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The City Missing In Action at 9/3/13 Homeless Working Group mtg

Livestream video is a great stick to poke at politicians – I mean – livestream video is great at providing public oversight of government operations. And I have to admit Iʻve caught many politicians in embarassing moments. [Hereʻs a classic video of Rep Tokioka blocking a GMO labeling vote]

So it was somewhat understandable when Senator Suzanne Chun Oakland expressed some reservations about my livestreaming Tuesday nightʻs Homeless Working Group meeting. But a big mahalo to her for allowing me to continue. I sat down and was as unobtrusive as possible. 

My 22 minute "filet" of the 1 hour meeting:


I was impressed with the community involvement and creativity. I was also shocked that the count of homeless does not take into account 100,000 "hidden" homeless who find ad hoc accommodation with friends or family but have no home or real place to stay. I also found that Hawaii is officially 50,000 housing units short at moment.

Getting back to the virtues of livestreaming, you know whatʻs really nasty? When you can show the public who was not there. At around 18:30 of the clip, you can see Senator Suzanne Chun Oakland look around for a representative from the City to respond to deOccupy Honoluluʻs Chris "Nova" Smithʻs questions about the midnight Bill 7 raids the City has been conducting. Where was Jun Yang from the Cityʻs Office of Housing? Mayor Caldwellʻs "Housing First" campaign promise seems to have morphed into the doublespeak "Compassionate Disruption" of midnight raids that take tents, bedding, and food.


Jun Yang wasnʻt at the meeting. No one from the City was at the meeting. The last time I caught up with Jun Yang was at a late night Bill 7 raid:


Iʻll continue covering what I can out on the sidewalk, and I also plan to attend future Homeless Assistance Working Group meetings. Theyʻre open to the public and the next one is on October 7, at The Big House -- Honolulu State Capitol. Big mahalo to Senator Suzanne Chun Oakland for organizing these meetings

5 September 2013
H. Doug Matsuoka
Makiki, Honolulu

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