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

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