I’m filling out my absentee ballot for the general election, and while I knew how I was going to vote on the federal and state legislative candidates, that’s only about 1/6th of the ballot. So I was tracking down some resources for finding information about candidates and issues and thought others might also benefit. Note that the official Office of Elections website is pretty useless for this type of info.
For those looking for information on federal races, Project Vote Smart is pretty cool: you answer questions about issues, and it tells you how similar the candidates running in your area are to your views.
Board of Education
The League of Women Voters has a rather comprehensive list of candidates running in the general election, including the Board of Education. Some candidates have provided statements and campaign websites, some have not.
Olelo (excuse my lack of diacriticals) has a nifty Candidates in Focus site where you can watch a video statement from many of the candidates.
The Star-Advertiser has made BoE endorsements, though read the comment from one candidate that says he was never even contacted by the paper.
On the amendment to switch the BoE from elected to appointed, the League of Women Voters has a decent Pro-Con PDF that lays out the issue. I found the historical documents from 1970 (last time such an amendment was proposed) that oppose appointment not very helpful, since they didn’t clearly articulate the reasoning behind the position.
The LWV has another pro-con PDF on the tax rebate requirement amendment.
C&C Charter Amendments
Again, the LWV comes through. Council member Dela Cruz has a presentation [PDF] that explains in more detail what the charter changes mean (without any pros or cons). The LWV has a pro-con PDF that covers all 6 amendments.
I hope others find this information useful.
This is my final blog post for this semester. Made some good progress: literature review completed, research portfolio approved, clearer focus on electricity conservation, a sketch of an experimental design for Saunders Hall, and interesting possible directions with REIS. I’m planning to develop my proposal during the summer and hopefully defend before the fall semester begins.
I started work on creating a graph of renewable energy production in Hawaii based on the figures from DBEDT. The idea is to produce a chart that can be updated monthly showing how the state (and Oahu) are doing compared to the renewable energy portfolio standards, and more recent renewable production targets. Unfortunately, there isn’t a single spreadsheet cell that captures renewable energy: there is one for wind and hydro, but that doesn’t account for solar or geothermal energy. It looks like energy purchased by the utility from other providers (like the geothermal on the Big Island) is lumped together. I was hoping it would be trivial to produce such a chart, but it looks like it will require some additional work.
Planned items from last week:
- Get Plone set up for REIS website
- Finish revisions on 09-12
- Send 09-12 to Dave Nixon
- Make graph of Hawaii state energy usage
Other accomplishments this week:
Hours worked: 30 (target: 30 hr)
Pointers to work products:
- Stack Overflow, an interesting site for programmers to ask questions to other programmers. Has wiki, forum, and social news (voting) aspects.
If you are a programmer in Honolulu, you should check out the Honolulu Coders group. The meetings happen roughly monthly on a Wednesday at the University of Hawaii at Manoa POST building and cover a wide range of topics, including Java, Ruby (on Rails), and new trends in software development. There is a web page with some information on past meetings (requires registration with disCourse), and there is an iCal feed for future meetings.
Tonight’s meeting will have a presentation on Meme Tools and Sam Joseph (the primary instigator) will be talking about his new iPhone and “how it sucks” [for using web apps that require drag and drop 🙂 ]
Oh yeah, and there is free pizza sponsored by Ikayzo. What more could you ask for?
Hopefully this blog entry will increase the chance that someone searching for “honolulu coders” will actually find useful information (right now the top hits are some references from another Hawaii mailing list, which is weak).
Apparently 12% of adults in Honolulu read or contribute to blogs. Interestingly, that puts us at #5 for major metropolitan areas.