Urgent Advisories & Town Meeting Schedule 2017

2017 WCA TOWN MEETING SCHEDULE: 5:15-7 p.m., Thursdays - usually in Waimea School Cafeteria (unless notified):

Nov. 2 - Potluck mahalo gathering for our First Responders
December (often cancelled due to Christmas parade sponsorship so TBD)

Jan. 4, 2018

Feb. 1, 2018

March 1, 2018

Hawai’i State Attorney General Doug Chin To Speak at Waimea Town Meeting Thurs., April 6

 

Our April 6, 2017 WCA Town Meeting was exceptional — the full presentation by State AG Doug Chin may be viewed on Big Island Video News (mahalo BIVN):  

http://www.bigislandvideonews.com/2017/04/07/video-taking-on-trump-ag-chin-gets-standing-ovation-in-waimea/

On the heels of securing the first-in-the-country temporary restraining order (TRO) from a federal judge to block the second immigration travel ban executive order by the President of the United States from taking effect nationwide, and more recently, having the TRO converted by the same judge into a preliminary injunction, Hawai’i State Attorney General Doug Chin will speak at Waimea Community Association’s Town Meeting, 5:15-7 p.m., Thurs., April 6, 2017 in Waimea School Cafeteria.

As always, the entire community is invited to attend.

As the state’s chief legal counsel, Chin will discuss what his office is doing in reaction to and anticipation of possible changes in federal programs, funding or other services and support related to Hawai’i residents.

Chin, the son of Chinese immigrants, graduated from Stanford University and received his law degree from UH-Manoa.  He joined the Honolulu prosecutor’s office in 1996, where he tried approximately 50 jury cases to verdict.  Chin’s most notable cases resulting in convictions as charged included a brutal rape-murder committed by the victim’s neighbor and a serial rapist of Honolulu prostitutes.  He was recognized with a “Top Gun” award for winning the most trials in a calendar year out of 100 Honolulu prosecutors.  In 2006, Chin was appointed first deputy prosecutor and later acting city prosecutor.

From 2010 to 2013, he served as managing director for the City and County of Honolulu, where he was directly responsible for 23 municipal government and public safety agencies and approximately 10,000 employees with an annual operating budget of $2 billion.  In 2011, Chin oversaw city operations when Honolulu became the first U.S. city to host the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit since 1992, an event attended by the leaders from 22 economies, including the United States, China, Russia and Japan. Chin also negotiated tough matters ranging from public employee contracts to energy sustainability initiatives.

Hawaiʻi Governor David Y. Ige appointed Chin as the state’s Attorney General in January 2015.

Outside of work, Chin has served on the board of the local YMCA and American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO).  He was awarded Honolulu AYSO’s “Volunteer of the Year” Award for two consecutive years.

Also on the WCA agenda will be brief updates on Hawai’i County Council business by Council Chair Val Poindexter (District 1) and Waimea Council Member Dr. Tim Richards, introduction of the newly appointed South Kohala Police Capt. Randall Ishii, and a public safety report by Waimea Community Policing Officer May Lee. The spotlighted community not-for-profit for April will be Family Support Services of West Hawai’i.

All WCA Town Meetings are open to all, and there is no charge, though WCA membership is encouraged.  Complimentary hot Starbucks coffee and Tropical Dreams ice cream and cookies will be offered to attendees.

For more information, call Patti Cook (937-2833) or go to www.Facebook.com/WaimeaCommunityAssociation.

 

To read more about Hawai’i State AG Chin and recent court actions:

February 2017:  Hawai’i sues Trump to block new immigration policy

 http://www.civilbeat.org/2017/02/hawaii-sues-trump-to-block-new-immigration-policy/?mc_cid=0cdcb7be21&mc_eid=365fe84d80

March 9, 2017: Hawai’i becomes first state to sue to block Trumps revised travel ban

http://www.staradvertiser.com/2017/03/09/hawaii-news/hawaii-becomes-first-state-to-sue-to-block-trumps-revised-travel-ban/

Quoted from news story:  But state Attorney General Doug Chin said he doesn’t see much in the way of change.

“This second executive order is infected with the same legal problems as the first order — undermining bedrock constitutional and statutory guarantees,” the complaint says.

Specifically, the modified order violates the First and Fifth Amendments to the Constitution, as well as the Immigration and Nationality Act and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, among other regulations, the suit says.

March 10, 2017:  State’s legal tab to fight travel ban

http://www.staradvertiser.com/2017/03/10/hawaii-news/states-legal-tab-to-fight-travel-ban-may-be-150k/

Hawaii State Attorney General Doug Chin:  “I believe in this case. I think the courts need to hear from Hawaii…They need to hear that there’s a state where ethnic diversity is the norm, where people are welcomed with aloha and respect. I believe that argument needs to be front and center.”

This news story explains how the case will be handled including the hearing Wed., March 15, 2017.]

March 15, 2017: Hawaii Judge Halts Trump’s Travel Ban Nationwide

http://www.civilbeat.org/2017/03/hawaii-judge-to-rule-on-challenge-to-travel-ban-before-it-takes-effect/

March 21, 2017:  Hawai’i Asks Judge To Double-Down Against Trump’s Travel Ban 

http://www.civilbeat.org/2017/03/hawaii-asks-judge-to-double-down-against-trumps-travel-ban/

March 29, 2017:  Hawaii Judge Refuses To Back Down, Extends Ruling Against Travel Ban

http://www.civilbeat.org/2017/03/hawaii-judge-refuses-to-back-down-extends-ruling-against-travel-ban/?mc_cid=07a477da64&mc_eid=365fe84d80

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