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President's Message (Dorothy Lum)
Voter Information on City Charter Amendments (Marty McGurk)
Offices up for Election
Membership Update: Welcome New Members
How Do League's New Positions Plug into the National Action? (Dottie Gullicksen)
Calendar for November
Anne Lee Featured
People Deserve the Government they Get! (Barbara Marumoto)
People 'n Pix
Budget-Making in City Government
Voter Information on City Charter Amendments
There will be five questions on the ballot November 6 related to Charter Amendments in addition to the Date-Laau Initiative which was reviewed in your October Aloha Voter.
Provided here is each question as it will appear on the ballot. As a voter service we have additionally followed each question with a brief explanation of the purpose, for your information.
"Shall the City Charter be amended to delegate discretionary power to the corporation counsel or a duly authorized reviser of charter to change any term which refers to the male or female gender to a term which is gender neutral as long as the meaning or effect of the charter is not changed?"
The question asks if male or female related terms in the charter should be changed to neutral terms as long as the meaning or effect of the charter is not changed.
"Shall the City Charter be amended to create an independent salary commission which will review and establish the salaries of all elected officials including the mayor, councilmembers, and the prosecuting attorney?"
Passage of this question would establish an independent salary commission which would review and establish the salaries of elected city officials.
The purpose of such an amendment is to avoid the situation as it currently exits where the effected officials establish their own salaries.
"Shall the City Charter be amended to delete the words "the city" from Section 14-101 of the charter and be replaced with the word "government", to allow for Neighborhood Boards to participate at all levels of government?"
Presently, many Neighborhood Boards provide input on relevant issues to such agencies as the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Land and Natural Resources, and the Land Use Commission. In effect, the amendment will formalize what already exists.
"Shall the City Charter be amended to change the reapportionment years of the council from every eight years to every ten years?"
The purpose here is to allow reapportionment to coincide with the Federal Census. In doing so, data from the Census will be available for reapportioning districts according to population.
"Shall the City Charter be amended to authorize the Ethics Commission to hire an independent staff?"
Presently the Ethics Commission is attached to the Corporation Counsel and depends on it for administrative services and personnel. Passage of Question 5 would allow the Ethics Commission to appoint full-time staff independent of the Corporation Counsel. .
We hope the information provided here will help clarify the issues. The full text of each resolution will also be prominently displayed at your polling places for perusal before voting!
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