is Thursday, February 28, 2019. Students grades K-12 are invited to participate and submit a poster or poem expressing the contest theme, "Do Your Part Be Water Smart." For more information, visit www.boardofwatersupply.com/wcwcontests.
• Water Rates: The BWS Board of Directors approved a new water rate schedule in 2018 which will help BWS to gradually ramp up pipeline replacement and aims to significantly reduce main breaks. The rate increase will take effect on July 1, 2019. Full details on the rate schedule is available at www.boardofwatersupply.com/waterrates.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed: Sea Level Rise Presentation: Chair Pro Tem Narita confirmed with Ann Wong that the BWS will provide a Sea Level Rise Presentation at the Regular March meeting of the Diamond Head/Kapahulu/St. Louis Heights Neighborhood Board No. 5.
Mayor Kirk Caldwell's Representative: Walea Constantinau reported the following:
• Neighborhood Commission Office (NCO) Candidate and Voter Registration: The candidate registration period for 2019 Neighborhood Board Election ends Friday, February 15, 2019. Residents across O‘ahu may register to become a candidate in the 2019 Neighborhood Board Election. The Neighborhood Board System was established in 1973 by former Mayor Frank F. Fasi as a way to spur civic participation and engage with city government. Currently, there are 33 Neighborhood Boards across O‘ahu, which are comprised of 437 elected volunteer board members. Any O‘ahu resident who is 18 years of age can become a candidate. The Neighborhood Board Election will be held online from April 26, 2019 through May 17, 2019. Text "GoNCO" to 95577 to receive mobile text alerts related to the 2019 Neighborhood Board Election. Please note that standard message and data rates may apply. For more information call 768-3705 or visit www.honolulu.gov/NCO.
• 70th Mayor's Memorial Day 2019 Poster Contest: The Mayor's Memorial Day Poster Contest started on January 8 and ends on February 26; The contest is open to all students enrolled in public, private, or charter school, or home-schooled, statewide, in grades kindergarten-12th grade students. The three (3) age categories are K-4th; 5th-8th, and 9th-12th; 1st, 2nd, 3rd place winners will be chosen in each category and winning artwork will be made into posters to encourage the donation of flower lei to be placed on each gravesite at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific ("Punchbowl")
??? DTS Representative at Neighborhood Board Meeting: In response to a request from the Board for DTS to send a representative to the next meeting, DTS responded that staff is not available for the February 2019 meeting but is available for the March 2019 meeting.
• Bicycle Accidents at Monsarrat Avenue: In response to a request to remove the bike lanes of and install sharrows on Monsarrat Avenue due to accidents between bikers and motorists. DTS reported the following: Monsarrat Avenue Diamond Head Road was recently resurfaced by the Department of Facility Maintenance (DFM), who installed a "climbing" bike lane on the uphill portion, while sharrows were installed for the downhill section. Previously, there were sharrows on both sides. By installing a climbing bike lane, it separates bicyclists and motorists, which reduces conflict. This is especially true in this case since bicycles going uphill tend to go much slower than motorized traffic. The bike lane was added by shifting the centerline while maintaining adequate travel lane widths. No on-street parking were removed. In addition, this section is also a critical bicycle connection to the Diamond Head area, which sees an abundant amount of tourists on the sidewalk, where there are limited space for both pedestrians and bicyclists.
• Date Street: In response to concerns with Date Street safety, DTS reported the following: The crosswalks are being re-installed with Department of Design and Construction's (DDC) resurfacing project. Requests for the status of the resurfacing project, please contact Ann Shimatsu at 768-8805 of DDC's Civil Division.
• Outdoor Gym Operating at Kapiolani Park: In response to concerns with an outdoor commercial gym operating out of Kapiolani Park, DPR reported the following: DPR staff has not witnessed any large commercial outdoor gym operation at Kapiolani Regional Park. DPR requested more specific information on the location, days, and times of this activity so they can investigate your concern.
• Ala Wai Golf Course Fence: In response to a request for a Department of Enterprise Service (DES) representative to attend the February 2019 meeting of the Neighborhood Board to discuss the Ala Wai Golf Course Fence, and DES responded that they will find a time to appear before the Board as soon as possible.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed:
1. Ala Wai Golf Course Fence: Matson expressed concerns with the permitted 12 foot chain link around the golf course along Kapahulu Avenue, particularly with the negative aesthetic impact on the community, the lack of information provided to the Board and community, the lack of EIS for an installment within a park preservation area. She requested an explanation for the authority granted to install the fence despite the lack of EIS and community engagement.
