The GREAT Success of the 2% LAND FUND PROGRAM

These properties have been acquired by the 2% Land Fund through 2019

 

PONC acquisitions 2019A MESSAGE FROM DEBBIE HECHT: It has been my great honor to be Campaign Coordinator for the 2% Land Fund over the last 13 years. I have learned that kuleana communities are built around our island’s treasured places. Building community is the “gold” and the greatest benefit that has grown out of the struggles for the 2% Land Fund.   Out of this love of the land has grown non-profit community groups that are volunteering their time and using their own money to care for these special places.   To see the 2018 Report to the Mayor by the Public Access and Open Space Commission (PONC), which lists this year’s top 10 properties recommended for conservation go to: http://records.co.hawaii.hi.us/weblink/1/edoc/97446/2018-12-31%20(2018%20PONC%20Annual%20Report%20to%20the%20Mayor)-PDF.pdf

THE 2% LAND FUND WAS ON THE BALLOT AS A CHARTER AMENDMENT. In 2012, Debbie Hecht and Council member Brenda Ford added an important clause that runs with the land as a Deed Restriction, which says:

“This property (or easement) was acquired with money from the Public Access, Open Space and Natural Resources Preservation Fund.  It shall be held in perpetuity for the use and enjoyment of the people of Hawai’i County and may not be sold, mortgaged, traded or transferred in any way.”

Council Member Brenda Ford and I thought this was very important. It takes several years before a property is proposed by citizens, gets through the Public Access and Open Space Commission and is funded and acquired by the County with our tax dollars.   The groups that propose these lands work hard to bring them forward and hard to care for them after they are acquired, frequently using their own money, their time and hard work to improve these properties. These properties are purchased with citizen’s tax money and the properties should be reserved for the use of all of us, our keiki and grandchildren.   This should not be subject to change just because the county cannot make their budget. The county should be fiscally responsible and have a sizeable Disaster Relief Fund. Our County has more natural disasters than any county in the US. Wouldn’t this be prudent? This is a voter mandated set aside. IF not dedicated in perpetuity, the land could be sold, developed for a hotel; beach access controlled like what happened at the Mauna Kea, Mauna Lani, Kukio Four Seasons Resorts and Kohanaiki. The money would disappear into the general fund. Another great gift of the 2% Land Fund is the capacity to apply for matching funds. The County frequently applies for an gets money for matching funds from State Legacy Lands and US Fish and Wildlife Service. So far, the County has received $8.76 million in matching funds, approximately 25% of the purchase price of the acquired properties. Why would they want to contribute money to these land purchases if the County could turn around and sell the land?

COUNTY/ STATE and FEDERAL GOVERNMENT COOPERATION: The County is currently collaborating with the National Park Service for both the Kahuku property and on the Waikapuna property which is under contract in Ka’u. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park helps to manage the Kahoka property. The Ala Kahakai Trail Association in conjunction with the Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail https://www.nps.gov/alka/index.htm, which has a management plan for the King’s Trail or Ala Kahakai Trail that runs 175 miles from Upolu Point near Hawi to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. The State of Hawaii Legacy Lands program frequently donates money to purchase properties.

THE MAINTENANCE FUND CHARTER AMENDMENT was on the ballot in 2012. Council member Brenda Ford and I wrote the legislation creating the 2% Maintenance Fund to care for the lands obtained by the 2% Land Fund. Maintenance Fund grants are available to community groups who are maintaining Hawai’i Islands treasured places. Our intent was to empower these groups to continue their good work and to enable and encourage kuleana and the building of community for these lands.  The County has made good use of these funds. But in the last 5 years there have only been 2 groups that have obtained these funds. WHY?  This process needs to be improved. It has now been placed under the care of the PONC Commission. This should help get these funds to community groups!  I was a PONC commissioner and these volunteers are strong advocates for land conservation and maintenance. Get in touch with your PONC Commissioner and ask their help to obtain Maintenance Funds or how to suggest lands for preservation in your community.     Only 9% of all deposits in the Maintenance Fund have been received via stewardship grants by land conservation non-profits.   Here is the information:  Maintenance Fund with Critique 1.31.2019

PROPERTY ACQUISITION PROCESS is available here: http://records.co.hawaii.hi.us/weblink/browse.aspx?dbid=1&startid=13770

In the above map you can see there are 14 properties that have been purchased and 14 groups that can use assistance. If you are one of these groups we encourage you to apply to the Public Access and Open Space Commission (PONC). There is one property in escrow as of March 1, 2019 that will add 2,200 acres.

The County should do better to enable and empower our communities and the PONC Commission seems to agree.

The 2018 Report to the Mayor contains:  The Report is located here: http://records.co.hawaii.hi.us/weblink/1/edoc/97223/2018-12-31%20(2018%20PONC%20Annual%20Report%20to%20the%20Mayor)-PDF.pdf

The Public Access and Open Space and Natural Resourses Commission’s STEWARDSHIP GRANT: Properties that are acquired with Land Fund monies can apply for maintenance funds. Here is a link to the application. http://records.co.hawaii.hi.us/weblink/1/edoc/80189/PONC%20Stewardship%20Grant%20Request%20Form%20(application%20period%20801%20-%2083116).pdf

The GREAT SUCCESS OF THE 2% LAND FUND:

  • PROPERTIES ACQUIRED since 2006: 14   Waikapuna is in escrow as of March 1, 2019 
  • PROPERTIES SUBMITTED FOR ACQUISITION: 180
  • LAND ACQUIRED: 4,428 acres of land already acquired suggested by community members  Waikapuna will add approximately 2,200 acres. 
  • MONEY SPENT: County of Hawaii 2% Land Fun   $ 27,389,268.

                             Grants from Matching funds*                    $8,764,083.

                                   Private funds:                                            $2,000,000

*MATCHING FUNDS- My opinion: The highest and best use of 2% of taxpayer’s funds is to use the 2% Land Fund to get dollar for dollar matching funds. To date the County has only received 1 dollar for every 3 dollars spent for taxpayers OR only 32% of the money spent is from grants.   The ultimate goal would be to get dollar for dollar matching funds.

PROPERTIES SUBMITTED TO THE PONC COMMISSION TO BE CONSIDERED FOR ACQUISITION since December 28, 2016: This information came from the Comprehensive List of Properties http://records.co.hawaii.hi.us/weblink/1/edoc/84955/2016-12-28%20PONC%20Comprehensive%20List%20of%20Properties%20Submitted%20by%20the%20Public.pdf_

QUICK HISTORY OF THE LEGISLATION FROM 2005 to 2018:

  1. Where did the 2% amount come from?   In 2004 and early 2005 the Trust for Public Lands (TPL) did a survey of Hawaii County residents to ask if they would like to see a 1% Land Fund or 2% Land Fund. A large majority of residents said they would want a 2% Land Fund because land is so expensive on the Big Island.   Sammie Stanbro donated the money to TPL for this survey.
  2. The Save Our Lands Citizen’s Committee Petition Initiative drive collected 9,600 signatures from April to July of 2006. This was during Harry Kim’s first term. Mayor Kim was adamantly against setting aside 2% of property taxes for land acquisition, even though this is 1.5% of the total income for the County.   County Clerk Connie Kiriu and County Counsel Lincoln Ashida disqualified almost 6,000 signatures for leaving off Pl, St. or Rd, or if husband and wife used ditto marks for their address when signing under each other or if the year was left off, (we collected signatures from May to July so it was only during 2005 which made the year implied and irrelevant).
  3. We needed 4,400 signatures, but because of the disqualifications we didn’t get enough. The County Council decided to place the ballot measure on the ballot for 2006 anyway.
  4. Despite the Corporation Counsel submitting confusing ballot language using double negatives, the amendment to the Code passed by 63% of voters who voted on the issue and become part of the Hawaii County Code.
  5. In 2008- Mayor Kenoi and the County Council suspended deposits to the Fund for two years as his very first piece of legislation after taking office because the legislation was part of the Hawaii County Code. The Save Our Lands Citizens’ Committee pointed out that there were more than 260 funded but unfilled jobs in his budget, but Mayor Kenoi failed to reinstate payments to the 2% Land Fund after cutting these budget entries totaling approximately $14 million.
  6. In 2010, the Charter Commission put the Land Fund on the ballot again, but only as the 1% Land Fund.  Again the Land Fund passed by 63% of voters, who voted on the measure.
  7. In 2012, to honor all the people who signed the petitions and worked so hard over the years, Debbie Hecht and Brenda Ford realized we needed to put the 2% Land Fund back on the ballot as a Charter Amendment, together with a 1/4% Maintenance Fund. We wanted to make sure the Council and Mayor couldn’t stop fund deposits and a charter amendment can only be undone by a vote of the people.  Again, 63% of voters approved both measures. As part of the 2% Land Fund legislation, every property obtained with our taxpayer funds shall have a covenant that runs with the land stating that these lands are to be held in perpetuity for the citizens of the County of Hawaii and cannot be sold, traded, mortgaged etc.  This has already blocked a potential land trade with the State of Hawaii.
  8. The Maintenance Fund was clarified in the Hawaii County Code in 2016 to allow the PONC Commission to review Stewardship Grants and to recommend which grants to approve to the Director of Finance.

GRASS ROOTS ORGANIZING PROCESS to pass the 3 ballot measures:

  • During the Petition Initiative process, the Save Our Lands Citizen Committee had more than 100 people who collected signatures of more than 50 signatures each in 2006.
  • The Committee has a 2,200 personal email list, which we use to inform our supporters, or if we need emails sent to elected officials, or to ask people to show up for public meetings or to lobbying their Council members.   They represent about a large portion of the voting public on the island. (There have been approximately 100,000 voters registered for the County of Hawaii, usually about 33,000 of these registered voters actually vote)  Our grassroots efforts asks supporters to forward our emails to friends and family.

Citizens have proposed 180 properties for acquisition:

  • Puna area: 16 properties
  • South Hilo area: 16 properties
  • North Hilo: 7 properties
  • Hamakua: 26 properties
  • North Kohala: 29 properties
  • South Kohala: 18 properties
  • North Kona: 27 properties
  • South Kona: 14 properties
  • Ka’u: 27 properties

The Community recommends a property to the Public Access and Open Space Commission, here is the process and links to the application: http://records.co.hawaii.hi.us/weblink/1/edoc/84953/Process%20for%20Property%20Acquisition%20with%20Funds%20from%20the%20PONC%20Fund.pdf

THE HAWAII COUNTY CHARTER AND THE HAWAII COUNTY CODE: which regulates the 2% Land Fund (PONC) and the PONC Maintenance Fund go to: http://records.co.hawaii.hi.us/weblink/browse.aspx?startid=13770&dbid=1

Submitted by Debbie Hecht, Campaign Coordinator Save Our Lands Citizen’s Committee Hecht.deb@gmail.com 808-989-3222

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RACISM and Healing the Racial Divide by Debbie Hecht

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WHITE SUPREMACY and RACISM                                                                                                comments?  hecht.deb@gmail.com

Great social change awaits us, but it will only come at a great cost and will require a great effort.  This will mean having uncomfortable, heartfelt conversations to understand the lives of others and the suffering caused by white privilege, racism and “othering”. How is our culture “white skewed” by supporting white supremacy and white privilege? Our society is white skewed because of population demographics, the legal system, our educational institutions and our economic and tax systems, to name a few.

I believe that if human beings are willing to see each other in the fullness of their humanity, we can live in harmony. What does that mean? it means listening, looking at each other in full acceptance by being vulnerable, empathetic and compassionate. This belief or value does not deny, excuse or devalue the cultural differences between races, religions or classes. I fervently believe that being vulnerable to each other and reaching for a bond of understanding rooted in equality will heal the racial divide. We need to start with this openness of belief. This i believe.  WHAT DO YOU BELIEVE?   Try to understand the depth of our country’s racism:  

The 2016 US election was a wake up call. The Trump rhetoric has unleashed the simmering hatred of racism hiding just below the surface of civility in this country. White Supremacy and white privilege are alive and well in the United States. The shock waves of this election have emboldened White Supremacists and exposed great divides among citizens racially, economically and socially. It has become acceptable to incite violence and spew hatred. In just the 2 years from 2014 to 2016, Hate Groups have increased by 14.5% (from the Southern Poverty Law Centers Hate Map- see Bibliography).

THE POPULATION DEMOGRAPHICS supports WHITE SUPREMACY: According to the 2014 Census projections: Whites are the supreme/ dominant race in the United States, being the largest portion of the population is 76.9%, although some percentage of white is also considered Hispanic which is 15.9%.   Hispanics are the largest minority at 17.8%, African Americans are 13.3%, and Asians are 5.7%, American Indians/ Alaska Native 1.3%, native Hawaiians .2%.

On a personal note, I apologize for the simplistic nature of this essay. I think it’s important to disclose my fundamental beliefs. First I believe that we all have some degree of racism. For most whites it is unconscious white privilege.  For people of color it could be anger at white and generalizing that all white people are bad. My intent is to bring embedded, unconscious racism to the consciousness, so that people can watch and hopefully temper their own racial biases. Hopefully this will open the door to the hard conversations that may stir thinking and problem solving along the road to collaboration and change in how our society treats people of color and different cultures.

THE LEGAL SYSTEM:

The basis of our legal system is the Constitution that was written by white slave owners. The Constitution and our first laws were written to uphold the plantation system, which was dependent upon slave labor. In 1865, the 13th Amendment abolished slavery and ended the Plantation way of life in the south. It states: “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.” 152 years after the passage of the 13th Amendment, the United States still supports an unconscious social and cultural system called racism.

SLAVERY IN THE PRISONS: Slavery is still allowed in prisons and benefits corporations.  “At least thirty-seven states have legalized the contracting of prison labor by private corporations that mount their operations inside state prisons. The list of such companies contains the cream of U.S. corporate society: IBM, Boeing, Motorola, Microsoft, AT&T, Wireless, Texas Instrument, Dell, Compaq, Honeywell, Hewlett-Packard, Nortel, Lucent Technologies, 3Com, Intel, Northern Telecom, TWA, Nordstrom’s, Revlon, Macy’s, Pierre Cardin, Target Stores, and many more…. All of these businesses are excited about the economic boom generation by prison labor. Just between 1980 and 1994, profits went up from $392 million to $1.31 billion. Inmates in state penitentiaries generally receive the minimum wage for their work, but not all; in Colorado, they get about $2 per hour, well under the minimum. And in privately run prisons, they receive as little as 17 cents per hour for a maximum of six hours a day, the equivalent of $20 per month. The highest-paying private prison is CCA (Corrections Corporation of America) in Tennessee, where prisoners receive 50 cents per hour for what they call “highly skilled positions.” At those rates, it is no surprise that inmates find the pay in federal prisons to be very generous. There, they can earn $1.25 an hour and work eight hours a day, and sometimes overtime. They can send home $200-$300 per month… Ninety-seven percent of 125,000 federal inmates have been convicted of non-violent crimes. It is believed that more than half of the 623,000 inmates in municipal or county jails are innocent of the crimes they are accused of. Of these, the majority are awaiting trial. Two-thirds of the one million state prisoners have committed non-violent offenses. Sixteen percent of the country’s 2 million prisoners suffer from mental illness.”   We are perpetuating a whole new sub-class of working poor who cannot support their families and are not learning valuable skills for when they return to society.

Slavery is the worst form of “othering”. In order to buy/sell, beat, kill, breed human beings, slaves had to be dehumanized. Slave owners needed slaves to work the southern plantations. Somewhat the same happened with indentured servitude in Hawaii with the sugar plantations, but under the guise of corporate domination, where the sugar plantation owners paid wages, but deducted money for housing, things bought at the country store etc. “Othering” means that they are not one of us, they are not like us.

PARENTS PROTECTING OUR CHILDREN:  As a white kid growing up in an all-white middle to upper middle class neighborhood, my parents told me, “If you ever need help or you’re lost find a policeman, he will help you.” I thought every kid would do this, which is the perfect example OF WHITE PRIVILEGE!                                                              HERE’S WHAT BLACK PARENTS TELL THEIR KIDS:    “Put your hands on your head. They always need to know where your hands are or they’ll think your going for a gun or knife. “Always say, what your doing before you do it. Be in control of your emotions, be polite, and be respectful. Don’t fight back, do not talk back, and do not make any sudden movements. Remember your only goal is to get home safely. If you get detained, don’t sign anything, don’t write anything. Wait for a parent before you talk. If your white friends are saying things or mouthing off, know that you cannot. You can’t go climbing through windows, play with toy guns, and throw rocks. And you cannot run away from them, no matter how afraid you are. Never, never, never run.”From YouTube’s clip of Grey’s Anatomy: Bailey and Ben talk to their son about what to do if the police stop you- Season 14 Episode 10 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w-n35Q5VS9E

OUR EDUCATION SYSTEM: Education is one route out of from poverty. As the Brooking Institute study states: “The color line divides us still. In recent years, the most visible evidence of this in the public policy arena has been the persistent attack on affirmative action in higher education and employment. From the perspective of many Americans who believe that the vestiges of discrimination have disappeared, affirmative action now provides an unfair advantage to minorities. From the perspective of others who daily experience the consequences of ongoing discrimination, affirmative action is needed to protect opportunities likely to evaporate if an affirmative obligation to act fairly does not exist. And for Americans of all backgrounds, the allocation of opportunity in a society that is becoming ever more dependent on knowledge and education is a source of great anxiety and concern.”

THE RACIAL DIVIDE IN OUR SCHOOLS:

  • Upper class white children frequently attend private school, which leads to less integration in public schools and less understanding of racial differences.
  • Affirmative Action allows people of color more opportunities  for college admission.  There has been mixed support in the courts for affirmative action at state universities.
    • Affirmative Action has been voted out in the state of Michigan in 2014. This was affirmed by the US Supreme Court. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayer wrote a 75- page dissenting opinion: “This refusal to accept the stark reality that race matters is regrettable. The way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to speak openly and candidly on the subject of race, and to apply the Constitution with eyes open to the unfortunate effects of centuries of racial discrimination,” she said, “As members of the judiciary tasked with intervening to carry out the guarantee of equal protection, we ought not sit back and wish away, rather than confront, the racial inequality that exists in our society,” she added.
    • In Fisher v. the University of Texas in April of 2016- The Supreme Court rejected a challenge to a race-conscious admissions program at the University of Texas at Austin. Justice Kennedy, writing for the majority, said courts must give universities substantial but not total leeway in designing their admissions programs. “A university is in large part defined by those intangible ‘qualities which are incapable of objective measurement but which make for greatness,’” Justice Kennedy wrote, quoting from a landmark case re: desegregation. “Considerable deference is owed to a university in defining those intangible characteristics, like student body diversity, that are central to its identity and educational mission.”“But still,” Justice Kennedy added, “it remains an enduring challenge to our nation’s education system to reconcile the pursuit of diversity with the constitutional promise of equal treatment and dignity.”
  • The current Secretary of Education, Betsey de Vos is focused on establishing a voucher system for schools that will further dismantle funding for public schools.
  • Less money for schools means fewer and lower-quality books, less labs, fewer computers, larger classes, less qualified and less experienced teachers can be hired and less new and innovative teaching systems. Few science courses and art courses are available.
  • Student engagement and achievement suffer in over crowded classrooms with lower quality teachers and less enriching materials. Computers are especially important in lower-income areas because families may not have them at home.
  • Nutritional school lunches are important to boost students learning: From a study of all California public schools over a five-year period by the National Bureau of Economic Research: “Students at schools that contract with a healthy school lunch vendor score higher on CA state achievement tests, with larger test score increases for students who are eligible for reduced price or free school lunches.”
  • Applying for admissions to our colleges and universities is daunting for bilingual or poorly educated people. On the positive side many community colleges require remedial classes to raise students knowledge to levels that can help them to be more successful in college. The question is “Why weren’t core competencies stressed in high school?” I think if you look at funding issues, you will see the disparity.

ECONOMIC and TAX SYSTEM:    There are frequent legislative battles at the state level over paying a living wage. Currently, 29 states and D.C. have minimum wages above the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour.

Low paid workers can barely make ends meet. They see no path to the “American Dream” and they see nothing changing soon. This leads to hopelessness, frustration and anger. Many people are one paycheck from homelessness.

Paying a living wage is better for our country because:

  • Fewer people would be on welfare.
  • Fewer people would need food stamps.
  • Better nutrition means better health and lower health care costs.
  • Fewer people would need assistance with health insurance, care costs and drugs.
  • Higher wages means more people would be contributing to Social Security.
  • More people would be paying income taxes, increasing l federal and state revenues.
  • More money in the national budget would mean more money for other things like infrastructure and education.
  • More people could afford to buy big-ticket items: appliances, cars and homes to stimulate the economy.
  • Since more people would have more buying power there would be more sales taxes paid for local governments.

What is the downside of having a living wage? A Big Mac or a cup of coffee at Dunkin’ Donuts might cost more?  The federal minimum wage in the United States is currently $7.25 an hour (before taxes). Which is  about $6.26 after taxes.

Australia has the highest minimum wage with $9.54 after taxes, then Luxemburg with $9.25 after taxes, then Belgium with $8.57 after taxes.

IRS AND THE TAX SYSTEM: The tax breaks in the current tax system are not understandable to most Americans without hiring a tax professional. Only people who are in the middle to upper classes can afford to hire Certified Public Accountants to navigate the tax system, so they can benefit from tax shelters.  The middle class and lower class may miss out on tax breaks without expert advice.

THE STOCK MARKET: The stock market is confusing to even the most educated people (like me). This avenue of investment is not open to most people. As of April 2016, stock ownership has fallen to 52% of Americans from a high of 60% in 1998.

INEQUALITY IN REAL ESTATE: Owning your own home is one of the best ways for anyone to build wealth. All white people have an experience or know of a friend or relative who has greatly profited by real estate investment. People of Color were omitted from this path to wealth by Redlining and also Deed Restrictions.

REDLINING OF NEIGHBORHOODS: Redlining is defined in Merriam Webster Law Dictionary as: the illegal practice of refusing to offer credit or insurance in a particular community on a discriminatory basis (as because of the race or ethnicity of its residents). Which means that families of color could not get mortgages. This was done by the US Government assisted by real estate agents and appraisers. Ta-Nehisi Coates talked about redlining in his “Case for Reparations” in The Atlantic.Neighborhoods where black people lived were rated “D” and were usually considered ineligible for FHA backing,” he wrote. “Black people were viewed as a contagion. Redlining went beyond FHA-backed loans and spread to the entire mortgage industry, which was already rife with racism, excluding black people from most legitimate means of obtaining a mortgage.” Without access to FHA-insured mortgages, he writes, black families who sought homeownership were forced to turn to predatory and abusive lenders.”

DEED RESTRICTIONS were very common in the 1920s to the 1940s. These restrictions that “ run with the land” and are recorded with the Deed, govern who can own the property. They were known to say “Whites Only” or Negroes not allowed. “Racial restrictive covenants became common practice in cities across the county, dozens of cities in the North, the South, the West,” Seattle Historian Gregory says. “For, you know, a quarter of a century, this was the thing to do.” Sometimes the deeds read “whites only.” In Seattle, Gregory says Asian restrictions were common, while Hispanics were the target in Los Angeles. In 1948, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that states could not enforce the racial restrictions. In 1968, Congress outlawed them altogether. But Gregory says their impact endures.”  from NPR: Hidden in Old Home Deeds.

THE IMPORTANCE OF UNDERSTANDING OTHER RACES and CULTURES

THE UNCONSCIOUSNESS OF “OTHERING” or MARGINALIZING: Whites are somewhat unconscious of this “othering”. We need to understand how this works to. Most people had the experience of “othering” during middle school or high school when there were cliques or the in-crowd, trying to fit in. It might have happened because you are female, when your mother said, “Boys don’t like girls who are too smart”, or possibly your father said, “ You don’t need an education, you’re just going to get married and have kids.”

From Othering 101: “By “othering”, we mean any action by which an individual or group becomes mentally classified in somebody’s mind as “not one of us. Rather than always remembering that every person is a complex bundle of emotions, ideas, motivations, reflexes, priorities, and many other subtle aspects, it’s sometimes easier to dismiss them as being in some way less human, and less worthy of respect and dignity, than we are.”   Human beings are a tribe. There are many human tribes. Race and culture divide people into tribes. It is necessary for survival and emotional thriving to belong.

“White privilege is the right of whites, and only whites, to be judged as individuals, to be treated as a unique self, possessed of all the rights and protections of citizenship. I am not a race, I am the unmarked subject. I am simply man, whereas you might be a black man, an Asian woman, a disabled native man, a homosexual Latina woman, and on and on the qualifiers of identification go. With each keyword added, so too does the burden of representation grow…But white men are just people. Normal. Basic Humanity. We carry the absent mark, which grants us the invisible power of white privilege. Everyone else gets some form of discrimination.” (From the Problem of Othering or Belonging).   White people rarely discuss race. My black friends told me they discuss race everyday. They are discussing the “othering” that occurs in our “white skewed” society. They were shocked that whites don’t discuss race. Whites are the baseline, the standard.

Let’s apply this to racism. I’m ashamed to admit that I used to say, “I’m colorblind” and “I have black friends” which means, I’m not a racist. I would say, “ All lives matter.” This is “othering”, not honoring. This perpetuates the “not seeing” of others that live differently and have different circumstances. It denies and dismisses the existence and problems of privilege. That is why the “Black Lives Matter” Movement is so important, it honors the differences and problems of the culture.

In an interview with Oprah Winfrey, black poet Claudia Rankin, sums it up very well:

Oprah: Why whiteness? 
Claudia Rankine: Every sphere of life—housing, healthcare, education, the justice system—is in part defined along racial lines. White-dominated institutions draw those lines, so if you’re white, they’re probably invisible to you. You’re not thinking, my child’s school has a library because of my skin color. The idea of whiteness as the standard runs so deep. Just do a Google image search for “boys being boys” or “beautiful women,” and see how many white people come up versus people of color. We can’t talk about race without talking about what our culture privileges.
O: Does the term whiteness make white people defensive?
CR: They’ll anxiously insist, “I’m not racist.” Well, yes, you are. We all have biases—only I don’t have power behind mine. If we can understand that racism is an active force, we can figure out how we got here. Think about sexism. Until some men could admit that it existed, men and women couldn’t have a dialogue about it.”

 From White People Explain why they feel oppressed by Toure on Vice:  What is Racism? “Erikka Knuti, a political strategist, said, “Part of white privilege has been the ability to not know that your privilege exists. If you benefit from racism, do you really want to know that?” I can see where it would be uncomfortable for people to admit that their lives are shaped by unearned advantages, especially in an environment where those advantages may be beginning to slip away, but the blindness itself is a part of the problem. White people have duties as part of the American community. They must be honest with themselves and their co-citizens and admit that white privilege shapes a lot of life in this country. They must understand that the truly pernicious, life-defining sort of racism is not interpersonal, it’s institutional. The systems that shape who lives where, who gets educated, who gets jobs, who gets arrested, and so on, these things shape lives, and they are all heavily weighted in white people’s favor. To ignore all of that is to misunderstand America. If white people admit those things, it will be plain that they are not, in any way, victims”

In the midst of a national policing crisis, the Black Lives Matter movement is trying to will into existence a sense of value for black bodies and some white people respond, “Why are they so anti-white?” That’s dumbfounding to me. I wonder, how could they be so clueless? When white people question why blacks get to say certain words or make certain jokes that whites can’t or when white people ask where is White History Month or when white people question why they have to pay for the racism of their ancestors, it’s offensive and infuriating and it’s also confounding.

In Ta-Nehisi Coates’s astounding new book, Between the World and Me, he refers to white people, as “dreamers” to evoke the sense of them being not fully awake, like sleepwalkers. I’m not sure if white people are like sleepwalkers, or more like ostriches, consciously burying their heads in the sand, hiding from reality. And that’s exactly what vexes me the most about white people: their reluctance, or unwillingness, to recognize the vast impact their race has on their lives and on the lives of all those around them

Modern white Americans are one of the most powerful groups of people to ever exist on this planet and yet those very people—or, if you’re white, you people—staunchly believe that the primary victims of modern racism are whites. We see this in poll after poll. A recent one by the Public Religion Research Institute found 52 percent of whites agreed, “Today discrimination against whites has become as big a problem as discrimination against blacks and other minorities.” A 2011 study led by a Harvard Business School professor went deeper to find that “whites see race as a zero sum game they are losing.” That was even the name of the study. It showed that over the last five decades both blacks and whites think racism against Blacks has been slowly declining, but white people think racism against whites is growing at a fast rate. White people are increasingly certain that they’re being persecuted. The study also notes, “by any metric—employment, police treatment, loan rates, education—stats indicate drastically poorer outcomes for black than white Americans.” White perception and the reality are completely at odds

Tim Wise, anti-racist educator says, “When you’ve had the luxury of presuming yourself to be the norm, the prototype of an American, any change in the demographic and cultural realities in your society will strike you as outsized attacks on your status. You’ve been the king of the hill and never had to share shit with anyone, what is really just an adjustment to a more representative, pluralistic, shared society seems like discrimination. When you’re used to 90 percent or more of the pie, having to settle for only 75 or 70 percent? Oh my God, it’s like the end of the world.”

EXAMPLES OF RACISM: Here’s what I  have learned: In Hawaii I was meeting with community groups all over the Big Island to increase support for a 2% Land Fund ballot measure that would purchase and preserve open space and parklands in perpetuity.  I often met with mixed race groups where I was the minority if not the only white person. Remember that the Hawaiian Islands were taken over in the late 1800s by the US Marines to secure (take) the land for the sugar plantations. Their Queen was imprisoned. They call white people haoles, which is a derogatory term for white foreigner. They want their land returned. At one meeting a Native Hawaiian man stood up and shouted at me, “Who you think you are f*^cking haole, trying to buy our land?” I had never encountered that vehemence against the Land Fund; at first I had no idea of what to say. We talked for a while and they ended up supporting it because we all realized the County needed to buy the land so it would be kept the land in it’s natural state. Think about this chart as you read: Here’s my challenge to you. As you read the examples of Racism below, think about your habits and your assumptions. The experiences can be subtle if not passive aggressive or they can be obvious. If you are white, I hope you will see examples that you never even thought about. This is embedded, unconscious racism. I also hope that you will be much more aware of how you look at how we treat others in our society. Think about this chart as you read, closely watch your reactions and see what you need to learn. I hope this will open the door to a new awareness and appreciation of other races and cultures. I challenge you to be curious like you would if you were visiting another country. Think of the inequalities in this country and what you can do to make it better!

