Honolulu City Council Candidate Questionnaire for 2010
Name: Tim Garry
Current job: Retired
Residence, how long you’ve lived in the district: 6 years in district
Background that qualifies you for the position: 54 years old, up to date on issues, educated, retired at 50. Started and employ local workers in business on Oahu. Talk to many people everyday, usually at Queens Beach. I get a wide variety of views, from all over the island. I understand that without a strong tourist trade we are doomed.
What else have you run for? Have you been in public office before and if so, what position?
I have not ran for public office, but have attended H.P.H.A monthly board meetings for the past 3 years. The amount of information I attained was the primary reason I entered the City Council race. It is mind-boggling how are taxpayers assets are so badly managed. I got tired of trying to keep my eyes from popping out of my head. and there you go …
What are the biggest issue in your district and your proposed solution? The biggest issue is traffic/road conditions. My solution would be to hire Panos. He has been talking a good game for two years. Let’s see if he can deliver? There are many other issues, but how much time and gas are wasted, sitting in traffic, and I don’t know about you, but every time I drive down School St., I gottta stop at the restroom. Ya, a little bumby!
Please share how you voted on the rail question in the 2008 election and why? Will you vote to expand the rail line in the future?I voted no . Oahu needs to spend it’is hard earned money on other issues. Our sewer system is archaic, we have another sewer spill and there goes the golden goose.We need to get off the road, all illegal car’s and drivers. No registration, no license, no insurance, NO DRIVING! We need to time signals. Have smart, computer signals. Have uninterrupted blvd’s, walking overpasses, Staggered schedules, why does everyone have to go at the same time? And how about some dedicated bike lanes , we should encourage biking, it is good exercise for our growing keiki. But SO dangerous.
Please share your position on Bed and Breakfasts in residential neighborhoods? Aren’t those called hotels?Would you want a hotel next to you?
What are your solutions to Oahu’s trash problem? Institute a zero trash policy, similar to Huntington Beach.
There is more than 1 water main break on average per day on Oahu. What is your solution to fix this? Fix- it ! get a plan ,work the plan ! Put in the infrastructure before new development.
It seems the city just band-aid’s the breaks.We need to look at new technology , that relines existing rusting pipes. Complying with Oahu’s sewage consent decree will cost city taxpayers $4 billion. What are your plans to balance the city budget and pay this debt? Cut Spending, look at current user fee’s ,Go even further and treat waste so we reclaim all that is being treated. reducing water fees.If we have another Bad spill , It will cost us much more.
What is your position on taxes and fees? Are they high enough or should they continue to increase? Cut Spending ! Has anyone looked at legacy cost for public employees! We need to have more private -public partnerships. Shift these costs to the private sector.We are taxed or fee’ d to death. Food , gas , house ,and has anyone seen a improvement in services. An improvement in life.Just the same old traffic, bad roads and lousy school scores.How about some accountability? Before we look to reward bad services.
Would you sign a pledge not to raise taxes in the future by introducing legislation or supporting legislation that raises taxes? No new taxes. Period.
What are your solutions for homelessness on Oahu? Should homeless be allowed to sleep in parks and at the beach where camping is not allowed, and if not, what are your plans? If so, what will be done to keep the parks clean and user friendly for taxpayers?
An independent audit should be conducted. Find out what your are dealing with. I find that in Waikiki, there is a wide variety of homless.Some are mentally ill, some are here from mainland. Some are career criminal, some are working poor, some are free-loaders. We need to identify them and treat them accordingly. They should not be allowed to live in parks, beach’s or sidewalks. Our no. 1 industry is tourism. Having drunks, addicts and mentally ill people harass tourists, is not what we want conveyed back home. Where ever that is.
Please share the most interesting thing about yourself. I love to surf! In CLEAN, OCEAN WATER! I love talking to people, from all over the world.
If you could ask any of your competitors one question, what would you ask and to who? To any of the other people, civic-minded enough to get into politic’s, will you serve only one term and donate your salary to charity ?
Endorsements? Just people I run into personally. People I talk story with and tell them my views. Three directors from H.P.H.A signed my nomination papers, I guess that’is an endorsement. I am not accepting any monies. My campaign is word of mouth. I pledge to ,if I win to only serve one term and donate my salary back to the district. Public Service should not be a pathway to riches. We have more than our limit on career politicians.
Contact information: 714-408-5175
Campaign Slogan or Theme: KEEP THE TOWN,TOWN
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