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Downtown Neighborhood Board No. 13 Minutes Posted for THURSDAY, JULY 6TH, 2017 Meeting
DOWNTOWN NEIGHBORHOOD BOARD NO 13
REGULAR MEETING MINUTES
THURSDAY, JULY 6, 2017
ONE ALOHA TOWER, MULTI PURPOSE ROOM 2
CALL TO ORDER -- Chair Pro Tem Alvin Au called the meeting to order at 7:02 p.m. Quorum was NOT established with four (4) members present. Note: This nine (9)-member Board requires five (5) members to establish a quorum and to take official Board action.
Board Members Present -- Alvin Au, Dolores Mollring, Kevin Lye, Lori McCarney, Chu Lan Shubert-Kwock (arrived at 7:05 p.m.), Willis Moore (arrived at 7:41 p.m.), and John Smiley (arrived at 7:35 p.m.).
Board Members Absent -- Kathleen Lee and Robert Tom.
Guests -- Captain Sean Arakaki (Honolulu Fire Department); Sergeant R. Keliikipi and Lieutenant B. Lee (Honolulu Police Department); Laurel Johnston (Governor Ige's Representative); Councilmember Carol Fukunaga; Megan Muramatsu (Mayor Caldwell's Representative); Jiro Sumada and Pat Lee (Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation); Senator Karl Rhoads; Representative Daniel Holt; Mike Packard (Department of Transportation Services); Sam Moku (Hawaii Pacific University); Harrison Rue (Department of Planning and Permitting); Nicole Reid (Arts Culture Merchant Etc); Robert Kelso, Henry Phomnarang, Teri Pan Dodd, Quynh Mar Chong, Rick Keene, Judith Setzler, Connie Geislar, Merary Alvarez, Ellan Taylor, Chai-Rei Hyo, John Selby, Sam Say, Ronald Higa, Nicole Szibho, Joe Young, Harland Yim, Chris Gardner, Anthony Chang, Kalawai`a Goo; and Sultan White (Neighborhood Commission Office).
INTRODUCTION OF BOARD MEMBERS -- Chair Pro Tem Au and the Board members introduced themselves. Chair Au reminded the individuals present to speak into the microphone when wishing to speak. Since there was no quorum to vote on initial convening meeting items, with no objection Chair Au took the agenda out of order to allow the Honolulu Fire Department and the Honolulu Police Department to give their reports.
Member Shubert-Kwock arrived at 7:05 p.m. Quorum is established with five (5) members present.
PUBLIC SAFETY REPORTS
Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) -- Captain Sean Arakaki reported the following:
• June 2017 Fire Statistics -- There were 4 nuisance fires, 2 structure fires, 1 cooking fire, and 11 activated alarms (no fire). There were 107 medical emergencies, 1 motor vehicle collision with pedestrians, 1 motor vehicle crash, 1 hazardous materials incident, and 1 ocean rescue.
• Fire Safety Tip -- Hurricanes: HFD encourages every family to take the necessary steps to prepare for the hurricane season that runs from June through November every year. Everyone should have a plan in place, a survival kit, and at least 10 days of essential supplies like food and water.
Questions, comments and concerns that followed:
1. Bulbouts: Shubert-Kwock asked how difficult it was for the fire trucks to turn with the new bulbouts in the streets. Captain Arakaki responded that in non-emergency situations they can make the turn easily, but it does slow them down during emergencies. Shubert-Kwock urged HFD to pass their sentiment on to the City.
2. Parking: A resident raised concerns about illegal parking near Marks Garage. Captain Arakaki responded that HFD does not enforce parking.
Honolulu Police Department (HPD) -- Sergeant R. Keliikipi reported the following:
• June 2017 Crime Statistics -- There were 3 motor vehicle thefts, 4 burglaries, 81 thefts, 20 unauthorized entries into a motor vehicle (UEMVs), 7 assaults, 4 sexual assaults, 0 graffiti incidents and 5 drug offenses. A total of 1,914 calls were placed for service.
• Safety Tip -- Business Security: Install security alarms and surveillance cameras. The business name and address should be visible from the street. Have sturdy doors with a double deadbolt. Have security lighting. Do not keep money in the register after hours. Bolt down the safe. The most important security tip is to work together with other businesses and community members. Be a good neighbor and call HPD when you see suspicious activity.
