Encouraging additional protection for kupuna renewing driver licenses

Councilmember Pine grateful for leaders’ increased actions to protect residents, though more answers still needed

HONOLULU, HAWAI‘I — “I am grateful that the Governor is taking more serious steps to keep Hawai‘i’s people healthy and I will support all other efforts in this direction. I look forward to learning about the Governor’s additional plans, hinted at during today’s news conference,” said Councilmember Kym Pine.

“It is also a good move on the Mayor’s part to have the City review the possibility of canceling gatherings of 50 or more people following the CDC’s new guidance,” Pine said.

“There are still so many questions that need answers. We have supply shortages of basic necessities. What are plans for possible shortage of hospital beds should O‘ahu become a cluster for COVID-19 cases? What are the State and City are going to do to help ensure that the homeless are provided basic hygiene so they, too, can protect themselves from this contagious and possibly lethal illness? When will soap be provided for hand-washing in restrooms at public facilities? What is the cleaning regimen for comfort stations and other high-touch surfaces at public parks and playgrounds?”

As the Chair of the Council Committee on Business, Economic Development and Tourism, Pine also asks, “What are the plans to help small businesses and the people who are being laid off?

“One step officials can take right now to expand social distancing for our most vulnerable residents, is to exempt seniors from having to physically appear at Driver Licensing Centers in order to receive a two-year renewal. The number of people in Hawai‘i testing positive for COVID-19 is rapidly increasing. Since the elderly are most susceptible to the serious effects of the virus, the state should allow seniors who are renewing a two-year license to only physically appear at a Driver Licensing Center every other two-year period,” said Councilmember Pine.

Some places on the mainland with four-year licenses allow a customer to simply pay online or by mail, skipping an in-person appointment every other renewal period. The DMV in these other states simply re-use the previous photo for the renewed license. Should a senior choose to physically appear for an appointment at a licensing center, a new photo may be taken.

Councilmember Pine introduced Resolution 19-309 urging the State Legislature to increase the Driver License renewal period for certain senior drivers that was adopted by the Honolulu City Council Jan. 29, 2020:

http://www4.honolulu.gov/docushare/dsweb/Get/Document-247933/RES19-309.htm

Councilmember Kym Pine represents residents of District One (ʻEwa, ʻEwa Beach, Kapolei, Honokai Hale, Ko ʻOlina, Nānākuli, Mā‘ili, Wai‘anae, Mākaha, Kea‘au, Mākua) and is chair of the City Council’s Committee on Business Economic Development and Tourism.

Erika Engle
Communications Director
Councilmember Kym Pine
Honolulu City Council, District One
530 South King Street
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
Main 808.768.5001

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February 3, 2020

Kym Pine releases statement on Mayors proposed budget:

Council needs to adjust budget to prepare for unknown impacts of virus

Honolulu, Hawaii Mayor Caldwell released his proposed capital and operating budgets for the 2021 Fiscal Year.

I applaud the Mayors efforts to increase staffing at HPD, Emergency Services and Ocean Safety and to repair Oahu streets, but we need to refocus and prepare for the possible impacts of the COVID-19 Virus. A decline in tourism revenue could significantly affect our economy, said Pine. We also have a significant shortage of mental health and rehabilitation facilities and services directly related to our increasing houseless populations. As a mother, Councilmember Pine has advocated for refocusing city funds on basic city services and housing for the homeless, the mentally ill and those with drug addictions.

We should hold off on nice-to-have projects like construction at Blaisdell Center and focus on fiscal prudence, said Pine. In 2019, the Department of Enterprise Services reported to the City Council that the Blaisdell Center operates at a deficit each year. The 2021 proposed Capital and Operating Budgets would increase City expenditures between 5% and 9% from previous years.

Councilmember Kym Pine represents residents of District One, comprising portions of Ewa Villages and Ewa Beach, Kapolei, Makakilo, Kalaeloa, Honokai Hale, Ko Olina, Nnkuli, Mili, Waianae, Mkaha, Keaau and Makua) and is chair of the City Councils Committee on Business Economic Development and Tourism.

