President's Message (Jackie Parnell)|
Monitoring Charter Review Commission Is Crucial (Jean Aoki)
League Party on January 21 (Mary Anne Raywid)
Council Watch (Evangeline Funk & Piilani Kaopuiki)
Landfills Can Be Desirable (Jackie Parnell)
Welcome New Members
Aloha and Greetings of the Season:
Those of you who missed the membership meeting at the Hale Koa on December 11 missed some interesting discussion during the morning meeting and after the panel presentation following lunch. Two new projects were endorsed for the future, one almost immediately and one longer range. The one coming up the first of next year is keeping on top of the new Charter Commission. League was very active during the last one -- see Jean Aoki's article. It is really important that we are again in 2005. Let us know if you can help.
The other project is initiating a study on affordable housing on Oahu. The current high prices for houses has meant that more and more middle and low income people are being shut out of home ownership. It also has resulted in more and more rentals disappearing and consequently higher and higher rents for those that remain. Meanwhile, the federal government is slashing housing programs. People are being evicted at the same time the waiting lists for public or assisted housing grow longer. This is a problem that needs League's attention. First we need to gather the statistics to define the extent of the problem. Then we need to identify possible solutions. Finally we will need to advocate. I will head up the study -- please join my committee.
The afternoon discussion was focused on proposed land use reform for Hawaii. We had a great presentation and the usual number of serious and thought-provoking questions and comments by our Leaguers. You will be hearing more about these proposals as they get refined into draft legislation. Our main speakers (and authors of the proposal), Tom Dinell and Robin Foster, were glad they came and met with us. Next they will be having meetings on Kauai, Maui, Hilo and Kona so the Leaguers on the Neighbor Islands can also join the discussion.
Have a wonderful holiday.
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