Who knew that such sweeping changes could be made without the oversight of any elected officials? And after one decision making hearing that is accountable to no one? If the Honolulu City Council had to rule on such changes, it would require three full council hearings, and opportunities for public participation at each.
My own interest in attending the hearing was to get some kind of hint as to the mechanism the City would use to curtail First Amendment rights in Thomas Square after its transfer from Parks and Recreation to the City's Department of Enterprise Services. Well, this is bad news. They can do anything they want with Honolulu Administrative Rules without any oversight by the public or their elected officials.
I wasn't planning on testifying, but some one had to, right? (Actually, someone else did testify after me.)
Anyway, I gotta go to sleep now. Just bringing you the headlines, but stay tuned for stuff you can do. When the Thomas Square stuff comes up for a hearing, I'm going to shout it out!
H. Doug Matsuoka
PS Raw livestream recording of the hearing (after this video they came out of executive session and passed it by unanimous vote): chttps://youtu.be/1drDzmQXmo0