12/17/16 Expect we all realized from the agenda this would be a lengthy swan song, as the ceremonials for the two (of three) departing members would take close to two hours to begin the meeting shortly after 9:00 AM. After the recess the public testimony portion began with announcement of 45 guys already signed up, foretelling this alone would bring us back after the lunch break and so after less than half shared their manao, 45 minute break.
We lost count but after another hour or so, KCA spoke in support of 16-204 to rid our county (after 18 months) of the marine deadly polystyrene meal containers. Our theme was Voltaire’s “perfect is the enemy of good;” if we wait for a perfect bill it might be four more years.
In the overall summation of the public testimony, we found the vast majority spoke in favor. The minority who were opposed included at least three from Oahu manufacturer KYD & Chamber of Commerce’s pinch hitter Malia, offering much testimony claiming a negative effect on small food business The irony was many small “Mom & Pop’s” spoke for themselves in very strong support.
A few more testifiers, another break, then Council discussion on a great number of items and then 16-204, which after much discussion on an amendment to the bill- finally approved, then the revised bill – VICTORY for the first reading. The second and final reading is expected in January.
Discussion on other matters went on well past 5:00 PM.
See: http://gokihei.org/environment/council-all-talk-no-action-on-monday for some history on this matter.
See Maui News 12/18 for a professional report.