What I find distasteful about the close connections the County Council has with the mayor is we lose the "watchdog" concept envisioned by the framers of the county charter that keeps both legislative and executive branches separate, providing us with a true democratic form of government.
Both Mike Molina and Joe Pontanilla have become operatives for Mayor Alan Arakawa by accepting executive assistant positions in the mayor's administration.
Molina and Pontanilla do owe the mayor, and knowing the mayor, he will collect.
I don't think we wanted a group of politicians--both executive and legislative--in the same bed on every issue.
We still want our government to be fair and democratic, positive and working together for the good of all.
With council members allied with the mayor, it is quite possible the new Kihei shopping outlet will be a go.
This can occur with a one-man government. I oppose a one-man, totalitarian government and so should you.