MAUI COUNTY WANTS TO HEAR YOUR 2018 BUDGET WISH

As a prelude to the trainwreck that will be Maui County’s 2018 Budget Hearings, starting tomorrow, the County has created a survey so you can express your opinions on spending. CLICK HERE TO VOICE WHERE YOU WANT TO SEE YOUR TAX DOLLARS SPENT IN 2018’s BUDGET. They even made a video! The survey is a … Read more

Maui Causes #44 Christopher Fishkin on the CoverUp of County Abuse that Allows Developers to Avoid Enviro Studies and Shift Infrastructure Costs to The Public

Christopher Fishkin is a Legal Assistant and Public Advocate. Here Chris discusses some of the conflicts of interest that have resulted from Maui’s Planning Dept. and  Corporation Council’s manipulations of SMA (Special Management Area) permits that have allowed countless developers to defer significant infrastructure improvements with absolutely no accountability. This shady practice has cost taxpayers (that’s … Read more

Chris Salem is on a Mission to Clean up Corruption in Maui County Government

The practice of deferring infrastructure improvements that began in 1974, mainly to help local families avoid becoming full-fledged developers yet still divide up their land in 3 parcels or less for their offspring, has turned out to have been a really bad idea. Through either negligence or corruption, the county never set dollar values to or created … Read more

Proposed Charter Amendments to Reign-in Mayor’s Hiring Entitlement and Allow County Council to Get Legal Advice Independent of Mayor’s Appointed Lawyers.

Come testify on Friday Aug 5th to support two proposed Charter Amendments that will have significant impacts on the balance of government in Maui County. Resolution 16-96  proposes to additionally require council approval of the managing director and the directors of the departments of Finance, Public Works, Parks and Recreation, Planning, Housing and Human Concerns, … Read more

MAUI COUNTY is a HO– USE OF CARDS: Testify in Support of a Professional Town Manager

PLEASE READ AND FORWARD TO FRIENDS, NEIGHBORS, AND FELLOW CITIZENS MARK YOUR CALENDARS: JUNE 27 @ 9 AM, 8TH FLOOR, COUNTY BUILDING ALERT.  To have any chance of getting the council-manager proposal on the November ballot, the Council must hear from you when the Policy and Intergovernmental Affairs (PIA) Committee takes up the Special Committee’s … Read more

Community Farmland Council fails to get required number of signatures

For immediate release: June 13, 2016 Press Release by: Danny Mateo, County Clerk (808) 270-7748 Office of the County Clerk County of Maui Community Farmland Council fails to get required number of signatures WAILUKU, Hawaii – The Office of the County Clerk has certified that the Community Farmland Council has not collected the required amount … Read more

With a Few Last Minute Arrivals, All County Council Seats Now Contested

June 8, 2016 By BRIAN PERRY – City Editor (bperry@mauinews.com) , The Maui News As the candidate filing deadline came and went Tuesday, the political dust cleared and races were set for primary and general elections this year. All nine Maui County Council seats will be contested, and most Maui legislators face primary and/or general … Read more

You need to earn $34 an hour, 40 hrs a week, to rent a modest 2 bedroom in Hawaii. Don Couch wants to Cut Affordable Housing Requirements for Developers by Half. WTF?

Worst State in the Nation: HAWAII To rent a modest 1 bedroom, working at minimum wage, you need to work 124 hours a week. Thanks to Don Couch and Alan Arakawa for making Maui work, for Developers. CLICK HERE TO SEE MORE A new report released today by the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) reveals … Read more

Breaking News: Don Couch “investigation” inquiry from State Office of Information Practices. Is Don Withholding Public Information in Violation of Sunshine Laws? Why?

