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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.

Mika and The Bee

August 26, 2014

 

Mika Ishii's Honorary Certificate presented by Councilmember Stanley Chang and the Honolulu City Council

 

Moderator: “What sea in the Arctic Ocean separates the Taymyr Peninsula from the Novaya Zemlya archipelago? 

Response: “The Kara Sea”

Mika Ishii, Hawaii State National Geographic Bee 2014 Winner

 Mika Ishii, sixth grader at Kaimuki Middle School gave the winning answer for the Hawaii State level of the National Geographic Bee at the Neal Blaisdell Center on April 4, 2014. The National Geographic Bee, known as the National Geography Bee until 2000, is an annual geography contest sponsored by the National Geographic Society. The bee has been held yearly since 1989, and is open to students in the fourth through eighth grade in participating American schools. All fifty U. S. States, Atlantic Territories (Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands), the Pacific Territories (Northern Mariana IslandsGuam and American Samoa), the District of Columbia and the Department of Defense Dependents Schools are represented.

The competition begins at the school level, from fourth grade to eighth grade, usually in November, December, or January. It requires at least six entrants into the competition who are home schooled, or have participated in a private or public school bee. Annually, five to six million students enter each year. There are two major stages in these competitions: preliminary and final. The preliminary competition is split into two parts: preliminary rounds and a semi-final or tiebreaker round, which is used only in the event of a tie at the end of the preliminary rounds.

Mika surpassed 48 other public and private school fourth- through eighth-graders and represented Hawaii in the National Geographic Bee, May 19-21 2014 in Washington, D.C. Mika is no stranger to the geography competition. She won in 2012 as a fourth-grader at Wilson Elementary School and performed halfway through the national competition. She also placed in the top 10 in last year’s State Bee.

On August 13th, the Honolulu City Council recognized Mika’s dedication and hard work in accomplishing this amazing feat. Councilmember Chang was particularly thrilled to honor and congratulate Mika’s achievement as he too has a special love for geography. He understands through personal experience, the grooling hours of studying it takes, the late nights and early mornings, long days at school, and the sacrifices a sixth grader must make to follow through with such large ambitions at an early age.

Congratulations again to Mika Ishii, and her entire support system at home and at school, on becoming Hawaii’s State National Geography Bee 2014 winner! WAY TO GO, MIKA!!!

All Aboard!

August 25, 2014

rail

Rail transit is coming to the Ala Moana neighborhood! The new rail station will bring with it new opportunities for employment, housing, shops and restaurants, safer conditions for walking and biking, and more.

The draft plan for transit-oriented development in this area is the product of community input and the vision residents had for the future of the area within walking distance from the Ala Moana Center rail station.

For more information on the plan for development, please attend the upcoming Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) meeting:

Who: Everyone is welcome!

When: Wednesday, August 27th; 6pm

Where: Washington Middle School cafeteria – 1633 South King Street

*Light refreshments will be provided*

ala moana tod workshop 3 flyer

 

Surfs Up! Paddleboarders Down?

August 22, 2014
 
Photo courtesy of @Andrew LaClair Photography

Photo courtesy of @Andrew LaClair Photography

**Attention SURFERS and PADDLEBOARDERS**
 

The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) will host a public forum on August 27 from 5:30-7pm at Jefferson Elementary School in Waikiki, to generate public discussion on a management concept proposed by Safe Surf Hawaii.

The Proposal: A one year pilot project, in which, during a limited number of time periods each week (i.e., Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, from 3 to 9 p.m.), standup paddleboarders (SUPs) would not be permitted in the surf zones located between the entrances of Ala Moana / Ala Wai harbor and Kewalo Basin harbor. (excerpt from safesurfhawaii.com).

 
The ultimate goal of the proposal is to improve safety and reduce conflict among ocean users.
 

If you are unable to attend the meeting, but would like to share your comments with the department, e-mail DLNR’s generic address for receiving comments.

For more info check out DLNR’s website

 

Bill 50: Cracking Down on Illegal Businesses

August 21, 2014
 

finesIllegal commercial operations such as wedding businesses, bed and breakfast operations (B&Bs), and temporary vacation units (TVUs) are currently proliferating across Oahu.

