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Thursday, October 4, 2012
Rail Fail: Oahu Construction Jobs Drop as Sister Isles Job Boom tops Nation
By Andrew Walden @ 2:12 PM :: 7001 Views :: Labor, Rail

Oahu lost 4% of its construction jobs while the sister isles gained 27% more constrction jobs.

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Thursday, September 27, 2012
VIDEO: PRP Renews Pay for Play Attack on Cayetano
By Video @ 3:48 AM :: 8484 Views :: Ethics, Labor, Politicians, Rail

Pro-Rail Pacific Resources Partnership today released its first anti-Cayetano ad for the General Election season....

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Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Rail: Leading Environmentalists Push Back Against Sierra Club, Endorse Cayetano
By News Release @ 9:20 PM :: 7139 Views :: Rail

The Sierra Club is the only environmental group that has advocated for the controversial elevated steel on steel rail system....  Several other high profile environmental organizations have opposed the project....

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Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Rail Jobs? Honolulu Construction Employment Down 6%
By Andrew Walden @ 2:17 PM :: 8710 Views :: Labor, Rail

As Rail construction continues, Honolulu construction employments continues to drop, losing 1,300 jobs between June, 2011 and June, 2012....

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Sunday, July 22, 2012
Sierra Club Rail Position: Incompetent, Disturbing
By Honolulu Traffic @ 5:50 PM :: 7234 Views :: Rail

"This is really disturbing to hear, and so incorrect. You have no idea what you are talking about."

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Thursday, July 19, 2012
Full Text: Sierra Club Declines to Make Mayoral Endorsement
By News Release @ 4:32 PM :: 6265 Views :: Rail

"Honolulu needs a mayor who is both committed to keeping the country, country and who understands the urgency of developing the modern infrastructure needed to ensure most new growth will occur in Honolulu's traditional urban core."

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Wednesday, July 11, 2012
HART Slashes Rail PR Budget—But Only After Primary
By John Bond @ 2:46 PM :: 7489 Views :: Ethics, Rail

Honolulu rail officials today canceled the contracts for eight of its public outreach specialists, in a move that will save $2.8 million ...

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Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Did HART Secretly Pay Off Advertiser Editor?
By Honolulu Traffic @ 4:30 PM :: 8907 Views :: Ethics, Rail

...five accounts in the listing are shown as, “Not reported.” Jeanne Mariani-Belding, former editorial page editor of the Advertiser is one....

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Thursday, July 5, 2012
Sweetener: Did InfraConsult Push $1.9M Change Order for HDR?
By Andrew Walden @ 2:01 PM :: 13745 Views :: Ethics, Rail

What was the role of InfraConsult in promoting a $1.9M change order given to HDR immediately prior to announcement of the HDR deal to purchase InfraConsult?

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Friday, June 29, 2012
New Rail Financial Plan Boosts Operating Cost to $6 Billion, Delays Opening
By Honolulu Traffic @ 3:09 PM :: 8007 Views :: Rail

...the operating subsidy for transit has been increased by $600 million over the next 18 years to a total of $6 billion dollars....

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Friday, June 29, 2012
Police Disperse Angry Crowd at Kapolei Neighborhood Board
By Selected News Articles @ 3:01 PM :: 12505 Views :: Honolulu County, Rail

... Many gathered again in the parking lot as more police arrived and flaring tempers were separated by additional HPD officers ....

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Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Honolulu Loses 1,400 Construction Jobs as Rail Work Begins
By Andrew Walden @ 1:47 PM :: 7099 Views :: Labor, Rail

According to the Associated General Contractors of America, Hononlulu ranks 272nd in construction growth, losing 1,400 construction jobs over the past year.

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Friday, June 15, 2012
Hawaii Loses 10 Construction Jobs a Day as Rail Work Begins
By Selected News Articles @ 4:59 PM :: 6924 Views :: Labor, Rail

Union members who have been led to believe rail would put them back to work can now see that it simply isn’t happening....

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Tuesday, May 29, 2012
As Rail Project Begins Hawaii Loses Construction Jobs
By Andrew Walden @ 11:56 AM :: 8304 Views :: Labor, Rail

For months building trades unions and the management-labor Pacific Resources Partnership have been putting union members to work—as pro-rail protesters.

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Tuesday, April 3, 2012
The Seven Rules of Bureaucracy
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 9:14 PM :: 8103 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii State Government, Rail

...politicians of all colors and persuasions have used these one time or another....

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Sunday, March 18, 2012
Honolulu Loses 600 jobs as Road Construction Lags
By News Release @ 11:57 PM :: 8881 Views :: Labor, Rail

Another 600 construction jobs were lost in the Honolulu area between January 2011 and January 2012, a 3 percent decline, according to an analysis released by the Associated General Contractors of America ....

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Thursday, October 27, 2011
Rail: Ansaldo Contract based on Raid of Honolulu General Fund?
By News Release @ 10:18 PM :: 9459 Views :: Ethics, Rail

...the City's rail construction budget is limited to their using what they can get from the city's ½ percent addition to the GE Tax...On the other hand, they can use all they want for operating subsidies from the General Fund....

