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HONOLULU COUNCILMEMBER, DIST VI

Duties: The County Council is the legislative branch of the County. Council is responsible for passing the laws that govern the city and county, as enacted by ordinance and written in the Charter of the City and Council of Honolulu.Areas Represented: Portions of Makiki, Downtown Honolulu, Punchbowl, Pauoa Valley, Nuuanu, Alewa Heights, Papakolea, Fort Shafter, Moanalua, Halawa, Aiea, Kalihi Valley, and portions of Liliha and KalihiHow Elected: The County Council consists of nine members elected from geographical districts. Members are elected on a non-partisan basis. A Councilmember must be a qualified resident and registered voter of the district from which the person is to be elected.Term: Four years, limited to a maximum of two consecutive full terms.Base Salary (FY2022): Councilmember - $68,904; Chairperson - $76,968

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    Tyler DOS SANTOS-TAM
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    Ikaika HUSSEY
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    Nalani JENKINS
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    Chance K. NAAUAO-OTA
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    Dennis Masaru NAKASATO
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    Traci K. TOGUCHI
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    Chad Toshiro WOLKE
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Biographical Information

Please provide a brief Candidate Statement describing your qualifications and why you are running for this office.

How would you address concerns about a lack of transparency at all levels of government?

What, if any, actions would you work towards in your first 100 days to address the threats facing Hawaii due to climate change?

Do you believe the response to the COVID-19 crisis could have been improved, and if so, how?

Campaign Email tyler@votetyler.com
Campaign Phone 8083488885
Campaign Mailing Address PO Box 1661
Honolulu, HI 96806
As a lifelong member of the district, a longtime member of the Liliha Neighborhood Board a small business owner, and a leader in several community nonprofits, I am running the Honolulu City Council to bring leadership with vision, energy, and aloha to our City Government. With my experience in the private, public, and nonprofit sector, my goal is to bring community stakeholders together to work on tough issues such as crime, affordable housing, and homelessness, and most importantly, deliver results on these issues.
First and foremost, we need to continue and accelerate the process of putting City services and records online so the public can have meaningful access. Additionally, I have long been a critic of how many City processes, including departmental decisions, have been made without a clear justification - especially within the Department of Permitting and Planning (DPP). In fact, I have worked for many years through my nonprofit organization HI Good Neighbor to expose irregularities and corruption within the Department. I am proud to have meaningfully taken real action to bring transparency to City government, and will continue to do so if elected to the City Council.
The effects of climate change are being seen in many ways in City Council District 6, but most especially in our older neighborhoods where our aging infrastructure is not adequately equipped to handle climate change induced rain, flooding, and erosion. There needs to be a push to upgrade our infrastructure to prepare for major weather events, and I will work with the Departments immediately to start this process. Additionally, there are substantial federal funds to aid municipalities in upgrading infrastructure. With my relationships on the federal level, I will work with the Mayor to make sure that we apply for and receive every federal dollar we are entitled to, on behalf of the taxpayers of the City and County of Honolulu.
While the COVID-19 pandemic was unprecedented in a number of ways, I think a few underlying issues in government were laid bare and should have been done in a different way. Moving forward, these are the lessons which we should have learned: 1) clear and constant communication, even amidst a changing situation, so people and businesses can plan accordingly; 2) utilizing expertise and truly "following the science," not just copying what other jurisdictions were doing; and 3) the City Council as an equal branch of government should have had a stronger and more active role in guiding the response after the immediate "acute" phase of the pandemic in early 2020.
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I have been a lifetime resident here in Honolulu and am a product of public school going to Lanakila, Kawananakoa & graduating from McKinley. I have been a member of the Liliha Neighborhood Board for about 3-yrs. now and in those 3-yrs. I have worked on stopping illegal dumping in the area & working with our City & State Officials to address community concerns. I am also a Community Advocate working with different organizations and clubs to make the community a better place. I am a member of the Hawaii Cyber Lions Club where I have learned how to take community service up to the next level and met any great people.

I am running for Honolulu City Council because as a 21-yr. old from Honolulu, I have seen our City change and grow. Yet, the growth and the changes have dug our city into a hole and since we the future of Hawaii are going to inherit these issues and challenges, it is our responsibility to start young and start early in fixing these issues.
I have a personal take on this because back when a Resolution came up in the Legislature for the HI State Leg. to support changing the name of McKinley High School, the community of McKinley was not informed until 2-days before the hearing date by the House Ed. Committee. This led to us scrambling to find testimony and support when those who introduced and sponsored this Bill had support and testimonials lined up. I felt it was a slight to us and brought it up to my area Rep, they said that this is how it is. I hear the call for transparency and I would first work with the State Leg and City to put a Bill through that would require the House Committee hearing any Bill and Resolution that will directly affect any group or organization, inform that group or organization no less than 10-Days before the hearing date. That would be my first action to address the said lack of transparency.
Hawaii is a small island State and while we can continue to "Go Green," & reduce our carbon impact on the world, we will not reduce it by much. I recall reading an article stating Hawaii's Carbon footprint compared Nationally makes up only 0.3% of the USA's total carbon impact as a whole, now compared to the world that would then be significantly less. While we can do our best to be as carbon neutral as possibly, I believe we need to prepare for the time when sea levels do rise. I would begin to look at how we can combat erosion of our beaches better, because we still have issues with land near the sea eroding or suddenly collapsing into the nearby beach or ocean. Then I would like to take a look at the contingency of building sea walls that would not affect, in fact even be beneficial to us and the marine life and environment that they will be affecting. I would also like to look at the feasibility of how many solar panels it would take to power Hawaii, then put it into action.
I do believe that the response to the COVID-19 crisis could have been improved by not having required the COVID-19 vaccine for everyone to work, or vice versa making them take the COVID test to work. I believe that this push may have decrease vaccine hesitancy exponentially because then people are not being told they have to take it, but not only that we did not have all of the facts about the vaccine which led to more vaccine hesitancy when it was revealed the government in fact didn't. We needed more honesty & transparency when it comes down to the COVID-19 response. We found out a year into the pandemic that the military was not being counted in the COVID-19 count and it was a big shock to me to find this out during a Neighborhood Board Meeting. So I would have handled it with more honesty & transparency & the openness to let people make their own decision based on the facts being presented to them.
First, I am a concerned citizen. Second, I am lucky enough to have legislative experience, first in the House of Representatives and then the State Senate. I was able to get major legislation passed such as the transient accommodations tax (TAT), convention center, and Food Bank. I came out of retirement because I am not happy with what is happening locally, like homelessness, spiking crime, cost overruns with the rail, how the TAT is spent after fighting so hard for it, a shortage of teachers and police officers due to low pay, and the building of monster homes. We should increase police pay to attract more applicants; work with HTSA to find solutions such as providing teacher housing on campus; and appoint board members and commissioners with appropriate technical knowledge.
Transparency starts at the top. We need leaders to be open-minded, personally accountable, and not make excuses.
Climate change comes from human actions, what we use, what we throw away, what we emit in the air.
The response worked in Hawaii. We need to encourage people to be concerned with how our actions affect others.
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