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League Seeks Members for Council Observer Corps

No experience necessary. Some training offered. Mostly learning on the job.
Requirements: Some time, alert eyes and ears, and the patience of Job.

Call Ann Reeves, 395-2213

If League is to make any difference in the way our City government operates, we need to be aware of what's happening at City Hall at all times. For this, we need a good-sized Council observer corps so that the burden of monitoring can be shared, and no one person needs to camp out at City Hall.

Ann Reeves, Honolulu League vice-president, is trying to get such a corps organized. This is an excellent opportunity for those members who wish to get involved in League work and yet do not want the responsibilities that committee membership might entail. Each member would determine the amount of time she wished to devote to this activity.

To give you a clearer idea of what you might find yourselves involved in, we'll let Dorothy Murdock, League observer, "talk" to you.

"Almost from the time of my arrival in Honolulu in 1971, I have been going to City Council meetings. I began reporting on the Council Planning and Zoning Committee for the League P & Z committee and I am still doing it.

It isn't a difficult task as all you do is sit and listen and take notes. It could be a lot more complicated if the League decides to keep track of the Council Members' votes on all of the ordinances. The last four years were quite interesting because there was so much discussion among the members.

Most meetings start on time and run from less than 30 minutes to three hours, but no one can predict in advance what to expect. When you enter the room you pick up an agenda so you can follow the action. Once in a while, the chairman will ask the committee to agree to discuss hand-carried items not on the agenda. The committee always agrees, but the people in the audience cannot follow the discussion. It tends to make the audience wonder whether the Council isn't trying to hide something.

Naturally, as a League member, you will sit quietly and watch the proceedings. Sometimes, people who are emotionally involved become vocal and boo or clap their hands with joy.

Committee meetings are held on the second floor of City Hall in the Committee Room. It would be advisable to first attend the meetings of the committee that interests you. You will then move to the Council Chambers on the third floor at some later date to watch the full Council act on the ordinances you have previously heard discussed in committee. Unless you have heard some discussion at the committee meetings, you might have a difficult time understanding the full Council meetings which tend to be cut and dried.

Mildred Towle and I have observed the Council together for years and we welcome all Leaguers to enjoy the experience with us."

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