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Calling for Schools our Keiki Deserve

Representative Matt LoPresti and his wife Julia are career educators and know what it is like to have school-age children. That is why Rep. LoPresti has devoted much of his time in public service to push for greater resources and a higher quality of education in Ewa and across the State.

Hawaii Teacher: Getting Legislators To My Democracy Class Wasn’t Easy
(Civil Beat • 10/12/2017)
New School Fees Approved Along Final Stretch Of Rail Line
(Civil Beat • 5/23/2017)

Construction bids for Dept. of Education’s heat abatement project
(Hawaii News Now • 7/20/2016)

More contractors show interest in public school cooling projects
(KHON2 • 7/8/2016)

Collusion Among Contractors for School AC
(Hawaii Public Radio • 6/24/2016)

High AC bids lead lawmaker to ask the AG to investigate
(Star-Advertiser • 6/24/2016)

AG should probe A/C bids
(Star-Advertiser • 6/24/2016)

High AC bids lead lawmaker to ask the AG to investigate
(Star-Advertiser • 6/24/2016)

AG Asked To Check AC Bids
(Civil Beat • 6/23/2016)

Skyrocketing bids delay plans to cool Hawaii’s classrooms
(Hawaii News Now • 6/23/2016)

Lawmaker calls for investigation into possible price gouging among…
(KHON2 • 6/23/2016)

Cool Rooms Keiki Deserve
(Think Tech Hawaii • 6/2/2016)

Bill defies a warning to prohibit teachers’ free travel
(Star-Advertiser • 1/30/2016)

Ethics Board Inquiry Into AC Effort for Ewa Beach: Matt LoPresti
(Hawaii Public Radio • 9/21/2015)

State lawmakers call for more action on sweltering schools
(Star-Advertiser • 9/4/2015)

Donation drive buys 50 fans for Nanakuli school
(Hawaii News Now • 9/1/2015)

Letters from the Community on Air Conditioning
(HSTA • 8/26/2015)

Students need relief now from hot classrooms
(Star-Advertiser • 8/23/2015)

Lawmaker looking for alternate ways to get AC into schools
(Hawaii News Now • 8/19/2015)

Where Did HSTA Stand on Resolutions to Increase Teacher Pay?
(Civil Beat • 4/7/2015)

Pay Hawaii Teachers More? State Study Proposed
(Civil Beat • 3/20/2015)

Fighting for Ewa Beach

As the elected Representative of House District 41, Matt LoPresti continues his advocacy for a better Ewa Beach community bringing millions in funding to Ewa schools, pressing the legislature for more government resources, and fighting for the health and safety of residents.

Scrutiny needed for Ewa Beach retail village
(Star-Advertiser • 5/21/2017)

Developers’ plans upset Ocean Pointe residents
(Star-Advertiser • 5/20/2017)

Proposed waterfront retail plaza criticized as gimmick to sell more Ewa Beach homes
(Hawaii News Now • 5/18/2017)

$300 million retail complex announced for Oahu’s Leeward Coast
(KITV4 • 5/18/2017)

New school building is dedicated in Ewa
(Star-Advertiser • 4/26/2017)

West Oahu community fed up with illegal dumping at Oneula Beach
(Hawaii News Now • 1/8/2017)

Vandals target Ewa Beach neighborhood
(Hawaii News Now • 12/23/2016)

Tempers flare at council over Ewa Beach resort proposal
(Hawaii News Now • 9/6/2016)

Lawmakers dispute over Hoakalei development plan
(Hawaii News Now • 9/5/2016)

Ewa wall faces vandalism, upsets community
(KITV4 • 3/6/2016)

Campbell High needs new facility
(Star-Advertiser • 1/14/2016)

Haseko ordered to pay $20M in damages to Ewa Beach homeowners…
(Hawaii News Now • 9/8/2015)

Cooling fans continue to be donated to Ewa Beach schools
(KHON2 • 9/4/2015)

