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Written by Leilei Joy Shih | Published in Marine / Coastal
In a misguided effort to reduce traffic, the Hawaii Dept. of Transportation (DOT) wants to put up a 1000 foot barricade at the Laniakea Support Park across from Laniakea Beach (a.k.a. Lani's). This action will prevent all parking on the inland side of the road, thereby blocking beach access to one of the most popular beaches on Oahu’s North Shore. DOT could use existing laws and ordinances to prevent tour buses and vans from stopping by the side of the road (which is the real problem). But instead, they are blocking all parking and access to a public park and preventing law-abiding citizens and tourists alike from visiting their favorite beach and surf spot. Local environmental groups and public beach access advocates demand that the DOT find a better solution than barricading access to a public park and one of the North Shore’s best beaches and surf spots.
Let Gov. Abercrombie, Mayor Caldwell, Rep. Fale, Sen. Hee, Councilmember Martin and DOT Director Okimoto know this barricade is not an acceptable solution. Instead, they should:
1. Immediately support the HPD and the community in their efforts to enforce existing laws that prohibit tour buses from illegally parking and unloading/loading. This will immediately reduce the primary source of congestion - large buses clogging the sides of the roadway and the large groups crossing the road at random.
2. Support the creation of orderly access points to the sandy portions of the beach through the strategic placement of barriers on the makai side of the highway. This will limit random pedestrian crossing points and prevent tour buses from illegally stopping at will on the makai side of the road
3. Support the creation of a more orderly parking lot in the City Park by creating an ingress/egress and turn-around area in the 3-acre Park land
4. Work toward the installation of a cross-walk that will line-up with the makai access points and the ingress/egress from the parking lot
5. Work toward a short-term by-pass road that will go behind the City and County Park such that all of the beach parking will be on the makai side of the by-pass and no crossing of the road will be necessary
Email your community leaders and let them know you do not support barricading the public beach.
There is also the opportunity to let Mayor Caldwell know in person at the Town Hall meeting for Waialua and Haleiwa on November 13, 2013 at the Waialua High School Cafeteria from 6 to 8pm. This Town Hall Meeting will be broadcast on ‘Olelo.
Written by Anthony Aalto | Published in Smart Growth / Transport
Koa Ridge Alert!
Tomorrow the City Council Zoning Committee will hold its second and potentially final hearing into Castle & Cooke’s application to build 3500 housing units and hundreds of thousands of square feet of commercial space on top of our second most productive food farm – the green belt lands between Pearl Ridge and Mililani.
PLEASE ACT NOW!
PLEASE HELP US TELL THEM NOT TO!
IT ONLY TAKES 60 SECONDS TO EMAIL
OR CALL YOUR COUNCIL MEMBER
AND ASK THEM TO:
Vote NO! to more traffic nightmares
Vote NO! to paving over our second most productive food farm
Vote NO! to diverting thousands of potential passengers from our $5 billion rail investment
Vote NO! to suburban sprawl
VOTE NO TO KOA RIDGE!
TO EMAIL TESTIMONY TO BE DISTRIBUTED TO COMMITTEE MEMBERS AT THE MEETING:
TO REGISTER TO TESTIFY IN PERSON (BEFORE FRIDAY 9:00AM)
TO REGISTER BY PHONE: call 768-3819.
OR YOU COULD JUST SHOW UP TO HONOLULU HALE AND SIGN-UP ON THE SPOT TO SPEAK TO YOUR CITY COUNCIL AND TELL THEM EXACTLY WHAT YOU THINK
TOMORROW FRIDAY NOV 1st AT 9:00am (testimony will go on for at least an hour so plenty time for latecomers!)
HERE’S A BROCHURE WITH MORE INFORMATION THAT ONE OF THE SIERRA CLUB DOOR-TO-DOOR CANVASS TEAMS DELIVERED TO 300 NEIGHBORS IN EWA BEACH LAST WEEKEND
Written by Robert Harris | Published in Smart Growth / Transport
A bill (SB 1171) to allow a phased review of historic/cultural property is set for hearing tomorrow (Monday). A phased review of construction projects threatens Native Hawaiian burials and historic sites by not requiring an archaeological inventory survey for the entire project before granting permits.
Without knowing where 'iwi are buried and cultural sites are located prior to beginning construction, then the risk of destroying Hawaii's cultural history is great.Subsequent discovery (during construction) delays projects and increases costs.
The purpose of our historic review law is to "ensure the administration of such historic and cultural property in a spirit of stewardship and trusteeship for future generations . . . ."
The proper way for the state to allow for big projects to move forward is to amend our administrative rules, similar to how the federal government handles historic properties, rather than creating a very open-ended exception in the law.
Written by Anthony Aalto | Published in Agriculture
Friends, on Monday we have a wonderful opportunity to encourage the Legislature to take a stand against monster developments that threaten the two most productive food farms in the state - Ho‘opili and Koa Ridge. So I am appealing to you for your support. If these resolutions pass they could have a major impact on the debate.
At 10:20 am in Conference Room 312, a joint hearing of the House Agriculture Committee and the House Committee on Water and Land will hear testimony on a resolution -HCR 72- that would serve as a clarion call from our two statewide elected bodies calling on DR Horton to preserve Ho‘opili forever in agriculture.
At 3:30pm in Conference Room 16 the Senate Committee on Water & Land and the Senate Committee on Public Safety, Intergovernmental & Military Affairs will hold a joint hearing on a resolution –SCR 178- that would provide ringing endorsement from our Senators and Representatives for the idea that the state and the city should work together to swap the proposed development at Koa Ridge for access to a development project in the urban core, so Koa Ridge can remain a food farm forever.
Please consider coming to testify in person. But if you can’t, please send testimony. Use your own words. Politely ask your Representative and your Senator to act. You don’t need to say much. But you could note that we have lost 50% of our best farmland since statehood, that we rely on imports for more than 90% of our food, that Ho‘opili produces at least 25% of the food we grow in Hawai‘i, and that Koa Ridge produces at least 15% of the food we grow in Hawai‘i.
Here’s the place to send testimony for the House hearing on Ho‘opili.
And here’s the place to send testimony for the Senate hearing on Koa Ridge – the direct link doesn’t work so when you get to this page, click on the “Submit Testimony” button.
Thanks for all you do.
Written by Anthony Aalto | Published in Smart Growth / Transport
David Murdock -the sole proprietor of Castle & Cooke and one of the richest men on the planet- wants to build 3500 suburban homes and half a million square feet of commercial space on the 768 acres at Koa Ridge near Mililani which currently constitute the second most productive food-growing farmland in the state.
This development, which is nowhere near the five billion dollar train, would dump 3500 to 7,000 more cars onto H2 and H1. It makes no sense.
Senate Resolution 134 urges the state and the city to do a land swap with Castle & Cooke. In return for access to land in the urban core where it would be appropriate to build housing, the Koa Ridge lands should be preserved in perpetuity to grow food.
If you think this idea makes sense, please send testimony urging passage of SR134 to members of the Senate here: