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Downtown-Chinatown Neighborhood Board Meeting September 2018 Minutes
Downtown-Chinatown Neighborhood Board No. 13\
REGULAR MEETING MINUTES
THURSDAY 6 SEPTEMBER 2018
ONE ALOHA TOWER, MULTI PURPOSE ROOM 3
CALL TO ORDER - Chair Shubert-Kwock called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. Quorum was established with five (5) 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 - Ernest Caravalho, Kevin Lye, James Logue (appointed), Dolores Mollring, Willis Moore, Chu Lan Shubert-Kwock, and Robert Tom (7:00 p.m.)
Board Members Absent - Lori McCarney and John Smiley
Guests - Lieutenant Lee, Captain Lambert, Officer Ibrao, Officer O'neal (Honolulu Police Department); Captain Kiana Kam (Honolulu Fire Department); Councilmember Carol Fukunaga; Senator Karl Rhoads' Representative; Roth Puahala (House Representative Daniel Holt's Office); Laurel Johnston (Governor David Ige's Representative); Nicole Reid (Art's, Culture, Merchants, and Etc. (ACME)); Pat Lee (Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation); Greg Payton (Safe Haven); Elizabeth Stack (Chinatown Improvement District); Michelle Bartell (American Savings Bank); James Donelly and Michelle Fujii (Make a Wish); Ronald Higa, Chris Wong, Laura Sturges, Lynell Yuu, Lori Lum, Don Murphy, and Allen Stack Jr (Community Members); Harry Cho (Neighborhood Commission Office).
INTRODUCTION OF BOARD MEMBERS - The Board members introduced themselves.
PUBLIC SAFETY REPORTS
Honolulu Police Department (HPD) - Lieutenant Lee reported the following:
• August 2018 Statistics: There were 3 motor vehicle thefts, 60 thefts, 22 unauthorized entries into motor vehicles (UEMV), 19 assaults, 4 sex assaults, 3 graffiti incidents, 1 drug incident, and 2,331 total calls for service.
• Safety Tip - UEMV:
o Make sure all doors are locked. Suspects are known to check car door handles. Do not leave valuables in the car. Any suspicious activity should be reported to HPD.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed:
1. Violent Crimes: Mollring was concerned with violent crimes in the area and the negative image it portrays to visitors. She asked if the multiple stabbing incidents are all related. Lieutenant Lee stated that the recent stabbings were all unrelated and separate incidents.
2. Cameras: Shubert-Kwock asked if the recent violent crimes have been captured on the video cameras and stated her concerns with cameras that are out of order. Lieutenant Lee stated that he is unsure whether they have been recorded or not. However, one (1) incident was reported away from the vicinity of the camera.
Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) - Captain Kam departed the meeting due to an emergency.
Neighborhood Citizens Patrol (NCP) - Mollring reported that the NCP has continued patrolling the neighborhood. There are currently five (5) members who are consistent with attendance. Topics of concern are uneven sidewalks, burnt out street lights, and broken crosswalk signals.
1. Free Citizenship Workshop: Linda Wong, a Board member of TLC Hawaii stated that a free citizenship workshop will be held on Saturday 6 October 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the First Methodist Church and must register to attend by Tuesday, 18 September 2018.
2. Trash: Lye stated that there was a house near Queens Medical Hospital with a mountain of trash around the property. Mollring stated that there is another property like this on Hotel Street called Paradise Lost.
3. American Savings Bank (ASB): Michelle Bartell from ASB stated that they are continuing construction of the new property. The sidewalk along South Beretania Street from Aala Street to College walk will be closed for approximately one (1) month. During this time repairs and renovations will be made to the sidewalks.
Board Decision on John Smiley's Three (3) Absences --
Caravalho moved and Mollring seconded to declare Smiley's seat vacant due to three (3) absences. The motion was adopted by Unanimous Consent, 5-0-0. (Aye: Caravalho, Lye, Mollring, Moore, Shubert-Kwock; Nay: None; Abstain: None).
