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Sunday, September 11, 2016
Caldwell's Plan: Make Military Families Pay for Rail
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 1748 Views :: Ethics, Rail, Taxes

It seems that 15%-20% of our surcharge is being paid by “tourists” in the strict sense, but when you include military families and the federal government you do come up with a percentage closer to a third....

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Saturday, September 10, 2016
HART Whistleblower: Sinking Columns, Cracked Welds, Useless Designs, and Structural Failures
By News Release @ 4:13 AM :: 4639 Views :: Rail

...a significant portion of the $110 million spent to design the Airport section will be lost because the design-build contractor will not use all the designs....

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Friday, September 09, 2016
Martin, Ozawa Endorse Djou for Mayor
By News Release @ 3:47 AM :: 2291 Views :: Honolulu County, Politicians, Rail

Djou Endorsements Now Include: Council Chair Ernie Martin, Councilmember Ann Kobayashi and Councilmember Trevor Ozawa....

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Monday, September 05, 2016
Caldwell’s New Slogan: ‘It’s not my fault’
By News Release @ 3:42 PM :: 2160 Views :: Honolulu County, Family, Rail

Blatant dishonesty, pay-to-play politics, and the blame game are what defines his administration....

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Sunday, September 04, 2016
Mythbusting HART, Part 1
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 1792 Views :: Rail, Taxes

Divide $200 million by 1 million people, and you get $200 a year per person....

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Saturday, September 03, 2016
Djou: How I Will Get Rail to Ala Moana
By Rep Charles Djou @ 3:19 AM :: 3032 Views :: Rail

...In the last 24 hours, my position on rail has been misrepresented and taken out of context....

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Wednesday, August 31, 2016
Rail: Caldwell’s Dog n Pony Show Designed to Force GE Tax Hike
By News Release @ 8:49 PM :: 1879 Views :: Rail, Taxes

...FTA is reconsidering its recovery plan due date (to allow this to stretch into the Legislative session so Caldwell can use it to push a GE Tax hike)....

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Monday, August 29, 2016
2 Years Late With Recovery Plan, Caldwell to Meet With Feds
By News Release @ 6:58 PM :: 1138 Views :: Rail

...FTA rules have required a HART Recovery Plan since late 2014....

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Thursday, August 25, 2016
VIDEO: Caldwell was Reckless, Its now a Big Mess, and its Costing You
By Video @ 12:26 AM :: 1339 Views :: Rail

Mayor Caldwell is responsible for this mess and his only answer is more rail GET tax extensions....

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016
Rail Reshuffle: Mark Garrity named acting director of Department of Transportation Services
By News Release @ 9:05 PM :: 1753 Views :: Honolulu County, Rail

...Garrity will serve as acting DTS director until the HART board names an interim or permanent executive director and CEO, thus allowing Mr. Formby to resume his normal duties....

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Thursday, August 18, 2016
Djou: Formby Will Further Politicize HART
By Rep Charles Djou @ 8:22 PM :: 2457 Views :: Rail

"...mainland consultants who have little knowledge of local construction conditions (are) dictating the course of the project...."

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Thursday, August 18, 2016
Construction 5.9% of Hawaii GDP—#2 in USA
By News Release @ 7:18 PM :: 1962 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Rail, Small Business

Hawaii’s construction industry made the second largest contribution to state GDP at 5.9 percent with an increase of 0.5 percent from 2014, the largest year-over-year improvement of any state....

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Tuesday, August 16, 2016
GE Tax: Audit Shows Tourists pay only 14.1% of Rail Surcharge
By Andrew Walden @ 10:21 PM :: 3225 Views :: Rail, Taxes

...the math is so simple that even a Mayor could do it....

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Monday, August 15, 2016
With Election Over, DoT Announces New Lanes to Ease Traffic
By News Release @ 9:54 PM :: 1533 Views :: Honolulu County, Rail

By keeping traffic jammed, DOT maximizes the demand for Rail....

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Monday, August 15, 2016
Djou vs The Machine: We Care
By News Release @ 5:56 PM :: 2171 Views :: Honolulu County, Homelessness, Rail

They don't care that many people cannot afford the high cost of living and live in their cars and on the streets.  But, we do....

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Sunday, August 14, 2016
Djou: Caldwell badly damaged and we are just getting started
By Rep Charles Djou @ 7:32 PM :: 2767 Views :: Honolulu County, Politicians, Rail

In just 68 days, we managed to hold the incumbent mayor to an effective draw after being outspent 5-to-1 with the entire City machinery against us....

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Wednesday, August 10, 2016
The Case for Stopping Rail Dead in its Tracks
By Cliff Slater @ 1:04 AM :: 1644 Views :: Rail

Let’s think this through before we go any further....

