Carroll's guests are Mr. Leonard Low and his attorney, Mr. Paul Herran. They discuss public health and safety issues with Mr. Low's, and other resident's, Individual Wastewater Systems (IWS) installed at the Department of Hawaiian Home Land's Lalamilo community in Kamuela, Hawaii. Lalamilo is a beautiful DHHL community built a few years ago on the Big Island. An IWS is the septic tank system built on each of the properties. Mr. Low, and at least 17 other residents of the Lalamilo community, have systems installed too close to their homes, and with inadequately sized seepage pits that are much smaller than the law allows. (In a letter dated January, 2012, DOH said, "We are concerned with the sizing of the seepage pit because it doesn't meet chapter 11-62 requirements.")
The systems were originally approved in 2009, but then, after complaints and an inspection by the State Department of Health,approval was revoked because the systems were both inadequate and illegal. Even though notices were sent to DHHL to have the systems relocated and rebuilt to specs, and promises were made, nothing has been done. The DHHL and DoH are working against the people, spending their time making excuses and not taking care of the real problem. Mr. Low moved into his home in 2011. After several years of discussion, he is now suing the DHHL and DoH to get the work done. Among other excuses, in order to get the work done the DHHL says Mr. Low must withdraw his suit, filed in February, 2013, and waive his rights to attorney fees and damages incurred, even though he was told by the state the system was illegal.
It is shocking (or maybe it is business as usual) that two agencies, tasked with working for the benefit of the people, are trying so hard to work against the people and are are even breaking the law. This is not how our government is supposed to work. A caller notes; "the government acts as if 'its your fault' if you have problems."
Uncle Joe Tassill, DHHL Commissioner, calls in to say how shocked he is by the situation. Yesterday Carroll visted the area and took in, first hand, the smells emitted by several of the wasterwater systems. He is now asking listeners to contact Governor Abercrombie about the abuse and environmental injustice experienced by the homeowners of Lalamilo.
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Carroll's guests today are Tony Locricchio, attorney for the Kahuku Plantation Residents Association (KPRA), and a few members of the association. They are asking for historical preservation of their plantation homes as a representation of Hawaii's culture. A Florida company, Continental Pacific, bought the land during Mufi Hannemann's administration. They tell us, at the time of the deal, Hannemann and Continental Pacific said they wanted to preserve and enhance the area but, because Continental Pacific is not making the profit they expected, they are not doing what they promised (more broken promises by Mayor Hannemann). Kahuku is the last area with a plantation identify, and its historical preservation should be a matter of concern to all of us.
Carroll's guests also tell us the many ways they are being harassed to push them into giving up their homes. It should also be pointed out that there are many conflicts of interest involved, particularly with Mr. Lex Smith, legal representative for Continental Pacific. During his administration Mufi Hannemann made Smith chairman of the Ethics Commission. Smith later resigned when the public found out about that particular conflict of interest. Smith has also managed Hannemann's, and now Kirk Caldwell's mayoral campaigns.
A bigger issue, Tony Locricchio tells us about a 100-page letter attacking the KPRA case, written by Lex Smith to Judge Richardson. The judge passed it on, secretly, to the other judges hearing the eviction cases, but Locricchio was not given a copy. All of the judges ruled against KPRA, but did not say anything about Smith's
"secret" letter. In a letter to Locricchio, written by the Judiciary System on behalf of Judge Richardson, dated 1/27/14, it was noted the passing around of the letter to other judges was a "usual practice" of the courts. Locricchio tells us, all contacts between attorneys and judges must be revealed to the other side. This practice is "backdoor, ex parte communication between judges", and should not be allowed. The fact that it is may effect other past and present cases in the court system.
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Carroll continues his discussion about the Red Hill Fuel Tank Facility's fuel leaks, giving specifics about past spills and the Red Hill Oily Waste Disposal Pit documented in materials he obtained from the Hawaii State Department of Health. He reads from documents talking about an oily waste disposal pit used to contain spillage, rinse water and bottom sludge from cleaning the twenty 12.6 million gallon fuel tanks at Red Hill. The pit was unlined from 1943 to 1948. A new pit was built and lined with asphalt in 1972, and used until 1986. Documents tell us oily water and sludge from the pit entered South Halawa Stream, which flows directly into Pearl Harbor. Documents also say, It is not clear what happened to the waste from 1948 until 1972. However, there was indication that some waste was dumped into the grass.