Filling of Vacancy - There is one (1) vacancy at-large on the Downtown/Chinatown Neighborhood Board No.13. Candidates Chris Wong, Kevin McDonald, James Logue, and Laura Sturges each gave a brief statement about themselves. Lye nominated Sturges and Caravalho nominated Logue.
• Roll-Call Vote: As no nominee received the Majority Vote, filling of the vacancy was deferred to the next meeting, 1-4-0. (Sturges: Lye; Logue: Caravalho, Mollring, Moore, Shubert-Kwock; Abstain: None).
Community Awards to Chinatown Watch Merchants - The Downtown/Chinatown Neighborhood Board No.13 recognized the Chinatown Watch Merchants. Those recognized for their service and dedication to the community included Greg Payton from Safe Haven, Captain Mike Lambert and Officer Alan Ibrao of Honolulu Police Department, Sue Stacey of Pauahi Seniors, Bob Marchant of River of Life, Oren Schlieman and Fran Butera of Info Grafik, and Mei and Sam Say of MP Lei Shop.
Tom entered the meeting at 7:15 p.m. 6 members present.
As there were no objections, Chair Shubert-Kwock called for another roll-call vote to fill the vacancy. Logue was voted on the Downtown/Chinatown Neighborhood Board No.13 by Majority Vote, 1-5-0. (Sturges: Lye; Logue: Caravalho, Mollring, Moore, Shubert-Kwock, Tom; Abstain: None).
Jingle Rock Run - James Donnelly reported that Make a Wish will be hosting the Jingle Rock Run on Sunday 16 December 2018 in Downtown Honolulu beginning at the State Capitol Building. This event will be held to support local keiki throughout the state battling critical illnesses, and helping to transform their lives. The event is open to the public.
Mollring moved and Caravalho seconded that the Downtown/Chinatown Neighborhood Board No.13 support the Jingle Rock Run. The motion was adopted by Unanimous Consent, 7-0-0. (Aye: Caravalho, Logue, Lye, McCarney, Mollring, Shubert-Kwock, Tom; Nay: None; Abstain: None).
Toyo Tires Shutter Space Automobile Exhibit and Photo Retrospective - Nicole Reid reported that Arts, Culture, Merchants, Etc. (ACME) is helping organize the Shutter Space Automobile Exhibit and Photo Retrospective on Saturday 15 September 2018 from approximately 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Nuuanu Avenue and Pauahi Street. All sidewalks will remain open and the event is free for the public. There will be no amplified sound or music.
Caravalho moved and Mollring seconded that the Downtown/Chinatown Neighborhood Board No.13 support the Shutter Space Automobile Exhibit and Photo Retrospective event. The motion was adopted by Unanimous Consent, 7-0-0. (Aye: Caravalho, Logue, Lye, Mollring, Moore, Shubert-Kwock, Tom; Nay: None; Abstain: None).
Hui Car Share - Peter Fukunaga reported that the two (2) leading companies, (Toyota and Servco) are creating a local platform with the resources and commitment to Hawaii to make this project a great success. This is a proven business model with strong examples of success globally, such as Times 24, GoGet, and Zipcar. Hui Car Share will reduce traffic congestion and emission, promote sustainability, and drive innovation. There are meaningful economic benefits for both residents and businesses near a station location, on average car share costs about 20% of ownership. The keys to success are frictionless, 24 hour access to vehicles, through the use of an app based system, digital keys, and highly visible parking is possible. Hui is a round trip station based car share program, locally owned in Hawaii. Car share reduces the amount of cars on the road, reducing traffic and competition for stalls. One (1) car share vehicle can take nine (9) to 13 vehicles off the road. One (1) car share stall serves an average of 20 members. Car share members are 12% more likely to adopt other alternative and active transportation methods and reduce their overall driving by 26%. 7% to 10% of car share members decided not to buy a new vehicle.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed:
1. Stations: Tom asked how many vehicles there will be per station and where the stations are located. Fukunaga stated that there are currently 70 vehicles and roughly two (2) to three (3) vehicles per station. Vehicles can easily be added depending on the station. All stations are on private property. GoGet in Australia noticed a drastic increase of 300% in membership and usage of car share once street parking stalls were provided.
