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Honolulu District 1 Candidate Forum, December 13

All 14 Honolulu County District 1 councilmember candidates are scheduled to participate in a forum at the Waianae Satellite Office Multipurpose Room, 85-670 Farrington Hwy, Waianae, HI 96792, on Monday, December 13, 2010. District 1 is the west side of Oahu, consisting of Ewa, Ewa Beach, Honouliuli, West Loch, Kapolei, Kalaeloa (Barber's Point), Honokai Hale and Nanakai Gardens, Ko'Olina, Nanakuli, Wai'anae, Makaha, Keaau, and Makua.

The forum will be livestreamed at, provided the wireless operates properly.

Questions for the candidates can be submitted in advance here.

This race is important to not only District 1 residents, but all of Hawaii, and in particular those on Oahu. D R Horton, a Mainland outfit, wants some of the world's best agricultural land, located in District 1, destroyed forever by their Hoopili development. To do this, they must go through the City Council, which can stop them. The rail project, which is the most expensive per capita in the nation, will be deliberated on by the Council, where what's truly best for the people, rather than what will line the pockets of special interests, just might be considered, with whom District 1 voters elect being a significant factor.

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University of Hawaii law professor Randy Roth, who was one of the Broken Trust authors and who co-wrote the book "Broken Trust" with the judge, said King was not only a "great judge," but also a "great man." — Honolulu Star-Advertiser

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What the State Report on Rail Means to You

Panos Prevedouros

by Panos Prevedouros, Ph.D.

Dr. Prevedouros was a 2010 candidate for the mayor of Honolulu. He is a civil engineering professor at the University of Hawaii - Manoa, specializing in transportation. He is a Republican.

December 8, 2010

I know you are busy this holiday season and you are fed up with rail info but you really cannot afford to ignore the state's financial report on the rail.

Here is your brief.

The purpose of the report is not to say whether rail is good or not. The report explains what the proposed rail will cost and how it compares to others. The decision is ours.

First it's important to mention the impeccable reputation and expert subject knowledge of the primary authors of the report prepared by Infrastructure Management Group, Inc.

Steve Steckler is a Harvard University planner and chairman of IMG with past service in the U.S. DOT. Thomas Rubin is a mass transit consultant who's served as Controller-Treasurer of the Southern California Rapid Transit District, now known as Los Angeles Metropolitan Transit Authority.

Let me highlight three points from the report which took a comprehensive 30 year look into the project.

(1) Of the 43 projects listed for federal funding, the only projects with larger dollar values are the New York Long Island Rail Road, and the New Jersey Access which was recently cancelled by New Jersey's governor due to its cost overruns.

Honolulu which ranks 54th in population vies to develop a New York or New Jersey sized rail project.

This will not play well in Congress. Remember the Bridge to Nowhere? This is Heavy Rail on Tinyisle.

(2) Hannemann and Carlisle keep saying that FTA does internal and external fiscal investigations and when they give the OK, all is well with the project.  Not true.

FTA reviews are for the protection of the federal interest. They place all risk of cost overruns or revenue shortfalls on local taxpayers. FTA minimizes the risk to them, not the risk to you.

(3) I believe the conservative numbers of IMG much more than the advocacy numbers of the rail proponents.

IMG's best case scenario says that rail over 30 years will cost us $310 million per year.

IMG's worst case scenario says that rail over 30 years will cost us $483 million per year.

These scenarios are a lot of money but really how high are these for Honolulu? 

The entire Capital Improvement Budget for fiscal year 2005 for our city was $300 million.

So even under the best case scenario, if we build rail, for the taxes we pay, the city cannot build anything. For 30 years.

Now you know what your New Year's resolution should be :)


Panos Prevedouros interview at the Carroll Cox Show, AM 1080 Radio: Click here to listen.

KITV4 poll shows reaction of residents to state rail report.

Fix Oahu   Panos' blog on Oahu transportation issues

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