Environmentally-inclined Leeward Oahu community members are unhappy with what they call “flip-flopping” by their Honolulu City Council representative, Tom Berg.
The issue is controversial industrial zoning in the proposed update to a key regional planning document. The Concerned Elders of Waianae blasted out an email Thursday announced a “community accountability session” for 6:30 p.m. tonight to discuss the matter. Here’s some of that email:
After overwhelming community opposition to the so-called “purple spot” industrial zone proposed in the latest Wai`anae Sustainable Communities Plan, Councilman Berg had told Wai`anae residents he would amend the plan to remove the spot and protect this farming community from urban sprawl. Yet, days before the final Committee meeting on the plan, there is still no amendment to remove the spot and Wai`anae’s voters want to know why.
Councilmember Berg has accepted the Concerned Elders’ invitation to the meeting and is expected to be there to answer hard-hitting questions from his constituents.
The final committee meeting on the Wai`anae Sustainable Community Plan is expected to be held on February 9, 2012 at Honolulu Hale. Third and final reading of the plan by the full city council is scheduled for Wednesday February 15, 2012 at 10 AM at Kapolei Hale.
Tom Berg has his venue, but he might be left wanting with the composition of his panel and the size of his crowd.
As of quarter after 6, there are perhaps three dozen citizens here at the Mission Memorial Auditorium, leaving many rows empty. Berg’s playing the role he was born to play: emcee, with Sam Slom, Panos Prevedouros and others on the stage behind him.
“What, is X Factor on tonight, or American Idol?” Berg joked about the small turnout.
Ann Kobayashi is the only other member of the Honolulu City Council in the room as of this moment, but the meeting goes until 8:30 p.m., so there’s still time.