Sunday, July 06, 2014


Disappeared: Honolulu City Council hearing videos

By H. Doug Matsuoka

If you want to catch the Honolulu City Council hearings you could always count on the hearing videos being mounted within minutes at the Council's citizen page ( No longer. The last video mounted is of the May 28, 2014, Budget Committee meeting.

This made it difficult for me to find out what happened at the June 26, 2014, Planning and Zoning Committee hearing where the newest slew of bills criminalizing homelessness were to be heard after being rushed through first hearing that very morning. The video wasn't mounted, and I noticed nothing mounted since May 28.

The DVD I requested was delivered a couple of days later, but this sort of disappearing act doesn't speak to the transparency in government issue very well, does it?

Since the Council didn't post a video, I guess I'll do it here as a public service if you want to watch the whole 3.5 hearing. Else I'll have excerpts and something to say in a few hours.

In the meantime, why not email your Councilmember and demand that hearing videos be posted immediately after the hearing.

Stay tuned for some excerpts regarding criminalization of the homeless...

6 July 2014

Makiki, Honolulu


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