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Mayor Kirk Caldwell and the Honolulu City Council are working together to repave 1,500 miles of road over a five year period.
Councilmember Chang praised the repaving project and noted Honolulu’s progress in the rankings.
“We’ve gone in just one year from having the second worst roads to the 18th worst roads. We’ve already seen a lot of progress in just one year. By the end of five years we should be near the top of that list instead of near the bottom of that list.”
In Council District 4, repaving work is underway in Hawaii Kai, Kaimuki, and Kuliouou. Repaving plans are also in the works for Waialae, Aina Haina, Portlock, Wilhelmina Rise, and Kalakaua Avenue.
A recent independent study by TRIP found that Honolulu has among the worst roads in the nation. 43 percent are in “poor” condition, costing drivers an estimated $598 a year in additional vehicle operating costs.
Councilmember Chang has almost tripled the amount of road funding at the City. In FY2012, he restored $32 million in road maintenance funding, in February 2012 he introduced an initiative to implement a uniform road maintenance policy, and in FY2013 Councilmember Chang successfully advocated for $100 million in road maintenance funding.
Honolulu’s homeless families often struggle to find quality medical and social services. Waikiki Health provides accessible and affordable care to Honolulu’s most vulnerable population and they need your help to raise $7,500 for a pediatric dental chair before December 1, 2013!
To donate or to learn more, please visit: http://fundly.com/save-a-smile-with-waikiki-health
The federal shutdown may be over, but it jeopardized many city services from rental assistance to visas for concerts.
As it became apparent to me that the shutdown was not going to end soon and that it was affecting State programs and services, I grew concerned that City operations might also be affected. I contacted Honolulu’s Managing Director to ask for a City-wide rapid assessment on the shutdown’s effect on City programs and services. Please click here to view the Managing Director’s response: http://ow.ly/q2QfE
The Mayor’s Office of Culture and the Arts (MOCA) is requesting proposals for the Mayor’s Production Grants Levels I and II. The grants will be awarded to organizations located in the City and County of Honolulu for projects benefitting the people of Oahu. Grant support in this program is intended to provide partial funding for a project. Applicants must be tax exempt, publicly supported, and charitable organizations as determined by the Internal Revenue Service. The deadline for proposals for both grants is Friday, November 1, 2013. Guidelines and applications are available through MOCA, Mission Memorial Building, 550 South King Street, 2nd Floor, Honolulu, Hawaii 96813 and at http://www1.honolulu.gov/moca.news.htm. For more information call (808) 768-6622.
Councilmember Chang Introduces 2014 HSAC Legislative Package for Public Safety, Protecting Our Neighborhoods
On Thursday, August 15, 2013, Councilmember Chang introduced Resolution 13-198 relating to the approval of legislative proposals for inclusion in the 2014 Hawaii State Association of Counties (HSAC) legislative package. HSAC is composed of all the members from each of the four county councils in the state, and its legislative package represents the state legislative priorities of the counties before the State Legislature.
Resolution 13-198 includes the following highlights:
- creating a cause of action against a person who maintains a property nuisance on residential property, which would combat “block busting” in local neighborhoods;
- requiring all motorcycle, motor scooter, and moped riders to wear a helmet;
- allowing for voter registration at the poling place on the day of the election to try to increase voter participation; and
- urging the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and the U.S. Attorney General to ease visa restrictions for the People’s Republic of China, whose visitors that spend over $100 a day more than Japanese tourists would and increase revenue for the state.
Councilmember Stanley Chang declared his support for President Obama’s most recent climate change plan. The President announced his plan on June 25, 2013, in a speech on the campus of Georgetown University. The President’s plan aims to reduce the amount of carbon dioxide emissions, increase funding for renewable energy research, and commit resources to protect American cities from global warming related natural disasters.
“Climate change is an imminent threat to the future of Hawaii and the City and County of Honolulu. It exposes our citizens to more frequent and destructive natural disasters, raises sea levels that uniquely affect our island state, and threatens the tourism industry that is our economic engine,” said Councilmember Chang. “I have introduced a resolution at the Council urging President Obama and the EPA to take action on climate change through the Clean Air Act. I am very happy to see our President directly address these important challenges so quickly and decisively.”
Introduced on June 18, 2013, by Councilmember Chang, Resolution 13-140 urges the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the President to move swiftly to fully employ and enforce the Clean Air Act. More specifically, the resolution requests that the EPA work to reduce the amount of carbon dioxide in the air from its current level of 397 parts per million to no more than 350 parts per million, a level which the world’s leading climate scientist Dr. James Hansen has deemed necessary to protect the planet. Worldwide, climate change is responsible for nearly 300,000 deaths, 325 million people seriously affected, and economic losses of $125 billion.