The wind roared through the trees, causing the ironwoods to bend and sigh and shake off the rain that still clung from the nighttime showers when Koko and I went out walking this fresh, chilly morning. Clouds billowed like smoke over the waterfall-streaked face of Makaleha as two-thirds of the sky stained orange, signaling the shift from dawn to day.
There’s been a promising shift on the Planning Commission, with Herman Texeira yesterday assuming leadership of that panel after Jimmy Nishida resigned as chair. Texeira has frequently spoken up and out against some of the questionable recommendations from the Planning Department, so at least he’s not afraid or unwilling to buck the tide on what is otherwise a go-along board.
I was especially heartened to read this comment in The Garden Island’s report:
“I would like to be more proactive,” he said. “It’s not just working on the agenda. There are other matters that I would like to work on.”
Wow, proactive planning. What a concept.
In skimming the article, it struck me that Bernard “together we can!” Carvalho has assembled a planning commission comprised entirely of locals. Kinda makes a mockery of his campaign rhetoric, which spoke of “creating an inclusive method of leadership that brings everyone involved together.”
I found it quite interesting, considering that boards and commissions are supposed to be representative of the entire community and the applicants coming before the panel are so often mainland haoles, either transplanted or not.
And it’s particularly intriguing as I seek confirmation on whether investigations have started into complaints of systemic racism in the planning department.