DOGGED PERSISTANCE: A few weeks ago we pointed out the convoluted Rube Goldberg-esque nature of the proposed charter amendment supposedly designed to put the decision making for resort accommodations in the hands of the Council instead of the Planning Commission (PC)
Saturday’s newspaper column from Walter Lewis showed just how clueless he and his minions continue to be in circulating his latest “Charter Amendment.”
Putting aside the milt-faceted problems with the details that we derailed - regarding its basis on an advisory document, the placement of a whole new administrative permitting office in the legislative branch and dozens of problems with other words and concepts in the already circulated petition- the same thing could also be done by putting an Initiative on the ballot to change the actual current ordinance (law).
But Lewis leaves out this tidbit of reality and continue to lead the mindless conga line for a Charter amendment like the process is mom and apple pie, never mentioning initiative and referendum much less its far superior applicability here.
He even goes as far as to criticize a councilmember who tried to point out the silliness of putting the regulation in the Charter by saying she just wants to control the lawmaking process which would not usually be the case with an initiatives, if it’s clear and well written.
Oh- do we have initiative and referendum on Kaua`i? You’d never know it reading Walter’s column.
The promoters say that premise for the whole amendment is that the Planning Commission shouldn’t be making these decisions because they are not elected. So if you put the decision making in an elected body’s hands those decisions will be more accountable.
Well, duh- so way not elected the Planning Commission?... as slow and smart growth advocates have been saying since at least 1986, the first time electing the PC failed to make it on the ballot.
Although we’ve talked to everyone involved with the effort for this effort none have addressed even one of the problems we raised almost a month ago.
The amendment, as written, is like one of those 80’s teen movies that start with the kid’s alarm clock setting off a series of levers and ropes that dress, clean and feed him automatically. And he end up wearing a dress, brushing his teeth with deodorant and eating cardboard and still missing the bus.
Actually the solution is to get up three minutes earlier but it’s amusing watching the convolutions.