Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie, Hawaii State Senate, Representatives,: REPEAL ACT 55  Hawaii ~ Public Land Development Corporation (PLDC)
  • Petitioned Joy Kimura
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Joy Kimura
Public Land Development Corporation
Randal Ikeda
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Mel Repozo, Hawaii Counties Association President
Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie, Hawaii State Senate, Representatives,

Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie, Hawaii State Senate, Representatives,: REPEAL ACT 55 Hawaii ~ Public Land Development Corporation (PLDC)

    1. Non-partisan  Ohana Hawaii
    2. Petition by

      Non-partisan Ohana Hawaii

      Honolulu, HI

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April 2013

Victory

From Petition Creator: Aloha! Eight months ago, Hawaii Residents were made aware of the nefarious ACT 55 - PLDC - Public Land Development Corporation that was enacted in 2011. PLDC provided broad exemptions from environmental reviews and county laws to elite developers and international investors to develop Hawaii's public lands - parks, harbors, schools, beach parks - under the guise of "public private" partnerships. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hg46JTFuSso Upon more analysis, PLDC quickly became one of the most despised legislative actions in Hawaii's recent history. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7nNSO8UoeAo The Governor Neil Abercrombie threatened to VETO any Repeal. The architects of this nefarious Bill 1555 - Donovan Dela Cruz and Malama Solomon -vigorously resisted and thwarted push back efforts from the public. This Change.org petition helped provide a forum to unite residents throughout the Hawaiian Islands chain. Long story short, on April 22, 2013 the Governor of Hawaii signed the PLDC Repeal with a reluctant press release: Gov. Abercrombie stated: “As with any new law, public understanding and support are essential. In the case of the PLDC, best intentions and the potential for public good could not be reconciled with public concerns.” Unfortunately, while the legislators capitulated to public pressures to REPEAL PLDC, they kept PLDC alive through other bills. Thus, another Change.org was created to push back for open government. Mahalo! Non Partisan Ohana Hawaii NonPartisanOhana@gmail.com

REPEAL ACT 55 ~ Public Land Development Corporation

Brief History

Senate Bill 1555 (authored and pushed by Sen. Donovan Dela Cruz and Malama Solomon) was enacted as Act 55 ~ Public Land Development Corporation (PLDC) by Governor Neil Abercrombie in 2011.

Act 55 establishes the PLDC as a State development corporation attached to the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) to develop public lands placed under the PLDC jurisdiction, including but not limited to existing open shoreline areas, conservation lands, agricultural lands, and small boat harbors, for commercial purposes to generate revenue for the State.

Act 55 allows PLDC to exempt development projects from regular oversight. PLDC now has over-arching powers to make optimal economic, environmental, and social use of Hawaii’s public lands. PLDC commission is now stacked with pro-development cronies.

Quick Summary

The PLDC is authorized to:

Develop and implement public lands projects and facilities to create revenue-generating centers or where, through detailed analysis, opportunities exist to exploit potential local, national, and international markets.

Exemption from Lawful Development Requirements
PLDC projects shall be exempt from all statutes, ordinances, charter provisions, and rules of any government agency relating to land use, zoning, and construction standards for subdivisions, development, and improvement of land; the construction, improvement, and sale of homes thereon; and special improvement district assessments or requirements PLDC Powers.

Acquire or contract to acquire:
All privately owned real property or any interest therein and improvements thereon determined by the PLDC to be necessary or appropriate for its purposes, including real property … in excess of that needed for such use … where other justifiable cause necessitates acquisition for the contemplated improvements

Recommend to the DLNR board the “purchase of any privately owned properties that may be appropriate for development”

Exemption from Taxation
The PLDC shall not be required to pay state taxes of any kind.

And, finally PLDC will become Hawaii’s ultimate BIG BROTHER. Private property owners will need to pay for infrastructure costs if they live near one of these “improvements” because it is for the “public good”. PLDC foreign corporations will merely plan, build, and profit. In other words, the government can now force you to pay for their cronies’ development schemes to ensure their profits.

ACTION ALERT:
PLDC has begun development schemes without public-friendly Administrative Rules. PLDC’s initial meetings were constantly cancelled due to “lack of sunshine notice” protests from the public.

PLDC recently held public meetings starting in Hilo, Hawaii on August 21, 2012 to supposedly “listen” to the public to improve their draft administrative rules, which currently do not protect our environment, communities, and cultural values. The powerful PLDC can exempt development projects from standard oversight. It is exempted from laws that require review of substantial environment, ecological, and cumulative impacts of development in the affected area.

