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Looking Forward... Busy Months Ahead
President's Message (Arlene Woo)
League Announces Support for Nuclear Weapons Freeze
Legislative Committee Gearing up for Action
General Membership Meeting - Looking Ahead with League (Anne Marie Duca)
League Testifies at City Planning Commission Hearing
Bettye Harris Appointed Refugee Coordinator
Preparing for National Security Consensus -- Phase II
Do You Have Two Hours for League? (Mildred Walston)
Let's Talk about Council
How Much Time Does it Take to Be Active in League?
Presidential Debates
Advocacy Agenda
Calendar
Forum on the Electronic Revolution

Let's Talk about Council

1984 is election year, and we need to anticipate the questions that will be raised in regard to the status of the Honolulu City Council. Almost certain to surface again are the proposals to elevate the Council to a full-time status and to delegate the responsibility for setting the salaries of the Council Members to some commission.

ON JANUARY 12, at a brown-bag lunch in the League office at noon, Dorothy Murdock and her committee will share their stories about observing the City Council for the past six months. In addition, we will discuss our positions on the Council and on local government.

OUR POSITION ON THE CITY COUNCIL WAS REVISED IN 1980. IS IT STILL VALID?

Below are some highlights from our position on our local government.

The Council should be primarily responsible for legislating, broad-policy making, and oversight (a process by which the Council may be informed of executive performance and compliance with legislative policies and intent); the Mayor should be primarily responsible for the implementation and execution of the policies set by the Council. The co-equal branches of government should be structured to permit accountability to the voters by individual Council members and the Mayor.

The Mayor should appoint all department heads and retain ultimate responsibility for actions taken by any member of the administration."

We also support a part-time Council with a part-time salary.

The time to evaluate our position is now while we still have time to gather the necessary information and consider objectively all the implications and consequences of our posit Then, when the public forum intensifies, we can defend our position with firm conviction.

LET'S ALL JOIN THIS GABFEST. NOON, JANUARY 12, League office.

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