2. Kapiolani Park - Surf School and Outdoor Gym: Matson expressed concerns with the commercial activities of the surf school and outdoor gym at Kapiolani Park, citing the park trust's limitations of viable commercial activities to those with specific permits issued by the City. She commented that the City must enforce against the illegal commercial activities on park grounds. She requested the City find a solution and provide the Board with their findings.
3. Monsarrat Avenue - Bicycle Lanes: Matson and West expressed concerns with DTS???s response to bicycle lane accidents at Monsarrat Avenue due to the hazardous conditions. Matson commented that whether bicyclists are traveling up or down hill, it is still a high risk hazard for drivers and bicyclists due to the bike lanes blocking off part of the traffic lanes. She explained that the bike lanes force drivers to pass through the bike lanes. She requested DTS discuss this concern with the Board and that the City provide a solution as well. West emphasized that the stretch of Monsarrat Avenue sees heavy traffic, jaywalking, and is made more complicated by the five (5) way intersection at Kanaina. He concluded that adding in bicycles lanes brings more danger to Monsarrat Avenue.
4. Monsarrat Avenue - Pedestrian Safety: Welch expressed pedestrian safety concerns with speeding vehicles and low visibility of the sidewalk from the travel lanes of Monsarrat Avenue. He recommended a reduction of the speed limit and removal of street parking from the Ewa side of Campbell Avenue down the stretch to address these respective concerns.
5. Attendance of Department Representatives: Welch expressed concerns with the absence of DTS and DES representatives at their meetings, despite the Board's official requests to these departments to attend and hold a dialogue with the Board on their concerns. Welch added that the Board wishes to discuss the Honolulu Zoo, the 12 foot chain link fence, and TopGolf with DES. Welch commented that, without communication, it is difficult for the community to evaluate the purpose and effectiveness of their decisions. Welch expressed that DES ought to be more transparent with the Board and community to ensure mutual understanding, commenting that the current communication gives an impression of secrecy.
6. Date Street: In response to concerns with Date Street, Constantinau commented that the crosswalks will be returned upon the next resurfacing project from DDC. Chair Pro Tem requested that further comments and questions related to DTS be saved for their presence at the next meeting.
7. Monsarrat Avenue - Bicycle Lanes (continued): Wong provided context for the bicycle lane installation at Monsarrat Avenue based on their discussion with Chris Sayers at a previous meeting. She commented that when Sayers appeared at the meeting, the installation of bike lanes along the road was already underway. She added that the travel lanes and parking stalls were reduced to the minimum width while the bike lanes were installed at the maximum width. She reiterated West's concerns with the various problems with Monsarrat Avenue.
Hearing no objection, Chair Pro Tem Narita returned ELECTION OF OFFICERS.
ELECTION OF OFFICERS
Election of Chair
Wong nominated Figliuzzi as Chair, and Figliuzzi accepted the nomination.
Matson nominated Welch as Chair, and Welch accepted the nomination.
Figliuzzi nominated Narita as Chair, and Narita declined the nomination.
Nominations were closed.
Decorum: Matson requested from the Nominee's their plan or solution to maintaining/improving order and decorum at the Board meetings. Chair Pro Tem responded that the NCO's training and resources and the rules of decorum outlined in the Neighborhood Plan and Roberts Rules of Order ought to be sufficient preparation for the selected Chair. Welch commented that he shared concerns with decorum. He commented that he feels comfortable with Figliuzzi being elected as Chair, believing in his ability to conduct the meeting and maintain order in a kind and appropriate manner.
Welch withdrew his nomination for Chair.
The Diamond Head/ Kapahulu/ St. Louis Heights Neighborhood Board No. 5 elected Figliuzzi as Chair of the Board by UNANIMOUS CONSENT; 11-0-0 (AYE: Allen, Bowman, Figliuzzi, Matson, Miller, Narita, Persons, Laura St. Denis, Winston Welch, Jerry Wanager, George West, and Linda Wong. NAY: None. ABSTAIN: None.)
Vice Chair Narita passed the gavel to Chair Figliuzzi.
Secretary Position: Matson asked and Figliuzzi responded that the election of a Secretary will be added to the next agenda.
