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Communication 2012-38 Email Testimony from Stephanie Bath on Communication No. 2012-36

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From:	Steph Bath <stephbath@gmail.com>
Sent:	Friday, September 14, 2012 8:28 AM
To:	Brown, Larry
Cc:	hannah hendrick
Subject:	AC testimony 2012-36		Communication No. 2012-38

Aloha PCDP Action Committee, 
 
It is a bit awkward for me submitting testimony to you on communication 2012-36. Life 
offers two precious gifts. One is time. The other is freedom to choose.  
Many of us invest our time and talents, giving back to our communities. The HACA 
board members intent, I am hopeful, is to do the same.  It is not my intent to discourage 
their efforts but rather clarify for this committee some things. 
The Hawaiian Acres Community Association (HACA) is a non-profit organization. Its 
charter states a purpose is,"To protect and promote the best interests of the property 
owners and residents of the subdivision known as Hawaiian Acres."   
 
What authority does HACA have? 
As a 30 plus year resident of Hawaiian Acres I strongly object to HACA assumed 
stewardship of my �best interests�. Never has this Board solicited my input on 
connectivity during the PCDP process.Unlike many homeowners associations HACA 
does not have the legal authority to represent property owners relating to real property 
issues or any other issues for that matter. They are a club. Membership is 
optional.  Please understand this. 
 
Who does HACA represent? 
Twice the request has been made for general info relating to membership, and denied. 
How  many members does HACA have? How many are residents and/or have local 
mailing addresses?  What is their average meeting attendance? Where and when are 
agendas posted? 
 
When attending the last HACA membership meeting, I was the only attendee that was 
not on the board. This was a general membership meeting. As an aside, one board 
member was heard saying that they thought that some people in the upper acres(HA) 
do not even know they(HACA) exist. 
 
Questions surface relating to HACA outreach. Since the PCDP was adopted has the 
HACA Board published objective points relating to transportation, emergency response, 
etc. in their  newsletter? Many in the HA community do not have access to reliable, 
convenient Internet service to access web sites.   
HACA does not represent me, nor do I want them to protect or promote my best 
interest. I am capable of this task.   
 
Implementation of transportation (connectivity) 
Responding to Ms. Millers comment, �One or two very vocal proponents of the new 
connector roads should not drive the decision that could potentially impact large 
portions of our community."  
As this committee can see by this statement, HACA is not representing true information. What 
are they sharing with membership? 
At the same time,it is reassuring that HACA is correcting the error they made with PEAR 
by acknowledging the importance of open and transparent dialogue within community. 
 
Connectivity is part of the PCDP.  
Connectivity took it�s place in our plan because of an urgent need in both Mauka and 
Makai Puna for roadway redundancy and accessibility. 
 
It is not this committee�s task to rewrite the work of the people who put effort into our 
plan. It is your responsibility to support elements of community planning  in this 
implementation phase. 
 
It is unfortunate that HACA did not host transportation dialogues during their 
membership meetings as requested during the PCDP writing process. They come forth 
now saying there is not support. Where is evidence of how their data was gathered 
relating to our PCDP transportation issues. Was it gathered objectively? 
 
HACA exhibited no evidence of objection to connectivity during the County Council 
hearings to adopt our PCDP. Where were they during the amending process? Did 
HACA membership voice issue with connectivity then? 
Perhaps HACA best focus on membership retention and outreach before speaking for 
the best interests of the property owners and residents without their knowledge or 
consent. 
 
In closing, I want to reiterate that HACA is a non profit  whose charter reflects good 
intent. They are not a homeowners association with authority to legally represent HA  lot 
owners just as a non profit such as the sierra cub does not represent all who love the 
environment.   
 
Respectfully submitted, 
Stephanie Bath 9/11/2012 
 
 
 

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