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Rep Hashem Newsletter January 2012

Rep Hashem Newsletter January 2012

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Published by Thelma Dreyer
Newsletter from Rep. Mark Hashem, (D), District 18 Hahaione, Kuliouou, Niu Valley, Hawaii Loa Ridge, Aina Haina, Wailupe, Kahala
Newsletter from Rep. Mark Hashem, (D), District 18 Hahaione, Kuliouou, Niu Valley, Hawaii Loa Ridge, Aina Haina, Wailupe, Kahala

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 Happy New Year 
As my hard working staff and I gear up for the 2012session
want to hear fromyou
! As I prepare to be your voice in the legislature, pleaselet us know your suggestions,thoughts, and feedback fromlast year and moving forwardinto 2012. Let me know what Ican do for you. Ideas for bills?Send them my way!With the 2011 session behind us and funding in place,we are able to move forward onthe Niu Valley boulder removal,Aina Haina rock fall mitigation,repaving of Kalanianaole High-way, and greatly neededimprovements to our publicschools.Thank you for allowingme to serve you and it is trulyan honor to represent you at theLegislature. I humbly ask for your continued support andassistance as we work together to make our community a better  place to live.
RepresentativeMark Jun Hashem
State CapitolHonolulu, HI 96813
January 2012
Niu Valley Boulder 
It was a year long effort, but we finally gotthe Niu Valley boulder removed!
It all started whenresidents brought it to my attention over a year ago.The boulder has plagued 28 area residents since 2008.The removal was a joint effort involving the AttorneyGeneral, Civil Defense, Department of Land and NaturalResources, Governor Abercrombie, and the Legislature.Last but not least, credit must go to the residents of Haleola Street for bringing this issue to my attentionand for evacuating their homes on very short notice.Mahalo!!
Aina Haina Rock FallMitigation to Start
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Aina Haina ElementaryGets Needed Upgrades
Funds for Aina Haina Elementary Schoolconstruction projects are scheduled to be releasedin mid-February.
2012 plans call for:
1. Construction of a new fence behind the school.2. Paving of the gravel parking area at the entrance tothe school.3. Installation of a school wide wireless system.
Aina Haina Rock FallMitigation to Start
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Aina Haina rock fall mitigation is scheduled to start inearly 2012 on Ahuwale Place. Residents may experiencehelicopter and construction noise. The contract period is210 days but actual work should take approximately 2-3 months. The contractor plans to have their crew parkoff site and car-pool in. On average there may be fewconstruction vehicles parked at the site.
Just saying “NO” to taxes doesnot solve the State’s underlying budg-
etary problems. In my effort to figure outways to protect Hawaii families from newtaxes, I will be introducing bills that willstreamline processes and will save local busi-nesses and the state money.
I have learned that nobody truly knowshow much is money is owed to the State of Hawaii. Presently it is up to each individualdepartment to collect their unpaid debts or judgments. Some unpaid debts are in themillions of dollars, while others have been onthe books for over 20 years. I will introducea bill to require all state departments to referall unpaid claims over 90 days to the CivilRecoveries Department of the AttorneyGeneral.During the 2011 Legislative session, I introduced aresolution to establish a sister-state relationship withLima, Peru. My intention was to expose Hawaii busi-nesses to the growing opportunity in South America.Tourism is the most rapidly growing industry in Peru,growing annually at a rate of 25% over the past fiveyears. While here for APEC, I assisted Jose Luis SilvaMartinot (left), the Minister of Foreign Trade andTourism for Peru with meetings with Hawaii experts
to discuss ways to manage Peru’s phenomenal
APEC Opens New Doors
Left to Right: Kippen de Alba Chu, Carlos Jarez,Rep. Karen Awana, Jose Luis Silva Martinot andwife, Noelia R. Paez, Rep. Mark Hashem
Continued Educationfor Veterinarians
Hawaii is one of the few states that doesnot require continuing education forveterinarians. I have been working with Dr.Eric Ako, the Executive V.P. of Hawaii Veteri-nary Medical Association and many others toestablish new license renewal requirements.
 We want to hear from You
These are just a few of the bills we will beintroducing next session. If you have anissue that needs to be addressed pleasecontact our office.
Saturday, January 14, 2012 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM Kalani H.S.
* Mahalo to: Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa, Governor Neil Abercrombie, Sen. Sam Slom, Rep. Calvin Say,Rep. Barbara Marumoto, Mayor Peter Carlisle and Councilmember Stanley Chang.

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