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All Proposals

# PROPOSER SUMMARY
1 Vincent Shigikuni
  • Require American Planning Association training for Planning Commissioners and every Corporation Counsel assigned to the Planning Commission; and
  • Specifically apply the Sunshine Law to the Planning Commission.
  • Proposal001-Vincent-Shigekuni.pdf
2 Glen I. Takahashi, City Clerk
3 Brandon Elefante, Council-member
  • Increase the availability of the Affordable Housing Fund by:
  • Allowing it to be used for persons earning 60% or less of median household income (rather than just 40%);
  • Allow mixed use and mixed income projects; and
  • Limit the time required for the housing to remain affordable to 60 years.
  • Proposal003-Brandon-Elefante-City-Councilmember.pdf
4 Anonymous
  • Empower the City Council to remove the Corporation Counsel by a vote of two-thirds of the entire Council membership.
  • Proposal004-Anonymous.pdf
5 Anonymous
6 Darlene Yoshioka
7 John Kawamoto
  • Limit political contributions to $100 for each election period; and
  • Prohibit campaign contributions by organizations.
  • Proposal007-John-Kawamoto.pdf
8 Kent Fonoimoana, Kahuku Community Organization
9 Kellen Smith, Co- Vice Chair, Wai`anae Neighborhood Board
10 Clifton Masayoshi Hasegawa
11 Kevin Mulligan
12 Kevin Mulligan
13 Kevin Mulligan
  • Require that:
  • Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transit Board members meet specific knowledge and professional experience in specified areas; and
  • Board members ride Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transit once a week on average.
  • Proposal013-OR-Kevin-Mulligan-Charter-Commissioner.pdf
14 Kevin Mulligan
15 Kenneth Conklin
  • Require recusal of elected or appointed officials from participating, deliberating, voting, or implementing policies or decisions which will have a financial or political impact on other institutions where they or their spouses, children, or parents are officers, members, or beneficiaries.
  • Proposal015-Kenneth-Conklin.pdf
16 Kevin Mulligan
17 Charles Katsuyoshi
  • Improve financial flexibility for the City Council and the Mayor by repealing the:
  • Proposal017-Charles-Katsuyoshi.pdf
  • Clean Water and Natural Lands Fund;
  • Affordable Housing Fund;
  • Grants in Aid Fund; and
  • Charter section allowing for creation of new funds.
18 Will Espero
  • Authorize the Police Commission to punish officers for misconduct or bad behavior; and
  • Authorize the Mayor to fire the Police Chief with the support of the majority of the Police Commissioners.
  • Proposal018-Will-Espero-State-Senator.pdf
19 Donna Ikeda
20 Donna Ikeda
21 David Rae
  • Limit terms of office for all elective county offices to two consecutive sixyear terms, specifically for the Mayor, the City Council members, the Prosecuting Attorney, and the Neighborhood Boards.
  • Proposal021-David-Rae-Charter-Commissioner.pdf
22 Kevin Mulligan
23 Civil Beat
24 Civil Beat
  • Require boards and commissions to have an internet presence and use electronic communications to distribute board information to:
  • Provide ready access to information;
  • Reduce barriers to and encourage public engagement with government;
  • Build trust in government; and
  • Encourage a paperless government.
  • Proposal024-Civil-Beat-Law-Center.pdf
25 Civil Beat
26 Civil Beat
27 Donna Ikeda
28 Donna Ikeda
29 Donna Ikeda
30 Terrence Aratani
  • Limit Neighborhood Boards' advisory rules to City and County matters; and
  • Consider abolishing the Neighborhood Boards by reviewing participation and other factors.
  • Proposal030-Terrance-Aratani.pdf
31 Kevin Mulligan
32 Larry Bartley for Save Oahu's Neighborhoods
33 Paul Oshiro
34 Paul Oshiro
35 Paul Oshiro
36 Paul Oshiro
37 Paul Oshiro
38 APA
39 Totto
40 Tsujimura
41 Paul Oshiro
  • Authorize the Salary Commission to:
  • Establish salary ranges for department heads or deputy department heads in positions with recruitment challenges that have been vacant for more than one year; and
  • Require the salary for a particular position within the applicable salary range be specified by the appointing official or entity.
  • Proposal041-Paul-Oshiro-Charter-Commissioner.pdf
42 Paul Oshiro
43 Paul Oshiro
44 Paul Oshiro
45 Paul Oshiro
46 Paul Oshiro
  • Delete the duties of the Transportation Commission to evaluate the Director of the Department of Transportation and review the rules, budget, and public transit and other transportation system contractors.
  • Proposal046-Paul-Oshiro-Charter-Commissioner.pdf
47 Cheryl Soon
48 Cheryl Soon
  • Amend powers of the City to include sustainability and resource protection; and
  • Emphasize that inclusiveness, transparency, and participation by the citizenry is a fundamental principle of conduct.
  • Proposal048-Cheryl-Soon-Charter-Commissioner.pdf
49 Cheryl Soon
50 Cheryl Soon
  • Transfer the following from the Managing Director's Office to other departments:
  • Emergency Management;
  • Citizen Advisory Commission on Civil Defense;
  • Royal Hawaiian Band; and
  • Office of Housing.
  • Proposal050-Cheryl-Soon-Charter-Commissioner.pdf
51 Cheryl Soon
52 Cheryl Soon
  • Create a Climate Change Commission attached to the Department of Facility Maintenance to:
  • Review the latest science of climate change; and
  • Advise the Director on adaptation measures to protect city properties and facilities.
  • Proposal052-Cheryl-Soon-Charter-Commissioner.pdf
53 Cheryl Soon
54 Cheryl Soon
55 Cheryl Soon
56 Anonymous
  • Move all core parking functions to the Department of Enterprise Services for operational financial efficiencies.
  • Proposal056-Anonymous.pdf
57 Ed Wagner
58 Derek Liam
59 Joyce Salmon
60 Leon Kau
61 David Rae
62 David Rae
63 David Rae
64 David Rae
65 Shannon Wood; Windward Ahupua`a Alliance, a 501c NGO
66 Menor
  • Consolidate all housing functions into one department; and
  • Rename the Department of Community Services to the Department of Housing and Community Services which can emphasize:
    • Affordable housing;
    • Senior housing;
    • Special needs housing; and
    • Homelessness.
  • Proposal066-Ron-Menor-City-Councilmember.pdf
67 Camille Lim; Common Cause Hawaii
68 Camille Lim; Common Cause Hawaii
69 Camille Lim; Common Cause Hawaii
70 Rafael Bergstrom; Waste Reduction Hui (Surfrider Foundation Oahu Chapter)
71 William Grant, Jr.
  • Eliminate Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transit and Transit-Oriented Development, and demolish what's been built so far; or end the rail at Aloha Stadium. Restore bus routes to 2010 routes.
  • Proposal071-William-Grant-Jr.pdf
72 Nicole Chatterson; Waste Reduction Hui (Wild Kids and Surfrider Oahu)
  • Add language to the duties of the Department of Environmental Services to change from focusing exclusively on downstream disposal methods to focusing on generation reduction and recycling as the primary strategy for waste management practices.
  • Proposal072-Nicole-Chatterson-Waste-Reduction-Hui.pdf
73 Burkett
  • Create an office for policy framework, leadership, and coordination for climate change and resiliency across all relevant city agencies, other counties, and the State.
  • Proposal073-Maxine-Burkett.pdf
74 Burkett
  • Require enactment of ordinances to adequately facilitate resilience and increased adaptive capacity for climate change.
  • Proposal074-Maxine-Burkett.pdf
75 Burkett
  • Create an office for policy framework, leadership, and coordination for climate change and resiliency across all relevant city agencies, other counties, and the State; and
  • Require enactment of ordinances to adequately facilitate resilience and increased adaptive capacity for climate change.
  • Proposal075-Maxine-Burkett.pdf
76 City and County of Honolulu, Office of the Managing Director
77 City and County of Honolulu, Office of the Managing Director
  • Add planning, engineering, design, construction, and installation to the Departments of:
  • Design and Construction;
  • Enterprise Services;
  • Environmental Services;
  • Facility Maintenance;
  • Transportation Services;
  • Information Technology; and
  • Parks and Recreation.