Hearing no objection, Figliuzzi returned to ELECTED OFFICIALS.
Governor David Ige's Representative: No representative was present; no report was given.
RESIDENTS/ COMMUNITY CONCERNS
10K and 5K Runs: Resident Stephen Pazenza announced two 10K and 5K runs on Sunday, May 5, 2019. The start times are at 7:00 a.m. The 10K route will start and end at Kapiolani Park, routing through Diamond Head Road, 22nd Avenue, and Kilauea before circling back through Kahala Avenue and Diamond Head Road.
Na Wahine Festival: Resident _ announced the 21st Na Wahine Festival Triathalon. The Triathalon will begin at Kapiolani Park at 6:00 a.m., routing through the following:
• Swimming: Queen's Beach.
• Biking: Monsarrat Avenue, 22nd Avenue, Kahala, Keahulu.
• Running: 5K Around Kapiolani Park.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed: Monsarrat Avenue: Wong asked, for those portions of the races through Monsarrat, if the route will cross Leahi Avenue or Kanaina Avenue and during what times. _ responded that the 10K does not go through Monsarrat Avenue. He responded that the Biking portion of the Triathalon is expected to through Monsarrat between 6:15 and 6:30 a.m. He concluded that police will be present, and escorts will be provided. St. Denis asked and _ responded that the traffic will be diverted on the Diamond head side of Monsarrat Avenue will be coned off. St. Denis expressed concerns that previous races have left people in traffic for 45 minutes. She asked and _ responded that during the route, the short period of time early in the morning will mitigate traffic. He added that if the track looks clear during this period, the police will let vehicles and traffic through.
Honolulu Prosecutor's Office: Resident Tae Wan Kim announced that he is a candidate for the Honolulu Prosecutor's Office.
Kapiolani Community College (KCC): Carol Hoshiko of KCC requested a place on the March 2019 agenda to give a presentation on the upcoming energy conservation/Solar PV Project by Johnson Controls. She commented that the EIS will be posted on February 23, 2019.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed:
1. March 2019 Agenda: Matson expressed concerns that the March 2019 might see too many presentations if this were added, and suggested a later date for the presentation.
2. Light Pollution: Welch requested that Johnson Controls address the light pollution concerns seen with other projects. Matson agreed with the concerns.
Hanauma Bay Contamination: Vice Chair Narita expressed concerns with the Hanauma Bay Contamination. He commented that the Department of Environmental Services reported that they could not rationalize a natural source of the contamination. He commented that there are reports of raw sewage from homeless encampments being disposed of in inappropriate locations, including City water ways. He commented that there is no alternative for the homeless to dispose of their waste, which is exacerbated by the density of the homeless population. He expressed concerns that the City has no safe and sanitary solution for the homeless. He expressed concerns with it becoming a public health hazard.
Storm Drains: Resident Natalie Iwasa announced that gates will be installed into the City storm drains to collect debris that would end up in the drains and ocean.
Hearing no objection, Chair Figliuzzi took the items within the ELECTED OFFICIALS out of order.
Senator Stanley Chang: Adrian Tam of Senator Chang's Office distributed a newsletter and reported the following:
• Diamond Head Seawall: Tam reported that the Department of Land and Natural Resources is hesitant to support condemning the seawall. He commented that the Office drafted a resolution related to condemning the sea wall.
??? Contamination of Hanauma Bay: Tam reported that the Office is waiting for a response related to the contamination of Hanauma Bay from the Department of Health (DOH).
• Climate Change Mitigation - Transit Oriented Development: In response to request at the previous meeting, Tam reported that Senate Bill (SB) 393 in the Senate would prevent future development along shorelines projected to be impacted by sea level rise.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed:
1. Kakaako Development: Matson asked why Senator Chang introduced a bill for two (2) 782 foot towers in Kakaako. Matson expressed concerns with the Senator's positions on high-density housing developments. Tam responded that the bill was deferred, adding that the bill started a significant conversation based on the testimony provided. Tam commented that the Senator as well as the community understand that the housing shortage is a crisis. Welch, while expressing concerns with the specific legislation, expressed his general appreciation for Senator Chang's efforts to address affordable housing and the homeless. Welch asked and Tam responded that at this stage, they do not expect language to the effect of the discussed bill to return this session.
