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Monday, August 15, 2016
With Election Over, DoT Announces New Lanes to Ease Traffic
By News Release @ 9:54 PM :: 5503 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 :: 6762 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 :: 7685 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 :: 4681 Views :: Rail

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

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Tuesday, August 9, 2016
How Much Is Enough to Replace the Mayor?
By News Release @ 3:51 PM :: 6957 Views :: Honolulu County, Politicians, Rail

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

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Saturday, August 6, 2016
Caldwell Ducks Debate as Fundraising Fades
By News Release @ 8:02 PM :: 6302 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 :: 5332 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 :: 4120 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 :: 6185 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 :: 4081 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 :: 4585 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 :: 6231 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 :: 7782 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 :: 5846 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 :: 5920 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 8, 2016
Will Obama Give Honolulu a Pardon from Rail Jail?
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:46 PM :: 4891 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 :: 4000 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 :: 6635 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 :: 4565 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 :: 4371 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 :: 4774 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 :: 4828 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 :: 7034 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 :: 5375 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 :: 7178 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 :: 7775 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 :: 6258 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 :: 5508 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 :: 4261 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 :: 5015 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 9, 2016
HART Consultant: Nobody Knows What Rail Will Cost
By Audio @ 10:53 PM :: 4327 Views :: Rail

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

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Thursday, June 9, 2016
Djou Reacts to HART Board Announcing More Cost Increases for Rail
By Rep Charles Djou @ 3:00 AM :: 4483 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 2, 2016
Caldwell ‘Disappointed’ With Council Budget
By News Release @ 4:45 PM :: 4481 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 :: 7907 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 :: 9570 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 :: 4864 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 :: 5303 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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Sunday, May 15, 2016
$10 Billion Is the Ultimate Price Tag for Honolulu's Rail Boondoggle
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 8:22 PM :: 5387 Views :: Rail

...and we haven't seen the half of it yet....

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Sunday, May 8, 2016
Transient Oriented Schools: Impacting Housing Costs
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 5125 Views :: Education K-12, Rail

Forced exactions to fund our government don’t always come from taxing agencies....

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Saturday, May 7, 2016
Rail: Taxpayers Robbed of $1.88B and Counting
By News Release @ 4:19 PM :: 6068 Views :: Rail

"Our overall surcharge revenue is still tracking about 1.12 per cent below projections, which amounts to roughly $36 million less than projected."

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Thursday, April 21, 2016
Hanabusa Named Chair of HART
By News Release @ 10:02 PM :: 6001 Views :: Rail

“We look like potted plants.” -- Formby

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Saturday, April 16, 2016
Full Text: Honolulu Audit Report on Rail
By News Release @ 3:28 AM :: 4652 Views :: Rail

...HART’s financial and operating plans are not reliable....

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Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Full Text: Resigning Horner vs Martin–HECO vs HART
By News Release @ 7:20 PM :: 4696 Views :: Rail

...your letter singled out my performance as a HART Board member and used the term "mismanagement."....

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Monday, April 11, 2016
Rail Chaos in Honolulu
By Selected News Articles @ 4:22 AM :: 4654 Views :: Rail

...“the nation’s largest infrastructure fiasco by far” on a per capita basis....

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Saturday, April 9, 2016
City Council Chose Near-Impossible Dillingham Blvd Rail Route
By Selected News Articles @ 5:37 PM :: 5768 Views :: Rail
Should the cost of shoehorning an overhead guideway into this morass have been figured into the budget early on?
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Thursday, March 24, 2016
Lawsuit Dismissed: State’s 10% Rail Tax Skim Stands
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:17 PM :: 5042 Views :: Rail, Taxes

"Judge Nacino’s ruling doesn’t say that no problem exists, but just says that his court isn’t the one that can fix it”

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Wednesday, March 23, 2016
TomTom: Honolulu 6th Most Congested in USA
By News Release @ 12:07 AM :: 4736 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Rail
Congestion Level: 29% More Travel Time Compared With Free-Flow—a 3% Drop from Last Year
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Monday, March 21, 2016
The hidden hand of the state is reaching for your car keys
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:39 PM :: 4986 Views :: Environment, Rail

...by 2028, every car sold in the state would have to be electric or hydrogen cell powered....

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Friday, March 18, 2016
Police Raid Offices of Honolulu Rail Car Supplier
By Selected News Articles @ 1:28 PM :: 5199 Views :: Rail

...Prosecutors are looking into alleged collusion between Hitachi and Finmeccanica over the price paid Finmeccanica for its 40 percent stake in Ansaldo STS....

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Thursday, March 17, 2016
Panos Prevedouros: Rail, Traffic and Energy
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:02 PM :: 4932 Views :: Energy, Rail

A conversation with Dr. Keli'i Akina, president of the Grassroot Institute, about traffic congestion, Honolulu rail and Hawaii's renewable energy plans....

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