Lawmaker asks businesses to help Ewa schools beat the heat
(KHON2 • 8/21/2015)

Lawmaker secures fans for Ewa schools
(Star-Advertiser • 8/20/2015)

Lawmaker fights against ambulance cuts in Ewa Beach
(KHON2 • 8/6/2015)

Lawmakers promise to help Campbell High’s overcrowding: ‘It’s our fault’
(KHON2 • 7/30/2015)

EXCLUSIVE: Developer dirty tricks alleged
(Hawaii News Now • 6/5/2015)

Residents of Haseko Resort Development Concerned About Lagoon’s Algae
(Civil Beat • 11/18/2014)

Campbell High School: ‘It’s A Cinderblock Oven’
(Civil Beat • 4/25/2013)

Ewa Developer’s Switch from Marina to Lagoon Raises Legal Issues
(Civil Beat • 12/14/2011)

3 males stabbed in Ewa Beach fight
(Star-Advertiser • 11/7/2011)

Calling for Ethics in Government

On seeing too often the side of special interests and big money control those in power, Matt LoPresti campaigned on bringing ethics, transparency and accountability to government and continues to fight against those influences

Hawaii Lawmakers Again Balk At Ethics, Lobbying Reform
(Civil Beat • 5/23/2016)
Maui Water-Rights Bill Clears House
(Civil Beat • 4/28/2016)

Hawaii Energy Regulators May See Changes To Their Own Power
(Civil Beat • 2/4/2016)

Are Honolulu Planning Officials Too Cozy With This Developer?
(Civil Beat • 11/30/2015)

Hawaii’s Sunshine Law Is Getting Cloudy As Lawmakers Debate
(Civil Beat • 2/4/2015)

Should Private Scrap Yard Get $1.9 Million Subsidy from Honolulu?
(Civil Beat • 3/21/2011)

Advocating for Condominium and Homeowners Association Members

As a member of a homeowners association and president of the governing board in the Ewa Beach community in which he lives, Representative Matt LoPresti understands the challenges members face and has always advocated for the rights of community members against special interests.

Do Condo Owners Need Some Help From Hawaii’s Legislature?
(Civil Beat • 2/17/2017)

Lawmakers aim to hold homeowner associations accountable for lost, stolen money
(KHON2 • 1/31/2017)

The ‘Brutal Reality’ Of Owning A Condo In Hawaii
(Civil Beat • 5/16/2016)

Holding Government Accountable

As a concerned citizen and member of the House Finance Committee, Representative Matt LoPresti is not afraid to call into question the way government makes big decisions and spends valuable taxpayer dollars.

Lawmakers question governor’s goals for local food production
(Hawaii News Now • 1/26/2017)

More Money Sought To Fix Hawaii’s Harbors, Airports And Roads
(Civil Beat • 1/11/2017)

Lawmakers pass budget
(Star-Advertiser • 5/4/2016)

Legislature Hits High Gear As Hundreds Of Bills Clear Chambers
(Civil Beat • 3/8/2016)
University of Hawaii Makes Its Case for More State Support
(Civil Beat • 12/18/2014)
UH asks for $6 million for financially struggling athletics
(Hawaii News Now • 12/18/2014)

City agrees to rezone land for Koa Ridge development
(KHON2 • 9/12/2013)

Increasing Public Safety

As Vice-Chair of the House Committee on Public Safety, Representative Matt LoPresti continues to push for greater government awareness and preparedness whether it has to do with local crime and victim advocacy, natural or man-made disasters, or international threats.