HOW RACIAL SLURS WIDEN THE RACIAL DIVIDE: https://debbiehecht.com/2018/02/03/our-not-so-civil-society-how-racial-slurs-widen-the-racial-divide/

Wake up to your degree of Privilege:  -SCORE YOURSELF:                                                                Add a POINT for each POINT of PRIVILEGE and subtract a point:

  • If your ancestors were forced to come to the USA not by choice, take one step back.
  • If your primary ethnic identity is “American,” take one step forward.
  • If you were ever called names because of your race, class, ethnicity, gender, or sexual orientation, take one step back.
  • If there were people who worked for your family as servants, gardeners, nannies, etc. take one step forward.
  • If you were ever ashamed or embarrassed of your clothes, house, car, etc. take one step back.
  • If one or both of your parents were “white collar” professionals:  doctors, lawyers, etc. take one step forward.
  • If you were raised in an area where there was prostitution, drug activity, etc., take one step back.
  • If you ever tried to change your appearance, mannerisms, or behavior to avoid being judged or ridiculed, take one step back.
  • If you studied the culture of your ancestors in elementary school, take one step forward.
  • If you went to school speaking a language other than English, take one step back.
  • If there were more than 50 books in your house when you grew up, take one step forward.
  • If you ever had to skip a meal or were hungry because there was not enough money to buy food when you were growing up, take one step back.
  • If you were taken to art galleries or plays by your parents, take one step forward.
  • If one of your parents was unemployed or laid off, not by choice, take one step back.
  • If you have health insurance take one step forward.
  • If you attended private school or summer camp, take one step forward.
  • If your family ever had to move because they could not afford the rent, take one step back.
  • If you were told that you were beautiful, smart and capable by your parents, take one step forward.
  • If you were ever discouraged from academics or jobs because of race, class, ethnicity, gender or sexual orientation, take one step back.
  • If you were encouraged to attend college by your parents, take one step forward.
  • If you have a disability take one step backward.
  • If you were raised in a single parent household, take one step back.
  • If your family owned the house where you grew up, take one step forward.
  • If you saw members of your race, ethnic group, gender or sexual orientation portrayed on television in degrading roles, take one step back.
  • If you own a car take one step forward.
  • If you were ever offered a good job because of your association with a friend or family member, take one step forward.
  • If you were ever denied employment because of your race, ethnicity, gender or sexual orientation, take one step back.
  • If you were paid less, treated less fairly because of race, ethnicity, gender or sexual orientation, take one step back.
  • If you were ever accused of cheating or lying because of your race, ethnicity, gender, or sexual orientation, take one step back.
  • If you ever inherited money or property, take one step forward.
  • If you had to rely primarily on public transportation, take one step back.
  • If you attended private school at any point in your life take one step forward.
  • If you were ever stopped or questioned by the police because of your race, ethnicity, gender or sexual orientation, take one step back.
  • If you were ever afraid of violence because of your race, ethnicity, gender or sexual orientation, take one step back.
  • If your parents own their own business take one step forward.
  • If you were generally able to avoid places that were dangerous, take one step forward.
  • If you were ever uncomfortable about a joke related to your race, ethnicity, gender or sexual orientation but felt unsafe to confront the situation, take one step back.
  • If you use a TDD Phone system take one step backward.
  • If you were ever the victim of violence related to your race, ethnicity, gender or sexual orientation, take one step back.
  • Imagine you are in a relationship, if you can get married in the State of ___ take one step forward
  • If your parents did not grow up in the United States, take one step back.
  • If your parents attended college take one step forward.
  • If your parents told you that you could be anything you wanted to be, take one step forward.
  • If you are able to take a step forward or backward take two steps forward.

(Adapted from the Penn State classroom version cited below) http://edge.psu.edu/workshops/mc/power/privilegewalk.shtml

What are you experiences? See RACISM SCALE

Racism Scale

WHITE SUPREMACY, WHITE PRIVILEGE AND RACISM:

Bibliography: Information for this essay was taken from the following articles:

  1. The Southern Poverty Law Center’s Hate Map of 917 Hate Groups in the US as of 2017 and increase from 457 in 1999. https://www.splcenter.org/hate-map
  2. From YouTube’s clip of Grey’s Anatomy: Bailey and Ben talk to their son about what to do if the police stop you- Season 14 Episode 10 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w-n35Q5VS9E
  3. “Othering 101” https://therearenoothers.wordpress.com/2011/12/28/othering-101-what-is-othering/ .
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  6. The Prison System in the US: Big Business or a new form of Slavery? https://www.globalresearch.ca/the-prison-industry-in-the-united-states-big-business-or-a-new-form-of-slavery/8289
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  10. Supreme Court Upholds Affirmative Action Program at University of Texas https://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/24/us/politics/supreme-court-affirmative-action-university-of-texas.html?mcubz=1&_r=0 President Obama hailed the decision. “I’m pleased that the Supreme Court upheld the basic notion that diversity is an important value in our society,” he told reporters at the White House. “We are not a country that guarantees equal outcomes, but we do strive to provide an equal shot to everybody.”
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WE urgently NEED YOUR HELP! 2% Land Fund Program at risk: The Charter Commission & Charter Amendments 9 and 18 that affect the Land Fund will now move to the County Council where they CAN be amended! 6.21.2019

 

PONC acquisitions 2019

Watch a clear, video explanation of what is requested to strengthen the 2% Land Fund: Program:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=24ty0e0tFxU

WE NEED YOUR HELP MORE THAN EVER! It is urgent that you make an appointment to talk to your County Council member as soon as possible and have them support our recommendations. The Charter Commission has sent their proposed charter amendments to the County Council. The County Council will meet in early July to consider the proposed charter amendments. The Hawaii County Council can now make recommendations back to the Charter Commission.   YOU CAN EMAIL THE ENTIRE COUNCIL: CUT AND PASTE THE LIST OF ADDRESSES BELOW.

aaron.chung@hawaiicounty.gov, valerie.poindexter@hawaiicounty.gov, ashley.kierkiewicz@hawaiicounty.gov, sue.leeloy@hawaiicounty.gov, karen.eoff@hawaiicounty.gov, matt.kanealii-kleinfelder@hawaiicounty.gov, maile.david@hawaiicounty.gov, tim.richards@hawaiicounty.gov, rebecca.villegas@hawaiicounty.gov

ASK  TO REFINE THE LANGUAGE TO STRENGTHEN THE 2% LAND FUND PROGRAM.

We need YOUR help with 3 things to strengthen the 2% Land Fund Program when you talk to your council member:

  1. Make changes to Charter Amendment-9 deals with ONE full time employee to work ONLY on the 2% Land Fund Program.
  2. Make changes to Charter Amendment 18- deals with the Maintenance Fund and allows the non-profit stewardship groups to pay people who work on the land.
  3. Ask the Council to write or approve a new Resolution instructing the Department of Finance to designate a full time staff person to administer the 2% Land Fund Program by:
    1. Facilitating the purchase of more of the lands that have been proposed
    2. Look for more matching funds and write grants
    3. Assist the non-profit stewardship group.

Black print is what the Charter commission is proposing. The UNDERLINED IN RED  Additions are what we would like to see included in the language:                                          ASK YOUR COUNCIL MEMBER TO INCLUDE OUR RED and UNDERLINED LANGUAGE IN THEIR RECOMMENDATION                                                                                                                       CA-9: 3) “Pay for the salary, wages and benefits of one full-time staff member, employed by the Department of Finance  dedicated only to advancing administering the activities contained within this section and Section 10-16 of this charter.  This is in addition to a staff person provided for in the Hawaii County Code to assist the Public Access, Open Space and Natural Resources Commission”

This seems like a simple matter. We are asking for the UNDERLINED clarifying language. Otherwise WE WILL RUN A JUST SAY NO CAMPAIGN. The word “staff” is ambiguous, would the 2% Land Fund pay for only one position or 3 or 5 or more?   The 2% Land Funbd  could end up funding multiple staff positions which will reduce the purchasing power of the 2% Land Fund. This is NOT what we voted for. Remember 2% of our property taxes is only $5 million per year, which is 1.5% of the income into the county and it adjusts according to property values in times of recession. $5 million per year can only buy one or two properties.

THE LAND FUND IS NOT WORKING AS WELL AS IT SHOULD, we need ONE full time person to work ONLY on the Land Fund Program because:

  1. There is $22 million sitting in the fund
  2. There have been almost 200 properties proposed by citizens for purchase.
  3. Only 14 properties have been acquired.
  4. Only 1/3 of the money spent to purchase land has been in matching funds at least 50% should be in matching funds to maximize the most important potential of an existing land fund.
  5. Only 9% of the money deposited in the Maintenance Fund has been received by the non-profits
  6. HOW CAN WE DO BETTER?
  • BY HIRING ONE FULL TIME PERSON TO WORK ONLY ON THE 2% LAND FUND PROGRAM and
  • BY ALLOWING THE STEWARDSHIP GROUPS TO PAY PEOPLE TO WORK ON THE LAND.

Since October the Save our Land’s Citizen’s Committee has proposed that the Department of Finance use part of the 2% Land Fund money to pay ONE person to work ONLY On the Land Fund because more than one salary wages and benefits for a highly qualified person with law or real estate conservation experience would equal $100,000. This is in addition to the staff provided by the Hawaii County Code to assist the PONC commission.   See the 2 staff positions that are necessary to run the 2% Land Fund Program. We have an opportunity to strengthen the 2% Land Fund Program IF there is someone doing the work. An real estate person or attorney qualified in conservation land acquisitions would be able to negotiation more land purchases, acquire more matching funds and help the stewardship non- profit groups obtain more grant funding.

  • Real estate deals are time sensitive, they are deadlines for appraisals, endangered species studies, historical research, title searches and land surveys.  It takes time to research available matching funds and write the grants to gain these funds.
  • Conservation land deals require willing sellers.  Willing sellers want to be paid as soon as possible because the taxes keep accruing and they may have a use for the money.
  • A full time staff person can assist the non-profits with getting the funding they need to care for the 2% Lands.  The Maintenance Fund grants have been granted to only 6 organizations in the 6-year existence of the fund.  The stewardship non-profit groups have received only 9% of all the money deposited in the Maintenance Fund from 2013.  Stewardship groups say the process has been very difficult and they have had to apply several times before receiving funding.

 CA-18- should ALLOW NON-PROFITS TO PAY PEOPLE TO WORK ON THE LAND.

(This does not mean we pay board members for being board members)

  • ALL OF THE NON-PROFITS TESTIFIED THAT THEY NEEDED TO BE ABLE TO PAY PEOPLE TO WORK ON THE LAND. ONLY 6 GROUPS HAVE RECEIVED A MERE 9% OF THE MONEY DEPOSITED IN THE FUND SINCE 2013. The County has used the rest.
  • There is a safety, a check and balance built into this system. THE DEPARTMENT OF FINANCE AND THE Public access, open space and natural resources commission HAVE TO APPROVE THEIR STEWARDSHIP GRANT PROPOSAL. IF THEY VIOLATE THIS THEY WILL NEVER BE ALLOWED TO APPLY FOR GRANTS IN THE FUTURE.

HERE IS OUR PREFERRED LANGUAGE: our proposed changes in red please ask your council member to include our preferred language in red:

[(5)](6) No officer, board member, or employee of the 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization or the organization that operates under the umbrella of a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization shall receive a salary or payment for labor or receive any reimbursement for the stewardship work on the project, unless they are paid for duties that are part of the approved Stewardship Grant proposal. The 501(c)3 nonprofit shall sign an agreement so stating these conditions and submit it with the application.

AT THE CHARTER COMMISSION: There were 371 people that sent in email testimony on CA-7, CA-8, CA-13 and CA-27. I counted each communication. There were at least 20 people that took time out of their days to attend each of the 10 charter commission meetings and testify in person that is 200 people. These people represent the 63% of the voting public that voted 3 times to support the Land Fund Program.

BACKGROUND AND HISTORY. The SAVE OUR LANDS CITIZENS COMMITTEE HAS RUN THE 3 CAMPAIGNS AND IS POISED TO RUN A 4TH CAMPAIGN FOR NOVEMBER OF 2020- Each time the Land Fund was on the ballot- 63% of voters have voted 3 times to support the land fund. We believe that the aina is the foundation for our tourist industry, which is the biggest employer on the island. If we don’t preserve the beautiful places and our ocean shores why would people come here? They could go to Waikiki and go shopping and snorkel on a dead reef.

Council member  Brenda Ford and I wrote the legislation  that is in the Hawaii County Code and the Hawaii County Charter. I was appointed by Mayor Kenoi to serve on the Public Access, Open Space and Natural Resources Commission.   Our group, the Save Our Lands Citizen Committee learned that the government would not purchase open space and parklands. So we took the extraordinary measure to run a petition initiative drive and collected 9,600 signatures to first get the measure on the Ballot. 6,000 signatures were disqualified by County Clerk Connie Kiriu and Corporation Counsel Lincoln Ashida under the Kim Administration.  The signatures were disqualified because a voter forgot to put Pl. Rd or st, or a husband used ditto marks when signing under his wife.  Then Council Chairman Pete Hoffman’s signature was disqualified because he put Pete instead of Peter.  Then the ballot language had double negatives, but still,  63% of voters approved the measure. Then Mayor Kenoi and the Council suspended deposits to the fund for 2 years. We took the next extraordinary measure to move the 2% Land Fund to the charter where it could only be undone by a vote of the people.   That is why we took the huge step of setting aside 2% of property taxes each year to purchase open space. THAT is the only reason why over 4,400 acres have been purchased and 2,200 acres will be added soon. Remember, only $5 to $6 million dollars is added to the 2% Land Fund each year. That is 2% of property taxes, but that amount is only 1.5% of the total income stream for the County of Hawaii. That is only $5 million per year, which means one maybe 2 properties that could be purchased each year.   There is $700,000 added to the Maintenance Fund each year. We believe that if 63% of people vote 3 times to support a program that vote should be honored. I have also been running my own business for 40 years and 1.5% of a budget is a small amount.

Please call with questions or suggestions.  I can send you the actual proposed changes for CA-9 and CA-18 , so you can read it to see the actual changes in the Charter.

Mahalo for your efforts to save our treasured lands on Hawaii Island.

Debbie Hecht , Campaign Coordinator Save our Lands Citizen Committee                             808-989-3222   Hecht.deb@gmail.com

Here is the existing 2% LAND FUND AMENDMENT that is in the charter right now.  

(c) Monies in this fund shall be used solely to:

(1) Purchase or otherwise acquire lands and easements in the County of 
Hawai‘i for public outdoor recreation and education, including:

    • (A) Access to beaches and mountains;
    • (B) Preservation of historic or culturally important land areas and sites;
    • (C) Protection of natural resources, significant habitat or eco-systems, 
including    buffer zones;
    • (D) Preservation of forests, beaches, coastal areas, natural beauty and 
agricultural lands; and
    • (E) Protection of watershed lands to preserve water quality and water

(2) Pay the principal, interest and premium, if any, due with respect to bonds 
issued in whole for the purpose of this fund.

HOW YOU CAN HELP:

  • Talk to your council member and ask them to support and recommend our preferred language to the Charter Commission.
  • Attend the next charter commission meetings in August, you can testify from Kona.
  • Sign up to be informed at Hecht.deb@gmail.com
  • Send an email to the charter commission. Email your concerns to: Charter.commission@hawaiicounty.gov
  • Keep reading below for the full proposed legislation and more information on the history, the process and the successes of the 2% Land Fund

Debbie Hecht, has been the Campaign Coordinator for the Save our Lands Citizens Committee and the 2% Land Fund since 2006. She and Council member Brenda Ford have written the enabling legislation.   ARE YOU ON OUR EMAIL LIST? Please contact me. Hecht.deb@gmail.com

HISTORY AND BACKGROUND

The Land Fund has been in existence since 2006 when it was approved by 63% of voters.  63% of voters  also approved the Land Fund in 2010. In 2012 votes the same 63% approved the 2% Land Fund and a Maintenance Fund to care for these lands that exists today.   There have been some great successes, but we believe there is much that can be done to improve the 2% Land Fund.   We hope you will support this legislation and testify at the Charter Commission and also when the Charter Commission goes out for public meetings in your area of the island.  Mahalo for your kokua to save Hawai’i Island’s treasured lands.

The GREAT SUCCESS OF THE 2% LAND FUND PROGRAM:

  • PROPERTIES PROPOSED BY CITIZENS FOR ACQUISITION: 180
  • PROPERTIES ACQUIRED since 2006: ONLY 14
  • LAND ACQUIRED: 4,428 acres of land acquired with an additional 2,200 acres will be acquired soon at Waikapuna in Ka’u.
  • MONEY SPENT: County of Hawaii 2% Land Fund   $ 27,389,268. Grants from Matching funds from State Legacy Land and US Fish and Wildlife $8,764,083. And $2 million from a private donor.

The Charter Commission is currently discussing 3 Charter Amendments (as of January 23, 2019)  that affect the fund:

WHAT IS THE CHARTER COMMISSION? The Charter Commission meets every 10 years to revise the Hawaii County Charter. Mayor Kim appointed all eleven members. Three of the commissioners are from the Districts of north and south Hilo, 3 of the commissioners are from south Hilo, one is from South Hilo and Kea’ au, one is from Puna, one from north Kona, one from south Kona. No one represents West Puna or District 7 North and South Kona. Eight of the commissioners are from Hilo, ONLY 3 of the Commissioners are from the west side of the island.

THE CHARTER COMMISSIONERS ARE:  William Carthage Bergin, Michelle Galimba, Paul K. Hamano, Kevin D. Hopkins, Bobby Jean Leithead Todd, Sarah H. Rice, Christopher John Imiloa Roehrig, Marcia A.K. Saquing, Donna Mae Springer, Douglass Shipman Adams, Chairperson Jennifer Zelko-Schlueter, Vice Chairperson IF YOU KNOW ANY OF OUR FELLOW CITIZENS, PLEASE TALK TO THEM.

THE REBUTTALS to the Arguments we have heard to reduce the 2% Land Fund:

Other counties have much less dedicated money for land acquisition.   That is true, Oahu and Maui have a lot larger property tax base because they have a larger population and much more property tax revenue. They also have less vacant land to save.   Kauai is almost at full development.

You are taking away money from hiring Police.         Two percent of the county tax revenue is approximately $5 to $6 million per year. In hard times, property taxes are less and the county has less money coming in and the 2% for the Land Fund is also less. The 2% Land Fund adjusts in hard times that are why it’s a percentage.  The County budget is $524 million so the 2% Land Fund amount of $5 or $6 billion is really only 1.5% of the entire revenue stream for the County of Hawaii. I’ve been running my own business for 40 years; I can cut 1.5% from my budget in 5 minutes.  WHY is THIS SUCH A BIG DEAL?

More than half the land on the Big Island is in Conservation, why do we need to buy more land?” asked Commissioner Roehrig.  That is true, but it is zoned Conservation.  Properties zoned Conservation were rezoned and beach access limited at the big hotels in Waikoloa and at Kohanaiki, Mauna Lani, O’oma and Kukio The Four Seasons.  Zoning does NOT protect land!

In the case of a natural disaster the County should be able to take these funds.  The County of Hawaii has earthquakes, floods, volcanoes, high winds and hurricanes.  The County government is supposed to care for Citizen’s Safety.    The County of Hawaii has a Disaster Relief Fund for this purpose.  The real problem is that the Mayor and Council raid this fund to balance the budget.  This was evident in the recent lava flow disaster, when there was little money to cover the costs.

We have to delete the Perpetuity clause, in case we have to sell land because we cannot take care of it, said by Mayor Harry Kim in addressing the Charter Commission. See the link below to the video. The perpetuity clause says: “This property (or easement) was acquired with money from the Public Access, Open Space and Natural Resources Preservation Fund.  It shall be held in perpetuity for the use and enjoyment of the people of Hawai’i County and may not be sold, mortgaged, traded or transferred in any way.”   WHY would anyone or any group donate matching funds if they knew the land they helped purchase could be sold and the money put into the General Fund to balance the budget.

We can’t take care of all this land; we should sell some to the National Parks so they can take care of it.  I heard the Mayor say this, it’s recorded in a Big Island Video clip. Doesn’t Mayor Kim know we have a Maintenance Fund for exactly his purpose? The County is currently collaborating with the National Park Service for both the Kahuku property and on the Waikapuna property, which is under contract in Ka’u. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park helps to manage the Kahuku property. The Ala Kahakai Trail Association in conjunction with the National Park Service’s Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail has a management plan for the King’s Trail or Ala Kahakai Trail that runs 175 miles from Upolu Point near Hawi to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. The State of Hawaii Legacy Lands program frequently donates money to purchase properties.

VIDEO SHOWING Mayor Harry Kim WANTING TO TAKE THE FUND: http://www.bigislandvideonews.com/2017/02/09/video-mayor-kim-wants-to-reduce-two-percent-land-fund/

Harry Kim talks about reducing the fund and raising taxes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SEAwuvjmv50

PROCESS of CHARTER AMENDMENTS:  STAY TUNED!

  1. SUBMIT Charter amendments have to  a Charter Commissioner to be considered.
  2.  The Charter Commission then DEBATE The proposed amendments are debated and if they are approved move on to
  3. FIRST READING.  If a majority votes no, then the proposed amendment dies, If they are approved at first reading (sometimes with amendments) then the proposed charter amendments are presented at
  4. PUBLIC MEETINGS-  public meetings (please attend these when they are in your area).
  5.  Ideas  by the public may then be incorporated into the proposed charter amendments to be reconsidered at the Charter Commission
  6. SECOND READING- The Charter Commission votes  again at Second Reading
  7. COUNTY COUNCIL -those amendment that passed 2nd reading go to County Council for 2 or 3 readings.
  8. The process must be finished by August 19
  9. APPEAR ON THE BALLOT FOR NOVEMBER 2020

SiGN UP TO BE KEPT INFORMED: hecht.deb@gmail.com

QUICK HISTORY OF THE LEGISLATION FROM 2005 to 2018:

  1. Where did the 2% amount come from?   In 2004 and early 2005 Sammie Stanbro-Olson donated money to the Trust for Public Lands (TPL) for a survey of Hawaii County residents to ask if they would approve a 1% or 2% Land Fund as a ballot measure. A large majority of residents said they would want a 2% Land Fund because land is so expensive on the Big Island.
  2. The Save Our Lands Citizen’s Committee Petition Initiative drive collected 9,600 signatures from April to July of 2006. This was during Harry Kim’s first term. Mayor Kim was adamantly against setting aside 2% of property taxes for land acquisition, even though this is only1.5% of the total income for the County.   County Clerk Connie Kiriu and County Counsel Lincoln Ashida disqualified almost 6,000 signatures for leaving off Pl, St. or Rd, or if husband and wife used ditto marks for their address when signing under each other or if the year was left off, (we collected signatures from May to July so it was only during 2005 which made the year implied and irrelevant).
  3. We needed 4,400 signatures to get the measure on the ballot, but because of the disqualifications we didn’t get enough. The County Council at Chair Stacy Higa’s request, decided to place the 2% ballot measure on the ballot for 2006 anyway.
  4. Despite the Corporation Counsel submitting confusing ballot language using double negatives, the amendment to the Code passed by 63% of voters who voted on the issue and become part of the Hawaii County Code.
  5. In 2008- As the his first piece of legislation, Mayor Kenoi and the County Council suspended deposits to the Fund for two years. This was possible because the legislation was part of the Hawaii County Code. The Save Our Lands Citizens’ Committee pointed out that there were more than 260 funded but unfilled jobs in his budget (costing $14 million), which were then cut, but Mayor Kenoi failed to reinstate payments to the 2% Land Fund after cutting these budget entries.
  6. In 2010, the Charter Commission put the Land Fund on the ballot again, but only as the 1% Land Fund.  Again the Land Fund passed by 63% of voters, who voted on the measure. The Save Our Lands Committee supported this because it was a charter amendment and could only be overturned by a vote of the people. We wouldn’t have to sit in budget hearings each year.
  7. In 2012, to honor all the people who signed the petitions and worked so hard over the years, we realized we needed to put the 2% Land Fund back on the ballot as a Charter Amendment, together with a 1/4% Maintenance Fund. We wanted to make sure the Council and Mayor couldn’t stop deposits. A charter amendment can only be undone by a vote of the people.  Again, 63% of voters approved both measures. As part of the 2% Land Fund legislation, every property obtained with our taxpayer funds shall have a covenant that runs with the land that states: “This property (or easement) was acquired with money from the Public Access, Open Space and Natural Resources Preservation Fund.  It shall be held in perpetuity for the use and enjoyment of the people of Hawai’i County and may not be sold, mortgaged, traded or transferred in any way.” This has already blocked a potential land trade with the State of Hawaii.
  8. The Maintenance Fund was clarified in the Hawaii County Code in 2016 to allow the PONC Commission to review Stewardship Grants and to recommend which grants to approve to the Director of Finance.

 

 

The ART OF RESILIENCE, RE-BIRTH and the LESSON of the JAPANESE BOWL

Some people are like a Phoenix rising from the ashes of their life’s trials to emerge stronger. What is it about this person that builds their resilience? Is it the ability to find the gold in every black cloud? Is it an unshakeable belief in self? Could it be the ability to shift gears to adapt to the changes in life? Could it be to look towards the future with hope? Maybe it’s all of these. Here’s a wonderful metaphor to keep in mind when life’s obstacles seem insurmountable.

“In Japan there is an art form called kintsukuroi which means, “to repair with gold”.  When a ceramic pot or bowl would break, the artisan would put the pieces together again using gold or silver lacquer to create something stronger, more beautiful, than it was before. The breaking is not something to hide. It does not mean that the work of art is ruined or without value because it is different than what was planned. Kintsukuroi is a way of living that embraces every flaw and imperfection.  Every crack is part of the history of the object and it becomes more beautiful, precisely because it had been broken. People are the same way. Sometimes, when everything we valued and built up and cared for over the years falls to pieces, we are better able to see opportunities and possibilities that would have never presented themselves had life not been torn to rags.  Or standing and staring in the face of broken promises and broken dreams, eye-to-bloodshot-eye with our most assiduous fears, sometimes we discover that we were stronger than we imagined: that we can withstand more and that there is no reason to fear.  Sometimes trauma brings us closer to God, or to our purpose in life, or leaves us more appreciative than we were before: appreciative and even happy.  And when we are betrayed by someone we’ve loved, or taken advantage of, sometimes it is our trust and faith in others that grows stronger.  We look around at all the friends and acquaintances and strangers that come rushing to our aide, and our faith in human goodness is restored.  Cherish your relationships. Nurture them. That people are resilient is neither a stick of admonishment, nor a salve that takes suffering away. What it is, is a marker of hope. People can grow in the face of the horrific. It is evidence of what might be possible, no matter the loss, no matter the pain – kintsukuroi.” https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/luminous-things/201510/resilience-growth-kintsukuroi

Japanese Bowl by Peter Mayer

I’m like one of those Japanese bowls
That were made long ago
I have some cracks in me
They have been filled with gold

That’s what they used back then
When they had a bowl to mend
It did not hide the cracks
It made them shine instead

So now every old scar shows
From every time I broke
And anyone’s eyes can see
I’m not what I used to be

But in a collector’s mind
All of these jagged lines
Make me more beautiful
And worth a much higher price

I’m like one of those Japanese bowls
I was made long ago
I have some cracks you can see
See how they shine of gold

To Listen to this song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qOAzobTIGr8

Debbie Hecht, My Story 4.2019

Debbie Hecht: MY STORY

I grew up a block from the ocean in Deal, New Jersey, where my love of the ocean began.  I love being in a small town, knowing neighbors and being able to make a difference in my community. I enjoy reading, researching and writing educational pieces and legislation. I am a swimmer, snorkeler, hiker, Master Gardener and tennis player.  I live with Jon Luft. My son, Matt Bender (PhD candidate at UCLA for Computer Science) and wife Melanie and granddaughter, Mila live in Culver City, CA.    I graduated from Asbury Park High School, in Asbury Park, New Jersey.

TUCSON, AZ

  • Graduated from the University of Arizona and taught school for several years.
  • In 1978 I became licensed to sell real estate in Arizona, specializing in selling land and apartment buildings.  I was a licensed as a real estate broker from 1981 to 2014.
  • I invested in tri-plexes and 4-plexes as I earned the money for down payments to be able to establish a dependable income. I remodeled 11 properties and designed and built my own home. I have managed properties since 1978.
  • I was elected to the Tucson Mountain Association in 1998 as a Board member for 2 years and TMA President for 6 years. During, during my tenure at TMA we:
  1. Partnered with the Trust for Public Lands to save 880 acres as Sweetwater Nature Preserve and to protect endangered species, which is now a Pima County Park.
  2. Helped to turn out more voters than any area in Pima County to pass the $215 million Open Space Bond that purchased Sweetwater ($12.1 million) as the first acquisition.
  3. I wrote the legislation to protect the peaks and ridges in Pima County and led the group to successfully lobby to make the Peaks and Ridges Ordinance part of the Pima County Code.
  4. Led the planning of Columbus Park, a 300-acre active sports park, facilitated adding 60 acres to the park by the City of Tucson as ball fields. TMA collaborated with 18 homeowners groups to plan a 12-mile long roadway with 3 different governments, which is now being built.
  5. Organized political forums:
    1. To help elect Pima County Supervisors, concerned with open space and land preservation.
    2. To elect a Pima County Assessor who promised to give tax reductions for conservation easements to abandon development rights.
  6. I represented TMA on the 85-member Steering Committee for 4 years that wrote the Sonoran Desert Conservation Plan (a multi-species habitat conservation plan) and provided direction for areas for development. To see the complete plan: http://webcms.pima.gov/government/sustainability_and_conservation/conservation_science/the_sonoran_desert_conservation_plan
  7. I worked with Gail Hartmann to write legislation to award property tax reductions to property owners who used conservation easements to reduce or extinguish their development rights.
  8. APPOINTMENTS and COLLABORATIONS:
  • Appointed to the Board to recommend Judicial Appointments
  • Appointed to the Pima County Bond Advisory Board by Supervisor Sharon Bronson.
  • Worked with Congressmen Raul Grijalva (AZ-D) on land use issues when he was a supervisor. (He was a great supporter of creating Sweetwater Nature Preserve and the Sonoran Desert Conservation Plan). Grijalva is now the Chair of the House or Representatives Committee on Natural Resources.