  • Proposal077-City-County-Honolulu.pdf
78 City and County of Honolulu, Office of the Managing Director
79 City and County of Honolulu, Office of the Managing Director
  • Require Board of Water Supply and Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transit contracts to be approved for form and legality by Corporation Counsel.
  • Proposal079-City-County-Honolulu.pdf
80 City and County of Honolulu, Office of the Managing Director
81 City and County of Honolulu, Office of the Managing Director
82 City and County of Honolulu, Office of the Managing Director
  • Add to the Department of Facility Maintenance:
  • Vehicle and equipment fleet maintenance; and
  • Stormwater quality responsibilities as of July 1, 2015.
  • Proposal082-City-County-Honolulu.pdf
83 City and County of Honolulu, Office of the Managing Director
84 City and County of Honolulu, Office of the Managing Director
  • Consolidate and clarify management of wastewater and solid waste by amending the powers, duties, and functions of the Director of the Department of Environmental Services.
  • Proposal084-City-County-Honolulu.pdf
85 City and County of Honolulu, Office of the Managing Director
86 City and County of Honolulu, Office of the Managing Director
  • Amend the description of the powers, duties, and functions of the Fire Chief to better reflect prevention, preparedness, and emergency response; and
  • Require the Fire Chief to promulgate rules and regulations necessary for organization and internal administration.
  • Proposal086-City-County-Honolulu.pdf
87 City and County of Honolulu, Office of the Managing Director
88 City and County of Honolulu, Office of the Managing Director
89 City and County of Honolulu, Office of the Managing Director
90 City and County of Honolulu, Office of the Managing Director
91 City and County of Honolulu, Office of the Managing Director
  • Correct earlier reorganization of Department of Emergency Management by replacing obsolete references to "civil defense" with "emergency management."
  • Proposal091-City-County-Honolulu.pdf
92 Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transit
  • Establish a single authority for bus, handi-van, and rail by the time that city funds are needed for operations and maintenance.
  • Proposal092-HART.pdf
93 Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transit
  • Establish a transition Committee to recommend:
  • The best governance structure and process to implement a unified transit authority;
  • How to amend the Charter to reflect that the Mayor and City Council have approval authority over the transit authority's budgets;
  • Qualifications for members of the transit authority; and
  • Charter amendments to the Mayor and City Council for approval at the 2016 general election.
  • Proposal093-HART.pdf
94 Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transit
  • Authorize the City Council to provide additional revenues for Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transit; and
  • Limit Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transit revenues to capital projects only, removing operating costs for Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transit from the Charter.
  • Proposal094-HART.pdf
95 Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transit
  • Allow Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transit to issue any kind of bonds, not just revenue bonds.
  • Proposal095-HART.pdf
96 Ryan Akamine
97 Ryan Akamine
  • Make the office of Corporation Counsel less connected to the Mayor's Office by:
  • Providing the City Council with the power to remove the Corporation Counsel;
  • Making the Corporation Counsel an independently elected position; or
  • Adding the Corporation Counsel duties to the Department of the Prosecuting Attorney.
  • Proposal097-Ryan-Akamine.pdf
98 Ryan Akamine
99 Ryan Akamine
  • Increase the number of elected officials in city government (no number provided);
  • Increase government accountability by making more positions elected, such as the City Auditor, the Corporation Counsel, the Board of Water Supply and the Director of the Board of Water Supply, the Board and Executive Director of the Honolulu Authority for Rail Transit, the Fire Commission, the Police Commission, the Parks Commission, and the Transportation Commission.
  • Proposal099-Ryan-Akamine.pdf
100 Ryan Akamine
101 Ryan Akamine
102 Ryan Akamine
  • Establish a Youth Commission to, among other things:
  • Involve youth in the policymaking process;
  • Facilitate pro-youth policies;
  • Increase youth voter turnout; and
  • Promote leadership development for the next generation.