Erika Engle

Communications Director

Councilmember Kymberly Pine

Honolulu City Council, District One

530 South King Street

Honolulu, Hawaii 96813

Main (808)768-5001 Direct (808)768-5024

www.councilmemberpine.com

www.honolulucitycouncil.com

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Feb. 25, 2020

TACKLING SAFETY FEARS

Councilmember Pine and Stolen Stuff Hawaii stage community safety events

HONOLULU, HAWAII The rise in violent crime around Oahu has people worried, or worse, fearful. The top concern people bring to me lately, is fear for their safety, said Councilmember Kym Pine. If Tutu is afraid to catch the bus because she might get knocked to the ground and injured by a purse-snatcher, thats just unacceptable in Hawaii. This has inspired me to arrange for two Community Safety events in our district which are being co-sponsored by Stolen Stuff Hawaii. Both events are free and open to the public.

A range of experts will discuss how people can best keep themselves safe, with topics including situational awareness, self-defense tips and how to support those with mental illness or homelessness. Presenters will include Michael Kitchens, Stolen Stuff Hawaii; Cpl. Roland Pagan, Honolulu Police Department; Belinda Vaovasa Danielson, State Dept. of Health Adult Mental Health Division; Steve McLaughlin, eighth-degree black belt and self-defense instructor at Kupale Womens Assault Prevention Course and Todd La Vine, Kamakana Ewa Beach Neighborhood Security Watch (Thursday only).

Every day new crimes are reported on Stolen Stuff Hawaii and people are upset. These community meetings we are co-hosting with Councilmember Pine will provide solid information that people need, so they can feel more safe and confident in going about their daily lives, said Michael Kitchens, Stolen Stuff Hawaii founder.

Thursday, February 27 Friday, February 28

6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Kapolei Hale Nnkuli Library

1000 Uluhia St., Kapolei 89-070 Farrington Hwy., Nnkuli

Conference Rooms A/B Haleakala Room

Councilmember Kym Pine represents residents of District One, comprising portions of Ewa Villages and Ewa Beach, Kapolei, Makakilo, Kalaeloa, Honokai Hale, Ko Olina, Nnkuli, Mili, Waianae, Mkaha, Keaau and Makua) and is chair of the City Councils Committee on Business Economic Development and Tourism.

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Erika Engle

Communications Director

Councilmember Kymberly Pine

Honolulu City Council, District One

530 South King Street

Honolulu, Hawaii 96813

Main (808)768-5001 Direct (808)768-5024

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MEDIA ADVISORY

WHAT: Bill 10 (2020) relating to gender equity

WHEN: Beginning at 10 a.m. Wednesday Feb. 19

WHERE: Honolulu Hale, Council Chamber, Third floor

WHY: To ensure that the City and County of Honolulu treats all athletes equitably without regard to gender, in granting park use permits for sports activities.

Councilmember Kym Pine, a lifelong athlete and water sport enthusiast, introduced Bill 10 to ensure that the Department of Parks and Recreation must not give preferential treatment to mens sport activities when issuing permits for City-owned beaches, parks and facilities.

Growing up as a student athlete on Oahu, I know first-hand that female sports are often treated as inferior to mens sports. In Hawaii, the birthplace of surfing, talented women surfers do not have the same ability to compete as their male counterparts. Its hard to believe that it has been nearly 50 years after the passage of Title IX guaranteeing educational equity, and 56 years since the passage of the Civil Rights Act barring discrimination, said Councilmember Kym Pine.

This grave injustice in the surfing world was brought to my attention by the women of the surfing community. That we are even having this conversation in the year 2020 is disheartening for women. We need to ensure that women have the ability to participate in activities at all city venues, from our surfbreaks to our parks, Councilmember Pine said.

