Expect More, Maui—A New Maui Advocacy Web Site

August 30, 2009 at 11:37 pm Leave a comment

 The new advocacy site states, “Let’s raise the bar on what we expect from the County of Maui. Citizens should demand it.”

 

Maury King, the founding director writes:

Expect More, Maui is a loosely formed group of people dedicated to the proposition that government works for the people, by the people, and there is probably a reasonable time frame for them to do that work. Why does Maui seem to drag things out forever? Why are decisions made that kill or cripple whole segments of business? (wait until you hear about the latest Ocean Activities Rules) It is discouraging and leads people to apathy and a resignation about not being able to do anything about it.

While true that many of us are on Maui because it is laid back, dragging projects out for years just isn’t the same thing as laid back. While having sensible rules is prudent, overregulating whole segments of small businesses that keep money circulating on the island borders on lunacy.

This site and the people that connect through it will be the ones that believe we can make a difference. A recent Political Advocacy Workshop led by Gary Hooser on behalf of South Maui Sustainability has a lot of insight about how we can learn how to be effective advocates with our government. Have a look if you’re interested.

Let’s get the path at Kealia Pond open, let’s continue work on the Kihei bike path along the north/south collector road, let’s get the next 20 wind turbines up and running at Kaheawa. These are just projects I’m aware of that seem caught in the doldrums called County Government. What are your pet peeves? Let’s pick one project to work as a team.

The great thing about this site is that everyone can join in this conversation. We can all inspire each other, give each other great ideas, and create ways to let the people running Maui know that we Expect More from them.

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Entry filed under: Political Action.

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