We demand PLDC to immediately provide accurate and full minutes of these meetings and “listen” to the wish of the people. PLDC has heard the message from the public loud and clear. PLDC and Hawaii's legislators must not ignore the wishes of the people who are owners of these public trusts and assets.

Our beaches, parks, and school grounds are not for sale or lease to greedy developers. Allow the existing entitles like the Department of Land and Natural Resources to continue management. If there are management problems, audit and fix the problem. Another bureaucratic fiefdom to usurp Hawaii's public assets is not the solution!

We, the people, want to Repeal Act 55 to abolish PLDC. Hawaii's public lands are for future generations and not for political cronies!

Please kokua! Share this petition to Governor Neil Abercombie, Hawaii State Senate and House of Representatives.

Please also ask the following question of all candidates: Will you support the Repeal of Act 55?

Mahalo,
Non-Partisan Hawaii Ohana
NonPartisanOhana@gmail.com

More info:
DEADLINE for WRITTEN TESTIMONY on Administrative Rules Draft to PLDC is: SEPTEMBER 14, 2012 Please email your comments to: joy.y.kimura@hawaii.gov, randal.y.ikeda@hawaii.gov.

Scroll to 3:30 and see the Abercrombie explain what PLDC is about! Land and Money! Owning, controlling, manipulating, income stream, and the like.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1gs-pKQHP7I&feature=youtu.be
Senate Bill 1555 – authored and pushed by Sen. Donovan Dela Cruz

http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/Archives/measure_indiv_Archives.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=1555&year=2011

http://www.bigislandvideonews.com/2012/08/22/video-hawaiis-new-public-land-development-corp-rejected/

http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=pldc+hawaii&oq=pldc+hawaii&gs_l=youtube.12...377.3801.0.6445.10.10.0.0.0.0.269.1361.2j6j2.10.0...0.0...1ac.S5Kb3uBeNxA

http://kahea.org/blog/pldc-opens-the-door-to-unchecked-big-development

http://www.civilbeat.com/articles/2011/10/24/13421-ag-dlnr-back-pedal-on-problems-with-land-development-corp/

http://honoluluweekly.com/feature/2011/10/no-mans-land/

http://statehoodhawaii.org/2011/06/28/dlnr_plop/

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10575753 Public/Privatization gone awry

http://www.smh.com.au/news/national/open-secrets/2005/10/30/1130607152241.html

http://luc.state.hi.us/about.htm#HISTORY Hawaii History

http://www.civilbeat.com/posts/2012/03/08/15121-open-government-lock-down/ Donovan Dela Cruz - Public Enemy to Open Government

http://www.civilbeat.com/reg/posts/2012/04/10/15467-should-hawaii-trust-politicians-with-their-sweetheart-exemptions-for-projects/ Calvin Say - Public Enemy to Open Government

 

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Thanks to YOU! PLDC is REPEALED!

      Non-partisan  Ohana Hawaii
      Petition Organizer

      YOU did it! Together, we can take the government back!

      On April 22, 2013 the Governor of Hawaii signed the PLDC Repeal with a reluctant press release:

      Gov. Abercrombie stated:

      “As with any new law, public understanding and support are essential. In the case of the PLDC, best intentions and the potential for public good could not be reconciled with public concerns.”

      P.S. Unfortunately, while the legislators capitulated to public pressures to REPEAL PLDC, they kept PLDC alive through other bills. Thus, another Change.org was created to push back for open government and protection of Hawaii's resources. http://www.change.org/petitions/hawaii-state-senate-and-house-of-representatives-vote-down-bills-that-keep-the-despised-pldc-objectives-alive/

      Mahalo!

      Non Partisan Ohana Hawaii
      NonPartisanOhana@gmail.com

    2. We need your kokua TODAY!

      Non-partisan  Ohana Hawaii
      Petition Organizer

      Aloha Aina Warriors.

      We need your help today! Make your voices loud and clear!
      Can you please submit your comments to the following:

      SUPPORT HB 1133 SUPPORT - REPEAL PLDC.

      http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=HB&billnumber=1133&year=2013 (This appears to be the most reliable bill to repeal.)

      Decision Making Monday at 1:30 pm Monday Feb 11, 2013

      Please also email your comments to ALL
      sens@hawaii.capitol.gov reps@hawaii.capitol.gov

      Tell them to approve HB 1133 as is. Don't place "gut and replace" games with the bills. We want complete REPEAL.

      Mahalo! Together, we can take the government back!