2. Prices: Shubert-Kwock asked how people can find where vehicles and stations are and how they can get access to the keys for the vehicle. Fukunaga stated that everything can be done though the app. The app will provide locations of stations and vehicles. Once the reservation is complete, your phone will act as the fob key for the vehicle.
Discussion on Relocation of Biki Station at Dr. Sun Yat-sen Park:
Mollring moved and Caravalho seconded that the Downtown/Chinatown Neighborhood Board No.13 request for Biki to relocate the station by Sunday 30 September 2018. The motion was adopted by Majority Vote, 5-1-1. (Aye: Caravalho, Logue, Mollring, Shubert-Kwock, Tom; Nay: Moore; Abstain: Lye).
Ronald McDonald Gift Wrap - Don Murphy reported that the event will take place on Wednesday 23 December 2018 from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Streets will be closed from Smith Street to King Street and Merchant Street to Bethel Street. The community is invited to participate and bring unwrapped gifts for children.
Mollring moved and Lye seconded that the Downtown/Chinatown Neighborhood Board No.13 support the Ronald McDonald Gift Wrap event. The motion was adopted by Unanimous Consent, 7-0-0. (Aye: Caravalho, Logue, Lye, Mollring, Moore, Shubert-Kwock, Tom; Nay: None; Abstain: None).
Welcome Home Parade for Little League Team - Kanoe Takitani-Puahi reported that the parade will take place on Saturday 8 September 2018 at 10:00 a.m. from Tamarind Park to Honolulu Hale.
Caravalho moved and Mollring seconded that the Downtown/Chinatown Neighborhood Board No.13 support the Welcome Home Parade. The motion was adopted by Unanimous Consent, 7-0-0. (Aye: Caravalho, Logue, Lye, Mollring, Moore, Shubert-Kwock, Tom; Nay: None; Abstain: None).
Resolution for Sit/Lie Enforcement - Caravalho introduced a resolution that stated:
WHEREAS, increased homelessness has led to an increase in people sleeping and laying on sidewalks as well as crime; and
WHEREAS, there are homeless urinating and defecating on sidewalks in front of restaurants; and
WHEREAS, the homeless have taken over River Street and Hotel street sidewalks which prevent residents, especially those in wheelchairs and scooters, from utilizing public spaces; and
WHEREAS, tourists and residents are refusing to visit Historic Chinatown due to safety and health concerns directly related to the homeless; and
WHEREAS, the homeless sleeping and laying on sidewalks is detrimental to our local economy; and
WHEREAS, Chinatown is designated a historic district and should be maintained properly by the city to preserve its history; and
WHEREAS, Chinatown has a sit-lie ban in place that is not enforced; and
WHEREAS, the community deserves to feel safe; and
BE IT RESOLVED, that the Downtown-Chinatown Neighborhood Board No. 13 hereby requests the City Council, Mayor of the City and County of Honolulu, and the Honolulu Police Department fully enforce the sit-lie ban in Chinatown and not allow the continued camping on sidewalks in Chinatown
Caravalho moved and Logue seconded that the Downtown/Chinatown Neighborhood Board No.13 adopt this resolution. The motion was adopted by Majority Vote, 6-0-1. (Aye: Caravalho, Logue, Lye, Mollring, Shubert-Kwock, Tom; Nay: None; Abstain: Moore).
Resolution Regarding First Fridays and Block Parties in Chinatown:
As there were no objections, Shubert-Kwock asked that the Downtown/Chinatown Neighborhood Board No.13 restate a resolution for a 10:00 p.m. shut off of music and alcohol sales for First Fridays and other block party events. The motion was Not Adopted, 1-6-0. (Aye: Shubert-Kwock; Nay: Caravalho, Logue, Lye, Mollring, Moore, Tom; Abstain: None).
Meeting with Mayor Caldwell - The Board would like an opportunity to meet with Mayor Caldwell to discuss concerns regarding bulb-outs, sit/lie, police patrol, alcohol sales on streets and other issues.
Hawaii Pacific University (HPU) - No report was given.
