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BID > HPD “GIFT” of $100K Jan Yamane and Paul Kosasa do the dirty work
for Waikiki business association
Council and Mayor plan to oblige ~ once again


August 31, 2015



OPEN LETTER

COUNCIL TO APPROVE $100,000 GRAFT on WEDNESDAY
August 31, 2015



DEAR BUSKERS, SIDEWALK ARTISTS and FREE SPEECH DEFENDERS,

That one Waikiki corporate business association responsible for the cruel police undercover and arrest operations aimed at sidewalk performers and artists is at it again. Resolution 15-207 -Wednesday Sept 02, 2105- to accept a gift to City Police of $100,000 from Waikiki businesses to address sidewalk activities.

In the past Waikiki Business Improvement District Association (BID) has regularly given Waikiki police annual gifts of $75,000 twice yearly. This current "gift" includes $15,000 for security cameras along Kalakaua Avenue. But, as Dave Moskowitz, Waikiki resident, questions "Do they lead to results? What good do they do?" and says, "where the prostitutes hang out the lighting is too low for images of use, will they be installed there anyway?"

Clearly private donations to commission police services and alter normal police procedures is unconstitutional under any democratic law.

Their is no dispute that public rights and enjoyment of Waikiki by everyone should not be infringed upon and issues of drug dealership and anti-social behaviors related to mental illness, homelessness or drug and alcohol matters need to be taken care of in a health care or otherwise correctional way.

And if the USA had a culture of respect for International Law regarding the occupation of the Hawaiian Kingdom or tried to mitigate poverty instead of making it, and if housing were provided as the UN Universal Declaration on Human Rights mandates then the overall look of Waikiki would be clean and emulate overseas tourist destinations. Such is Oppression and Occupation 101.

As you know the only reason one can use the sidewalk for activities other than getting from A to B (conveyance) is the Public Forum quality protected under Free Speech. This may be an intellectual property but its not lost on artists, unions, independent media workers, activists and the religious despite the corporate agenda to confuse, commodify and materialize life.

Note; that the Public Forum is no less a conveyance as getting from A to B is. Free speech is communication; the free and public interchange/exchange. And that property is not beyond the public to understand and hold dearly.

I believe the recent quite months where Waikiki police have quit harassments and sting operations targeting artists is due to the fact that private corporate funding for those sweeps had temporarily ceased. I need to check when the last funding was made to be sure about this conclusion. We don’t know how the new money will be spent or how effective it is at addressing sidewalk issues. But sidewalk buskers maybe a target.

Jan Yamane and Paul Kosasa of Waikiki Business Improvement District Association (BID) are buying police services by using a “GIFT” of $100k to HPD. The donation is usually one of two (similar amounts) made annually stipulated to be used to address “illegal” sidewalk issues in the Waikiki Peninsular - Kalakaua Av and side streets.

Regardless of the reason for the quite, it appears that generally no problems, upsets, obstructions have occurred regarding sidewalk artists and free speech users. In fact the absence of the disgraceful scene in front of international visitors is a positive: police handcuffing, arresting, seizing cherished equipment and belongings of humble folk sharing their talent is gut wrenching.

But the scenes not seen are worse. The prison brutality and court humiliation for everyone there, the sentencing and fines or jail time is nothing short of Dickens. But, this is the USA systemic culture of abuse that occupied Hawai`i is found in. This is where the original motivation of the coupé consisting of corporate businessmen to take Hawai’i from the Monarchy, Queen Lili’uokalani, in 1893, lingers on in the never-ending battle to maintain the crime and curruption.

In honesty, we must not fear addressing the core elephant in the room. We see gloss in Waikiki, but it’s the century-long rickety foundations of the USA military occupation and unrecognized war going on here that will show itself at the same time as the fake state falls. Absentee businessmen backed by their military tools, the Chief of Command, believe they own things they do not.

They seem mighty bully and blood thirsty with thousands of nuclear warheads on trigger alert, but bad businessmen tremble- they tremble from day one since they have no footing.

The city will hear final public presentations on Wednesday at the City Council meeting at Honolulu Hale, King Street.

Please come and speak to OPPOSE the “GIFT” as it subverts the normal procedure for police work and it unduly affects sidewalk artists having shocking and devastating consequences.



Of course the biggest most important issue, well beyond our own life and lot, the one most overlooked, is that private corporate intrusion of this kind by chamber of commerse associations representing transnational interest undermines the people’s public sidewalk itself and the Public Forum aspect of it - our neighbourhoods.

Far from independent artists being a nuisance or wanting to take the sidewalk, we are not. We are a positive contribution of quality where only the best get to stay in a world-class competitive space. We provide smiles, aloha, information, engagements and entertainment.

The real fact is that when business people pay for something (or otherwise not) they think they own it. As they pay for services in the public arena you can be sure the public has somehow unwittingly surrender it even if it happens over a generation or two.