Bill 10 amends the law to prohibit the Department of Parks and Recreation, in issuing park use permits for sports activities, from giving preferential treatment for male activities over female activities. The department also will be required to treat each application uniformly, free from discrimination. Should any applicant be denied a permit, they will be entitled to request a hearing, to take place within 30 days of the refusal.

Bill 10 (2020):

http://www4.honolulu.gov/docushare/dsweb/Get/Document-255749/BILL010(20).pdf

Council meeting agenda: https://is.gd/ZpFDUc

Councilmember Kym Pine represents residents of District One, comprising portions of Ewa Villages and Ewa Beach, Kapolei, Makakilo, Kalaeloa, Honokai Hale, Ko Olina, Nnkuli, Mili, Waianae, Mkaha, Keaau and Makua and is chair of the City Councils Committee on Business Economic Development and Tourism.

Media Contact:
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Communications Director

Erika Engle

Communications Director

Councilmember Kymberly Pine

Honolulu City Council, District One

530 South King Street

Honolulu, Hawaii 96813

Main (808)768-5001 Direct (808)768-5024

www.councilmemberpine.com

www.honolulucitycouncil.com

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MEDIA ADVISORY

KEEP HAWAI‘I HAWAI‘I PLEDGE UP FOR THIRD READING/PASSAGE

AT FULL HONOLULU CITY COUNCIL MEETING

WHAT: Visitor impact mitigation measures

WHEN: Starting at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020

WHERE: Honolulu Hale, Council Chamber, Third Floor

Councilmember Pine’s “Keep Hawai‘i Hawai‘i” package establishes a pledge, proposed by Hawai’i’s keiki, to be signed by arriving visitors to help protect endangered animals, our indigenous flora and our sacred sites. Bill 51 is up for passage on third reading tomorrow.

Additional legislation to be heard Wednesday would create a “Keep Hawai’i Hawai’i” program for visitors and kama‘aina alike to purchase a pass with discounted rates for popular City attractions and activities. This program would raise revenue for a maintenance user impact fund created by partner legislation, Bill 68. The fund would help pay for maintenance of public parks and beaches, as well as to supplement the budgets of the Emergency Services, Honolulu Police and Honolulu Fire Departments and the Department of Parks and Recreation. Another element of the Keep Hawai‘i Hawai‘i package would expand the City’s Park Ranger program from urban core parks to parks throughout the island.

“My legislative package would generate revenue to help alleviate the impacts that growing visitor numbers are having on O‘ahu,” said Councilmember Pine. “The Transient Accommodations Tax and other fees paid by visitors don’t always wind up paying for the basic City services they use while here. These bills and this resolution will not only offer them and our kama‘aina an affordable way to enjoy City attractions, but will provide funds to offset the cost of some of the visitor-hosting expenses the City incurs.”

Bill 51, FD1, CD2: http://www4.honolulu.gov/docushare/dsweb/Get/Document-249860/BILL051(19)%2c%20FD1%2c%20CD2%2001-21-20%20BEDT.pdf

Establishes a “Keep Hawai‘i Hawai‘i — Promise to Our Keiki Pledge” for visitors to the City and County of Honolulu, similar to the “Pono Pledge” campaign of Hawai‘i Island and the “Aloha Pledge” of Kaua‘i, both of which are aimed at promoting visitor awareness and on-island behaviors that are as environmentally responsible and culturally sensitive as possible.

Bill 3: http://www4.honolulu.gov/docushare/dsweb/Get/Document-249909/BILL003(20).pdf

Would allow residents and visitors to purchase passes for discounted and priority access to popular O‘ahu attractions, with the City’s portion of the proceeds to be deposited into the Special Impact Fund created by Bill 68.

Bill 68: http://www4.honolulu.gov/docushare/dsweb/Get/Document-248996/BILL068(19).pdf

Would create a Special Impact Fund to administer the revenue generated by sales of the passes.

