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Kapolei Center Will Bring Area Job Opportunities

Second City Spotlight… State Rep. Sharon E. Har

The Second City is not defined by rail transit any more than it is defined by having a Walmart, or neighborhood access to a four-year university campus — those are just building blocks. The vision that both government and business have for Kapolei is simple: a place we can live, work and play.

At a time when outsiders are calling on government to pull the plug on the Second City (calling us a ‘lost cause’), both business and government are still hard at work implementing that vision. For this reason, I believe it is important to shine the Second City Spotlight on the Kapolei Pacific Center — the future home of new businesses and vital services, including a U.S. Social Security Administration office.

By bringing the Social Security Administration to the Kapolei Pacific Center, we are fulfilling the vision for Kapolei by providing opportunities for West Oahu residents to live AND work. This is especially significant because a surprising number of families are now caring for their kupuna and children at the same time. Local access to services for our seniors is an integral part of being able to live in the Second City.

Building construction by the Avalon Group is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to job creation. The offices that future phases will create in addition to the Social Security Administration will provide opportunities for many of us and our children to work closer to home, sparing our younger generations from tortuous hours of commuting.

A June 2012 Gallup survey found that “Nearly six in 10 Americans are currently dissatisfied with the opportunity for the next generation of Americans to live better than their parents.” It is our obligation to provide a better future for our children, the same way our parents did for us.

The Kapolei Pacific Center is one of those opportunities we are creating now.

Rather than saddling the next generation with few opportunities, crippling traffic and crowded schools, West Oahu needs more common sense solutions like the

Kapolei Pacific Center to build that future. Until the time we are all able to live, work and play in the Second City, government must follow through

with thoughtful, methodical planning to live up to the promises that were made and the Kapolei Pacific Center is part of that process. Construction is expected to be complete in July 2013.

Contact Rep. Sharon Har (Makakilo, Kapolei) at 586-8500.

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