Questions, comments and concerns that followed:
1. Possible Robbery: Mollring reported seeing empty cash drawers and a safe on the sidewalk on Nu`uanu Avenue in front of the Stack Building. Sergeant Keliikipi responded that there were no reports of this incident.
2. Crime: Shubert-Kwock thanked Major Nakata for increasing patrols in Chinatown. She said that there has been an increase in burglaries and purse-snatchings. The purse-snatchers ride bikes. She said that HPD is not arresting them, so it is hurting business since people are too afraid to come to Chinatown. She asked for a comprehensive report that is longer than two (2) months. Sergeant Keliikipi responded that there are comprehensive reports on their website, and they abbreviate it for the meetings. He will bring the concern to command.
3. Calls: Lye asked and Sergeant Keliikipi responded that the remaining calls for service were follow-ups and miscellaneous service calls.
4. Cameras: Lye asked and Sergeant Keliikipi responded that there were 24 operational police cameras in Chinatown. One (1) is down due to the fiber optics.
5. Dispatch: A resident asked and Sergeant Keliikipi responded that emergency calls first go through dispatch at HPD, then the calls are forwarded to the correct service.
6. Wash Rec: A resident asked if the wash rec next to Winston Hale on River Street was public or private. She has witnessed people going in and doing suspicious activity. Sergeant Keliikipi responded that if she sees criminal activity to call 911. He will pass on this information to the watch.
7. Purse Snatching: A business owner on the corner of Pauahi Street and Maunakea Street said there has been a lot of illegal activity on Maunakea Street and Pauahi Street, especially near the restroom for the homeless people. He witnessed a purse-snatching, chased down the criminal, and gave a description to the police, but they did not do anything. The purse snatcher got away. Sergeant Keliikipi said that when thieves live in the Kalihi area and they escape over there, they must refer the case to detectives. Chair Pro Tem Au said that if the restroom is at Safe Haven, they should be the ones calling the police. The business owner said that Safe Haven also calls the police nearly every day.
8. Thank You: A resident thanked HPD for closing the drug house on Maunakea Street. Chair Pro Tem Au said that HPD is taking every effort to fight drugs in the community. Many things are held confidential. Though they may not seem transparent, it is part of the job, and the community needs to respect that. Sergeant Keliikipi said that they need to gather evidence to establish probable cause for a warrant. It is a long process, so may seem to the public that HPD is not doing anything.
9. Guns: A resident asked if it is easy to get guns. He said that some robberies involved guns. Sergeant Keliikipi said that it is easier to get guns illegally than legally.
10. Patrols: A resident asked if there were walking patrols, and if so, how often they are. He said that they are better than car patrols. Sergeant Keliikipi responded that it depends on the pending case load and how many officers are available. Downtown Chinatown officers tend to walk the neighborhood more than others due to the small geographical area.
11. Parking: Chair Au said that there was congested parking near Bo Detailing, possibly illegal parking. Sergeant Keliikipi will inform his officers.
12. Plain-Clothes: A resident asked and Sergeant Keliikipi responded that there are plain-clothes officers in the community.
13. Property Damage and Assault: A merchant on Hotel Street reported a man being violent on Hotel Street. She stated that he was destroying property and assaulted her husband. When they reported it to HPD, they did nothing. The man, who appeared to be on drugs, continued his aggressive behavior. When HPD finally arrived, the person assaulted said he wanted to press charges, but HPD let the man go anyway. Sergeant Keliikipi asked the resident to forward him the date, time, and video of the incident. He will follow up.
Since HPD and HFD finished their reports, Chair Au called the meeting to its original order.
John Smiley arrived at 7:35 p.m. Six (6) members present.
Chair Au called a recess at 7:39 p.m. so Neighborhood Assistant Sultan White could swear-in new members.
Willis Moore arrived at 7:41 p.m. Seven (7) members present.
The recess ended at 7:43 p.m.
ELECTION OF OFFICERS TO SERVE FROM JULY 1, 2017 to JUNE 30, 2018
Mollring nominated Alvin Au for Chair. Chair Pro Tem Au called the vote. The vote to elect Alvin Au as Chair PASSED by UNANIMOUS VOTE, 7-0-0; (AYE: Au, Mollring, Lye, McCarney, Shubert-Kwock, Moore, and Smiley; NAY: None; ABSTAIN: None).