2. Sea Wall: Wong asked and Tam responded that he will discuss with Senator Change about exploring a compromise with DLNR. He commented that the resolution previously discussed is still under review by the Senator's Office.
Senator Les Ihara: Senator Ihara reported the following:
• Sea Wall: Regarding the sea wall, Senator Ihara reported that the Legislature could appropriate money for the City, but the Governor is not obligated to release those funds.
• Ala Wai Canal Project: Senator Ihara reported that he in favor of a pause in the project until more information can be gathered and a dialogue can be held between the stakeholders and the City, State, and Federal Government agencies involved. He commented that he is not completely opposed to the project, as President Trump could redirect those emergency appropriated funds towards his proposed wall in the case of a declared national emergency. He commented that the initial intent of the project was to mitigate sea level rise and flood damage. He commented that at this point, the State and City are responsible with where the project moves at this time.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed: Resolution on the Project: Matson clarified that the resolution itself did not take opposition to the project itself. She commented that there are many aspects of the project that are unacceptable.
Representative Bert Kobayashi: Representative Kobayashi distributed a newsletter and reported the following:
• Kaimana Beach - Fishing Bill: Representative Kobayashi commented that the fishing bill was not given a hearing, and will likely die. He commented that an administrative rule could accomplish similar ends.
• Sweep of Diamond Head: Representative Kobayashi reported that there was a recent sweep of Diamond Head coordinated by the City and State. He commented that six (6) people were found by the social workers.
• Construction below Diamond Head: Representative Kobayashi reported that construction by the City is underway to mitigate the risk of falling rocks just below Diamond Head Road.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed:
1. Kaimana Beach - Administrative Rules: Speaking to the administrative rules regarding fishing at Kaimana Beach, Wong requested Representative Kobayashi provide more information regarding the new Aquatics Chief.
2. Waikiki School: Wong requested Representative Kobayashi assist the parking issues at Waikiki School.
Representative Scott Nishimoto: No representative was present.
House Speaker Emeritus (HSE) Calvin Say: HSE Say distributed a newsletter and reported the following:
• Free Vehicle Junking Service - Abandoned Vehicles: HSE Say distributed resources related to a free vehicle junking service as well information related to abandoned vehicles.
• Kaimuki High School Parking Lot: HSE Say reported a resurfacing project at the Kaimuki High School parking lot.
• Speed Limit Signs: HSE Say reported a resident request to lower the speed limit on Kaminaka Drive to 20 miles per hour from 25 mile per hour to address speeding. He commented that this resident requested certain light beacons be installed that the community is opposed to due to light pollution.
• State Vehicles: HSE Say distributed a report related to State vehicle usage to Vice Chair Narita, per his request at the previous meeting.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed:
1. Free Vehicle Junking Service - Abandoned Vehicles: Welch expressed appreciation to HSE Say for distributing these resources.
2. Speed Limit Signs and Lighting Solutions: Welch expressed concerns with the lighting solution mentioned by HSE Say, citing concerns with light pollution negatively impacting public health.
Congressman Ed Case: Staff Assistant Asami Kobayashi of Congressman Case's office distributed a newsletter and reported the following:
• Neighborhood Visits: Congressman Case assigned his staff to visit all of the neighborhood boards in Congressional District 1 on a quarterly basis to provide updates and take back community concerns that relate to the federal government.
• Contact Information: Kobayashi provided the following contact information:
o Washington D.C. Office: 2443 Rayburn HOB Washington, DC, 20515; (202) 225-2726
o Honolulu Office: 1132 Bishop Street, Suite 1910 Honolulu, HI, 96813; (808) 650-6688
o Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
o Website: case.house.gov/contact
Residents who want a bill introduced, a grant, a tour of the Capitol, etc. were advised to call the Washington DC Office. The Honolulu Office handles constituent issues. Residents with issues regarding Medicare/Medicaid, Social Security, Veteran's Benefits, or other programs administered by the federal government were advised to call the Honolulu Office. The Honolulu Office also handles military academy nominations.
• Congressman Case Appointments: Kobayashi discussed Congressman Case's committee appointments:
o Appropriations: Congressman Case was appointed to the Appropriations Committee, which is responsible for funding most functions of the federal government. He will serve on the following sub-committees: Military Construction, Veteran's Affairs, and Related Agencies; Commerce, Science, Justice, and Related Agencies; and Legislative Branch.
o Natural Resources: Congressman Case was also appointed to the House Natural Resources Committee, which oversees issues including those related to Native Hawaiian matters, the environment, and natural resources. His sub-committee assignments include the following: Waters, Oceans, and Wildlife; Indigenous Peoples; and National Parks, Forestry, and Federal Wetlands.
