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Thursday, February 28, 2013
Pine Announces Improved Leeward Bus Routes
By Councilmember Kymberly Marcos Pine @ 4:15 AM :: 5498 Views :: Honolulu County, Rail

...Councilmember Pine worked with the new administration to fill a vital need by improving bus service in the wake of cuts made last summer....

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Wednesday, February 27, 2013
AECOM Scores $43.9M Rail Contract
By News Release @ 1:46 PM :: 5532 Views :: Rail

AECOM, announced today that it is working on a US$43.9-million contract from the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation....

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Thursday, February 14, 2013
HART Becomes Nervous After Arrest of Rail Contractor CEO
By Selected News Articles @ 4:53 PM :: 5837 Views :: Rail

Really Obvious Question: They win by bribery in India, how do they win in Hawaii?

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Friday, February 8, 2013
S&P Downgrade HART-Burn: "Less Confident" Buyer will be Found for Ansaldo
By Selected News Articles @ 4:46 PM :: 5551 Views :: Rail

"Given the magnitude of the contract, we want to make sure the vendor has the capacity to perform." -- HART Finance Committee Chairman Don Hor­ner

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Sunday, January 27, 2013
'Complete Streets': Will Kakaako Become Another Waikiki?
By Mary Smart @ 2:53 AM :: 6915 Views :: Development, Rail

Auto commutes will be made more cumbersome to promote public transportation....

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Sunday, January 27, 2013
After 20 Years of Minimal Change, Minimal Growth What Should Hawaii Plan For?
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 1:11 AM :: 6323 Views :: Environment, Development, Rail

Census data strongly suggests that Hawaii, and Oahu in particular, are stable communities with very mild growth....

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Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Abercrombie to Sign Executive Order Creating Super-PLDC
By Selected News Articles @ 2:29 PM :: 7831 Views :: Development, Hawaii State Government, Rail

...the state Office of Planning is now drafting a resolution for Abercrombie to sign as an executive policy, recognizing that TOD is a priority of state government....

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Sunday, January 13, 2013
Transportation and Energy Infrastructure Projects: Forecasting is Unnecessary
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 2:53 PM :: 6040 Views :: Energy, Rail

Why? Because transportation infrastructure deployment lags demand by decades....

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Sunday, January 13, 2013
Rail Transit Under Fire in Los Angeles and San Jose
By Honolulu Traffic @ 2:24 PM :: 5960 Views :: National News, Rail

L.A. County MTA "spends almost twice as much on rail to carry about one-fourth as many passengers" as its buses do....

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Friday, January 11, 2013
HART Claims Rail Delay Costs 'Lower than Expected'
By News Release @ 11:37 PM :: 3906 Views :: Rail

Overproject. Then claim that burning millions of dollars for nothing is a savings....

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Sunday, January 6, 2013
Audit of HART 'Public Involvement' Contracts 'Suspended'
By News Release @ 3:29 PM :: 6035 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Rail

...an audit of HART’s contracts and spending for public relations and public involvement services to determine what service(s) each employee, contractor and subcontractor provides....

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Sunday, December 30, 2012
Report: State Office of Planning to Become Super-PLDC
By Andrew Walden @ 7:56 PM :: 7710 Views :: Land Use, Rail

With protesters unleashing their fury on Abercrombie’s Public Lands Development Corporation, political insiders have been scheming.  And on December 28, they quietly announced their plan....

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Sunday, December 30, 2012
Honolulu Rail Remedy - Phasers On Minimal
By Robert Thomas @ 2:40 PM :: 4966 Views :: Rail

Next step the Ninth Circuit?

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Friday, December 28, 2012
Full Text: "Leveraging State Agency Involvement in Transit-Oriented Development"
By News Release @ 5:57 PM :: 5949 Views :: Land Use, Rail

The report’s recommendations come after a series of meetings between state government officials, private sector leaders and non-profit representatives....

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Friday, December 28, 2012
Rail: Tashima's final ruling — now the case is eligible for appeal
By Selected News Articles @ 1:48 PM :: 5247 Views :: Rail

Judge Tashima issued his final ruling yesterday and that allows us to at last appeal both this ruling and the others that he has made over the 19 months that this case has taken....

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Thursday, December 27, 2012
Full Text: HART Wins Favorable Rail Ruling
By Selected News Articles @ 9:37 PM :: 7477 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment, Rail

...this matter is remanded to the Federal Transit Administration....

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Saturday, December 22, 2012
Rail: Honolulu Pays $5.5B, Orlando Gets Train for Free
By Tom Berg @ 2:38 PM :: 6705 Views :: Rail

No taxpayer money will be used for construction, operation or maintenance....

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Thursday, December 20, 2012
Update on the Federal Court Rail Project Challenge
By Robert Thomas @ 4:21 AM :: 6182 Views :: Rail

Litigation is nearing the "end game" regarding the adequacy of the final environmental impact statement (FEIS) and record of decision (ROD)....

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Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Green Energy and Rail Get an 'F'
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 2:08 PM :: 6502 Views :: Energy, National News, Rail

... cutting wasteful projects is productive and necessary to avoid a nosedive....

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Wednesday, December 19, 2012
$1.55B -- Feds Sign Full Funding Agreement for Rail
By News Release @ 1:52 PM :: 4409 Views :: Rail

...Ray LaHood today participated in a ceremony to sign an agreement to provide $1.55 billion to the City and County of Honolulu on the island of Oahu....

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Monday, December 10, 2012
Rail: Final Federal Court Hearing This Wednesday
By Honolulu Traffic @ 10:08 PM :: 4556 Views :: Rail

Our federal lawsuit will have what is most probably its final hearing before Judge A. Wallace Tashima this coming Wednesday, December 12, at 10:00AM in the Federal Courthouse....

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Monday, December 3, 2012
Rail: The Final Vote
By Tom Berg @ 9:08 PM :: 5251 Views :: Rail

Full Council Hearing This Wednesday Dec. 5th Includes Rail: The Final Vote....

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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 :: 6092 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 :: 7379 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 :: 6396 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 :: 7567 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 :: 6473 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 :: 5597 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 :: 6571 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 :: 7816 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 :: 12308 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
Police Disperse Angry Crowd at Kapolei Neighborhood Board
By Selected News Articles @ 3:01 PM :: 11441 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 :: 6109 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 :: 6096 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 :: 7301 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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Sunday, March 18, 2012
Honolulu Loses 600 jobs as Road Construction Lags
By News Release @ 11:57 PM :: 8056 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 :: 8397 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 :: 7505 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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Friday, September 2, 2011
Bombardier to HART: Our Rail Bid would have won if not Disqualified
By News Release @ 1:08 AM :: 7877 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 :: 10236 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 :: 13360 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 :: 12396 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 :: 11493 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 :: 9956 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 :: 8964 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 :: 12439 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 :: 14732 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 :: 11071 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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