  • Proposal102-Ryan-Akamine.pdf
103 Gerald Chang
104 Lynne Matusow
  • Provide for equal female/male representation on boards; and
  • Delete Charter references to parties since all City and County elections are non-partisan.
  • Proposal104-Lynne-Matusow.pdf
105 Lynne Matusow
  • Abolish the Neighborhood Commission or keep it for administrative purposes only; and
  • Assign the Neighborhood Boards to the Office of Council Services.
  • Proposal105-Lynne-Matusow.pdf
106 Paulette Tam
107 Natalie Iwase
  • Create an Office of the Inspector General to replace the Ethics Commission not under the control or administrative authority of the corporation counsel to provide a more independent watchdog agency for residents and taxpayers.
  • Proposal107-Natalie-Iwasa.pdf
108 Paulette Tam
109 Anonymous
  • Create a Residential Rent Stabilization and Arbitration Board as an emergency measure to address Honolulu's housing crisis by limiting rent increases and reasons for eviction and to be funded through newly created rental unit fees.
  • Proposal109-Anonymous.pdf
110 Anonymous
  • Establish lesser, more manageable administrative/ municipal districts consisting of similar neighborhoods and communities (similar to Miami).
  • Proposal110-Anonymous.pdf
111 Laura Thielen
  • Investigate Honolulu Police Department officers based on anonymous complaints relating to domestic abuse, other violence or corruption; and
  • Make limited information regarding final disciplinary actions against Honolulu Police Department officers public 30 days after finalization.
  • Proposal111-Laura-Thielen-State-Senator.pdf
112 David Mitchell
113 David Mitchell
  • Elect members of Neighborhood Boards in the same cycle as council members of each district; and
  • Require nomination papers with at least 40 signatures of voters registered in the district.
  • Proposal113-David-Mitchell.pdf
114 Janet Mason; League of Women Voters of Honolulu
  • Support the independence of the Ethics Commission by:
  • Clarifying that the Ethics Commission administers the Ethics Code; and
  • Locating it within the Office of the City Auditor.
  • Proposal114-Janet-Mason.pdf
115 William Liggitt; Conservation council for Hawaii
116 Lea Hong; The Turst for Public Land
117 Mahealani Cypher; Ko'olaupoko Hawaiian Civic Club
118 Mahealani Cypher; Ko'olaupoko Hawaiian Civic Club
119 APA
120 APA
121 APA
  • Expand the duties of the Department of Community Services to centralize housing functions;
  • Eliminate the Mayor's Office of Housing; and
  • Rename the Department the Department of Housing and Neighborhood Services.
  • Proposal121-American-Planning-Association.pdf
122 APA
123 APA
  • Require the Charter Commission to:
    • Specify the purpose of Charter amendments or revision; and
    • Use metrics to measure past performance of amendments or revision; and
  • Require the City Auditor to report annually to the City Council on the results and findings of a yearly examination of the performance metrics and progress toward the stated goal of the amendments or revision.
  • Proposal123-American-Planning-Association.pdf
124 Carolyn Weygan-Hildebrand
  • Change the Department of Community Services to the Department of Housing and Community Services with the central responsibility of housing concerns in the context of community development.
  • Proposal124-Carolyn-Weygan-Hildebrand.pdf
125 Tom Heinrich
126 Tom Heinrich
  • Make various amendments to Article XIV on Boards and Commissions to address significant issues regarding the relationship between the Executive Secretary and the Neighborhood Commission; their respective roles, powers, duties, and functions; and the organization of the neighborhood system.
  • Proposal126-Tom-Heinrich.pdf
127 Tom Heinrich
128 Tom Heinrich
129 Tom Heinrich
130 Tom Heinrich
131 Tom Heinrich
  • Increase the number of members on the City Council from 9 to perhaps 11 or 13 to:
  • Improve accessibility opportunities for constituents;
  • Allow for more contiguous and compact districts; and
  • Distribute the committee and other workload assignments among more members.
  • Proposal131-Tom-Heinrich.pdf
132 Tom Heinrich
133 Tom Heinrich
  • Require the Corporation Counsel to:
  • Serve as the Revisor of the Charter;
  • Be responsible for maintaining the Charter in its current form as amended along with the legislative and electoral history of all revisions; and
  • Publish and make readily available the Charter in its current form both as a user-friendly hard copy and in a user-friendly electronic format.
