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).
You have no new hotels unless there’s a tear-down, and then the replacement has to fit its footprint.
You will have a mayor who testified AGAINST rezoning the Ho’pili farmland and who consistently supports the State Constitution mandate to protect prime agricultural land.
Ben will stop rail construction at its present TWO PER CENT and respect Hawaiian burials in place.
You will have a state of the art bus-based transit system at a reasonable price, serving everyone including THE UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII MANOA CAMPUS.
The City will have balanced priorities — fix the roads, sewers and water lines — while minimizing taxes and fees.
And the rail itself? What more can be said of an outdated project that has distorted City priorities and corrupted the City’s politics. Where is all that PRP attack money coming from? Hidden by the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling, it comes from Rail contractors who get their non-bid contracts from the City politicians, who get the revenues from you the taxpayer. YOU ARE FINANCING EVERY ASPECT OF THIS WASTEFUL AND CORRUPT PROCESS.
Vote no on PRP/Caldwell. Vote for Ben Cayetano.
IF KIRK CALDWELL WINS:
In the mayor’s office you will have a downtown corporate lawyer who looks out for those developers and bankers who are hiding behind the attack-Ben campaign of the Pacific Resource Partnership (PRP).
You will have a mayor with an environmental record based on exempting Superferry from the requirement of a federal environmental impact statement (EIS).
The entire Island will be dominated by hotels: not only Waikiki and Ko Olina but the WINDWARD AND NORTH SHORES. That’s right — Kirk supports the 1200 new homes and the 220 new hotel rooms at Malaekahana, as well as the added hotels on the beach at Turtle Bay and a Haleiwa Hotel in what today is reserve City park land. Imagine what those will do.
If Kirk gets in, you whave a mayor who testified FOR the Ho’opili rezoning, as well as the Koa Ridge rezoning.
If Kirk gets in, iwi kupuna will be dug up.
You will have a rigid rail system at an astronomical cost that will serve about 1% of commuters and STOP AT ALA MOANA CENTER.
The Rail will soak up the City’s money and then some. All other priorities will be given short shrift, as they were under Mufi Hannemann, under whom Caldwell served, and under Peter Carlisle. Taxes will go up while vital services will continue to go down.
The PRP/Caldwell campaign of dirty lies and laundered millions are destroying Island democracy.
Declare your independence from Big Money and Big Lies and vote for Ben.