HAWAII- I lived on the Big Island of Hawaii (Hawaii County) for 12 years from 2001 to 2013 and I return frequently to see friends and manage properties. While on the Big Island I have worked on:

  • The 2% Land Fund as Campaign Coordinator from 2005 to now to pass the legislation to create the 2% Land Fund. The Land Fund was on the ballot 3 times. It will be on the ballot again as part of the charter review process.
  • The 2% Land Fund sets aside 2% of property taxes each year for Open Space acquisition in Hawaii County.
  • In 2013 I wrote the enabling legislation with Council member Brenda Ford to set aside of property taxes to maintain properties acquired with the 2% Land Fund.
  • So far, 4,400 acres has been preserved, which as of 7.2018, the County of Hawaii 2% Land Fund has paid: $27,389,268 million of taxpayer funds, received Grants from matching funds from State Legacy Lands and the US Fish and Wildlife Agency for endangered species totaling $8.764 million, and from Private funds: $2,000,000 million
  • There are and additional 2,200 more acres at Waikapuna, Ka’u slated for acquisition this year (2019) from the 2% Land Fund, with matching funds. Waikapuna is the Public Access, Open Space and Natural Resources highest priority for acquisition for 2017.
  • I was appointed by Mayor Billy Kenoi to the Public Access, Open Space Natural Resources Commission, which prioritize citizen’s proposals on lands to be acquired each year as recommendation for acquisitions
  • Worked as the legislative aid to Council member Brenda Ford for the Hawaii County Council and helped to research and write legislation.
  • Served as a board member and secretary for 4 years with the Hawaii Pacific Parks Association (HPPA) and served on the committee to re-write the bylaws for that group.  HPPA is the non-profit that runs the bookstores at the National Parks in the state of Hawaii, and makes grants with the proceeds that provide funding for interpretive staff salaries and National Parks projects.
  • Worked as a member of the League of Women Voters to re-write the Initiative and Referendum Article that was approved by voters and is part of the Hawaii County Charter.
  • Proposed several changes to the Hawaii County charter during the charter review in 2010 on Referendum, Recall and Transparency in Government.
  • Wrote the by-laws and was the founder of the Kona Community Tennis Association in Kona.
  • Helped to write the by-laws for the West Hawaii Unitarian Universalists and is a founding member.

SAN DIEGO AREA: 2013 to present

  • I was appointed by Sierra Club National to the Steering Committee to help resurrect Sierra Club San Diego after National Sierra Club suspended the charter of the local Sierra Club for infighting and possible malfeasance.
  • I was then elected chair of the Steering Committee for the San Diego Chapter of the Sierra Club and served for 2 years from February of 2014 to January of 2016 to take over when the chapter was suspended.
  • I resigned after 2 years in frustration over lack of priorities, decisions on employees and budgets.
  • I researched from experience in Hawaii and California and wrote the Guidelines with many others for Aquaculture that were unanimously accepted by the 39 delegates representing all of the chapters of the Sierra Club in California and Nevada at the 2016 Sierra Club’s California Nevada Regional Conservation Committee.
  • Directed the effort at the Unitarian Universalists Fellowship of San Dieguito to convert to an all-solar campus and wrote the Kitchen Guidelines to eliminate waste and reduce recycling.
  • Appointed to the Sustainability Advisory Board for Del Mar working on water sustainability, recycling and transportation.
  • Working with neighbors to protect Scripps Bluff Preserve near Dog Beach in Del Mar, CA.

Currently in APRIL 2019- in HAWAII THE CHARTER COMMISSION is slated to meet every 10 years to critique the Hawaii County Charter. I have been the Campaign Coordinator since 2006 for the Save Our Lands Citizens’’ Committee. Right now the 2% LAND FUND PROGRAM is under scrutiny and debate. Our loyal group of supporters is currently lobbying to improve the 2% Land Fund Program with recommendations from non-profits that have applied for Maintenance Fund Grants. We hope to fund a full time staff person to administer the 2% Land Fund Program and improve the Maintenance Fund Program to empower local non-profits in their work to care for these lands. This process should be completed by August 2019 and will either be on the ballot for November 2019 or 2020.   These dates will dictate the Save Our Lands Citizens’ Committee efforts for a campaign. For more information go to: https://debbiehecht.com/2019/01/15/2-land-fund-program-at-the-charter-commission-as-of-january-142019/

 

Beyond Streets – Graffiti

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Open in Los Angeles till August 26- with Andrew Luft

ABOUT BEYOND THE STREETS

BEYOND THE STREETS (BTS) is the premier exhibition of graffiti, street art and beyond, celebrating the soaring heights to which the world’s most recognizable modern art movement has risen. BTS is a groundbreaking multimedia showcase of paintings, sculpture, photography, installations and more throughout 40,000+ sq ft of industrial indoor and outdoor space.


BEYOND THE STREETS is curated by Roger Gastman. He is a graffiti historian, urban anthropologist and collector who Forbes says “has made a career of being the cultural connector between street artists and the art world.” BEYOND THE STREETS is Gastman’s dynamic follow-up to Art in the Streets, the U.S.’ first-ever graffiti and street art retrospective which broke MoCA Los Angeles’ attendance record with 220,000 visitors. Known for founding and co-publishing Swindle magazine with Shepard Fairey, Gastman co-authored The History of American Graffiti and co-produced the Oscar Award-nominated Banksy documentary Exit Through the Gift Shop.

Additional curation by Editor in Chief of Juxtapoz Magazine Evan Pricco, author and historian Caleb Neelon, and legendary NYC graffiti writer and historian David “Chino” Villorente. Adam Lerner, Director of the MCA Denver serves as a curatorial advisor. The exhibition is produced by Ian Mazie.

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Cousin’s Tour of the California Coast: Los Angeles to Bodega Bay April/ May 2018

 

 

Wendy Golding and I left Los Angeles on April 22nd after  dinner and short visit in Culver City,  with my son, Matt Bender,  his wife Melanie and my grand daughter Mila. We stayed in Ventura that night.

The next morning we took the ferry to Scorpion Bay at Santa Cruz Island  where we kayaked into a few of the caves. We hiked the island’s coast trail up the bluff to overlook the Channel towards the California Coast. We saw several of the island foxes, which are native to six of the eight Channel Islands of California. Because of the isolation of each of the islands, each subspecies is unique to the island where it lives.  On our return ferry trip we were accompanied by a huge pod of dolphins. It was a  wonderful day  on the water!

Our tour continued up to the quaint Danish type town of Solvang, the Madonna Inn and up the coast to Morro Bay where we walked around Morro Rock and then continued our drive north and a walk on the Moonstone Beach Boardwalk. We ended the day just south of San Simeon where we spent the night so the next day we could tour Hearst Castle.

The Hearst Castle tour included the guesthouses, the main house the pool and tennis courts. We headed up the coat to see the Elephant Seal rookery with these huge animals and the baby seals.

Highway 1 is still closed from the landslides so we headed over the hills on Highway 46 back to Highway 101 and north through Paso Robles to Bradley, where we went west over the mountains to the coast and Highway 1 just south of the tiny town of Lucia. We continued our drive up the coast with a quick stop at Nepenthe to stay in Pacific Grove and had a great dinner at The Monterey Fish House.

The next morning we headed to the Monterey Bay Aquarium but discovered the Monterey Pacific Trail and went for a gorgeous walk past the Seal Rookery and to Lover’s Point. As we returned to the town of Monterey, we heard that there was a group of sea otters in one of the coves. We never did see the otters, but discovered that one of the Whale Watch boats had seen orcas that morning, so we headed out on the boat, where we saw several pods of Orcas and had the great fortune to see them up close! Wendy took a spectacular video of one pod.

We headed up the coast to stay with Wendy’s friends from college, Lauren and Vince Cardinale in Los Gatos. They have Camp Cardinale, a Pet Sitting and Vacation for Dogs.   We ate dinner with friends and canines.

Lauren and Vince advised us not to miss the Apple Building which was on our way up to Muir Woods and the coast north of San Francisco.   We hiked the trails in Muir Woods and continued up through Stinson Beach to Bodega Bay to meet my cousin and Wendy’s Aunt,  Kate Hecht.

Kate continued as our tour guide with visits to several wineries and a hike at  Bodega Head.  We finished the day at Kate’s home in Bodega Bay with a crab cake dinner and a spectacular sunset overlooking the Pacific. I left the next morning to drive back to San Diego, but Kate and Wendy went to San Francisco to continue their trip.                        What fun with my cousins, I hope we can keep heading up the coast on future trips!

PUBLISHING PICTURES- We love you to love our pictures but please ask permission before using and give credit to the photographer.  Thanks Debbie Hecht

Yucatan 2018

Jon Luft and I travelled to Valladolid, Mexico on the Yucatan peninsula in March and April  of 2018 to meet his cousins,  Susan and Greg Dorr and Ruth Stitt.  We had been there previously, but learned that Susan and Greg had great friends there who lived in Dzitnup, Jose and Alicia Roman Poot Moo, their children and extended family.  We were there during Easter week and we saw lots of  churches.   We explored cenotes, the underground lakes to cool off after touring the  Mayan temples.   It was a great trip especially being with family who are friends.

 

2% LAND FUND REPORT: History, Process and Successes for Hawai’i County’s 2% Land Fund as of March 1, 2019

These properties have been acquired by the 2% Land Fund through 2019

A MESSAGE FROM DEBBIE HECHT: It has been my great honor to be Campaign Coordinator for the 2% Land Fund over the last 13 years. I have learned that kuleana communities are built around our island’s treasured places. Building community is the “gold” and the greatest benefit that has grown out of the struggles for the 2% Land Fund.   Out of this love of the land has grown non-profit community groups that are volunteering their time and using their own money to care for these special places.   To see the 2018 Report to the Mayor by the Public Access and Open Space Commission (PONC), which lists this year’s top 10 properties recommended for conservation go to: http://records.co.hawaii.hi.us/weblink/1/edoc/97446/2018-12-31%20(2018%20PONC%20Annual%20Report%20to%20the%20Mayor)-PDF.pdf

THE 2% LAND FUND WAS ON THE BALLOT AS A CHARTER AMENDMENT. In 2012, Debbie Hecht and Council member Brenda Ford added an important clause that runs with the land as a Deed Restriction, which says:

“This property (or easement) was acquired with money from the Public Access, Open Space and Natural Resources Preservation Fund.  It shall be held in perpetuity for the use and enjoyment of the people of Hawai’i County and may not be sold, mortgaged, traded or transferred in any way.”

Council Member Brenda Ford and I thought this was very important. It takes several years before a property is proposed by citizens, gets through the Public Access and Open Space Commission and is funded and acquired by the County with our tax dollars.   The groups that propose these lands work hard to bring them forward and hard to care for them after they are acquired, frequently using their own money, their time and hard work to improve these properties. These properties are purchased with citizen’s tax money and the properties should be reserved for the use of all of us, our keiki and grandchildren.   This should not be subject to change just because the county cannot make their budget. The county should be fiscally responsible and have a sizeable Disaster Relief Fund. Our County has more natural disasters than any county in the US. Wouldn’t this be prudent? This is a voter mandated set aside. IF not dedicated in perpetuity, the land could be sold, developed for a hotel; beach access controlled like what happened at the Mauna Kea, Mauna Lani, Kukio Four Seasons Resorts and Kohanaiki. The money would disappear into the general fund. Another great gift of the 2% Land Fund is the capacity to apply for matching funds. The County frequently applies for an gets money for matching funds from State Legacy Lands and US Fish and Wildlife Service. So far, the County has received $8.76 million in matching funds, approximately 25% of the purchase price of the acquired properties. Why would they want to contribute money to these land purchases if the County could turn around and sell the land?

COUNTY/ STATE and FEDERAL GOVERNMENT COOPERATION: The County is currently collaborating with the National Park Service for both the Kahuku property and on the Waikapuna property which is under contract in Ka’u. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park helps to manage the Kahoka property. The Ala Kahakai Trail Association in conjunction with the Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail https://www.nps.gov/alka/index.htm, which has a management plan for the King’s Trail or Ala Kahakai Trail that runs 175 miles from Upolu Point near Hawi to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. The State of Hawaii Legacy Lands program frequently donates money to purchase properties.

THE MAINTENANCE FUND CHARTER AMENDMENT was on the ballot in 2012. Council member Brenda Ford and I wrote the legislation creating the 2% Maintenance Fund to care for the lands obtained by the 2% Land Fund. Maintenance Fund grants are available to community groups who are maintaining Hawai’i Islands treasured places. Our intent was to empower these groups to continue their good work and to enable and encourage kuleana and the building of community for these lands.  The County has made good use of these funds. But in the last 5 years there have only been 2 groups that have obtained these funds. WHY?  This process needs to be improved. It has now been placed under the care of the PONC Commission. This should help get these funds to community groups!  I was a PONC commissioner and these volunteers are strong advocates for land conservation and maintenance. Get in touch with your PONC Commissioner and ask their help to obtain Maintenance Funds or how to suggest lands for preservation in your community.     Only 9% of all deposits in the Maintenance Fund have been received via stewardship grants by land conservation non-profits.   Here is the information:  Maintenance Fund with Critique 1.31.2019

PROPERTY ACQUISITION PROCESS is available here: http://records.co.hawaii.hi.us/weblink/browse.aspx?dbid=1&startid=13770

In the above map you can see there are 14 properties that have been purchased and 14 groups that can use assistance. If you are one of these groups we encourage you to apply to the Public Access and Open Space Commission (PONC). There is one property in escrow as of March 1, 2019 that will add 2,200 acres.

The County should do better to enable and empower our communities and the PONC Commission seems to agree.

The 2018 Report to the Mayor contains:  The Report is located here: http://records.co.hawaii.hi.us/weblink/1/edoc/97223/2018-12-31%20(2018%20PONC%20Annual%20Report%20to%20the%20Mayor)-PDF.pdf

The Public Access and Open Space and Natural Resourses Commission’s STEWARDSHIP GRANT: Properties that are acquired with Land Fund monies can apply for maintenance funds. Here is a link to the application. http://records.co.hawaii.hi.us/weblink/1/edoc/80189/PONC%20Stewardship%20Grant%20Request%20Form%20(application%20period%20801%20-%2083116).pdf

The GREAT SUCCESS OF THE 2% LAND FUND:

  • PROPERTIES ACQUIRED since 2006: 14   Waikapuna is in escrow as of March 1, 2019 
  • PROPERTIES SUBMITTED FOR ACQUISITION: 180
  • LAND ACQUIRED: 4,428 acres of land already acquired suggested by community members  Waikapuna will add approximately 2,200 acres. 
  • MONEY SPENT: County of Hawaii 2% Land Fun   $ 27,389,268.

                             Grants from Matching funds*                    $8,764,083.

                                   Private funds:                                            $2,000,000

*MATCHING FUNDS- My opinion: The highest and best use of 2% of taxpayer’s funds is to use the 2% Land Fund to get dollar for dollar matching funds. To date the County has only received 1 dollar for every 3 dollars spent for taxpayers OR only 32% of the money spent is from grants.   The ultimate goal would be to get dollar for dollar matching funds.

PROPERTIES SUBMITTED TO THE PONC COMMISSION TO BE CONSIDERED FOR ACQUISITION since December 28, 2016: This information came from the Comprehensive List of Properties http://records.co.hawaii.hi.us/weblink/1/edoc/84955/2016-12-28%20PONC%20Comprehensive%20List%20of%20Properties%20Submitted%20by%20the%20Public.pdf_

QUICK HISTORY OF THE LEGISLATION FROM 2005 to 2018:

  1. Where did the 2% amount come from?   In 2004 and early 2005 the Trust for Public Lands (TPL) did a survey of Hawaii County residents to ask if they would like to see a 1% Land Fund or 2% Land Fund. A large majority of residents said they would want a 2% Land Fund because land is so expensive on the Big Island.   Sammie Stanbro donated the money to TPL for this survey.
  2. The Save Our Lands Citizen’s Committee Petition Initiative drive collected 9,600 signatures from April to July of 2006. This was during Harry Kim’s first term. Mayor Kim was adamantly against setting aside 2% of property taxes for land acquisition, even though this is 1.5% of the total income for the County.   County Clerk Connie Kiriu and County Counsel Lincoln Ashida disqualified almost 6,000 signatures for leaving off Pl, St. or Rd, or if husband and wife used ditto marks for their address when signing under each other or if the year was left off, (we collected signatures from May to July so it was only during 2005 which made the year implied and irrelevant).
  3. We needed 4,400 signatures, but because of the disqualifications we didn’t get enough. The County Council decided to place the ballot measure on the ballot for 2006 anyway.
  4. Despite the Corporation Counsel submitting confusing ballot language using double negatives, the amendment to the Code passed by 63% of voters who voted on the issue and become part of the Hawaii County Code.
  5. In 2008- Mayor Kenoi and the County Council suspended deposits to the Fund for two years as his very first piece of legislation after taking office because the legislation was part of the Hawaii County Code. The Save Our Lands Citizens’ Committee pointed out that there were more than 260 funded but unfilled jobs in his budget, but Mayor Kenoi failed to reinstate payments to the 2% Land Fund after cutting these budget entries totaling approximately $14 million.
  6. In 2010, the Charter Commission put the Land Fund on the ballot again, but only as the 1% Land Fund.  Again the Land Fund passed by 63% of voters, who voted on the measure.
  7. In 2012, to honor all the people who signed the petitions and worked so hard over the years, Debbie Hecht and Brenda Ford realized we needed to put the 2% Land Fund back on the ballot as a Charter Amendment, together with a 1/4% Maintenance Fund. We wanted to make sure the Council and Mayor couldn’t stop fund deposits and a charter amendment can only be undone by a vote of the people.  Again, 63% of voters approved both measures. As part of the 2% Land Fund legislation, every property obtained with our taxpayer funds shall have a covenant that runs with the land stating that these lands are to be held in perpetuity for the citizens of the County of Hawaii and cannot be sold, traded, mortgaged etc.  This has already blocked a potential land trade with the State of Hawaii.
  8. The Maintenance Fund was clarified in the Hawaii County Code in 2016 to allow the PONC Commission to review Stewardship Grants and to recommend which grants to approve to the Director of Finance.

GRASS ROOTS ORGANIZING PROCESS to pass the 3 ballot measures:

  • During the Petition Initiative process, the Save Our Lands Citizen Committee had more than 100 people who collected signatures of more than 50 signatures each in 2006.
  • The Committee has a 2,200 personal email list, which we use to inform our supporters, or if we need emails sent to elected officials, or to ask people to show up for public meetings or to lobbying their Council members.   They represent about a large portion of the voting public on the island. (There have been approximately 100,000 voters registered for the County of Hawaii, usually about 33,000 of these registered voters actually vote)  Our grassroots efforts asks supporters to forward our emails to friends and family.

Citizens have proposed 180 properties for acquisition:

  • Puna area: 16 properties
  • South Hilo area: 16 properties
  • North Hilo: 7 properties
  • Hamakua: 26 properties
  • North Kohala: 29 properties
  • South Kohala: 18 properties
  • North Kona: 27 properties
  • South Kona: 14 properties
  • Ka’u: 27 properties

The Community recommends a property to the Public Access and Open Space Commission, here is the process and links to the application: http://records.co.hawaii.hi.us/weblink/1/edoc/84953/Process%20for%20Property%20Acquisition%20with%20Funds%20from%20the%20PONC%20Fund.pdf

THE HAWAII COUNTY CHARTER AND THE HAWAII COUNTY CODE: which regulates the 2% Land Fund (PONC) and the PONC Maintenance Fund go to: http://records.co.hawaii.hi.us/weblink/browse.aspx?startid=13770&dbid=1

Submitted by Debbie Hecht, Campaign Coordinator Save Our Lands Citizen’s Committee Hecht.deb@gmail.com 808-989-3222

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A Cardiac Care Unit for the Big Island of Hawai’i

Updated January 15,2017

THE PROBLEM and the NEED:  The GOLDEN 2 HOUR WINDOW FOR CARE:          People with cardiac problems- heart attacks and strokes must be airlifted to hospitals in Honolulu or to Maui Memorial to be treated.   There is a 2 hour window when patients need to be treated in order to expect a full recovery.  Think about where you live on the Big Island.  At least from my home it would take 45 minutes to get to Kona Community Hospital Emergency Room, then the time to be diagnosed and then get the helicopter and then the 45 minute + time to Oahu, getting checked in and a cardiologist hopefully is at the hospital and you need to be seen, an Operating Room hopefully is available.  Mayor Harry Kim has had 3 heart attacks,  two County Councils Chairs Dominic Yagong and Pete Hoffmann have all had to be airlifted off island to be treated for heart attacks.  Who do you know?

STATISTICS FROM 2016 FOR KONA COMMUNITY HOSPITAL supplied to Representative Nicole Lowen from Judy Donovan who is the Regional Director of Marketing and Strategic Planning at Kona Community Hospital and the Kohala Hospital. She thanked Dr. Rosen for his help in compiling the following numbers:

“We were able to get the following information from the HHIC database for calendar year 2016.  Mahalo to Dr. Rosen for here assistance in pulling this data together.

BREAKDOWN OF CASES and TRANSFERS:  Case definition = DRG Invasive Cardiology (Author Note: DRG is an insurance code)

  1. Total Cardiac Cases at Kona Community Hospital (KCH) = 375
  2. Cases admitted and discharged at KCH = 218 = 58%
  3. Cases transferred to other neighbor island hospitals = 16 = 4% (Maui Memorial)
  4. Cases transferred to Oahu hospitals = 151 = 38%**

**Note: approximately 40% of transfers to Oahu were Kaiser patients.  Some of those patients may have been admitted to KCH had they been otherwise insured.” Note: These patients were airlifted to Kaiser Moanalua, Queens, Pali Momi or Straub).

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REPORT FOR A CARDIAC CARE FOR WEST HAWAII  Debbie Hecht reporting June 2016

A Cardiac Care Unit is needed on the Big Island. Several well-known community members have been airlifted to Queens Hospital in Honolulu or Maui Memorial Hospital with heart problems or strokes: Mayor Kim, Council Chair Pete Hoffmann, and OHA Representative Bob Lindsey

Before going to Kona, I discussed a cardiac care unit for West Hawaii with Jon Luft, Architect and Teri Oelrich, medical planner at NBBJ Architects, who specialize in planning and designing hospitals. They are currently involved in building a one million square foot, state-of-the-art replacement hospital for Loma Linda University Medical Center in Loma Linda, California. Jon lived on the Big Island in the 1980’s and Teri has also worked in Hawaii. Teri thought that a hybrid Operating Room (OR) and Catheterization Lab would be a first step to assessing the need/use of a Cardiac Care Unit. She was helpful in explaining the process for a Certificate of Need. From these discussions, I learned that hospitals make money on their operating rooms. North Hawaii Community Hospital is booked solid with orthopedic and gastroenterology procedures. Queens Medical has taken over the operations of North Hawaii Community Hospital. There is currently no facility or any cardiologists to staff a dedicated cardiac care unit for West Hawaii. We came to the conclusion that Kona Community Hospital (KCH) was the best location for a Cardiac Care unit. I also learned there is additional, unused land adjacent to the Kona Community Hospital for expansion if a full-scale cardiac care unit is needed in the future. I also learned that here is a 2-hour window where a patient must receive intervential care to recover completely. By the time a cardiac victim would get from their home to KCH is evaluated and airlifted to Maui or Oahu, much more than two hours have elapsed- 4 hours is a more likely estimate. All of the people I talked to expressed the need for a new hospital closer to the Kona International Airport.

Kona Community Hospital has one cardiologist listed on their list of specialists, Dr. Michael Dang who comes periodically from Honolulu. Dr. Larry Derbes has applied for privileges at KCH and is an interventional cardiologist in private practice in Kona. He agrees that a Catheterization Lab to do stents and ablations and to treat strokes is very necessary for West Hawaii, would save lives and result in better outcomes and quality of life for cardiac patients. He is interested in helping to establish, and in working at a Cardiac Care Facility. He also outlined the challenges of a doctor trying to make a living on the Big Island because of the Medicare reimbursement rate, which is roughly 93% of the actual cost of living. He was working in Waimea, but is closing that office and moving his practice to downtown Kona, approximately 20 minutes from KCH.

Jay Kreuzer, is the CEO of KCH, and has also been a cardiac patient. He said that the problem with the the Medicare reimbursement rate of only 93% of the actual cost, is compounded by Hawaii Medical Services Association (HMSA-the State of Hawaii’s biggest healthcare insurer) compensates at only 110% of the Medicare Reimbursement Rate as compared with most mainland insurance companies which reimburse at 130% of the Medicare rate. These explanations further illustrate the negative impacts of insufficient reimbursement rates for attracting and retaining good doctors on the islands. He told me that there is an airlift almost every day from KCH to either Queens in Honolulu or Maui Memorial and they are usually for heart or stroke patients. He confided that Queens and KCH are in negotiations to acquire KCH.   He said the difficulty with a Cardiac Care unit is finding cardiologists to staff the clinics, “There is no sense in building it if we don’t have the staff.” If Queens acquires KCH, he believes more doctors would be available for rotations at KCH for specialties. Queens’ strategy would be to enable more patients to stay on the outer islands instead of going to Oahu because their beds are always full. He also told me that the recent heavy rains had caused extensive flooding and damage to one of the Operating Rooms, which might represent an opportunity to remodel for a hybrid OR and Cath Lab.

I also met with Dr. Frank Sayre, Chair of the Board for the West Hawaii Regional Hospital Board of Directors, which oversees Kona Community Hospital and the North Kohala Community Hospital. He reiterated what Jay Kreuzer said about why it is difficult to keep good doctors. He told me that he had discussed setting up a “funded chair” for specialists (similar to academic chairs) as a stipend to keep doctors on the island. This discussion was between Frank and a staff member from the Hawaii Community Foundation. Frank and I also discussed setting up an annuity pool with the Kona Hospital Foundation to fund several stipends for cardiac specialists who are willing to be “on call” at the hospital. We talked about the possible need to hire a grant writer and/ or approaching several donors interested in better cardiac care on the island.

SOLUTIONS:

  1. A HYBRID CATHETERIZATION LAB/ OPERATING ROOM FOR KONA COMMUNITY HOSPITAL: According to the medical planner, Teri Oelrich, affiliated with NBBJ architects, many rural areas first create a hybrid Catheterization Lab out of an existing Operating Room.       She estimated that this could be accomplished for approximately $2 million for equipment only; remodeling would be an additional cost.
  2. The recent flooding of the Operating Room at KCH presents an opportunity to remodel the Operating Room and accommodate Cath Lab equipment.
  3. STAFFING: Funding mechanisms could be established through donations to the Hawaii Community Foundation or the Kona Community Hospital Foundation
    1. Establish a funded “chair position” for each specialty that is needed with a yearly stipend.
    2. OR establish a pool of money as an annuity that will provide a stipend each year for several specialists.

STEPS TO ACHIEVE:

  1. COMPILE STATISTICS to show the need for the Catheterization Lab by using billing for the last 2 years, or assessing airlifted patients as to why they were being carried off-island. The goal of this would be to establish the need for a Catheterization Lab or other specialties and give direction to the hospital and the Board as to what doctors, staff and facilities would be needed. This is important because:
    1. With this data KCH would know what specialties and specialists were needed to treat and allow patients on the island to recover, which is a huge benefit for better outcomes for the patient and keeps interventions in the 2-hour window. In the event of a Queen’s acquisition, it would expedite a facilities upgrade and staff hiring.
    2. Having this data available would help determine the best strategies on how to repair the flood damaged ER (possibly into a cath lab hybrid).
    3. Having the data could illustrate the need for a cath lab, and support the Board and CEO’s strategic planning.
  2. FUNDRAISING
    1. Consider hiring a grant writer to apply for grants from the Hawaii Community Foundation, HMSA Foundation, Kona Community Chamber of Commerce, and Rotary of Kona, Heart Association, Bill Healy Foundation, Ironman Foundation etc.
    2. Establish an annuity to provide stipends of $50,000 for one or two on call cardiologists or a visiting cardiologist for KCH. For example: An annuity could be set up for $1,000,000 to invest at 5% to raise $50,000 per year for a stipend to pay a cardiologist to be on-call in addition to their private practice.

BRIEF RESUMES FOR CONTRIBUTORS (in alphabetical order):

 LAWRENCE DERBES, M.D., F.A.C.C., is a board-certified cardiologist who has been practicing since 1990. Dr. Derbes graduated from Vanderbilt University with his bachelor’s degree and Louisiana State University, where he obtained his degree in medicine. Subsequently, he completed fellowships in three different locations, Louisiana, California, and Florida, in cardiac electrophysiology, interventional cardiology, and internal medicine, respectively. Dr. Derbes moved from the mainland to Oahu in 2006, where he was an interventional cardiologist specializing in electrophysiology. He has extensive experience performing cardiac catheterizations and other interventional procedures, including stent and pacemaker placement. In addition to working in various hospitals on Oahu, he also practiced cardiology in two offices. Dr. Derbes moved to Waimea in September of 2013 in order to strictly practice preventive care. Concerned about patients’ post-surgery lifestyles and follow up care, Dr. Derbes’ practice integrates both lifestyle and conventional medicine in order to mediate existing cardiac problems as well as chronic illness and conditions like high cholesterol and high blood pressure. Dr. Derbes has applied for privileges at Kona Community Hospital. His TedX talk can be found at http://tedxtalks.ted.com/video/Self-Quant-%7C-Dr-Larry-Derbes-%7C.  He is now in practice with Ali’i Health in Kona.

DEBBIE HECHT worked for the County Council for the County of Hawaii as a legislative specialist. She was the campaign coordinator, from 2005 to 2012, to set aside 2% of Hawaii County property taxes to purchase open space and parklands. To date the Public Access and Open Space and Natural Resources Fund has preserved over 3,000 acres of land for $32 million+, with over $7 million from matching funds. http://records.co.hawaii.hi.us/weblink/browse.aspx?dbid=1&startid=13770&cr=1 With Councilmember Brenda Ford, she wrote the legislation for the 2% Land Fund charter amendment and the 2% Land Fund Maintenance charter amendment to maintain lands that have been acquired with Fund monies. Both charter amendments were approved by 65% of voters. She is a heart patient and has had 2 stents and 2 ablations over the last 5 years and would like to be able to safely live on the Big Island. She is grateful to have survived 6 years on the island without being properly diagnosed with atrial fibrillation. She hopes to help provide care for others who may want to remain on the island with heart and cardio health issues and help to provide the facilities to educate people about better heart health through diet and exercise.

JAY KREUZER, MHA, FACHE – The HHSC West Hawaii Regional Board of Directors named Jay Kreuzer as the new Regional Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the West Hawaii region, which includes Kona Community Hospital (KCH) and Kohala Hospital. He began work March 14, 2011. Jay Kreuzer has more than 30 years of progressive, proven health care leadership experience. He previously served as the Executive Vice President of Resurrection Health Care, a not-for-profit health system located in Chicago, that includes eight hospitals, seven nursing homes, five independent living facilities, and three assisted living facilities. He concurrently was the Chief Executive Officer for West Suburban Medical Center, a facility with $520 million in gross revenues, five ambulatory sites, 325 member medical staff, 250 volunteers, foundation and physician/hospital organization (PHO).

Prior to this, he was president of St. Francis Hospital and Health System, a 412-bed acute care hospital ranked in the top 100 hospitals nationally. He also served as the President of Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center, a 220-bed acute care hospital in rural Southern Illinois.

Kreuzer earned a Bachelor of Science degree at Valparaiso University in Indiana and received a Master in Health Administration at Xavier University in Ohio. He is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives. He moved to the Big Island with his wife, Jean (a school nurse for 20 years).

