Dan Burden is the director of innovation and inspiration, of the Walkable and Livable Communities Institute, the organization he co-founded. He has spent the better part of 40 years advocating, teaching and designing sustainable communities. In 2008, Time magazine called him one of the six most important civic innovators in the world -and he's back in Honolulu this week for a series of community meetings.
Sharon Y. Moriwaki is the associate director of the Social Sciences Public Policy Center at UH Manoa. She’s also the facilitator of the legal interventions in the family court working group. The Working Group represents over 20 public and non-profit organizations and individuals helping the court to advance the interests of families and kids needing child custody evaluations. The Working Group says HB 1137 does that - we'll see what the legislature does with it at today's floor vote.
US District Judge Leslie E. Kobayashi serves the District of Hawaii She was an Obama nominee and from 2010-2011, she was the presiding judge of the pilot program for the District of Hawaii’s Reentry Court. The program's team - public defender, prosecutor, probation officer and judge - work with high-risk offenders who are reentering the community from federal prison. The goal is to reduce recidivism, improve public safety, and help offenders lead productive and law-abiding lives.
Harvey Gerwig is President of the Hawaii Rifle Association. It was established in 1857. Its goals are the preservation of the Second Amendment and the advancement of sports involving shooting. The HRA is the State Affiliate of the National Rifle Association...and later today we may see which perspective - the NRAs or the HRAs - persuades lawmakers about the necessity of SB69.
It’s Thursday, April 25 – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation
Ag to go or ag to grow food?
Ashley Lukens is the Vice President of the Hawaii Food Policy Council and a PhD candidate studying alternative food systems in the Department of Political Science at UH Manoa. She is also a Sea Grant Graduate Trainee, documenting the impact of shifting land use practices and has been following two potentially game-changing bills that could alter the balance of how Hawaii feeds itself.
It’s Wednesday, April 24 – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation
Misconduct conducts bad cops to the door
Darryl Perry is the Chief of the Kauai Police Department. He previously commanded the Juvenile Division, the Narcotics/Vice Division, and the Criminal Investigations Division, all after retiring from the Honolulu Police Department. He was born and raised on Kauai.
Matt DiGeronimo is the Senior Managing Director of Smith Floyd Mergers & Acquisitions. He also hosts the firm's weekly radio show on KGU AM. HB634, the bill to compel a new owner to keep existing employees in businesses with over 100 staffers, is in conference today.
Leilei Shih is on the Executive Committees of Surfrider Foundation and Sierra Club O'ahu. She's also the Chair of Capitol Watch Hawaii, a portal into the Hawaii legislative process for those interested in following environmental bills. Several environmental bills are still moving, including SB15 SDHD 2 is in conference this morning.