People are often curious about the reality of serving as a member of the Kauai County Council. How much time does it take to do the work? How much does it pay? Do you really have to give up your private life in order to serve? Do you have to quit your existing employment to serve on the council? Is it really a “thankless job”?
Much has been said about the need to compromise, about the need to “meet in the middle” and that there should not be “litmus test issues.”
From a policy and politics perspective, the recent TGI story focused on the Kauai County Council’s passage of the Kauai General Plan is an especially interesting read.
The chaotic nature of the law-making process at the state level is a given. Literally thousands of proposed laws (bills) are introduced, hundreds of hearings are held, thousands of pieces of testimony are submitted and, ultimately, several hundred bills are passed into law.
Imagine if the County of Kauai began actively partnering more with those youth programs, engaging the youth in civic partnerships while supporting their programs with modest “matching grants.”
Problem-solving and decision-making by elected bodies can be complex, convoluted and, to some, a veritable conundrum. Needless to say, in a political environment, the dynamics and pressures inhibiting the introduction of new, out-of-the-box solutions are significant.