JON LUFT, Architect, LEED AP: Jon is a broadly experienced architect whose portfolio includes projects at every scale and complexity across multiple market sectors, project types and construction delivery methods. His professional experience spans almost 40 years and involves hands-on experience in a wide range of domestic and international projects in health care, hospitality, higher and K-12 education, municipal and public safety, commercial and high rise buildings, public transit, urban mixed-use and residential projects. Jon is a licensed architect in California, Arizona, Hawaii and Massachusetts and his recent practice has focused on large, acute healthcare projects in the California marketplace. He is skilled at leading large, multi-disciplinary teams on challenging projects, from planning and design through construction and project closeout. Jon has a proven ability to effectively manage complex projects that have critical design, construction, phasing, and operational requirements while fostering an atmosphere of teamwork and open communication. Jon has developed his professional experience among the worlds leading design firms including Cesar Pelli & Associates, Skidmore Owings & Merrill, HDR, HKS, Leo A Daly and currently with NBBJ, Los Angeles.  Recent acute healthcare work has included design and implementation for the new Emergency Department at Scripps Mercy, San Diego, CA, and as senior project manager for replacement hospitals at Camp Pendleton, Oceanside, CA ($450M, 500,000sf, Design Build)), San Gorgonio Memorial Hospital, Banning, CA ($120M, 120,000sf, CM Multiple-Prime), and currently for the Campus Transformation Project at Loma Linda University Medical Center, Loma Linda, CA ($1B, 1,000,000sf, Negotiated w/GMP).

TERI OELRICH, RN, BSN, MBA, leads the Healthcare Analytics at NBBJ, the second-largest healthcare architecture firm in the world and named one of the most innovative by Fast Company. She has a clinical background in nursing, working in a variety of settings, including orthopedics, medical-surgical units, and adult and pediatric intensive care units. She also holds an MBA, and coupled with her operational knowledge, she brings a valuable mix of clinical and business acumen to healthcare projects. Teri is available to the client from planning to completion and beyond. She works closely with our medical planners and Lean consultants to “right size” projects based on a rigorous analysis of both historical data across healthcare systems and the client-specific data. Teri uses the data-analysis process to assist our clients with determining what they need to meet projected clinical case volumes as opposed to what they want based purely on today’s environment. This process of using analytics to drive planning and design is increasingly important in the current data-driven healthcare industry. Her recent work includes planning for University of Washington Medical Center, Sutter Health Regional Ambulatory Care Master Plan, and Legacy Emanuel Medical Center Intensive Care and Surgery Replacement.

She is the Co-President for the Center for Women’s Health at OHSU and is also on the Foundation Board of Trustees for Legacy Meridian Park. She is also a previous presenter at conferences for ASHE, American Institute of Architects (AIA), Healthcare Design (HCD), and National Association of Children’s Hospitals and Related Institutions (NACHRI).

FRANK SAYRE, Chairman of the Board, West Hawaii Regional Hospital Board of Directors, which oversees Kona Community Hospital and North Kohala Community Hospital. Sayre joined the board in July 2014. He was previously a member of the KCH surgical staff and HHSC’s Management Advisory Committee for West Hawai’i. He is a volunteer Board member for the Peoples Advocacy for Trails Hawai’i, and the Pu’u Wa’a Wa’a Advisory Council. He is a founding board member of the Daniel Sayre Memorial Foundation along with his wife, Laura Mallery Sayre, which has donated more that $700,000 for equipment to first responders on the Big Island. Dr. Sayre was a dentist in private practice in Kailua Kona for many years.

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There is an ongoing problem to keeping doctors in Hawaii that is outlined in the report.  There is more information needed on how to best serve the Community.

Please contact me to become part of the movement to have community needs met by the Kona Community Hospital.  Mahalo!    Debbie Hecht

Costa Rica 2.2018

 

ALL RIGHTS RESERVED ON ALL PHOTOS please.

THE COSTA RICAN ADVENTURE with 18 fellow travelers:   We landed  in San Jose and stayed in the adjacent town of Alajuela. The next day we travelled  to the village of La Fortuna with stops at Baldi Hot Springs,  a hike at Volcan Arenal with a nest of baby hummingbirds, a view of Lake Arenal and a gorgeous sunset.  Day 3 river rafting with alligators, iguanas and an old homestead, 500 steps down (and up) to Fortuna Falls, and sunset on Volcan Arenal from the plaza in La Fortuna.  Then a Boat Trip across lake Arenal to the village of Monteverde and the Monteverde Inn with a 2+ mile hiking trail, waterfalls, a slot canyon, a shy aguti and a night hike with an enthusiastic, knowledgable guide where we saw lots of animals, tangled with some poison ivy but only got a  photo of an ugly scorpion.  A hike into Monteverde and a tour of an Orchid Garden with a knowledgable young woman.  Next day to Selvatura Park where we saw coatamundi, hummingbirds, butterflies and gorgeous rainforest plants and flowers and hiked the sky bridges high above the rainforest floor.

Then we took Ted’s Wild Ride over the mountains and across a river of crocodiles to the town of Manuel Antonio at the Pacific Coast.  We went snorkeling and I saw a few starfish I had never seen.  The following day we hiked right from our hotel, Manuel Antonio, and into the  Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio.    Marvin Parra was our amazing guide.  He was enthusiastic and took some great photos through his scope!  He is credited with the close ups of the hanging bats (look at those eyes), the land crab, the Howler monkey, the iguana, the dragonfly, another type of bat and the sloth.   I found a capuchin monkey that was fun to follow on the hike down to the first and second beaches, then on to Gamelas (the Twins) Beach.

The last day in  Manuel Antonio we went past the town of Quepos and the old Port area, to the mangroves and took a boat ride with another wonderful naturalist.  We saw a pygmy owl,  4 kinds of herons (blue heron, spoon bill rosetta heron, bitterns, bare-throated tiger heron), lots of birds, a boa constrictor in a tree, an iguana and the oddest Capuchin monkey who’s expressions were so human!  He went from grumpy, to worried to pissed off to rebellious.

Most notable on this trip?   The happy Costa Rican people!  They have no military, but spend their money on health care and education.  Their major income producing industry is tourism and they are very environmentally conscious.  They use fast growing trees as fence post, have small cars, recycle and seem to have a lot of fun with their friends and family in their beautiful country.   I loved speaking Spanish.  PURA VIDA!

NOTE:  This was a grand experiment to minimize photographic equipment, so All PHOTOS were TAKEN WITH AN I phone.   PLEASE DO NOT USE PHOTOS WITHOUT PERMISSION OR GIVING CREDIT.

How RACIAL SLURS widen the RACIAL DIVIDE

I'm human

“You’re really pretty for a black girl.”

“ You look just like a china doll.”

“Don’t sit next to her, she probably smells like rice.”

“Don’t try to Jew me down on the price.”

In the 60s my friend’s mother took us both to the opening of McDonald’s.   My mother said, “Oh will she pick you up in the Jew canoe (a Cadillac)?”

If someone said this to you, how would you feel?  We all make jokes at the expense of others. Sarcasm is especially harmful because it puts someone down for a laugh. These statements hurt, degrade and belittle people and attempt to reduce their importance in the world.  This is “othering”. I believe that we must start to identify and exorcise our unconscious privilege, which presents as racial slurs and microagressions.  Imagine if we were curious about other people, their families, values, thoughts, feelings and cultures and religions. Imagine what we would learn about the cultures within our society if we celebrated differences and practiced inclusiveness. THE GREAT CHALLENGE IS HOW TO HEAL THE RACIAL DIVIDE IN OUR COUNTRY.

A racial slur is also called a microagression, which is a statement, action, or incident  of indirect, subtle, or unintentional discrimination against members of a marginalized group such as a racial or ethnic minority.  Research shows that we all inherit and learn the racial, gender, and sexual orientation biases of our homes and cultures.  Racist, sexist and heterosexist attitudes, beliefs and behaviors have indoctrinated us. Most of these behaviors are unconscious. We must all take responsibility for what we say and the affect it has on other human beings.

As I read the statements by minority students below, I felt gut punched.  I found myself cringing.  I felt ashamed as I recognized things I had said. These are examples of the unconsciousness of our society and the unconsciousness of privilege. If you heard these comments on a daily basis, you would start to view yourself as a second-class person, someone who is not “good enough”, who doesn’t measure up? These are examples of “othering” and marginalizing of our fellow human beings.

Statements to Black Students:

  • When people think it’s weird that I listen to Carrie Underwood.
  • So what does your hair look like today? She said as she pulled off my hat without my permission.
  • You don’t act like a normal black person ya know?
  • Courtney I never see you as a black girl. Answer: You don’t act like a normal black person ya know?
  • The limited representation of my race in your classroom does not make me the voice of all Black People.
  • When standing next to my Mom: Why is your daughter so white?
  • You’re really pretty for a dark skin girl.
  • Why do you sound white?

Statements to Asian students:

  • So. you’re Chinese right?
  • You’re not really Asian.
  • So, what do you guys speak in Japan? Asian?
  • Not your fucking china doll.
  • Statement overheard by an Asian student: This girl sitting next to me move, to sit closer to someone she’s talking to, and the white guy whispers loudly that she moved because she smells like rice.
  • Can you read this? He showed me a Japanese character on his phone.
  • Can you see as much as white people? You know, because of your eyes?

Statements to mixed race students:

  • Question: What are you? Answer: HUMAN. Being bi-racial doesn’t make me a “what’.
  • So, like, what are you?
  • You don’t speak Spanish?
  • Statement to student of mixed race who looks white: No, you’re white.

Statements by a  Hispanic student:

  • Just because I’m Mexican I shouldn’t be the 1st choice for the role of Dora the Explorer in a high school skit.
  • When I gave a speech about racism, the emcee introduced me as Jaime Garcia. My name is Jaime Rodriguez. Not all Latinos have the last name Garcia.

Look at pictures of the students holding placards quoting microagressions. Notice how their expressions increase the impact of the microagression:  From Kiyun Kim, Racial Microaggressions, December 2103  http://nortonism.tumblr.com/

RACIAL SLURS AS ACTIONS: Actions  can marginalize, degrade and belittle people. Microagressions can be racial, gender, religion and sexual orientation  actions.   Many of these comments or actions appear to be innocent, but taken as everyday occurrence they can impact marginalized groups and  affect their standard of living by creating inequities in health care, police treatment, aspirations for young adults, education, housing and employment opportunities.

Racial Microaggression:
• A White man or woman clutches their purse or checks their wallet as a Black or Latino man approaches or passes them. (Hidden message: You and your group are criminals.).
• An Asian American, born and raised in the United States, is complimented for speaking “good English.” (Hidden message: You are not a true American. You are a perpetual foreigner in your own country.)
• A Black couple is seated at a table in the restaurant next to the kitchen despite there being other empty and more desirable tables located at the front. (Hidden message: You are a second-class citizen and undeserving of first-class treatment.)

Gender Microaggressions:
• an assertive female manager is labeled as a “bitch,” while her male counterpart is described as “a forceful leader.” (Hidden message: Women should be passive and allow men to be the decision makers.)
• A female physician wearing a stethoscope is mistaken as a nurse. (Hidden message: Women should occupy nurturing and not decision-making roles. Women are less capable than men).
• Whistles or catcalls are heard from men as a woman walks down the street. (Hidden message: Your body/appearance is for the enjoyment of men. You are a sex object.)

Sexual Orientation Microaggressions:
• A Young person uses the term “gay” to describe a movie that she didn’t like. (Hidden message: Being gay is associated with negative and undesirable characteristics.)
• A lesbian client in therapy reluctantly discloses her sexual orientation to a straight therapist by stating she is “into women.” The therapist indicates he is not shocked by the disclosure because he once had a client who was “into dogs.” (Hidden message: Same-sex attraction is abnormal and deviant.)
• Two gay men hold hands in public and are told not to flaunt their sexuality. (Hidden message: Same-sex displays of affection are abnormal and offensive. Keep it private and to yourselves.)

Religion, disability, and social class may also be reflected as behavioral microagressions:

  • When bargaining over the price of an item, a storeowner says to a customer, “Don’t try to Jew me down.” (Hidden message: Jews are stingy and money-grubbing.)
    • A blind man reports that people often raise their voices when speaking to him. He responds by saying, “Please don’t raise your voice; I can hear you perfectly well.” (Hidden message: A person with a disability is defined as lesser in all aspects of physical and mental functioning).
    • The outfit worn by a TV reality-show mom is described as “classless and trashy.” (Hidden message: Lower-class people are tasteless and unsophisticated.)

What can you do?  Don’t expect this to be comfortable.  It’s important work!  Growth seldom is comfortable and this is a growing process. Notice your microagressions. Read people’s faces when you are speaking in order to gauge their reactions. Speak up and ask for clarification about what they think or feel. Reach for understanding and empathy. Challenge the hurtful statements of others and start the difficult conversations to heal the racial divide. It’s up to each of us to create a more civil society with social justice for everyone.

  1. “Othering 101” https://therearenoothers.wordpress.com/2011/12/28/othering-101-what-is-othering/ 
  2. The Problem of Othering: Towards Inclusiveness and Belonging http://www.otheringandbelonging.org/the-problem-of-othering/
  3. KIYUN KIM Racial Microaggressions, December 2013. http://nortonism.tumblr.com/
  4. 21 Racial Microaggressions You Hear on a Daily Basis: https://www.buzzfeed.com/hnigatu/racial-microagressions-you-hear-on-a-daily-basis
  5. From Microaggressions: More Than Just Race from Psychology Today. https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/microaggressions-in-everyday-life/201011/microaggressions-more-just-race

NOTE:  Picture at top of story is taken from KIYUN KIM                                                             Racial Microaggressions, December 2013. http://nortonism.tumblr.com/

GUN VIOLENCE PROTECTION Take Action, Issues, Polls & Statistics 5.2018

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MY OPINION: OUR GUNS HAVE CHANGED SHOULDN’T OUR LAWS?                                            We need a NATIONAL GUN VIOLENCE PROTECTION LAW!                                                  ACCORDING TO DATA FROM THE GUN VIOLENCE ARCHIVE, THERE WERE 346 MASS SHOOTINGS IN 2017
The Second Amendment of the Constitution was written in 1791. These are the guns that were used: Brown Bess Musket,Charleville Musket, American-made Muskets, Long Rifles, Pattern 1776 Infantry Rifle and the Ferguson Rifle.  The 2nd Amendment reads: “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

TAKE ACTION! Ask Congressmen and Senators to introduce and support GUN VIOLENCE PROTECTION LEGISLATION and GET PLEDGES FROM CANDIDATES for their support: 

  1. Background checks on all firearm purchases (guns and ammunition) in gun stores, gun shows, private sales and online with a 10 day waiting period.
  2. All new guns must be sold with fingerprint recognition. For a gun to be used, the trigger must recognize the fingerprint of its registered owner, which would eliminate crimes with stolen guns and potentially some suicides.
  3. People on the DO NOT FLY LIST cannot buy guns.
  4. People who have been convicted of domestic violence or have a restraining order by a spouse/ partner could not buy guns.
  5. People who are mentally ill could not buy guns.
  6. Assault weapons should be banned along high capacity magazines and clips andbump stocks and any other equipment, alteration, or modification that would increase a firearm’s capacity for ammunition or rate of fire
  7. Silencers should be illegal. What if the people in Las Vegas couldn’t hear the guns over the music?
  8. To purchase a firearm or ammunition you must be a US citizen, be 21 years of age and take a nationally approved education class and  pass a national licensing  testing of knowledge from the class and proficiency.

Not sure who to contact? Go to and find your state on the interactive map: https://www.house.gov/representatives/#state

WHY ACTION IS IMPORTANT?

The National Rifle Association (NRA) is the strongest lobby in Washington DC. Since the Supreme Court Ruling on Citizen’s United Corportations can now donate to political campaigns. The NRA also donates heavily to the Republican Party and other Political Action Committees (PAC).

HOW MUCH HAS THE NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION DONATED TO YOUR CONGRESS PEOPLE? CHECK THIS INTERACTIVE CHART. Since 1998, the National Rifle Association has donated $3,533,294 to current members of Congress. Explore below to see how much money has been donated to members of Congress in your state: https://www.opensecrets.org/orgs/recips.php?id=d000000082

The NRA DONATIONS $241,020 TO CALIFORNIA MEMBERS OF CONGRESS: currently in office.

  1. Rep. Ken Calvert (R)$42,550
  2. Rep. Darrell Issa (R)$29,900
  3. Rep. Duncan Hunter (R)$24,850
  4. Rep. Devin Nunes (R)$22,950
  5. Rep. David Valadao (R)$19,400
  6. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R)$18,000
  7. Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R)$15,450
  8. Rep. Tom McClintock (R)$13,950
  9. Rep. Duncan D Hunter (R)$13,000
  10. Rep. Ed Royce (R)$11,970
  11. Rep. Susan Brooks (R)$6,000
  12. Rep. Paul Cook (R)$6,000
  13. Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R)$6,000
  14. Rep. Mike Thompson (D)$4,000
  15. Rep. Mimi Walters (R)$4,000
  16. Rep. Steve Knight (R)$3,000

https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/national/nra-donations/

WHAT/ WHO  FUNDS THE NRA? Prior to the passage of the McClure-Volkmer Act signed by President Reagan 1986, interstate ammunition sales by common carrier to private individuals were banned and records were maintained of ammunition sales. McClure-Volkmer ended these limited controls on interstate — and opened up a new financial funding stream for the NRA.
Today the NRA receives millions of dollars from online sales of ammunition, high-capacity ammunition magazines, and other accessories through the Round-Up Program, created by top NRA benefactor Larry Potterfield. Potterfield is founder and head of MidwayUSA, which claims to stock “[j]ust about everything for shooting, reloading, gunsmithing and hunting,” including ammunition and high-capacity ammunition magazines. The Round-Up Program encourages buyers to “round-up” their purchase to the nearest dollar with the difference going to the NRA.​’   ‘Alleged Aurora mass shooter James Holmes’ ability to reportedly purchase more than six thousand rounds of ammunition online without any record-keeping is the direct result of Congressional passage of the National Rifle Association’s flagship bill of the 1980s: the Firearms Owners’ Protection Act. https://www.huffingtonpost.com/josh-sugarmann/nra-reaps-profits-from-th_b_1698652.html

HOW THE GUN INDUSTRY FUNNELS TENS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS TO THE NRA: “The bulk of the group’s money now comes in the form of contributions, grants, royalty income, and advertising, much of it originating from gun industry sources.
Since 2005, the gun industry and its corporate allies have given between $20 million and $52.6 million to it through the NRA Ring of Freedom sponsor program. Donors include firearm companies like Midway USA, Springfield Armory Inc, Pierce Bullet Seal Target Systems, and Beretta USA Corporation. Other supporters from the gun industry include Cabala’s, Sturm Rugar & Co, and Smith & Wesson.
The NRA also made $20.9 million — about 10 percent of its revenue — from selling advertising to industry companies marketing products in its many publications in 2010, according to the IRS Form 990.
Additionally, some companies donate portions of sales directly to the NRA. Crimson Trace, which makes laser sights, donates 10 percent of each sale to the NRA. Taurus buys an NRA membership for everyone who buys one of their guns. Sturm Rugar gives $1 to the NRA for each gun sold, which amounts to millions. The NRA’s revenues are intrinsically linked to the success of the gun business.
The NRA Foundation also collects hundreds of thousands of dollars from the industry, which it then gives to local-level organizations for training and equipment purchases.” http://www.businessinsider.com/gun-industry-funds-nra-2013-1

 

Get Active: DONATE MONEY

Former Mayor of NYC, Michael Bloomberg SAYS HE WILL MATCH DONATIONS TO EVERYTOWN FOR GUN SAFETY http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/354231-mike-bloomberg-offers-to-match-every-donation-to-fight-gun http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/354231-mike-bloomberg-offers-to-match-every-donation-to-fight-gun

EVERYTOWN FOR GUN SAFETY donate.everytown.org/everytown‎

MOM’s DEMAND ACTION FOR GUN SAFETY: https://momsdemandaction.org/

BRADY CAMPAIGN TO PREVENT GUN VIOLENCE: https://www.bradycampaign.org/

AMERICANS FOR RESPONSIBLE SOLUTIONS: https:americansforresponsiblesolutions.org/

IDEAS for LEGISLATION & AUSTRALIA’S SUCCESSFUL PROGRAM

AUSTRALIA’S SUCCESSFUL GUN CONTROL–An Australian named Martin Bryant murdered 35 people with a semiautomatic rifle in Port Arthur in 1996, in the deadliest mass shooting in Australian history,

THE PROGRAM:

  1. banned automatic and semiautomatic firearms,
  2. adopted new licensing requirements,
  3. established a national firearms registry, and
  4. instituted a 28-day waiting period for gun purchases
  5. bought (at market value) and destroyed more than 600,000 civilian-owned firearms

HOW? in a program that cost half a billion dollars and was funded by raising taxes on healthcare. The entire overhaul took only months to implement.

THE RESULTS: THE US HAS 29.7 GUN DEATHS PER MILLION PEOPLE AUSTRALIA HAS 1.4 GUN DEATHS PER MILLION PEOPLE. The number of mass shootings in Australia—dropped from 13 in the 18-year period before 1996 to zero after the Port Arthur massacre. Between 1995 and 2006, gun-related homicides and suicides in the country dropped by 59 percent and 65 percent, respectively, though these declines appear to have since leveled off. Two academics who have studied the impact of the reform initiative estimate that the gun-buyback program saves at least 200 lives each year, according to The New York Times. In a multinational study for the Small Arms Survey, Marcus Wilson cited the Australian case as an example of the most efficacious type of government effort to control arms and measurably reduce armed violence, in which weapons-collection programs are combined with legislative reform, campaigns to shift public opinion, and civil-society involvement.

https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2015/12/australia-tim-fischer-us-guns/418698

AUSTRALIA HOMICIDE RATE 1 DEATH FOR EVERY 100,000 PEOPLE, THE U.S. IS 10 PER EVERY 100,000: With Australia’s population steadily increasing, the nation’s homicide incident rate has fallen even more than the number of homicides — from 1.6 per 100,000 in 1995-96 to 1 per 100,000 in 2013-2014, according to a government report on crime trends. That was the lowest homicide incident rate at the time in 25 years, as we mentioned earlier.

“In the seven years before the NFA (1989-1995), the average annual firearm suicide death rate per 100,000 was 2.6 (with a yearly range of 2.2 to 2.9); in the seven years after the buyback was fully implemented (1998-2004), the average annual firearm suicide rate was 1.1 (yearly range 0.8 to 1.4).”

“In the seven years before the NFA, the average annual firearm homicide rate per 100,000 was .43 (range .27 to .60) while for the seven years post NFA, the average annual firearm homicide rate was .25 (range .16 to .33).”

“[T]he drop in firearm deaths was largest among the type of firearms most affected by the buyback.”

The authors, however, noted that “no study has explained why gun deaths were falling, or why they might be expected to continue to fall.” That poses difficulty in trying to definitively determine the impact of the law, they write.

“Whether or not one wants to attribute the effects as being due to the law, everyone should be pleased with what happened in Australia after the NFA — the elimination of firearm massacres (at least up to the present) and an immediate, and continuing, reduction in firearm suicide and firearm homicide,” the authors write.http://www.factcheck.org/2017/10/gun-control-australia-updated/

 

HOW TO PREVENT GUN DEATHS- WHERE THE EXPERTS AND THE PUBLIC AGREE-       A POLL The most popular measures in our survey — policies like universal background checks and keeping guns from convicted stalkers — were supported by more than 85 percent of registered voters. Even the least popular idea, a law that would limit gun sales to people who had to demonstrate a “genuine need” for the weapon, was favored by nearly 50 percent. https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/01/10/upshot/How-to-Prevent-Gun-Deaths-The-Views-of-Experts-and-the-Public.html?smid=fb-share&_r=0

What Works and Doesn’t Work in Reducing Gun Deaths

Suggested Policy Effectiveness Public Support
Requiring all sellers to run background checks on anyone who buys a gun. 7.3 86%
Preventing sales of all firearms to people who have been convicted of violent misdemeanors, including domestic assaults. 7.1 83%
Preventing sales of all firearms to people who have been convicted of stalking another person 6.5 85%
Requiring all gun owners to possess a license for their firearm. 6.4 78%
Requiring all sellers to run background checks on anyone who buys ammunition. 6.4 72%
Banning the sale and ownership of all semi-automatic and automatic firearms. 6.1 63%
Preventing sales of all firearms to people who have been reported as dangerous to law enforcement by a mental health provider. 6.0 87%
Requiring all owners to report lost or stolen firearms. 6.0 88%
Banning the sale and ownership of all ammunition magazines with a capacity greater than 10 bullets. 5.8 63%
Requiring that all firearms be recorded in a national registry. 5.7 70%
Expanding screening and treatment for the mentally ill. 5.6 86%
Requiring that all gun buyers demonstrate a a ”genuine need” for a gun, such as a law enforcement job or hunting. 5.6 49%
Requiring all guns to microstamp each bullet with a mark that uniquely matches the gun and bullet. 5.5 65%
Increasing minimum penalties for people found possessing firearms illegally. 5.4 80%
Requiring gun dealers to keep, retain and report all gun records and sales to the Federal government. 5.4 80%
Banning the sale and ownership of assault rifles or similar firearms. 5.0 67%
Requiring all gun owners to register their fingerprints. 5.0 72%
Preventing sales of all firearms and ammunition to anyone considered to be a “known or suspected terrorist” by the F.B.I. 4.9 89%
Requiring a mandatory waiting period of three days after gun is purchased before it can be taken home. 4.8 77%
Limiting the number of guns that can be purchased to one per month. 4.8 67%
Limiting the amount of ammunition you can purchase within a given time period. 4.4 64%
Requiring that all gun owners store their guns in a safe storage unit. 4.4 76%
Banning firearms from all workplace settings nationally. 4.3 60%
Requiring that gun buyers complete safety training and a test for their specific firearm. 4.1 79%
Implementing a national “buy-back” program for all banned firearms and magazines, where the government pays people to turn in illegal guns. 3.9 74%
Banning firearms from schools and college campuses nationally. 3.8 68%
Requiring that all gun owners store their guns with childproof locks. 3.5 82%
Requiring every state to honor out-of-state permits to carry a concealed weapon. 1.7 73%
Authorizing stand-your-ground laws nationally that allow people to defend themselves using lethal force without needing to retreat first. 1.7 71%

How We Made Our Matrix

To build a list of possible policies, we consulted the academic literature on laws from American states and foreign countries and spoke with advocates for gun rights and gun control. Both surveys were conducted in June of last year.

For our measure of popularity, Morning Consult conducted an internet survey of 1,975 voters, who were asked whether they approved of the possible laws.

For our effectiveness survey, we asked experts in gun policy to evaluate each idea on a scale of 1 to 10, according to how effective they thought it would be in reducing fatalities. We asked the experts to ignore considerations of political or legal feasibility.

Our expert panel consisted of 32 current or retired academics in criminology, public health and law, who have published extensively in peer-reviewed academic journals on gun policy. We know our sample is small and may not include every expert that readers would like consulted. But we feel it represents a useful, if imperfect, measure of what people steeped in the research think might save lives.

The panel of academics included: Cathy Barber, Magdalena Cerdá, Jay Corzine, John Donohue, Laura Dugan, Liza H. Gold, David Hemenway, David Kennedy, Louis Klarevas, Gary Kleck, David Kopel, Tomislav Kovandzic, Adam Lankford, John Lott, Jonathan Metzl, Matthew Miller, Carlisle E. Moody, Andrew Papachristos, Charles Ransford, Peter Reuter, Mark Rosenberg, Robert J. Sampson, Michael Siegel, Gary Slutkin, Robert Spitzer, Stephen P. Teret, George E. Tita, Eugene Volokh, Daniel Webster, April Zeoli and others.

Special thanks to the Fraternal Order of Police and the Major Cities Chiefs Association for distributing the survey to their membership.

INFORMATION and STATISTICS

 GUN VIOLENCE IN AMERICA EXPLAINED IN 17 MAPS AND CHARTS

America is an exceptional country when it comes to guns. It’s one of the few countries in which the right to bear arms is constitutionally protected. But America’s relationship with guns is unique in another crucial way: Among developed nations, the US is far and away the most violent — in large part due to the easy access many Americans have to firearms. These charts and maps show what that violence looks like compared with the rest of the world, why it happens, and why it’s such a tough problem to fix.

1) America has six times as many firearm homicides as Canada, and nearly 16 times as many as Germany

2) America has 4.4 percent of the world’s population, but almost half of the civilian-owned guns around the world

3) There have been more than 1,500 mass shootings since the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting (December 2012)

4) On average, there is more than one mass shooting for each day in America

5) States with more guns have more gun deaths

6) It’s not just the US: Developed countries with more guns also have more gun deaths

7) States with tighter gun control laws have fewer gun-related deaths

8) Still, gun homicides (like all homicides) have declined over the past couple decades

9) Most gun deaths are suicides

10) The states with the most guns report the most suicides

11) Guns allow people to kill themselves much more easily

12) Programs that limit access to guns have decreased suicides

13) Since the shooting of Michael Brown, police have killed at least 2,902 people (May 2017)

14) In states with more guns, more police officers are also killed on duty

15) Support for gun ownership has sharply increased since the early ’90s

16) High-profile shootings don’t appear to lead to more support for gun control

17) But specific gun control policies are fairly popular

TO VIEWALL CHARTS AND MAPS go to: https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/10/2/16399418/us-gun-violence-statistics-maps-charts

 

 IS THIS YOUR AMERICA?   COMPARE US GUN DEATHS TO OTHER COUNTRIES

US- 10 deaths per 100,000 people.

Finland- 3.6 deaths per 100,000 people

Austria- 3.2 deaths per 100,000 people from the American Journal of the Medicine chart

“Murder is the second leading cause of death among Americans aged 15 to 24, the study found. The research also showed that murder was the third leading cause of death among those aged 25-34. Compared to those in the same age groups in other wealthy countries, Americans aged 15-24 are 49 times more likely to be the victim of a gun-related murder. For those aged 25-34, that number is 32 times more likely, the research revealed.”  https://www.cbsnews.com/news/how-u-s-gun-deaths-compare-to-other-countries/

WHY DO WE NEED GUN CONTROL LAWS?   Because you can buy this SUBMACHINE GUN ON THE INTERNET. http://www.collectorsfirearms.com/mac-m-10-9-mm-sub-machine-gun-r20904/

THE EXISTING LAWS  

My opinion: Our guns have changed, shouldn’t our laws? These guns were available in 1776:Brown Bess Musket,Charleville Musket, American-made Muskets, Long Rifles, Pattern 1776 Infantry Rifle and the Ferguson Rifle.

 The Second Amendment of the Constitution: “A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the People to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. On December 15, 1791, the Bill of Rights (the first ten amendments to the Constitution) was adopted, having been ratified by three-fourths of the states.”

 2.2017: Trump ROLLS BACK an Obama-era REGULATION THAT MADE IT HARDER FOR PEOPLE WITH MENTAL ILLNESSES TO BUY GUNS.

