July 7, 2012

Angus McKelvey

Dear Friends and Neighbors,
I am pleased to share with you the accomplishments of the 2012 Hawaii State Legislature. The number one priority is still the economy and our priorities were to assist new industry in creating jobs and to balance the budget without reducing programs and services that are vital to the people of Hawaii. Please contact me to share your ideas, concerns or questions. I welcome your comments.
Aloha,
Angus

July 6, 2012

Legislative Report 2012

HAWAII INNOVATION ECONOMY INITIATIVE
By taking advantage of our strategic position in the Pacific, a world-class university system, and our natural pristine environment, we can cross-leverage many clean, innovative industries in Hawaii. Below are a few of our bills that were part of the Hawaii Innovation Economy Initiative this past session.


Our legislators look on as Governor Abercrombie 
signs the PISCES bill.
HB2873 (Aerospace)
THE PACIFIC INTERNATIONAL SPACE CENTER FOR EXPLORATION SYSTEMS (PISCES)
PISCES, promotes the establishment and growth of new sustainable and green industries along with associated jobs, workforce development, internships, and science, technology, engineering, and math education programs. Transmitted to the Governor on May 7, 2012

SB2236 (Broadband)
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Assist utilities serving the general public in providing enhanced broadband to the community.
Enrolled to the Governor on May 8, 2012

SB2695 (Agriculture)
LIVESTOCK FEED
Self-sufficiency is critical to Hawaii’s food security and ability to respond effectively in the event of natural disasters or disruptions in transportation. This measure creates a livestock feed feasibility pilot project to assess the viability of and, to the extent feasible, begin growing and processing livestock feed within the State.
Act 122 signed on June 15, 2012.

HB2869 (Film & Digital Media)
THE ECONOMY
Capitalizes on the convergence of Hawaii’s film, television, entertainment, digital media, and music industries by pursuing long-term growth through a comprehensive strategy to expand the number of high-quality local jobs in these industries. The incentives in this Act were intended to implement the strategy by encouraging the use of Hawaii as a site for filming and the digital production of films, and to develop and sustain the workforce and infrastructure for Hawaii’s film, television, entertainment, digital media, and music industries.

HB2319 (Venture Accelerator)
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
The State has a strong interest in diversifying its economy and promoting the development of innovative companies in the creative and high technology sectors and that programs to support innovative companies and attract investment capital to the State have been successful. Building on the successful efforts to mobilize private sector venture capital for Hawaii-based small businesses, through the Hawaii venture capital investment programs of Hawaii’s institutional investors and the Hawaii strategic development corporation, by establishing a venture accelerator funding program to provide business advisors, mentors, and resources to enable Hawaii’s technology entrepreneurs to successfully compete for investment capital.
Transmitted to the Governor on May 7, 2012

July 5, 2012

Important Issues

District 10 Issues

Angus McKelvey is running for reelection to his House seat from West Maui. McKelvey says the most pressing issue facing our district is infrastructure, especially traffic-related infrastructure. Traffic on the West Side is not only strangling one of the top generators of revenue for the state, but the spill-over effect has detrimentally impacted people from Kihei and other parts of the island as well. To be specific, it includes lack of alternate network of roads, failure to complete erosion of the Honoapi’ilani Highway near Ukemehame, the inability to utilize the existing cane haul roads in case of emergency and, as was recently proven, the inability of the state to keep to the time line for the Keawe Street–Ikena Street portion of the Lahaina Bypass.

As for North Kihei, we need to try and push for the building of the Upcountry-Kihei connector road.

Other pressing issues include the lack of 24/7 acute care/emergency hospital (and a separate long-term bed care facility) on the West Side as well as the immediate need for air conditioners at Lahaina area schools and bleachers at Lahainaluna High School, (not to mention finishing the a locker room). Along those lines, West Maui needs new elementary schools.

Another big issue which directly affects traffic is the lack of true affordable housing or rentals with dignity. In addition, there is an immediate need to repair the electrical and lighting at Lahaina Harbor and to dredge Mala Wharf, as well as a need to ensure that federal funds intended to Lahaina and Ma’alaea get there as intended.

