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June 27, 2016

Think About It: Neighborhood Bored?

The Oahu neighborhood boards have been saved by the Honolulu Charter Commission, for now, and the key going forward is to ensure that these community mouthpieces become more active and relevant. Having a forum where the general public can make its presence felt and learn about the running of its community is a good thing- as long as it doesn't become a sleepfest for six people.

A smart comment by the Honolulu Star Advertiser suggested finding new means to engage an often disenfranchised public- perhaps through social media or other web tools. Honolulu Neighborhood Boards have been around for over 40-years. Currently, there are 33 boards. The mission of the boards is to "increase and assure effective citizen participation in the decisions of the government". The boards meet monthly- ever gone to one?

You can sit back and decry the way government operates year after year. But you can also actually represent your neighborhood by running for a board position, or at least show up at meetings and be heard or provide written testimony once in a while. An engaged citizenry is an active, involved, and wiser citizenry. That's the way it was meant to be, and it's why these boards exist. So take advantage. It's your neighborhood and it's your government, like it or not. Or, just sit around in "Ainokea-sville".Think about it…

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