Safe Haven - Greg Payton reported the following:
• August 2018 Statistics: There were two (2) Safe Haven discharges/intakes, one (1) activity center and pathway placements, two (2) Mental Health Kokua (MHK) Oahu Case Management Housing, and five (5) permanent housing placements. The grand total is 74 placements through August 2018.
• 45th Anniversary Celebration: The event will take place on Friday 5 October 2018 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Koolau Ballroom. Advanced tickets are $25 per person and $35 per person at the door.
Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART) - Pat Lee reported that the safety and security of the passengers using the rail system is the number one priority at HART. Passengers will be provided with a safe and secure riding experience that will include a wide range of resources, systems, and devices designed and implemented to address conditions that could result in an unfavorable experience. All passenger trains and station boarding platforms will be equipped with emergency call and push to talk buttons as well as Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessibility designed into all elements of the project in full compliance with the ADA of 1990. AED (automated external defibrillator) devices will be located in each of the 21 rail stations. There will be roving attendants, security patrols, and closed-circuit cameras; about 1,500 Closed Circuit TV cameras (CCTV) throughout the system. The cameras will be used to monitor stations, trains, and all park-and-ride facilities. Emergency protocol for handling on-board incidents will depend on the situation. Generally, if a person is involved in an incident they will offloaded from the train at the station and will remain there until for further assistance arrives. The appropriate assistance will be coordinated through HART's Operations Control Center (OCC). If a train is held on location or at a station, there will be emergency operation plans and strategies implemented to ensure that service continues. Only in extreme cases will a "safety problem" involving a train result in that train being taken out of service and returned back to the Rail Operations Center (MSF). If that event occurs, passengers will be alighted from the out-of-service train and boarded on the next scheduled in-service train. In addition, camera footage may be downloaded and stored for future use as part of an investigation to determine the root cause of the problem. The train control system is a closed-loop system with no outside connection to the internet, so hacking the system is much more unlikely. Transit operations personnel will have both audio and visual communication with passengers. Each station boarding area will contain platform screen gates to prevent falls from the platform onto the track area. At-grade operating hazards between trains, vehicles, and pedestrians will be eliminated by the elevated guide way design. Lastly, HART receives safety oversight from the Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) to ensure all state and federal safety and security requirements for revenue service operations are being implemented. The public may refer to the handout regarding the upcoming meeting on HART construction work occurring in your area. The City Center Utilities Relocation work will be done by NAN, Inc. The community meeting is scheduled for Monday 17 September 2018 in the Hawaii Pacific University (HPU)/Aloha Tower Market Place Multipurpose Room No.2, starting at 6:00 p.m. For additional meeting information, the public may call NAN's Public Involvement Manager Justin Barfield at 356-7974. For more information on the rail project, the public may visit http://www.honolulutransit.org, call the project hotline at 566-2299, or email a question to email@example.com.
Chinatown Business and Community Association (CBCA) - Shubert-Kwock reported that the CBCA's monthly meeting was held on Tuesday 14 August 2018 at Won Kee Restaurant. CBCA updated all that they are working on with merchants and property owners in regards to escalating crimes in Chinatown. There were four (4) stabbings in four (4) days between 1:00 a.m. and 2:00 a.m. CBCA worked with Fran Butera, HPD, and Pauahi merchants on the no sit/no lie enforcement. CBCA wrote to Biki to check on the status of the Biki station blocking Dr. Sun Yat-sen Statue. It was promised by Biki that they would relocate this station, however they have not made plans yet. The Dr. Sun Memorial Lei Draping is on Sunday 7 October 2018. Biki said they needed they needed the necessary equipment to move the station. CBCA believes Biki should rent what machinery they need to move the obstruction. CBCA attended Honolulu Liquor Commission hearing to respect the 10:00 p.m. cut off of liquor and music. However Liquor Commissioners voted 3-1 to stay with what the Mayor wanted. CBCA feels that the Mayor is not respecting the community and Neighborhood Boards recommendation. Status of bulb outs - it's the Mayor's ugly legacy to build these bulb outs and left them there for over one year now. CBCA believes it was wrong of the Mayor to veto Bill 82 to remove these bulb outs and to ignore the 6,000 signatures asking for bulb out removal to be replaced by safer scramble cross walks. The new CBCA meeting place is Sunflower Cafe at 1157 Maunakea Street on Tuesday 11 September 2018, 9:00 a.m. CBCA Moon Festival Chinese Opera Concert for 300 seniors at Mission Memorial Auditorium will be on Saturday 6 October 2018 from 1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. CBCA 9th Chinatown Heroes Award Banquet's 5 Chinatown Heroes are City Council Chair Ernie Martin, Bank of Hawaii Chinatown Branch Manager, Rodney Kimo Wong, Hawaii News Now Reporter Allyson Blair, Assistant Chief of Police and former Chinatown Commander Allan Nagata, and Guan Hua Antiques Linda Zhang. The Banquet will be held on Saturday 20 October 2018 at Golden Palace. Tickets are $45 per person for a 10 course Chinese dinner. This year will include a kung fu demonstration.
