Three coun­cil mem­bers fail to at­tend meet­ing

The Maui News - - OPINION -

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

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