A law is oftentimes the result of many hands, minds, and hours spent by lawmakers and our staff to bring an idea into fruition. Being a member of a nine-member council means working collaboratively with my colleagues. This means working together to address a pressing issue in our community regardless of the publicity or attention. In the end, the goal is to serve our community and to represent our constituents.
That is why it's disheartening to see my opponent criticize me for our work on the monster houses moratorium to address this growing issue throughout Honolulu.
My opponent sent this email on October 8 criticizing me for the work on monster houses moratorium (excerpt above)
Here's a timeline of the accounts that ultimately led to the bill that was 'introduced' by Councilmember Anderson:
- July 7, 2017 - I introduced Resolution 17-198 after receiving complaints about large monster houses throughout the district.
- Sept. 6, 2017 - Resolution 17-198 was adopted.
- Oct. 4, 2017 - I introduced Resolution 17-276 that proposes changes to the Land Use Ordinance for development standards for large homes.
- Oct. 25, 2017 - Councilmembers Fukunaga and Kobayashi introduce Bill 94, seeking to place a moratorium on the permitting of large detached dwellings until the enactment of an ordinance or two years after the effective date of this ordinance
- Nov. 16, 2017 - Bill 94 gets deferred in committee.
- Dec. 4, 2017- Councilmember Anderson introduces Bill 110, which essentially mirrors Bill 94 (which was deferred in Anderson's committee).
- Dec. 6, 2017 - Resolution 17-276 was adopted.
- Jan. 23, 2018 - Bill 110 is heard in the Planning Committee and passed out of committee.
- Feb. 28, 2018 - Bill 110 passes Third and Final Reading by the Full Council.
- March 13, 2018 - Bill 110 is signed into law as Ordinance 18-6.
As my colleagues can attest, the current moratorium on monster houses was the result of countless hours of hard work and is the result of a collaborative and concerted effort by members of the Council, the Department of Planning and Permitting, and concerned homeowners like Missy Maii.
Mr. Waters, you don't need to be negative. You can campaign with aloha. And let's debate on how we can move Honolulu forward and offer solutions for our community instead of leveling personal attacks.
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About a year ago, I took the oath of office to begin serving as the Councilmember of Honolulu's 4th Council District, spanning from Ala Moana to Hawaii Kai.
From assisting District 4 residents with various city-related inquiries and issues to working on developments throughout the island, the past year has been exciting and busy. The Honolulu City Council addressed a lot of important issues in the past year; we adopted a $2.3 billion operating budget and $569 million capital improvement project budget, of which we committed nearly $140 million to specific programs and initiatives to address the growing issue of homelessness.