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Wednesday, December 07, 2016
Full Text: Feds Give Rail Another Extension
By News Release @ 6:12 PM :: 1463 Views :: Rail

...just long enough to con legislators into hiking taxes....

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Saturday, December 03, 2016
City Officials Intentionally Jamming Up Traffic
By Selected News Articles @ 4:03 PM :: 2566 Views :: Honolulu County, Rail

“The city streets are being engineered to create traffic congestion, to slow traffic down, to favor bikers and pedestrians,” the former official said....

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Saturday, December 03, 2016
Denied Another Extension, HART Finally Forced to Submit Financial Plan
By News Release @ 3:36 AM :: 1603 Views :: Rail

...due to the recent passage of Charter Amendment Number 4 in the 2016 Elections, the voters of the City authorized the consolidation of the operations and maintenance functions and responsibilities for all modes of public transit....

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Transportation planning meeting will focus on Central Oahu
By News Release @ 10:21 AM :: 1664 Views :: Honolulu County, Rail

...Wednesday, November 30 at 7:30 p.m. at Mililani High School Cafeteria....

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Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Privatize: Honolulu Can See Its Rail Line Finished Without Raising Taxes
By Rep Gene Ward @ 2:50 AM :: 3155 Views :: Rail

...there’s still a better way and it’s pretty simple and practiced by the best rail systems in the world....

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Tuesday, November 15, 2016
New Stadium Slipped into Rail Development Plans
By News Release @ 12:42 AM :: 2922 Views :: Development, Rail

The plan was developed in coordination with state agencies that are studying options for stadium reconstruction or building a new stadium on the site....

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Sunday, November 06, 2016
Build Rail Better? Caldwell Failed Miserably
By News Release @ 8:33 PM :: 1881 Views :: Rail

Under his watch, the cost of rail has risen $3.34 billion over budget to $8.6 billion, and more than 7 years behind schedule. A recent federal “upper bound” estimate puts the cost at $10.79 billion (more than double the original budget of $5.26 billion) and the completion date at 2027.....

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Saturday, November 05, 2016
Better Ways to Fix Traffic on Oahu
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:49 PM :: 2381 Views :: Honolulu County, Rail

... By “tinkering” with the traffic lights, it’s possible to reduce traffic ....

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Saturday, November 05, 2016
Engineer: Failed Tendons Could Lead to Catastrophic Collapse of Rail Line
By Selected News Articles @ 9:26 PM :: 4670 Views :: Rail

...if enough of the tendons or their anchors fail, the entire box girder system will fail and could very well collapse....

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Friday, November 04, 2016
HART receives $55.1 million in GET revenue—Claims it is Not Enough
By News Release @ 8:47 PM :: 1592 Views :: Rail, Taxes

HART has now received a total of $1.8 billion in surcharge revenue for the rail project ... roughly $48.4 million less than projected....

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Wednesday, November 02, 2016
Djou Unveils Plan for First 100 Days as Mayor
By Rep Charles Djou @ 6:01 AM :: 2636 Views :: Honolulu County, Politicians, Rail

In my first 100 days in office, I will....

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Wednesday, November 02, 2016
Mitsunaga Point by Point Expose of Pro-Caldwell Media Bias
By News Release @ 4:37 AM :: 3379 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Politicians, Rail

"...Caldwell may have evaded State and Federal taxes on all the stock options he has received to date...."

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Friday, October 28, 2016
Hanabusa Flees HART, is Replaced by Caldwell Campaign Contributor
By News Release @ 7:10 PM :: 2778 Views :: Rail

Glen Nohara gave $12K to Caldwell and a total of $102K mostly to the usual list of Democrat incumbent candidates...

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Thursday, October 27, 2016
Grassroot Backs Suit Against 10% Rail Skim
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:39 PM :: 1808 Views :: Rail, Taxes

The Grassroot Institute argues that this is not about the right to collect taxes, but rather a matter of mis-allocation of the funds....