Mahalo
Michael Daly
Artist



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RESOLUTION 15-207 DECLARATION OF GIFT

Introduced to Committee: 07/21/2015 to Public Health, Safety and Welfare In a REPORT of August 18, 2015 - the committee published this:

“The representative of the Honolulu Police Department testified in support of the Resolution. Your Committee received no testimony on the Resolution”.

DONOR
Ms. Jan Yamane, Executive Director
Mr. Paul Kosasa, Chair of the Board
Waikiki Business Improvement District Association (BID)

ADDRESS
Wyndham Waikiki Beach Walk
Plantation Tower, 2nd Floor
227 Lewers Street, Box 202
Honolulu, Hawaii 96815

STATEMENT OF OWNERSHIP AND/OR TERMS OF CONVEYANCE
We do hereby absolutely and without condition or reservation give, grant, and convey this donation to the City and County of Honolulu for use by the Honolulu Police Department’s District 6 Waikiki.

DESCRIPTION OF GIFT
Enhanced police patrols to address illegal activities on the public sidewalks in Waikiki along Kalakaua and Kuhio Avenues and connecting side streets, and the beach from Kapahulu Pier to the Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort.

VALUE: $85,000


Upgrade the existing security camera system along Kalakaua Avenue
VALUE: $15,000

TOTAL $100,000






COUNCIL MEETING AGENDA THIS WEDNESDAY
ORDER OF BUSINESS [Link]

REGULAR MEETING
CITY COUNCIL CHAMBER 12TH SESSION
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 2015 10:00am

Testimony: FINAL RESOLUTION “FOR ADOPTION” Public allowed 1 minute at mic

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PUBLIC HEALTH, SAFETY AND WELFARE COMMITTEE
CR-310  Resolution 15-207 FOR ADOPTION

LETTER [Link]

From: POLICE DEPARTMENT
To: CITY AND COUNTY OF HONOLULU

Date: July 16, 2015


Dear Chair Martin and Councilmembers:

SUBJECT: Report of Gift Valued in Excess of $2,500. and Requested Acceptance

We respectfully request the acceptance by the City Council on behalf of the City and County of Honolulu of a gift to the City valued in excess of $2,500 under the provisions of Resolution No. 05-349, CD1, FD1. A proposed resolution accepting the gift is attached for the City Council’s favorable consideration. The Honolulu Police Department has not taken custody of the gift. The recommendation of the Managing Director is evidenced by his signature below.

The gift of $100,000 from the Waikiki Business Improvement District to the Honolulu Police Department’s District 6 Waikiki is to provide $85,000 to address various illegal activities on the public sidewalks in Waikiki along Kalakaua and Kuhio Avenues and connecting side streets, and the beach from the Kapahulu Pier to the Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort. The remaining $15,000 is being donated to upgrade the existing security camera system along Kalakaua Avenue.

Should you have any questions, please have a member of your staff call me at 723-3848.

Louis M. Kealoha
Honolulu Chief of Police





RESOLUTION 15-207

RELATING TO THE ACCEPTANCE OF A GIFT FROM THE WAIKIKI BUSINESS IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT ASSOCIATION WBIDA TO ADDRESS VARIOUS ILLEGAL ACTIVITIES ON THE PUBLIC SIDEWALKS IN SPECIFIC AREAS IN WAIKIKI AND TO UPGRADE THE EXISTING SECURITY CAMERA SYSTEM ALONG KALAKAUA AVENUE.

WHEREAS, Section 13-113 of the Revised Charter of the City and County of Honolulu provides for the acceptance of gifts to the City by the Council of the City and County of Honolulu; and

WHEREAS, Resolution No. 05-349, CD1, FD1, establishes a policy of the Council for the solicitation and acceptance of gifts donated to the City executive agencies; and

WHEREAS, the policy provides for acceptance of the gift by affirmative action by the Council; and

WHEREAS, through a letter, the Chief of Police of the Honolulu Police Department hereinafter HPD has submitted a request to the Council that was approved by the Managing Director for the acceptance of $100,000 whereby the monies will be used by its District 6 Waikiki to address various illegal activities on the public sidewalks in Waikiki along Kalakaua and Kuhio Avenues and connecting side streets, and the beach from Kapahulu Pier to the Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort, and to upgrade the existing security camera system along Kalakaua Avenue; and

WHEREAS, the description and value of the gift are set forth in the Declaration of Gift Exhibit A and attached hereto; now, therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED by the Council of the City and County of Honolulu that this body accepts the gift valued at $100,000 from the WBIDA that is more fully described in the above-mentioned letter from the Chief of Police of the HPD; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the HPD is requested to submit to the Council a monthly report detailing the use of the gift funds, including the specific activities undertaken and the outcome achieved; and

BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED that the Clerk is hereby directed to transmit certified copies of this Resolution to the Chief of Police, Finance Division, Central Patrol Bureau, District 6 Waikiki, and Legislative Liaison Office of the HPD, 801 South Beretania Street, Honolulu, Hawaii 96813.







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