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The REALTORS Association of Maui Government Affairs Director Podcast - Hosted by Jason Economou.

RAM GAD POD Jason Economou

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The REALTORS Association of Maui Government Affairs Director Podcast - Hosted by Jason Economou.

    RAM GAD POD - Jeff Gilbreath, Executive Director of Hawaiian Community Assets

    RAM GAD POD - Jeff Gilbreath, Executive Director of Hawaiian Community Assets

    Aloha Friends,



    Today's guest is Jeff Gilbreath, Executive Director of Hawaiian Community Assets. Jeff and his team have been tasked with creating Maui County's Affordable Housing Plan, and we want you to get involved! Please visit www.MauiHousingPlan.org to sign up for virtual community meetings, share your thoughts via the Housing Plan Survey, sign up for updates, or take the pre-qualification assessment. Similarly, if you are interested in learning more about Hawaiian Community Assets or getting involved with their work, please visit www.HawaiianCommunity.net. 



    Mahalo,

    Jason

    • 53 min
    RAM GAD POD - Deborah Caulfield Rybak, Journalist and Author of the Politics On Maui Blog

    RAM GAD POD - Deborah Caulfield Rybak, Journalist and Author of the Politics On Maui Blog

    Aloha Friends,



    I've been a fan of Deborah Caulfield Rybak's writing since I first moved to Maui and saw her articles in Maui Time, so I was excited to see that she recently started her own blog at politicsonmaui.com to continue reporting on local politics. After Deborah accidentally sent me one of her recent articles on "dark money" in the local elections, I reached out to see if I could get her on the show to talk about the election results. Thankfully Deborah is awesome and she was happy to come on and chat. If you've been liking the casual feel of the more recent episodes, you'll definitely like this one. This is one of those interviews that reminded me of how lucky I am that I get to do this as part of my job. Even on issues we disagreed on, Deborah was a pleasure to communicate with. Deborah Rybak is someone you should all be following, and I sincerely hope you enjoy getting to hear from her on this episode. 



    Mahalo,

    Jason 

    • 1 hr 2 min
    RAM GAD POD - Bonus Breakdown of Proposed Charter Amendments on the Maui County Ballot

    RAM GAD POD - Bonus Breakdown of Proposed Charter Amendments on the Maui County Ballot

    Lately, the majority of the questions I've been getting all relate to the proposed charter amendments that will be on the Maui County ballots this election cycle. The charter amendments can get pretty complicated and there are a lot of folks trying to tell us how to vote, but not many people are explaining what the charter amendments actually are or how they will impact us. In this bonus episode I do my best to try and explain the charter amendments in a fairly objective manner without necessarily telling you how I think you should vote. I hope this is helpful and I encourage you to share it if you do find it helpful. More information on the charter amendments can be found at http://mauicounty.us/maui-county-charter/

    • 44 min
    RAM GAD POD - Cassandra Abdul, Executive Director of Na Hale O Maui

    RAM GAD POD - Cassandra Abdul, Executive Director of Na Hale O Maui

    I only learned about Na Hale O Maui a couple of years ago when I took on my role as Government Affairs Director for RAM. At the time it seemed like a good program, but I honestly didn't give it much thought. Nevertheless, as I've progressed in my role at RAM and learned more about the circumstances surrounding our severe lack of affordable housing inventory, I find myself thinking about Na Hale O Maui more and more. In fact, I've grown to think that programs like Na Hale O Maui may be our best hope in preserving affordable housing stock on Maui for future generations, and I am deeply concerned that we may not realize that until it is far too late. With that in mind, I thought it would be a good idea to get Cassandra Abdul on for an interview to discuss her program and to see if we can get some renewed support from the REALTOR community. Cassandra has been in real estate for most of her adult life, and she holds an active real estate broker's license in Hawaii. Cassandra is an incredibly sweet person, but also an ardent advocate for her program and an extremely knowledgeable real estate professional, so this was a great conversation. Na Hale O Maui was founded by RAM members, and I sincerely hope RAM members sign up to be members of Na Hale O Maui after listening to this episode. If your interested, follow this link!

    • 1 hr 11 min
    RAM GAD POD - Alberta de Jetley, Candidate for the Maui County Council's Lanai Seat

    RAM GAD POD - Alberta de Jetley, Candidate for the Maui County Council's Lanai Seat

    Aloha Friends,



    Alberta de Jetley is running for Maui County Council, and I think we should all vote for her. In this episode, I have a nice long conversation with Alberta and we learn a lot about her background and what she plans on accomplishing if she wins in November. I've had the pleasure of having a few long conversations with Alberta at this point, and I am still surprised at how much more there is to learn about her every time. What struck me as most interesting from this interview is her incredibly diverse professional background, as well as her depth of knowledge concerning our County and the problems it has faced over the years. Given those two factors alone, I think she is a great candidate for the Lanai seat and she has my full support. If you want to learn more about Alberta or contribute to her campaign, check out her website www.albertadejetley.com  



    [If you want to skip the intro, jump to the 6:15 mark.]



    Mahalo,

    Jason

    • 1 hr 34 min
    RAM GAD POD - Claire Carroll, Candidate for the Maui County Council's East Maui Seat.

    RAM GAD POD - Claire Carroll, Candidate for the Maui County Council's East Maui Seat.

    Aloha Friends,



    Today's guest is Claire Kamalu Carroll, Candidate for the Maui County Council's East Maui seat. Claire is the daughter of former Councilmember Bob Carroll, and a legitimately good candidate in her own right. I'll be honest and admit that I was already leaning toward voting for Claire Carroll early on purely based on the fact that her competitor, Councilmember Shane Sinenci, refuses to meet with RAM and ignored multiple invitations to participate in our candidate interview process. That inclination was solidified and reinforced after getting to know Claire a little more. Given Claire's determination, work ethic, concern for the community as a whole, and her willingness to communicate and share ideas, I think she is a great candidate for Maui County Council. I hope you enjoy listening to this episode as much as I enjoyed making it, and I hope you learn something too. If you want to skip the intro, try jumping to the 4:29 mark!

    • 1 hr 19 min

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