• Government Shutdown: Following the 35-day federal government shutdown, which ended on January 25, 2019, Congress has until February 15, 2019 to reach an agreement on the budget to avoid another shutdown. Since taking office on January 3, 2019, Congressman Case voted repeatedly to fully fund and reopen the government, while meeting with constituents, community leaders, local business, and others affected by the shutdown.
• For The People Act: Congressman Case co-sponsored House Resolution (H.R.) 1: For the People Act. The proposal aims to fix campaign finance laws, notably ending the Citizens United Supreme Court Decision.
• Congressional Art Competition: Kobayashi promoted the Congressional Art Competition. The winner of the high school contest will win a trip to Washing to D.C., have their art showcased in Washington D.C., and win prizes.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed:
1. Increased Attendance: Welch asked and Kobayashi responded that it would be difficult to attend every meeting, as they have limited staffing to attend the 25 Neighborhood Boards within the District monthly. She commented that she would discuss this with the District Director.
2. Aircraft above Diamond Head: Matson expressed concerns with the aircraft over Diamond Head as it relates to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). She commented that, according to the FAA Flight Standards District Office, they have radar control over the 4000 feet above Diamond Head per its classification as Class B air space. She commented that under that there is no control of the flights above Diamond Head. She requested an opportunity to hold a meeting among Neighborhood Board Members, Congressman Case, Airports Division, and FAA representatives. Matson asked and Kobayashi responded that a meeting is possible but would need to be scheduled with their office. She commented that the issue has been discussed in their office, indicating that Congressman Case has expressed similar concerns.
3. Influence of Legislative Staffers - Budget Legislation: Vice Chair Narita expressed concerns with the legislative influence of staffers over the elected officials they work for. He expressed concerns that this constitutes an unelected governance within our legislative branch. In addition, Vice Chair Narita expressed concerns with how this factors into decision making on budget bills, which are not given ample time for Congressional Representatives to thoroughly review. He continued that with the density of legislation juxtaposed to the narrow timeframe for review, Congressional Representatives must rely on the perspectives and interpretations of staff members. He expressed concerns with the influence unelected staffers have over the decisions of elected officials, and requested Congressman Case's thoughts and solutions on the matter.
4. Federal Shutdown: Vice Chair Narita expressed concerns that federal shutdowns do not affect the Senators and Representatives who make decisions on the matter. He expressed concerns that without stake in the consequences, those in Congress lack sufficient pressure to avoid or mitigate shutdowns. He requested Congressman Case provide his thoughts and solutions on the matter.
Council Chair Anne Kobayashi: Cliff Kaneshiro of Council Chair Kobayashi's Office distributed and outlined their newsletter and requested questions and/or feedback from the community.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed:
1. Council Chair: Vice Chair Narita expressed congratulations to the Councilmember for her election to Council Chair.
2. Waste Disposal: Vice Chair Narita reiterated concerns with the health impact of waste disposed of by homeless camps due to the lack of available facilities and services.
3. Parking Meters: Vice Chair Narita asked where DTS derives the authority to arbitrarily set parking meters and rates without public input.
Councilmember Michael Formby: Councilmember Mike Formby distributed a handout and reported the following:
• Handout: The handout is purely informational regarding a court document and Councilmember Formby announced that Corporation Counsel (COR) would move forward with this project as they have stated they will not appear public until they have a public sponsor.
• Attendance: Councilmember Formby will be reporting to the Diamond Head Neighborhood Board No. 5 meetings until the special election is completed and a permanent councilmember is elected.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed:
1. Monsarrat Avenue: Wong raised concerns that the lanes on Monsarrat Avenue are too narrow for motorists to drive on as there are bicycle lanes, street parking stalls, and a constant volume of trolleys and buses traveling in either lane.
2. BikeShare: Vice Chair Narita asked and Councilmember Formby responded with a detailed explanation of how Biki became the public vendor for BikeShare through a Public Private Partnership (P3). He noted that the City is no longer involved in their corporation. Matson commented that DTS' involvement in the BikeShare process was problematic and Councilmember Formby responded that he will be meeting with Biki and raise that concern with them.