Smiley nominated and Shubert-Kwock seconded that Robert Tom be elected Vice Chair. The vote to elect Robert Tom as Vice Chair PASSED by UNANIMOUS VOTE, 7-0-0; (AYE: Au, Mollring, Lye, McCarney, Shubert-Kwock, Moore, and Smiley; NAY: None; ABSTAIN: None).
Mollring nominated and Shubert-Kwock seconded that Kevin Lye be elected Secretary. The vote to elect Kevin Lye as Secretary PASSED by UNANIMOUS VOTE, 7-0-0; (AYE: Au, Mollring, Lye, McCarney, Shubert-Kwock, Moore, and Smiley; NAY: None; ABSTAIN: None).
Shubert-Kwock nominated and McCarney seconded that Dolores Mollring be elected Treasurer. The vote to elect Dolores Mollring as Treasurer PASSED by UNANIMOUS VOTE, 7-0-0; (AYE: Au, Mollring, Lye, McCarney, Shubert-Kwock, Moore, and Smiley; NAY: None; ABSTAIN: None).
Neighborhood Citizen's Patrol (NCP) -- Dolores Mollring reported that they have not seen any prostitution or drug-dealing during their walks. The restaurants seem to be doing well. She encouraged the community to join. The walks last anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour. It is a good opportunity to fight crime, get some exercise, and socialize with friendly neighbors.
MEETING DETERMINATION-DATE/TIME/LOCATION (AUGUST 2017 TO JUNE 2018)
The Downtown-Chinatown Neighborhood Board No. 13 APPROVED by UNANIMOUS CONSENT for the Regular Meetings to be held on the first Thursday of each month at Hawaii Pacific University, One Aloha Tower Drive, Multi Purpose Room 2 starting at 7:00 p.m.
DETERMINATION OF BOARD RECESS SCHEDULE (AUGUST 2017 TO JUNE 2018)
The Downtown-Chinatown Neighborhood Board No. 13 APPROVED by UNANIMOUS CONSENT to not hold any recesses.
REQUEST TO PARTICIPATE IN THE OLELO BROADCAST PROGRAM OR TO REQUEST FUNDS FOR AN ANNUAL NEWSLETTER
The Downtown-Chinatown Neighborhood Board No. 13 APPROVED by UNANIMOUS CONSENT to participate in the Olelo Broadcast Program.
ADOPTION OF ORAL TESTIMONY RULES
The Downtown-Chinatown Neighborhood Board No. 13 ADOPTED by UNANIMOUS CONSENT the following oral testimony rules:
Persons wishing to speak on agenda items must raise their hand and, when recognized, address the Chair. Each member of the audience is entitled to speak once for up to two (2) minutes on any agenda item unless otherwise directed by the Chair. Board Members shall adhere to Board speaking limits.
1st Annual Best of Honolulu Fun Run/Walk -- Chris Gardner announced the Family Fun Run on Saturday, August 5, 2017 at 8:30 a.m. at Honolulu Hale. There will be a Keiki 500 Meter Dash. Each keiki finisher receives a medal. The Family Run/Walk will be three (3) kilometers long. There will be fun activities along the way. Sign up with www.active.com or go to www.honolulufamily.com for more information. After the fun run, stay for the Best of Honolulu Festival presented by American Savings Bank for more food, fun and shopping. Receive a $5.00 discount with promo code BOCA.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed:
1. Fundraiser: Shubert-Kwock asked and Gardner replied that the event was a fundraiser. When registering, designate a school to donate $3 from each entry.
2. Involvement: Lye asked and Gardner responded that Kaiser and Best of Honolulu Magazine are involved in the event.
3. Kids: McCarney asked and Gardner answered that there would be a 500 Meter Dash for keiki. McCarney said that it is good to have children outside and off of their electronics.
4. Route: A resident asked if the race would go down Bethel Street. Gardner answered that they changed the route per community request. They will take a left on Bishop Street instead. There will be a one (1)-lane closure.
Chair Au combined agenda item X. B and item X. E into the same presentation.
Downtown Neighborhood Transit-Oriented Development and Chinatown Action Plan -- Harrison Rue and Mike Packard of the City Department of Planning and Permitting (DPP) reported the following:
• Bulbouts: Bulbouts came from community feedback during the Chinatown Action Summit in June and December of 2015. Residents were concerned with pedestrian safety, and getting people to walk through Chinatown and buy things. The bulbouts as they are now are only temporary. They will be adjusted if needed. The bulbout near Hawaii Theatre is a finished example. DPP apologizes for the ugliness of the bulbouts in the testing phase. Bulbouts will make it impossible for people to illegally park or load on the shoulders of the road. Bulbouts will make cars slow down when they turn. This will allow cars to be able to see pedestrians on the corner, increasing safety. Hong Lee talked to many merchants in Chinatown for further feedback. Street repaving will begin next year.