July 4, 2012

Library Support



News Release - Hawaii House of Representatives
July 11, 2012 - For immediate release
Contact: Rep. Angus McKelvey 808-586-6160

Bill Allowing Nonprofits To Support Local State Libraries Becomes Law


Honolulu, Hawaii.  A bill to authorize affiliates of the Friends of the Library and other nonprofit organizations to support state library branches was signed by Governor Abercrombie today, which would allow local groups to direct their fundraising to their local library branch and not have it go to statewide use.
   HB1054 allows the organizations to use state library facilities for concessions, vending machines and other activities and to maintain their own accounts for the net proceeds under specified conditions.  The bill also provides greater flexibility for individual groups of library supporters to assist their neighborhood branches.
According to Rep. Angus McKelvey, who was a strong supporter in the House of the measure, "our public libraries need all the help they can get, and this bill gives them the independence to go forward with projects that will raise more money for the individual branches.
  According to McKelvey, the issue arose least session when the Friends of the Aina Haina library where advised by the Attorney General's office that under interpretation of existing state law that any money raised by non-profits for a particular library could not be earmarked for that facility and instead would have to be allocated across the entire state system instead of at the branch for which the funds were raised.
   "When the representative from Aina Haina explained their situation, I immediately saw parrellels between their situation and the work that is being done by our non-profits for the Lahaina library and was concerned that the interpretation could affect the community's current efforts to improve our branch," McKelvey explained.
   "It is timely that this bill is being signed, given the recent successful "Savor the Sunset" fundraiser by the Friends of the Lahaina Library, and I believe the new law will make it less cumbersome for their accounting purposes," McKelvey said, adding that the measure will also provide "an opportunity for more people to participate in benefiting not only the Lahaina library but the Hawaii public library system as a whole."
 

Candidate Profile

Angus McKelvey – Candidate Profile, June 2012

Interview by Wendy Osher; transcribed by Wendy Osher


INTRODUCTION: Please tell us about yourself and your campaign.

Aloha, I’m Angus McKelvey and I’m running for re-election for the State House District 10, which is West Maui, Ma’alaea, and a small portion of North Kihei.

I’ve been honored and humbled to be your state representative for the last six years–and through the toughest economic recession in history, we’ve managed to continue to get the resources the community vitally needs; as well as to turn things around both in the short and long term.

Infrastructure is critical for all of us on the West side. Not only have we been successful in securing the funding that we need for the projects to keep our infrastructure going; but have also been able to use our seniority and our relationships to get government to execute–including a state of emergency, which has been so long overdue in keeping these things open despite the onslaught of both the environment and erosion…

I’ve also served as the chair of Economic Development–and through that time, we’ve done the Hawai’i Innovation Economy Initiative to develop the green, clean jobs that we so desperately need here in Maui as well as the rest of Hawai’i.

Through aerospace, broadband, tech, film and digital media, as well as what I’ve called Act 2.0 –we can cross stimulate these sectors; and through our world class university system and strategic positioning, be leaders in the innovation economy both for the Pacific as well as the entire world.
Mahalo.

Question 1: What is your number one priority for the West Maui Community in this upcoming term and how do you plan to implement action to accomplish this goal.

The number one priority, which has always been the number one priority, is infrastructure–our roads, our harbors, and our schools is the state infrastructure that is so critical to West Maui.

Over the last six years, we’ve been able to secure the resources necessary to get these projects going, and to keep them going, despite cuts going all over state government; as well as to get state government to be more responsive with measures like state of emergencies, and other types of tools to implement–not only for our existing facilities, but for needs that have cropped up like the tragedy of the gentleman at Canoe Beach because of lack of buoys.

Those are the pressing needs, and always have been the pressing needs. We also have to continue with the Lahaina bypass so that we have that commercial artery road, and can turn the south side that’s falling into the ocean–which we’re trying to protect the scenic highway–which will then give the county the ability to preserve all of that land in-between the beltway, and hopefully, from Kai Hele Ku Street to the dump; but hopefully, all the way from Puamana to the dump–which would make it the largest open green space in the entire State of Hawai’i.

Infrastructure also means our harbors. The 3-11 tsunami, besides damaging our roads, also clogged the channel of Lahaina Harbor and nearly caused it to be designated to be shut down.

We were able to get emergency dredging done by securing funds in cooperation with both the federal government and the state government.

We are now in the process of getting ready to dredge Mala Wharf–thanks to the cooperation we’ve received while the dredger is still there–at a cost of $200,000–which saves our taxpayers $500,000.

Angus cares about Seniors and makes sure their needs are met.
So, infrastructure is and has always been job number one.

Question 2: Do you believe in tax credits for the establishment of a film industry on Maui, and to what extent can the state legislature help to facilitate that goal. Are there other options/opportunities for economic diversification that you can expound upon?

