Urgent Advisories & Town Meeting Schedule 2019

2019 WCA TOWN MEETING SCHEDULE:
5:15 – 7 p.m. – Waimea School Cafeteria
Always First Thursdays

September 5
October 3
November 7
No December Meeting

There is no charge to attend WCA Town Meetings and everyone is welcome. However, membership is encouraged and supports our not-for-profits’ modest operating expenses. (We are all volunteers so overhead is extremely low.)

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‘Most Contentious Issue’ Facing Nov. 6, 2018 General Election Voters Tops Oct. 4 Waimea Town Meeting Agenda – Please join us!

Mahalo to all who participated in our Oct. 4 WCA Town Meeting!  

Civil Beat, the online Hawai’i news service that prides itself for its investigative reporting, calls a constitutional amendment on the 2018 Hawai’i General Election ballot that proposes establishing a new tax on investment properties to support public education “one of the most contentious issues to go before voters.”

While Hawai’i voters are being asked to vote a simple “yes” or “no” in the Nov. 6, 2018 General Election, many view the issue is more complicated than a simple up or down vote suggests.

Waimea Community Association’s 5:15 p.m., Thurs., Oct. 4, 2018 Town Meeting in Waimea School cafeteria will dig into the the proposed constitutional amendment, which reads simply: “Shall the legislature be authorized to establish, as provided by law, a surcharge on investment real property to be used to support public education?”

Hawai’i State Teachers Association (HSTA) is actively advocating for its passage, even creating and funding a Political Action Committee (PAC) with a half million dollars to communicate their views because they see it as an important first step toward improving public schools in Hawai’i by generating more funding for teacher salaries, special education, arts education and career and technical training.

“This is the best chance we’ve had in decades to actually fix our schools,” says HSTA President Corey Rosenlee, who will explain and speak in favor of the ballot amendment at the WCA Town Meeting.

Opponents, including both some in business and especially the four counties – including the County of Hawai’i – are concerned that it gives the state new taxing power that they insist rightfully belongs to the counties, and because of the vagueness of the proposal – that it does not specify which investment properties would be impacted.  Further, some are concerned that it comes without clarity about what exactly the new funding would be used for within the Hawaii Department of Education, and that it provides no guarantee that the new revenue would actually increase funding for DOE.  Could the legislature use this new revenue to replace what it currently authorizes for public education, leaving the DOE without a meaningful overall funding increase to make desired improvements?

Further adding to the uncertainty is the DOE’s and Board of Education’s decision to take “no position,” said DOE Superintendent Christina Kishimoto.

A factual review of how the proposed amendment might impact taxes for the County of Hawai’i will be shared by Lisa Miura, Administrator of the County of Hawai’i Real Property Tax Division.  Because she is not an elected official but rather, a civil servant, Miura will speak to possible tax consequences but will not be suggesting how to vote on the measure.

WCA’s discussion of the education-related constitutional amendment will include time for Q&A.

Also on the WCA Town Meeting agenda will be:

  • A brief update on County Council business by Waimeaʻs two members, Council Chair Val Poindexter and Dr. Tim Richards.

  • A public safety report by Waimea Community Policing Officer (CPO) Kelena Ho’okano, who will address recent home burglaries in and near Waimea and discuss burglary and theft prevention strategies.

  • An update on three construction projects underway by North Hawai’i Community Hospital. Presenters will be Dr. Gary Goldberg, ER Doctor, and Janet Crosier, Ambulatory Services Director. They will discuss the status of the much needed expanded Emergency Room, a new Primary Care Clinic and  new Orthopedic and Wound Care Clinic in Parker Ranch Center.

WCAʻs spotlighted community not-for-profit for the October Town Meeting will be Na Kalai Wa’a’s Hanauna Ola project to “Sustain the Generations through Voyaging.”  This project is to prepare the next generation of voyagers to sail in May-June 2019 to Papahanaumokuakea, the Northwest Hawaiian Islands, including Nihoa and Mokumanamana.  The project also involves Hawai’i Island schools – including both Mala’ai school garden and the school-community of Kanu o ka ‘Aina — as well as communities around the island in “provisioning” the Makali’i for this voyage.

“If our kupuna were able to feed ourselves…can we as a community in this great modern day and age?  And, if we are able to feed 14 crew members breakfast, lunch and dinner for a month and a half, then we should be able to feed our own families and community,” say Na Kalai Wa’a leaders.

As always, WCA will pass the basket for donations to the spotlighted not-for-profit – Na Kalai Wa’a.  Also as always, there is no charge to attend WCA Town Meetings and everyone is invited.  Membership in WCA is encouraged and runs $15 for individuals and $25 per family per year.

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

 

NEXT WCA TOWN MEETING:  Thurs., Nov. 1 – 5:15-7 p.m. – Waimea School cafeteria – Our First Responders MAHALO POTLUCKPlease plan to join us for what has become an annual WCA tradition to thank the first responders who protect us and save lives year-round!

There also will be an update on Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) activities throughout several recent Hawai’i Island emergencies and how to better mobilize the immediate community for future events.

All urged to attend the meeting and enjoy time with first responders and the potluck.  Please bring a dish to share and please bring a card describing ingredients, if possible. Paper products/forks, steaming hot Starbucks coffee and iced water will be provided.

 

No December Waimea Town Meeting

Waimea Christmas Twilight Parade – 5:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec 1, 2018

Theme:  “Honoring Our Teachers – Our Guiding Stars at Christmas and Always!” – see website page on parade for rules, application, liability waiver and narration form.  

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