• Wayfinding: There will be red and black wayfinding signs, pointing pedestrians to popular attractions in Chinatown. There will be between 15 and 20 of them, and they will be installed the week of July 11, 2017.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed:
1. Input: Chair Au encouraged the community to give positive feedback, not just grumble about the issue. Since the bulbouts are not permanent yet, there is room to change. Chair Au suggested to put potted Chinese plants instead of the concrete blocks. He also suggested Chinese characters on the wayfinding signs.
2. 4-Way Stop: Shubert-Kwock raised concerns about the bulbouts on the 4-way stop. It is too crowded in those areas. Since there are no shoulders, people cannot pull over when emergency vehicles are behind them. Furthermore, it takes away the illegal loading zones. Since the City does not have adequate legal loading zones, commercial trucks were forced to park there. Now businesses are suffering. She asked for a loading zone in the middle of each major block of Chinatown. She asked for more transparency in the process. Rue said there needs to be a balance between parking and loading, and they will further consider it.
3. Emergency Vehicles: Lye asked if emergency vehicles can make the turns. Rue answered that they could, and HFD is conducting further drive-testing.
4. Jay-Walking: Citing a statistic in the presentation, Smiley asked how many pedestrian crashes were part of jay-walking. Statistics can be misleading.
5. Commercial Trucks: A resident raised concerns about commercial trucks not being able to make the turn. This causes lots of traffic.
6. Testing Period: A resident asked how long the testing phase was of the current bulbouts. She urged DPP and DTS to reconsider speed bumps. She asked if Chinatown was above average for pedestrian deaths.
7. Beautify: A resident said that bulbouts were a good idea to attract people to Chinatown. He did say that not only does Chinatown need to be beautified, it must also be kept clean.
8. Crossing Timer: A resident raised concerns about the crosswalk timer on Maunakea Street and Pauahi Street. It does not give enough time for people to cross the street. HPD unfairly tickets people at this intersection. Rue said that it was a great idea to increase the timer. The bulbouts also make the crosswalk shorter, helping people get across to safety faster.
9. Trash Can: There is a trash bin on Maunakea Street and Pauahi Street that is blocked by the bulbouts. Now there is no way for trash pickup trucks to pull out the bin. The trash has been skipped already.
10. Legal Loading Zone: A resident raised concerns that the bulbouts even make it hard for commercial vehicles to park in legal loading zones, so they are now parking in the middle of the street. The bulbouts are too wide. She is on the mauka side of Pauahi Street and Smith Street.
11. Change: A resident said that although they are currently ugly, the bulbouts will be good for Chinatown. It makes Chinatown more walkable. It will take time for people to get accultured to them, but eventually the bulbouts will be a welcome change.
12. Wayfinders: A resident suggested that information on distance be added to the wayfinders. Rue answered that it would make the signs too cluttered.
13. Size: A resident raised concerns that some bulbouts were larger than others.
Taste of Chinatown -- Chinatown Improvement District President Lee Stack announced the Taste of Chinatown event. It will be on Saturday, August 26, 2017. It is a free, family-friendly event. Festivities kick off at Smith--Beretania Park at 10:00 a.m. and continue until 4:30 p.m. Sample off-menu tastings from many new area chefs, browse artisan wares, engage in various keiki activities, and take advantage of special offers available only on that day. Relax and enjoy cultural demonstrations and entertainment in a park setting. For more information visit www.cidchinatownhawaii.org.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed: Outside Vendors: A resident asked if there would be vendors from outside Chinatown. Stack responded that they included vendors, chefs, and community organizations from Chinatown.
Shubert-Kwock moved and Mollring seconded that the Downtown-Chinatown Neighborhood Board No. 13 support the Taste of Chinatown event on Saturday, August 26, 2017. The motion PASSED by UNANIMOUS VOTE, 7-0-0; (AYE: Au, Mollring, Lye, McCarney, Shubert-Kwock, Moore, and Smiley; NAY: None; ABSTAIN: None).