State Office of Information Practices has opened a case on behalf of West Maui resident Marilyn McAteer relating to Don Couch’s failure to respond to a request for public information involving an alleged “investigation” into unaccounted for developer agreements which by Charter should be accounted for in the annual Budget as revenue to offset capital … Read more

The Tide IS Turning: Farmers Sue Monsanto Over Alleged Roundup Cancer Link

By NICHOLAS BERGIN / Lincoln Journal Star Three Nebraska farmers and an agronomist, all diagnosed with cancer, have filed a lawsuit against Monsanto alleging the seed and chemical giant of purposely misleading the public about the dangers of the world’s most widely used herbicide. Monsanto markets glyphosate, the active ingredient in its herbicide-brand Roundup, as … Read more

Big Money & Corporate Greed Attempting To Influence Local Maui Politics, Again.

You all remember The Citizens Against The Maui County Farming Ban, the fake citizen’s group founded by Maui’s local radio personality Tom Blackburn-Rodriguez, that in 2014 spent $8 Million of Monsanto’s and Dow’s money spreading lies about the GM Moratorium? Well, not only is Tom back on the air with big corporate backing, we are … Read more

Maui Community Organic Farmland 1st Petition Submission – Over 10,000 Signatures

Over 10,000 petition signatures submitted to the Maui County Clerk supporting the Maui Community Organic Farmland Initiative. For more information or to show your financial support go to: www.communityfarmland.org Thanks to our amazing Maui Ohana, and to Nahko Bear of Medicine for the People for his support.

Ellie Cochran Wants You to Testify: A Good Settlement Has Been Reached. County to Pay Fees Towards Resolution of Court Cases and Create A New Waste Water Solution.

Maui County Agrees to Get Pono on Injection Wells! This Friday, the injection well issue comes before the the County Council Committee of the Whole again. (See litigation matters (COW-1(3) Click Here) Ellie Cochran’s office now actually supports the current process. As we understand it today, Maui County is no longer fighting this issue, they … Read more

Come Celebrate Your Mother Earth: Earth Day Festival Sunday April 17th, 2016, 10am-6pm Ke‘opuolani Park Amphitheater, Kahului

2016 Maui Earth Day Festival Sunday April 17th, 2016, 10am-6pm Ke‘opuolani Park Amphitheater, Kahului (located behind Maui Nui Botanical Gardens and opposite War Memorial Stadium Parking Lot) $7 entrance fee, keiki free Sign up now: Organizations, Vendors, Volunteers & Silent Auction Donations! email: info@MauiEarthDay.org Website: www.MauiEarthDay.org

ACTION ALERT! CALL YOUR SENATOR TO STOP HB 2501! WATER THEFT BILL  A&B Again Deceptive – Legislation Favors Them Exclusively

Reposted From Maui Sierra Club: Healoha Carmichael, a Native Hawaiian gatherer, stands in Honomanu Stream in East Maui near her home. The stream is completely dry due to Alexander and Baldwin’s water diversions. Carmichael and her ‘ohana face significant hardship in gathering food to feed their ‘ohana because of the diversions. Tell Your Senator To … Read more

ACTION ALERT: CALL TO SUPPORT SCR40 The Free & Fair Elections Resolution.  This supports a Constitutional Convention to Overturn Citizens United.

OUR GOAL IS FOR SENATOR KEITH-AGARON TO SCHEDULE A JUDICIARY HEARING ON SCR40 (the Free & Fair Elections Resolution. This is a measure that will help us to get a much needed U.S. Constitutional Amendment to end the corrupting influence of big money in our elections.) CALLS TO MAKE TODAY (or tomorrow) There’s only 2 … Read more

Jane Sanders, Bernie’s Wife, Visited Maui and Answered Questions About What Bernie Will Do As The Next President Of The United States: 60 Minute Video

Jane Sanders speaks on Maui about her husband Bernie Sanders, his many successes in getting legislation passed in the US Senate, and the changes he’ll make as President to move the country away from Corporate and Big $ influence, to serve the People’s Interests not the Banks. March 21st 2016. Please Contribute to MAUI CAUSES … Read more

Just How Much Corruption is There in Hawaii’s Legislature? If Lobbyists and Legislators Have Their Way We Will Never Know.

