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Legal and Activism / DNC renewed calls for gun control
« on: June 13, 2020, 10:03:06 AM »

The talking heads are back at it again. Keeping this in mind,  whats possibility of local legislators sneaking gun control into their emergency economic relief measures when they come back to work on the 22nd?
Off Topic / Kickstart my heart ?
« on: April 17, 2020, 11:55:59 PM »
 :rofl: :o


Corona Towers: Council Hides Behind Quarantine, Gives $5B Deal to Convicted Felon
By Andrew Walden @ 9:50 PM :: 1602 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Development, COVID-19   
by Andrew Walden

Governor Ige’s March 16, 2020, Health Emergency Declaration waves many of the state laws ensuring public participation, transparency, and accountability.

The implicit understanding is that elected officials will utilize these extraordinary powers only to combat the Corona Virus pandemic in Hawaii.

It only took two days to find out.

Honolulu Councilmembers, March 18, 2020, quietly voted 7-0 to give a convicted felon campaign contributor a package of development concessions worth up to $5 billion dollars.

And they lied about it.

Under the headline, “Upcoming Honolulu City Council agenda narrowed down to only essential items, Chairman Ikaika Anderson says” the Star-Advertiser, March 17, 2020 reported:

“Tomorrow’s City Council meeting agenda has been reduced to include only budgetary items and items that relate to the continuity of government,” Anderson told reporters at press conference in his office this morning. “At the conclusion of those items, we will then adjourn the meeting.”

That means all items pertaining to the city’s response to the coronavirus outbreak as well as a first reading of all fiscal 2021 budget bills will be heard, but not other issues.

But instead of limiting items as Anderson promised, the Council skipped down to page eight of the agenda to approve Resolution 19-224, CD1, titled: “Approving a conceptual plan for an Interim Planned Development-Transit project for the Keeaumoku Development Condominium and Commercial Project.”

Thursday, March 19, 2020 the Star-Advertiser reported “Twin-tower Keeaumoku project wins Council OK”:

… Council Chairman Ikaika Anderson told reporters Tuesday that only matters pertaining to the coronavirus outbreak and the budget would be taken up and that other matters on the 32-page agenda posted last Thursday would not be taken up on Wednesday.

Anderson said after Wednesday’s meeting that he consented to requests made by area Councilwoman Ann Kobayashi and Council Zoning Chairman Ron Menor to allow the Keeaumoku project to receive its final vote.

Development planner Keith Kurahashi said he asked Kobayashi to make the request of Anderson because the issue has been stuck in the Council since September and has been delayed repeatedly for various reasons….

Resolution 19-224, CD1 approves the transit-oriented development “conceptual plan” for Keeaumoku Development, LLC, to build two 400 foot towers with 964 residential condos plus 88,000 sq feet of commercial on the 3.5 acre “CuzCo Site” along the Diamond Head side of Keeaumoku St Between Liona and Rycroft.

The area is normally zoned for only 150 feet.

To unravel this sweater, pull the thread at BREG:

“Keeaumoku Development, LLC”  is ‘managed’ by Dong Woo Lee and “Sirinan LLC.”

Dong Woo Lee also manages, “CuzCo Development U.S.A., LLC.”  Fresh out of tangled trans-national bankruptcy proceedings, CuzCo owns the Keeaumoku Plaza site of the twin-tower project.

“Sirinan LLC” is managed by Nan Chul ‘Patrick’ Shin.

Nan Chul ‘Patrick’ Shin is a convicted federal felon also known as “Inmate #92972-022.”  Known for exploiting the federal 8(a) set asides for ‘disadvantaged’ businesses, Shin pled guilty in April, 2004, to submitting a false document to the federal government for the repair of a pump at the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard.

Shin owns Honolulu rail contractor Nan, Inc, one of Hawaii’s largest general contractors, which is tied up in litigation over “allegations of fraud, deception and profiteering”. Nan is being sued by its former lawyer, Bosko Petricevic, who says he faced retaliation after he foolishly “warned Shin not to ‘double dip’ and charge both the city and Nan’s subcontractors for the same rail-related claims.”  As the Star-Advertiser, October 29, 2019, points out, “Petricevic expressed concerns to Nan owner Patrick Shin ‘regarding FBI interviewing our employees,’ according to the lawsuit. But when Petricevic asked Shin and Nan Vice President Wyeth Matsubara what was going on, Petricevic ‘was threatened and told to mind his own business….’”

Shin, Kurahashi, Lee, Matsubara, and Matsubara’s law firm, are all prolific campaign contributors pouring $294,060.00 into state and county level races over the last 12 years.

Their Recipients include: ​

Mayor Caldwell – $21,500

All Nine Council Members:  $69,850

Ikaika Anderson – $18,750
Brandon Elefante – $4,100
Carol Fukunaga – $2,750
Ann Kobayashi – $8,250
Joey Manahan – $2,500
Ron Menor – $14,000
Kymberly Marcos Pine – $9,000
Heidi Tsuneyoshi – $6,500
Tommy Waters – $4,000
2020 Mayoral Candidates (in addition to Pine):

Keith Amemiya – $4,000
Coleen Hanabusa – $15,200
Opposition testimony was heard February 6, 2020 before the Council.  Honolulu resident Lynne Matsuow explained why developers might be in a hurry:

“This is premature and you should vote it down. On Jan. 30 the Mayor warned of another rail delay, with the FTA not sure the line will open on time. Until a better handle exists on federal funding and when the line might open, we should not be giving developers carte blanche.  If rail is not built, this is a dead giveaway that they should not have.”