BIKI Bikeshare -- President of Bikeshare Hawaii Lori McCarney reported that there have been more than 11,000 trips since launch. There have been more than 4,000 individual riders. They want to get people into Chinatown to stimulate small business. They will be making a business promotion soon. The three (3) Biki stops in Chinatown have gotten 156, 126 and 369 uses. They will be rolling out different tactics to stop sidewalk riding.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed:
1. ADA: Shubert-Kwock reported that it is difficult for handicap vehicles to get by on the sidewalk at the Biki stop on Kukui Plaza. Mollring suggested it be moved to Kamalii Park.
2. Parking Spots: Shubert-Kwock raised concerns about a Biki stop on South Kukui Street taking up parking spots. She asked that it be moved to Nimitz and Maunakea Street.
3. Merchants: Shubert-Kwock reported that a Biki stop on North King and Maunakea Streets are blocking merchants and hurting business. She requested that it be made less obtrusive. McCarney reported that she is working with the City and Community to make Biki as good as possible. She said that business should actually increase and not discrease with the presence of a Biki stop. She did say that since the sidewalk is uneven, they might move the Biki stop on North King and Maunakea Streets to the street.
4. Bike Lane: Shubert-Kwock reported that since there is no bike lane, it is dangerous to ride bikes in Chinatown. McCarney reported that she personally rides in Chinatown and feels safe. People and drivers are courteous to bicyclists. It is good to have a less car-centric city.
5. Turnover: Lye asked if every bike has been used. McCarney affirmed that they were.
6. Accidents: Lye asked and McCarney answered that there have been no reported accidents involving a Biki.
7. Costs: Lye asked and McCarney answered that operating costs are $2.5 million. It is hoped that fare revenue will cover expenses for Bikeshare Hawaii.
8. Registration: A resident asked why the bikes are not registered. McCarney answered that they would be registered by Friday, July 7, 2017.
Hawaii Pacific University (HPU) -- No report was given.
Safe Haven -- Greg Patyon reported that 61 people have been placed into permanent housing in 2017 so far. Safe Haven will be moving to 126 Pauahi Street. He asked to be on the August 2017 agenda to discuss the Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) program. A handout was circulated.
Honolulu Rail Transit (HART) -- HART Representatives Pat Lee and Jiro Sumada announced the following:
• Rail Update: 75% of the rail project is already funded, contracted, and either under construction or wrapping up. The guideway is divided into four (4) segments. For the West Oahu--Farrington Guideway (from Kapolei to Pearl Highlands), Punch List Work on the guideway is being completed. Track work is done and the third rail will be energized. Similarly, the Kamehameha Highway Guideway (Pearl Highlands to Aloha Stadium) is finishing up and work will be completed this summer. All nine (9) stations from Aloha Stadium to East Kapolei are under construction and should be completed in time for the interim opening of the first ten miles to revenue passenger service in 2020. West Oahu Stations Group (East Kapolei, UH West Oahu, and Ho'opili), Construction on the table 3
• hree stations are underway. Contract completion is anticipated to be August 2018. Farrington Highway Stations Group (West Loch, Waipahu Transit Center and LCC), the three stations are under construction. The pedestrian bridge at West Loch station is being set. Contract Completion is anticipated to be February 2019. Kamehameha Guideway Station Group (Pearl Highlands, Pearl Ridge and Aloha Stadium), should be finished by summer of 2019. The H2R2 Ramp, which would connect to the Pearl Highlands station, is anticipated to be completed this summer. The Pearl Highlands Transit Center and Parking Garage, the solicitation for bids are being prepared. A contract is pending additional funding for the project. The Rail Operations Center/Maintenance and Storage Facility in Waipahu, work is completed and test tracks will be energized soon. The Core Systems, train vehicles, controls and operating system work is on-going. Dynamic testing is underway and rail cars will be tested up on the guideway this summer, starting with a guideway clearance test for the trains. Two (2) more rail cars are on their way to Honolulu from the west coast. The Airport Guideway and Stations (Aloha Stadium to Middle Street with stations at Pearl Harbor, Airport, Lagoon and Middle Street), the contractor is working on design, survey work, potholing, and geo-technical work (e.g., drilling for test shafts and production shafts). Contract completion for the guideway and stations is estimated by May 2021. The final four and half (4½)-mile City Center Guideway and Stations (CCGS) contract includes the guideway and eight stations between Middle Street and Ala Moana Center though Honolulu's urban core. Pre-engineering work is underway for temporary utility relocations and design of the final leg of the rail project. The CCGS segment is pending additional funding before the contract can go out to bid. For general project information, traffic updates, meeting notices and more information, please visit the website www.honolulutransit.org, call the project hotline at 566-2299, or email a question at email@example.com.