Resolution 19-333: http://www4.honolulu.gov/docushare/dsweb/Get/Document-249002/RES19-333.pdf

Expands the current program that provides rangers at urban core public parks and recreational facilities to include all parks, islandwide in order to educate the public on park rules and will deter illegal activity, protect wildlife, the environment, the ocean and park infrastructure and amenities, such as comfort stations.

Councilmember Kymberly Marcos Pine represents residents of District One (ʻEwa, ʻEwa Beach, Kapolei, Honokai Hale, Ko ʻOlina, Nānākuli, Mā‘ili, Wai‘anae, Mākaha, Kea‘au, Mākua) and is chair of the City Council’s Committee on Business Economic Development and Tourism.

Media contact:

Erika Engle

Communications Director

Erika Engle

Communications Director

Councilmember Kymberly Pine

Honolulu City Council, District One

530 South King Street

Honolulu, Hawaii 96813

Main (808)768-5001 Direct (808)768-5024

www.councilmemberpine.com

www.honolulucitycouncil.com

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MEDIA ADVISORY

REVIEWING DRIVER LICENSE RENEWAL FAIRNESS

WHAT: Renewal extension explored for certain seniors

WHEN: Starting at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020

WHERE: Honolulu Hale, Council Chamber, Third Floor

Councilmember Kym Pine’s resolution to urge the state to increase the driver license renewal period for certain senior drivers will be heard. “This is the number-one complaint received at the DMV,” said Councilmember Pine. Under current law, driver licenses issued to those 71 years old and under are valid for eight years. “We are aging better and staying youthful longer and drivers who are 72 and older are having to renew their driver licenses every two years. They feel discriminated against,” Pine said.

A study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) reported that the number of drivers aged 70 and older killed in traffic crashes has dropped 18 percent over the past 20 years. The study also found, among other trends, that older drivers today are involved in fewer crashes per-mile-traveled than those of previous generations. “Resolution 19-309 will start a conversation with the state about extending the renewal period for active kupuna.”

19-309, CD1: http://www4.honolulu.gov/docushare/dsweb/Get/Document-250003/RES19-309%2c%20CD1%20-%20BE.pdf

Urges the Legislature of the State of Hawaii is to enact legislation to increase the driver license renewal period for seniors 72 years of age or older from every two years to every four years under certain conditions.

Councilmember Kymberly Marcos Pine represents residents of District One (ʻEwa, ʻEwa Beach, Kapolei, Honokai Hale, Ko ʻOlina, Nānākuli, Mā‘ili, Wai‘anae, Mākaha, Kea‘au, Mākua) and is chair of the City Council’s Committee on Business Economic Development and Tourism.

Media contact:

Erika Engle

Communications Director

Erika Engle

Communications Director

Councilmember Kymberly Pine

Honolulu City Council, District One

530 South King Street

Honolulu, Hawaii 96813

Main (808)768-5001 Direct (808)768-5024

www.councilmemberpine.com

www.honolulucitycouncil.com

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KYMBERLY MARCOS PINE[Council letterhead top]

COUNCILMEMBER, DISTRICT 1

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 19, 2020

FATAL POLICE SHOOTING STATEMENT BY COUNCILMEMBER KYM PINE

“My prayers and thoughts are with the families of the Honolulu Police Department officers who were killed and all who were injured during the Diamond Head incident today — my heart aches for all who are involved.”

“It is terribly upsetting to see the recent increase in crime and we grieve with HPD and other first-responders who put their lives on the line to keep us safe.”

“We will continue to support the Honolulu Police Department in its efforts on behalf of all the people of the City and County of Honolulu and our visitors.”

Councilmember Kymberly Marcos Pine represents residents of District One (ʻEwa, ʻEwa Beach, Kapolei, Honokai Hale, Ko ʻOlina, Nānākuli, Mā‘ili, Wai‘anae, Mākaha, Kea‘au, Mākua) and is chair of the City Council’s Committee on Business Economic Development and Tourism.