I’m a strong supporter of the film and the digital tax industry. It was part of our Hawai’i Innovation Economy Initiative this last session. It’s one of the several industries that ties into broadband, aerospace, and other industries that are being leveraged. It helps our two core industries–which is especially the visitor industry being one of them.

The trick and challenge has always been to create a responsible credit program so that we don’t end up curtailing other needed services and programs at the expense of the credit.

We also have to make sure that we’re building a robust industry here, and not just a tax credit–which, if it is curtailed, at some point in the future, means the industry flees–which is what happened in states like Michigan, which invested millions and millions in infrastructure, and are now left with empty studios because the credit was reduced and they did not have the necessary workforce.

We had several proposals last session to increase the credits; and I’m confident that with all parties coming to the table, and being flexible, that we can find a way to enhance our credit program–especially for the neighbor islands, which we work on long-term development in workforce and infrastructure–which are critical for the birth and growth of a real film and digital media industry here in the State of Hawai’i.

Rep. Mckelvey is a strong supporter of Hawaii's film industry.
Again, we have to be responsible. We cant’ be burned. Tax credits are easily abused and we saw with Act 221 that it could be a drain on the treasury with little or no return; however, by being pragmatic, and looking at our growth as a state, and the economic recover as well as our other programs and services, and our unfunded liabilities, we can generate extra activity for this industry, as well as implement long-term solutions.

We did pass one measure last year for the economic matrix–the innovation economy–to start venture accelerators for the film industry. So, we’re hopeful with that and other initiatives next session (that) we can actually get these credits going again.

Question 3: There has been more than one death in Maui County waters involving near shore boats with swimmers or divers. What is the legislature doing to address the conflicting use of nearshore waters and ensure the safety of all involved.

The tragedy that you talk of was a real blow to the community—and there have been others as you have said.

One of the key things we did this last legislative session is we put in two measures—one measure, which was a house bill I introduced, puts together an ocean recreation management advisory committee consisting of a representative of all users of the area to work with DLNR to look at the rules and regs of the ORMA, as well as conflicting uses.

What has been exposed by these terrible tragedies has been the fact that the rules and regs of the ocean recreation management area in Ka’anapali are highly vague, conflicting, and are layer upon layer of rules developed in a vacuums.

As a result, there’s very few education, misunderstood uses, and even enforcement officers are at a loss sometimes to sort out the right of the road, and how to get people to get along in that area—which has become more and more busy and congestive.

What we’ve also done in the short-term is we immediately went to the governor, and through his help, we installed swim buoys to replace the ones that were lost, that caused the tragedy in Ka’anapali, that was supposed to be replaced three years ago.

A boat came by and brushed against one of them, cut the rope cable, and the director of the DLNR who installed the buoys himself personally there, called over to ‘Oahu and got cabling sent over to Maui and replaced all of the tethers with cabling to ensure that the buoys would not be cut off again.

But the incident shows the need to educate users and to establish clear and consistent rules; and the ORMA will allow for DLNR to establish rules with community input—and not with that in a vacuum.




Rep. Angus McKelvey with U.S. Senator Daniel Inouye

Closing Thoughts:


Aloha. I’m humbly asking for your support for re-election for the House 10th District—West Maui, Ma’alaea, and North Kihei. I’ve been fighting for you at the State level for infrastructure, for a better economy, and for a more responsive state government.

Although times have been tough and we face challenges that aren’t of our making, we’ve managed to get the resources we need to keep our infrastructure open and to turn the economy around and to keep the vibrant seat of Lahaina and all of Maui going.

We’ve taken big steps to develop the Hawai’i Innovation Economy to create clean, green jobs here in our state and in our island.

I thank you again for your continued support for allowing me to represent you, the people of Maui, at the State legislature for the last six years. Mahalo.

Biography

Born in Honolulu in 1968 and raised in Lahaina, where he still lives and works today, Angus McKelvey is the son of the late A.W. Mac McKelvey, founder of the Sugar Cane Train and developer of the Ka’anapali resort. His mom Joan McKelvey is a long-time small business owner and community activist who helped to raise funds to build a much needed fire and ambulance station in Napili and founded the LahainaTown Action Committee. McKelvey lives in Lahaina and is single.