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Tuesday, August 09, 2016
How Much Is Enough to Replace the Mayor?
By News Release @ 3:51 PM :: 2500 Views :: Honolulu County, Politicians, Rail

Kirk Caldwell's latest ads show just how desperate he is....

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Saturday, August 06, 2016
Caldwell Ducks Debate as Fundraising Fades
By News Release @ 8:02 PM :: 1800 Views :: Honolulu County, Politicians, Rail

...the mayor fails to attend the debate tonight in Sand Island sponsored by the Kaimuki Business Association, Kalihi Business Association and Kahala Business Association....

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Sunday, July 31, 2016
On Rail, Caldwell Stonewalls Council, Legislature, and Feds
By News Release @ 5:34 AM :: 1452 Views :: Honolulu County, Rail

...Kirk Caldwell has done everything possible to evade questioning and withhold the details of the rail project....

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Saturday, July 30, 2016
Honolulu Rail Nominated for Transportation Planning Excellence Award
By Selected News Articles @ 4:05 PM :: 1155 Views :: Rail

Against all odds....

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Monday, July 25, 2016
Honolulu: Property Tax Bills and Absentee Ballots Arrive in Mail
By Rep Charles Djou @ 4:04 AM :: 1599 Views :: Honolulu County, Politicians, Rail

This week our City government mailed two very important documents:  your property tax bill and your absentee ballot....

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Sunday, July 24, 2016
Debt Financing: The mayor's word on rail has been broken - again
By News Release @ 8:51 PM :: 1291 Views :: Rail

Caldwell promised that rail is 'fully paid for.'  But yesterday....

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Friday, July 22, 2016
Even With Economy Booming, HART Claims GE Taxes Running Short of Projections
By News Release @ 10:12 PM :: 1103 Views :: Rail, Taxes

...roughly $44 million less than projected....

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Friday, July 22, 2016
Tax Hike Coming: Rail ‘Recovery’ Plan to Remain Hidden Until After Election
By Rep Charles Djou @ 9:53 PM :: 2406 Views :: Rail, Taxes

Now that the rail project is facing a short fall of at least $1.5 billion, using Caldwell's own math, it means the mayor needs to increase real property tax rates by at least 50% to 65% ....

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Thursday, July 21, 2016
VIDEO: HART Vice-Chair Endorses Charles Djou
By News Release @ 8:02 PM :: 2292 Views :: Honolulu County, Labor, Politicians, Rail

...after having seen Caldwell in ‘action’ as mayor, Damien and the IBEW have thrown their support firmly behind Charles....

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Thursday, July 21, 2016
IUOE ‘Hawaiian Stabilization Fund’ All But Clear of Lawsuit
By Selected News Articles @ 4:47 PM :: 1712 Views :: Ethics, Labor, Rail

...leaders of the International Union of Operating Engineers who were accused of squandering pension funds....

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Friday, July 15, 2016
Three Candidates For Mayor, Three Positions On Honolulu Rail
By Robert Thomas @ 4:49 AM :: 1561 Views :: Honolulu County, Politicians, Rail
Continue past Middle Street to Ala Moana only if the total cost does not exceed $7,000,000,000.
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Friday, July 08, 2016
Will Obama Give Honolulu a Pardon from Rail Jail?
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:46 PM :: 1527 Views :: Rail

...Grassroot Institute analyst Matthew Reade speaks with Thomas Rubin, a mass transit consultant who advised Hawaii officials in the early stages of the project....

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Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Irresponsible: Caldwell Moves for 10 Month Delay on Rail Recovery Plan
By News Release @ 5:49 PM :: 1111 Views :: Rail
Will Feds Withhold a Third Year of Financing Before HART Gets Around to Writing Financial Plan?
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Monday, June 27, 2016
Major Unions Endorse Djou for Mayor
By News Release @ 8:07 PM :: 1908 Views :: Honolulu County, Labor, Rail

...The unions endorsing Djou were the first unions to support Kirk Caldwell for mayor in 2010 and backed Caldwell again in 2012....

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Friday, June 24, 2016
Rail: Building To The Nowhere Of Middle?
By Robert Thomas @ 10:29 PM :: 1459 Views :: Rail

...omit the most densely populated, and therefore the most useful, portion of the route....

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Friday, June 24, 2016
In the Beginning, Rail Cost Only $3B
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:22 PM :: 1380 Views :: Rail

Early in the effort to determine a mass transit alternative for Oahu, city officials announced that the rail project would likely cost a little more than $3 billion....

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Friday, June 24, 2016
Djou: Rail Mess is a Pure Failure of Leadership
By Rep Charles Djou @ 12:01 AM :: 1586 Views :: Rail

...the Honolulu rail system cost could now reach as high as almost $11 bil. from the original projected cost of $5.2 bil....