But all those contributions paid off.  Resolution 19-224, CD1, introduced February 5, 2020, by Ann Kobayashi, gifts Keeaumoku Development with tens of millions of dollars in benefits not present in the original text, including:

Five years to obtain a building permit, instead of the original two years.
3,000 sqft outdoor dining area instead of the original 5,000 sqft
Free bus passes for ‘some’ project residents and employees ending in 2026—instead of ‘all’ residents and employees with no ending date.
And the big one, a maximum of 1,571 parking spaces with only 225 ‘unbundled’ from condos – instead of 952 spaces all unbundled.
‘Bundled’ parking stalls will allow Keeaumoku Development to sell condos with one or two deeded parking stalls, thus dramatically increasing their value.

Keeaumoku Development’s 1,346 bundled parking slots will come at the expense of other developers within the same Ala Moana Transit Oriented Development (TOD) zone since there is a zone cap on bundled parking.  The Star-Advertiser March 19, 2020 reported:

The city Department of Planning and Permitting supported the project, but opposed the Council’s decision to allow units to be sold ‘bundled’ with parking stalls. DPP argued unsuccessfully that a bill before the Council would require the residential units at future projects that are similar to the Keeaumoku development to be sold without bundled stalls, meaning residents would need to park in common, unassigned stalls.

Those other developers obviously haven’t been making enough campaign contributions.


PDF: Campaign Contributions

Reso 19-224 Text, Status

Democracy Still Matters in Time of Pandemic

Is Convicted Felon Rail Contractor Patrick Shin a Recidivist?

PBN 2003: FBI raids Nan Pacific
HA 2003: Federal investigation follows firm's rapid rise
PBN 2004: Nan Pacific sheds boss, wins big contract
CB August, 2015: Key Rail Contractor Tangled Up in Fraud Allegations in Hawaii Courts
2019: Retaliation: Rail Contractor on Tape Trying to Get Whistleblower Fired
Fun Read: 1:2004cr00150 US v Patrick Shin (9th circuit rejected his last appeal July 26, 2019—Judgment took effect Oct 11, 2019)
Search ‘Patrick Shin’ here: Federal Bureau of Prisons Inmate Locator
Firearms and Accessories / NEW TRIJICON RETICLE!
« on: March 01, 2020, 08:18:21 PM »

Trijicon MRO HD
With eotech style reticle, hopefully still legal by the time I can scrape up some allowance money :crazy:
Legal and Activism / Guns and gadgets shoutout to our cause.
« on: February 29, 2020, 10:35:07 PM »
Mahalo Jared :shaka:

Legal and Activism / NRA-ILA EMAIL regarding Hb1902 HD1
« on: February 18, 2020, 03:28:18 PM »
Had this waiting for me in my inbox today, I checked on the capitol website looks like its been deferred until tomorrow. Sad to see my rep (supposedly pro 2A :wtf:)voted aye with res.

General Discussion / China says Americans owning guns s a problem.
« on: January 04, 2020, 09:49:27 PM »

Considering the amount of money they have tied into our economy, I wonder if their influence will or already is affecting our 2A fight?
Legal and Activism / Interesting coincidence or tinfoil hat territory
« on: December 30, 2019, 05:34:31 PM »

Who wants to apply? Job listing link below.
General Discussion / Treating gun ownership as a disease
« on: December 04, 2019, 05:32:10 PM »

Lucky we have a red flag law....

Legal and Activism / Va bill to make firearms training illegal
« on: November 29, 2019, 10:53:07 PM »

(*EDIT*I didnt see macsaks earlier post)

A look of things to come or just a bill waiting to die?  The government of Va looking to preemtively protect themselves from the people who voted for them. ::)

Political Discussion / Ban military style weapons like 9mm?
« on: November 19, 2019, 01:24:50 PM »

The media will more than likely cover for him

Soon hunting rifles will be "long range sniper rifles."  Hawaii  gun owners cannot give an inch this legislative session.

General Discussion / Anti gunner shoots her kids then herself
« on: November 07, 2019, 07:13:46 AM »
Very sad indeed, I had a conversation with an antigunner who's main argument was that people could not be trusted with firearms because she  didnt trust herself. She projected her own instability onto everyone else because she didnt realize that she was crazy and assumed everyone else would behave likewise.

Political Discussion / Astros vs. Nationals
« on: October 27, 2019, 09:30:24 PM »
Anybody catch the game and notice the "Vets  For Impeachment" banner behind home plate? I saw it on the highlights and was immediately suspicious so I did some digging looks that loser coke head Tom Arnold bought the tickets for those clowns and some other anti Trump fans. Of course the game was held in a district where the president got 4% of the vote so I'm sure the loud "boos and lock him up" chants were legitimate.
General Discussion / Colt stops production of long guns for civilian market.
« on: September 12, 2019, 04:43:04 PM »

Considering their money troubles this sounds like an excellent way to fade into obscurity, or they know somethIng we don't.
Legal and Activism / DOJ submits gun control legislation to the white house.
« on: September 07, 2019, 05:04:23 PM »

so much for checks and balances.  Nobody in DC has gun owners backs.
General Discussion / Active shooter ?
« on: August 17, 2019, 04:07:14 PM »
Just got to a buddies house to watch the fights.He mentioned a possible active shooter situation at NEX. I havnt seen anything on the web yet. Has anybody heard anything?
Legal and Activism / Illinois Sen. showing her true colors
« on: July 13, 2019, 12:26:16 PM »
our public SERVANTS are getting ahead of themselves...

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