|Ocean View residents speak out at steering committee meeting. Photo by Julia Neal.|
County Planner Ron Whitmore showed a photo of Paradise Park in Puna, which has grown rapidly in the last decade, and said Ocean View could experience such growth without adequate infrastructure if planning steps are not taken. The metal worker said he would like a plan that would reduce the likelihood of his house acquiring neighbors but most people at the meeting opposed the county tinkering with the future of Ocean View.
Whitmore repeatedly stated that incentivizing people to live in a more centralized Ocean View neighborhood with more centralized infrastructure is only a planning tool being offered to the community and not a mandate.
|'Aina Koa Pono proposes to build a biofuel refinery|
along Myer Camp Road. Photo by Geneveve Fyvie
According to Civil Beat, Eldridge wrote that “The rejection of this agreement is short sighted and contrary to the legislative mandate to develop a robust domestic biofuels industry, in order to reduce our state’s dependency on foreign oil.” Civil Beat also reports him writing that “The PUC has ignored both the benefits of domestic production, which will produce hundreds of local jobs and will infuse millions of dollars into our economy and the realities of the global market for high quality biofuels.”
The PUC had concluded that it considered other factors, such as the potential for these biofuels to deter other, more affordable alternative energies for Hawai`i where electric rates are the highest in the country. See more at civilbeat.com.
The Consumer Advocate’s request can be read at puc.hawaii.gov/dockets.
THE KA`U AGRICULTURAL WATER COOPERATIVE DISTRICT Steering Committee will meet at the ML Mac Nut Field Office in Pahala tomorrow at 4 p.m. On the agenda will be progress on the tunnel surveys, status of the transfer of the tunnel sources to Agribusiness Development Corp., funding status and formation of new regional cooperatives. For more information, contact Jeff McCall at 928-6456.
|Sen. Gil Kahele. |
Photo by Julia Neal
OKTOBERFEST with a live polka band happens Friday at St. Jude’s Episcopal Church on Paradise Circle in Ocean View. The menu includes brats and sauerkraut, boiled potatoes, dill pickles, German chocolate cake and beverages. Doors open at 6 p.m.. Dinner is served at 6:30 p.m. Tickets, $12 each or two for $20, can be purchased from Cordelia at 939-7555. For more information or to volunteer to help, call Phyl at 929-7146.
A MONGOLIAN BARBECUE is set for Cooper Center on Wright Road in Volcano on Saturday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The fundraiser features 14 masters of the wok preparing each diner’s desired stir-fry combination. This will be the 42nd Mongolian Barbecue held at Cooper Center. Volunteers can show up on Friday at 8 a.m. at Cooper Center to help with the Chop-Chop chopping of the ingredients.