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Friday, September 23, 2011
Tom Berg calls for Massive GE Tax Increase
By Tom Berg @ 3:30 AM :: 8361 Views :: Rail, Taxes

...authorize the City and County of Honolulu to impose a general excise tax surcharge — much like the one already in effect to fund the rail project — for highway and bikeway construction....

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Wednesday, September 14, 2011
The Future of Honolulu Rail? Libyan Rebels forced to Push when Ansaldo Motor Won’t Run
By Andrew Walden @ 6:00 PM :: 14832 Views :: World News, Rail

Gli insorti portano via la 500 speciale del colonnello (Ap)

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Friday, September 2, 2011
Bombardier to HART: Our Rail Bid would have won if not Disqualified
By News Release @ 1:08 AM :: 8619 Views :: Ethics, Rail

When we examined the public file documents shortly after Mayor Carlisle made the award announcement on March 21, 2011, we were shocked to discover that the disqualification of our proposal swept away what would have been the winning bid.

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Friday, August 5, 2011
Troubled Honolulu rail Contractor owned by Gaddafi--Libyan Revolt causing Financial Losses
By Selected News Articles @ 12:42 PM :: 11248 Views :: Rail

 

This year’s revolt against the bemedalled despot will reduce Finmeccanica’s revenue by some €300m.

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Saturday, July 30, 2011
After years of losses, slush fund investigation, Honolulu Rail Contractor Ansaldo may be closed down or sold
By Selected News Articles @ 8:52 PM :: 14676 Views :: Rail

... a "waste of time" because of the billion of euros it has lost over the years. The division, AnsaldoBreda, makes trams, trains and subways....

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Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Parent Company of Honolulu Rail Contractor at center of Slush Fund payoffs scandal
By Selected News Articles @ 2:45 PM :: 13706 Views :: Rail

Pier Francesco Guarguaglini, chairman of defense and aerospace group Finmeccanica (Parent Company of Honolulu Rail Contractor Ansaldo), has been put under investigation by Rome prosecutors examining allegations of secret slush funds, legal sources said on Friday.

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Monday, July 25, 2011
Alleged Eric Ryan Victims Speak out on New Website
By News Release @ 12:22 PM :: 13093 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Politicians, Rail, Republican Party

In the early 1990's Eric Ryan was the first student in Chaminade history to be convicted of forging student signatures and election ballots thus beginning his career of graphic design so he continue forging documents. He later took Chaminade to court for defamation of character.

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Wednesday, July 20, 2011
WhistleMan Blows It Again
By AtomicMonkey @ 10:01 PM :: 11226 Views :: Ethics, Rail

Eric Ryan wants to save Honolulu from the waste, fraud and corruption that he seems to find wherever he goes. Eric see’s himself as some sort of crusader fighting a lonely battle to expose the rampant misuse of power that only he is capable of seeing.

Almost everyone else see’s Eric as a garden-variety malcontent, angry about being fired and hell-bent on retaliation. 

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Saturday, June 25, 2011
Full Text: City Rejects Rail Bid Protests
By News Release @ 1:25 PM :: 9945 Views :: Ethics, Rail

The City’s Department of Budget and Fiscal Services (BFS) has rejected two bid protests regarding the awarding of the core systems contract for the Honolulu Rail Transit Project. BFS found “no procedural or legal violations in any aspect of the procurement” for the contract.

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Thursday, May 20, 2010
AtomicMonkey responds: “Some of us work for the City…we proudly stand by description of Abercrombie as ‘flailing gasbag’”
By Letters to the Editor @ 11:22 AM :: 14201 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Rail

Bob Wiesel is a pseudonym that has a long history in Honolulu and been passed around quite a bit.  I am one of many Bob Wiesels...collectively we amount to a poor man's Publius. There are blog entries that go back to before 2001 still online from Robert D. Wiesel, BobW, BWiesel and every other variant that you can dream up.  Some of the "Bob's" work for, or had worked for both the city and state at some point. 

Blog participation at City Hall tapered off after Dave Shapiro started publishing IP addresses in an attempt to suppress his critics.  Several individuals at City Hall asked Charles Totto (ethics commission) for a reading on whether it was "against the rules" to participate during our lunch hour, breaks etc.  He recommended that we play it safe and just not do it at all from the city network and it pretty much stopped at that point.  Bob Wiesels live on, however, on their own time and own internet connections. 

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Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Mufi’s Atomic Monkey Exposed: Website calls Abercrombie a “flailing gasbag”, wife “a witch”
By Andrew Walden @ 2:51 PM :: 16755 Views :: Ethics, Politicians, Rail

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Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Abercrombie team: Hannemann admin “intentionally violating Public Procurement Code”
By News Release @ 11:03 PM :: 12847 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Rail

We are reprinting excerpts from an April 23 letter to Honolulu Councilmember Ann Kobayashi from Honolulu Attorney John C. McLaren who wrote “on behalf of former Governor Ben Cayetano and other unidentified people” according to the May 6 Advertiser.  Kobayashi and Cayetano are key supporters of Neil Abercrombie.    The allegations contained in the letter have been forwarded to the State procurement office for investigation.  

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