By CATHY BUSSEWITZ Associated Press  HONOLULU A top Hawaii lawmaker is delaying a public records request because of a dispute that could hold up similar requests for years. The outcome will likely determine whether legislators can withhold emails, calendars and other information from the public, which watchdog groups see as crucial to government accountability. The … Read more

Testify in Support of Hemp Bill SB2659 SD2 with NO AMENDMENTS  – Stop A&B from Establishing a Hemp Monopoly & Call for Clift Tsuji to Resign as Ag Chair.

Give your testimony today before 2 PM. It’s not hard. Log in, or create an account at the State Website. http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/home.aspx Search SB2659 and enter your testimony. You may want to write it out first and just copy and paste it into the state’s site as there is a tendency for the site to log … Read more

Think HC&S Would Sell 37,000 Acres to a Local Farm Cooperative? A Plan For Food Production and Jobs, Jobs, Jobs! (Courtesy of  Maui Tomorrow)

If A&B would sell the land at market value, a compelling alternative emerges: forming an island-wide Maui Farm Cooperative. Every citizen of Maui could be either a worker-member or consumer-member with voting rights, profit shares, access to healthy island-grown food, even health care. Under the umbrella of the Maui Farm Cooperative, independently managed divisions would … Read more

A&B Moves to Monopolize Industrial Hemp in Hawaii w/ Clift Tsuji’s Help. Once Again Puts Corporate Profits Ahead of the People. Testify Against A&B’s Amendments.  Tell A&B and Clift Where To Go!

The Dept of Ag was giddy with anticipation in its Testimony on S.B. No. 2659, S.D. 2, entitled: A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO INDUSTRIAL HEMP, “…we will establish an agency relationship with licensees throughout the State who will operate as extensions of the Department for the purposes of research on the growth, cultivation, … Read more

Misconduct by Maui County Grows.  Politically Motivated Threats of Random Assessments on “3 Lots or Less” Subdivisions Add Insult to Injury. Abuse of Authority Violates Charter and is, perhaps, Criminal. 1,000’s of Maui Homeowners with unresolved, open-ended liens can’t sell properties.

Administration Shifts Developers’ Costs to Taxpayers By David Cain, Attorney, Wailuku The County of Maui holds a recorded lien on thousands of properties in Maui County which have no formula or ceiling for assessments to property owners. The county administration has taken the position they can send out random bills to property owners and if … Read more

Alan Arakawa’s Latest Fuck-up: The Good News? It Will Only Cost Maui $35 Million (Well, That’s Before The Lawsuits)

Administration’s Estimate of Waste-to-Energy Net Cost Off by $35M Reposted from Maui Now An audit of the county’s Solid Waste Division reveals the county’s 20-year waste-to-energy contract is projected to cost $1.7 million per year more than presented to the council, Budget and Finance Committee Chair Riki Hokama announced today. In January 2014, Mayor Alan … Read more

Tulsi Gabbard Flips Off Democratic National Committee to Endorse Bernie Sanders – Resigns as Vice-Chair

By Nation of Change Staff – February 28, 2016 Tulsi Gabbard has resigned from the DNC following tension regarding debate schedules and apparent favoritism of Hillary Clinton. Hawaiian Congresswoman and Democratic National Committee Vice Chair Tulsi Gabbard resigned Sunday. In an email to the DNC, Tulsi explained her reasons for her resignation: “I have taken … Read more

What HC&S does with it’s fields after sugar cane will affect us all. Do you have a voice in the matter?

HC&S’s fields below Makawao seem to have been planted with Thistle. Really gnarly thistle. Anyone know if it’s just to keep people out of the fields? or is this a crop or soil amendment? What HC&S does with it’s fields after sugar cane will effect us all. Do you have a voice in the matter? … Read more

ACTION ALERT: This bill supports opening up the growing of industrial hemp to all of Hawaii!

Aloha Hempsters…please submit testimony and share with your lists The Hemp Bill we’ve been waiting for!!! The first hearing for Hawaii’s Industrial Hemp Bill HB2555 has been set. This bill supports opening up the growing of industrial hemp to all of Hawaii! The bill was introduced by Rep Ing and has been signed by 35 … Read more

Maui’s GM Moratorium NOT DEAD YET! Appeals court to hear SHAKA’s moratorium case.

