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Charter Commission
2005-2006

Donn M. Takaki
Chair

Jeffrey T. Mikulina
Vice Chair

James C. Pacopac
Secretary

Jim Myers
Treasurer
 

Andrew I.T. Chang
Gerald L. Coffee

E. Gordon Grau, Ph.D.

Amy H. Hirano

Jared N. Kawashima

Darolyn H. Lendio

Stephen E. Meder, Arch.D.

Jan N. Sullivan

Malcolm J. Tom

Chuck T. Narikiyo
Executive Administrator

 

Proposal Archive

Listed below are all proposals received by the Charter Commission, in numerical order.

Note that many of these proposals have been amended or are no longer being considered.

Click here to return to the Proposals page for up-to-date information about proposals currently being considered by the Charter Commission.

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Official Proposals

PDF Index of all official proposals

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Proposal 1 - Salary Commission

PDF Proposal 1 attachment
Amend provision re Council review of Commission findings

PDF Proposal 2 - Property Assessments
Assessed property values to be capped

PDF Proposal 3 - Ethics Commission
PDF Proposal 3 attachment part 1
PDF Proposal 3 attachment part 2
PDF Proposal 3 attachment part 3
Allow the Ethics Commission to fine violators of the ethics code

PDF Proposal 4 - Community Services
Establish an Advisory Commission on community services and housing

PDF Proposal 5 - Elections
Eliminate the first special election when there are only two candidates for an office

PDF Proposal 6 - Elections
Return to partisan elections for the Mayor and City Council

PDF Proposal 7 - Sustainable Community Plans
Sustainable Community Plans and Development Plans

PDF Proposal 8 - Public Hearings
Public hearings for proposed ordinances and resolutions

PDF Proposal 9 - Neighborhood Commission
Establish a direct relationship between the Commission and Executive Secretary (same/similar to #43)

PDF Proposal 10 - Neighborhood Commission
Clarify the policy and policy role of the Neighborhood Commission

PDF Proposal 11 - Powers and Purposes of the City
Add "justice" and "equal rights" (same/similar to #40)

PDF Proposal 12 - Neighborhood Boards
Recognize that each neighborhood has its own distinctive character

PDF Proposal 13 - Neighborhood Commission
Revise and clarify the Powers, Duties and Functions of the Neighborhood Commission

PDF Proposal 14 - Neighborhood Commission
Give the Executive Secretary non-voting membership on the Commission

PDF Proposal 15 - Neighborhood Commission
Specify the Powers, Duties and Functions of the Executive Secretary

PDF Proposal 16 - Neighborhood Boards; Corporation Counsel
Provide that the Office of the Corporation Counsel serve as legal counsel to the Neighborhood Boards

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Proposal 17 - Neighborhood Commission; Executive Reorganization
Exclude the Neighborhood Commission from the 20-department limitation to the executive reorganization power

PDF Proposal 18 - Ethics Commission
Give the Commission enforcement powers in the way of fines or other punishments

PDF Proposal 19 - Term Limits
Eliminate term limits for City Council

PDF Proposal 20 - Department of Planning and Permitting
Undo the combination of the previously separated department

PDF Proposal 21 - Urban Growth Boundaries
Establishment of urban growth boundaries and agricultural protection zones (same/similar to #47)

PDF Proposal 22 - Planning Commission
Restore the position of Executive Secretary

PDF Proposal 23 - Budget
Revise section re "Preparation and Submission of the Program and Annual Budget for the Executive Branch" to ensure adequate resources for CIP budget

PDF Proposal 24 - Neighborhood Commission
Clarify the Powers, Duties and Functions of the Neighborhood Commission

PDF Proposal 25 - Neighborhood Commission
Clarify and establish the direct relationship of the Commission and the Executive Secretary

PDF Proposal 26 - Initiative
Remove the limitation on initiative power re the levy of taxes (same/similar to #65)

