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President's Message (Jackie Parnell)
Vote Count Help Needed (Arlene Ellis)
Charter Commission (Evangeline Funk & Piilani Kaopuiki)
On Social Security - Just the Facts, Please (Jean Aoki)
In Memoriam
Pay Attention to Rail Bills (Pearl Johnson)
Working for Clean Elections
Bottle Bill (Pearl Johnson)
Call for Nominations for State Board

Charter Commission

On December 20, 2004, 12 members of the Charter Commission met at Honolulu Hale to organize and begin their work to study and review the operation of the government of the city under the Charter. Thirteen members constitute the commission, but the mayor and the city council were unable to agree on the selection of the last member before the end of the year and the end of the Harris administration. However, David Arakawa, the citys Corporation Counsel, advised that the 12 members could still be sworn in to perform preliminary work

Arakawa and Donovan Dela Cruz, Council chair, explained that the selection of the 13th member of the Commission could continue into February or March 2005. A delay of that length could adversely impact on the Charter Commission, which must establish an operating budget within a strict time-line, solicit and hire staff, conduct the charter review, and submit a final report by August 2006. The 12 members wisely decided to begin work pending final approval of the 13th member.

Evangeline Funk,
Piilani Kaopuiki
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