Arts Cultural Merchants Etc. (ACME) - Nicole Reid reported that for the First Friday event in August, the Hotel Street closure occurred on time and the event began at 8:00 p.m. There was one (1) food stand with hot dogs and soft drinks for sale. A psychic reader was set up on the street for palm reading and intuitive healing. Live music by the Hydrolites began at 8:30 p.m. and concluded at 10:00 p.m. Beer and wine service began at 8:30 p.m. and closed at 10:00 p.m. Two (2) portable luas were on site from 8:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. and were proven to be enough for the crowd. Sales for August was $1060.00 and total costs were $4,630.73 which left a net loss of $3,570.76 for the event. This is an improvements in the overall sales and mitigating costs while maintaining public safety and quality of the programming. HPD special duty officers were present from 7:30 p.m. to 3:00 a.m. including one (1) sergeant, two (2) motor officers, and two (2) foot patrol officers. The sergeant noted that a homeless individual attempted to direct traffic on the corner of Smith Street and Pauahi Street, a gentleman who had an allergic reaction to alcohol needed emergency services, and there was one (1) over service from a different licensed premises. HPD noted the crowd was agreeable and easy to maintain and didn't see a need for more off duty officers. There was approximately 300 people served and approximately 180 patrons. The mural space on the street was a success but needed to clean up the space due to some paint on the road. The paint was removed the next day to maintain good faith with Department of Transportation Services (DTS) and their permit requirements. Door hosts dispersed the crowd effectively and the street was cleared by 2:15 a.m. Cleaning occurred at 2:30 a.m. with pick up of the portable luas and street sweeping. Event monitors escorted zero (0) people to area bus stops from Hotel Street. The City waste bin liner was replaced at the end of the event. Decibel readings were conducted over the event time at the corner of Hotel Street and Nuuanu Avenue front Chinatown Gateway Plaza. For September, licenses are until 11:00 p.m. and hope to close their margins with the extra hour. ACME has reached out to DTS and the Mayor's Office to allow the event to occur earlier if bus ridership figures prove lower than before. There will be two (2) muralists for the month and the band playing will be the Too Sooners.
Chinatown Improvement District (CID) - Lee Stack reported that the Taste of Chinatown Honolulu Event will take place on Saturday 29 September 2018 from 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Smith-Beretania Park. Attendees may pre order small plates online or by phone, visit eateries and pick up plates, stop in and ask about TOC specials, view unique artistic lanterns, and participate in keiki and cultural activities.
Mollring moved and Caravalho seconded that the Downtown/Chinatown Neighborhood Board No.13 support the Taste of Chinatown Honolulu event. The motion was adopted by Unanimous Consent, 7-0-0. (Aye: Caravalho, Logue, Lye, Mollring, Moore, Shubert-Kwock, Tom; Nay: None; Abstain: None).
Biki - No report was given.
