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ʻĀhuimanu, Heʻeia, Haʻikū, Kāneʻohe, Maunawili, Kailua, Olomana, Enchanted Lake, and Waimānalo

CITY COUNCIL

DISTRICT 3

INTEGRITY | LEADERSHIP | TRUST

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Serving the community is job one.

As I have communicated with people throughout the district, they mostly want to talk about things that directly affect their families, their neighborhoods and their communities. Some of the things that frequently come up are as follows –

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Rebuilding our economy in the midst of the pandemic.

The core issue we need to fix is putting people back to work. There are near-term solutions and long-term solutions that we need to focus on. Most importantly we can’t put all of oureggs in one basket, we need to pursue a broad spectrum of solutions

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Establish a long-term tourism model based on quality over quantity.

 In 1989 we had 6.5 million visitors spending more in inflation-adjusted dollars than 10.4 million visitors did in 2019.  We have lost sight of the unique experience we offer and we have not adjusted our strategies to ensure we are focused on revenue, not volume.  Some of this adjustment must be done by the private sector, but Government also has a role to play.

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Control runaway spending on rail.

  It is my position that there is no rewind button on rail, but there is a pause button.  The simple fact of the matter is that for far too long now we have had the mindset of “rail at any price.”  In fact, in all my years of construction experience, I have never seen a project managed this way.  Typically we work a project to a budget, not a budget to a project.

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Homelessness has been a major topic of discussion and frustration in Hawaiʻi for many years

Throughout the last several decades we have seen small pockets of homelessness and individuals in our communities grow to large encampments and individuals who obviously suffer from mental illness, drug abuse and medical issues.  We need to focus on addressing the root causes of homelessness and bring the necessary resources out to where those who need it are.  Focusing on best practices and really supporting initiatives that have been proven to be successful is the only way that we will be able to address the huge issue of homelessness.

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Honolulu has a housing crisis that is decades old at this point, yet little has been done to make things better

A healthy housing market has options at all price points.  It should be viewed as a ladder that people can move up or down as their needs and means allow.  While our worst crisis is on the bottom rungs of the ladder we need to also expand housing options from those bottom rungs up to the middle of the ladder.  This isn’t just about housing people, it is also about giving people access to home ownership.  There is no greater division of wealth for people than that between those who own their home and those that rent.

Thank you for taking the time to read my platform.  These are the pillars of my intended service on the City Council.  While they don’t show every position or cover every topic, it gives a clear sense of my priorities.  If there is something important to you that you don’t see here, please reach out and let me know so we can discuss it together.

© 2020 Friends of Greg Thielen

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P.O. Box 757 Kailua, HI 96734

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