PDF Proposal 27 - Liquor Commission; Civil Service
Exempt Liquor Control Administrator and Deputy Administrator from civil servic
e

PDF Proposal 28 - Ethics Commission
Allow the Ethics Commission to impose civil fines

PDF Proposal 29 - Ethics Commission
Clarify the independence of the Ethics Commission

PDF Proposal 30 - Ethics; Charter Commission; Reapportionment Commission
PDF Proposal 30 attachment part 1
PDF Proposal 30 attachment part 2

Include the members of the Charter and Reapportionment commissions as city officers for the purpose of ethics laws

PDF Proposal 31 - Impeachment
PDF Proposal 31 attachments
Provisions re impeachment of elected officials are invalid; options to correct the charter

PDF Proposal 32 - Planning Commission
Establish deadlines for the Mayor and City Council to act on certain Planning Commission recommendations

PDF Proposal 33 - Dept of Emergency Services
PDF Proposal 33 supplement
Revise the Powers, Duties and Functions of the Director and the Department of Emergency Services

PDF Proposal 34 - Budget
Administration and enforcement of the executive capital budget ordinance -- lapse in 12 rather than 6 months

PDF Proposal 35 - Department of Information Technology
Revise the Powers, Duties and Functions of the Director of Information Technology

PDF Proposal 36 - Fire Department
Revise the Powers, Duties and Functions of the Fire Chief and Fire Department

PDF Proposal 37 - Neighborhood Commission
PDF Proposal 37 supplement
Various proposals re Neighborhood Commission and Neighborhood Boards

PDF Proposal 38 - Planning
PDF Proposal 38 supplement
Various proposals re planning

PDF Proposal 39 - Charter Amendment Process
Require two-thirds rather than majority voter approval for amendments/revisions to the charter

PDF Proposal 40 - Powers and Purposes of the City
Add "justice" and "equal rights" (same/similar to #11)

PDF Proposal 41 - Standards of Conduct
Codify within the charter existing state law and provide uniform standards of conduct within all city entities (same/similar to #44)

PDF Proposal 42 - Neighborhood Commission
Clarify the policy and policy role of the Neighborhood Commission

PDF Proposal 43 - Neighborhood Commission
Establish a direct relationship between the Commission and Executive Secretary

PDF Proposal 44 - Standards of Conduct
Codify within the charter existing state law and provide uniform standards of conduct within all city entities (same/similar to #41)

PDF Proposal 45 - Board of Water Supply
PDF Proposal 45 attachments
Amend qualifications of Board members

PDF Proposal 46 - Genetically Modified Organisms
Protect the county's agriculture, environment, economy, and private property from genetically modified organisms

PDF Proposal 47 - Urban Growth Boundaries
PDF Proposal 47 attachment
Establish urban growth boundaries and agricultural protection zones on Oahu (same/similar to #21)

PDF Proposal 48 - Board of Water Supply; Wastewater
PDF Proposal 48 attachment part 1
PDF Proposal 48 attachment part 2
PDF Proposal 48 attachment part 3

Merge the city's Wastewater Management functions with the Board of Water Supply; change method of appointments to new Board

PDF Proposal 49 - Office of Council Services
Authorize attorneys in Office of Council Services to serve as legal advisors to and legal representatives of the City Council along with the Department of Corporation Counsel

PDF Proposal 50 - Public Hearing Notices
Reduce from ten to six the number of days a notice must be publicized prior to a public hearing

PDF Proposal 51 - Department of Customer Services
Include the Director of Customer Services as a department head who must be nominated by the Mayor with the advice and consent of the Council, and may be removed by the Mayor

PDF Proposal 52 - Budget
Require that the Mayor sign a budget bill before exercising line-item veto authority

PDF Proposal 53 - City Council
PDF Proposal 53 attachment
Allow the Council to designate which Councilmember will serve as chair and presiding officer pro tempore when both the chair and vice-chair are absent or disabled

