Ewa Community Tackles Bug Problem Together

ImageBy Rep. Bob McDermott  May 01, 2013 – http://www.midweek.com/ewa-community-tackles-bug-problem-together/

It’s rare wMcDermott Head shot blue shirthen grassroots politics involves real grass, but that’s what happened this year in the Ewa By Gentry community.

Residents of the area who are close to agricultural land had been experiencing an infestation of Pacific beetle cockroaches that were attacking grass, shrubs and trees, and even invading homes. The bugs were then dying and rotting, accumulating in air-conditioning systems.

The situation persisted for years and had become a growing problem, with the insects showing up by the thousands.

The problem was brought to my attention by former area Rep. Kymberly Marcos Pine, who is now a city councilwoman. I continued to meet regularly with community members to track the source of the infestation, which proved to be a large, overgrown drainage area. It is owned by Gentry Properties LLC, which proved to be accessible and responsive by sending a community representative, Art Pelkaus. Pelkaus worked with me and the homeowners to tackle the problem.

At Gentry Community Center, we called for a community hearing and heard from several dozen concerned homeowners, led by envoys Dana Fatu and Shawn Troup. At its own expense, Gentry Properties offered to hire an exterminator to treat the perimeter and individual yards. The 7-acre drainage tank, which had accumulated years of overgrowth and trees, was cleared, along with a long-neglected area that had served as a perfect habitat for the Pacific beetle cockroach. The total cost incurred by Gentry Properties was more than $300,000.

Rep. Bob McDermott helps Ewa By Gentry clear out its drainage site. Photo from Rep. McDermott.

It was a privilege to get involved with this project that freed the community of an infestation of the Pacific beetle cockroach. I met so many great, concerned citizens who were effective at communicating their issues and working on behalf of their neighbors. I would especially like to thank Dana Fatu and Shawn Troup for their tireless efforts.

Gentry Properties is a good neighbor. It responded responsibly with concern for the community and made a significant investment when needed.

This is an example of how communication and cooperation can solve a problem at the grassroots level. It also shows what people of goodwill can accomplish when brought together to solve problems.

Rep. Bob McDermott serves District 40. Call 586-9730 or email repmcdermott@capitol.hawaii.gov.

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Rep. Ward addresses HB 726 Part II – Film Tax Credit; Reporting; Amendments

RELATING TO FILM AND DIGITAL MEDIA INDUSTRY DEVELOPMENT.
Report Title: Film Tax Credit; Reporting; Amendments
Description: Amends the motion picture, digital media, and film production income tax credit by, among other things: 1) Extending the repeal of the credit from January 1, 2016, to January 1, 2019; 2) Increasing the credit ceiling to $15,000,000 per qualified production; 3) Changing the credit amount from fifteen per cent of qualified production costs to twenty per cent in a county with a population of over seven hundred thousand, and from twenty per cent of qualified production costs to twenty five per cent in a county with a population of seven hundred thousand or less; 4) Adding a reporting requirement. Effective July 1, 2013. (HB726 CD1)

4/30/2013 S Passed Final Reading, as amended (CD 1). 24 Aye(s); Aye(s) with reservations: none . 0 No(es): none. 1 Excused: Senator(s) Kidani.
4/30/2013 H Passed Final Reading as amended in CD 1 with Representative(s) Fale, Yamane voting aye with reservations; Representative(s) Choy, Coffman, Har, Jordan, Oshiro, Wooley voting no (6) and none excused (0).

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Rep. Fale addresses HB 726 Film Tax Credit; Reporting; Amendments

RELATING TO FILM AND DIGITAL MEDIA INDUSTRY DEVELOPMENT.
Report Title: Film Tax Credit; Reporting; Amendments
Description: Amends the motion picture, digital media, and film production income tax credit by, among other things: 1) Extending the repeal of the credit from January 1, 2016, to January 1, 2019; 2) Increasing the credit ceiling to $15,000,000 per qualified production; 3) Changing the credit amount from fifteen per cent of qualified production costs to twenty per cent in a county with a population of over seven hundred thousand, and from twenty per cent of qualified production costs to twenty five per cent in a county with a population of seven hundred thousand or less; 4) Adding a reporting requirement. Effective July 1, 2013. (HB726 CD1)

4/30/2013 S Passed Final Reading, as amended (CD 1). 24 Aye(s); Aye(s) with reservations: none . 0 No(es): none. 1 Excused: Senator(s) Kidani.
4/30/2013 H Passed Final Reading as amended in CD 1 with Representative(s) Fale, Yamane voting aye with reservations; Representative(s) Choy, Coffman, Har, Jordan, Oshiro, Wooley voting no (6) and none excused (0).