Seawall Presentation - Robert Gentry: The presentation was postponed.
Kaimana Beach - Tom Walker: The presentation was postponed.
Tour De Cure - LJ R. Duenas: No representative was present; no report was given.
PUBLIC EVENTS AND NOTICES
REPORTS OF MEMBERS ATTENDANCE AT OTHER MEETINGS
Oahu Metropolitan Planning Organization - Citizens Advisory Committee Regular Meeting, Wednesday, January 16, 2019: Vice Chair Narita reported that The Annual Election of Officers named Chair Joe Magaldi and Vice Chair Dick Poirier. The amended CAC bylaws were adopted by the Policy Committee. There is an events calendar for the general public that is available online.
PUBLIC EVENTS AND NOTICES
REPORTS OF MEMBERS ATTENDENCE AT OTHER MEETINGS
Planning and Zoning: Committee Chair Matson reported the following:
• Bill 73: Committee Chair Matson reported that Bill 73 related to Monster Homes was deferred due to new formulas being adopted that will consider other metrics for density beyond square footage. She concluded that there seems to be progress on the part of City Council to address the issue of Monster Homes.
• Senate Bill (SB) 1287: Committee Chair Matson reported on SB 1287, an enactment of Lei of Green policy. She commented that Lei of Green originates with National Planner Lewis Mumford in the 1930s who advised on the development of Honolulu. She explained that the Lei of Green refers to all of the historic parks connected from Mauka to Makai, and along the shoreline from Diamond Head to Aloha Tower. She commented that the bill was passed out of committee, with many organizations testifying in support. She concluded that the legislation could see better protections for historic parks, Ala Wai Golf Course, and all of the green open spaces within the defined area.
Parks and Recreation: No report was given.
Legislative: No report was given.
Transportation: No report was given.
Approval of Thursday, December 13, 2018 meeting minutes
Matson moved and Vice Chair Narita seconded that the approval of minutes be deferred to the next meeting to allow time for further corrections. The motion WAS ADOPTED by UNANIMOUS CONSENT; 11-0-0 (AYE: Allen, Bowman, Figliuzzi, Matson, Miller, Narita, Persons, St. Denis, Welch, Wanager, West, and Wong. NAY: None. ABSTAIN: None.)
Microphone System: Welch requested funds be appropriated from the Diamond Head Neighborhood Board No. 5 budget to contribute to an improved PA system for the Board. The Neighborhood Assistant expressed concerns that the purchasing of equipment for NCO may be beyond the allowance of the Diamond Head Neighborhood Board No. 5. He commented that he would take the concern back. He added that, while a treasurer's report is not available at the meeting, that the report as of February 2019 could be reflected on the minutes with the Board's consent.
Welch moved and Matson seconded that the Diamond Head/ Kapahulu/ St. Louis Heights Neighborhood Board No. 5 allocate Board funds towards improvements to the NCO PA Set Up utilized at the meetings be added to the March Agenda. The motion WAS ADOPTED by UNANIMOUS CONSENT; 11-0-0 (AYE: Allen, Bowman, Figliuzzi, Matson, Miller, Narita, Persons, St. Denis, Welch, Wanager, West, and Wong. NAY: None. ABSTAIN: None.)
Treasurer's Report: Wanager reported that they have a surplus, but no treasurer's report was available at this time.
Subdistrict 1 (St. Louis Heights): Allen reported that the Saint Louis Heights Community Association will have their next meeting on Monday, March 11, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. at Hokalani School.
Subdistrict 2 (Kapahulu): No report was given.
Subdistrict 3 (Diamond Head): Wong commented that three (3) kiawe trees at Kapiolani Park were removed due to the wind. Vice Chair Narita recommended that protection of all community trees ought to be a priority, describing historical incidents of tree removal and damage in the past. He expressed concerns with the lack of action from the City to prevent this. Welch recommended that the Board take action and pass a resolution to re-green the community.
Next Regular Board Meeting: The next regular Board meeting will be at Ala Wai Club House on Thursday, March 14, 2019.
ADJOURNMENT: As there was no further business before the Board, Chair Figliuzzi adjourned the meeting at 9:07 p.m.
Submitted by: Thomas Baldwin, Neighborhood Assistant Edited by: Janelle Nomura, Neighborhood Assistant
Finalized by: Richard Figliuzzi, Chair
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