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Sunday, October 16, 2016
Auditor: HART, Sludge, Grants, and P-Card Investigations Sidelined
By News Release @ 4:13 PM :: 2055 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 :: 1775 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 :: 1822 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 :: 1684 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 :: 1345 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 :: 2252 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 :: 1262 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 :: 2396 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 :: 1601 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 :: 3402 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 :: 1591 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 :: 1952 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 :: 4779 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 :: 2540 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 :: 2368 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 :: 1944 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 :: 3219 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 :: 2031 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 :: 1260 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 :: 1466 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 :: 1955 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 :: 2689 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 :: 2249 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 :: 3420 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 :: 1702 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 :: 2360 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 :: 2981 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 :: 1773 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 :: 2700 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 :: 2007 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 :: 1626 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 :: 1286 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 :: 1821 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 :: 1419 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 :: 1250 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 :: 2556 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 :: 2538 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 :: 1900 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 :: 1738 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 :: 1700 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 :: 1226 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 :: 2138 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 :: 1595 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 :: 1492 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 :: 1754 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 :: 1760 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 :: 2585 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 :: 1664 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 :: 2743 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 :: 4228 Views :: Rail

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

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