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City Councilmember Tommy Waters DOMINATES ?? news cycle with new appointment and second critique of HPD's CARES act spending.

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Attorney Tommy Waters DOMINATES Local News Cycle

Longtime attorney Tommy Waters has been featured multiple times this week in various publications such as The Honolulu Star-Advertiser, Civil Beat, and Hawaii News Now.

Elected to District 4, which spans from Ala Moana to Hawaii Kai, City Councilmember Waters is expected to be introduced as "Chair of the Council" pending majority vote Jan 2, 2021.

“I’m very humbled to serve should a majority of my colleagues support me,” he said in a statement. “From navigating the challenges we’re facing due to the COVID-19 pandemic, providing more affordable housing for residents, and revitalizing and diversifying our economy, it is clear that we all need to work together in a constructive, cohesive manner so that our communities can thrive.”

Councilmember Waters Offers Creative Solutions on HPD's CARES ACT Spending

The Honolulu Police Department has used more than $2 million in federal CARES Act funds to expand the "tent city" camp at Ke'ehi Lagoo. Last December, while the program was under a different name, the City and County budgeted $6 million dollars for the project.

Meanwhile, data obtained from the facility’s daily census shows that between Apr. 8 and Nov. 21, the facility was less than half full, 90 percent of the time.

“If we’re spending money on tents and sleeping bags nobody’s using, that’s a problem,” said City Councilman Tommy Waters.

“Using the emergency proclamation, you could suspend the rules, get out there and start building places for people to live”

(For example,Nani Medeiros' HomeAid Hawaii Program, a non-profit that uses its connections within the construction industry to build housing for the homeless at deep discounts.)

Medeiros says if HomeAid had been awarded CARES Act funding, projects like this would be going up across Oahu.

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