I have been getting many questions from residents about whether certain claims being made by my opponent are true, so I added a new column to our e-newsletter entitled Fact Check, where we'll be exploring issues brought up that are important to our community. If you’re not on our list, please send me your email address in a private message and I’ll make sure to add you.
I remain committed to lead with Aloha and make no personal attacks. I will be sharing public records to provide information because voters deserve to know the truth about any given issue, know where your elected officials stand, and be provided facts that allow you to decide for yourself.
In the coming days and weeks leading to the November 6 General Election, you may hear or see things attempting to question me or my integrity. If you do, please reach out to me on my cell (808) 354-1178 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, share your concerns, and allow me the opportunity to respond.
Mahalo for your consideration.
FACT CHECK - MONSTER HOMES
On March 13, 2018, Honolulu Star Advertiser's acclaimed investigative journalist Gordon Pang authored an article alerting readers that the, "Mayor signs bill temporarily banning permits for new 'monster houses'," and gives credit where due, to its introducer, Councilmember Ikaika Anderson. This is in direct conflict with one of the recent mailers sent out by my opponent stating that he secured the moratorium on monster homes. I've included these two pieces for you to decide for yourself.
I’ve posted about how monster homes don’t belong in our community on Facebook, here, and have spoken about this issue at length at various community events. As we all know, the moratorium did nothing to stop the proliferation of these illegal dwellings. Bill #53 incorporates "tear down" language and adds additional fines. It passed the Council and is awaiting approval by the Mayor.
Every vote counts when it comes to stopping monster homes and for an issue that is this important to our community, missing this vote was not an option.
Regardless of the community in which they reside, monster homes don’t belong. Our elected representatives create/revise the regulations and the departments are responsible for implementation. Take action! Call/email your Councilmember, Representative and Senator and tell them, “Not in our Neighborhoods!” Honolulu deserves better and your voices deserve to be heard.
Over the last four years during Councilmember Ozawa's tenure, monster homes have flourished because of his lack of leadership. If I had been elected four years ago, these permits would have never seen the light of day. I'm happy the city is finally taking a stand on enforcement.
I was walking door-to-door and found a monster home. These types of dwellings do not belong in our neighborhoods. We deserve Leadership with Aloha.