PDF Proposal 54 - Ordinances
Clarify that amendments to existing codified ordinances may be made by the City Council by reference to the codified provisions, rather than by reference to the numbered ordinances that may be enacted

PDF Proposal 55 - Term Limits
Eliminate term limits for Councilmembers

PDF Proposal 56 - Fire Chief
Establish a 5-year term for the position of Fire Chief

PDF Proposal 57 - Transportation
Establish a new, temporary agency in the city to develop the new public transportation system to be funded by the tax surcharge

PDF Proposal 58 - Department of Budget and Fiscal Services
Divide the functions of the Department of Budget and Fiscal Services into a Department of Budget and a Department of Fiscal Services

PDF Proposal 59 - Department of Planning and Permitting
Divide the functions of the Department of Planning and Permitting into a Department of Planning and a Department of Permitting

PDF Proposal 60 - Dept of Design and Construction
Eliminate the Department of Design and Construction and divide its functions and return them to the various subject area departments 

PDF Proposal 61 - City Council Terms
Change the beginning time of the terms of Councilmember

PDF Proposal 62 - City Council Resolutions
Modify the requirement that resolutions be read in full except by unanimous consent

PDF Proposal 63 - Dept of Transportation Services
Revise Powers, Duties and Functions of the Director of Transportation Services; promote a pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly city

PDF Proposal 64 - Prosecuting Attorney
Establish a two-term limit for the office of Prosecuting Attorney

PDF Proposal 65 - Initiative
Remove the limitation on initative power re: the levy of taxes (same/similar to #26)

PDF Proposal 66 - Transportation
Create a transit authority or board to build a rail system

PDF Proposal 67 - Permits and Licenses
Ensure protection of natural and cultural resources and public health in the event of automatic approval of permits/licenses

PDF Proposal 68 - Boards and Commissions
Revise provisions re Conflict of Interest for members of boards and commissions 

PDF Proposal 69 - Planning and Zoning
Require 2/3 vote by Planning Commission and City Council before agricultural land can be converted to urban uses

PDF Proposal 70 - Board of Water Supply
Remove State Transportation Director from automatic membership on Board

PDF Proposal 71 - Dept of Environmental Services
Require the director to develop and administer a curbside recycling program

PDF Proposal 72 - Zoning
Shift the burden of demonstrating water availability to those seeking to rezone land for large projects

PDF Proposal 73 - Dept of Budget and Fiscal Services
Require the director to prepare an annual report of long-term obligations of the city

PDF Proposal 74 - Housekeeping Amendment - Dept of Customer Services
Include reference to the Dept of Customer Services in "Appointment, Confirmation and Removal of Officers and Employees"

PDF Proposal 75 - Housekeeping Amendment - Ethics Commission
Include the prohibition against Ethics Commissioners taking an active part in political management or political campaigns set forth in Hawaii Constitution Article XIV

PDF Proposal 76 - Housekeeping Amendment - Police
Delete prohibition of political activities by Police Dept employees (same/similar to #84)

PDF Proposal 77 - Housekeeping Amendment - Royal Hawaiian Band
Delete the reference to Royal Hawaiian Band in "Appointment, Confirmation and Removal of Officers and Employees"

PDF Proposal 78 - Housekeeping Amendment - Civil Defense
Delete the reference to Civil Defense Agency in "Appointment, Confirmation and Removal of Officers and Employees"

PDF Proposal 79 - Charter Annotation
Technical, nonsubstantive amendments to provide improved annotation

PDF Proposal 80 - Neighborhood Commission
Various amendments re Neighborhood Commission and Neighborhood Boards

PDF Proposal 81 - Neighborhood Commission; Civil Service
Place the Neighborhood Commission employee positions, other than the Executive Secretary, within the civil service system

PDF Proposal 82 - Budget
Change the fiscal year of the city from the period of July 1 to June 30 to the period of October 1 to September 30