Mayor Kirk Caldwell's representative - Megan Muramatsu reported the following:
• Follow-Up on Concerns:
o Fence/Gate at Dr. Sun Yat-sen Park: Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) stated that the Hawaii Theatre Center (HTC) and the City and County of Honolulu signed an agreement on April 24, 2017, to set forth the terms and conditions of HTC's volunteer services for Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Park. HTC shall coordinate with the City on the provision of custodial maintenance on an as-needed basis as well as security services for the park. HTC shall coordinate with the City on the opening, closing, and locking of the entrance gate to the park, and shall also be solely responsible for all costs and expenses incurred in connection with any maintenance services provided by HTC. (HTC provides its volunteers with all the materials and supplies used for the maintenance services performed in the park.) DPR is not aware of the park being open after park closure hours. However, it could remain open after park closure hours if maintenance or security work is being performed in the park during that time. Please call HPD if you witness the Park open after park closure hours. Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Park is not an ADA entrance, nor is it a fire exit, for Sin Lounge. (Note: You cannot use another person's property as an ADA access.)
o Potholes on Bishop Street: Department of Facility Maintenance (DFM) stated that the potholes on Bishop Street were patched on Thursday 9 August 2018. Bishop Street was determined to be in need of rehabilitation and is included in the Department of Design and Construction's (DDC) Rehabilitation of Localized Streets, Phase 12D project. DDC Civil Division can be contacted for information on this project.
o Satellite City: Department of Customer Services (CSD) stated that currently, two (2) additional staff have been assigned to Kapolei from Kapalama Hale to assist with their long lines. Newly hired staff positions are being trained at Kapalama and will be assigned to Kapolei. CSD administration purchased benches for the public to sit while waiting in line. CSD will be installing the AlohaQ kiosk machine for walk in appointments with the estimated time to return if needed. CSD is also looking at contract hires for all locations to assist with document checks before reaching the service desk.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed:
1. Crosswalk: Shubert-Kwock stated that the crosswalks at the Hotel Street/Maunakea Street intersection are faded.
2. Abandoned Vehicle: Mollring stated that there is an abandoned vehicle on Fort Street across from Central Fire Station 01.
3. Bus Stop: Mollring requested to move bus stops on Hotel Street and Union Mall further away from the Walgreens Building.
4. Sidewalk Repair: Shubert-Kwock asked to please evaluate and repair the uneven sidewalk fronting Ohana Leis and Flowers on 69 North Beretania Street and Maunakea Street.
5. Police Patrol: A community member requested to patrol Bishop Street above Beretania Street at night. There is unruly and disruptive behavior (drinking/drugs) reported in this area at night.
Councilmember Carol Fukunaga -- Councilmember Fukunaga reported the following:
• Combating Crime in Chinatown: With the recent increase in violent crimes in Chinatown involving stabbing incidents, residents and businesses have called for immediate solutions to these challenges. Councilmember is requesting the assistance of the Downtown/Chinatown Neighborhood Board No.13 to support and help expedite these projects. One complaint often raised by Chinatown residents is inadequate police presence in Chinatown. Currently, HPD is staffed at 60% capacity; comparable municipalities are staffed at 90% to 95% capacity. The Council supported HPD Chief Susan Ballard during this past budget cycle, securing $11 million to increase police coverage to 75% in Fiscal Year 2019, and boosting programs and partnerships to reinstate the Juvenile Services Division and expand District 1's Community Policing Team. This is especially true in the Maunakea Street/Pauahi Street area, where River of Life's feeding operation and Mental Health Kokua's "Safe Haven" program are located. Business owners and residents who traverse this area have reported multiple incidents of harassment and violent activity in recent months, and urge relocation of services that encourage homeless individuals to congregate in the area. Please note our comments about these concerns in the attached story from Pacific Business News. Please contact Doris Lam of Councilmember Fukunaga's staff at 768-5006 or at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions about any of the initiatives the Council is pursuing in Chinatown.