Full Name:     Angus L.K. McKelvey
Current Office:     State House - District 10, Democratic
Last Elected:     11/02/2010
Next Election:     2012
On The Ballot:     Running, Democratic for State House - District 10
Primary     Aug. 11, 2012
Gender:     Male
Family:     Single
Birth Date:     1968
Birth Place:     Honolulu, HI
Home City:     Lahaina, HI
Religion:     Gnostic Christian

Current Legislative Committees
* Chair, Economic Revitalization and Business
* Member, Agriculture
* Member, Consumer Protection and Commerce
* Member, International Affairs
* Member, Judiciary
* Member, Tourism

Education
2007 --  JD Concord School of Law
1986-1991 -- BA, Political Science, Whittier College
1982-1986 -- Hawaii Preparatory Academy, H.S.
1975-1981 -- Sacred Hearts School

Professional Experience
Publisher, Maui Historical Walking Guide
McKelvey currently works as a publisher of cultural and historical visitor magazines and also works as a pre-press consultant to a Real Estate publication. Until this spring, McKelvey was also a freelance writer covering state issues for the Lahaina News.

Political Experience
Representative, Hawaii State House of Representatives, 2006-present
Aide, Hawaii State Legislature

Caucuses/Non-Legislative Committees
Member, Maui County Cost of Government Commission

Organizations
Former Member, Lahaina Bypass Now Team 1
Member, Lahaina Town Action Committee
Member, Lahaina Restoration Foundation
Member, Lahaina Rotary Club
 Member, Ma'alaea Community Association
Former Director, West Maui Taxpayer’s Association

McKelvey was a director for the West Maui Taxpayer’s Association and a member of the Lahaina Bypass Now Team 1, positions he has resigned for the duration of the campaign. He is also currently a member of the Democratic Leadership Council and the Lahaina Restoration Foundation. McKelvey is also a member of the Lahaina Rotary Club and also served on the Lahainaluna 175th Anniversary Committee.

Accomplishments: (significant accomplishments, awards, achievements)
McKelvey was instrumental in lobbying for state funds to clean up the algae blooms; helped to develop the Amnesty Bin program and was credited with rescuing the Mala Wharf rest room project from being recommitted. McKelvey also testified in favor of a bill that would have given the state the authority to remove derelict vessels from Hawaii’s reefs immediately and testified for a bill that would have prohibited Adverse Possession claims on Native Hawaiian kuleana lands.

July 3, 2012

In the News

McKelvey and Baker discuss Legislative Session

Tenth District Rep. Angus McKelvey and Fifth District Sen. Roz Baker held a legislative wrap-up session on Monday, June 18, 2012, at the West Maui Senior Center.

"We want to get out and engage the community as their elected state legislators on what we did to address their needs this last session and help make state government more responsive to their needs.

"Not only did we manage to continue to fund the critical emergency work for our roads and harbors after the tsunami, but we've also managed to continue to fund our other important institutions like (Lahainaluna High School) by securing additional monies for the Athletic Field project."

The Democrats also discussed SB 2933 CD1 and HB 2871, companion measures that created a mandatory advisory committee for the West Maui ocean management recreation area while securing funding for additional swim buoys at Kamaole Beach Park in Kihei.

The Lahaina News editorial "Kupuna working to improve ocean safety" in the May 10, 2012 issue wrongly stated that SB 2933 contained a provision for funding the West Maui buoys that were recently replaced by the state.

The bill actually contains funding for Kamaole Beach Park and not Hanako'o Beach Park ("Canoe Beach") in Lahaina as written.

Replacement of buoys to separate boaters from swimmers, canoe paddlers and other ocean users near Canoe Beach took place after McKelvey and Baker asked state Department of Land and Natural Resources Director William J. Aila Jr. to install the buoys with funds within the existing DLNR budget.

Rep. McKelvey, who chaired the House Economic Revitalization & Business Committee, also discussed the Hawaiian Innovation Economy initiative.

Sen. Baker, who chaired the Senate Commerce and Consumer Protection Committee, discussed measures and initiatives on foreclosures, condominium regulations, professional employment and health issues.

The West Maui lawmakers also detailed other initiatives in the areas of agriculture, education, government services, Native Hawaiian issues and the budget.

For more information, contact McKelvey's office at (808) 586-6160 or repmckelvey@capitol.hawaii.gov


From left:  State Rep. Angus McKelvey, instructor Carlos Manchetti, Sen. Roz Baker & U.S. Senator Daniel Inouye




July 1, 2012

Contact

REPRESENTATIVE ANGUS L.K. McKELVEY:
415 S. Beretania Street, Room 427
Honolulu, HI 96813
Phone: (808) 586-6160
Fax: (808) 586-6161
From Maui:
984-2400 ext. 6-6160
Email: RepMcKelvey@capitol.hawaii.gov