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President's Message: Leage Anticipates a Busy 1995 (Suzanne Meisenzahl)
Recommendations for State Convention Agenda
Mayor Outlines Ambitious Plan for Honolulu
New Directions for 1995
Physical and Sexual Violence Bill to Be Revised (Pamela Ferguson-Brey)
Congratulations, Pamela!
Planning and Zoning Committee Has Busy Month (Astrid Monson)
State Data Book Wins Again (Astrid Monson)
City Finances Discussion Slated (Jean Aoki)
Rights Petition Circulated
Information Exchange Conference Planned (Marion Saunders)
Letters to the Editor - LWV Action Praised (Faye Kennedy)
Letters to the Editor - Mahalo for LWV Kokua (Martha Ross)
Volunteers Needed
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Mayor Outlines Ambitious Plan for Honolulu

Mayor Jeremy Harris and wife Ramona chat with Suzanne Meisenzahl and Arlene Ellis at the annual program planning luncheon

Declaring that he was launching a crusade for "smarter" government, at the annual program planning meeting Mayor Jeremy Harris outlined a four-point plan for solving Honolulu's problem of a diminution of resources in the face of increased demands on services.

Smarter government means managing with less money and personnel than the year before, but still meeting the $74+ million cost of running the city. First, Harris would seek a "fair share package" which would realign the financial relationship between the city and state, with the city receiving a larger share of fines and forfeitures and excise taxes. Next, the mayor vowed to streamline government and find creative ways to save and make money, such as automatic refuse collection, a city store, corporate sponsors and increased fees for the operation of the zoo. Third, the mayor outlined a "safe streets package" to improve the quality of life in the city. This included tackling the problem of the "out of synch" justice system, where criminals are arrested but let go by judges because of insufficient room in the prisons. Harris would increase incentives to the private sector to assume the burden of building affordable housing and rentals; use innovative ways, such as synchronized traffic lights and dedicated bus lanes to improve traffic flow; begin a telecommuting policy for city workers so they can work at home three days a week; and improve recreational facilities. Lastly, the mayor talked about preservation of the environment, especially the wastewater treatment facilities, which are overwhelmed during times of high rainfall. The most serious problem, he said, is non-point source pollution of streams from runoff from buildings and streets, which eventually finds its way to the beaches.

These problems can be solved with cooperation of the public and government, he declared. "We need citizens who understand the problems and will become involved in the legislative programs," he said, inviting members of the League to join him in this effort.

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