PDF Proposal 83 - Prosecuting Attorney
Clarify the term duration of the Prosecuting Attorney

PDF Proposal 84 - Police Dept
Repeal prohibition on political activities by members of the Police Dept (same/similar to #76)

PDF Proposal 85 - Elections
Restore partisan elections for the Mayor and City Council

PDF Proposal 86 - City Council
Increase the number of members on the City Council from 9 to 11 or 13

PDF Proposal 87 - Elections
Instant runoff voting for city elections

PDF Proposal 88 - Ethics Commission
Change Commission member selection process and allow Commission to set Executive Director salary

PDF Proposal 89 - Neighborhood Commission
Clarify the policy and administrative role of the Commission; require annual report on the performance of the Executive Secretary; authorize Commission to terminate upon 2/3 vote

PDF Proposal 90 - Prosecuting Attorney
Convert the Prosecuting Attorney position from an elected office to a position appointed by the Mayor

PDF Proposal 91 - Property Tax; New Fund
Set aside one-half percent of real property tax revenues for land and natural resources protection and one-half percent for affordable housing

PDF Proposal 92 - Department of Strategic Initiatives
Establish a new Department of Strategic Initiatives

PDF Proposal 93 - Youth Commission
Establish a new Youth Commission

PDF Proposal 94 - Zoning
Require that developments of 100 units or greater install solar water heaters as a condition of rezoning

PDF Proposal 95 - Information Technology
Clarify city website responsibilities; ensure updates to city websites; require posting of public notices online

PDF Proposal 96 - Environmental Bill of Rights
Add new article with an "environmental bill of rights" for current and future residents

PDF Proposal 97 - Commission on the Environment
Establish a new Commission on the Environment

PDF Proposal 98 - City buildings; Dept of Design and Construction
Require City Council to adopt green building standards for city buildings; revise Dept of Design and Construction duties to include compliance with green building standards

PDF Proposal 99 - Development Plan; Zoning
Ensure no net loss of agricultural or preservation lands

PDF Proposal S-1
Merge Fire Department and EMS

PDF Proposal S-2
Allow privatization of municipal services

PDF Proposal S-3
Change city budget process from annual to biennial

PDF Proposal S-4
Merge Corporation Counsel and Prosecuting Attorney

(Proposal S-5 withdrawn)

PDF Proposal S-6
Delete requirement of Social Security numbers on petitions

PDF Proposal S-7
Merge Department of Environmental Services and Department of Facility Maintenance to create Department of Public Works

PDF Proposal S-8
Permits -- Protections for natural resources, public health, and native Hawaiian practices

PDF Proposal S-9
PDF Proposal S- 9 supplement
Department of Transportation Services - Revise Powers, Duties and Functions; Promote pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly city

PDF Proposal S-10
Distribution of public notices via a widely accessible electronic medium

 

Conceptual Proposals (other ideas sent to the Commission)

PDF Index of all conceptual proposals

PDF 07-06-05 Reinstate Municipal Records and Reference Center as Dept
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07-07-05 Unions, Taxes, Etc
PDF 07-11-05 Referenda, Voting, Excise Tax, Buses, Neighborhood Boards, Etc
PDF 07-14-05 Referenda on Fiscal Matters
PDF 07-18-05 Fire Dept and EMS
PDF 08-10-05 Reinstate Dept of Public Works
PDF 08-21-05 Quasi-Public Entities
PDF 08-27-05 Faith-Based Organizations, Community Projects, Etc
PDF 08-29-05 Bus Stops, Affordable Housing, Etc
PDF 09-15-05 Free Buses, Brunch On Beach
PDF 09-18-05 Royal Hawaiian Band
PDF 09-20-05 School Volunteers
PDF 10-04-05 Charter Process, Enforcing Laws 
PDF 10-12-05 Non-Bid Contracts, Bulk Pick-Up
PDF 10-28-05 Ethics, Initiative, Property Tax, City Council


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