October 17, Nanawale Long House. 11 am to 1 pm
I attended Fred Blasâ€™ talk story at Nanawale from start to finish. The format worked better than I expected. Fred spoke for a lot longer than three to five minutes and covered a lot of ground. Fred spoke without notes. I sat in the front row and took my notes extemporaneously. So here they are.
* raised in Guam and Southern California
* business management background. 11 years with Sears, Roebuck followed with his own Firestone
* Married to Betty for 35 years, with three boys and two girls. The children now include a Ph.D., a
teacher, a private investigator, College CEO
* Been coming to the Big Island for 30+ years and decided to move here 12 years ago.
Why Run/ Fredâ€™s Vision:
* We need a common sense approach for â€œour peopleâ€ there is no â€œmy peopleâ€. Everyone counts.
* I enjoy what I do. I am not a talker I am a doer.
* I want Puna to be a role model and to have a positive image for our residents and the world.
* Medical marijuana – a program which is needed but is not well run.
* Civil Unions: Fred supports marriage between a man and a woman and also supports civil unions.
* Our farmers. Strong support for our papaya farmers. Sugar is gone. We have to keep our local agriculture strong.
* Education: We need more programs for after school which can teach skills, respect and leadership. Sports are a way to do that. The new Puna Panthers Pop-Warner team is 3-1 with players showing good promise for college scholarships. Basketball, volleyball and surfing are areas of sports development that can help kids keep busy and learn. Sports is a way for the community and county to assist families in keeping kids engaged and in school.
* Jobs/ Small Business: We need the zoning to allow local business opportunities. We canâ€™t be driving to Hilo for everything forever.
* Roads: We need an alternative route to and from Hilo. Gotta have it.
* Police: Find ways to support the police to reduce burglaries and distribution of drugs like cocaine and ice.
* Woodland Center: Working with the state and with Faye Hanohano to get a traffic light at the Woodland location. Fred had a collision there himself and understands the risks.
* Medical Facilities: we urgently need a dialysis center and a hospital. Kau, Waimea, Hilo and Kona all have hospitals. Puna needs a hospital. Fred will work with anyone and everyone to achieve this.
* Water: We need water. Fire hydrants to serve the subdivisions. Depending on volunteers fire trucks to haul water to fires is not sufficient.
* Speeders / Racers: Work with police to reduce speeding and dangerous driving. Fred had a meeting with 25+ young racers who want a place to race their cars. From this a group was formed to work toward that end with the young drivers signing a pledge to not drink and drive, race and speed and to not steal cars for parts.
* No East Side / West Side: Fred will work with council members for what is good for Puna and help them for what they need in their districts.
* Ethnic groups: Where Fred grew up everybody was equal. No my people talk. Black, brown, white – everybodyâ€™s blood is red. Everybody matters.
* Cutting Costs / Increasing Services: Fred will work with the courts for more community service and less jail time. Use the community service to do things like road clean up and free county workers to maintain and improve parks. His work with community service manpower has been as far away as Akaka Falls doing clean ups.
* Community Service: The bus shelters did not cost the county anything. Local businesses donated materials and residents volunteered.
* A park in HPP is a priority. HPP has nothing and needs attention.
* Pahoa Senior Center: Donâ€™t spend too much time and money making tedious plans. Let the people do it. we have carpenters and electricians who will volunteer in an instant.
* District 5 office. I will not need a council office in Pahoa. I will drive to Hilo. I will work out of my car if I have to. If I can save the money Iâ€™d rather see the funding go to the Senior Center or something similar that helps people.
* Working together we will al be winners.
* I am not a talker, I am a doer. When I was in business and we got a complaint I called up the customer right away, not next week, and asked: How can we solve the problem?
* I want â€œourâ€ district to be safe and the best quality of life for everyone.
* I only spent $2,600 on my campaign so far. I am frugal in spending money and always look for the way to get things done without waste. I can save the county money.
* I will work with the whole council and the administration. I want Puna to become a role model on getting things done.
Questions from those attending:
1. Scholastic Surfing Team? Fred: Sure.
2. Pohiki beach development? Fred: Sounds like a good idea but I need to know more. Donâ€™t damage the break.
3. GMO? for or against? Fred: I am in the middle on this.
4. Veto. Would Fred support a veto over ride? Fred: Under the right circumstances – sure.
5. Are you going to have your own TV show? Fred: No.
6. Fuel Tax Revenue Proposal. Do you support? Fred: Yes I do.
7. Will there be another pubic opportunity to meet Fred? Fred: I am meeting with lots of people. My schedule is jammed with meeting people. I will be at the HPP General Meeting to speak (Emily is invited too) on October 31st at 3 pm. Tell your friends to come and tell your friends and neighbors to vote.
8. You are supporting Charter Amendment #1 for 1% Land Preservation Fund? Fred: Yes.
End of my notes.