Aloha and Mahalo for your continued support!
Welcome to my fresh vision for responsive and responsible government! My office is dedicated to listening to and taking action upon the concerns of our district’s residents. We are hopeful that through our website, we will be better able to communicate our progress and the action that I am taking as the Councilmember of the district. Please feel free to contact me at any time with concerns.
From strolling down Kalakaua Avenue to walking the family dog in your neighborhood, sidewalks play an important role in transportation and safety.
However, hazardous conditions and ill maintenance of sidewalks can contribute to serious injuries or even death. Step separation, settled areas and cracked concrete are some of the most common sidewalk maintenance problems that contribute to the 3,000 complaints a year the City receives.
Infrastructure is one of the top priorities needing critical attention in Honolulu, which is why fixing our sidewalks is important to maintain safe conditions for everyone who uses them. Yet, with current hazardous conditions, there is more that needs to be done instead of ignored. “The more we ignore it, the more we can claim ignorance and reduce liability… but none of us were elected to ignore liabilities,” Councilmember Chang commented in support for new legislation at a recent Public Works and Sustainability meeting.
Recently passed Resolution 14-23 seeks to initiate the process to identify and repair hazardous sidewalks throughout urban Honolulu. The Resolution calls for a study to be conducted by the City and reported to the Council and the Mayor’s office with conclusions for actionable solutions in remedying unsafe conditions. Once implemented, the City will gain a better understanding of the targeted areas that need improvement, and will coordinate a long-term plan to prevent hazardous environments from arising in the future.
Have a hazardous sidewalk condition to report? Use the Honolulu 311 phone app. This app will allow you to take a picture of the problem, write a description, and send GPS coordinates to the City
For the first time in recent memory, the Hawaii State Association of Counties (HSAC) and the Hawaii Council of Mayors (HCOM), joined together to show support for each other’s state legislative packages and take a united stance in order to achieve shared goals for the people of Hawaii.
This year, the HSAC legislative package comprises of four bills. The first bill relates to liability protection for lifeguards which is critical to allow government agencies to keep recreational areas open to the public (HB1609, SB2108). The second bill provides funding for a program that will train physicians and provide medical assistance to critical rural underserved areas (HB1608, SB2107). The third bill enables government agencies to maintain “roads in limbo” without incurring liability or assuming ownership or jurisdiction, and ensure the safety of the public (HB1610, SB2109). The last bill, which is also included in the HCOM package, allows the Counties to implement a county surcharge on state tax and expands the limitations on what the counties with populations equal to or less than 500,000 can use the additional surcharge for. (HB1606, SB2115).
Hawaii has a reputation as one of the least politically engaged states. In 2012, only 44.5% of eligible Hawaii citizens turned out to vote according to the United States Elections Project, with a particularly low turnout among younger voters. The Hawaii Future Caucus believes that improving the ease and convenience of voting and voter registration may increase participation among all voters, but particularly young voters.
As such, Councilmember Stanley Chang introduced Resolution 14-26 at the Honolulu City Council, which urges the City to increase the number of early walk-in voting locations and explore the possibility of locations on University of Hawaii campuses. The Hawaii Future Caucus also introduced House Bill 2001 in the State Legislature, which requires automatic registration of all qualified persons as voters when they are issued a State ID or driver’s license with the option to opt-out.
The Hawaii Future Caucus recently held a general membership meeting with the newly created Advisory Council. The Advisory Council is comprised of interest groups and organizations committed to or representing youth and young professionals. Currently, the Advisory Council includes members from the Associated Students of the University of Hawaii at Manoa, American Bar Association Young Lawyer Division, Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals, and Hawaii Jaycees. Together with the Advisory Council the Hawaii Future Caucus hopes to find additional innovative ways to engage youth in government.
For more information and updates about the Hawaii Future Caucus, please visit www.facebook.com/HawaiiFutureCaucus.
Last month, Councilmember Chang introduced Resolution 13-280 urging the U.S. Congress to reduce gun related injuries and deaths by enacting legislation to help prevent gun violence from occurring.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), gun violence causes approximately 100,000 injuries and 30,000 deaths across our nation each year and in Hawaii 485 people died between 1999 and 2010 from guns. Each life is precious and losing one innocent life to gun violence is one too many.
Recent mass shooting incidents at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut; the Navy Yard in Washington D.C.; a crowded theater in Aurora, Colorado; and a school in Sparks, Nevada among many other tragic shootings illustrate the pressing need for stronger national laws to prevent gun violence.
“Hawaii is not immune to mass shooting incidents,” said Councilmember Chang. “The Xerox shooting in the 1990s led to many changes in Hawaii state law to protect our islands from future mass shooting incidents, but that’s not the case in the rest of the country. I am pro-gun safety and anti-gun crime. We need stronger national laws to protect children and families from gun crime.”
Specifically, Resolution 13-280 urges the U.S. Congress to enact legislation necessary to implement President Obama’s “Now is the Time” plan to reduce gun violence.
President Obama’s plan calls for closing background check loopholes to keep guns out of dangerous hands, banning military-style assault weapons and high capacity magazines, making schools safer, and increasing access to mental health services. To learn more about President Obama’s plan to prevent gun violence, visit http://www.whitehouse.gov/issues/preventing-gun-violence.
Please join us on Sunday, December 15, 2013 for “Kokua for the Philippines” a Hawaii-based radio, television and internet benefit concert for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. The concert will be at the Great Lawn at the Hilton Hawaiian Village from 12:00 Noon to 5:00PM. The event, staged by Clear Channel Media + Entertainment Hawaii and Oceanic Time Warner Cable, will be broadcast live on local radio and television stations and via the internet. For more information, please visit http://www.kokuaforthephilippines.com/
If you or someone you know is searching for missing family members in the Philippines, the Hawaii Red Cross has opened a hotline at
For those of you that would like to help with disaster relief and recovery efforts, please join me in donating to the American Red Cross: http://www.redcross.org/
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