Last month, the Aiea/Pearl City legislators held a community forum featuring Governor David Ige and several members of his administration. This town hall included short presentations from State Homeless Coordinator Scott Morishige and State Department of Transportation Director Ford Fuchigami and a Q&A segment in which residents had the opportunity to ask Governor Ige questions about a variety of wide-ranging concerns.
During the hour-long Q&A session, Governor Ige covered numerous topics, including mandatory vaccinations for school children, the rising costs of elderly care, agricultural pesticide use, and more. During this Q&A segment, many of the questions centered around Honolulu’s homeless crisis: both Governor Ige and Morishige talked about his administration’s pursuit of additional funding for ‘Housing First’ (incentives for landlords to rent to chronic homeless with substance abuse/mental health issues),‘rapid re-housing’ (assisting homeless families with children), and expanded outreach services for homeless youth and families. My staff and I are focusing on Disaster Preparedness for the next Aiea/Pearl City community meeting on Thursday, May 19th at Pearlridge Elementary School Cafeteria. With unpredictable weather conditions, high wind/power outages, and extreme rainy weather becoming commonplace, and summer hurricane season fast approaching, we thought this topic was especially timely. Residents and businesses will be able to develop their Disaster Preparedness Plans with the help of Lyon Associates, Federal Emergency Management Agency’s local outreach coordinator, and several state/local agencies that evening. They will present tsunami, hurricane and fl ooding preparedness techniques to keep you and your families safe. Please contact Doris Lam of my staff at 768-5006 if you have questions about the upcoming meeting.