July 13, 2017
 
Here's a recap of some important items that were discussed at yesterday's Council meeting:
Caring for our Environment
As we enter a time in history in which our impact on the health of the planet is at a tipping point, we must strive to be better stewards of this gift that is our one and only home.

At yesterday's City Council meeting, I was proud to recognize the Polynesian Voyaging Society, Hokulea & her Crewmembers on behalf of their Worldwide Voyage Homecoming 2017. Their organization's values inspire many of us to  respect our land and educate our future generations to  malama honua -  "to take care of our aina earth".  My Chief of Staff Matt Caires (to my right) was a member of the crew.  

In honor of Hokulea's mission to promote sustainability & protect and preserve our natural environment, the City Council voted to adopt Bill 59  (2016) - regulating the use of plastic bags.  Once signed into law by Mayor Caldwell, certain plastic bags will be phased out by 2020, as our local businesses & residents work in a cooperative effort to incorporate reusable bags in their everyday lives.  

The intent of this ordinance is to reduce the volume of plastic and non-recyclable paper bags that are disposed of as solid waste. Thankfully we are not alone in this effort as major cities across the nation such as Seattle, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington D.C. are implementing similar ordinances. The average American throws away 185 pounds of plastic waste each year which according to EcoWatch contributes to enough annual plastic waste to circle the earth 4 times, so this bill is one step forward in the right direction.
  
As we move forward, my priority is to continue addressing other environmental issues in an ongoing effort to make sure that our island home is a sustainable place for all of our ohana & keiki.   With your support, we can keep Hokulea's concept of "Malama Honua" - to take care of our aina land - at the heart of our culture's values.
  
If you have any suggestions or ideas you would like to bring forward to the City Council in regards to caring for our environment, feel free to email me at  kmpine@honolulu.gov.  

Affordable Housing Project Coming to Kapolei
One affordable housing development coming soon to Kapolei is Keahumoa Place, a 320-unit affordable rental complex in east Kapolei, that could break ground as early as this year.  Keahumoa Place is a collaboration between affordable housing developer Michaels Development, the State of Hawaii (which owns the land), and the City which is providing incentives and fee waivers to help offset the cost of construction. 

Pictured above: Rendering of Keahumoa Place - an upcoming project planned to be built on a 20-acre parcel near the Salvation Army Kroc Center in Kapolei.

Yesterday, the Council adopted Resolution 17-177, CD1, providing incentives and fee waivers to help offset the cost of construction, paving the way for its groundbreaking!

This project is a 100% affordable rental community which will have 320 affordable rentals beginning at
$565/month for a 1-bedroom unit and $2,091/month for a large 3-bedroom unit Working together, we can continue to make positive  steps forward to create affordable rental and ownership opportunities for our local families.

Waianae: Expanded Workforce Programming for Residents
Yesterday, the Council adopted Resolution 17-176, CD1, approving exemptions that would allow Ohana Ola O Kahumana (a transitional housing program for local families on the Waianae Coast) to expand a community kitchen and workforce programming on their premises located in Lualualei, Waianae.

Pictured above:  Councilmember Kymberly Marcos Pine shares a smile with Kahumana Organic Farm & Cafe Community Chief Operating Officer Father Phillip Harmon (left) and Executive Director Tom Mcdonald (right).

The proposed accessory kitchen will provide job training for the residents of Ohana Ola O Kahumana and other participants in the housing programs on site, improving their ability to successfully enter the workforce and transition to permanent housing and self-sufficiency.
 
Additionally, Ohana Ola O Kahumana is proposing to build solar panels which will generate electricity and allow them to reduce operating expenses and the proposed footbridge will allow residents direct access to the kitchen.

Improving Opportunities for Affordable Housing on O'ahu
At yesterday's Council meeting, the City Council passed out for second reading Bill 58, CD1 and Bill 59, CD1.  Together these bills form an Affordable Housing Strategy which address Hawaii's affordable housing needs with new & revised policies, incentives, regulations, and investments in partnership with developers, builders, and other stakeholders.  Bill 58 and Bill 59 will now be referred back to the Zoning & Housing Committee for further discussion & consideration.  


If you have any questions, feel free to email me at kmpine@honolulu.gov.  
         Mahalo, 
                     
The Weeks Ahead
July 13
Waianae Town Hall Meeting  (Rep Cedric Gates, Senator Maile Shimabukuro, Councilmember Pine)
 
July 17
(Waianae)
 
July 21 - 23
 
July 22 - 23
 

Hire Leeward Jobs (Weekly Postings)
Hawaii Tokai International College (Kapolei)

Child & Family Service (Ewa Beach)

Travel Dialysis PCT - Fresenius Medical Care (Waianae)

Lead Case Manager/Traditional Housing Program Coordinator - United States Veterans Initiative (Kapolei)

MyGoCenter (Kapolei)


Upcoming City Council and Committee Meetings

Tuesday,
July 25, 2017
Public Health, Safety & Welfare | 9:00 a.m.
  
Parks, Community & Customer Services | 10:30 a.m.
  
Executive Matters & Legal Affairs | 1:00 p.m.
  
Wednesday,
July 26, 2017
Budget | 9:00 a.m.
  
Public Works, Infrastructure & Sustainability | 1:00 p.m.
  
Thursday,
July 27, 2017
Zoning & Housing |
9:00 a.m.

Business Economic Development & Tourism | 1:00 p.m.

Transportation & Planning | 2:30 p.m.  

Wednesday,
August 9, 2017
City Council Meeting |
Honolulu Hale | 10:00 a.m