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From the President (Diane Hastert)
Board Bulletin
Action! (Dee Lum)
Voters Service - Capitol Tours (Gretel McLane)
League Pulse
Fund Raising Is Everybody's Job
For Your Information - New Charter in Effect
GRPP - Where Do We Fit In?
Report from the Hill
Neighborhood Commission - Do You Live in a Neighborhood?
Temporary Commission for Environmental Planning (Judy Blatchford)
Leaguers in the Community
Are You a Ms, Miss or Mrs?
International Relations and Trade
Multinational Corporation and Economic Development (Barbara Fenton)
News from Congressman Spark M. Matsunaga of Hawaii (Barbara Wiebanga)
Welcome to these New Members!
Garbage Bag

For Your Information -

New Charter in Effect

or, what does all that hard work mean to us now?

On June 30 the revised City and County of Honolulu Charter became effective in its entirety. Prior to this time those sections dealing with the newly created Department of Land Utilization and the restructured Department of General Planning, the Neighborhood Commission (note full page article,) had been in the planning stages.

The election of members of the City Council in 1974 shall be in accordance with the revised Charter which calls for a Reapportionment Commission which will present its findings in January of 1974.

The Charter now insures many avenues of citizen involvement, especially in planning and zoning issues. There are mandatory hearings before the City Council for: General Plan resolutions, Development Plan ordinances, Zoning ordinances, Planned Unit Development ordinances and Conditional Use Permit resolutions. Further there are provisions to encourage the use of all types of communications media in informing the public and requirements that notices of hearings be written in easily understood words.

The revised Charter calls for revision of the General Plan, and workshops for this revision are under way, being discussed in detail in the Voter issue. (Note: THE GPRP - WHERE DO WE FIT IN?)

The thrust of our Charter efforts centered around the need for increased public information and better means of citizen input. Our repeated phrase, "Let the people in", epitomizes our intent. We're in. What will we do with our opportunities?

Action is the lifeblood of the League; the need for our intelligent and unbiased performance is great. Action performance isn't just LWV leadership responsibility, even though we depend heavily on board members and chairmen to guide us and to act as spokesmen when we act in concert. Our responsibilities extend to each Leaguer using her background and helping her friends and neighbors. Speak up! There is an issue in your area that affects you.

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