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Erika Engle
Communications Director, Councilmember Kym Pine
Honolulu City Council, District One
530 South King Street
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
Main 808.768.5001

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JANUARY 7, 2020

AUDIT: DEFICIENCIES AT DEPARTMENT OF PLANNING AND PERMITTING

HAMPER SERVICE TO TAXPAYERS

(HONOLULU, HAWAI‘I) ­— The City Department of Planning and Permitting does not provide timely permitting services; the new One-Time Review 60-Day process is not working and DPP’s appointment system allows for abuses. These and other issues have a devastating effect on the economy of the City and County of Honolulu, said Councilmember Kym Pine.

The findings are in the latest report on the Department by the Office of the City Auditor, which Councilmember Pine says highlight the DPP’s need for help. “Employees at DPP are among the hardest-working in the City and the department is seriously under-staffed,” she said.

“Multiple audits of DPP, including this latest report, show that the short-staffed department is failing to provide taxpayers the services it is mandated to provide,” she said.

“The length of time needed to obtain building permits has been a dreaded reality for decades,” Pine said. Because of widespread problems in the department, it only met its two-day goal for residential plan reviews 26 percent of the time in the past five years. The audit says taxpayers submitting residential permit applications have to wait an average of three-and-a-half months to receive approvals.

“Delays in permitting prevent construction projects, large and small, from starting, preventing purchases of supplies and employment of our people,” she said.

As part of a Permitted Interaction Group that has been studying these problems, Pine believes system-wide change is needed. DPP should convert from its inefficient plan-review operation to an inspection-driven model that will catch illegal, non-permitted activity in the field, such as with so-called ‘monster houses.’

“The department neglects to collect fees, resulting in huge revenue losses for the City,” said Pine. “Fees are an important tool to deter bad planning and mistakes and without them, DPP staff is left to correct plans for applicants which wastes time and money and creates backlogs.”

“The proliferation of so-called monster houses under DPP’s watch is a symptom of its deeply rooted problems. “Using the auditor’s findings, some of which both the department and the Office of the Managing Director agree with, I call on the City Administration to move forward to repair this broken system,” said Pine.

2020 Audit: http://www.honolulu.gov/rep/site/oca/oca_docs/DPP_Permit_Processing_Final_Report.pdf

2019 Audit: http://www.honolulu.gov/rep/site/oca/oca_docs/Audit_of_DPP_LDD_Final_Report.pdf

2004 Audit: https://www.honolulu.gov/rep/site/oca/oca_docs/dpp_onestop_permit_centers_final_report.pdf

Councilmember Kym Pine represents residents of District One (ʻEwa, ʻEwa Beach, Kapolei, Honokai Hale, Ko ʻOlina, Nānākuli, Mā‘ili, Wai‘anae, Mākaha, Kea‘au, Mākua) and is chair of the City Council’s Committee on Business Economic Development and Tourism.

Media Contact:
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Communications Director

M: (808) 284-6044

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Communications Director

Councilmember Kymberly Pine

Honolulu City Council, District One

530 South King Street

Honolulu, Hawaii 96813

Main (808)768-5001 Direct (808)768-5024

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2019 ends with peace between inclusive playground proponents and opponents

(HONOLULU — Dec. 14, 2019) — The building of an inclusive playground at Ala Moana Regional Park has been one of the most controversial issues of 2019. Proponents want to build a playground where all children can play together. Opponents argued that they were taking away beloved green space from “The People’s Park.”

The divisive proposal resulted in harsh personal attacks from both sides of the issue. Proponents were accused of being large political donors using their influence to build a personal playground on public land. Opponents were labeled as lacking compassion for children with special needs and disabilities. After witnessing these harsh personal attacks, Councilmember Kym Pine spoke about the need for all stakeholders to come together.

“Can’t we come together for the children?” Pine said, speaking to both groups at the last full council meeting December 4. She voted in favor of moving the Ala Moana playground for children of all needs to Kaka‘ako. “This is Hawai‘i, we must come together to find what unites us and move forward.”