• Lane Closure: There will be a lane closure on Maunakea and Pauahi Streets from Wednesday, July 5, 2017 to Friday, September 15, 2017. The lane closures will occur weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Special duty officers will assist traffic as needed.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed:
1. Bulbouts: Shubert-Kwock said that adding a lane closure on top of the bulbouts would make the problem worse. There will be police officers directing traffic.
2. River of Life: Chair Au asked how people would get into River of Life while they are doing construction in front of it. Lee answered that they will do construction section by section to give a pathway of entry into River of Life.
Chinatown Business & Community Association -- Shubert-Kwock reported that the next meeting is on Thursday, July 13, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. There will be a Chinatown Taskforce to invite all stakeholders to discuss street closures and block parties involving alcohol. They will work with the City to come up with a good policy to grant permits for block parties. There were a lot of problems in the community with the last block party.
Arts, Culture, Merchants, Etc. (ACME) -- Nicole Reid reported that ACME has been inquiring with the City about the empty business spaces that are City-owned. They should be put to good use. There is a new business called the Naughty Vegan Studio that does tattoos and yoga. There have been new assaults and thefts in the area. Biki is good for the community and the merchant program will be well-received. There should be fireworks at Aloha Tower again; such could bring new life to Chinatown. ACME supports the Taste of Chinatown event. There should be community feedback for new cadets with the HPD.
Chinatown Improvement District (CID) -- Lee Stack reported that there will be the final Sustaining Places Summer Preservation Series on Wednesday, July 12, 2017. Hawaii Energy has a Small Business Direct Lighting Program that helps small businesses save energy and money. It helps the environment while also cutting costs.
Mayor Kirk Caldwell's Representative -- Megan Muramatsu from the City Managing Director's Office provided updates on questions from the last meeting.
• River of Life: The River of Life welcomed a new director, Mr. Ryan Hee, in March 2017. The HOU Office has reached out to him and has a meeting scheduled with him on Friday, June 30, 2017. Ryan Hee, the new executive director, indicated that River of Life is always open to serving the community better and being a good neighborhood partner.
• American Savings Bank: The City has been quite active in promoting small businesses in Chinatown, such as bringing "Holidaze Chinatown Market" in December, 2016 and supporting community events through grants throughout 2017, to include Chinese Chamber of Commerce events and "Walk on the Wild Side." OED will work with various City offices to assist recruiting local and international businesses to invest in Chinatown, to include integration with Transit Oriented Development as part of the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation architecture.
• Kamalii Park: There are no plans to fence the perimeter of Kamalii Mini Park. Many City parks have posted "Park Closure Hours" signs to inform the public of park closure hours. The posted hours give HPD the tool they need in order to cite anyone who is on park grounds within park closure hours.
• Block Party: The number of trash cans and portable toilets is based on the estimated number of participants. An after action meeting will be held with the organizer and HPD to review the various complaints/concerns and how to improve future Cinco De Mayo events. Organizers are required to outreach to business and residents about their event. Please have the sandwich shop contact DTS at 768-8387 to file a complaint. DTS confirms the block party did end (all sales and entertainment ceased) at 10 p.m. per the permit requirements. As with all block parties, it takes time to move the public off the streets before DTS and HPD allows the vendor vehicles to enter the area to break down and clean up.
• Pothole: The subject pothole on Fort Street was confirmed and crew was sent out several times to patch it, but the parking stall was always occupied. The downtown area is scheduled for patching on Saturday, July 1, 2017.
• Street Cleaning: The number of street sweepers necessary to service the Downtown--Chinatown area has not decreased. If the concern is over the equipment used to pressure wash and clean sidewalks, the Downtown--Chinatown Clean Team would normally operate two (2) pressure washing machines in the Downtown--Chinatown area. Unfortunately, a new truck with pressure washing equipment was stolen in 2014 has not been replaced due to budget limitations.
• Parking Fees: Bill 12, CD2 has been signed by the Mayor on June 28, 2017 and will be numbered as an Ordinance. The rationale for raising the fee is to utilize the funds to efficiently manage the City's parking assets as mentioned in the Honolulu Urban Core Parking Master Plan. http://www4.honolulu.gov/docushare/dsweb/Get/Document-187420/D605.pdf.
