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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

The brink of a new style of government..." 'Glenn Mickens' (Kaua'i County Watchdog)

Glenn Mickens has lived on Kauai  with his wife Ruth for the last 26 years. Born July 26, 1930 in Wilmar, California, USA) was a pitcher in Major League Baseball. He pitched in four games (two of which were starts) for the 1953 Brooklyn Dodgers. He also played for five years in Japan, from 1959 until 1963 for the Kintetsu Buffaloes. There, he compiled a record of 45–53 with a 2.54 ERA.  Glenn also  served in the Army for 2 years and coached baseball at UCLA for 25 years. 
Last but not least Glenn would really like to see Kaua'i give the county manager style of Government a chance.

Mr. Mickens is locally known
as one of Kauai county's
political watchdogs
and Nitpickers...
Mahalos Glenn!

The brink of a new style of government

Since we are on the brink of getting a Council/Manager type of government on the November ballot for the people to vote on, let's get the message to Kimo's readers what this form of government is. And, we sincerely thank Kimo for his efforts to help us in implementing this historical system on Kauai.

So many problems have occurred under our present form of government that change is needed. And since 51% of cities and counties across our nation are successfully using the Council/Manager form of government we feel that it is imperative to try it.
The current Kauai County council members...

Let’s briefly describe the Council/ Manager system being proposed for Kauai. The Council hires a person  as Manager  who is highly educated and has experience in municipal government to oversee the  management of the operating departments (the fire, police,  public works,  planning and other functions that carry out the work of our local government) . The Manager is the chief executive officer  of the County and  appoints and can terminate the head of each department and is responsible to the Council. which remains our legislative body. 

With his/her education, experience and expertise, the manager is tasked with going after and solving whatever problems (traffic, solid waste, low income housing, homeless people, and budgetary) that have faced and are still facing our Island--all under the council's direction.

Unlike the present Council/Mayor system where the Mayor and his administration remain for 4 years no matter how poorly they preform their duties, the Manager can be fired for lack of performance immediately. Politically appointed positions will be eliminated since the Manager is now in charge of these appointments and must have people under him/her with experience and job qualifications since his/her job security depends on positive performance. 
Kaua'i Mayor
Bernard Carvalho Jr.

Under the system being proposed a  Mayor will be elected by the voters to become a member of the Council and its chair and will no longer have any administrative duties.Thus the Mayor will be a  part of the Council and not adverse to it.

The Council/Manager system is a tested and effective form of government and with it we should have a better Kauai.
For more information on Kaua'i county and it's current form of government go to;  http://www.kauai.gov/

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Melinda Kontos said...

Sounds good!

KimoRosen said...

Glenn, it seems with a county manager style of government the mayors jobs responsibilities will be greatly reduced, with that will there be a pay reduction in the Mayors 6 figure salary?

Chester "Unc" Lau said...

Sounds like a good idea ,why not do this also on a national scale to include the president & all the useless xxxxxs !!! check out Ex- President like George W .Bush should be in prison instead of getting a $196,700 Pension a year that should be forfeited for the benefit of the wounded or deceased US veterans & their families for creating the senseless Iraq/Afghan wars because he wants to be a war time president & possible get more donation from the Military-Industrial complex !!!. Bush deserve jail instead of more pension from the Tax Payers !!!

unc .Chester Lau

And that figure doesn’t even include his allowances for support staff, office space, and travel funds etc.
By Emily Brandon Jan. 16, 2009, at 4:01 p.m. + More
Ex-President George W. Bush will ride out the recession with a pension of $196,700. The pension begins immediately upon his departure from office at noon on Inauguration Day, January 20. And unlike many private sector pensions, Bush’s payouts will grow to $203,600 next year and $210,700 in 2011.

In contrast, private sector workers have their pensions insured by the U.S. Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. up to a maximum benefit of $54,000 in 2009 for those who retire at age 65 and elect payments as a single life annuity. But because Bush is age 62, if he claimed a private sector pension this year he would only be insured for $42,666. Former presidents currently receive a pension that is equal to pay for the head of an executive department.