      Non-partisan Ohana
      NonpartisanOhana@gmail.com

    3. Enjoy this video by PF Bentley

      Non-partisan  Ohana Hawaii
      Petition Organizer

      Enjoy this You-tube by PF Bentley http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DjRh-FM1AxU

      WHAT'S THE PLDC?

      Kanoho explains what this PLDC thing is to Uncle Sam: Hey Uncle, I've got more letters for you. P.L.D.C. Holy Talapia! I'm still recovering from I.R.P. , P.E.I.S, OMG and all that. Sorry, but this one is even more important. PLDC is Public Land Development Corporation. It's a dummy corporation.

    4. 2,000 aloha aina warriors have stepped up! Mahalo!

      Non-partisan  Ohana Hawaii
      Petition Organizer

      Here is one of growing candidates against the PLDC https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=CdbZrKZ-4L8 Keiko Bonk running against Calvin Say

      Keiko Bonk vs Calvin Say the PLDC and Corporate Strangling of Hawaii's Government

      http://www.keikobonk.com - Keiko Bonk calls out Cavlin Say of Hawaii District 20 and his blatant support of the PLDC and other corporate controlled decisions that Calvin Say has made.

    5. Reached 2,000 signatures
    6. United, we will win.

      Non-partisan  Ohana Hawaii
      Petition Organizer

      Aloha!

      Mahalo nui for YOUR enthusiasm, initiative, and hard work.

      Many groups are supporting and pushing this work along. Because of YOU, we are reaching the 2,000 signature mark. Please continue to ask your ohana and acquaintances to join. We are all affected by this PLDC shibai.

      However, at the September 20, 2012 PLDC meeting in Oahu, Llyod Haraguchi, executive director, reported that only 10% of your comments focused on the administrative rules. In other words, 90% of your comments were not relevant!

      Kudos to the Hawaii City Council and the Kauai City Council which recently adopted resolutions to recommend to the Hawaii State Legislature to REPEAL Act 55. ( Repeal Act 55 is a state function and not under county's jurisdiction.)

      Other county councils, like Honolulu City CouncilmanTom Berg, have also written resolutions for similar adoption. We'll keep you informed. Mahalo!

    7. More offensive labeling from the few PLDC hui . . .

      Non-partisan  Ohana Hawaii
      Petition Organizer

      Name-calling is the only weapon left for the few PLDC supporters. If they keep labeling the public "misinformed", "hysterical", "usual suspects", maybe it will stick?

      Please note PLDC BOARD MEMBER Duane Kurisu is also part publisher of Star Advertiser

      By Mililani Trask : http://www.staradvertiser.com/s?action=login&f=y&id=169938386 POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Sep 16, 2012

      PLDC should adopt clear rules to counter fears about its mission

      “Love may make the world go round — but fear makes us blind, deaf and sometimes needlessly hysterical. That seems to be the case with the uproar over the Public Land Development Corp. .

      My past, as someone who has fought for Native Hawaiian rights, is well-known. I stand on that history of activism as I once again reaffirm here the public testimony I gave last month in support of the PLDC. Login for more..."

      Isn't it unfortunate Trask is undoing her own "history" by supporting PLDC? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hg46JTFuSso

    8. Reached 1,500 signatures
    9. What Governor Abercrombie thinks about PLDC.

      Non-partisan  Ohana Hawaii
      Petition Organizer

      1439 recipients

      News from Governor Abercrombie talking about PLDC:

      http://blogs.starbulletin.com/inpolitics/usual-suspects/

      `Usual suspects’ September 12th, 2012

      By ddepledge

      "Gov. Neil Abercrombie, speaking on Wednesday to a Hawaii Business luncheon in Waikiki, said the Public Land Development Corp. should move forward. The governor said the corporation has the opportunity to be the catalyst for partnerships with the private sector to develop public land, particularly land held by the state Department of Education.

      He said such partnerships could be used to modernize public schools as well as to establish workforce housing and commercial development.

      Abercrombie also had a few words for the critics who want to repeal the PLDC as a threat to public land and the environment: Pay no attention to the usual suspects that appear at meetings to vilify my directors and to diminish and try to demoralize people at this time as to what might be taking place."

    10. REPEAL ACT 55 Reaches 1,000 signatures and beyond! Mahalo!

      Non-partisan  Ohana Hawaii
      Petition Organizer

      Aloha Friends!

      Because of YOU, the petition has reached 1,000 signatures and beyond!

