Occupy Hilo’s ‘Kill the Bill’ Action

As the YouTube caption notes…

Occupy Hilo and other concerned folks from all over the Big Island gathered to give testimony against a terribly written and horribly unfair building code. After the particularly passionate testimony of one citizen, several people marched out of the council chamber and to the mayor’s office chanting “Kill this Bill.” After this, the council chamber doors were locked and police were called to the scene.

Now, I had attended this event for the first two hours, but, I had to leave before all the fireworks, since I had numerous errands to run before I had to head up to Mauna Kea for my night shift. This YouTube clip shows when the cops first arrived. I should add that R.J. Hampton is the first individual featured in that clip.

Cutting to the chase, finally an Occupy Hilo event made a splash in our local rag…

Council passes controversial building code measure…

…An unruly crowd chanting “kill the bill” forced two recesses of a County Council meeting Wednesday and brought a dozen police officers to council chambers.

At issue was the county building code, which went through its seventh draft as the council tried to find common ground between the public and the Department of Public Works, while meeting state and federal deadlines for an updated code. The council later in the evening passed the new code 7-2, with Hamakua Councilman Dominic Yagong and South Kona Councilwoman Brenda Ford voting no. [cont’d.]

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