Politics / Best evidence that Mufi never left: Peter Carlisle
Remember a year ago when ex-Mayor Mufi Hannemann was soundly defeated by now Gov. Abercrombie in the gubernatorial race, and his faithful lieutenant Kirk Caldwell was handily beat by prosecutor (and now mayor) Peter Carlisle to replace Hannemann in the special election? Remember thinking that Mufi was gone and good riddance?
Well, surprise, surprise! Apparently, Carlisle can’t quit Hannemann or the smelly messes the Tall One left behind. Instead, our new mayor (and his administration) seems to embrace them–Mufi’s nearly 50-year-old, $5 billion-plus, heavy-rail transit plan; Kyo-ya’s illegal beach castle proposal for Waikiki, and the Mormon Church’s traffic-busting “Envision Laie” plan to double the size of Laie Town by sprawling onto Malaekahana ag lands next door.
As Carlisle told Civil Beat last year, he leaves most development issues “in the hands of the experts” in the Department of Planning and Permitting (DPP) but volunteered that he believes development “is the future of the islands,” and that the desire to protect land from development is outdated, especially when development can generate revenue for the city.
It’s like waking up from a nightmare, only to realize you’re in another one.
There’s a bitter joke making the rounds that Carlisle’s DPP under Hannemann-appointee David Tanoue, who made his career as a lawyer, not a planner, should be renamed the Department of Permitting and Permitting. It’s sort of funny, until it’s not. With real, honest-to-gosh planning out the window, what can Oahu expect in the next decade? Ask Hannemann.