Candidate Questions and Answers: Kauai County Council – Rosemarie Jauch

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Editor’s Note: For the August 13 primary elections in Hawaii, Civil Beat asked candidates to answer a few questions about where they stand on various issues and what their priorities would be if elected.

The following came from Kauai County Council candidate Rosemarie Jauch. The other candidates for seven positions are Addison Bulosan, Bernard Carvalho, Felicia Cowden, Billy DeCosta, Luke Evslin, Fern Holland, Ross Kagawa, KipuKai Kuali’i, James Langtad, Jeffrey Lindner, Lila Metzger, Nelson Mukai, Jakki Nelson, Mel Rapozo . , Roy Saito, Rachel Secretario, Shirley Simbre-Medeiros and Clint Yago.

See Civil Beat’s election guide for general information and learn about the other candidates in the primary ballot.

1. What is the biggest issue facing Kauai County and what would you do about it?

Lack of affordable, sustainable and environmentally friendly energy.

Deep beneath the waves there is a power source unlike any other. To harness it, Japanese engineers built a veritable leviathan, a beast capable of withstanding the strongest ocean currents to turn its flow into a virtually limitless source of electricity.

2. In the past four years, the North Shore of Kauai has suffered two major weather events that have deprived entire communities of jobs, schools, pharmacies, banks, doctors and other essential services for decades. many months. Should this change the county’s approach to disaster preparedness, and if so, how?

It appears that the State Department of Transportation has just announced that repairing the Hanalei Bridge and stabilizing the slopes of Waikoloa and Hanalei Hill will be included in its upcoming 26-month Hanalei to Wainiha project.

It has been suggested that the rocks can be used to stabilize banks and encourage a community effort to stamp out the uncontrollable hau bush on private lands that is choking the river and causing highway erosion. In May 2022, a widening of the roadway was completed to direct traffic away from erosion.

3. There are nearly 14,000 cesspools on Kauai that need to be removed by 2050. With an average cost of $15,000 to $30,000 to convert them to septic tanks, many homeowners say the transition is not not affordable. How can the county help kick-start catch basin replacement?

Sewer treatment is superior to replacing cesspools with septic tanks. Reference Lake Havasu. Benchmark micro-sewer systems. Using the CIP for funding would provide Kauai with the modern standards that will protect the island from the pollution of our waters for hundreds of years to come.

4. Traffic is getting worse on the island of Kauai and different areas are facing different challenges. What would be your approach to improving Kauai’s transportation issues?

Park-and-rides would help promote the use of public transport, but hour-by-hour trips in densely populated areas and at peak times are not enough. Build mid-rise car parks in high-density areas.

Encourage resorts to provide shuttles to popular destinations to reduce the number of private rental cars. HIDOT has implemented traffic calming measures for Hanalei.

5. Do you think the governor and legislature appreciate your county’s issues, or are they too focused on Honolulu and Oahu?

I followed the 2021 and 2022 legislative sessions. After being killed in committee in 2021, this session saw the death of SB3089, Emergency Management. At least for this session, the focus on this very important issue was in the best interest of the entire state.

6. For more than a year, the median price of a single-family home in Kauai has topped $1 million. What would you do to help close the housing gap for low-income, affordable and middle-class people?

End the analysis paralysis cycle and start building the necessary infrastructure. The last report I saw was from 2018 and predicted a housing deficit of over 5,000 units in Kauai by 2035.

Last year, general manager Michael Dahilig mentioned that 11 units had just been made available. Put an end to the cheap unit buyback tactics that happened early in their release. I support Hawaiian Home Lands. This year marks the provision of 51 parcels to Anahola.

7. Even as the Covid-19 pandemic winds down, local businesses are struggling to hire and retain workers, leading to shortages of everything from grocery store cashiers and restaurant workers to teachers and school bus drivers. What, if anything, would you do to remedy this economic instability?

Two years of proclamations, mandates triggering job insecurity. The pandemic has led to the departure of 16,000 workers across the state. School closures have forced workers to stay home and implement distance learning and now returning to the workforce is a difficult choice for many for a variety of reasons.

I don’t know about this program, but Rise To Work was created to help solve the problem.

This is a complex issue that will require the proven ability of the private sector to engage the workforce to participate in the workforce recovery. In some cases, temporary employees, i.e. visiting nurses, should be used until the deficit can be reduced. Perhaps recently retired employees would be interested in helping out in the short term by returning to the workforce?

8. The Kauai landfill at Kekaha will soon run out of capacity and there is still no timely plan to build a new one. What can the county council do to deal with what could become a waste crisis for the island?

Kekaha’s life expectancy is five years, more or less. Once work begins, landfills take about 10 years to complete.

The Maalo site has had the capacity to handle solid waste for over 250 years but was abandoned due to opposition from the FAA and DOT. The only other choice is the Kekaha Mauka. Kauai must step up and begin construction or face the possibility of having to ship our solid waste to Oahu.

In any event, we must redouble our efforts to reduce the 91 tonnes of solid waste per year sent to landfill. The polystyrene ban in 2021 is a step in the right direction. Maybe get the big box stores to at least help with the plastics and send them back to a mainland facility. Introduce liquid-free laundry detergents and eliminate traditional plastic packaging. Educate, advocate, enable and assist government and residents to transition to a zero waste society.

9. Overtourism can degrade the environment, threaten biodiversity, contribute to the wear and tear of infrastructure, generate traffic and disrupt neighborhoods. What more can be done to better manage the island’s tourism sector?

Hawaii is married to tourism like Las Vegas is married to gambling. The key is to manage it effectively. A very good idea proposed is to limit the number of visitors each day on supervised beaches.

Implement and charge air carriers in a lottery for staggered arrival and departure times, as is done elsewhere.

The island has already adopted the concept of proactive impact management. Kauai’s Tourism Strategic Plan was announced in 2019. A new airport shuttle service was added in 2021

Kauai’s 2021-2023 Destination Management Action Plan is a 24-page HTA report designed to rebuild, redefine and reset the direction of the industry that generates approximately $18 billion in total spending per year and supports approximately 216,000 jobs.

Kauai’s 2018 General Plan calls for limiting the development of new resorts and indicates that any permitted growth in the visitor industry must consider the negative impact it can have on our infrastructure and communities.

ten. The coronavirus pandemic has exposed many flaws in Hawaii’s structure and systems, from outdated technology to economic disparity. If you could take this moment to reinvent Hawaii, to build on what we’ve learned and create a better state, a better way of doing things, what would you do? Please share a great idea you have for Kauai County. Be innovative, but be specific.

While 2020-2021 has brought some very dark days to our shores, the positive impact of living life as it was decades ago has taught those in phase that we depend on each other in times of adversity. Even as our government offices closed and the community experienced a series of disturbing proclamations and mandates that classified us as essential and non-essential, we learned that we are all essential.

Hopefully the next time a health care crisis arises, Kauai will be better prepared to handle it. The main concern was that adequate intensive care support would not be available. All of the CARES funding that has been provided – how much has gone to USI capacity for disaster planning? I wonder if a natural disaster of crisis proportions were to occur, who would get the nine available intensive care beds? If I was the decision maker, I would have earmarked funds for improving medical emergency preparedness.

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