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Diamond Head - Where Do We Go from Here?
October Calendar
Local Program
Welcome to Our New Members
Mary George Discusses Ethics (Mary George)
How Could We Manage Without Them?
Schools in Hawaii - A Preliminary Report
What a Morning! (Beverly Carter)
Feed-Back (Ann Hansen)
50th Anniversary of the LWV
We Look to Congress in November
Time for Action

Local Program

Three of the items on local program -- the charter, planning, and the Halawa Jail, have been with us a long time. A brief review seems in order to refresh the memories of long-time Leaguers and bring our new members up-to-date.

Charter: Study and evaluation of the Charter of the City and County of Honolulu. Support of a strengthened Code of Ethics and more flexible Charter amendment procedures.

The recent passage by the Honolulu City Council of two ethics bills which enlarged the powers of the Ethics Commission, strengthened the Code of Ethics, and added elected officials to those covered by the regulations means that most of the League's goals in this area be been realized. In the future, we would like to see the Charter itself amended to include the ethics regulations which now stand only as ordinances. Elsewhere in this issue of the ALOHA VOTER you will find an article on ethics by Councilwoman Mary George, past President of the League of Women Voters of Honolulu and one time member of the State Ethics Commission, who introduced the ethics bills recently passed by the City Council.

The League's consensus on Charter amendment procedures falls into three areas:

  1. The Charter now calls for a Charter Review Commission to be appointed every sixteen years with the Commission's recommended charter amendments going directly on the ballot for the voters' consideration. The League would like to see this commission appointed every ten years rather than every sixteen.

  2. The Charter now provides for amendment by petition of 10% of the number who voted in the last mayoralty election and approval by the majority of the Council. The League recommends that the petition for Charter amendment should be signed by a number equal to 10% of the registered voters and that the amendment should then go directly on the ballot without Council approval.

  3. The League supports amendment of the Charter by use of the means set forth within the Charter rather than by act of the State Legislature. This allows the voters of Honolulu to accept or reject any amendment proposed to the Charter under which their County is governed.

Planning: Support of a well-integrated and comprehensive plan for the orderly development of the City and County of Honolulu.

The only area under planning in which we have been active recently is the future of Diamond Head. Our consensus calls for minimum development in the area, maintenance of Diamond Head Road as a scenic drive, and eventual acquisition of the area makai of Diamond Head Road by the City for park use. Our first round of October unite will be concerned with the Diamond Head situation, past, present and future. Background information and a map are on pages 1 and 2 of this VOTER.

Jail: Support of measures to insure a City and County jail which meets the standards of a modern correctional institution and will provide for adequate security, segregation and rehabilitation.

Three years ago a dozen League members toured Halawa Jail with the hope that we would find conditions such that we could drop this longtime item from Local Program. Though we found the Jail to be a well-run institution, we did find a couple of shortcomings -- lack of a social worker and the need for one additional matron in the women's section. The League requested the administration and the Council to provide funds for these two positions, but the request was not approved. However, the budget for the current fiscal year does include salary for an additional matron. Obtaining a social worker is much more difficult since social workers come under the State Department of Social Services, and they are in short supply.

A State-authorized study of corrections in Hawaii by the National Council on Crime and Delinquency will be released shortly. Preliminary reports indicate that the N.C.C.D. recommends that county jails be transferred to the State Corrections Division of the Department of Social Services. Neighbor Island counties have expressed the desire for the State to take over county jails, and the Honolulu Police Department would like to be relieved of the responsibility of running Halawa Jail, as they feel it is a non-police function. It seems most likely that the N.C.C.D. recommendation will be accepted and that the State Legislature will act to transfer responsibility for operating county' jails from the counties to the State.

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