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Thursday, October 20, 2016
New Commuting Data: Same Old Trends
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 10:52 PM :: 1526 Views :: Rail

Drive-alone remains the choice of slightly over three-fourths of all commuters....

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Sunday, October 16, 2016
Auditor: HART, Sludge, Grants, and P-Card Investigations Sidelined
By News Release @ 4:13 PM :: 2317 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Rail

This report provides the Honolulu City Council with an update on the activities of the Office of the City Auditor....

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Friday, October 14, 2016
How much money are we "tipping" the government?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 10:23 PM :: 2019 Views :: Ethics, Rail, Taxes

...the habit the state Department of Taxation has of keeping the money that is left over after they process the rail surcharge....

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Friday, October 14, 2016
Charter Amendment #4 on Rail – What’s Not in the Booklet
By Natalie Iwasa @ 10:22 PM :: 1986 Views :: Rail

Voters should have received the 2016 Charter Amendments booklet this week....

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Monday, October 10, 2016
Honolulu Rail: From $4.6 B to $8.6 B In Eight Years. Now What?
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 11:50 PM :: 1875 Views :: Rail, Taxes

An average family of five would have to pay more than $1,000 per year just to complete rail....

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Tuesday, October 04, 2016
Instead of Submitting Plan, HART begs Feds for Another Extension
By Andrew Walden @ 3:09 AM :: 1478 Views :: Rail

"The City is requesting an extension of the December 2016 Recovery Plan submittal date to June 30, 2017"

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Friday, September 30, 2016
As Rail Collapses, Caldwell Laughs All The Way to the Bank
By Rep Charles Djou @ 8:39 PM :: 2473 Views :: Ethics, Rail

...Caldwell has been using his position as Mayor to enrich himself -- making $200,000-$299,999 a year as mayor "working" just 1-2 hours a months and collecting $900,000 - $999,999 in bank stock for his "service"....

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Sunday, September 25, 2016
Traffic Expert: Honolulu Ideal for Driverless Vehicles
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 9:08 PM :: 1398 Views :: Rail

"In the future they can be aggressive. In other words, they can be tailgating each other to save a lot of space. But in the early stages this is not going to happen...."

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Thursday, September 22, 2016
Djou, Savio: City Still Failing on Affordable Housing
By Rep Charles Djou @ 11:02 PM :: 2718 Views :: Development, Rail, Cost of Living

"Last week we learned that the City failed to spend tens of millions of dollars in the affordable housing fund and we may now lose this money."

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Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Not Too Late to Make the Right Decision on Rail
By Selected News Articles @ 9:29 PM :: 1746 Views :: Rail

The Federal Transit Administration says it will demand its money back....

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Sunday, September 18, 2016
Feds: $540M in Highway Funds can be spent on Rail
By Andrew Walden @ 10:36 PM :: 3649 Views :: Rail

"...Farrington Highway and Kamehameha Highway ... are eligible for Federal aid funds, subject to selection by OahuMPO and HIDOT...."

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Friday, September 16, 2016
Honolulu Rail will be studied in engineering school as prime example of how not to build a rail system
By Rep Charles Djou @ 4:35 PM :: 1712 Views :: Rail

A couple of days ago, I talked to a senior consulting engineer on the rail project....

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Sunday, September 11, 2016
Caldwell's Plan: Make Military Families Pay for Rail
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 2213 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 :: 4961 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 :: 2775 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 :: 2580 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 :: 2126 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 :: 3414 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 :: 2220 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 :: 1408 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 :: 1613 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 :: 2188 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 :: 2941 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 :: 2563 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 :: 3728 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 :: 1902 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 :: 2579 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 :: 3223 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 :: 1920 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 :: 2927 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 :: 2239 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 :: 1815 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 :: 1442 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 :: 2051 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 :: 1547 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 :: 1408 Views :: Rail, Taxes

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

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