Three council members fail to attend meeting
I was very disappointed in the three Maui County Council members, Yuki Lei Sugimura, Riki Hokama and Mike White, who all failed to attend the Sept. 12, 1:30 p.m. Infrastructure and Environmental Management Committee (IEMC) meeting, which was initially scheduled last month on Aug. 14.
However, these same three council members were in attendance at the Budget and Finance Committee meeting in the morning of that same day.
Yet, immediately prior, Sugimura and Hokama announced that they would not be at the afternoon IEMC meeting. Shortly thereafter, Council Chairman Mike White informed staff that he also would not be at the afternoon IEM meeting. Consequently, there was no quorum.
What this means is that the sand mining moratorium bill could not be discussed or voted on Sept. 12. IEM Chairwoman Elle Cochran and her staff had put extraordinary effort into drafting this legislation. In fact, Cochran made it clear that she wanted to pass this legislation Sept. 12.
Why don’t the members want it to have the vote? Who are they representing? Who are they stalling for?
The community needs an explanation from our elected County Council members.
Amy Halas Kahului