• Council Proposes Homeless Solution: In July, the City administration proposed two (2) bills to deal with homeless persons. Bill 51(2018) prohibits any obstructions on a public sidewalk between 6:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. island-wide and Bill 52(2018) prohibits lodging on a public sidewalk or other public areas. Our concern with this approach is that shuffling homeless people off sidewalks and other public areas on an island-wide basis without more does not work. HPD and City agencies already have difficulty enforcing the current sit-lie ban laws in the Chinatown, Downtown, Ala Moana-Kakaako, and other urban commercial/business prohibition zones. Resolution 18-158, FD1 was adopted by the City Council to require immediate treatment and housing services, and long-term solutions for homeless individuals at the August full Council meeting. This resolution requests the City administration to provide an action plan that addresses the concentration of homeless persons subject to the prohibitions in Bills 51 and 52, which include targets for development or acquisition of permanent supportive housing for homeless individuals, identifying appropriate actions to implement homeless housing and services solutions in each of the nine (9) Council districts, and the City's overall strategy for implementing the provisions listed in the Bills, among others. Bills 51, CD1 and 52, CDJ will be considered for adoption on Second Reading during the Wednesday 12 September 2018 Council meeting. Please contact Doris Lam or Linda Oamilda of Councilmember Fukunaga's staff at 768-5006 or at email@example.com to provide testimony on these measures.
Questions, comments, and concerns followed:
1. Homeless Tents: Caravalho was concerned with the homeless tents that have been appearing along the sidewalks by Aala Park.
Governor David Ige's representative - Director Laurel Johnston reported that Governor Ige has been making progress on providing more affordable housing. Governor Ige, Department of Health (DOH) officials and area legislators broke ground last month for a long awaited 144-bed psychiatric facility at Hawaii State Hospital for forensic patients sent there by the court system. Washington Place will be hosting a movie night on two (2) Sundays on Sunday 30 September 2018 and Sunday 28 October 2018 from 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Senator Karl Rhoads -- A representative from Senator Rhoads' office reported the following:
• Illegal Drug Activity: Senator Rhoads received numerous complaints from Chinatown residents about the illegal drug activity taking place on Maunakea Street, in between North King Street and North Nimitz Highway. Senator Rhoads reported this activity to Chief Susan Ballard of HPD and will update the board when a response is received.
• Hawaii Main Library: This is a follow up report about the deteriorating condition of the 2nd floor walls within the Hawaii Main Library. Roderick Beckers, Comptroller for the State Department of Accounting and General Services responded by stated that the deterioration of the walls is due to the leaking roof drain piping that is imbedded into the walls. Due to the high costs of replacing the piping, the drain pipes will be lined to stop the leaking and once that is resolved, the walls will be repaired.
House Representative Daniel Holt -- Roth Puahala reported that Representative Holt has been busy working together with constituents during the interim. The public may contact Representative Holt's office with any question or concerns.
APPROVAL OF THURSDAY 2 AUGUST 2018 REGULAR MEETING MINUTES -- As there were no objections, the Thursday 2 August 2018 regular meeting minutes were approved Unanimous Consent, 7-0-0. (Aye: Caravalho, Logue, Lye, Mollring, Moore, Shubert-Kwock, Tom; Nay: None; Abstain: None).
BOARD BUSINESS AND REPORTS
Treasurer's Report -- Mollring stated that the Board retains a balance of $370.13.
Next Meeting -- The next meeting of the Downtown--Chinatown Neighborhood Board No.13 is scheduled for Thursday 4 October 2018 at Hawaii Pacific University, One Aloha Tower Drive, Multi-Purpose Room 3 at 6:00 p.m. Please check September Agenda for meeting time updates.
Neighborhood Citizen Patrol -- The Neighborhood Citizen Patrol meets each Tuesday on the Diamond Head side of Kukui Plaza at 8:00 p.m. Please join the patrol and support its efforts to express service and pride in our Downtown--Chinatown community.
‘Ōlelo -- Rebroadcasts of Downtown--Chinatown Neighborhood Board No.13 meetings are scheduled on ‘Ōlelo channel 49 for every third Thursday at 9:00 p.m., as well as 6:00 a.m. on the second and fourth Saturdays of each month. An archive of past meetings may be found on http://olelo.org/olelonet/ and searching on .
ADJOURNMENT -- Chair Shubert-Kwock adjourned the meeting at 8:57 p.m.
Submitted by: Harry Cho, Neighborhood Assistant
Reviewed by: Chris Naylon, Neighborhood Assistant
Finalized by: Chu Lan Shubert-Kwock, Chairperson of NB No.13
Last Updated: 28 September 2018
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