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals will hear arguments about whether to overturn a federal judge’s ruling last year that struck down a Maui County voter-approved moratorium on genetically modified organisms. Reposted without permission from the Maui News! In a ruling Thursday, the appeals court denied a motion to dismiss the appeal by the SHAKA … Read more

Maui’s Lungs Win a Big Victory as Judge Upholds 4 of 6 Complaints Filed by Citizens to Stop Cane Burning – Says Disallowed Complaints Can Be Modified.

Much to A&B’s dismay,  Judge Cordoza rules that the court WILL decide whether the DOH breached the public trust when issuing agricultural burn permits. Next hearing Feb 26th  on Preliminary Injunction to Stop The Burn while the cases run their course. Support this community-based legal action with a donation.  StopCaneBurning.org What happened in court today (Feb 5, … Read more

Demise of power-purchase deal is final blow for HC&S

 

As we’ve been saying – electricity sales is why A&B kept farming sugar long after it became difficult to make a profit. So this is a double win for the environment: Shutting down the coal plant (that didn’t have proper pollution control because of it being a sugar mill) and stopping the cane burning. ——————————- … Read more

A Huge Thanksgiving Gift To The World: EPA Pulls Registration for Dow’s Enlist Duo Herbicide Citing High Toxicity Levels

Toxic pesticide banned on genetically engineered crops  From The Pesticide Action Network Washington D.C. — The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), responding to litigation, has announced it is revoking the registration of “Enlist Duo.” Approved by the agency just over a year ago, Enlist Duo is a toxic combination of glyphosate and 2,4-D that Dow AgroSciences … Read more

Monsanto Burns: Arson Suspected

 

Earlier this week, a Monsanto research facility in France was burned to the ground. Monsanto and investigators suspect an arsonist was responsible for the blaze. Monsanto representative Jakob Witten told Reuters that investigators “strongly suspect it was a crime as no electrical or other sources were found.”He added that “No Monsanto sites in Europe have … Read more

Monsanto Tells 9th Circ. GMO Foes Can’t Appeal Law’s Nixing

By Emily Field, Guest Blogger Monsanto says only Maui’s Mayor can defend our Election Win in court.  And we know how much Arakawa loves Monsanto…  Here’s Alan lying to the public for Monsanto: Law360, New York (October 29, 2015, 11:41 PM ET) — Monsanto told the Ninth Circuit on Thursday that a bid by a … Read more

Lawmakers Manipulate Maui Meeting: Answers Lacking, Ignore Followup Questions

Antsy audience not so sure that “Lawmakers Listen” Susan Halas October 14, 2015  Lifted from MauiWatch.com   The public meeting at the Haiku Community Center on Tues., Oct 13 hosted by Rep. Lynn DeCoite (D) featured an all star cast of members of the Hawaii State House including all six members of the Maui delegation and … Read more

Our State Can End Homelessness Too

Utah is ending chronic homelessness by providing people with homes, no strings attached. This policy is cost-effective, compassionate, and successful. Click below to email your state legislators and governor: In order to address your message to the appropriate recipient, we need to identify where you are. Please click here and enter your full nine-digit zip for … Read more

Ige declares state of emergency for homelessness

ASSOCIATED PRESS Saturday, October 17, 2015, 1:19 AM CATHY BUSSEWITZ/AP Loveleen Mori, 27, a homeless woman living in a large encampment in the Kakaako neighborhood of Honolulu, holds her dog as she tries to figure out where to bring her belongings as city officials start to sweep the camp on Oct. 8. Hawaii’s governor declared a … Read more

Anaergia files complaint against Maui Electric over a proposed energy project

Duane Shimogawa Guest Blogger From Pacific Business News 9/9/15 Anaergia Services LLC has filed a complaint with Hawaii regulators against Hawaiian Electric Co. and its subsidiary Maui Electric Co. over a proposed energy project on Maui, according to public documents. The projects include the Mahinahina Energy Park project, now known as Maui Energy Park, which would have … Read more

Protesters arrested trying to block trucks going up to Haleakala telescope.

Big money interests violate Hawaiian Culture and Environment, yet again.