Grand Theft Aina: Part II

SUBHEAD: Another heist-scam spree to give corporations control of public Hawaiian lands.

By Shannon Rudolph on 1 May 2017 in Island Breath -
Image above: Poster for opposition to another scam from developers to get their hands on Hawaiian public land. From author. Click to enlarge.

[IB Publisher's note 5/3/17: This proposal was defeated.] 
[IB Publisher's note 5/1/17: In 2012 when then Governor Neil Abercrombie brought the PLDC proposal to Kauai he was booed so badly he had to leave the stage and exit the venue. The move was a career ender.]

We already told legislators we do not want another Public Land Development Corporation (PLDC) type bill to be passed at the legislature - there are other, better ways to deal with these issues and do not want to have to mount another repeal of a bad bill that gives away Hawaiian/Public property.

The existing laws were put in place for very good reasons & ought to stay the way they are to protect our interests from shady deals with little public input and oversight.

In the last week of the legislature - This IS Grand Theft `Aina - Part 2... and it's going to take ALL of us to stop it in it's tracks on TUESDAY!

Please SHARE with your friends & ohana!

Please copy all Legislator email addresses at the bottom of this post and shoot them a quick email to tell them to knock it off - the public is aware of what they're trying to do - and do not approve!

UNITE HERE Local 5 (Hawaii's Hospitality & Healthcare workers union) noted:
“The legislation puts significant decisions about state land use into the hands of unaccountable, unelected committees to an extent that goes far beyond what existing state and county boards and commissions have. Through the requirements in the bill about who may serve on such committees, they will tend to be biased toward the unchecked, profit-driven short-term interests of developers, real estate salespeople and bankers.

"Hawaii is a small state, and people in these circles work together frequently – because of this, committee members are almost certain to have direct or indirect conflicts of interest. 

This legislation gives these unaccountable, unelected, conflicted committees the power to lease out state land for as long as they choose at whatever rates they choose, which runs directly counter to good procurement practice.

“The legislation proposes just one hearing before an unaccountable, unelected body at which the public can voice its concerns about a redevelopment project. There is no binding language that would give that public input any influence at all over a committee’s plans. 

There is no language mandating where, when, or at what point in the redevelopment process such a hearing would take place. There is no language ensuring the public would even have access to information necessary to give informed testimony about a redevelopment plan.

“We are in the midst of a real estate development bubble. There is no reason this legislation should artificially prop up developers or add to the incentives they already have. 

On the contrary, creating artificial incentives to build in places not supported by market demand is very risky for the state long-term. It is likely to create even more blight than whatever may already exist in a given area. This bill is written in such a way that this risk will be borne entirely by Hawaii’s citizens, not by developers.

Developers will not have an ongoing, longterm responsibility to the success of the projects they may build with the help of this bill. It is additionally perplexing that this bill does not even mention housing, much less contemplate or allow for housing to be a part of any redevelopment plans. Considering that the lack of affordable housing is one of the biggest crises Hawaii residents face, the absence of any discussion about housing in this bill is a glaring problem.”
Common Cause Hawaii opposed the bill:
“As this bill seems reminiscent of the Public Lands Development Corporation (PLDC), we are reminded that one of the many issues raised was the lack of transparency and access. 

Thus, because planning committees are given broad powers including the ability to renew or renegotiate leases, and the ability to make and execute contracts, it should be clearly specified that all planning committees and their meetings are subject to our Sunshine Laws to ensure that the public has every opportunity to participate and voice their opinions on plans and activities.

We believe that the public should be involved from the outset, not after a plan has already been drafted, as these plans and how they’re implemented will affect their neighborhoods and daily lives.”
The League of Women Voters of Hawaii said:
“We support public planning for redevelopment of public lands and transparent, competitive procedures for award of long-term commercial leases on public lands. We oppose HB 1469, HD1, SD1 because this bill contains provisions which would encourage existing commercial lessees of public lands to ‘play politics` to gain special unfair treatment.”
The conference draft morphed the bill into a version that some believe is a sweetheart deal for existing tenants on any state land, including the University of Hawaii and the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) on Mauna Kea.

Under existing law, leases of state lands can’t exceed 65 years. Then they need to go back out for auction. The policy is that any lease longer for 65 years is essentially a sale of land. So to be fair, you put it up for auction to allow new parties to bid. The final version of the bill eliminates the 65-year limit on any new or existing lease on any state lands. Basically, it’s turning tenants into potential owners of state land.

It also eliminates the Land Board’s rights to access certain information from lessees (making it optional) who sell, assign or sublease state land."​


​"No on HB 1469!!!​ HD1 SD2 CD1​"

LIST OF REPRESENTATIVES IN LEGESLATURE (cut and paste into email),,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,


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