The rule, which was finalized in December 2016, added people receiving Social Security checks for mental illnesses and people deemed unfit to handle their own financial affairs to the national background check database, which would have added about 75,000 names to that database. President Barack Obama recommended the now-nullified regulation in a 2013 memo following the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, which left 20 first graders and six others dead. The measure sought to block some people with severe mental health problems from buying guns. The original rule was hotly contested by gun rights advocates who said it infringed on Americans’ Second Amendment rights. Gun control advocates, however, praised the rule for curbing the availability of firearms to those who may not use them with the right intentions.

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/trump-signs-bill-revoking-obama-era-gun-checks-people-mental-n727221

HOW STRONG ARE THE GUN LAWS IN YOUR STATE?    Look at the interactive map. They analyzed the following criteria:  We looked at five types of gun control enacted at the state level: assault weapons bans, high-capacity magazine bans, gun possession prohibitions for high-risk individuals, gun possession prohibitions for individuals with domestic violence convictions and mandatory background checks.https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2017/national/assault-weapons-laws/?utm_term=.d67c161b22a6

Why restrict guns? Listen to Obama’s answer at a townhall meeting. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6imFvSua3Kg

60% OF GUN DEATHS ARE SUICIDES, which SUPPORTS GUN CONTROL– Not all of those suicides are by gun, but a majority are. And while some people feeling suicidal impulses will choose another method if a gun is not at hand, public health researchers cite two reasons guns are particularly dangerous: 1) Guns are more lethal than most other methods people try, so someone who attempts suicide another way is more likely to survive; 2) Studies suggest that suicide attempts often occur shortly after people decide to kill themselves, so people with deadly means at hand when the impulse strikes are more likely to use them than those who have to wait or plan.THAT MEANS THAT STRATEGIES THAT MAKE SUICIDE MORE INCONVENIENT OR DIFFICULT CAN SAVE LIVES. Guns, when they are in the home, can make self-harm both easy and deadly. https://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/09/upshot/gun-deaths-are-mostly-suicides.html

Guns have changed shouldn't our laws_

 

 

 

 

 

2% Land Fund Report 7.2017

 

QUICK HISTORY OF THE LEGISLATION FROM 2005 to 2016:  Debbie Hecht, Campaign Coordinator since 2005 of the Save Our Lands Citizens’ Committee

  1. The Save Our Lands Citizen’s Committee collected almost 10,000 signatures from April to July of 2006. The County Clerk-Connie Kiriu and County Counsel- Lincoln Ashida disqualified almost 6,000 signatures for leaving off the year (signatures were collected from April to July) and leaving off Pl., St. or Rd.
  2. The County Council decided to place the ballot measure on the ballot for 2006. Despite the County Counsel submitted ballot language with confusing verbiage containing double negatives, the amendment to the Code passed by 56% of voters who voted on the issue as part of the Hawaii County Code.
  3. 2008- Mayor Kenoi suspended deposits to the Fund for two years as the first piece of legislation submitted after he took office. We pointed out that there were more than 260 funded but unfilled job in his budget, but he failed to reinstate payments to the 2% Land Fund.
  4. 2010- Charter Commission put on the ballot as the 1% Land Fund- again passed by 56% of voters. We urged supporters to vote for this, so that money will still get deposited to the fund.
  5. 2012- In order to honor all the people who signed the petitions and helped with this effort over the years we had it back on the ballot as a Charter amendment and passed by 56% of voters along with a 1/4% Maintenance Fund.
  6. The Maintenance Fund was modified in 2016 to allow the Open Space Commission to review Stewardship Grants and to recommend what grants to approve to the Director of Finance.

GRASS ROOTS ORGANIZING AND INFORMATION PROCESS to pass the ballot measures:

  • We collected almost 10,000 signatures; there were over 100 people that collected signatures of more than 50 signatures each.
  • Money spent-  for 3 ballot campaigns, under $6,000.   We had home made signs and did little advertising.
  • We have a 3,000 personal email list which we used to inform our supporters if we needed emails, people showing up for public meetings or lobbying their Council members.   These 3,000 people were asked to contact their email list. They represent about 10% of the voting public on the island. (There have been approximately 100,000 voters registered for the County of Hawaii, usually about 33,000 of these registered voters actually vote. 3,000 supporters are 10% of the vote island-wide.)

GREAT SUCCESSES IN LAND ACQUISITION!

PROPERTIES ACQUIRED: 12   

PROPERTIES SUBMITTED FOR ACQUISITION: 166

LAND ACQUIRED: 4,428 acres of land acquired that was suggested by members of the community.

MONEY SPENT: County of Hawaii 2% Land Fund         $27,389,268.

                             Grants from Matching funds*               $8,764,083.

                             Private funds:                                      $2,000,000

*From US Fish and Wildlife to protect lands for Endangered Species, State Legacy Lands $7,434,083 actually received, $1,330,000. Pending from Legacy Lands for Wai’opae, Puna.

To view the Acquisition Status Report go to: http://records.co.hawaii.hi.us/weblink/1/edoc/84954/2016-11-14%20PONC%20Acquisition%20Status%20Report.pdf

*MATCHING FUNDS- My opinion: The highest and best use of 2% of taxpayer’s funds is to use the 2% Land Fund to get dollar for dollar matching funds, to date the County has only gotten 1 dollar for every 3 dollars spent for taxpayers OR only 32% of the money spent is from grants.   The County could do better at applying for matching funds.

PROPERTIES SUBMITTED TO THE PONC COMMISSION TO BE CONSIDERED FOR ACQUISITION as of December 28, 2016: This information came from the Comprehensive List of Properties http://records.co.hawaii.hi.us/weblink/1/edoc/84955/2016-12-28%20PONC%20Comprehensive%20List%20of%20Properties%20Submitted%20by%20the%20Public.pdf

Puna area: 16 properties

South Hilo area: 16 properties

North Hilo: 7 properties

Hamakua: 19 properties

North Kohala: 26 properties

South Kohala: 17 properties

North Kona: 27 properties

South Kona: 13 properties

Ka’u: 25 properties

Total Properties submitted for the entire island: 166

THE LAND ACQUISITION PROCESS:

The Community recommends a property to the Public Access and Open Space Commission, here is the process and links to the application: http://records.co.hawaii.hi.us/weblink/1/edoc/84953/Process%20for%20Property%20Acquisition%20with%20Funds%20from%20the%20PONC%20Fund.pdf

PONC STEWARDSHIP GRANT: Properties that are acquired with Land Fund monies can apply for maintenance funds. Here a is a link to the application. http://records.co.hawaii.hi.us/weblink/1/edoc/80189/PONC%20Stewardship%20Grant%20Request%20Form%20(application%20period%20801%20-%2083116).pdf

THE HAWAII COUNTY CARTER AND THE HAWAII COUNTY CODE: which regulates the 2% Land Fund (PONC) and the PONC Maintenance Fund go to: http://records.co.hawaii.hi.us/weblink/browse.aspx?startid=13770&dbid=1

Submitted by Debbie Hecht, Campaign Coordinator Save Our Lands Citizen’s Committee

Hecht.deb@gmail.

YOUR PARENTING STYLE: Are you raising a BULLY, a REBEL or a WELL ADJUSTED ADULT?

What can you discover from this article?

  1. PARENTING STYLES- what is your style?
  2. EXPLANATIONS OF THE 3 STYLES OF PARENTING explanations and
  3. HOW YOU CAN RAISE A WELL ADJUSTED ADULT
  4. SPANKING

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SPANKING?  MAYBE THERE ARE BETTER WAYS TO RAISE RESPONSIBLE ADULTS WHO CAN MAKE DECISIONS IN SOCIETY. We all love our children and want the best for them. We all want our children to thrive. Do you want your kids to be obedient soldiers or do you want to help them bring their unique talents to the world, be accepted and to have good relationships? If you are having problems with your child, maybe your style of parenting is not working. Discipline and spanking may not be the problem. Wouldn’t you rather have the cooperation of your children? What are you modeling for your children or grandchildren by your parenting style?

PARENTING STYLES: A guide to figure out your style

TAKE THIS QUIZ TO SEE WHAT TYPE OF PARENT YOU ARE take this 15 minute QUIZ: https://psychcentral.com/quizzes/parenting-style.htm

THREE STYLES OF PARENTING and WHAT TYPE OF ADULT ARE YOU HELPING TO CREATE?

  • Authoritarian parenting: These parents have high expectations and often overwhelm their children with strict rules and regulations. These parents rule with an iron fist and often “scare” their children into obedience. Parents who utilize this type of parenting style might be referred to as “bossy,” “high strung,” or controlling and abusive. Fathers who are authoritarian rarely show affection and might even keep a distance from their children emotionally and psychologically, believing that this is a “healthy fear of authority.” I would venture to say that children who come from these households often stray so much that they become substance abusers, lack appropriate boundaries in relationships, and might even resort to suicide if they feel pressured to be perfect for their parent(s).

Children who grow up in these households often rebel and become problematic in families and in society. These kids grow into juvenile delinquents, substance abusers, or complete rebels (getting tattoos, piercings, engaging in multiple short-lived relationships, prostituting, etc.). You might have heard of kids who grow up in very strict political or religious homes who become “wild adults.”

  • Permissive parenting (or indulgent parenting): Parents who exhibit this style of parenting can be mistaken as the child’s sister, aunt, or babysitter. This type of parent makes very few demands and does not have control over their child or children. These parents are often the parents who call “SuperNanny” to come and help them because their child has little to no respect for them. Permissive parents really don’t care about implementing values or rules into the lives of their child or children. They ultimately want to be their child’s friend or would rather be “accepted” by their child rather than respected. There is no “healthy fear” of authority and no respect. In return, the parent just feels like “oh well, what can I do.”  You may have heard some parents say in embarrassment after their child does something wrong “Oh well…that’s Kevin, what can I say?”

Children who grow up in these households lack personal restraint and can pass for children with ADHD. These kids have no boundaries and respect for others personal space. They can be considered “wild” and out of control. Teens who have permissive parents often seek love, affection, and direction from others in the world and may fall into negative relationships as a result. Adults who have been raised by permissive parents may have trouble managing relationships or adult responsibilities.”

  • Authoritative parenting: My mother was authoritative and many of the parents in my family. Authoritative parenting is well-organized and these parents often have a goal of properly raising their children and being balanced. These parents are not overly strict, yet they know how to make their child respect authority and develop appropriate values and boundaries. Authoritative households are often calmer and seem well-adjusted to life. Kids are expected to follow the rules established by the adults in the household, but it is okay if the child makes a mistake or needs to be reminded of their place as the child. These parents are often fair and firm when they need to be.

Children in these households often develop into well-adjusted adults who hold specific values. They are able to pass milestones without extreme setbacks and are often strong mentally and emotionally.

UTUBE: FOUR TYPES OF PARENTING STYLES: This short concise explanation adds the style of Uninvolved Parenting to the 3 styles above. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P3g0kKD4txo

PARENTING STYLES AND THEIR INFLUENCE ON CHILDREN Comparing parenting styles and their influence on children. Educational Psychology Class Dr. Weller-Clarke  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SZ2Hw2_hiK8

AUTHORITARIAN PARENTING AND IT’S CONSEQUENCES: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lj64B6P9bxs Watch as Parents Magazine gives advice for parents on the authoritarian parenting style! Authoritarian parents place high demands on their children and believe the parents have the household power. This style of parent involvement tends to use negative forms of discipline, such as taking away privileges or spanking to punish bad behavior. Authoritarian parental guidance does not usually respond to a child’s feelings or opinions. These parents often respond to questioning with “Because I said so,” and they have very firm rules. Parenting in the authoritarian right tends to lead children to rebel later in life. This form of child parenting is not effective at teaching, and it does not usually spur good behavior. As a parent, you want to help your child build a solid foundation of independence, not anger or a bad attitude!

A FUNNY LOOK AT THE NEGATIVE CONSEQUENCES OF AUTHORITARIAN VS. AUTHORITATIVE PARENTING: From a comedy series: Authoritarian vs. Authoritative Parenting- Hint the Father is the Authoritarian. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=chLIBfSXMuk

From- Parenting: How Your Style Can Negatively Affect Mental Health

By Támara Hill, MS, LPC  https://blogs.psychcentral.com/caregivers/2014/09/parenting-how-your-style-can-negatively-affect-mental-health/ read the article and watch the Utube

HOW YOU CAN RAISE A WELL ADJUSTED ADULT:

HOW TO BE AN AUTHORITATIVE PARENT: UTUBE PRESENTATION BY CHILD PSYCHOLOGIST NEIL FELLOWES: “This generation does not respond by shouted at, threatening, or smacked. This doesn’t work long term.” 3 minutes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7MOa7YR7H3U

NEIL FELLOWES: Authoritative Parenting: Example and Tip for Mornings: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5shCAHIlVrM

AUTHORITATIVE PARENT: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ksFbDKxPnJ0

From the Cosby Show: Authoritative Parent: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d6iFWuNsjqY

HOW TO HELP YOUR CHILD APPRECIATE THEIR UNIQUENESS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fKZ_kAJHGjQ Kids sometimes feel like an outsider at school and may need help to know that every well adjusted human being feels like this occasionally. Appreciate and celebrate their uniqueness. This approach shows respect for their feelings.

SPANKING

There are many posts on social media about SPANKING. They usually start off, “I was spanked and I turned out ok.” While that may be true, what are you teaching your children by hitting them? Just think of this little person who cannot defend himself or herself or run away and they are being hit by someone they trust. You could well RAISING A BULLY! It’s a crime to hit an adult, why wouldn’t it be a crime to hit a child? Here are tips to figure out your style and how to modify or change what you do if you want to.

Numerous studies say that spanking is bad for your child. The answer is not: “Well my Dad/ Mother beat me and I turned out OK.”

What they learn is that:

1) They cannot be open and honest with Mommy or Daddy anymore- that reinforces lying and hiding things.

2) That if Mommy or Daddy hit me then hitting people is okay.

3) You are perpetuating this style of parenting.

ANOTHER REASON NOT TO SPANK: RAISING A BULLY A new study continues to add to the pile of research that suggests that parents who spank risk harming not only their child’s bottom, but also their future.

Children who were spanked more than twice a month were 50 percent more likely than those who weren’t spanked to develop aggressive behaviors. These bullying behaviors included things such as getting into fights, exhibiting mean behavior toward others, and destroying toys and property.

The new study comes from researchers at Tulane University, who examined three year-old children whose mothers reported spanking them more than twice a month. The research was correlational in nature, so it could not establish a direct causal relationship with aggression. However, unlike prior research into this behavior, the new study took into account how aggressive kids were to begin with as well as other factors could have biased the results.

“This evidence base suggests that primary prevention of violence can start with efforts to prevent the use of corporal punishment against children,” noted Catherine Taylor, PhD, MSW, MPH, of Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine in New Orleans, and colleagues. (See the results of a study on Spanking published in Pediatrics Magazine: https://psychcentral.com/news/2010/04/12/another-reason-not-to-spank-raising-a-bully/12797.html

The HAWAIIAN CULTURE HAS A UNIQUE WAY OF RAISING CHILDREN:

 from Adam Keawe Manalo-Camp

Traditional Hawaiian parenting was far different than what it is practiced today. Too often the term “I go lick you!” is used in Hawaiian households. I know of stories from the previous generation where a Hawaiian child would be caned and/or whipped and then salt or vinegar would be thrown on the wound and they called that the “Hawaiian way”. Torturing children in the name of “discipline” was not the Hawaiian way.

Traditionally, Hawaiians kids spent more of their time with their grandparents than their actual parents. This allowed knowledge to be passed down directly. Hawaiian children under the age of 8 were in general taught manners, etiquette, polite behavior, values, and the mo’olelo of their ancestors. Polite behavior and manners was thought of as the first steps towards learning a trade and living within a community–not unlike our Polynesian cousins and the Japanese way of education. That is also a key point–living within a community and how to behave within a community as a part of child development. They were allowed to play around and encouraged to learn by modeling their elders. Discipline normally came in terms of explaining and admonishing behaviors through words. Hawaiians had a process of exclusion (hoʻomū) when it came to children who consistently misbehaved but that was after discussions with a priest and after a change in diet, exercise and massaging. Hawaiians believed that kids could change their behavior if that energy could be discussed with experts, diets changed, that energy could be massaged out and healed. Hitting, spanking, slapping and caning a child were considered kapu because a child especially under 8 years old was considered to still be spiritually directly linked to the deceased ancestors. One can not slap one’s ancestors therefore one can not slap a child. As a child grew older, past 8, other methods were used to “discipline” the child mostly assigning him/her to projects such as building walls or paths. In worst case scenarios, exclusion was used.

Children of the kahuna class in addition to value-formation would be given games to enhance their memories. Practicing oration and memorizing chants would begin around age 6 and continue for the rest of the lives. Some islands had special kahuna schools as well where children between the ages of 8 to 13 could be sent to learn.

Children of the ali’i were normally at some point around age 6 transferred to a pālama, a type of fort like school where they would begin their training in politics, war, history, as well as the martial arts. Sometimes the children of the kahuna would also attend. But before attending the pālama, children of the aliʻi were also “disciplined” in the same ways as the common children.

What radically changed Hawaiian child rearing was the Calvinist missionaries–and their impact still continues. The Calvinist missionaries brought with them ideas that children were “little adults” and introduced corporal punishment. The “I go lick you” or “I go paʻi your mouth” or the notion that physically abusing a child in order to discipline the child has no basis in pre-Contact Hawaiian culture.We also know that Māori (https://teara.govt.nz/en/nga-matua-maori-parenting) and Tahitian child rearing and underlining ideas were almost the same as Hawaiian so that confirms that these principles were very ancient and ingrained to our ancestors before the missionaries came with their “spare the rod, spoil the child” and “idle hands are the Devilʻs play things” mentality. That missionary way of thought and that systemic violence that many of our kūpuna faced in their own lives, they brought it into their homes. Thatʻs something we must decolonize ourselves.     I AM INTERESTED IN YOUR FEEDBACK!

The ART OF RESILIENCE, RE-BIRTH and the LESSON of the JAPANESE BOWL

Some people are like a Phoenix rising from the ashes of their life’s trials to emerge stronger. What is it about this person that builds their resilience? Is it the ability to find the gold in every black cloud? Is it an unshakeable belief in self? Could it be the ability to shift gears to adapt to the changes in life? Could it be to look towards the future with hope? Maybe it’s all of these. Here’s a wonderful metaphor to keep in mind when life’s obstacles seem insurmountable.

“In Japan there is an art form called kintsukuroi which means, “to repair with gold”.  When a ceramic pot or bowl would break, the artisan would put the pieces together again using gold or silver lacquer to create something stronger, more beautiful, than it was before. The breaking is not something to hide. It does not mean that the work of art is ruined or without value because it is different than what was planned. Kintsukuroi is a way of living that embraces every flaw and imperfection.  Every crack is part of the history of the object and it becomes more beautiful, precisely because it had been broken. People are the same way. Sometimes, when everything we valued and built up and cared for over the years falls to pieces, we are better able to see opportunities and possibilities that would have never presented themselves had life not been torn to rags.  Or standing and staring in the face of broken promises and broken dreams, eye-to-bloodshot-eye with our most assiduous fears, sometimes we discover that we were stronger than we imagined: that we can withstand more and that there is no reason to fear.  Sometimes trauma brings us closer to God, or to our purpose in life, or leaves us more appreciative than we were before: appreciative and even happy.  And when we are betrayed by someone we’ve loved, or taken advantage of, sometimes it is our trust and faith in others that grows stronger.  We look around at all the friends and acquaintances and strangers that come rushing to our aide, and our faith in human goodness is restored.  Cherish your relationships. Nurture them. That people are resilient is neither a stick of admonishment, nor a salve that takes suffering away. What it is, is a marker of hope. People can grow in the face of the horrific. It is evidence of what might be possible, no matter the loss, no matter the pain – kintsukuroi.” https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/luminous-things/201510/resilience-growth-kintsukuroi

Japanese Bowl by Peter Mayer

I’m like one of those Japanese bowls
That were made long ago
I have some cracks in me
They have been filled with gold

That’s what they used back then
When they had a bowl to mend
It did not hide the cracks
It made them shine instead

So now every old scar shows
From every time I broke
And anyone’s eyes can see
I’m not what I used to be

But in a collector’s mind
All of these jagged lines
Make me more beautiful
And worth a much higher price

I’m like one of those Japanese bowls
I was made long ago
I have some cracks you can see
See how they shine of gold

To Listen to this song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qOAzobTIGr8

Socially Responsible Investing: ‘WALK THE TALK’ THROUGH YOUR INVESTMENTS By Debbie Hecht

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Armchair Investing  and DIRECTING CHANGE  with a Case Study by Jon Luft                       Imagine if everyone invested in corporations that reflected their values?                        YOU MIGHT BOYCOTT BUYING GOODS FROM COMPANIES WHO DON’T REFLECT YOUR VALUES, BUT HAVE YOU LOOKED AT YOUR PORTFOLIO OF INVESTMENTS?

SOCIALLY RESPONSIBLE INVESTING is the process of investing money in corporations, infrastructure and community development that are not causing social or environmental harm. The designation is based on scrutinizing business practices: the treatment of employees, customers, communities and the environment and by being respectful of social justice and ethical issues. It is an investment approach that integrates environmental, social and governance values (ESG) into financial analysis and decision-making. Socially responsible investments can be made in individual companies or through a socially conscious mutual funds or an index fund. This article will provide you with a process of how to “Walk the Talk” and invest congruent with your values.

MYTH BUSTING: RETURNS are NOT LESS than OTHER INVESTMENTS

  1. “Over the last two years, SRI investing has grown by more than 22% to $3.74 trillion in total managed assets, suggesting that investors are investing with their heart, as well as their head. In fact, about $1 of every $9 under professional management in the U.S. can be classified as an SRI investment. “ Forbes Magazine April 2013 https://www.forbes.com/sites/feeonlyplanner/2013/04/24/socially-responsible-investing-what-you-need-to-know/#25ef778f3442
  2. “One of the myths around socially responsible investing is that aligning investments with ethics means lower returns… Companies that were committed to sustainability outperformed companies that weren’t, they found. A dollar invested in sustainability-minded companies in 1993 would have grown to $22.58 by 2014, but just $15.35 if invested in companies with no such commitments.” George Serafeim, an associate professor at Harvard Business School and colleagues analyzed data going back over 20 years: https://hbr.org/2015/04/the-type-of-socially-responsible-investments-that-make-firms-more-profitable
  3. In a paper entitled “Socially Responsible Mutual Funds”, published in the May/June 2000 issue of the Financial Analysts Journal, Meir Statman of Santa Clara University reviewed 31 socially screened mutual funds and found that they outperformed their unscreened peers, but not by a statistically significant margin. The bottom line appears to be that SRI funds do not behave all that differently from regular funds and that investing in a SRI fund will not negatively affect your returns compared to choosing a conventional index fund.” From Go Green with Socially Responsible investing (Investopedia) http://www.investopedia.com/articles/07/clean_and_green.asp
  4. The Domini 400 Social Index (DSI): Outperforming the S&P 500 Blogs @ The Motley Fool Published June 25, 2013 Can these types of funds perform? Can the DSI perform just as well, if not better than an index that has investments in these lucrative yet controversial markets? The chart below shows the value of $1 invested in the DSI 400 since its inception in 1990 compared to $1 invested in the S&P 500 in 1990: http://www.sfgate.com/business/fool/article/The-Domini-400-Social-Index-Outperforming-the-4620645.php

The PROCESS to become a SOCIALLY RESPONSIBLE INVESTOR

  1. Hire a professional? Ask your stockbroker for help or for a reference?
  2. Go through your portfolio and decide what to keep and what to sell. You might be amazed at what you have been supporting with your investment dollars! You might have some gains to pay. This does not need to be an “all or nothing” approach. TAKE THE CHALLENGE: Invest some amount in SRI stocks or funds and then compare after 6 months to your other investments.
  3. Decide what screens or filters to use. Screening is the process to decide what companies to include in your investment portfolio and what companies you may want to delete from your portfolio.
    1. Environmental Criteria: Some examples are LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standards for buildings, recycling programs, alternative energy usage, high mileage or electric vehicles, research on climate change or innovative energy sources are some good examples. Examples for bad stocks to dump would be BP Oil for polluting the Gulf of California because their oilrigs were not serviced regularly, Phillip Morris for tobacco, Raytheon for defense hardware- missiles, nuclear energy or coal utilities.
    2. Business Practice Criteria: Examples could be realistic CEO compensation, diversity and inclusion in hiring, equal pay for women and minorities, companies with family leave for care of children and elderly, onsite day care, work week requirements, the use of underpaid prison labor and use of sweatshops. Have they had any lawsuits for discrimination?
    3. Product criteria:Do their products use less packaging? Are they made in the USA? You might want to exclude companies that make guns, war hardware like missiles or tanks, benefit off of prisons, tobacco, addictive substances, big oil and banks or investment firms that lend money for pipelines and industries that pollute water or air.
    4. Shareholder Activism– a reason to buy shares in a corporation is that by owning just one share you can attend shareholder meetings and introduce new ideas. SRI investors can be a powerful catalyst for change. (Recently 62% of Exxon shareholders required a study to understand the environmental impacts of the company’s practices. 5.2017)

 FOR MORE INFORMATION:

  1. Socially Responsible Investing in Investopedia: http://www.investopedia.com/terms/s/sri.asp
  2. Forbes: Socially Responsible Investing: http://www.forbes.com/sites/feeonlyplanner/2013/04/24/socially-responsible-investing-what-you-need-to-know/
  3. Socially Responsible Mutual Funds Chart from Bloomberg: http://charts.ussif.org/mfpc/
  4. “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Socially Responsible Investing” by Ken Little.
  5. “Socially Responsible Investing for Dummies” Ann C. Logue
  6. PAX World Investments: http://paxworld.com/about/sustainable-investing/what-is-esg
  7. Financial Times: http://lexicon.ft.com/Term?term=responsible-investment
  8. CASHING IN ON CLIMATE CHANGE: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/03/opinion/sunday/cashing-in-on-climate-change.html?_r=0
  9. Get That Oily Mess Out of My Money! https://www.naturalinvestments.com/blog/category/advocacy/
  10. Socially responsible investing report for 2016: http://www.greenmoneyjournal.com/january-2017/the-2016-biennial-report-on-us-sustainable-responsible-and-impact-investing-trends-from-the-us-sif-foundation/
  11. THE ‘DOMINI 400 SOCIAL INDEX’ http://www.investopedia.com/terms/d/domini_400.asp

A market cap weighted stock index of 400 publicly traded companies that have met certain standards of social and environmental excellence. Potential candidates for this index will have positive records on issues such as employee and human relations, product safety, environmental safety, and corporate governance. Companies engaged in the business of alcohol, tobacco, firearms, gambling, nuclear power and military weapons are automatically excluded. This relatively new index was designed to help socially conscious investors weigh social and environmental factors in their investment choices.

BREAKING DOWN ‘Domini 400 Social Index’- Socially conscious investing is a growing trend across many demographic and geographic areas, and having a social conscience may become a competitive advantage for corporations through their relationships with shareholders. The index is independently maintained by research firm KLD Research & Analytics, and aims to be comprised of chiefly large cap stocks in the S&P 500; the ranges break down as follows:

  1.  Approximately 250 companies in the S&P 500
  2. 100 companies not in the S&P 500, but providing sector diversification and exceeding pre-determined market cap limitations
  3. 50 companies that have shown excellence in their social and environmental dealings
  4. “The record of the Domini 400 Social Index (DSI) is an indication that socially responsible investors do not have to automatically assume a sacrifice in performance for following their values. Created in 1990, the DSI was the first benchmark for equity portfolios subject to multiple social screens. The DSI is a market capitalization-weighted index modeled on the Standard & Poor\’s 500 and has outperformed that unscreened index on an annualized basis since its inception.

From Michael Kramer, stockbroker and author of the Resilient Investor   can be found at Natural Investments: https://www.naturalinvestments.com/about/ “A friend of mine who has known me for years asked me today, “So how exactly do you align values with investments?” And so… the aim is to steer clear of products, practices, and industries that are causing social and environmental harm while supporting everything – infrastructure, community development, and companies – that are better for society and trying to treat employees, customers, communities, and the environment with greater respect and principles of justice and sustainability. There’s compromise everywhere you look, of course – as there are many shades of green and no perfect investments – but as we engage the companies we own shares of we have a voice to help them change their ways, to acknowledge and address the real risks of climate change, to foster diversity at every level of their company, to provide living wages and safe working conditions, to be good citizens in the community, and to minimize harm to the environment. And there are some sectors many investors want no part of at all – fossil fuels, toxic chemicals, tobacco, military contractors, nuclear power, to name a few – and these can be excluded. And then there is being proactive in investing in the green economy – organic food, renewable energy, green building, biodegradable and recycled products, clean tech, water and energy efficiency, etc. This can be done through the public stock and bond markets, but some investors also engage in private debt and equity opportunities. Many also support community development financial institutions locally and globally, including international microfinance, to channel capital to low-income and other marginalized groups who need access to capital to start businesses, buy a home, and build community facilities. Investing for good requires clarity about one’s intentions and a willingness to use one’s savings to be part of the solution to the many challenges of these times. As I enter my 27th year of involvement with Natural Investments (including the first 10 years as one of its clients), I am pleased that so many people have discovered that it is possible to align their values with their investments to make a difference. Through our offices nationwide – in California, Colorado, Hawai’i, Kentucky, Minnesota, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Washington – thousands of individuals, families, non-profit organizations, foundations, and businesses entrust us to manage over $330 million. We are honored to have earned this trust over the past 32 years, and regardless of the political environment we will continue to focus on evolving our economic system so it operates for the benefit of all of this planet and us.

AN INVESTMENT REALIGNMENT STORY by JON LUFT

We all think about doing the right thing and many of us live and lead by example that reflects who we truly are.   Walking the talk. I aspire to that and wanted to share a recent, transformative experience regarding the landscape of my retirement investment funding.

Through hard work, diligent saving, and a moderately conservative approach to risk/reward, I now have dollar value accruing in my retirement portfolio. More than 20 years ago I associated myself with a qualified financial adviser from a large financial institution to help guide my investment strategies. I have no formal training in economics or finance so I always feel better collaborating with subject matter experts. I’m also averse to anxious waiting or nervous speculation and not one who watches the market every day. I’m a long haul investor. We made initial investment decisions together, watched and adjusted with a cautious but firm hand, and through the ups and downs of the market I’ve experienced reasonable growth in the long run.

My investment portfolio was typified by funds positioned primarily to be moneymakers, without paying much attention to the specific stocks and/or bonds populating them. I left those decisions to the fund managers. There are many examples of mutual fund families available in the marketplace such as American Funds, Vanguard and others. More recently, with an eye to the destruction of our environment, impacts of climate change, increasing social inequity at home and abroad, the recent banking debacle and other issues of corporate governance, I decided to take a much closer look at my specific holdings and decide if they aligned with my values. All of them. What I found was troubling and I decided to take action and make a wholesale transformation. Divest in those sectors and companies I don’t value, and reinvest in those I do. Working closely with my financial advisor I turned to what is known as Socially Responsible Investing (SRI), also known as Impact Investing, to direct the process and meet my goal of aligning my investments with my values.