Is that why Pearl Harbor is so polluted we cannot eat the fish and shellfish? What is in the aquifer?
Go to today's show on carrollcox.com for more information and pictures.
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Carroll provides more information obtained from documents he recovered regarding recent and past fuel leaks at the Red Hill tank facility. During his research he learned the State Department of Health and the military have been covering up the number and size of leaks that have occurred over the past 60 years. The state is required to notify the public about chemicals found in water even though they may not provide a health risk. They did not do this. One response was that the facility was secret. That may have been true 50 years ago, but everyone knows about it, and some have even taken tours of the facility in recent years. State Senator Mike Gabbard and Representative Chris Lee have called for a hearing, scheduled 3/7/14, at 1 p.m., State Capitol Room 329. Please contact them if you have questions or comments for the hearing.
Link here to questions Carroll sent to the State Department of Health. They indicated they would provide answers next week.
Note: Carroll provided many of the documents he recovered to the StarAdvertiser. They used the documents for their front page story "Fuel leaked dozens of times over 6 decades, Navy says". on Sunday, February 9.
Carroll also provides more information about radiation on trash trucks discussed on our 1/5/14 show. Radiation detectors were installed on trucks from 2000 to 2006, but are not working. They were discontinued in 2007. Link here to a letter from the City Dept. of Facility Maintenance, dated 1/28/14. Another example of lack of protection for the people.
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Carroll's guests are James Rivers - International VP BCTGM for the 4th Region where the Memphis Lockout is taking place, and Earle Earley - Local VP of local 252G, the local representing the workers locked
at the Memphis cereal plant. They continue the discussion of Kellogg's Memphis Production Facility's lockout of employees over the proposed two-tier employee system.
They tell us, this is an attack on the middle class, as Kellogg proposes to lower wages, hours, healthcare and other compensation for future employees. They also tell us bargaining in Memphis is illegal in this forum because their are many more plants involved in other cities.
Mr. Earley has been with Kellogg over 25 years. He tells us how Kellogg used to be as a family oriented company but has now transitioned into a profit at all costs operation. This is happening at many large companies, and it is how the middle class is being cut out of America.
Mr. Rivers discuss the issues related to the lockout, community support, the letter just recently sent from the Congressional Progressive Caucus, work with the new community coalition COPPER and asistance from civil rights and religious community leaders here in Memphis and why the fight by these workers is a fight for the protection of all working people in Memphis and across the country.
Joyce Griffin, a Kaiser Hospital worker and elected leader of the Local 5 board, calls in to share information about similar actions being taken against employees by management at Kaiser. Among other things, Kaiser is laying off workers, and now they want to take employee pensions and move them to 401k plans. It should be noted, as a nonprofit company they made over two billion in profit last year, and like Kellogg, they give millions to the CEOs.
All agree, they are fighting for the future workers, and those workers are their children.
The second hour Carroll starts a discussion about the Red Hill fuel leak, which he will continue next week. Carroll conducted his own research after the most recent spill in January. He then provided the documents to the StarAdvertiser that they used for their front page story on Sunday, 2/9/14 entitled: "Fuel leaked dozens of times over 6 decades, Navy says". Carroll tells us the military is covering up the number and size of leaks that have occurred over the past 60 years. A caller tells us about the antiquated system used to measure water quality in Hawaii. What are we drinking? Read the story and call your legislators, then listen and participate next week as we discuss the problem in detail.
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Carroll talks with Ron Baker and Kevin Bradshaw, from the Memphis Bakery Confectionary, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union (BCTGM). They discuss Kellogg's Memphis Production Facility's lockout of 226 employees over their proposed
two-tier employee system, and its fairness on future employee wages, hours, healthcare, and other compensation. Employee's have been locked out since October 22, 2013. They tell us the company's only loyalty is to profits and their bottom line, no matter what it does to the community and the workers.
