Bipartisan policy at 87th Conference of Mayors
The 87th United States Conference of Mayors brought together Republicans, Democrats, Independents, The Mayor of Los Angeles, the Mayor of population 7,000 Scappoose, Oregon and everyone in between at the Hilton in Waikiki.
"This is a cauldron of ideas. There are people who are not partisan, who care about their community, their cities and they are on the front lines so whatever ideas they have I want to learn from them I want to impart my ideas on them" said Miami Mayor Francis Suarez.
That's exactly what happened when Honolulu's Mayor Kirk Caldwell went to Miami for this conference in 2017 and saw how Miami's Republican Mayor Francis Suarez is combating flooding and a rising sea level.
"They're starting the process of not retreating, because there's not much to retreat from in Miami Beach, it is about raising. They've built streets that are higher," said Mayor Caldwell.
Mayor Caldwell is adopting this very strategy, which he believes will save Honolulu money in the long run.
"Some people say you have to move Honolulu mauka. We have billions of dollars invested in infrastructure here and it would cost billions of dollars to move it somewhere else. So what you do is preserve the infrastructure but raise the city," Caldwell added.
A Democrat and a Republican, running cities five thousand miles apart, built both literally and figuratively on the others' ideas.
"All you have to do is see with your eyes what is happening in these areas. you cant make it about party, you cant make it about causality," Mayor Suarez added.