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Neighborhood Commission Survey

I'm sure you won't be surprised to learn that your priorities and concerns are perfectly aligned with your neighbors and that those issues individuals were most concerned varied with where they lived, and perhaps more importantly, with life styles.

Okay - what were the results? Nearly everyone was concerned about citizen involvement in planning. The other category of deep concern was schools, which certainly should say something about the school Advisory Committees. However, desire to see the neighborhood commission work was not constant, and several individuals felt their condominium association is more important and responsive to them.

While many expressed hope that N.C. might localize approaches, there were many thoughtful problem areas brought up and much time was devoted to discussions of pitfalls and how they might be avoided.

Probably the question that intrigued most concerned staffing and the fact that most Leaguers couldn't see how a neighborhood board could function without it. There was also discussion of how the neighborhood board might communicate directly with state officials on certain issues such as school, and the propriety of such communication. Generally, it was felt that any communication between citizen and official is proper and that channels and the bureaucracy are cumbersome and hinder real idea exchanging sometimes.

There was no sure fire way of defining a neighborhood, but the discussion about this was great. Kailua seemed to see their "neighborhood" in broad terms, or at least felt that a broad definition would help people to see their relationship to their neighbors' problems. Hawaii Kai felt that their larger community was affected by similar problems (schools and traffic) and wondered about drawing boundaries along school lines. Honolulu A.M. felt there were many things to consider in defining neighborhoods: geographic as well as economic, education and political considerations.

The discussions were good and will continue. Thank you for your participation.

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