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April 11, 2013

Think About It: City Of Dreams

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell waited an extra month vs. other mayors before giving his first State of the City address, seen live on KFVE last Wednesday. Caldwell, with more time to plan,  laid out some bold, albeit general, ideas about road repaving, providing housing for the homeless and then dealing with their individual problems, and implementing a plan to make Honolulu more "age-friendly" as our population here continues to age. He also promised better upkeep of our city parks and more work at the wastewater treatment plant on Sand Island. 

As a new mayor, Caldwell is not running for office just yet, but he will fairly be graded on how many of these items that he deems essential actually get taken care of. As is always the case, money will need to be found and targeted, and action will need to be taken. We can all recall years and years of early speeches by local mayors and governors, but how many of us take the time to revisit those platforms and vital issues a few years down the road  at re-election time. Everyone is for solving social issues, improving our way of life and our roads, enhancing education, and planning a better future for the elderly and the keiki. But cost and delivery of said items in a reasonable window of time is where things tend to get sticky, year after year, mayor after mayor. 

The homeless situation has been like a bad game of Whack-A-Mole, as the now estimated 4,500 homeless on Oahu have moved from A'ala Park decades ago to leeward beaches to Kaka'ako, Waikiki, and yes, A'ala Park. Paving roads with only one company left here to provide the asphalt and questions as to whether or not we have enough personnel and materials to deliver the planned results in a timely manner is another sticky issue. Stay tuned, as nice plans look even better if and when they become quantifiable results over time. Think about it…

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