In addition to a pension, the 1958 Former Presidents Act provides past presidents with support staff, office space, travel funds, and mailing privileges. The legislation aims “to maintain the "dignity " of that great office” and to prevent an expresident from engaging “in business or [an] occupation which would demean the office he has held or capitalize upon it in any way deemed improper.” Prior to 1958, former Presidents leaving office received no pension or federal assistance. Some former Presidents — including Ulysses Grant and Harry Truman — struggled financially after leaving office. Total allowances for former presidents in fiscal year 2008 were $518,000 for Jimmy Carter, $786,000 for George H. W. Bush, and $1,162,000 for Bill Clinton, fueled primarily by his office space in Harlem, New York. Carter’s Atlanta office and Bush’s Houston office are considerably less expensive.

Bush is also eligible for health benefits for life. Single term Presidents George H. W. Bush and Carter do not qualify for federally funded health benefits, according to a General Services Administration legal opinion. But two-term Presidents George W. Bush and Clinton are entitled to enroll in the group health plans available to federal employees.

Additionally, the U.S. Secret Service provides protection to former presidents, a former president’s wife until death or remarriage, and minor children under 16 years of age for up to 10 years, for any president who left office after January 1, 1997. Before that date past presidents received secret service protection for life.

On average, former Presidents who have subsequently died lived 12 years, 339 days after leaving office. Herbert Hoover had the longest post-presidential retirement period — 31 years, 231 days after leaving office. The shortest presidential retirement period was James K. Polk’s 103 days.

The National Taxpayers Union estimates that if Bush, now 62, reaches his current life expectancy of 83.5 years, his total pension payments will be $5.56 million.
Poor Tax Payers !!! Are we the Master or the Slaves !!!
Uncle Chester :- (

unc Chester

Glenn Mickens said...

Yes, Kimo you are exactly right. The Mayor's salary would be reduced to probably the same as the Council Chair (he may be the Chair) or possibly a bit more since he will still have the civic duties he now has.
But his powers will now be vested in the Manager with political appointees not happening since the Manager has to perform or he can be fired unlike the Mayor who sits for 4 years no matter how badly he performs.
Good question--as any you like and either I or Walter or Ken can give you answers.
Keep up your great work.

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Glenn Mickens said...

Aloha Unc Lau:
your words of wisdom are right on target. W should have be convicted of war crimes just like you said for getting 44,000 of our brave men and women killed (along with collateral damage and deaths and wounded to thousands) for taking is into a war that was a lie and where we didn't belong. Along with Cheney and the rest of his war hungary people there is no way he shouldn't have been prosecuted.
Glad you like the Manager system and hope we can get it passed---thanks to Kimo for keeping it before the public.

Chester "Unc" Lau said...

Aloha Glenn :

I am delighted to received your email & hope that we can communicate directly anytime but be aware that I am a senior citizen in a Care home with multiple ailments that may delay my replies to you.China & Israel are laughing at the childish 2016 presidential campaign like kids in a circus fighting for a month old Kimche sandwich 😁 in the mean time I'll ask my good friend the Rabbi Kimo to brief you on my back ground.

Je suis content de faire votre connaissance.😁 I am Happy to make your acquaintance (in French).am learning kindergarten French as a way the Thank the Marquis Delafayette for his help in the American Revolution. I am easy going,no need to be formal.


Chester "Unc" Lau said...

Bon Soir Monsieur Glenn :

Not to show off but I need to practice my French,French is not easy ,one verb has 14 conjugations ,must constantly reviewing & reviewing,I had one year high school Spanish & 2 year Japanese stationed in Tokyo in the Korean war with the US Army,Japanese is easier I think,no tense to conjugate :-) Kimo knows,he was in Japan & we can learn good things from other people. our country is young & have a lot to learn & we still have the freedom to change ,I like Singapore & Switzerland ,they don't invade other country & have no OIL for other country to steal :-)


Uncle Chester ,my friends call me Uncle C