How fast can you turn on a dime?

SUBHEAD: When there was no doubt in anyone's mind that Yukimura would vote to defer, there was a near riot.

By Andy Parx on 16 October 2013 for Parx News Daily -

Image above: Left - When JoAnn was Kauai Mayor and Iniki was ravaging the County Building. Right - On a better day JoAnn greets someone as she leaves the building. From (

There's an old joke about the agent talking to the producer. The agent says "That guy is a total jerk, a two-faced liar, a poor excuse for a human being and ugly to boot. I'd kill him if I had half the chanc...e and..." The producer interrupts him saying "Ah, that's my son you're talking about" to which the agent replies -without missing a beat; "Wait; let me finish."

Go to 17:59:30 on the video of yesterday's Kaua`i County Council meeting at which Bill 2491 passed at 3:37am by a 6-1 vote and watch how clear it is as Councilmember JoAnn Yukimura reads from her prepared remarks saying that she was going to vote for a deferral, in accordance with the commentary she had in the newspaper earlier in the day.

After a minute or so, when there was no doubt in anyone's mind as to her intent to vote to defer, there was a near riot - people screaming "Pass the bill" and banging on things... dozens of people in the room and apparently many more outside can be heard.

Anyone who watched could not help but envision the crowd spilling out of the chambers and, joined by the mob downstairs, which included many who, despite attempts by cooler heads to discourage it, had issued thinly veiled threats of violence over the weekend had a deferral occurred- and running amok down Rice St doing who-knows-what... not to mention what some might have thought they might do to poor JoAnn.

When order had been restored JoAnn could be seen continuing to read from her prepared remarks about the need for deferral "until the end of the month." Then suddenly she looked up and stopped reading and said "That is why I CAN'T support a deferral today."

This all followed a four hour display of "because I can" raw politics on JoAnn's part in weakening the bill through amendments one of which actually took the word "pesticide" out of the section on pesticides in the buffer zones. Others knew they could not pass the bill without her vote. So much for Steve Covey and Peter Adler (see some of my previous posts on what that means).

Very strange - strange days indeed... most peculiar mama.

Video above: Segment of hearing with JoAnn's qiuick 180ยบ turnarond. From (

See also:
Ea O Ka Aina: Yukimura sells soul to devil 10/15/13
Ea O Ka Aina: GMO Bill 2491 passes 6-1 10/16/13



Mauibrad said...

That's some good juju. Gotta turn that into a viral video...

Mauibrad said...

JoAnn's 180 Degree Shift on a Dime:

Unknown said...

Bureaucrats can turn on a dime when threatened. This should be used more liberally.

Juan Wilson said...

Aloha Brad,

As usual, thanks for digging and coming up with the goods.


Mauibrad said...

An even better version from the public:

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