• Graffiti: The District 1 (Central Honolulu) Community Policing Team (CPT) has been working with the Chinatown business owners to clean up graffiti. Building upon the "Broken Window" theory, we encourage the business owners to not only report the graffiti to HPD but to clean it up as soon as possible. Neglected and poorly maintained properties are breeding grounds for criminal activity. If the "broken window" is not repaired, the tendency is for vandals to break a few more windows. Eventually, they may even break into the building, and if it's unoccupied, it perhaps may become an area for homeless to reside. Repair the "broken windows" within a short time--say, a day or a week--and the tendency is that vandals are much less likely to break more windows or do further damage. Clean up the sidewalk every day, and the tendency is for litter not to accumulate (or for the rate of littering to be much less). Problems are less likely to escalate and thus residents do not live in fear or want to leave the neighborhood. Preventative measures have also been taken by educating the business owners with the CPTED (Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design) theory. "See and be seen" is the overall goal when it comes to CPTED and natural surveillance. A person is less likely to commit a crime if they think someone will see them do it. Proper signage, lighting, and landscaping play an important role in CPTED. The District 1 CPT also schedules ongoing paint-outs and clean-ups in the Chinatown area depending on the schedules of everyone involved.
• Bidding for Chinatown Management: To our knowledge, the city is not involved with private transactions between property owners in the area.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed:
Parking: Shubert-Kwock asked for Chinatown to be exempt from parking fee increases.
Councilmember Carol Fukunaga -- Councilmember Fukunaga circulated a handout and reported that the complete streets plan will impact Chinatown businesses. The improvements will include additional protected bike lanes and 4-way crosswalks along major thoroughfares in the area. The Capitol Improvements of Interest to Downtown--Chinatown are listed on the handout.
Governor David Ige's Representative -- Laurel Johnston, Deputy Director of the Department of Budget and Finance, circulated a newsletter. Governor Ige has sent a letter to the legislature highlighting 15 potential vetoes. He was elected Vice Chair of Western Governors Association. She reported that Uber and Lyft are not allowed at the airport because they need airport permits, but did not comply.
Questions, comments and concerns that followed:
1. Rail: Shubert-Kwock asked if there would be an agreement on the Rail. Deputy Johnston answered that the City and State are working on it.
2. Airport: Shubert-Kwock requested sheriffs at the airport, rather than private security.
Representative Daniel Holt -- Representative Holt reported the passing of House Bill 615, supporting the Healthy Aging Partnership Program. He also reported on Senate Bill 545, which created and gave funds to the Festival of Pacific Arts.
Senator Karl Rhoads -- Senator Rhoads congratulated the elected Board Members. He reported that they are working on the homeless problem. He reported that passing of Senate Bill 895 which makes it a petty misdemeanor to trespass on State lands.
APPROVAL OF MAY 4, 2017 REGULAR MEETING MINUTES -- The June 1, 2017 regular meeting minutes were APPROVED by UNANIMOUS CONSENT as written.
BOARD BUISNESS AND REPORTS
Chair's Report -- Chair Au reported a liquor license extension for Pier 10 and 11 for the Frolic Hawaii Poke Fest. He said that the Safe Haven LEAD discussion will be added to the August 2017 agenda. DTS asked the Board have a discussion about the eight (8) parking stalls closed on North Pauahi Street. The City will attend the August 2017 meeting to talk about the Real Property Tax Assessment. Email Chair Au if you would like any items added to the agenda. Shubert-Kwock asked that a discussion on Complete Streets be added.
Neighborhood Commission Updates -- No report was given.
Office of Information Practices Report -- No report was given.
Treasurer's Report -- Treasurer Mollring reported a remaining balance of $40.32 for June 2017. The report was filed.
City and County Affairs -- No report was given.
Oahu Metropolitan Planning Organization (OMPO) -- No report was given.
Next Meeting -- The next Downtown--Chinatown Neighborhood Board No. 13 meeting is scheduled for Thursday, August 3, 2017 at the Hawaii Pacific University, One Aloha Tower Drive, Multi-Purpose Room 2 at 7:00 p.m.
ADJOURNMENT -- The meeting adjourned at 10:04 p.m.
Submitted by: Sultan White, Neighborhood Assistant I
Reviewed by: Dylan Whitsell, Neighborhood Assistant I; Kevin Lye, Secretary, Downtown--Chinatown Neigh¬bor-hood Board No. 13
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