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Honolulu voters rejected a proposed charter amendment to extend term limits for top political seats but approved establishing a Department of Land Management.
With most precincts reporting, voters backed amendments that give the Honolulu Police Commission more power to fire the police chief and create an office focused on mitigating climate change.
There were 20 proposed charter amendments on the ballot. The charter is reviewed every decade by the Honolulu Charter Commission.
Here were the 20 proposals and the final returns:
Amendment 1: Should the Police Commission have greater authority to suspend or dismiss the chief of police and have additional powers to investigate complaints concerning officer misconduct, and should the chief of police be required to submit a written explanation for his or her disagreement with the Commission?
Yes: 78.3 percent: No: 17 percent
Amendment 2: Should the Ethics Commission set the salaries of the Ethics Commission’s executive director and staff attorneys within specified limits?
Yes: 58.4 percent, No: 34.5 percent
Amendment 3: Should the Department of the Prosecuting Attorney control its budget after it is approved by the City Council?
Yes: 65.7 percent, No: 26.6 percent
Amendment 4: Should a unified multi-modal transportation system be created by:
Yes: 60.8 percent, No: 28.6 percent
Amendment 5: Should the Affordable Housing Fund be used to develop rental housing for persons earning 60 percent or less of the median household income, provided that the housing remains affordable for at least 60 years?
Yes: 64.7 percent, No: 27.8 percent
Amendment 6: Should departments responsible for the city’s infrastructure needs be required to prepare long-term plans?
Yes: 80.4 percent, No: 12.5 percent
Amendment 7: Should the city use its powers to serve the people in a sustainable and transparent manner and to promote stewardship of natural resources for present and future generations, and should the city create an Office of Climate Change, Sustainability and Resiliency?
Yes: 54.5 percent, No: 37.9 percent
Amendment 8: Should a new Department of Land Management responsible for the protection, development, and management of city lands be established?
Yes: 46.9 percent, No: 44.4 percent
Amendment 9: Should a Honolulu Zoo Fund be established and funded by a minimum of one-half of one percent of estimated annual real property taxes to pay for Honolulu Zoo expenses to assist the Honolulu Zoo in regaining its accreditation by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums?
Yes: 53.4 percent, No: 40.1 percent
Amendment 10: Should the mayor’s executive powers and the City Council’s legislative powers only be subject to exceptions specifically provided in the Charter and should the mayor and the City Council be given concurrent authority to establish funds when no appropriate funds of the same type exist and to propose amendments to the annual executive budget?
Yes: 40.1 percent, No: 48.6 percent
Amendment 11: Should an approval process and an advisory commission for Clean Water Natural Lands Fund projects be established in the Charter?
Yes: 57.7 percent, No: 33 percent
Amendment 12: Should all boards and commissions, except for the Board of Water Supply, the board for the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART) and any board or commission mandated by state or federal law, be reviewed periodically to determine whether they should be retained, amended or repealed?
Yes: 76.2 percent, No: 16.1 percent
Amendment 13: Should the Grants in Aid Fund be the sole source (with certain designated exceptions) for city-funded grants to federal income tax-exempt nonprofit organizations that provide services to economically and/or socially disadvantaged populations or that provide services for the public benefit in the areas of the arts, culture, economic development or the environment?
Yes: 46.3 percent, No: 42 percent
Amendment 14: Should the deadline to hold a special election to replace the mayor, prosecutor or councilmembers be extended from 60 to 120 days, and should the City Council be able to appoint a temporary member until a special election is held?
Yes: 50.8 percent, No: 40.8 percent
Amendment 15: Should the term limit for the prosecuting attorney, the mayor and the councilmembers be three consecutive four-year terms?
Yes: 34 percent, No: 58.6 percent
Amendment 16: Should certain city departments be responsible for their own program planning and small infrastructure design and construction projects, and should the powers, functions, and duties of the Department of Environmental Services be updated and expanded to emphasize resource recovery and include the planning, engineering, design, and construction of all of its projects?
Yes: 62.7 percent, No: 27 percent
Amendment 17: Should the mayor have the authority to delegate the signing of documents to certain other city officers?
Yes: 40.5 percent, No: 51.7 percent
Amendment 18: Should the Fire Commission be expanded from five to seven members, and should the fire chief’s powers, duties and functions be updated to reflect current services?
Yes: 62.7 percent, No: 29.6 percent
Amendment 19: Should the requirement be repealed that no more than five of the City Council Reapportionment Commission’s nine members be from the same political party?
Yes: 30.8 percent, No: 56.2 percent
Amendment 20: Should the Charter be amended for housekeeping amendments (i) to conform to current functions and operation, (ii) to conform to legal requirements, (iii) to correct an inadvertent omission, and (iv) for clarity?
Yes: 72 percent, No: 13.9 percent