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May 13

Lahaina News: Councilwoman busy with several West Maui issues

Posted on May 13, 2014 at 12:42 PM by Office of Council Services

Published in Lahaina News, May 8,  2014
By Elle Cochran

Elle Cochran

WAILUKU - The past four months at the County Council have been quite eventful. My office has been engaged with several significant issues that impact West Maui, including (but not limited to) the Kahoma Village 201H affordable housing project (neighboring Lahaina Cannery Mall); King Kamehameha III Elementary School traffic safety issues; Honokeana Cove beach access solutions; scrutinizing challenges with mauka land development Best Management Practices where runoff is negatively effecting Honokahua Bay; the Mokuhina Ecosystem Restoration Project; the disadvantageous closures of two West Maui recycling drop box sites; research and development of an improved pesticides disclosure bill; the passage of Maui Preparatory Academy's Tobacco-Free Beaches and Parks legislation; as well as diligent work on the Fiscal Year 2015 Budget.

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Dec 20

Valuing Disagreement

Posted on December 20, 2013 at 12:00 AM by Office of Council Services

Councilmember Elle Cochran's Opening Remarks, Dec. 20 Council meeting

“There is no need to be joined at the head; we are joined already by our human hearts.”
-Margaret Wheatley

If we all agreed on everything, what would our lives be like? Noticing the places where we agree or disagree sounds simple, and yet, many times we find ourselves on one side or another, attacking or defending without even being aware of what we really believe. 

Councilmember Elle Cochran

Realizing that agreement is not any better than disagreement, even though we've been conditioned to have it feel better, is a great place to start. An even better place may be to recognize that creative new ideas are birthed because people disagree.

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Dec 16

Chair's 3 Minutes: Marine Coral Reef Recovery Team to address council

Posted on December 16, 2013 at 12:00 AM by Office of Council Services

Published in The Maui News December 15, 2013
By ELLE COCHRAN, for The Maui News

Coral reefs in West Maui are reported to have declined by as much as 50 percent. Similar declines are evident throughout much of Maui County.

Large-scale coastal development over the decades has resulted in an increase of pollutants that have impaired the quality of our ocean waters and negatively affected our marine ecosystem. Simply put, coral reefs aren't always appropriately valued when decisions are made about land-use and marine resources.

Cladophora sericea-Invasive on West Maui
Algae: Cladophora sericea-Invasive on West Maui

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