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Rep. Ward addresses SB726 Film Tax Credit; Reporting; Amendments

RELATING TO FILM AND DIGITAL MEDIA INDUSTRY DEVELOPMENT.
Report Title: Film Tax Credit; Reporting; Amendments
Description: Amends the motion picture, digital media, and film production income tax credit by, among other things: 1) Extending the repeal of the credit from January 1, 2016, to January 1, 2019; 2) Increasing the credit ceiling to $15,000,000 per qualified production; 3) Changing the credit amount from fifteen per cent of qualified production costs to twenty per cent in a county with a population of over seven hundred thousand, and from twenty per cent of qualified production costs to twenty five per cent in a county with a population of seven hundred thousand or less; 4) Adding a reporting requirement. Effective July 1, 2013. (HB726 CD1)

4/30/2013 S Passed Final Reading, as amended (CD 1). 24 Aye(s); Aye(s) with reservations: none . 0 No(es): none. 1 Excused: Senator(s) Kidani.
4/30/2013 H Passed Final Reading as amended in CD 1 with Representative(s) Fale, Yamane voting aye with reservations; Representative(s) Choy, Coffman, Har, Jordan, Oshiro, Wooley voting no (6) and none excused (0).

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Rep. Cheape addresses SB 726 – Film Tax Credit; Reporting; Amendments

RELATING TO FILM AND DIGITAL MEDIA INDUSTRY DEVELOPMENT.
Report Title: Film Tax Credit; Reporting; Amendments
Description: Amends the motion picture, digital media, and film production income tax credit by, among other things: 1) Extending the repeal of the credit from January 1, 2016, to January 1, 2019; 2) Increasing the credit ceiling to $15,000,000 per qualified production; 3) Changing the credit amount from fifteen per cent of qualified production costs to twenty per cent in a county with a population of over seven hundred thousand, and from twenty per cent of qualified production costs to twenty five per cent in a county with a population of seven hundred thousand or less; 4) Adding a reporting requirement. Effective July 1, 2013. (HB726 CD1)

4/30/2013 S Passed Final Reading, as amended (CD 1). 24 Aye(s); Aye(s) with reservations: none . 0 No(es): none. 1 Excused: Senator(s) Kidani.
4/30/2013 H Passed Final Reading as amended in CD 1 with Representative(s) Fale, Yamane voting aye with reservations; Representative(s) Choy, Coffman, Har, Jordan, Oshiro, Wooley voting no (6) and none excused (0).

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Reps. McDermott, Fale and Ward address SB1214 – Parking Violations; Wheel Boots

RELATING TO TRANSPORTATION.
Report Title: Parking Violations; Wheel Boots
Description: Repeals the commission on transportation. Prohibits any person or entity or the police from applying a wheel boot to a motor vehicle located on any public or private street, roadway, or highway, or on any public or private property. (CD1)
4/30/2013 S Passed Final Reading, as amended (CD 1). 13 Aye(s); Aye(s) with reservations: none . 12 No(es): Senator(s) Dela Cruz, Espero, Gabbard, Green, Ihara, Kahele, Nishihara, Ruderman, Shimabukuro, Solomon, L. Thielen, Slom. 0 Excused: none.
4/30/2013 H Passed Final Reading as amended in CD 1 with Representative(s) McKelvey voting aye with reservations; Representative(s) Belatti, Cheape, Choy, Evans, Fale, Hanohano, Johanson, Jordan, McDermott, Thielen, Ward, Wooley voting no (12) and none excused (0).

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Rep. Thielen addresses SB1207 – Submerged Lands; Department of Transportation Exemption

RELATING TO TRANSPORTATION.
Report Title: Submerged Lands; Department of Transportation Exemption
Description: Amends chapter 266, Hawaii Revised Statutes, to exempt the Department of Transportation, Harbors Division, from the permit and site plan approval requirements established for lands within the conservation district. (CD1)

4/30/2013 S Passed Final Reading, as amended (CD 1). 21 Aye(s); Aye(s) with reservations: none . 4 No(es): Senator(s) Green, Ihara, Ruderman, L. Thielen. 0 Excused: none.
4/30/2013 H Passed Final Reading as amended in CD 1 with none voting aye with reservations; Representative(s) Carroll, Cheape, Fukumoto, Ing, Johanson, C. Lee, Lowen, Morikawa, Oshiro, Rhoads, Thielen, Ward, Wooley voting no (13) and none excused (0).
5/1/2013 H Received notice of Final Reading (Sen. Com. No. 755).
5/2/2013 S Received notice of passage on Final Reading in House (Hse. Com. No. 761).

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