Jan. 24 Meeting Examines Kakaako Plan (Pearl Johnson)
Expand Initiative Power (Charles Carole)
Dec. 17 Meeting (Pearl Johnson)
Legislature Is In Session Now (Pearl Johnson)
Hauntingly Familiar Tale
Editor's Musings (Pearl Johnson)
Transit Alternatives Report Due In Fall (Charles Carole)
Apologies For Mistaken Reminders (Robin Loomis)
OMPO To Request More Federal Funds
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Happy New Year! We hope and pray that this year will bring peace in Iraq and the world.
Meanwhile, on the home front, we have our work cut out for us. 2006 is an election year, which means we will be busy, busy, busy. City Council seats will be up for a vote and there will be amendments to the City Charter to analyze for pros and cons and support or opposition. The Charter is the City's constitution so these amendments can be important. This is a far different Charter Commission than the last one which had little interest in anyone's opinions but its own. This Commission has solicited input from everyone.
On January 13, the Commission started its review of 91(!) different proposals. One of these we supported heartily. So did the Commission which voted unanimously to put it on the ballot. This proposal would dedicate 1% of property tax revenue to go into a special fund for the purchase of environmentally sensitive and agricultural lands and to provide affordable housing. Kauai and Maui have adopted similar measures. This is one we can all vote for.
Other measures that we support include strengthening the Ethics Commission and allowing citizens to vote on tax issues (now excluded from the initiative process).Thanks to Piilani Kaopuiki and Evangeline Funk, Co-Chairs of our Council Watch Committee, for faithfully attending every Commission Meeting. They could use some help.
If you are not interested in the Charter, there are plenty of other things to do. Election years are when the League shines -- this is what we are all about! There are potential voters to register, pros and cons to write, and voter education opportunities galore. Plus the semiannual Take a Friend to Vote campaign. If you are interested, please call the office at 531-7448 between 10 AM and 12 noon any weekday or leave a message anytime.
LVW - HonoluluPresident - Jackie Parnell
Vice President - Piilani Kaopuiki
Secretary - Robin Loomis
Treasurer - Malia Schwartz
Editor - Pearl Johnson
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