There were basically three pathways I could take. The first option was to tweak my existing portfolio and select a different fund within the same family. To explore this I did a deep dive into all of the mutual funds within the larger family of funds I was currently invested in, to see if I could find any funds that fully met my selection criteria. Scattered widely among literally all of them were oil and petroleum, big agri-business, tobacco, and big banking among others that I wished to divest from. It became apparent this path was not going to be productive.

The second option was to look at funds that apply Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) filters to identify and compile stocks and bonds into funds based on these criteria. The best resource I could find for this is the Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment (www.ussif.org), where a comprehensive listing of funds using these ESG filters is available. I worked my way through all the funds currently listed, looking closely at the fund manager’s philosophy on ESG filters, the actual stock and bond holdings, risk profile, performance and finally the management fees. Some fund managers apply these ESG filters rigorously (i.e. absolutely no tobacco, or oil), and others are less absolute. Some fund managers for example do not exclude (filter) a company that derives less than 5% of its revenues from a specific sector. I chose to ignore these funds and focus on assembling a more “pure” portfolio. From the expansive list of ESG filtered funds I narrowed to a few dozen that met all my goals and represented enough variety from which I could compile a portfolio and mirror my current mix of asset classes.

The third path was the potential to create a fully custom portfolio through a financial service provider who specializes in stocks and bonds with very specific exclusions or requirements. This allows the investor to build a personalized portfolio that meets very specific filtering criteria. This method is basically assembling a portfolio based on picking individual stocks and bonds that meet whatever criteria the investor choses. My research found fewer financial advisors knowledgeable about SRI or Impact Investing, with higher management fees/commissions, so this was not the best choice for me.

Today my portfolio is primarily a mix of mutual funds that meet all ESG filtering criteria and do not allow any marginal participation in companies, sectors, products or services I find objectionable. My mix is roughly 65% stocks and 35% bonds with a small percentage in cash. These funds include large, mid and small cap equity funds, balanced funds (combination of stocks and bonds), blended funds (combination of value and growth stocks), and bond funds, altogether closely mirroring the asset class mix of my pre-divestment holdings.

As I write this in the spring of 2017, markets have trended upward after having bounced up and down. I am happy to report overall growth of 11.98% in my portfolio since complete re-alignment in mid-August of 2016, indicating SRI has the potential to meet similar expectations of a more traditional portfolio. I am even happier to say I am only invested now in funds with companies whose products, services, community involvement, and corporate behavior align with my values.

Helpful Links:

The basic portal used to identify SRI funds is the Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment.

The Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment: http://www.ussif.org

NOTE:

Click on the Mutual Funds tab and there’s a comprehensive list of funds in every asset class that claim SRI in one way or another. These change from time to time so it is wise to check in to see what’s new and if a fund has dropped off.

Select a specific fund and read through the SRI criteria and decide if it aligns with your values

Once I identified a fund I was interested in, I actually looked at the holdings the mutual fund has in it’s portfolio, along with some performance history and load (management fee)

To do this I called up the fund using one of the independent investment research sites like

http://www.morningstar.com

https://fundresearch.fidelity.com

https://www.bloomberg.com/markets/stocks

These are pay to play sites to go deep but the free portion gives a lot of key info about fund holdings, performance, and other details.

Sometimes I looked at the fund managers and scanned their LinkedIn or other public info to sense their politics.
Sometimes I went to a specific company website and looked at the resume of the key leaders there too.   Earth and hands photo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2% Land Fund Report – March 2017

2% Land Fund REPORT (PUBLIC ACCESS AND OPEN SPACE) PONC FUND as of March 2017 with much left to acquire!

GREAT SUCCESSES IN LAND ACQUISITION!

PROPERTIES ACQUIRED: 10  

PROPERTIES SUBMITTED FOR ACQUISITION: 166

LAND ACQUIRED: 4,428 acres of land acquired that was suggested by members of the community.

MONEY SPENT: County of Hawaii 2% Land Fund         $27,389,268.

                             Grants from Matching funds*               $8,764,083.

                             Private funds:                                              $2,000,000

*From US Fish and Wildlife to protect lands for Endangered Species, State Legacy Lands $7,434,083 actually received, $1,330,000. Pending from Legacy Lands for Wai’opae, Puna.

To view the Acquisition Status Report go to: http://records.co.hawaii.hi.us/weblink/1/edoc/84954/2016-11-14%20PONC%20Acquisition%20Status%20Report.pdf  

MATCHING FUNDS- My opinion: The highest and best use of 2% of taxpayer’s funds is to use the 2% Land Fund to get dollar for dollar matching funds, to date the County has only gotten 1 dollar for every 3 dollars spent for taxpayers OR only 32% of the money spent is from grants.   The County could do better at applying for matching funds.

QUICK HISTORY OF THE LEGISLATION FROM 2005 to 2016:

  1. The Save Our Lands Citizen’s Committee collected almost 10,000 signatures from April to July of 2006. The County Clerk at the time Connie Kiriu and County Counsel Lincoln Ashida disqualified almost 6,000 signatures for leaving off the year and leaving off Pl, St. or Rd.
  2. We needed 4,400 signatures which we didn’t get, but the County Council decided to place the ballot measure on the ballot for 2006. Despite the County Counsel submitting confusing  ballot language  containing double negatives, the amendment to the Code passed by 56%,  of voters who voted on the issue, as part of the Hawaii County Code.
  3. 2008- Mayor Kenoi suspended deposits to the Fund for two years as the first piece of legislation submitted after he took office. We pointed out that there were more than 260 funded but unfilled job in his budget, but he failed to reinstate payments to the 2% Land Fund.
  4. 2010- Charter Commission put on the ballot as the 1% Land Fund- again passed by 56% of voters.
  5. 2012- In order to honor all the people who signed the petitions and worked so hard over the years, we felt we needed to put the 2% Land Fund  back on the ballot as a Charter amendment so that the Land Fund could only be unfunded by a vote of the people.  Again,  56% of voters  approved the measure, together with  a 1/4% Maintenance Fund. As part of this legislation, a covenant runs with all of the 2% Land Fund acquisitions that these lands are to be held in perpetuity for the citizens of the County of Hawaii and cannot be sold, traded, mortgaged etc
  6. The Maintenance Fund was clairfied in the Hawaii County Code in 2016 to allow the Open Space Commission to review Stewardship Grants and to recommend what grants to approve to the Director of Finance.

GRASS ROOTS ORGANIZING PROCESS to pass the ballot measure:

  • We had more than 100 people that collected signatures of more than 50 signatures each in 2006.
  • We had a 3,000 personal email list which we used to inform our supporters or  if we needed emails, people showing up for public meetings or lobbying their Council members.   These 3,000 people were asked to contact their email list. They represent about 10% of the voting public on the island. (There have been approximately 100,000 voters registered for the County of Hawaii, usually about 33,000 of these registered voters actually vote, therefore 3,000 supporters is 10% of the vote.)

PROPERTIES SUBMITTED TO THE PONC COMMISSION TO BE CONSIDERED FOR ACQUISITION as of December 28, 2016: This information came from the Comprehensive List of Properties http://records.co.hawaii.hi.us/weblink/1/edoc/84955/2016-12-28%20PONC%20Comprehensive%20List%20of%20Properties%20Submitted%20by%20the%20Public.pdf

Puna area: 16 properties

South Hilo area: 16 properties

North Hilo: 7 properties

Hamakua: 19 properties

North Kohala: 26 properties

South Kohala: 17 properties

North Kona: 27 properties

South Kona: 13 properties

Ka’u: 25 properties

Total Properties submitted for the entire island: 166

THE LAND ACQUISITION PROCESS:

The Community recommends a property to the Public Access and Open Space Commission, here is the process and links to the application:  http://records.co.hawaii.hi.us/weblink/1/edoc/84953/Process%20for%20Property%20Acquisition%20with%20Funds%20from%20the%20PONC%20Fund.pdf

PONC STEWARDSHIP GRANT: Properties that are acquired with Land Fund monies can apply for maintenance funds. Here a is a link to the application. http://records.co.hawaii.hi.us/weblink/1/edoc/80189/PONC%20Stewardship%20Grant%20Request%20Form%20(application%20period%20801%20-%2083116).pdf

THE HAWAII COUNTY CARTER AND THE HAWAII COUNTY CODE: which regulates the 2% Land Fund (PONC) and the PONC Maintenance Fund go to: http://records.co.hawaii.hi.us/weblink/browse.aspx?startid=13770&dbid=1

Submitted by Debbie Hecht, Campaign Coordinator Save Our Lands Citizen’s Committee Hecht.deb@gmail.com

Why the Members of the Electoral College Should Vote for Clinton

updated December 6,2016

ACTION NEEDED: THE ELECTION IS NOT OVER until December 19 when the ELECTORAL COLLEGE VOTES. PLEASE get in touch with the Electoral College members and give them your reasons WHY Hillary Clinton should represent the American People. You may cut and paste the information below or create your own email.

CUT AND PASTE THE INFO BELOW or use your own words:

  1. The vote of the Electoral College members is a secret vote.  There will be no retaliation no matter how they vote, so please vote your conscience.
  2. PLEASE don’t resign your position as a member of the Electoral College. Your vote is a secret vote because the Founding Fathers wanted the Electoral College to be a “check and balance” on the system. If you resign, you let in another Elector who may not look at the big picture or understand their historical role. Please vote your conscience and vote for the person you believe will represent the best interests of the American people.
  3. Clinton is ahead in the popular vote by 2.5 million votes (as of 11.29.2016). Trump does not represent the majority of the American voters.
  4. TRUMP’S business interests represent a HUGE conflict of interest:
  1. Judges ruled that there was illegal gerrymandering in Wisconsin. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/21/us/wisconsin-redistricting-found-to-unfairly-favor-republicans.html?_r=0 as per court ruling and illegal gerrymandering in Florida http://miamiherald.typepad.com/nakedpolitics/2016/03/judge-declares-illegal-prison-gerrymandering-in-north-florida-.html
  2. According to the CIA, Russia hacked into the DNC in October before the election http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/21/us/wisconsin-redistricting-found-to-unfairly-favor-republicans.html?_r=0 and tampered with voting during Presidential campaign http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2016/11/activists-urge-hillary-clinton-to-challenge-election-results.html
  3. Amid evidence that Trump has been using the office of President-Elect in order to conduct business meetings, the Chief Ethics Counsels for President George W. Bush and Barack Obama are introducing a legal argument in an attempt to convince the Electoral College to reject Trump under the Emoluments Clause http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/donald-trump-emoluments_us_58409e01e4b017f37fe3c0ca
  4. As of November 28th, recounts have been demanded in 3 states: Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania. Trump has said the voting was illegal in New Hampshire, Virginia and California. http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/nov/27/donald-trump-alleges-serious-voter-fraud-virginia-/? A recount is up in the air in Florida: http://www.cnbc.com/2016/11/08/another-florida-cliffhanger-heres-how-a-recount-could-play-out.html

BOTTOM LINE: Donald J. Trump does not represent the best interests of the American people. He represents his own interests. As for the Electoral College, please VOTE for Hillary Clinton who has experience, has been open and transparent about her position on numerous issues and has shared her tax returns and potential conflicts of interest.

Click here to get in touch with the Electoral College members- give them your thoughts or cut and paste the above. Click the button- Voice Your Concerns.

http://asktheelectors.org/

The following are members of the Electoral College who will be voting on December 19, 2016 for the President of the United States.  As of today, November 15, Hilary Clinton has won the popular vote.    If these Electors would change their vote to be consistent with the popular vote, Secretary Clinton could still win.   We recommend this article for a good explanation..  other information will be posted soon.  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/douglas-anthony-cooper/the-electoral-college-was_b_12897066.html

IF YOU KNOW ANY OF THE PEOPLE LISTED BELOW, PLEASE CALL  OR EMAIL THEM.

ALABAMA 
Perry O. Hooper
perryo@palomarins.com

Grady H. Thorton
gradylaurat@aol.com

Frank Burt Jr
fburt@baldwincountyal.gov

Will Sellers
wsellers@balch.com

James Eldon Wilson
No contact information

Tim Wadsworth
wadsworth@centurytel.net

J. Elbert Peters
jepeters65@knology.net

Mary Sue McClurkin
No contact information

Robert Cusanelli
No contact information

ALASKA
Sean Parnell
info@seanparnellak.com
@seanparnellak

Jacqueline Tupou
No contact information

Carolyn Leman
arwcyes@yahoo.com

ARIZONA
Bruce Ash
https://www.facebook.com/bruce.ash.5
bash@paulashmgt.com
Business phone: 520-795-2100 x 102

Walter Begay
@walterbegayjr

Sharon Giese
sharongiese08@yahoo.com

Robert Graham
rgraham@arizonagop.org
@robertsgraham

Alberto Gutier III
https://www.facebook.com/AG3AZ

Jerry Hayden
No contact information

Carole Joyce
paddywagon@cox.net

Jane Lynch
jane518@cox.net
**HAS INDICATED THAT SHE DOES NOT WANT TO VOTE FOR TRUMP

Foster Morgan
https://www.facebook.com/foster.morgan.58

Jim O’Connor
jwo@ronnoco3.com

Edward Robson
No contact information

ARKANSAS
Jonelle Fulmer
Jdsjonelle@aol.com
@jonellefulmer

Jonathan Barnett
jonathan.barnett@arkansashouse.org

Keith Gibson
keithg@pinncom.com

Sharon Wright
swright028@yahoo.com
@electwright

Tommy Land
tommyland@sbcglobal.net

John Nabholz
nabholz@nabholz.com

FLORIDA
Tony Ledbetter
miraclevisor@msn.com

Pam Bondi
info@pambondi.com
@pambondi
https://www.facebook.com/pambondi/?fref=ts

Sharon Day
@sharondayrnc
https://www.facebook.com/sharondayrnc

Abe Aderibigbe
No contact information found

Larry Ahern
larry.ahern@myfloridahouse.gov
@larry_ahern
https://www.facebook.com/electlarryahern/?fref=ts
P.O. Box 40551 St. Petersburg, FL 33743

Campaign phone: 727-381-2166
Kristy Banks

info@kbblawfl.com

(850) 670-1255

Michael Barnett
michael.barnett1@gmail.com
561-715-7833

LizBeth Benacquisto
benacquisto.lizbeth@flsenate.gov
@lizbethkb
(239) 338-2570

Robin Bernstein
No contact information found

John Browning

John.P.Browning@sjrwmd.com

(386)328-7295

Dena Decamp
@denadecamp

Nick DiCeglie

nickdiceglie@gmail.com

https://www.facebook.com/Nick-DiCeglie-Chairman-Pinellas-County-Republican-Executive-Committee-1992381940900721/

Jeremy Evans
jthomasou@hotmail.com

John Falconetti
@johnfalconetti

Peter Feaman
@peterfeaman

Kat Gates-Skipper
No contact information found

Joe Gruters
joegruters@gmail.com
@joegruters
(941) 914-2004

Debbie Hannifan
debbiehannifan@polkgroup.org
@hannifangop
(863) 738-6367

Blais Ingoglia
blais.ingoglia@myfloridahouse.gov
@govgonewild
(352) 688-5004

Mike Moberley
chairman@rpocitrus.org
352-302-8064

Susan Moore
smm2043@gmail.com
850-261-4865

Joe Negron
joenegron@joenegron.com
@joenegronfl
https://www.facebook.com/joenegronfl/

Clint Pate
pateclint@yahoo.com
850-527-3900

Ray Rodrigues
ray.rodrigues@myfloridahouse.org

Carlos Trujillo
carlos.trujillo@myfloridahouse.org
@repctrujillo
https://www.facebook.com/RepCTrujillo/

Robert Watkins
No contact information found

Susie Wiles
No contact information found

Christian Ziegler
christian@christiangop.com
202-731-7213
@chrismziegler

GEORGIA
Casie Bryant
casiebryantgop@gmail.com

Andy Garner
No contact information found

Judy Grammer
jfgrammer@comcast.net

Joanna Hildreth
jfgrammer@comcast.net

Nancy Hollingshed
righty1127@aol.com

Larry Hutcheson
1103lhut@bellsouth.net

Chuck Payne
cfpaynejr@hotmail.com

Larry Reynolds
No contact information found

Blake Silvers
jblakesilvers@gmail.com

Rocky Swann
rockyswann@hotmail.com

Kevin Tisdel
kevinltisdel@yahoo.com

IDAHO

Caleb Lakey
caleb.lakey@itd.idaho.gov

Jennifer Locke
@jenniferlockeid

Melinda Smyser
(202) 224-2752

INDIANA
Stephanie Beckley
sbeckley@indiana.gop

Dan Bortner
@danbortner

Laura Campbell
laura@hamiltoncountygop.org

Jeff Cardwell
jcardwell@indiana.gop
@jeffcardwell

Donald Hayes
Donald.hayes@twc.com

Randall Kirkpatrick
rlkpatrick55@gmail.com

Ethan Manning
ethan_manning@yahoo.com
@ethanemanning

Kelly Mitchell
kelly@votekellymitchell.com
@votekellymitchell

Edwin Simcox
No contact information found

Chuck Williams
chuck@clwilliamscompanies.com

IOWA
James Whitmer
No contact information found

Alan Braun
No contact information found

Polly Granzow
Polly.Granzow@legis.state.ia.us,

Dylan C. Keller
@dckeller

Kurt Brown
No contact information found

KANSAS
Ashley McMillan
No contact information found

Helen Van Etten
No contact information found

Mark Kahrs

mark.kahrs@house.ks.gov

mark@kahrsforkansas.com

785 296-5593

Ron Estes

ron@treasurer.ks.gov

@ronestesks

Clayton Barker

clayton@ksgop.org

Kelly Arnold

kellyarnold@yahoo.com

@stanggt

(316) 660-9222

KENTUCKY

Jim Skaggs

jj.skaggs@twc.com

Dave Disponett

No contact information

Mike Duncan

https://www.facebook.com/rmikeduncan/

Mike Carter

No contact information

Scott Lasley

lasleywarrengop@gmail.com

@scottlasley

Walter Reichart

No contact information

Mary Singleton

medsingleton@gmail.com

@medsingletong

Troy Sheldon

No contact information
LOUISIANA
Chris Trahan
info@trahanlaw.com

Lloyd Harsch
lharsch@nobts.edu

Charles Buckels
No contact information found

Louis Avallone
louisavallone@mac.com
@louisravallone
https://www.facebook.com/ImWithLou/

Kay Kellog Katz

Lennie Rhys

No contact information found

Glenda Pollars

https://www.facebook.com/Glenda-Pollard-for-Republican-Parish-Executive-Committee-517114971801871/

Garrett Monti

info@montinotary.com
Scott Wilfong
No contact information found

MICHIGAN
John Haggard
samhunt59@yahoo.com

Jack Holmes
No contact information found

Kelly Mitchell
kellym2377@yahoo.com

Judy Rapanos
judyrapanos@aol.com

Henry Hatter
No contact information found

Robert Weitt
No contact information found

Wyck Seelig
wdseelig@gmail.com

Ross Ensign
ensign2415@comcast.net

Mike Banerian
@mbanerian

Brian Fairbrother
briansfairbrother@gmail.com

Ken Crider
kecrider@gmail.com

Mary Vaughn
No contact information found

Jim Rhoades
No contact information found

Bill Rauwerdink
Has been responding with threatening emails.

Hank Fuhs
hankfuhs@juno.com
@grassrootsusa

Joseph Guzman
@guzman4michigan

MISSISSIPPI

Ann Herbert
No contact information found

Joe F Sanderson Jr
No contact information found

Bradley White
No contact information found

William G Yates Jr
No contact information found

Wirt A Yerger Jr
wyerger@bellsouth.net

MISSOURI

Tim Dreste

No contact information

Jan DeWeese

irelandwinslow@att.net

636-343-5360

Hector Maldonado

https://www.facebook.com/hector.maldonado.39904

Sherry Kuttenkuler

https://www.facebook.com/skuttenkuler

636-359-2808

Casey Crawford

No contact information

Tom Brown

No contact information

Cherry Warren

No contact information

Scott Clark

No contact information

Al Rotskoff

No contact information

Susie Johnson

No contact information

MONTANA
Thelma Baker
No contact information found

Nancy Ballance
nancyballance@aol.com

Dennis Scranton
No contact information found

Vondene Kopetski
vondene@bresnan.net

Thomas Tuck
tomtuckins@outlook.com

NEBRASKA
Phil Berlin
No contact information

John Dinkel
No contact information

Chuck Conrad
No contact information

Craig Safranek
craig@trisag.com
@craigsafranek

Paul Burger
No contact information


NORTH CAROLINA

Linda Harper
tl862@reagan.com

Charles Staley
cstaley@ltdkate.com

Karen Kozel
No contact information

Martha Jenkins
marthanjenkins@gmail.com

Celeste Stanley
ccstanley1@aol.com

Donald Webb
sails@northstate.net

Robert Muller
No contact information

Jennifer Dunbar
No contact information

Andrea Arterburn
@asarterburn

Glenn Pickney Sr
No contact information

Mark Delk
No contact information

David Speight
https://www.facebook.com/David-Speight-for-County-Commissioner-179106728864316/

Ann Sullivan
No contact information

Lee Green
Lee.Green@ncgopdcca.org

David Smuski
No contact information

NORTH DAKOTA
David Mutch
dmutch@state.nd.us

John Olson
olsonpc@midco.net

Ron Carlisle
rcarlisle@nd.gov

OHIO
Marilyn Ashcraft
mkash@suddenlink.net

Curt Braden
cbpolitical@gmail.com

Christina Hagan
rep50@ohiohouse.gov
@rephagan
(614) 466-9078

Bill Johnson
@repbilljohnson
benjamin.keeler@mail.house.gov

LeeAnn Johnson
No contact information found

Ralph King
No contact information found

Kathy Miller
No contact information found

Alex Triantafilou
judgealext@gmail.com

OKLAHOMA
David Oldham
No contact information found

Teresa Turner
No contact information found

Mark Thomas
No contact information found

Bobby Cleveland
@bobbyclevelandhd20

Laurie Beth
No contact information found

Charlie Potts
No contact information found

George Wiland
gwiland@tulsagop.org

PENNSYLVANIA

Robert Asher

No contact information

Mary Barket

pfrw@comcast.net

https://www.facebook.com/mary.barket.3

717-234-4901 x 169

Robert Bozzuto

(717) 234-4901, ext. 140

https://www.linkedin.com/in/bob-bozzuto-b45974ba

Theodore Christian

tchristian@dmgs.com

(215) 478-1444

Michael Downing

&717) 234-4901, ext. 147

https://www.linkedin.com/in/michael-downing-91a8424a

Margaret Ferraro

No contact information

Robert Gleason

@raindance16

https://www.linkedin.com/in/rob-gleason-77184433

Christopher Gleason

No contact information

Joyce Haas

https://www.linkedin.com/in/joyce-haas-06a5a919

Ash Khare

https://www.linkedin.com/in/ash-khare-00940a46

(814) 726-2909

James McErlane

No contact information

Elstina Pickett

tpickett@pahousegop.com

http://www.facebook.com/RepPickett

(570) 265-3124

Patricia Poprik:

https://www.facebook.com/pat.poprik

(215) 345-6811

Andrew Reilly

areilly@swartzcampbell.com

(610) 566-9222

Carol Sides

CSIDES3@COMCAST.NET

570 326 4206

Glora “Lee” Snover

hq@northamptoncountygop.com

(610)438-3319

Richard Stewart

No contact information

Lawrence Tabas

lawrence.tabas@obermayer.com

215-665-3158

Christine Toretti

No contact information

Carolyn “Bunny” Welsh

sheriffbunny@comcast.net

610-344-6850

SOUTH CAROLINA
Glenn McCall
glenn.a.mccall@gmail.com

Matt Moore
chairman@scgop.com
https://www.facebook.com/MattMooreSC/

Terry Hardesty
No contact information

Jim Ulmer
No contact information

Brenda Bedenbaugh
@bedenbaugh

Bill Conley
scbconley@charter.net

Shery Smith
@sherysmith

Moye Graham
No contact information

Jerry Rovner
cdrjr1@juno.com

SOUTH DAKOTA
Dennis Daugaard
sdgov@gov.state.sd.us
@sdgovdaugaard

Matt Michels
@mattlg

Marty Jackley
atghelp@state.sd.us

TENNESSEE
Joey Jacobs
No contact information

Beth Scott Clayton Amos
No contact information

Jason Mumpower
jason.mumpower@cot.tn.gov

Susan Mills
susanm@blountgop.org

Liz Holiway
c.holiway@att.net

Lynne Davis
lynnedavisrealtor@gmail.com

Tom Lawless
No contact information

Mike Callahan
cedesigners@frontiernet.net

Pat Allen
tomeallentom@netscape.net

Shannon Haynes
shan827@gmail.com

Drew Daniel
gopdrewster@att.net

TEXAS
Marty Rhymes
No contact information

Thomas Moon
No contact information

Carol Sewell
@carolsewell

Sherrill Lenz
No contact information

Nicholas Ciggelakis
No contact information

William Hickman
No contact information

Landon Estay
@landonestay
https://www.facebook.com/landonestay/?fref=ts

Rex Lamb
rex.lamb@yahoo.com

Rosemary Edwards
@travisgop

Matt Stringer
https://www.facebook.com/matthew.stringer.9469

Shellie Surles
No contact information

Melissa Juett Kalka
No contact information

Ken Clark
clarkken@juno.com

Sandra Cararas
No contact information

David Thackston
No contact information

Robert Bruce
No contact information

Margie Forster
No contact information

Scott Mann
scottmann@verizon.net

Marian Stanko
votemarianstanko@gmail.com
@votemarianstanko
https://www.facebook.com/votemarianstanko/

Curtis Nelson
No contact information

Tina Gibson
tinagibsonsd17srec@gmail.com

Kendell Meunzler
No contact information

Alexander Kim
info@alexkim.com

Virginia Able
No contact information

John Dillard
No contact information

Thomas Knight
tomknightnow@aol.com

Marian Knowlton
Marian.knowlton@gmail.com

Rex Teter
rteter@dpisd.org

Stephen (Chris) Suprun
@thechrissuprun
**HAS SUGGESTED HE MIGHT NOT VOTE FOR TRUMP

Jon Jewett
jon@jewettnevada.com

Susan Fischer
No contact information

Loren Byers
loren.byers@verizon.net
**HAS INDICATED DISCOMFORT WITH TRUMP

William Lawrence Greene
No contact information

Marylou Erben
No contact information

Art Sisneros
https://www.facebook.com/art.sisneros?fref=ts
*HAS SUGGESTED HE DOES NOT WANT TO VOTE FOR TRUMP
Biblical Voting in the Age of Trump

Candace Noble
@candynoble

Fred Farias
No contact information

UTAH

Peter Greathouse

No contact information

Jeremy Jenkins

No contact information

Kris Kimball

kriskimball.kk@gmail.com

@ElectKrisKimbal

801-278-0366

Cherilyn Eagar

@cherilyneagar

https://www.facebook.com/Cher88888

Chia-Chi Teng

ccteng@byu.edu

https://www.facebook.com/TengforUtah/

(801) 422-1297

Richard Snelgrove

RSnelgrove@slco.org

(385) 468-7452

rhsnelgrove@hotmail.com

friendsofsnelgrove@gmail.com

801-530-9414

https://www.facebook.com/Richard-Snelgrove-1537830309845926/

WEST VIRGINIA

Ron Foster

rrfforputnamcounty@gmail.com

304-206-7901

rrfforcommissioner@gmail.com

Patrick Morrisey

info@patrickmorrisey.com

304.844.9898

https://www.facebook.com/MorriseyWV/

@MorriseyWV

Ann Urling

ann@annurling.com

304-549-5039

@UrlingTreasurer

Mac Warner

macwarner@warnerforsos.com

304) 741-0202

@warnerforsos

https://www.facebook.com/pg/bringbackmacwarner/

Bill Cole

info@billcoleforwv.com

bill@billcoleforwv.com

681-265-1102

https://www.facebook.com/BillColeWV/

WISCONSIN

Steve King

(608) 755-8162

Mary Buestrin

No contact information

Kim Travis

kimtrvs@gmail.com;

62.607.0681

Kim Babler

kimbabler@hotmail.com

Brian Westrate

brianwestrate@gmail.com

@BrianWestrate

https://www.linkedin.com/in/brian-westrate-45422b4

Brad Courtney

https://www.linkedin.com/in/brad-courtney-8b667917;

Kathy Kiernan

No contact information

Dan Feyen

dan@feyenforsenate.com

920) 517-6029

@FeyenforSenate

https://www.facebook.com/feyenforsenate/

Jim Miller

https://www.linkedin.com/in/james-miller-58b412117

Bill Berglund

https://www.facebook.com/william.berglund.94
WYOMING

Karl Allred

(801) 560-3628

https://www.facebook.com/uintacountyrepublicanparty/

Bonnie Foster

https://www.linkedin.com/in/bonnie-foster-99071211

bfoster@donaldtrump.com

307.241.3300

Teresa Richards

richards.tlr@gmail.com

teresa@teresarichards.com

Candidates and California Ballot Measures-2016

Several people have asked me for my input on candidates and Ballot Measures. I’d be interested to hear from you! My choices came from extensive reading and news coverage. I also interviewed candidates with the Sierra Club, talked with several of the candidates in person (indicated by asterisks), took a day long class with the League of Women Voters on Ballot Measures for the State, County and City and heard some of the candidates speak with  the Democrats with Environmental Action.  Here’s my recommendations on the candidates and the Ballot Measures:

  • S. Congress, 49th District (CA-49)  –  Doug Applegate
  • S. Congress, 52nd District (CA-52)  –  Scott Peters*
  • California State Assembly, District 78  –  Todd Gloria*
  • San Diego County Supervisor, District Three  –  Dave Roberts*
  • San Diego City Attorney  –  Mara Elliott*
  • San Diego City Council, District One (D-1)  –  Barbara Bry*
  • San Diego City Council, District Nine (D-9)  –  Georgette Gómez*
  • Carlsbad City Council  –  Cori Schumacher
  • Carlsbad City Council  –  Bill Fowler
  • Chula Vista City Council, District 3  –  Steve Padilla
  • Encinitas City Council  –  Tasha Boerner-Horvath
  • Encinitas City Council  –  Tony Kranz*
  • Encinitas Mayor-  Catherine Blakespear*
  • Helix Water Board, District Three  –  Mark Gracyk
  • Imperial Beach City Council  –  Mark West
  • Lemon Grove Mayor  –  George Gastil
  • National City Council  –  Alejandra Sotelo-Solis
  • Oceanside City Council  –  Esther Sanchez*

CITY AND COUNTY OF SAN DIEGO MEASURES

  • Measure A (SANDAG Tax increase and Transportation Plan)  – Adamantly-  NO This is the tail wagging the dog.  San Diego County has no Climate Action Plan with which to judge whether SANDAG’s  Regional Transportation Plan will help us to meet state mandated Climate Action targets (we suspect that it will not).  This sales tax is raising money for the next 40 years to implement this half – assed plan. 
  • Measure B (Lilac Hills Development Proposal)  –   Vehemently NO- this was brought to the ballot by the developer in an effort to bypass the General Plan with a very dense development reached by windy two lane roads out near Valley Center with no transit and about 30 miles from most jobs.  It would go from around 300 homes to 1,700 homes and decimate farm land. 
  • Measure C (Chargers Downtown Stadium Proposal)  –  NO 
  • Measure D (Citizens’ Initiative)  –  YES
Type Title Subject Description
CISS Proposition 51 Education $9 billion in bonds for education and schools  NO WHERE THIS MONEY WOULD GO IS  IS DECIDED IN SACRAMENTO – I THINK LOCAL OVERSIGHT IS BETTER AND DISCUSSIONS ON ALLOCATIONS SHOULD BE DONE AT THE LOCAL LEVEL NOT REQUIRE TRAVEL TO SACRAMENTO.
CICA/SS Proposition 52 Healthcare Voter approval of changes to the hospital fee program NOT SURE ABOUT THIS- I DON’T LIKE THAT THE LEGISLATURE DIVERTED FEES OUT OF THE MEDICAL PROGRAM TO THE GENERAL FUND! Check Ballotpedia for more info link below
CICA Proposition 53 Elections/Bonds Projects that cost more than $2 billion would require voter approval. THIS MEANS THAT PROJECTS LIKE ROADWAYS OR TRAINS THAT WOULD BE PAID BACK (PARTLY) BY FEES WOULD NEED VOTER APPROVAL.  CURRENTLY, PROJECTS THAT ARE PAID FOR BY GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS (FROM OUR TAXES) REQUIRE VOTER APPROVAL.  NOT SURE. Check Ballotpedia for more info link below
CICA/SS Proposition 54 Accountability Conditions under which legislative bills can be passed VOTE YES- THIS IS TO HAVE ANY CHANGES MADE TO BILLS IN THE LEGISLATURE TO HAVE 72 HOURS FOR THE PUBLIC TO LOOK AT THE LANGUAGE BEFORE VOTING CAN OCCUR-  My thoughts:   MORE TRANSPARENCY IN GOVERNMENT IS ALWAYS GOOD!  YES.
CICA Proposition 55 Taxes Extension of personal income tax on incomes over $250,000 YES- PEOPLE THAT EARN MORE SHOULD PAY MORE   (cloaing loopholes would be good too)
CICA Proposition 56 Tobacco Increase the cigarette tax by $2.00 per pack- (include other tobacco products and e-cigarettes to be allocated to physician training, prevention and treatment of dental diseases, Medi-Cal, tobacco-use prevention, research into cancer, heart and lung diseases, and other tobacco-related diseases, and school programs focusing on tobacco-use prevention and reduction).

