We need a strong mayor
Pre-election time. It is really interesting to watch the debates of the candidates in the current phase of campaigning, but it is also interesting to read the reports about such debates like the one published in The Garden Island (Sept. 21) and in later issues as well.
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Did Mr Samu consider any actual facts before writing this bizarre letter?
Did he really think of the larger community of Kauai or just his own myopia?
Some of his more ill-informed statements:
“some voters benefit from these problems. You wonder who and how? The business owners who make big or huge sales thanks to the large number of visitors, the stakeholders in the car-rental business, the landlords who charge too high rents and especially the operators of illegal vacation rentals.”
>>Business owners employ Kauai residents. I don’t know about you, but I’d prefer to keep my job, thank you.
“..big or huge sales” -isn’t that the goal of operating a successful business? Would Mr Samu prefer “small or tiny sales”??
Car-rental businesses employ Kauai residents, too. Ask those employees if they’d prefer to collect unemployment.
“landlords who charge too high rents” -consider studying basic economics, Mr Samu. Rents charged are a function of supply and demand. Increasing the supply of affordable housing is the needed solution.
“operators of illegal vacation rentals” -really? This tiny subset of the vacation rental market is the problem? Aside from accommodating visitors who support businesses and their employees, vacation rentals also support a wide variety of people who rely on such business for their livelihoods. Oh, and vacation rental owners collect and pay taxes. A lot of taxes.
One does not need to limit tourist numbers to actually limit their impact on the roads. Limiting rental cars would limit visitors by virtue of some visitors not wanting to travel where they cannot have their own rental car. Wah Wah Wah…
On the other good hand, more visitors bring more restaurants and that is a benefit to residents experiencing different and hopefully better foods.
Some travel destinations do not allow cars for residents or visitors. Walking, biking, boat shuttles, but no cars or even delivery trucks, an extreme that could never work here…unless…vertical take off and landing air-mobiles.
Limited number of rental cars means more people on the busses and hopefully in the future more frequent vans covering the whole island, as well as having visitors spending more time walking inside our smaller towns…shopping…and enjoying more of Kaua’i and it’s people, culture, foods, markets, events.
Anyway, US Federal Law may not allow direct limiting of visitors to Kaua’i…with respect to freedom to travel in the USA, and just like freedom of land ownership or business ownership in any state in America, sadly for us it includes our same Freedoms are given to foreigners, wherein many foreigners own property and businesses in the USA, while in their home countries we cannot own land, home, or businessees. Of course the liberals want to give free everything to foreign illegals, while taxpayers do not get as much.
AMERICAN Government dumber than dirt, we buy over $500 Billion + in goods from China, but China only buys $35 Billion from us. And the more dumber than dirt AMERICANS whine when the President calls for Trade Tarrifs, that would force U.S. COMPANIES away from buying Chinese goods and instead start making those goods in America with American workers and whoever gets over the FENCE.
Mr. Samu, you are using the Medical Mentality when you say more need of enforcement units (Police), in addition to the regular Police are needed. You see police are needed after the fact, that is, the effects of law breaking, as in Crime, and you are, like the medical pill for every ill, in its ignoring the Cause of sickness, needing more police means we are not efficiently eliminating the Causes of Crime.
Your advice to vote is good advice. But the incentive can also be that if one does not only vote and also not vote for a change of leadership, then the people getting the Good Deals now, and for the last 70 years, will keep getting the same good deals and reward$, such as Zoning changes wherein certain people and streets in LIHUE will be able to double their incomes, while the rest of the people, will still be strapped with same zoning that prevents them from keeping their families at home or in the their own neighborhood. If you live in Hanalei or Waimea why would you want your kids and grand kids to live in LIHUE, much less New York or Florida?
Oahu has 600 square miles of land and over 1,000,000 people.
Kaua’i has over 550 square miles and only 70,000 people (where did they all come from?). Kaua’i has 100’s of thousands of acres that can be developed.
One candidate for Mayor wants to BUILD KAUAI, the campaign slogan of Derek. “Building” = Development, and that means more of everything including more of our same problems. Are we ready? Willing? We are able with off island $$$, huge amount are available.
The other candidate seems to want to put the brakes on Kaua’i. That seems to be Mel. But will that lessen the problems?
There ain’t no AFFORDABLE HOUSING ON KAUAI…and there never will be unless the communists take over, and that’s not in the foreseeable future, although they have already taken over the goods sold in AMERICA, and MADE IN CHINA…!
Kaua’i has been the same for over 100 years, we may need accelerated Evolution, and that can only come by voting. We keep getting the same because the same people always vote and always vote the same…and naturally their own people…and why not…that is smart. That does not mean the other people are stupid, they just don’t vote.
I respectfully disagree….stupid people DON’T vote!
We do need a strong mayor, vote for Derek.
Well thought out plan by Mr. Samu. Since its creation, the tourism Act 1970, has taken a stance on tourism. And each democratic candidate has taken the conservative approach of control the amount of tourism. That has always been the approach. What can he do? Follow time tested methods. Conservative democracy. Limit tourism. Fact is this island is dependent on tourism. He has no other option. His hands are tied.
Solutions to the problems can all be resolved with money, which means more taxes. I’m willing to pay more to enjoy a higher quality of life. Are you?
We could solve the traffic issues with widened roads and better infrastructure. A nice tax boost could come from aggressively fining vacation rental scofflaws. There are hundreds, if not thousands on Kauai, which could generate millions in revenues. Hotel occupany in Hawaii is the highest in the nation, so if illegal vacation rentals are closed, fewer tourists will arrive and less congestion will result. It’s a win-win.
Kauai should start by demanding Airbnb and the other online booking sites require proof that any rental listing is a legal listing before allowing a property to be listed. If not, both the site and the rental owner should be given punitive fines (perhaps starting at 10x the expected rental income). Of course, Kauai should set up an accurate list of legal rentals and constantly update for accuracy – fees would be charged by anyone accessing the system to ensure it is fully funded by users.