Analyst: North Korea aware of what attacking the U.S. in anger would mean
(KHON2 • 9/12/2017)

Hawaii bereidt zich voor op de bom
(Algemeen Dagblad • 8/15/2017)

Tensions between North Korea and the U.S. are heating up
(CTV News, Canada • 8/11/2017)

Performer’s stolen wheelchair replaced amid outpouring of offers
(Star-Advertiser • 8/3/2017)

State to start preparedness campaign for nuclear attack
(Star-Advertiser • 7/21/2017)

Activate Kauai missile shield, expert urges
(Star-Advertiser • 5/4/2017)

Hawaii preparation for North Korea nuke attack far from complete
(Fox News • 5/2/2017)

Hawaii lawmaker calls for plans in event of a nuclear attack
(Fox News • 4/18/2017)

In Case of Nuclear Attack, Hawaii Lawmakers Want to Be Prepared
(Governing • 4/18/2017)

Hawaii state rep. wants updated contingency plan in case of North Korean attack
(The Hill • 4/16/2017)

State representative asks for update to decades old community shelter plan
(KHON2 • 4/15/2017)

Hawaii panel asks state to prepare for North Korea attack
(Hawaii News Now • 4/14/2017)

Lawmakers, experts assess North Korean threat to Hawaii
(Hawaii News Now • 4/14/2017)

Lawmaker says Hawaii obvious target should N. Korea strike; urges readiness
(Hawaii Tribune Herald • 4/14/2017)

Lawmakers call for updating nuclear attack survival plan
(Star-Advertiser • 4/14/2017)

Hawaii Panel Asks State to Prepare for North Korea Attack
(US News • 4/13/2017)

Police Chief Orders Full Review Of Toddler Assault Case
(Civil Beat • 2/15/2017)

Toddler Assault: Peyton Valiente Deserves Justice
(Civil Beat • 2/10/2017)

Hawaii Lawmakers Want Answers In Toddler Abuse Case
(Civil Beat • 2/9/2017)

Will Police Reform Finally Gain Traction In The 2017 Legislature?
(Civil Beat • 1/25/2017)

New DLNR chief suddenly forced out
(KITV4 • 6/21/2016)

Keep Guns Away From Stalkers and Sexual Predators
(Civil Beat • 3/1/2016)

Hawaii Lawmakers: No Guns For Stalkers
(Civil Beat • 2/24/2016)

Bolstering Civil Liberties

Representative Matt LoPresti is a tireless advocate for individual privacy and other civil liberties whether it has to do with one’s person, property, or online activities and has pursued legislation that furthers civil rights and equality for all.

U.S. ConCon resolution advances
(Star-Advertiser • 4/24/2017)

Hawaii Police Agencies Struggle To Equip Officers With Body Cameras
(Civil Beat • 4/18/2017)

Hawaii without strict internet privacy rules
(KITV4 • 4/10/2017)

Hawaii bill would criminalize trespassing on state lands
(Star-Advertiser • 4/6/2017)

Cameras for cops in focus: Bills to implement use of dashboard, body devices debated
(Hawaii Tribune Herald • 2/6/2017)

Hawaii Governor Vetoes Airbnb Bill, Six Others
(Civil Beat • 7/12/2016)

Threatened Veto Baffles Social-Media Bill Advocates
(Civil Beat • 6/29/2016)

Pending legislation could change Hawai’i’s criminal justice system
(KITV4 • 4/12/2016)

Bill would ban bosses from workers’ personal accounts
(Hawaii Tribune Herald • 2/26/2016)

House bill aims to curtail snooping by employers
(Star-Advertiser • 2/20/2016)

Cellphone restrictions on pedestrians advance
(Star-Advertiser • 2/18/2016)

Senators push police camera regulations
(Star-Advertiser • 2/10/2016)

Breaking down the ACLU’s new 16-state privacy legislation blitz
(Clever Blog • 2/8/2016)
Hawaii bill seeks equal pay for women to close wage gap
(Hawaii Tribune Herald • 2/7/2016)

HB1739- Relating to Employment: Matthew LoPresti
(Hawaii Public Radio • 1/29/2016)

State Lawmaker Raises Privacy in Proposal To Regulate Police Body Cameras
(Civil Beat • 1/20/2016)

Homelessness, health care among priorities for 2016 legislative session
(KHON2 • 1/20/2016)

Hawaii Legislature begins 2016 session, focuses on homeless
(Star-Advertiser • 1/20/2016)

Is Hawaii Really Worried About Muslims With Guns?
(Civil Beat • 1/14/2016)

Bill would keep employers out of workers’ social media posts
(Star-Advertiser • 2/3/2015)

Demanding Accountability in the Rail Transit Project

Representative Matt LoPresti has always supported the City’s rail transit project, however, a lack of accountability has driven construction costs unacceptably over-budget and not within the time frame that was initially promised. That is why Rep. LoPresti and his colleagues pushed for greater State oversight of the beleaguered City project.