      See one of many testimonies; Haven't we lost enough already?

      http://www.youtube.com/watchv=7nNSO8UoeAo&feature=plcp

      Please continue to share this petition with your family and friends. https://www.change.org/petitions/hawaii-governor-neil-abercrombie-hawaii-state-senate-representatives-repeal-act-55-hawaii-public-land-development-corporation-pldc

      Together, we can protect Hawaii from big developers and special interests groups who do not understand "aloha 'aina".

      Please continue to ask your legislators and candidates: Will you Repeal Act 55? Tell them if they do not represent the people and Hawaii, we'll vote for someone who does.

      Here is the link to your legislators: http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/members/legislators.aspx?chamber=all

      Mahalo!

      Non-Partisan Hawaii Ohana
      NonPartisanOhana@gmail.com

    11. Reached 1,000 signatures
    12. Decision-maker Randal Ikeda responds:

      Randal Ikeda

      Thank you for your e-mail. I will submit your comments as testimony for the statewide PLDC Public Hearings.

      Randal Ikeda
      Program Officer


    13. Decision-maker Randal Ikeda responds:

      Randal Ikeda

      Thank you for your e-mail. I will submit your comments as testimony for the statewide PLDC Public Hearings.

      Randal Ikeda
      Program Officer


    14. Decision-maker Randal Ikeda responds:

      Randal Ikeda

      Thank you for your e-mail. I will submit your comments as testimony for the statewide PLDC Public Hearings.

      Randal Ikeda
      Program Officer


    15. Decision-maker Randal Ikeda responds:

      Randal Ikeda

      Thank you for your e-mail. I will submit your comments as testimony for the statewide PLDC Public Hearings.

      Randal Ikeda
      Program Officer


    16. Decision-maker Randal Ikeda responds:

      Randal Ikeda

      Thank you for your e-mail. I will submit your comments as testimony for the statewide PLDC Public Hearings.

      Randal Ikeda
      Program Officer


    17. Decision-maker Randal Ikeda responds:

      Randal Ikeda

      Thank you for your e-mail. I will submit your comments as testimony for the statewide PLDC Public Hearings.

      Randal Ikeda
      Program Officer


    18. Decision-maker Randal Ikeda responds:

      Randal Ikeda

      Thank you for your e-mail. I will submit your comments as testimony for the statewide PLDC Public Hearings.

      Randal Ikeda
      Program Officer


    19. Decision-maker Randal Ikeda responds:

      Randal Ikeda

      Thank you for your e-mail. I will submit your comments as testimony for the statewide PLDC Public Hearings.

      Randal Ikeda
      Program Officer


    20. Decision-maker Randal Ikeda responds:

      Randal Ikeda

      Thank you for your e-mail. I will submit your comments as testimony for the statewide PLDC Public Hearings.

      Randal Ikeda
      Program Officer


    21. Decision-maker Randal Ikeda responds:

      Randal Ikeda

      Thank you for your e-mail. I will submit your comments as testimony for the statewide PLDC Public Hearings.

      Randal Ikeda
      Program Officer


    22. Decision-maker Randal Ikeda responds:

      Randal Ikeda

      Thank you for your e-mail. I will submit your comments as testimony for the statewide PLDC Public Hearings.

      Randal Ikeda
      Program Officer


    23. Decision-maker Randal Ikeda responds:

      Randal Ikeda

      Thank you for your e-mail. I will submit your comments as testimony for the statewide PLDC Public Hearings.

      Randal Ikeda
      Program Officer


    24. Decision-maker Randal Ikeda responds:

      Randal Ikeda

      Thank you for your e-mail. I will submit your comments as testimony for the statewide PLDC Public Hearings.

      Randal Ikeda
      Program Officer


    25. Decision-maker Randal Ikeda responds:

      Randal Ikeda

      Thank you for your e-mail. I will submit your comments as testimony for the statewide PLDC Public Hearings.

      Randal Ikeda
      Program Officer


    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Manny Lacayo SOUTH OZONE PARK, NY
      • 8 months ago

      We need to protect Hawaii!

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    • Ashley Meredith TAMPA, FL
      • over 1 year ago

      Hawai'i does not need this. It is fragile and an important place to save from this.

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    • Christopher Baz KULA, HI
      • over 1 year ago

      I think there are many problems with the PLDC and it should be abolished asap

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    • Andrew Johnson SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA
      • over 1 year ago

      The Hawaiian Islands are an important part of the Pacific, more so than the Governor's fear of economic impotency.

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    • Pedro Hilario PERRY, GA
      • over 1 year ago

      I grew up on Maui as a child and plan to return in the near future to a land that was once free to everyone. I hope to return to an island that is still in its fairly natural state.

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