YES- THIS GOES TO EDUCATION PROGRAMS AGAINST TOBACCO USE and INCLUDES OTHER TOBACCO PRODUCTS.
CICA/SS Proposition 57 Trials Felons convicted of non-violent crimes and juvenile trials A “yes” vote supports increasing parole and good behavior opportunities for felons convicted of nonviolent crimes and allowing judges, not prosecutors, to decide whether to try certain juveniles as adults in court

 UP TO THE JUDGE YES
LRSS Proposition 58 Education Bilingual education in public schools  NOT SURE ABOUT THIS ONE-
AQ Proposition 59 Campaign finance State’s position on Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission  YES- THIS IS A WAY FOR THE CALIFORNIA LEGISLATORS TO POLL THE CITIZENS AS TO WHETHER WE WANT TO OVERTURN CITIZEN’S UNITED- which means getting big corporate money out of our elections.AND YES, YES AND YES!!!!!
CISS Proposition 60 Movies Require the use of condoms in pornographic films-  HMMMM not sure how this would be “policed”.
CISS Proposition 61 Healthcare Prescription drug price regulations A “yes” vote supports regulating drug prices by requiring state agencies to pay the same prices that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) pays for prescription drugs
CISS Proposition 62 Death penalty Repeal the death penalty   YES
CISS Proposition 63 Firearms Background checks for ammunition purchases  YES
CISS Proposition 64 Marijuana Legalization of marijuana and hemp  YES
CISS Proposition 65 Environment Grocery and retail carry-out bags- CHARGING FOR BAGS IS DIFFERENT THAN PROHIBITING-  VOTE NO BUT YES ON PROHIBITION Prop 67  BELOW
CISS Proposition 66 Death penalty Death penalty procedures- I AM AGAINST THE DEATH PENALTY, BUT VOTED YES ON THIS IN CASE THE DEATH PENALTY IS NOT OVERTURNED – IT STREAMLINES PROCEDURES. Right now someone can be on Death Row for 25 years, this gives deadlines to the appeals.
VR Proposition 67 Business reg Prohibition on plastic single-use carryout bags  YES

—-for much more information and an interactive chart go to BALLOTPEDIA:  https://ballotpedia.org/California_2016_ballot_propositions

 

 

The Evolution of a Third Party Could Be Revolutionary!

ARE WE WATCHING THE BIRTH OF A THIRD PARTY? written August 2016

phoenix out of the ashes

Like the Phoenix rising out of the ashes, the state of unrest in this country reminds me of the election of 1968 when the Democratic Convention in Chicago erupted in violence between students and police over the Vietnam War. This was on the heels of the Civil Rights protests and the March on Washington. Many colleges shut down in solidarity of these student-organized rallies. The unrest and indecision now is creating a void in politics, as evidenced by Republican women supporting Hilary Clinton, Old Guard Republican leaders not supporting Trump, angry and understandably upset Bernie Sanders supporters exiting the Democratic Party and the media coverage of the outrageous behavior of all factions. Maybe a third party will arise with a younger -centric, broader platform run by more collaborative, inclusive leaders?

Factors Driving This Change:

  • Millennials- generally identify as Democrats because they became aware of politics through the Obama years. Because of their idealism they are probably independents.       Why are they idealistic? Their age (18- 34 in 2015 ) and their ability to access and digest lots of information quickly, which gives them the ability to fact-check and demand truth. Interesting, millenials now exceed their parents generation of Baby Boomers, born after WWll.
  • Women are now the majority of voters- They pay attention to children and families. The areas of concern then become- what type of world will we leave for our children and grandchildren? The political focus shifts to:
    • The Environment- what kind of world will we leave our children in terms of clean, air, water, healthy outdoor recreation etc. (Think- Jersey shore red tides with medical waste on the beaches, polluted water at the Olympics, drinking water in Flint Michigan, sewage outflow from Pt. Loma and Mexico in San Diego, brackish water in Keahou, water polluting from sewage and runoff at Kaloko Honokohau National Park).
    • War- They ask: “Why are we sending our sons and daughters to war?”
    • Food Issues like mass farming, pesticides and point of sale labeling of GMOs and how they affect health.
    • Healthcare- Why is it so complicated? A one-payer system may be easier to understand and navigate.
    • Equal Pay for equal work- shattering the Glass Ceiling for women and minorities.
    • Minimum wages become of paramount importance to single Moms so they don’t have to access social programs and they feel the satisfaction of being able to support their families.
    • Social Security- Older women rely on Social Security more than any demographic and want to retain their independence.
  • Economics:
    • Trickle down economics doesn’t work anymore! The old theory that supports the ideas to make business profitable and the business owners corporations will invest money and the economy will thrive, just doesn’t work. The 1% business owners have taken their money and invested in real estate and/ or taken their manufacturing to China, India and Asia. This does not keep the money circulating in the US but builds the Asian and Indian economies.
    • Antidotes
      • Need a Livable Wage to support our families and deliver a quality of life, which will increase payments to social security and stimulate the economy.
      • Equal pay for women and minorities.
      • Tax incentives to rebuild manufacturing in the US
      • Programs to retool factories and retrain workers.
    • I believe that the economy has not recovered to the degree that we hear. People realize that they never will be able to obtain the American Dream of home ownership, they are unable to afford an education, a new car etc. These people are angry, frustrated and probably support Trump.
    • Since Education is the key to change in personal economic growth:
      • Our Community Colleges should provide a nominal cost education to all who want it.  I say nominal costs, because if people pay something they are more committed in their decision.
      • Corporations that need workers for specific jobs could build trade schools.
    • Trade agreements like NAFTA have decimated economies in areas around the country (think Detroit); union workers have lost jobs because their jobs now go overseas. This weakened unions and wrecked local economies. Older workers find it hard to retrain. Younger workers frequently relocate because they may not be tied by families or own property.
    • The stock market is overheated. Different economists have different explanations. Investors are tentative about their investments.

Evidence that change is Occurring:

  • Rise of Populist Candidates- Trump and Sanders.   I agree with Kucinich who says that major players in parties are not seen as leaders, like Bush.
  • Exodus of voters from the Republican Party- Republican women for Hilary, Barbara Bush and Laura Bush’ support of Hilary, none of the 5 past presidents support Trump, numerous senators etc.
  • Schism in the Democratic Party over Primaries and with Bernie Sanders supporters.
  • The grabbing at simplistic “fixes”- like build the wall and keep out the terrorists, rapists and murderers when border cities and states do not want this.
  • Rise of the Green Party with the danger of bleeding off votes from the Democrats and potentially electing Trump. Think the election of 2000 -Nader vs. Bush vs. Al Gore, where Nader bled off votes from Democratic candidate Al Gore and the election was decided in Florida by Hanging Chads (where Jeb Bush was Governor) and by the conservative Supreme Court.

MOST IMPORTANT ISSUES:

  • Trickle Up Economics: Most women run the families budgets (and they are the majority of voters) A liveable wage gives the middle class more money to spend on their families, families will be happier and healthier, and the middle class will “vote” for the services and goods they want/ need with their dollars.  More money would be paid into Social Security on higher earnings and for sale tax because the middle class would have more expendable income.
  • Elect Hilary Clinton and more Democrats to get some good legislation passed: My reasons in this order of occurrence after she is elected:
    • Get a liberal Supreme Court Judge in office (there may be two appointments during the next 4 years- remember these judges stay in place for life).
    • Overturn the Supreme Court Ruling Citizens United to get corporate money out of the elections.
    • Try to create and institute a plan for Clean Elections to make elections fair and not about fundraising. This would make it possible for more people to run and focus the election on honest debate of the issues not fundraising.   Election seasons could be shortened so that incumbents can work in their elected positions.
    • Make sure that a Women’s right to choose and Marriage equality stay in place.
    • Gerrymandering aka re-districting has got to stop which occurs after each census to make sure that all districts are equal for political parties and demographically balanced.

A very big thank you for this most thought -inspiring interview with Published on Jul 28, 2016 where  Juan Williams (Fox News) and Dennis Kucinich discuss the rift in both parties and how a major third party will rise in the not-too-distant future

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nVE9puaoJzY

My comments on Hillary Clinton’s Plan for Conservation and Collaborative Stewardship of America’s Great Outdoors*

Hillary Clinton’s Plan for Conservation and Collaborative Stewardship of America’s Great Outdoors*

*My comments in CAPs, doc site at end of this post. What are your thoughts?

Hillary Clinton believes that America’s national parks, forests, oceans, wildlife, monuments, and public lands are a proud inheritance that we have a responsibility to protect for our children and grandchildren. For it is these American places – from the Everglades in Florida to the Cesar Chavez National Monument in California – that bind us together as a people and, more than ever, sustain our economy and way of life. As Teddy Roosevelt said, “It is not what we have that will make us a great nation. It is the way in which we use it.”

Today, our lands, waters, and wildlife are facing challenges that can only be solved through collaboration by leaders at all levels, from farmers and fishermen to city councils and tribal governments. As a nation, we need policies and investments that incentivize this collaborative approach to stewardship. We should be helping ranchers who safeguard at-risk plants and animals, mayors who want to create more parks for kids, and industries that are working to cut wasteful water use. AND REDUCE CARBON OUTPUT THROUGH THE USE OF CLEAN ENERGY

Hillary Clinton’s vision for collaborative stewardship will strengthen protections for our natural and cultural resources, increase access to parks and public lands for all Americans, as well as harness the immense economic potential they offer through expanded renewable energy production, a high quality of life, and a thriving outdoor economy.

Clinton will:

  • Set a goal of doubling the size of the outdoor economy within 10 years, creating millions of new jobs and up to $700 billion dollars in new annual economic activity; THIS COULD BE ACCOMPLISHED THROUGH ESTABLISHING MORE TRAILS BY FUNDING MORE EASEMENT ACQUISITION. ALONG EACH OF THE TRAILS SMALL TOWN ECONOMIES COULD BE REVITALIZED BY OUTDOOR INDUSTRIES LIKE RENTING KAYAKS, BIKES AND SELLING OUTDOOR EQUIPMENT.

TWO GREAT EXAMPLES:

  • Celebrate the 100thanniversary of our country’s national park system – America’s “best idea” – by establishing an American Parks Trust Fundto scale up and modernize how we protect and enhance our country’s great outdoors;
  • ESTABLISH BUFFER ZONES WITHIN ONE MILE OF NATIONAL PARKS AND MONUMENTS WITH RURAL ZONINGS, LOW IMPACT COLORS, THE HEIGHT AND SITING OF BUILDINGS SHOULD NOT OBSTRUCT VIEWS. SAGUARO NATIONAL PARK WEST AND PIMA COUNTY HAVE A BUFFER OVERLAY ZONE ORDINANCE THAT KEEPS ZONING AT 3.3 ACRES OR MORE AND USES LOW IMPACT NON REFLECTIVE EARTH TONES FOR EARTHS AND ROOFS AND REGULATES HEIGHTS OF BUILDINGS.
  • Launch an initiative to restore and revitalize more than 3000 city parkswithin ten years; ON THE BIG ISLAND OF HAWAII WE ESTABLISHED A FUND TO SET ASIDE 2% OF PROPERTY TAXES TO PURCHASE THE ISLAND’S GREAT PLACES. IT WAS APPROVED BY 65% OF VOTERS. SO FAR WE HAVE SAVED OVER 1,700 ACRES AND SPENT $27 MILLION – $7 MILLION WAS MATCHING FUNDS- THAT IS THE “GREAT GIFT” OF THE FUND TO ATTRACT MATCHING FUNDS. WE ALSO HAVE A STEWARDSHIP FUND TO MAINTAIN LANDS ACQUIRED BY THE 2% LAND FUND. THESE ARE CHARTER AMENDMENTS SO THEY CAN ONLY BE RESCINDED BY A VOTE OF THE PEOPLE.   THIS SAME IDEA HAS BEEN PROPOSED FOR SAN DIEGO TO HELP BUY LAND TO ESTABLISH POCKET PARKS TO COLLECT RAIN WATER, PROVIDE SHADE AND COOL TH EARTH. THE ACQUISITION OF PARKS AND OPEN LANDS SHOULD BE PARK OF CLIMATE ACTION PLANS TO ABSORB WATER, HELP WITH CARBON SEQUESTRATION TO GROW TREES AND PLANTS TO COOL THE EARTH.
  • ESTABLISH A CLIMATE ACTION PLAN GROUP THAT WILL CRAFT NATIONAL GUIDELINES WITH STRATEGIES TO HELP STATES REDUCE GREENHOUSE GASES. SAN DIEGO’S SIERRA CLUB TOOK THE COUNTY TO COURT AND PREVAILED TO HAVE A MEANINGFUL CLIMATE ACTION PLAN WITH MEASURABLE BENCHMARKS AND ACCOUNTABILITY. IT’S A GOOD PLAN BUT LACKING IN SOME RESPECTS.
  • Make public lands an engine of our clean energy economy through a ten-foldincrease in renewable energy production on public lands and waters within ten years; THIS NEEDS TO BE TIGHTLY CONTROLLED OR ENVIRONMENTALISTS WILL BE UP IN ARMS! MUCH OF OUR PUBLIC LANDS ARE USED FOR CRITICAL HABITAT AND ARE VALUABLE ASSETS AS CARBON SEQUESTRATION.   ENVIRONMENTALISTS ARE VERY WORRIED ABOUT DESECRATION OF PUBLIC LANDS FOR SOLAR AND WIND FARMS.   THERE ARE PROBLEMS WITH SOLAR AND WIND FARMS BEING FAR AWAY FROM CITIES BECAUSE THE ELECTRICITY IS LOST THROUGH RESISTANCE WHEN TRAVELING LONG DISTANCES. SOLAR AND WIND FARMS MIGHT BE A GREAT WAY FOR FARMERS AND RANCHERS TO RECEIVE MORE INCOME FROM LAND LEASES. SOLAR PANELS COULD SHADE LAND AND CATTLE ON RANCHES IN THE SOUTHWEST, RESULTING IN MORE SHADE, MORE FEED AND RETAINING MORE WATER. ERECTOR -SET HIGH VOLTAGE UTILITY LINES ARE DANGEROUS IN STORMS- UTILITY TRANSMISSION LINES SHOULD BE UNDERGROUND PREFERABLY UNDER EXISTING ROADS, SO AS NOT TO CAUSE FOREST FIRES.
  • Expand access to public lands for hunting, fishing and recreation by making publicly accessible 50% of the public land that is currently inaccessible; IT’S BEEN ESTABLISHED THAT HIKING, MOUNTAIN BIKING, HUNTING AND FISHING NEED TO BE SOMEWHAT SEPARATE TO BE SAFE.
  • Combat our national water challenges, including through a new Water Innovation Laband a Western Water Partnership. THIS IS SO IMPORTANT! THE WESTERN STATES NEED TO BE BROUGHT TO THE TABLE TO RENEGOTIATE THE WATER ALLOTMENTS BASED ON CURRENT DATA.   THE CURRENT ALLOTMENTS ARE NOT SUSTAINABLE BECAUSE OF THE GROWTH OF CITIES AND DROUGHT CONDITIONS OVER THE PAST 16 YEARS.  THE WEALTH OF THE WEST IS BASED ON THE AVAILABILITY OF WATER.   WATER CONSERVATION MANDATES MUST BE DOVETAILED WITH THESE DISCUSSIONS/ NEGOTIATIONS. AFTER LIVING IN ARIZONA, HAWAII AND CALIFORNIA AND BEING A MASTER GARDENER, IT IS APPALLING THAT SAN DIEGO IS A DESERT BUT MOST OF THE PLANT PALATE IS THAT OF THE TROPICS. DROUGHT TOLERANT PLANTS SHOULD BE MANDATORY FOR ALL PUBLIC PLACES THAT RECEIVE FEDERAL MONIES. THERE SHOULD BE FINES FOR WATER WASTING. THIS COULD BE A HUGE EDUCATIONAL EFFORT.

RENEWING OUR SHARED COMMITMENT TO CONSERVATION 

America’s system of national parks and public lands is the envy of the world. Our national parks, national forests, national seashores, wildlife refuges and other public lands host more than 407 million visits every year. But America’s parks – national, state, and local – are falling into disrepair and facing new pressures. Though they are more popular than ever, our national parks have an $11.5 billion maintenance backlog of aging roads, visitor centers, and infrastructure that need to be modernized, and the park system itself does not sufficiently include cultural and historic sites that reflect the diversity of our country. And too often, access to other public lands is restricted or at risk. Because national, state, and private lands are often intermixed, many hunters and anglers are finding locked gates and fences blocking access to publicly owned streams and wildlife habitat. Meanwhile, special interest groups are angling for the privatization of America’s public lands, which would further reduce public access. To meet these challenges, Clinton will:

  • Establish the American Parks Trust Fund: Clinton will work with Congress to establish a new trust with the mission of helping to expand local, state, and national recreation opportunities, rehabilitate existing parks, and enhancing America’s great outdoors – from our forests and coasts to neighborhood parks. This trust fund will replace, expand the scope of, and provide funding at roughly double the authorized level of the Land and Water Conservation Fund to address infrastructure needs, reduce the maintenance backlog in national parks, forests, and public lands and more. It will accelerate private, state, tribal, and national efforts to protect at-risk wildlife habitat before it disappears. And it will provide more grants to local and state governments to create and improve open spaces and urban parks, including a new initiative to rehabilitate under-resourced urban parks. For the first time, it will also make Tribal Nations directly eligible for funding to restore their homelands. I WOULD EXPAND THIS TO INCLUDE COMMUNITY GARDENS, WHICH PROVIDE FOOD, TEACH GARDENING METHODS AND BUILD COMMUNITY. DOLLAR FOR DOLLAR MATCHING FUND MECHANISMS SHOULD BE REQUIRED. THE 2% LAND FUND WHICH WOULD TAKE A SET AMOUNT OF PROPERTY TAXES EACH IDEA COULD BE PROPOSED TO LOCAL COUNTIES OR MUNICIPALITIES TO PROVIDE MATCHING FUNDS TO GET THESE TRUST FUNDS.  IF MATCHING FUNDS WERE REQUIRED TO GET FEDERAL FUNDS, THIS COULD PROVIDE A LARGE INCENTIVES FOR LOCAL GOVERNMENTS TO LEGISLATE THEIR OWN PARTIAL FINANCING AND STEWARDSHIP. THE OBVIOUS BENEFITS WOULD BE LESS MONEY FEDERALLY, BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY, LOCAL BUY IN AND FEELINGS OF OWNERSHIP FOR URBAN PARKS.
  • Tell the story of all Americans in our parks:America’s national parks, memorials, and monuments should reflect the contributions of all Americans to our shared history and culture, yet communities of color, women, and LGBT Americans are currently underrepresented in the system. Clinton will work to protect historic sites and cherished lands that should be added to our system of parks and public lands and waters to better reflect the diversity of our peoples and cultures. Clinton will also work to increase the diversity of the workforces within the National Park Service and other land management agencies. THIS COULD BE COUPLED WITH TRAILS ALONG WATERWAYS AND HIKING TRAILS TO EDUCATE PEOPLE AND STIMULATE ECONOMIES. WHEN I SERVED ON THE HAWAII PACIFIC PARKS ASSOCIATION WHICH RUNS THE BOOKSTORES AT THE NATIONAL PARKS IN HAWAII AND THEN MAKES GRANTS BACK TO THE PARKS, WE FUNDED BUS TRIPS FOR LOCAL SCHOOLS. THE DAYS AT THE PARK HELPED KIDS TO EXPLORE AND GET TO KNOW THE PARKS. IF KIDS GROW UP GOING TO PARKS AND HAVING GOOD EXPERIENCES, THEY RETURN WITH THEIR FAMILIES.
  • Expand public access to public lands: Because private lands surround some public lands, an estimated 4 million acres of national forests and other public lands in the West are currently inaccessible to the public. To confront this problem, Clinton will set a goal of unlocking access to at least 2 million acres of currently inaccessible public lands by the end of her first term – halving the amount of public land that is currently off-limits – by pursuing voluntary conservation partnerships with private landowners and state governments to establish new access points, trails, and easements to open public access to public lands. FUNDING NEEDED TO PURCHASE EASEMENTS WOULD BOOST THIS PROGRAM.
  • Fight efforts to turn public lands private: In recent years, special interest groups have been supporting efforts to dispose of or sell off America’s public lands, which would privatize national forests, national monuments, and even national parks. Clinton strongly opposes these proposals to sell off America’s natural heritage. She will fight to protect the rights of our children and grandchildren to explore the lands and waters that define us as a nation. DEED RESTRICTIONS COULD BE ESTABLISHED THAT MAKE IT IMPOSSIBLE FOR OUR PUBLIC LANDS TO BE SOLD THAT COULD ONLY BE OVERTURNED BY A VOTE OF THE PEOPLE AFFECTED.
  • Ensure that we protect those areas where development is simply not worth the risk. As in the Arctic Ocean, where oil and gas development is simply too risky to be pursued, there are some places that are better left untouched. Through smarter planning, public input, and careful decisions, the federal government should be directing developers – whether for renewable energy projects or mineral extraction – to areas with the fewest potential environmental costs, while clearly identifying those special places that should be safeguarded for future generations. THIS DISCUSSION SHOULD BE ELEVATED TO A PUBLIC TRUST ISSUE. IT IS THE JOB OF GOVERNMENT TO PROTECT THE HEALTH AND WELFARE OF THE PEOPLE. OFF SHORE DRILLING AND FRACKING AFFECT EVERYONE BY AFFECTING THE ECOSYSTEMS OF THE OCEAN AND THE PURITY OF DRINKING WATER.   MONEY WOULD BE PUT INTO ALTERNATIVE ENERGY- SOLAR AND WIND AND GEO THERMAL WHEN APPROPRIATE.
  • Revitalize more than 3,000 city parks within 10 years. As President, Hillary Clinton will launch an initiative to restore and revitalize more than 3,000 city parks within ten years, including by providing new national service opportunities for youth, veterans, and others.  She will do this by restoring, updating, and investing $40 million annually in the Urban Parks and Recreation Recovery Program and $10 million annually in AmeriCorps to create and support opportunities for Americans to get involved directly in revitalizing open spaces and recreational sites in their communities.   AMERICORPS IS AN UNDERUTILIZED RESOURCE AND CAN KEEP YOUNG PEOPLE OUT OF TROUBLE AND TEACH THEM SKILLS. NON-VIOLENT CRIMINALS COULD BE USED TO BUILD TRAILS AND REVITALIZE URBAN LANDSCAPES INSTEAD OF PUTTING THEM IN EXPENSIVE PRIVATE FACILITIES.
  • Protect and restore America’s forests. Hillary Clinton believes that restoring and protecting the health of America’s forests requires managing them for the full scope of benefits they provide. Clinton will work with the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management to set clear management goals that not only recognize the value of forests and public lands for sustainable timber, but for the carbon they absorb, the wildlife habitat they furnish, and the recreation opportunities and clean drinking water they supply. Clinton will build on the success of the Roadless Rule by working to protect and restore old growth and large landscapes that are essential to the health of fish and wildlife. Recognizing that climate change is increasing the dangers and costs of large wildfires in many areas, Clinton will also work to reform the wildfire budget to ensure that firefighters, states, and communities have the resources they need to fight fires every year, and to end the damaging practice of transferring resources away from initiatives that help reduce fire risk and restore the health of forests.

GROWING THE OUTDOOR ECONOMY AND SUPPORTING WORKING LANDSCAPES

Hunting, fishing, hiking, and outdoor recreation contribute $646 billion to the US economy. There are 6.1 million Americans jobs tied to the outdoor recreation industry – more than the pharmaceutical industry. Recent studies have found that communities with accessible outdoor recreation opportunities experience a competitive advantage, as new businesses and workers relocate to these areas. Conserving our nation’s lands, waters and oceans not only protects our natural heritage, it improves quality of life and creates new jobs and economic opportunity. Partnering with private landowners, ranchers, and farmers can achieve conservation goals and strengthen rural economies. Clinton will set a goal of doubling the size of the outdoor economy in ten years:

  • THIS COULD BE ACCOMPLISHED THROUGH ESTABLISHING MORE H TRAILS BY FUNDING MORE EASEMENT ACQUISITION. ALONG EACH OF THE TRAILS SMALL TOWN ECONOMIES COULD BE REVITALIZED BY OUTDOOR INDUSTRIES LIKE RENTING KAYAKS AND SELLING OUTDOOR EQUIPMENT. TWO GREAT EXAMPLES: THE ALA KAHAKAI NATIONAL PARK (https://www.nps.gov/alka/learn/management/upload/ALKA_CMP_low-resolution.pdf) ON THE BIG ISLAND OF HAWAII WHICH IS THE TRAIL USED BY THE ANCIENT HAWAIIANS TO TRAVEL AROUND THE ISLANDS, THE COAST TO CREST TRAIL IN NORTH COUNTY SAN DIEGO AND THE CORONADO TRAIL IN ARIZONA. MONEY FOR EASEMENT ACQUISITION AND SMALL BUSINESS LOANS TO HELP SMALL TOWN ECONOMIES ALONG THE ROUTES COULD MAKE THESE TRAILS ECONOMIC ENGINES. GREEN TOURISTS ARE GENERAL LIGHT ON THE LAND.

 

  • Catalyze new outdoor economic activity: A large portion of the growth in the outdoor economy is driven by small businesses, many of which are located in rural communities that serve as gateways to national parks and public lands. To encourage start-ups and job creation, Clinton will ask the Small Business Administration (SBA) to dedicate a portion of SBA loans to entrepreneurs seeking to launch small businesses in the outdoor industry as well as existing business owners in gateway communities. Clinton will also designate outdoor recreation cluster communities where federal agencies will work in partnership with community and business leaders to improve outdoor recreation infrastructure, attract visitors, new businesses, and workers, and promote the area for its outdoor amenities. SOLAR AND WIND FARMS MIGHT BE A GREAT WAY FOR FARMERS AND RANCHERS TO RECEIVE MORE INCOME FROM LAND LEASES. SOLAR PANELS COULD SHADE LAND AND CATTLE ON RANCHES IN THE SOUTHWEST, RESULTING IN MORE SHADE, MORE FEED AND RETAINING MORE WATER.

 

  • Measure outdoor economic growth:While the outdoor recreation industry is one of country’s largest economic sectors, it is not explicitly captured in US government statistics. Clinton will direct the Department of Commerce to measure and track the economic contributions and jobs of the outdoor recreation industry for the first time, as it currently does for other key sectors. GREAT IDEA!
  • Encourage sound stewardship of working landscapes: Our working landscapes, including our farms, ranches and privately owned forests, are critical to the economic strength of rural communities and to the health of our environment. To better support ranchers, farmers, and landowners who are helping conserve wildlife and open lands, Clinton will increase both the availability and accessibility of funding to incentivize voluntary private conservation. Clinton will work to fully fund theEnvironmental Quality Incentives Program and ask the Secretary of Agriculture to establish a “one stop shop” to help farmers and ranchers identify programs that may provide financial support for their conservation practices, including securing additional access for hunters and anglers. To further stimulate the voluntary conservation of declining and at-risk wildlife – before they reach the brink of extinction – Clinton will also propose to nearly double the State and Tribal Wildlife Grants program to $100 million per year.
  • Combat illegal wildlife trafficking around the world. International criminal syndicates are orchestrating the slaughter of many of the world’s iconic wildlife species and profiteering by marketing ivory, rhinoceros horn, and other wildlife parts in the U.S., Asia, and Europe.  Many of the criminal syndicates have ties with, and are helping to fund, terrorist groups around the world, and also are engaged in human, drug, and arms trafficking.  Clinton will build on her work as Secretary of State to forge partnerships with the private sector and non-profit community to shut down the U.S. market for illegal wildlife products; deploy U.S. intelligence and enforcement assets to catch and imprison the kingpins that are controlling this multi-billion dollar criminal enterprise; raise the legal penalties for illegal wildlife traffickers; and impose trade sanctions when appropriate on nations that fail to crack down on the illegal killing and marketing of wildlife and wildlife products.

