We do not endorse, we only analyze from a conservative perspective.
Due to this late decision, we were unable to gather enough material on all candidates to present a measured analysis.
As most board members are residentâ€™s of Hawaii County Council District 5, it was decided by the board to begin the task focusing only on that race.
Weâ€™ll do more next time.
All candidates were invited to a meeting with the Board and the Ad Hoc committee on Monday, Sept. 6, 2010. Incumbent Councilwoman Emily Naeole-Beason failed to respond to multiple phone messages, emails and visits to her county office. Candidate Fred Blas although unable to attend in person, did respond to a lengthy phone interview with president Walter Moe. Candidates James Weatherford and Barbara Malia Lively appeared for a 1-hour interview with The Forum.
REPORT CARD: County Council District 5
Emily Naeole-Beason: F
Mrs. Naeole-Beason has shown continued arrogance and incompetence since being elected. Her refusal to acknowledge or respond in any way to our many attempts to contact her are but one of numerous examples. She is frequently unprepared for council business, and lacks both judgment and common sense on numerous issues.
When queried previously about our countyâ€™s continued exploitation and neglect of the vast areas of Puna of the non-conforming substandard private developments, she was both ignorant and unfocused.
She has shown a continued contempt for empowering her constituents.
Although her supporters may view her as a sympathetic leader and may wish to be the subjects of the capricious Queen Emily, conservatives do not.
Fred Blas :Â A-
Mr. Blas has shown his devotion to his community by extensive volunteer work, as a leader of multiple projects, and general civic concern and action: establishing shelters for bus stops so keikis would not arrive at school wet, cleaning up parks and parts of Pahoa, graffiti and trash removal, neighborhood watch organizer, supporter and organizer of childrensâ€™ sports teams, and many other activities.
He was honored with HMSAâ€™s Olo Pono award in recognition for his outstanding community work, and donated the $1000 prize to a charter school in Pahoa.
He has personally aided several persons and families in need, out of his own pocket.
His #1 goal is to improve the economic situation of his community, and is an experienced successful businessman.
Concerning our countyâ€™s continued exploitation and neglect of the vast areas of Puna of the non-conforming substandard private developments, he embraces the concepts of self-sufficiency and the possibility of self-governing townships.
He supports our Forumâ€™s proposed Consent of the Governed Charter Amendments on Rights and on Taxation, and firmly believes that the rights of the individual come before the mandates of the state.
He is a poor communicator in writing, but he walks the walk and his commitment to Puna is unequaled.
Although not originally from Hawaii, Fred lives aloha, and embraces conservative principles.
His common sense approach and get-the-job-done track record will serve his community well.
Barbara Malia Lively:Â C+
Ms. Lively has experience working as a staff person for prior councilman Bob Jacobson and as a volunteer steering committee member for the Puna Community Development Plan, which with her intelligence should enable her to function efficiently on the council without a great learning curve.
She espouses â€œGovernment that is more responsive to our needs and less restrictive on our liberties.â€
She supports our proposed Consent of the GovernedÂ Charter Amendments on Rights and on Taxation, and does not approve of using building codes to force desired goals (such as requiring solar water heaters and insulation in all new houses).
We find this attitude embraces the conservative principles of power residing with the individual citizens, and not with the state.
However, we are concerned that her first legislative policy objective is â€œto fix the lowest law enforcement priority of cannabis ordinanceâ€ when there are so many other more pressing needs for the district.
Concerning our countyâ€™s continued exploitation and neglect of the vast areas of Puna of the non-conforming substandard private developments, she was not aware of the legal issues or of how to solve them.
We are also concerned about her very long association with the Green Partyâ€™s Jacobson, who supports on principle the needs of the state and collectivism over that of the private citizen, and fear she may embrace such attitudes if elected.
Also troubling is her spoken goal of joining the â€œmajority of the councilâ€, which would perpetuate power politics a s usual, and her endorsement by the Sierra Club (with James Weatherford), who consistently prioritize the functional needs of people below everything else.
James Weatherford, Ph.D. :Â C
Dr. Weatherford is an educated (Agricultural Economics) and intelligent man who has demonstrated a methodical analysis of important issues, such as his exhaustive research about the recent proposed trash incinerator idea before the council. He would bring a methodical approach to all county issues, and has indicated he would vote according to his analysis of community wishes and his own research.
He decries the present dysfunction of the County Council, who do not follow this approach.
His statement â€œI believe good public policy is based on accountability for individuals and advancement of self reliance for individuals, families, and communities without compromising the ability of future generations to be empowered in like mannerâ€ is encouraging in following conservative values.
His stated rejection of the ususal council power politics is refreshing.
He stated he prefers inducements to obtain desired results in the community but does not rule out statutory requirements if necessary to get there. For example, he is in favor of granting special privileges and tax rates to promote certain activities such as re-cycling centers, but would not completely rule out possibly requiring mandatory recycling by citizens.
Concerning our countyâ€™s continued exploitation and neglect of the vast areas of Puna of the non-conforming substandard private developments, he was not aware of the legal issues or of how to solve them.
He also found troubling our Forum’s Consent of the Governed Charter Amendments, refusing to say for or against either when pressed, and only voiced concerns about possible legal issues arising form such. We find it troubling that he refused to take a position, either as a councilman or as a citizen and saying his personal vote would be â€œprivateâ€ lacks the clarity of position that our elected leaders should have.
Conservatives are tired of politicians who refuse to take a stand for apparent political appeasement.
The exercise of power by manipulation lacks candor. This refusal to put the rights of citizens ahead of the state is revealing.
Incentives and privileges for some always come at an increased burden and cost to everyone else, as the state cannot give anything away without first taking it from someone else.
Also troubling is his endorsement by the Sierra Club (with Barbara Lively), who consistently prioritize the functional needs of people below everything else.