Eric Gill, a representative of Hawaii's unions, joins in to discuss workers, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr's message, and civil rights. He tells us Kellogg, and other large companies, are attempting to take millions of dollars from the community by their actions. Kellogg is basically attacking the community by taking tax breaks as well as hard-earned benefits from the workers. This practyice not only effects one company's workers, it effects the entire community. Mr. Gill expresses solidarity and illustrates how the same thing is happening in Hawaii. We, as a people, and as an industrial nation, have lost sight of what is important.
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The first hour Carroll's guest is Charles Canamar, the veteran we have been talking about, and with, over the past few weeks. You may have seen him in the news when he was protesting his treatment by the U.S. Veterans Administration at locations where President Obama was vacationing. We first talked with Mr. Canamar about his struggle to complete the process of getting the prosthetic legs, already built specifically for him on our December 29, 2013, show. Today he tells us, before he could finalize the process the Veterans Administration turned him away and then refused to pay the company that had a contract to manufacture the legs made specifically for him.
Per Mr. Canamar, apparently the prosthetic leg he already had was lost at some point, before or while he was in the hospital getting his second leg amputated, so now he has no legs. Back in February, 2012, he was told he would be receiving his new legs very soon, but he is still waiting. On January 24, 2014, Mr. Canamar went to Tripler for a meeting and was told he needs to be re-evaluated again, for the third time. He has already been waiting for three years. Mr. Canamar now says, "he just wants out of this limbo".
Officials at the Veterans Administration have not responded to Carroll's questions about this matter.
Questions about our unethical government are on the table.
Our Next guest is RIchard DeConti, talking about the choice of steel wheel trains, overbuilding of condos in Kakaako, the affordable housing sale, handivans, and the common good for the people. He wants to know why we are not asking the right questions and why is there a lack of transparency in the deals being made. Richard has a list of good questions that should be asked, and provides some of the facts and background involved in his questions.
A caller asks why millions of dollars of HUD money has been sitting on the table for the past few years. Why isn't it being spent, particularly on alleviating homeless and maintaining affordable housing units? She notes, people need to come together as a community and confront the politicians and organizations.
Richard points out, the bottom line is the people who have knowledge do not act.
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In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., his birthday, and his holiday, Carroll's guests today are Massachusetts State Representative Byron Rushing and Marsha Joyner, a frequent participant on our show. They start with a discussion of the civil rights movement, a reminder of its historical importance, and of what is relevant today. Rep. Rushing is an advocate for homelessness, civil rights, health reform, same sex marriage, and other social issues. His philosophy is to approach all people as human beings. Rep. Rushing tells us the priority in Massachusetts is to get housing first. He also makes clear, people should not be discriminated against in any civil institution. Civil rights are for all people. Rev. Rushing stresses the need to know the history of all oppression - Blacks, Chinese, Indians, and other clutures - before we can move forward. A caller recommends reading Howard Zinn's book, A History of the United States.
Rep. Rushing tells us many of the housing problems in Massachusetts started when rooming houses were lost due to gentrification, and the deinstitutialization of mental health facilities released many patients into the general population. Additional housing was not created for those segments of the population.
Regarding housing, Carroll and Rep. Rushing talk about how Massachusetts handles money the receive from HUD. As discussed on previous shows, Carroll has many questions about Hawaii's use / non-use of HUD money, particularly how it relates to the City's proposed sale of their affordable housing units.
Carroll sent a list of questions to both Mayor Caldwell and Mr. Mark Chandler, Director CPD HUD, Honolulu. Link here to questions we asked Mayor Caldwell, (he has not answered yet). Link here for questions we asked Mr. Chandler of HUD, as well as his answers. We think you will find the questions and answers very revealing.
Basically, we have learned the City is sitting on approximately 13 million unspent HUD dollars that could be used to aid the homeless. Rod Tam joins us the second hour to explain more about HUD and the homeless situation in Hawaii. He would like to start an affordable housing advocate group. Call 216-5454 for more information.