Pine promised to work with representatives of both sides to find a compromise.

“Today, we end 2019 with peace,” said Pine. “We will continue with the dream of providing a safe place to play for children of all abilities. I am extremely proud of everyone who has come together for the kids. This is a great day.”

The compromise providing for relocation of the proposed inclusive playground to Kaka‘ako creates a single unified group of playground supporters and allows the initiative to move forward in a positive direction.

Councilmember Kymberly Marcos Pine represents residents of District One (ʻEwa, ʻEwa Beach, Kapolei, Honokai Hale, Ko ʻOlina, Nānākuli, Mā‘ili, Wai‘anae, Mākaha, Kea‘au, Mākua) and is chair of the City Council’s Committee on Business Economic Development and Tourism.

Erika Engle
Communications Director, Councilmember Kymberly Pine
Honolulu City Council, District One
530 South King Street
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
Main 808.768.5001

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ADOPT-A-TREE PROGRAM WOULD ADDRESS CLIMATE CHANGE

MEDIA ADVISORY

DECEMBER 3, 2019

WHAT: Islandwide Adopt-a-Tree proposal goes before full Honolulu City Council

WHEN: 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019

WHERE: Honolulu Hale, 530 S. King St., Third Floor

WHAT: Resolution 19-279, urging the City Administration to establish an islandwide adopt-a-tree program

The adopt-a-tree program would address climate change and other concerns expressed by residents all around Oahu, said Councilmember Kym Pine, author of the resolution. Urban trees reduce air pollution; improve water quality; provide wildlife habitat; stabilize street temperatures; create shade; act as sound and wind barriers; reduce surface storm water runoff; increase property values; improve mental health; provide places for recreation and help to create a sense of place.

Councilmember Pine encourages each person to plant 10 trees, because according to her conversation with leading biodiversity advocate Dr. Camilo Mora, it would make Hawaii the first carbon-neutral state in the world.

The Division of Urban Forestry in the Parks and Recreation Department is working with a non-profit on a pilot adopt-a-tree project in Kailua. The Division and Smart Trees Pacific are involving residents who volunteer to care for newly planted City trees; they help tree-adopters and they survey neighborhoods to determine where new trees can be planted.

We have a successful pilot program in Kailua, but people all over the island want to participate, Councilmember Pine said.

Parks and Recreation Director Michelle Nekota expressed support for the resolution during the Nov. 12 Parks, Community Service and Intergovernmental Affairs Committee meeting. We of course love our trees and thank Councilmember Pine for introducing Resolution 19-279 and we really appreciate that. We have this 100,000-tree goal by 2025, she said. In March 2019, the Mayors Administration committed to increase the total canopy size on Oahu to 35 percent by 2035.

Our goal is to become the first place to offset our carbon footprint by planting trees, said Dr. Camilo Mora, a leading voice for tree-planting to create a carbon-neutral Hawaii, in a recent Hawaii Public Radio interview. Our goal is to make Hawaii carbon neutral and for that we have to plant a million trees.

We want our children to look into their future with forests and that they can say my parents helped make that forest. Or they can be looking at a desert then say my parents saw this and did nothing. The difference between those two futures is what we do now, Mora said.

The full Honolulu City Council will consider the resolution at its Wednesday meeting.

Resolution 19-279 link:

http://www4.honolulu.gov/docushare/dsweb/Get/Document-241712/RES19-279.pdf

Council Agenda:

http://www4.honolulu.gov/docushare/dsweb/Get/Document-248433/120419%20Council%20Agenda.pdf

Councilmember Kymberly Marcos Pine represents residents of District One, comprising portions of Ewa Villages and Ewa Beach, Kapolei, Makakilo, Kalaeloa, Honokai Hale, Ko Olina, Nnkuli, Mili, Waianae, Mkaha, Keaau and Makua

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