Bill 2491 Second Reading RoundUp

SUBHEAD: A quick review of today's Kauai County Council meeting on Bill 2491.

By Andy Parx on 8 October 2013 in Island Breath -

Image above: Forty Kauai residents line up to testify before midnight on 10/7/13 GMO-Pesticide Bill 2491 From Shannon Rudolph.

Kauai County Council continuation of Bill 2491 to regulate Kauai pesticide and GMO experiments.

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013 beginning at 9:00am (get there early for seating)

Kauai Council Chamber
Historic Kauai County Building
4396 Rice Street, Lihue, Kauai 

Today's meeting was "recessed" until next Tuesday Oct 15 at 9 a.m. The only agenda item taken up today was the communication from the mayor and testimony was taken only on that agenda item.

Chair Jay Fufaro said they will take up the executive session first next Tuesday but he's said stuff like that before and changed his mind. This is not a new meeting but a continuation of today's meeting. But since the other eight Bill 2491 related agenda items were not taken up, legally they have to have public testimony, especially about the bill itself.

Mayor Bernard Carvalho came and showed his true stripes today and is an enemy of our efforts, choosing to align himself with the governor and the chemical companies and demand delay and deferral, ostensibly claiming incompetence on his administration's and the county's part would prevent the county from enforcing the bill and asking to have back-room negotiations (which would violate the Sunshine Law if it involved more than one councilmember and even then might violate the serial communication rule).

He wanted a two month deferral which would put it into the legislative session and next year's election cycle. He and his assistant Gary Heu presented a bunch of gibberish with a bunch of nothing but "it's tooo haaard"- like a fifth grader trying to do math homework.

He had one of his famous "Powerpoint(less) presentation to disctract from the fact that there was nothing in it but platitudes and non sequitors. He presented nothing but obkected to everything in the bill. Could the $4000 he has taken from the chemical companies just this year have anything to do with it?

Don't miss Dr. Lorin Pang's testimony.

And one more thing - Bernard, under questioning revealed that he had not read any of the important documents from Dr Valenzuela's paper to the pediatricians report and everything in between.

The mayor said he hadn't even read the bill until last week. I'm not sure he even knows about the lawsuit. He said instead he talked to the state people and the chemical companies and that was enough for him.

He finally got flustered and started yelling and getting huffy as is his habit.


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