Choon James For Honolulu City Council District 2
I’ve been involved in city affairs as an activist and advocate for decades. I’ve grown older and impatient! I would like the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of our residents INSIDE city hall.
I truly believe the government exists to improve the life and happiness of its citizens. I want to put residents FIRST! You are the major stakeholder.
So many of our residents face economic and social pressures. Many of our residents have to carry 2 or 3 jobs to survive. Our kama’aina folks worry about escalating costs of living and being priced out of Hawaii.
One fundamental issue I want to champion and work with the other eight council members is to provide a property tax cap for local homeowners who have lived in their homes for more than 15 years and to provide incentives to property owners who rent long-term to long term residents. (This is not out of the blue. Case in Point – The city has provided property tax relief where developers only paid $300 per year instead of about $160,000 .00 per year for property taxes. )
Of course, there are other issues like traffic, tourism impacts, infrastructure, homelessness, jobs creation and business opportunities, oligarchy, gentrification, Aloha Disconnect, parks and resources, retirement, families in distress, carrying capacity, crime, drug addiction and so forth. Jobs that are here today may be obsolete tomorrow.
There are solutions to the challenges on our island home. You the residents have valuable local knowledge and wisdom to share. Many of you have have international experience, professionally combed the world, gained insights and expertise. Collectively, we can improve our island home!
Let’s put your smarts, imagination, expertise, common sense and aloha together to improve our lives and communities. WE can all win!
Let’s gang up for the public good! I humbly ask for your vote!