Local Legue Reports - Honolulu
- Membership as of March 3, 2009 – 196
- Planning and Transportation – Pearl Johnson and Charles Carole monitor the City and its actions regarding rail. We wrote a response to the draft EIS and presented testimony in support of following zoning laws at a hearing on bed and breakfast facilities.
- Vote Count – Arlene Ellis is coordinating Honolulu’s participation in the Neighborhood Board elections in 2009. Projects assisted: a survey by the police officer’s union; the Mililani Town Association election of its board of directors, vote counts for several unions.
- Women’s Health and Safety – On November 22nd , the Hawaii State LWV Board unanimously adopted our Drug Policy Study position that LWV supports measures to develop effective solutions to problems associated with drug misuse and the unintended consequences of current drug policies. Kudos to Claire Sullivan and Suzanne Meisenzahl for their work.
- The First Annual Donald & Astrid Monson Award Celebration was held on Nov 13, honoring Jeff Mikulina, Executive Director of Blue Planet and former Director of the Sierra Club of Hawaii. The LWVHnl selected the award recipient and organized and sponsored the event. 81 attended
- The annual Honolulu Planning Meeting was held December 6. Professor James Dator, Head of the Research Center, Dept. of Political Science, UH Manoa, gave a thought provoking talk on the future of Hawaii and whether Hawaii residents are ready for it
- Four program proposals were adopted at the planning meeting.
- Whenever there is a contested City election, no one can be elected outright in primaries.
- League to begin a survey on the efficient use of a police officer’s time at Neighborhood Board meetings.
- League to support a workable single payer universal health care law bill for the State of Hawaii and the nation; we urge the State to advocate for the change.
- To study the concept of municipalities by looking at the mainland.
- Thirteen members participated in the Martin Luther King Jr. Parade in January. Everyone had fun and League received very good exposure. Ann Shaver leads the planning committee for 2010.
- The 2008 election season saw League registering voters and briefing organizations on the voting.
- Piilani Kaopuiki was a member of Lieutenant Governor Aiona’s Constitution Cost Task Force in July that gathered information on the cost of conducting a constitutional convention.