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Passed Proposals

REVISED GOVERNANCE POLICIES

POLICE COMMISSION

  • Allows removal or suspension of Chief at any time.
  • Requires Chief submit disagreements with the Commission in writing.
  • Permits issuance of subpoenas and requires attendance of witnesses and production of evidence.
  • Proposal C-1
  • Proposal C-2

ETHICS COMMISSION SALARIES

  • Requires the Ethics Commission set the salaries of the Executive Director and staff attorneys.
  • Proposal 39

PROSECUTING ATTORNEY BUDGET

  • Authorizes Office of the Prosecuting Attorney to expend and allot appropriated funds without mayoral approval.
  • Proposal 29

FIRE COMMISSION AND HFD DUTIES

  • Increases number of Fire Commissioners from five to seven.
  • Updates powers, duties and functions of the Fire Chief to reflect current services.
  • Proposal 86
  • Proposal 87

CIP OVERSIGHT

  • Requires DDC direct major CIP projects.
  • Allows DES, ENV, DFM, DTS, DIT, DPR to oversee small CIP projects.
  • Adds design and construction duties to ENV for all wastewater and solid waste CIP projects.
  • Proposal 77

NEW GOVERNMENT FUNCTIONS

OFFICE OF CLIMATE CHANGE, SUSTAINABILITY AND RESILIENCY

  • Requires the City to serve the people in a sustainable and transparent manner and promote stewardship of natural resources.
  • Creates an Office of Climate Change, Sustainability and Resiliency in MDO.
  • Creates a commission of five experts in the fields of climate change, resiliency and sustainability.
  • Proposal 48
  • Proposal 73

DEPARTMENT OF LAND MANAGEMENT

  • Establishes a Department of Land Management to manage city-owned real property inventory, negotiate land acquisitions and any transactions relating to the existing inventory, with focus on transit-oriented development.
  • Requires for any transaction:
  • Public hearings.
  • Report documenting the public interest served by potential actions.
  • Approval from the City Council.
  • Proposal C-5

OPERATIONS AND HART BOARD DUTIES

  • Consolidates operations and maintenance (O&M) of the city-owned multi-modal (rail, bus, para-transit) transportation system under DTS.
  • Establishes a Rate Commission.
  • Allows HART Board additional oversight over
  • Proposal 76A

GOVERNING OF SPECIAL FUNDS

AFFORDABLE HOUSING FUND

  • Allows the Affordable Housing Fund to be used for:
  • Rental housing that remains affordable for at least 60 years (eliminates perpetuity requirement).
  • Persons earning 60 percent or less of the median household income of the city.
  • Proposal 3

HONOLULU ZOO FUND

  • Establishes a Honolulu Zoo Fund.
  • Requires a minimum of one-half of one percent of estimated annual real property tax revenues be deposited into the Fund.
  • Establishes the Fund on July 1, 2017, and if the Zoo does not regain accreditation by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, it is automatically repealed on July 1, 2023.
  • Proposal C-3

CLEAN WATER NATURAL LANDS FUND

  • Creates seven-member Clean Water Natural Lands Fund Advisory Commission.
  • Defines Clean Water Natural Lands Fund approval process.
  • Proposals sent to: BFS -> CWNL Advisory Commission -> City Council
  • Proposal 116

GRANTS IN AID FUND

  • Requires GIA Fund be the sole source of funds to award GIA to non-profit organizations.
  • Exceptions include: federal monies, state monies, city matching monies used by the city, city monies for grants under city loan programs and city Affordable Housing monies.
  • Proposal C-7

OTHER AMENDMENTS

SPECIAL ELECTION TIMING

  • Extends deadline to hold a special election from 60 to 120 days when the mayor, prosecutor or a councilmember leaves office and allows for temporary appointment during the interim.
  • Proposal 2

LONG TERM PLANNING

  • Requires preparation and implementation of functional plans for ENV, DPR, DTS, DFM and DPP.
  • Proposal 54

BOARD AND COMMISSION REVIEW

  • Requires periodic evaluation of boards and commissions to determine if each should be retained, amended or repealed.
  • Does not apply to BWS, HART or boards and commissions mandated by State or Federal Law.
  • Proposal 40

HOUSEKEEPING AMENDMENTS

  • Requires the records of all city departments be open to public inspection, except as otherwise provided by law;
  • Requires COR update the Charter by July 1 after Charter amendments are passed;
  • Requires Charter Commission submit amendments to the Clerk five working days before the deadline for ballot questions to be submitted to the State;
  • Requires COR approval of BWS and HART written contracts; and
  • Requires that the city purchasing conform to state procurement code.
  • Proposal 23
  • Proposal 34
  • Proposal 36

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