MAKE PUBLIC LANDS AN ENGINE OF THE CLEAN ENERGY ECONOMY

As President, Clinton will set a goal to generate enough renewable energy to power every home in the country. To help meet this goal, Clinton will expand energy production on public lands and waters ten-fold within ten years of taking office, while reforming federal fossil fuel leasing.

  • Accelerate renewable energy project siting and development: Offshore wind in public waters has the ability to meet up to 20 percent of our nation’s electricity demand. Onshore, our public lands are far from meeting their full wind, solar, geothermal, and biomass generation potential. Clinton will expand the Department of Interior’s geothermal, solar and wind energy areas on public lands and offshore waters, and accelerate and streamline permitting for those projects, while also using competitive bidding for lease sales and rental fees, and seeking to provide royalty payments that will benefit the counties and states where the projects occur. She will accelerate renewable energy project development on military bases and other Department of Defense facilities, and establish a “Good Neighbor Renewable Energy Partnership” program that facilitates the siting of community-based solar and other renewable energy projects on public lands located near interested communities. Clinton will advance a joint Department of Interior/Department of Agriculture program to commercialize biomass energy opportunities associated with sound forest management and agricultural practices. She will actively promote the development of renewable energy in offshore waters, working closely with interested coastal states and regional power authorities, and will continue to support R&D in ocean-based renewable energy technologies, including wave and tidal energy, floating wind turbines, and algae, seaweed, and other potential biomass opportunities. THIS NEEDS TO BE TIGHTLY CONTROLLED OR ENVIRONMENTALISTS WILL BE UP IN ARMS! MUCH OF OUR PUBLIC LANDS ARE USED FOR CRITICAL HABITAT AND ARE VALUABLE ASSETS AS CARBON SEQUESTRATION.   ENVIRONMENTALISTS ARE VERY WORRIED ABOUT DESECRATION OF PUBLIC LANDS FOR SOLAR AND WIND FARMS.   THERE ARE PROBLEMS WITH SOLAR AND WIND FARMS BEING FAR AWAY FROM CITIES. SOLAR AND WIND FARMS MIGHT BE A GREAT WAY FOR FARMERS AND RANCHERS TO RECEIVE MORE INCOME FROM LAND LEASES. SOLAR PANELS COULD SHADE LAND AND CATTLE ON RANCHES IN THE SOUTHWEST, RESULTING IN MORE SHADE, MORE FEED AND RETAINING MORE WATER.
  • Getting low-cost renewable energy to market: A major barrier to renewable energy development on both public and private lands is the ability to build transmission lines to get that energy to market. Transmission developers need to navigate a complex, inefficient and duplicative federal bureaucratic process that can delay construction for years. Poor coordination between federal, state and local agencies further impedes project development. Clinton will streamline the federal permitting process and create a dedicated White House transmission office tasked with expediting federal agency reviews and improving federal, state and local coordination. HUGE BATTLES HAVE BEEN FOUGHT OVER TRANSMISSION LINES DESTROYING PRISTINE LANDS IN THE WEST, MOST NOTABLY FROM THE DESERT TO THE CITIES (LIKE ISLAND DIEGO AND LA) TO BRING ELECTRIC.   WHAT ABOUT LEASING ROOF TOPS SPACE IN CITIES AND ESTABLISH COMMUNITY CHOICE AGGREGATION TO BUY THE CHEAPER ELECTRICITY TO SELL TO CITIZENS REDUCING THEIR ELECTRIC COSTS AND PUTTING MORE MONEY IN THEIR POCKETS TO SPEND ON FOOD AND THEIR FAMILIES?
  • Raising labor standards: Clinton will ensure that renewable energy development on public lands creates good-paying jobs by supporting project labor agreements that utilize skilled labor and help recruit and train members of the local community, emphasizing construction career pathways for persons of color, women and veterans. Clinton will work to ensure workers have completed or utilize apprentices from jointly managed, DOL-registered programs and emphasize procurement of contractors and project owners/sponsors with solid safety and performance records. TIE WAGES TO THE FUNDING
  • Reforming fossil fuel leasing: As we expand renewable energy development on public lands, we also need to reform fossil fuel leasing. Clinton supports President Obama’s review of the federal coal program and will see it through to completion. She also opposes offshore oil and gas development in the Arctic and Atlantic AND THE PACIFIC. Clinton will reform onshore coal, oil, and gas leases to ensure taxpayers are getting a fair deal, raising royalty rates, which currently lag below the rates on state and private lands, and close loopholes. She will also ensure that new leasing decisions account for the accelerating pace of the clean energy transition so taxpayers are protected as the US and global energy market changes. THIS WILL BE A PAINFUL PROCESS AND ALREADY IS. COAL TOWNS ARE BEING SHUT DOWN AND THEY SHOULD BE AS COAL ADDS GREENHOUSE GASES. NATURAL GAS LEAKS IN CALIFORNIA HAS BEEN CATASTROPHIC IN GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS. FRACKING HAS RESULTED IN EARTHQUAKES AND COMPROMISES DRINKING WATER PURITY. THESE SOURCES OF ENERGY NEED TO BE MINIMIZED IN THE US AND AROUND THE WORLD. GERMANY HAS USES MORE SOLAR PER CAPITA THAN ANY OTHER COUNTRY IN THE WORLD! THE KEYSTONE PIPELINE AND ANY TRANSMISSION LINES SHOULD BE OFF THE TABLE!

IMPROVING WATER SECURITY

Water is the lifeblood of the West, and water security is indispensable to the health of the region’s economy, environment, and way of life. The Colorado River alone supplies drinking water to 40 million Americans, irrigates 5.5 million acres of farmland, and injects more than $1 billion annually in the region’s recreation and tourism economy. With the Colorado River Basin and much of the West now entering its 16th year of drought, Western states and communities are taking historic steps to conserve water, extend scarce supplies, and develop collaborative and innovative solutions. Clinton recognizes that the current long-term drought across much of the West poses a dire risk to the health and prosperity of Western communities and believes the federal government can and should be a better partner in supporting state and locally led efforts to improve water security. Clinton will:

WATER SECURITY IS A PUBLIC TRUST ISSUE SHOULD INCLUDE THE OCEANS AND THE GROUND WATER. WATER SECURITY IS THREATENED BY OVER FISHING AND WILL BE THREATENED BY OPEN OCEAN AQUACULTURE. WE NEED FISH FARMING BUT IT NEEDS TO BE HEAVILY REGULATED BEFORE LEASES ARE GRANTED TO USE THE PUBLIC’S OCEANS FOR PRIVATE PROFIT.

AGAIN. THE WESTERN STATES NEED TO BE BROUGHT TO THE TABLE TO RENEGOTIATE THE WATER ALLOTMENTS BASED ON CURRENT DATA.   THE CURRENT ALLOTMENTS ARE NOT SUSTAINABLE BECAUSE OF THE GROWTH OF CITIES AND DROUGHT CONDITIONS. THE WEALTH OF THE WEST IS BASED ON THE AVAILABILITY OF WATER.   WATER CONSERVATION MANDATES MUST BE DOVETAILED WITH THESE DISCUSSIONS/ NEGOTIATIONS. AFTER LIVING IN ARIZONA, HAWAII AND CALIFORNIA AND BEING A MASTER GARDENER, IT IS APPALLING THAT SAN DIEGO IS A DESERT BUT MOST OF THE PLANT PALATE IS THAT OF THE TROPICS.   THIS COULD BE A HUGE EDUCATIONAL EFFORT.

  • Increase federal investment in water conservation through a coordinated, multi-agency Western Water Partnership. One of the most important ways the federal government can help avoid shortage conditions on the Colorado River and in other drought-afflicted watersheds in the West is to increase its investment in water conservation initiatives. To that end, Clinton will launch a coordinated strategy to help fund locally led water efficiency, conservation, and infrastructure modernization projects across the region. USDA, for example, will provide support for farmers and ranchers in the Colorado River Basin who are working to reduce water use in their operations, restore habitat for at-risk wildlife, and integrate water efficiency technologies. Clinton will also more than triple the current investment in the Bureau of Reclamation’s primary water conservation grant program, called WaterSMART, to $100 million per year to support infrastructure modernization and environmental restoration projects that can save water. FIXING LEAKING WATER SYSTEMS WOULD GO A LONG WAY TO REDUCING WATER USAGE. ABANDONING THE GLEN CANYON DAM MIGHT BE AN INTERESTING IDEA AND POSSIBLY PROVIDE VERDANT FARMLANDS AS THE WATER RECEDED. THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT COULD SELL OFF THESE LANDS TO FUND OTHER PROGRAMS.
  • Unlock new resources for local water infrastructure. Parts of our drinking water systems are more than a century old. California’s cities alone leak 283 billion gallons per year— enough to meet the needs of the entire city of Los Angeles.As part of her $275 billion infrastructure plan, Clinton will unlock new resources for states and localities to make much-needed investments in repairing, replacing and expanding water infrastructure, creating good-paying jobs and improving efficiency.
  • Expand water reuse. Western cities, including Denver, Las Vegas, Phoenix, and Los Angeles, are at the leading edge of strategies and technologies to extend scarce supplies through water reuse, such as through stormwater capture and treatment, wastewater treatment enhancement, and groundwater recharge infrastructure. Clinton will increase investments in water reuse through additional grants and loans, with a goal of doubling public-private partnership investments in water reuse and reclamation in the first term.   FEDERAL TAX CREDITS (SIMILAR TO SOLAR) COULD BE GIVEN FOR PEOPLE WHO INSTALL GRAY WATER SYSTEMS TO RECYCLE REUSABLE GRAY WATER AND USE IT FOR GARDENS. GARDENING PROGRAMS AND DEMONSTRATION SYSTEMS COULD BE SET UP IN SCHOOLS.
  • Establish a new Water Innovation Lab.The United States should lead the world in developing and deploying technologies to improve water efficiency and extend supplies. Yet with over 55,000 water utilities across the country, the sector is too fragmented to adequately invest in innovation. The United States has 17 national labs that work on energy, but not one that is focused exclusively on water. As President, Clinton will create a national Water Innovation Lab to develop cutting edge efficiency, treatment and reuse solutions. The Lab will bring urban water managers, farmers and tribes together with engineers, entrepreneurs, conservationists and other stakeholders to practical and usable technologies and strategies that can be deployed by local water utilities, agricultural and industrial water users, and environmental restoration projects across the country

Hello to our next President and staff:

I am excited about your proposals but have a few suggestions.   The ideas I propose are drawn from teaching school for 3 years after college, selling land and income property as a commercial real estate broker for 30+ years (Tucson, AZ), working in land conservation in Tucson, the Big Island of Hawaii and in San Diego for 30+ years and writing and proposing legislation and saving land in all these places. I’ve attached a resume so you can see my experience. I’ve travelled to all but 3 states and always spend time in the outdoors in our National Parks.   I believe that our National Parks, water rights and oceans are included as a part of the Public Trust that citizens expect government to protect on their behalf. I applaud this plan.

Thank you for your leadership.

Debbie Hecht   San Diego, Tucson and Kailua Kona, Hawaii

hecht.deb@gmail.com

808-989-3222    

*NOTE:  actual document is in regular print, my comments are in CAPS. The actual document can be found at: https://www.hillaryclinton.com/briefing/factsheets/2016/06/01/hillary-clintons-plan-for-conservation-and-collaborative-stewardship-of-americas-great-outdoors/ 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oribe Guitar

*Oribe guitar, case and book (1)

I recently  inherited a 1973 Classical  Oribe Concert B Guitar.  My friend was the only owner and had the guitar refurbished in 2004 by Oribe. We are asking $5,500.00

I had the incredible pleasure to be Jose Oribe in June of 2016 and hear his son  Juan, play the guitar and recorded Juan playing the guitar, which you can listen to below.

It was valued at $8,000 in 2004 for insurance purposes (see the attached letter).

Please contact me to see and play the guitar.  I am in San Diego but travel to Los Angeles frequently.

Debbie Hecht   hecht.deb@gmail.com

CLICK A VIDEO of Juan Oribe TO LISTEN (please remember I recorded this with my IPhone :

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*guitar front (1)*Constructor panel for authenticity

 

 

 

*Oribe guitar, case and book (1)

A Cardiac Care Unit for the Big Island of Hawaii

Updated January 15,2017

THE PROBLEM and the NEED:  The GOLDEN 2 HOUR WINDOW FOR CARE:          People with cardiac problems- heart attacks and strokes must be airlifted to hospitals in Honolulu or to Maui Memorial to be treated.   There is a 2 hour window when patients need to be treated in order to expect a full recovery.  Think about where you live on the Big Island.  At least from my home it would take 45 minutes to get to Kona Community Hospital Emergency Room, then the time to be diagnosed and then get the helicopter and then the 45 minute + time to Oahu, getting checked in and a cardiologist hopefully is at the hospital and you need to be seen, an Operating Room hopefully is available.  Mayor Harry Kim has had 3 heart attacks,  two County Councils Chairs Dominic Yagong and Pete Hoffmann have all had to be airlifted off island to be treated for heart attacks.  Who do you know?

STATISTICS FROM 2016 FOR KONA COMMUNITY HOSPITAL supplied to Representative Nicole Lowen from Judy Donovan who is the Regional Director of Marketing and Strategic Planning at Kona Community Hospital and the Kohala Hospital. She thanked Dr. Rosen for his help in compiling the following numbers:

“We were able to get the following information from the HHIC database for calendar year 2016.  Mahalo to Dr. Rosen for here assistance in pulling this data together.

BREAKDOWN OF CASES and TRANSFERS:  Case definition = DRG Invasive Cardiology (Author Note: DRG is an insurance code)

  1. Total Cardiac Cases at Kona Community Hospital (KCH) = 375
  2. Cases admitted and discharged at KCH = 218 = 58%
  3. Cases transferred to other neighbor island hospitals = 16 = 4% (Maui Memorial)
  4. Cases transferred to Oahu hospitals = 151 = 38%**

**Note: approximately 40% of transfers to Oahu were Kaiser patients.  Some of those patients may have been admitted to KCH had they been otherwise insured.” Note: These patients were airlifted to Kaiser Moanalua, Queens, Pali Momi or Straub).

 

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REPORT FOR A CARDIAC CARE FOR WEST HAWAII  Debbie Hecht reporting June 2016

A Cardiac Care Unit is needed on the Big Island. Several well-known community members have been airlifted to Queens Hospital in Honolulu or Maui Memorial Hospital with heart problems or strokes: Mayor Kim, Council Chair Pete Hoffmann, and OHA Representative Bob Lindsey

Before going to Kona, I discussed a cardiac care unit for West Hawaii with Jon Luft, Architect and Teri Oelrich, medical planner at NBBJ Architects, who specialize in planning and designing hospitals. They are currently involved in building a one million square foot, state-of-the-art replacement hospital for Loma Linda University Medical Center in Loma Linda, California. Jon lived on the Big Island in the 1980’s and Teri has also worked in Hawaii. Teri thought that a hybrid Operating Room (OR) and Catheterization Lab would be a first step to assessing the need/use of a Cardiac Care Unit. She was helpful in explaining the process for a Certificate of Need. From these discussions, I learned that hospitals make money on their operating rooms. North Hawaii Community Hospital is booked solid with orthopedic and gastroenterology procedures. Queens Medical has taken over the operations of North Hawaii Community Hospital. There is currently no facility or any cardiologists to staff a dedicated cardiac care unit for West Hawaii. We came to the conclusion that Kona Community Hospital (KCH) was the best location for a Cardiac Care unit. I also learned there is additional, unused land adjacent to the Kona Community Hospital for expansion if a full-scale cardiac care unit is needed in the future. I also learned that here is a 2-hour window where a patient must receive intervential care to recover completely. By the time a cardiac victim would get from their home to KCH is evaluated and airlifted to Maui or Oahu, much more than two hours have elapsed- 4 hours is a more likely estimate. All of the people I talked to expressed the need for a new hospital closer to the Kona International Airport.

Kona Community Hospital has one cardiologist listed on their list of specialists, Dr. Michael Dang who comes periodically from Honolulu. Dr. Larry Derbes has applied for privileges at KCH and is an interventional cardiologist in private practice in Kona. He agrees that a Catheterization Lab to do stents and ablations and to treat strokes is very necessary for West Hawaii, would save lives and result in better outcomes and quality of life for cardiac patients. He is interested in helping to establish, and in working at a Cardiac Care Facility. He also outlined the challenges of a doctor trying to make a living on the Big Island because of the Medicare reimbursement rate, which is roughly 93% of the actual cost of living. He was working in Waimea, but is closing that office and moving his practice to downtown Kona, approximately 20 minutes from KCH.

Jay Kreuzer, is the CEO of KCH, and has also been a cardiac patient. He said that the problem with the the Medicare reimbursement rate of only 93% of the actual cost, is compounded by Hawaii Medical Services Association (HMSA-the State of Hawaii’s biggest healthcare insurer) compensates at only 110% of the Medicare Reimbursement Rate as compared with most mainland insurance companies which reimburse at 130% of the Medicare rate. These explanations further illustrate the negative impacts of insufficient reimbursement rates for attracting and retaining good doctors on the islands. He told me that there is an airlift almost every day from KCH to either Queens in Honolulu or Maui Memorial and they are usually for heart or stroke patients. He confided that Queens and KCH are in negotiations to acquire KCH.   He said the difficulty with a Cardiac Care unit is finding cardiologists to staff the clinics, “There is no sense in building it if we don’t have the staff.” If Queens acquires KCH, he believes more doctors would be available for rotations at KCH for specialties. Queens’ strategy would be to enable more patients to stay on the outer islands instead of going to Oahu because their beds are always full. He also told me that the recent heavy rains had caused extensive flooding and damage to one of the Operating Rooms, which might represent an opportunity to remodel for a hybrid OR and Cath Lab.

I also met with Dr. Frank Sayre, Chair of the Board for the West Hawaii Regional Hospital Board of Directors, which oversees Kona Community Hospital and the North Kohala Community Hospital. He reiterated what Jay Kreuzer said about why it is difficult to keep good doctors. He told me that he had discussed setting up a “funded chair” for specialists (similar to academic chairs) as a stipend to keep doctors on the island. This discussion was between Frank and a staff member from the Hawaii Community Foundation. Frank and I also discussed setting up an annuity pool with the Kona Hospital Foundation to fund several stipends for cardiac specialists who are willing to be “on call” at the hospital. We talked about the possible need to hire a grant writer and/ or approaching several donors interested in better cardiac care on the island.

SOLUTIONS:

  1. A HYBRID CATHETERIZATION LAB/ OPERATING ROOM FOR KONA COMMUNITY HOSPITAL: According to the medical planner, Teri Oelrich, affiliated with NBBJ architects, many rural areas first create a hybrid Catheterization Lab out of an existing Operating Room.       She estimated that this could be accomplished for approximately $2 million for equipment only; remodeling would be an additional cost.
  2. The recent flooding of the Operating Room at KCH presents an opportunity to remodel the Operating Room and accommodate Cath Lab equipment.
  3. STAFFING: Funding mechanisms could be established through donations to the Hawaii Community Foundation or the Kona Community Hospital Foundation
    1. Establish a funded “chair position” for each specialty that is needed with a yearly stipend.
    2. OR establish a pool of money as an annuity that will provide a stipend each year for several specialists.

STEPS TO ACHIEVE:

  1. COMPILE STATISTICS to show the need for the Catheterization Lab by using billing for the last 2 years, or assessing airlifted patients as to why they were being carried off-island. The goal of this would be to establish the need for a Catheterization Lab or other specialties and give direction to the hospital and the Board as to what doctors, staff and facilities would be needed. This is important because:
    1. With this data KCH would know what specialties and specialists were needed to treat and allow patients on the island to recover, which is a huge benefit for better outcomes for the patient and keeps interventions in the 2-hour window. In the event of a Queen’s acquisition, it would expedite a facilities upgrade and staff hiring.
    2. Having this data available would help determine the best strategies on how to repair the flood damaged ER (possibly into a cath lab hybrid).
    3. Having the data could illustrate the need for a cath lab, and support the Board and CEO’s strategic planning.
  2. FUNDRAISING
    1. Consider hiring a grant writer to apply for grants from the Hawaii Community Foundation, HMSA Foundation, Kona Community Chamber of Commerce, and Rotary of Kona, Heart Association, Bill Healy Foundation, Ironman Foundation etc.
    2. Establish an annuity to provide stipends of $50,000 for one or two on call cardiologists or a visiting cardiologist for KCH. For example: An annuity could be set up for $1,000,000 to invest at 5% to raise $50,000 per year for a stipend to pay a cardiologist to be on-call in addition to their private practice.

BRIEF RESUMES FOR CONTRIBUTORS (in alphabetical order):

 LAWRENCE DERBES, M.D., F.A.C.C., is a board-certified cardiologist who has been practicing since 1990. Dr. Derbes graduated from Vanderbilt University with his bachelor’s degree and Louisiana State University, where he obtained his degree in medicine. Subsequently, he completed fellowships in three different locations, Louisiana, California, and Florida, in cardiac electrophysiology, interventional cardiology, and internal medicine, respectively. Dr. Derbes moved from the mainland to Oahu in 2006, where he was an interventional cardiologist specializing in electrophysiology. He has extensive experience performing cardiac catheterizations and other interventional procedures, including stent and pacemaker placement. In addition to working in various hospitals on Oahu, he also practiced cardiology in two offices. Dr. Derbes moved to Waimea in September of 2013 in order to strictly practice preventive care. Concerned about patients’ post-surgery lifestyles and follow up care, Dr. Derbes’ practice integrates both lifestyle and conventional medicine in order to mediate existing cardiac problems as well as chronic illness and conditions like high cholesterol and high blood pressure. Dr. Derbes has applied for privileges at Kona Community Hospital. His TedX talk can be found at http://tedxtalks.ted.com/video/Self-Quant-%7C-Dr-Larry-Derbes-%7C.

DEBBIE HECHT worked for the County Council for the County of Hawaii as a legislative specialist. She was the campaign coordinator, from 2005 to 2012, to set aside 2% of Hawaii County property taxes to purchase open space and parklands. To date the Public Access and Open Space and Natural Resources Fund has preserved over 3,000 acres of land for $32 million+, with over $7 million from matching funds. http://records.co.hawaii.hi.us/weblink/browse.aspx?dbid=1&startid=13770&cr=1 With Councilmember Brenda Ford, she wrote the legislation for the 2% Land Fund charter amendment and the 2% Land Fund Maintenance charter amendment to maintain lands that have been acquired with Fund monies. Both charter amendments were approved by 65% of voters. She is a heart patient and has had 2 stents and 2 ablations over the last 5 years and would like to be able to safely live on the Big Island. She is grateful to have survived 6 years on the island without being properly diagnosed with atrial fibrillation. She hopes to help provide care for others who may want to remain on the island with heart and cardio health issues and help to provide the facilities to educate people about better heart health through diet and exercise.

JAY KREUZER, MHA, FACHE – The HHSC West Hawaii Regional Board of Directors named Jay Kreuzer as the new Regional Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the West Hawaii region, which includes Kona Community Hospital (KCH) and Kohala Hospital. He began work March 14, 2011. Jay Kreuzer has more than 30 years of progressive, proven health care leadership experience. He previously served as the Executive Vice President of Resurrection Health Care, a not-for-profit health system located in Chicago, that includes eight hospitals, seven nursing homes, five independent living facilities, and three assisted living facilities. He concurrently was the Chief Executive Officer for West Suburban Medical Center, a facility with $520 million in gross revenues, five ambulatory sites, 325 member medical staff, 250 volunteers, foundation and physician/hospital organization (PHO).

Prior to this, he was president of St. Francis Hospital and Health System, a 412-bed acute care hospital ranked in the top 100 hospitals nationally. He also served as the President of Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center, a 220-bed acute care hospital in rural Southern Illinois.

Kreuzer earned a Bachelor of Science degree at Valparaiso University in Indiana and received a Master in Health Administration at Xavier University in Ohio. He is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives. He moved to the Big Island with his wife, Jean (a school nurse for 20 years).

JON LUFT, Architect, LEED AP: Jon is a broadly experienced architect whose portfolio includes projects at every scale and complexity across multiple market sectors, project types and construction delivery methods. His professional experience spans almost 40 years and involves hands-on experience in a wide range of domestic and international projects in health care, hospitality, higher and K-12 education, municipal and public safety, commercial and high rise buildings, public transit, urban mixed-use and residential projects. Jon is a licensed architect in California, Arizona, Hawaii and Massachusetts and his recent practice has focused on large, acute healthcare projects in the California marketplace. He is skilled at leading large, multi-disciplinary teams on challenging projects, from planning and design through construction and project closeout. Jon has a proven ability to effectively manage complex projects that have critical design, construction, phasing, and operational requirements while fostering an atmosphere of teamwork and open communication. Jon has developed his professional experience among the worlds leading design firms including Cesar Pelli & Associates, Skidmore Owings & Merrill, HDR, HKS, Leo A Daly and currently with NBBJ, Los Angeles.  Recent acute healthcare work has included design and implementation for the new Emergency Department at Scripps Mercy, San Diego, CA, and as senior project manager for replacement hospitals at Camp Pendleton, Oceanside, CA ($450M, 500,000sf, Design Build)), San Gorgonio Memorial Hospital, Banning, CA ($120M, 120,000sf, CM Multiple-Prime), and currently for the Campus Transformation Project at Loma Linda University Medical Center, Loma Linda, CA ($1B, 1,000,000sf, Negotiated w/GMP).

TERI OELRICH, RN, BSN, MBA, leads the Healthcare Analytics at NBBJ, the second-largest healthcare architecture firm in the world and named one of the most innovative by Fast Company. She has a clinical background in nursing, working in a variety of settings, including orthopedics, medical-surgical units, and adult and pediatric intensive care units. She also holds an MBA, and coupled with her operational knowledge, she brings a valuable mix of clinical and business acumen to healthcare projects. Teri is available to the client from planning to completion and beyond. She works closely with our medical planners and Lean consultants to “right size” projects based on a rigorous analysis of both historical data across healthcare systems and the client-specific data. Teri uses the data-analysis process to assist our clients with determining what they need to meet projected clinical case volumes as opposed to what they want based purely on today’s environment. This process of using analytics to drive planning and design is increasingly important in the current data-driven healthcare industry. Her recent work includes planning for University of Washington Medical Center, Sutter Health Regional Ambulatory Care Master Plan, and Legacy Emanuel Medical Center Intensive Care and Surgery Replacement.

She is the Co-President for the Center for Women’s Health at OHSU and is also on the Foundation Board of Trustees for Legacy Meridian Park. She is also a previous presenter at conferences for ASHE, American Institute of Architects (AIA), Healthcare Design (HCD), and National Association of Children’s Hospitals and Related Institutions (NACHRI).

FRANK SAYRE, Chairman of the Board, West Hawaii Regional Hospital Board of Directors, which oversees Kona Community Hospital and North Kohala Community Hospital. Sayre joined the board in July 2014. He was previously a member of the KCH surgical staff and HHSC’s Management Advisory Committee for West Hawai’i. He is a volunteer Board member for the Peoples Advocacy for Trails Hawai’i, and the Pu’u Wa’a Wa’a Advisory Council. He is a founding board member of the Daniel Sayre Memorial Foundation along with his wife, Laura Mallery Sayre, which has donated more that $700,000 for equipment to first responders on the Big Island. Dr. Sayre was a dentist in private practice in Kailua Kona for many years.

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There is an ongoing problem to keeping doctors in Hawaii that is outlined in the report.  There is more information needed on how to best serve the Community.

Please contact me to become part of the movement to have community needs met by the Kona Community Hospital.  Mahalo!    Debbie Hecht

1% Land and Water Fund for San Diego County

       Proposed SAN DIEGO’S 1% Land and Water Fund                                           

Help Protect Land and Watersheds for San Diego County, CA

GOAL: To set aside 1% of San Diego County property taxes each year to purchase and maintain park lands, watersheds, open space and recreational land for San Diego County residents. This would not raise taxes, but require county supervisors to reallocate funds in the budget. 1% of real property taxes would be approximately $50 million each year. This should only require a majority vote of the people. Two attorneys have given their legal opinion: “a 66.67% majority is only required for a new or increased tax dedicated for a specific purpose. A measure to re-allocate revenues — without raising any additional taxes — should not require a 66.67% vote. A simple majority should suffice.”

Campaign Strategy: We are raising money to do a poll. After obtaining many letters of support and educating many voters we would ask the San Diego County Board of Supervisors to place a charter amendment on the 2016 ballot, to be approved by voters in San Diego County to set aside 1% of property taxes each year in the 1% Land and Water Fund and to seek matching funds, to protect, acquire and maintain:

  • Forests, beaches, coastal lands and areas of natural beauty
  • Watershed lands that preserve water quality and water supply
  • Parklands and open space;
  • Neighborhood parks and community gardens;
  • Historic or culturally-important land and sites;
  • Trails and access to beaches and mountains;
  • Natural resources, significant habitat and ecosystems (including buffer zones) and lands that support multi-species habitat conservation plans
  • Conservation Easements;
  • Land for easements for off –the- street bicycle lanes or mountain bike trails.

A NEW IDEA? NOT REALLY, there is a model program in Hawaii County where 2% of property taxes have been set-aside since 2006, with over 1,200+ acres purchased. A commission was formed to make land acquisition recommendations to the Mayor and Council. Each of the nine county council member (same as SD county supervisors) appoints a commission member. See the provision in the Hawaii County Code: Article 42: Public Access, Open Space and Natural Resources Commission: http://records.co.hawaii.hi.us/WebLink8/DocView.aspx?id=39747&dbid=1   Article 42, Section 2-215

HISTORY OF SIMILAR LEGISLATION IN HAWAII COUNTY: in Hawaii County (the entire Big Island of Hawaii), during the elections of 2006, 2010 and 2012, 65% of voters who voted on Open Space Fund ballot measures approved it. A total of 1,261 acres of land has been saved so far. Money spent, to date: approx. $32 million, with little over $6 million from matching funds and almost $25 million of taxpayer money. In Hawaii, the Save Our Lands Citizens’ Committee started with a few dedicated followers and ended up with an email list of over 3,000 people- about 10% of voters. Language used in the Hawaii County Charter, Section 10-15 as approved by voters in 2012 can be found at: http://records.co.hawaii.hi.us/WebLink8/DocView.aspx?id=64106&dbid=1

WE ARE LOOKING FOR SUPPORT FROM ORGANIZATIONS – CAN YOU SUGGEST A GROUP WHERE WE COULD SPEAK? WOULD YOU DONATE MONEY FOR A POLL? PLEASES PASS ON THIS INFORMATION SHEET TO A FRIEND.

Debbie Hecht,808-989-3222 or hecht.deb@gmail.com