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Monday, June 20, 2016
Rail Recovery Plan? Feds Explain How Rail Systems Blow Budget
By Andrew Walden @ 1:00 PM :: 1666 Views :: Rail

HART began talking publicly about a “Recovery Plan” only this month even though FTA rules apparently required a Recovery Plan since late 2014....

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Monday, June 20, 2016
Star-Adv Hits Caldwell ‘Abject Failure of Leadership’
By Rep Charles Djou @ 1:22 AM :: 2379 Views :: Honolulu County, Politicians, Rail

The newspaper characterized Caldwell's decision-making as "political expediency" driven by his re-election campaign....

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Sunday, June 19, 2016
Pine: Before we rush to decide on a rail route, shouldn't we get numbers first?
By Councilmember Kymberly Marcos Pine @ 3:55 AM :: 1483 Views :: Honolulu County, Rail

leaders are making serious decisions on changing the rail route without publicly analyzing facts or figures on how the change will affect the ridership numbers....

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Sunday, June 19, 2016
Mayor Becomes Incoherent
By Rep Charles Djou @ 3:53 AM :: 2553 Views :: Honolulu County, Politicians, Rail

Over the past 48-hours the mayor's policy on rail swung wildly in a display of uneven and poorly constructed leadership....

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Sunday, June 19, 2016
Rail: Easy Ways to Save Millions without Cutting Line Short
By Andrew Walden @ 1:51 AM :: 4077 Views :: Rail

This is the third artificial rail crisis Caldwell has ginned up to push a tax hike....

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Saturday, June 18, 2016
Rail: Caldwell’s Flip-Flop Opens Door to Lawsuits by Property Owners Targeted by HART
By Robert Thomas @ 6:55 PM :: 1948 Views :: Land Use, Rail

...if a taking is abandoned or dismissed prior to final judgment, the condemnor is on the hook for "damages."....

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Friday, June 17, 2016
Full Text: Caldwell statement on rail project
By News Release @ 3:34 AM :: 1642 Views :: Honolulu County, Rail

"...and secure additional funding to complete the last five miles of the project to Ala Moana...."

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Thursday, June 16, 2016
Flip Flop: Caldwell Suddenly Decides Rail Must End at Middle Street
By Rep Charles Djou @ 9:14 PM :: 1393 Views :: Rail

Earlier today, Kirk Caldwell had a massive change of position on rail by admitting that the route might need to be shortened to end at Middle Street....

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Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Djou: HART Grab for City Loan Highlights Caldwell’s Untrustworthiness
By Rep Charles Djou @ 1:18 PM :: 1637 Views :: Rail

Yesterday, KHON's Gina Mangieri covered a story detailing HART's request to borrow a minimum of $20 million more for rail, this time on the city's credit....

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Thursday, June 09, 2016
HART Consultant: Nobody Knows What Rail Will Cost
By Audio @ 10:53 PM :: 1410 Views :: Rail

“For so many things to come out at this pretty late stage is very unusual.”

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Thursday, June 09, 2016
Djou Reacts to HART Board Announcing More Cost Increases for Rail
By Rep Charles Djou @ 3:00 AM :: 1523 Views :: Rail

“We need a leader who will stand up for the people and protect hard-working families from the out-of control costs of the rail system."

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Thursday, June 02, 2016
Caldwell ‘Disappointed’ With Council Budget
By News Release @ 4:45 PM :: 1266 Views :: Honolulu County, Rail

...City Council approves $6.8B cap on rail spending....

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Thursday, May 26, 2016
Ethics: Hawaii DoT Capital Improvements Director in Bed with Parsons Brinckerhoff–Literally
By News Release @ 2:56 PM :: 2762 Views :: Energy, Ethics, Rail

...her spouse was employed by Parsons as a Vice President and was Parsons’ principal consultant and a point of contact for 12 DOT Parsons Projects....

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Thursday, May 26, 2016
After One Month as HART Chair, Hanabusa flees to run for Congress
By Andrew Walden @ 12:51 AM :: 2949 Views :: Democratic Party, Congressional Delegation, Politicians, Rail

Hanabusa is an opportunist. She gave up her House seat to achieve something bigger and better in the Senate, but she lost....

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Sunday, May 22, 2016
Honolulu Rail: It Just Keeps Getting Worse
By Selected News Articles @ 5:17 AM :: 1927 Views :: Rail

At $2.9 billion this extra cost is nearly $3,000 for every man, woman and child in Honolulu. It is more than $8,500 per household....

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Full Text: FTA Statement on Rail—$8 Billion Dollars and 8 More Years
By News Release @ 6:44 PM :: 1669 Views :: Rail

...Until FTA receives and approves a revised project cost estimate, schedule, and financial plan which includes a commitment of all of the local funds needed to cover that cost estimate, FTA cannot award the FY2015 or FY2016 increments....

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