A caller tells us how she became homeless in Hawaii. Marsha Joyner tells us about a family that is homeless after their house burned down. Another caller asks what has happened to Hawaii's melting pot and Aloha.
Monday, 1/20/14, the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parade begins at Magic Island, at 9 a.m.. and ends with activities at Kapiolani Park. Rep. Byron Rushing was a civil rights activist, working with CORE - the Congress of Racial Equality in the 60's. He was elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives in 1982. He and his wife, Frieda Garcia, Boston's South End Community Leader, are the Grand Marshalls of the parade.
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MORE "LACK OF" INFORMATION ABOUT THE CITY'S SALE OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING
Carroll's guests are Jane Pascual, a resident of Chinatown Gateway Plaza, and former Councilman Rod Tam, who introduced the original resolution to sell the buildings back in 2008. Also, Bob Nakata of Faith Action for Community Equity (FACE), calls in to contribute to the conversation about the affordable housing sale to Honolulu Affordable Housing Partners.
Rod Tam tells us the original resolution intended to preserve affordable housing, including mixed income units, with the city still maintaining ownership of the land and the buyers acting as managers. The city and potential buyers were supposed to communicate and work out details with the tenants and the citizens of Hawaii. Jane Pascual tells us that is not what is going on and many details of the sale are unknown. The city now says "they will do anything to close the sale". Residents do know rents will be going up 10% a year for the next ten years, making the units unaffordable and eliminating the mixed income units. It may be, the city or the buyers want the units to be all "Section 8", with the government making up the difference.
Jane Pascual tells us she is not opposed to the sale or of rent going up. The problem is all of the unanswered questions about the transaction.
Carroll found approved building permits from November, 2013, listing the owner of Chinatown Gateway as Honolulu Affordable Housing Partners, the group currently negotiating the purchased of Chinatown Gateway and the other affordable housing. The permit is for nine million dollars for repair and maintenance of Chinatown Gateway. Do they already own the building? If
not, how did they get a permit?
The next question, and this is a big one - if the buyer cannot find a lender, why would the City loan them the money, especially when the City claims it does not have any money?
We have many more questions about how the sale is being handled, so we sent a list to both Mayor Caldwell and Mr. Mark Chandler, Director CPD HUD, Honolulu. However, we did not get answers for this Sunday's show, as requested.
So many unanswered questions is why the sale should not be rushed through and closed by March 31, 2014, like Mayor Caldwell wants to do. We need to stop, take a closer look, and make sure everything is worked out and is properly done.
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Carroll and his guest, Jolanda Kahele, talk about radiation in our garbage and how it can affect the health of the City refuse workers who pick up our trash. Part of the problem occurs when people with cancer are treated with radiation, then dispose their contaminated medical waste and personal supplies, such as gauze and pads, in their trash. Jolanda tells us she lost her husband, a refuse worker for 38 years, due to what she believes was exposure to radiation. Back in 1996 he told Jolanda he felt he had been exposed to radiation. In 2012, during his final illness, he told his doctor he felt his problems were caused by his job. Jolanda has been trying to collect public records from the City so their doctor can make an assessment, but the City has refused her requests to provide any documents.
The City claims there are geiger counters installed at the dump site weigh stations so, if radiation is detected, trucks would be cleaned. But, supposedly, many are not working. Instead, radiation has been allowed to build up inside the trucks. Per a 2004 news article in the Honolulu StarBulletin, radioactive dumping was under City review after a truck was allowed to dump its load even though it set off the alarm. The City gave several excuses without any additional concern for the health of their workers and the possibility that, with continual exposure, the radiation is accumulating in the workers' bodies. Other City workers have reported similar situations and concerns when the alarm was set off.
Carroll has been researching radiation in trash trucks for many years. Back in 2003 he took several pictures of a truck at the Keehi Refuse Transfer Station on Middle Street after he learned it was contaminated with radiation and was left out in the open, possibly exposing the public to the radiation. The City never responded to his complaints. Is their lack of response to this,
and many other complaints, because they simply want to save money? Why don't they put sensors aboard each truck so workers will know immediately if they are exposed?
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