Rail has run the mayor flat broke in credibility
(Star-Advertiser • 9/3/2017)

$2.4B rail bailout bill goes to the governor for approval
(Star-Advertiser • 9/2/2017)

Mayor’s stress test claim ‘evaporated’ as FTA reaffirms half-billion pad not required
(KHON2 • 8/31/2017)

Senate approves rail bill in 16-9 vote
(Star-Advertiser • 8/31/2017)

House and Senate leaders keep searching for rail funds
(Star-Advertiser • 8/15/2017)

Lawmakers grill rail officials on funding: ‘I just don’t know why you don’t get it’
(KHON2 • 8/14/2017)

Lawmakers vote for 2 more years of rail tax
(Star-Advertiser • 4/6/2017)

Lawmakers OK $1.2B more for rail, but Caldwell says it’s not enough
(Star-Advertiser • 4/5/2017)

House to HART: Open Up Your Books
(Civil Beat • 3/25/2015)

Pushing for Common Sense in Transportation Infrastructure

As a resident of Ewa Beach, Matt LoPresti understands the daily pains of travelling from West Oahu to Honolulu and back and has devoted his transportation policy to fighting for those in Hawaii with the longest commutes.

Lawmakers uneasy about highway user fee pilot project
(KITV4 • 1/11/2017)

Charging by mile, not by fuel
(Star-Advertiser • 9/16/2016)

The Latest: Bill to explore Hawaii ferry system advances
(KITV4 • 5/20/2016)

Tax on gas, auto weight would go up via bill OK’d by senators
(Star-Advertiser • 3/9/2016)

City council to consider parking exception
(Star-Advertiser • 2/16/2016)

Traffic gridlock just a way of life for many on isle
(Star-Advertiser • 6/29/2015)

Honolulu commuters sleep, eat in cars to beat traffic grind
(Hawaii News Now • 6/28/2015)

EXCLUSIVE: State fixing up old ZipMobiles; will not buy new ones
(Hawaii News Now • 6/9/2015)

Tow truck used to close ZipperLane after ZipMobile disabled by fire
(KHON2 • 5/13/2015)

State lawmaker asks prosecutor to dismiss Tuesday traffic gridlock tickets
(Hawaii News Now • 4/2/2015)

City offers to help motorists ticketed during ZipMobile traffic jam
(Star-Advertiser • 4/2/2015)

After traffic nightmare, other options may be reconsidered
(Hawaii News Now • 4/1/2015)

State DOT officials take blame for ZipMobile traffic jam screw-ups
(Hawaii News Now • 4/1/2015)

Representing the People

Matt LoPresti has and continues to devote his career to academics as a university professor, however, he chose to run for public office to address issues that he felt the current system was ignoring.

LoPresti defeats GOP challenger Jeremiah for Ewa House seat
(Star-Advertiser • 11/8/2016)

District 41 – Matthew (‘Matt’) LoPresti (D)
(Star-Advertiser • 7/18/2016)

Candidate Q&A: State House District 41 — Matthew LoPresti
(Civil Beat • 7/8/2016)
House Majority floor leader Rida Cabanilla is out of a job after losing to Matt LoPresti
(Watchdog.org • 8/15/2014)

Lopresti & Akina: Liberal & Conservative Views
(Think Tech Hawaii • 9/9/2014)

Candidate Q&A — House District 41: Matthew LoPresti
(Civil Beat • 7/17/2014)

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