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American Voter's Bill of Rights
President's Message (Arlene Ellis)
Honolulu Convention Center II (Astrid Monson)
Planning and Zoning Committee Up-date (Astrid Monson)
Public Participation in the Legislative Process (Evelyn Bender)
General Membership Meeting
League of Women Voters Presents - Choice (Linda Chinn)
Membership and Anniversary Dates
Advertising on Buses
Available for Circulation
Mythology of Growth and Transportation
UPW Vote Count
Editorial from Pacific Business News - 11/20 (George Mason)
In Memoriam
Council Observer Corps

President's Message

League Viewpoints have expanded to include Public Radio as well as KHVH. "Is Planning Dead in Honolulu?" was the first 3-minute Viewpoint we gave on Public Radio on the week of 10/16, describing the alteration of the General Plan and Development Plans by amendments and/or exemptions by the State and City, and encouraging active public participation in the planning process.

The use of "Development Agreements" to get around planning and zoning regulations was the topic of the Viewpoint for the week of 10/31. We opposed the "vested rights" provisions of the Bill before the Council which opens the way for special deals which can help developers circumvent the planning process and the fact that since both the State law and the proposed bill specify that approval for Development Agreements is an administrative, not a legislative act, it is not subject to public initiative or referendum.

On the week of 11/6 we discussed the right of privacy under the Constitution to make reproductive choices.

Last week we opposed raising building heights from the present 350 feet to 500 feet for downtown and the Aloha Motors Convention Center site. We pointed out that height increases were being accompanied by demands for greater density which would result in less public open space at ground level, or even in the sky between and around towers rising above the multi-storied garage base, because the proposed towers get fatter to a greater extent than they get taller.

This week our Viewpoint is on "affordable" housing. We stress the need to build houses for families with incomes of $20,000, $25,000, and $30,000, who are in trouble and form the bulk of those who need the really affordable housing -- homes costing $60,000 to $100,000.

Next week our topic is the City and State's head-long race to build rival Convention Centers. We question if either one, to say nothing of two, is economically viable or socially desirable, or really needed, or what purpose they are designed to serve. Both Centers are supposedly to be built by private developers at no cost to taxpayers, but both require in return, increases in building heights and millions of square feet of building exceeding zoned densities. Both would require building bulks and heights unprecedented in Honolulu. We ask if the point of all this is to meet a real community need for a Convention Center, or an excuse to give developers the right to build massive projects for profit that could never be built under normal zoning rules.

For any of you who have a burning issue you want aired, call the office and tell us about it and we'll try to fit it in. It would be helpful is the issue is timely and of current interest, and is one on which League has a position, although the latter is not a requirement.

Arlene Ellis

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