They are illegal by virtue of the fact that they are operating in a residentially zoned area without proper operating permits. These businesses avoid paying higher taxes while making thousands or even millions of dollars, and disturb nearby residents by creating noise nuisances, excess traffic, and safety concerns.

Currently, when investigators from the City’s Department of Permitting and Planning (DPP) confirm that a violation has occurred, a notice of violation is issued and civil fines are assessed. However, DPP has the authority to reduce fines, and has been known to settle for sometimes less than 50% of the original fine.

Councilmembers Stanley Chang and Ann Kobayashi introduced Bill 50 (2014) on July 16th to discourage illegal businesses from operating in residential areas. Bill 50 (2014) would mandate that no settlement for less than the full amount of accrued civil fines shall be granted by the City without the approval of City Council.  gavel

Identifying violators and enforcing fines is a challenging task, and we feel encouraging full payment of fines will help deter violators from continued illegal activity. Help us pass Bill 50 and discourage illegal business activity in residential areas by signing the petition in support of Bill 50.

Read Bill 50: http://www4.honolulu.gov/docushare/dsweb/Get/Document-151286/BILL050(14).htm

How to report illegal businesses operating in your neighborhood:

The Wheels on TheBus Go Round and Round

August 20, 2014

???????????????What is BIODIESEL? Biodiesel is a fuel derived from organic oils, which is a renewable, clean-burning diesel replacement.

Studies show that biodiesel outperforms gasoline, ethanol, and conventional diesel in reducing climate-altering carbon dioxide emissions and in overall fuel-efficiency.

Councilmember Chang introduced Resolution 14-169 (2014) on July 17th, which requests the Department of Transportation Services through its public-private partnerships with Oahu Transit Services, Inc. to develop a city biodiesel initiative that requires the use of biodiesel by TheBus and TheHandy-Van fleets.

 
The introduction of Resolution 14-169 (2014) further supports the state of Hawaii’s signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the U.S. Department of Energy –  an agreement of collaboration to produce 70% of the state’s energy needs from energy-efficient and renewable sources by 2030. This effort is part of the Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative, which has the goals of defining the structural transformation required to transition the state to a clean energy-dominated economy; demonstrating and fostering innovation in the use of clean energy, including alternative fuels and advanced vehicle technologies; creating opportunities for the widespread distribution of clean energy benefits; establishing an open learning model for other states and entities to adopt; and building workforce with cross-cutting skills to support a clean energy economy in the state.
 

Keeping Our Newly Repaved Roads in Top Condition

August 19, 2014
Under current city guidelines, utility companies are not supposed to trench or cut into a newly paved road like Waialae Avenue for at least a year, unless there’s an unforeseen emergency like a water main break. Councilmember Chang would like to see the moratorium increased to two years, and introduced Resolution 14-168 on July 16th, to urge the City to agree.
 
Mayor Caldwell has stated that he is open to the idea and is even considering fining utility companies if they dig up newly repaved roads.
 
Tax payers and City officials invested too many resources on these road repaving efforts to see them dug up far too soon. Our long-term goal after repaving the roads is to not have them dug up for at least 10-15 years.
 
 
 

Kalanianaole Highway Resurfacing Project Road Closures 8/18/14 to 8/22/14

August 18, 2014

The following roads will be closed Monday-Friday this week, in the eastbound direction, from 9am-3pm daily:
8/18 – Monday, Right lane & middle lane closed from Puuikena St. to Paiko Dr.
8/19 – Tuesday, Right lane & middle lane closed from Puuikena St. to Paiko Dr.
8/20 – Wednesday, Left lane & middle lane closed from Puuikena St. to Paiko Dr.
8/21 – Thursday, Left lane & middle lane closed from Puuikena St. to Paiko Dr.
8/22 – Friday, Left lane & middle lane closed from Puuikena St. to Paiko Dr.

** Left turn will be allowed at Nenue St. & E. Hind Dr., U-turn allowed at Kuliouou Rd.