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Homelessness dilema: No one home at the House

This story is too precious not to share: Thinking I might be interested, activist James W. Macey sends me an email with notices of two informational briefings at the State Legislature about homelessness. Oh yes I am interested! There are two scheduled one after the other on Tuesday, 1/8/13, and the second one at 10am specifically addresses "designating safe facilities located at camping areas." That's something someone documenting the deOccupy Honolulu encampment this past more than one year might find fascinating.

The hearing notice also expresses wanting to hear from a long list of relevant State of Hawaii department directors, and the mayors of all four counties. I gotta go to this thing and get the info. Are our public officials planning an escalation of the criminalization of the homeless? Are they going to continue to deprive the poor of the protection of law and the constitution (both State and Fed versions)?

So I get there a little early. This is going to be good. Haha! Except no one shows up! Rida Cabanilla is sitting by herself at a large and vacant table. Not a single member of her committee shows up. No testifiers are present. None as in nada none zilch.

This is pathetic. Funny, but pathetic. Without further ado, the latest cartoon of Your Tax Dollars at Work...

[Update of 1/16/2013: I received an email from Representative Denny Coffmanʻs office saying that he is no longer on the House Housing Committee. OK, so who is? Hitting the "HSG" link at the State Capitolʻs website currently brings up a "page not found" error. I checked the page of every representative on the notice and aside from chair Rida Cabanilla, only Mele Carroll lists herself as being on the committee. No one else. Even Vice Chair Ken Itoʻs page doesnʻt list him being on the Housing Committee.

One can only conclude that there is no House Housing Committee at the present time. Doug]

H. Doug Matsuoka
8 January 2013
Makiki, Honolulu


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