Politics / We asked candidates the questions below, as well as their thoughts on the Natatorium and the homeless, the ban on business in parks, and transferring parks to private parties Click for the full questionnaire and answers: Honolulu City Council Questionnaire. State Senate race to watch As a freshman State Senator for District 22 (Mililani, Wahiawa), Donovan De La Cruz, a rail supporter, co-sponsored the controversial Act 55, which created the Public Land Development Corporation (PLDC), which, he told the Weekly, he viewed as a way to expedite urban redevelopment (“Macro-vision,” Nov.
Politics / IF BEN CAYETANO WINS: Your mayor will be independent and look out for the public good. You will have a mayor with a long environmental record (for example, of saving Sandy Beach, protecting Mount Olomana from development, starting the Whale Sanctuary, and organizing the campaigns against alien species invasion).
Mauka to Makai / In 2009, at the time of the vote for Rail, did we have, other than the claims of the supporters and of those opposed, enough knowledge to make an informed decision? Recent newspaper articles and letters to the editor show the public having an imperfect understanding, not only about the Rail project, but about other projects equally large in scope and economic burden: repairing and upgrading our sewage collection, water distribution, and road systems.
Mauka to Makai / Reporter Matthew Kain owed no apology to Hawaii State Senator Carol Fukunaga for reporting in the Weekly (“Hawaii State Legislature E-lection,” Aug. 12) that, “Fukunaga was among the introducers of SB755.” SB755, as passed by the State House, sought numerous exemptions from laws that protect Hawaii’s fragile environment, and was passed over loud public objection.
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While the Sierra Club does great work in so many respects, it also is capable of bad judgement calls. As a member of the Oahu Sierra Club chapter, I find myself compelled to offer this rejoinder to Rick Barboza and Anthony Aalto’s recent rhetorical dodge on the controversial position that the Sierra Club is taking in support of what I will call ‘big rail’.