  • Proposal133-Tom-Heinrich.pdf
134 Tom Heinrich
  • Establish a four-year term of office for the Prosecuting Attorney; and
  • Clearly specify that it is an elective office.
  • Proposal134-Tom-Heinrich.pdf
135 Anonymous
  • Ensure that wastewater is not discharged into waters of the U.S.; and
  • Treat all wastewater to the tertiary level.
  • Proposal135-Anonymous.pdf
136 Anonymous
137 Anonymous
  • Establish alternative campaign financing by creating a Clean Election Fund and Commission to administer it.
  • Proposal137-Anonymous.pdf
138 Anonymous
  • Ban toxic lawn pesticides on municipal parks and playgrounds and schools adjacent to municipal parks;
  • Provide a 24-hour notification of any pesticide application on school or park property;
  • Track the use of pesticides; and
  • Establish an integrated pest management method to reduce pesticide use on City properties.
  • Proposal138-Anonymous.pdf
139 Anonymous
140 Anonymous
  • Establish an independent review board to review 5, 10, 15, 20 year financial projections to determine how rail endangers the City's fiscal health especially in the face of rising Rail costs and their relation to the city's ability to meet its existing financial obligations.
  • Proposal140-Anonymous.pdf
141 Anonymous
142* Anonymous
143* Anonymous
144* Anonymous
  • Provide for a professional City Manager appointed by the City Council and remove the position of Mayor.
  • Proposal144-Anonymous.pdf
145* Anonymous
146* Anonymous
  • Eliminate Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transit and turn over its functions to the Department of Transportation Services; and
  • .pdf
  • End the rail at Middle Street.
  • Proposal146-Anonymous.pdf
147* Fred Metcalf
  • COMMUNICATIONS
  • GOV'T SECRECY
  • Treat Honolulu Police Department officers the same as civilians if they commit crimes.
  • Allow public access to Ethics Commission rulings, decisions and reasoning.
  • GIFT DISCLOSURES
  • Rail full of lies, deceptions, scams, conflicts.
  • Proposal147-HONOLULU-Fred-Metcalf.pdf
148* Anonymous
149* Anonymous
150* Alvin Wong
  • Require live Olelo telecasts for all Charter Commission meetings. Consider using the latest technology and teleconferencing.
  • Proposal150-Alvin-Wong.pdf
151 Cynthia Thielen
  • Increase the number of members on the Honolulu Police Commission from 7 to 10;
  • Limit terms of Police Commissioners to 4 years with a maximum of 3 terms;
  • Require at least 3 Police Commissioners to have specified qualifications and experience in enforcement, etc.
  • Proposal151-Cynthia-Thielen-State-Representative.pdf
152 Cynthia Thielen
  • Improve the functioning of the Honolulu Police Department and help restore the public's trust in the Honolulu Police Department by:
  • Authorizing the Police Commission to:
    • Override a disciplinary decision of the police chief is public safety would be compromised;
    • Make recommendations directly to the Mayor on the hiring and dismissal of the police chief and participate in the selection of a chief; and
  • Deleting language preventing the Police Commission or its members from interfering with the administrative affairs of the Police Department.
  • Proposal152-Cynthia-Thielen-State-Representative.pdf
153 Donna Ikeda
154 Ken Hirata
  • Create a 3-member project-review board for each multi-million dollar public works project with specific expertise and experience related to the project. No member or relative may have any monetary interest in the project. Each such project shall be required to provide specified public information well in advance of a referendum for approval of the project.
  • Proposal154-Kent-Hirata.pdf

Notes:

Proposal 147 was found to include six distinct proposals that should have been numbered separately.

Proposals 142, 143, 144, 145, 146, 148, and 149 were submitted "as is" via regular mail, with the right side cut off, making it difficult to impossible to reproduce completely.

Proposal 150 was submitted as a comment but upon review, it was decided that it was actually a proposal and numbered as such


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