State Senate | 12th District (Waikiki, Ala Moana)
Job: Consultant. Self-employed.
Born in Honolulu, Hawaii. In Hawaii from birth
Contact: , Brickwood@Brickwood08.com
Web site: Brickwood08.com
Job history past 10 years:
No'eau Consulting LLC Honolulu, Hawaii 2005 to present. Communications/Media, Arts/Entertainment, Political/Issues Consulting, Acquisitions/Investment. KKNE/KINE/KHON Host 1996-2008
Ever run for public office? When? Outcome?
Yes State House District 34 1988 Lost to Dale Nakasone in the primary.
Other civic experience or community service:
Chairman-Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts. Board Member - Hawaii Book and Music Festival. Polynesian Voyaging Society. Hawaii Special Olympics. Life Foundation (HIV/AIDS Organization).
Anything else you'd like voters to know about you?
Chairman-Democratic Party of Hawaii, Democratic National Committee Member. Crew Member, 1992 Hokule'a Voyage for Education. Media Coordinator "No Na Mamo"
1) Why are you running for office?
I was born and raised in Hawaii, and want to serve our home and community through public service.
2) With state revenue growth slowing, what are your top three priorities for government spending?
1) Making public investments in infrastructure through capital improvement projects to improve community facilities and provide work options for those who've lost their jobs because our sagging economy laborers. 2) Empowering small business, by encouraging programs that provide tax incentives and low interest loans for burgeoning segments of Hawaii's economy 3) Adequtely funding Education Act
3) What steps should the state take to reduce dependence on imported fossil fuel?
Promote alternative energy sources through tax credits and other incentives. Increased electricity generation for both individuals and corporations would rely on a combination of sources including concentrated solar thermal (CST), nuclear energy, geothermal and hydroelectric plants, wind and solar cells.
4) What's the No. 1 thing needed to improve Hawai'i public schools?
Begin by allowing Act 51, the Reinventing Education Act of 2004, to work. Under this law, money is given to each public school in our state based on the needs of each child in that school, and the schools are given the power to spend those funds independently. With full accountability, empower our schools to address the needs of each student directly.
5) How should the state respond to financial difficulties at public and private hospitals?
It's important that our critical services safety net remain dependable. State lawmakers and the Governor approved emergency funding through a recent crisis, but a thorough review resulting in balanced reimbursements, systemic change and perhaps even a reduction in services seems necessary.
6) What is the No. 1 quality-of-life issue facing Hawai'i, and what would you do about it?
It is clear that our shared concern is about the local and national economies. These negative forecasts call for innovative as well as tested policies. Reduce some of the costs, fees, and taxes that are passed on to consumers of oil based energy putting more back in pocketbooks. And, the standard model, Capital improvement projects, that improve the community and provide jobs lost to the economy.
7) What's the No. 1 piece of legislation you'd work to pass in 2009?
Natural Disaster Preparedness should be a top priority for Hawaii, given our isolation and our vulnerability to disasters, both natural and man-made. There is a need to facilitate the best communication and planning between the agencies. Disasters are a constant threat for our islands, be it earthquakes, hurricanes or the long-term threat of rising sea levels from climate change, to name a few.