Civil Beat, (Hawaii’s largest news outlet dedicated to Hawaii public affairs), has posted another good article showing how PACREP and other big businesses are still “paying to play” in Honolulu, so they can obviously continue to influence decision makers. And Jason Grosfeld and PACREP are one of the largest contributors again. Obviously they plan to build more towers in Waikiki. And as we’ve seen, the political leaders ignored the community in favor of big businesses who generously fill their campaign coffers.
So, it’s important that everyone vote this election. We’re glad Stanley Chang (who represented our District #4) is out of office. As we all saw over the last 2 years, he never once stood up for the Waikiki community in any of the disputes over development guidelines between the public and the DPP and City Council. Both David Tanoue and George Atta, former and current Directors of the DPP, appointed by the Mayor, were completely ignoring of the public and the Waikiki Neighborhood Board. And as we know, Mayor Kirk Caldwell also received huge contributions from PACREP, LLC the developer. As did Ernest Martin (City Council Chair) and others.
The Civil Beat story by Sophie Cocke is good, and she did her homework well. You can read the story Here.
If you are interested, our recommendations for this election are for the candidates we think have the community’s interest sincerely in mind. We want those who are not tied to previous incumbents who ignored the community over the last 2 years, and who received large contributions from big business. We need new leaders and we need campaign finance reform in a big way! Our votes matter.
Our voting recommendations:
His opponent, Trevor Ozawa, is a real estate attorney who worked for Stanley Chang prior to announcing his candidacy. We feel Mr. Ozawa will be a repeat of Stanley Chang.
Vote for: Tom Brower (D) House District 22 – Tom is one of the hardest working politicians for the community in our view. He always shows up at the neighborhood board meetings, and we feel his interests are seriously for the community, not big business.
Vote for: Chris Lethem (R) – State Senate. We feel Chris will work for the interests of the community and not big business. His opponent and incumbent, Brickwood Galuteria, made it very clear that he will continue to side with developers when it comes to disputes between developers and the community. We asked him this question specifically at the Waikiki Neighborhood Board meeting last year.