H. Doug Matsuoka's notes in the margin of the Big Everything.


HCDA creates their own anti-homeless police at HAR hearing

While no one was watching, the HCDA (Hawaiʻi Community Development Authority) held  a Hawaii Administrative Rules hearing that creates their own anti-homeless police force, and (incidentally) raises park fees by up to 500%. The affected parks are at the intersection of Honolulu Council Districts 4, 5, and 6, (Trevor Ozawa, Ann Kobayashi, and Carol Fukunaga respectively) but none (or their staff) were present today. These laws were made without any oversight from the public or their elected representatives.

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.)

Yes, I'm something of a malcontent. But as long as decent people of modest means can't live in Hawaiʻi, I'm against these new park rules, sit/lie laws, profits over people, etc. In any case, the measures were unanimously passed. Here's da rulez with the new measures adopted today underlined:  https://dbedt.hawaii.gov/hcda/files/2012/11/Ch.210-Proposed-Park-Rules-2016-9-7.pdf

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
Alewa, Honolulu

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

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