Welcome to 530 South King! Honolulu has a new mayor, and five incoming city council members. The transition is under way and Civil Beat is reporting from the inside.

1:40 p.m. Consent decree to be finalized this week

Honolulu Environmental Services Director Tim Steinberger says he expects city lawyers will by the end of the week finalize details of a global consent decree regarding the Honolulu sewage infrastructure.

It appears likely the City Council will confirm Steinberger as chief of his department. He has worked for the city under four mayors now, since former Mayor Frank Fasi was first elected.

12:50 p.m. Tanoue likely to be confirmed DPP chief

It appears David Tanoue will be confirmed as director of the Department of Planning and Permitting. Nearly two dozen people — including those with key positions in controversial development projects like Envision Laie and at Turtle Bay — testified in support of Tanoue this morning.

Three members of the public testified as having concerns about the nomination.

All five City Council members of the Zoning Committee voiced strong support for Tanoue..

The full council — just eight members instead of nine, since former Chairman Todd Apo’s resignation — will vote on the confirmation Nov. 22.  

10:44 a.m. Public, city workers, line up to testify

Mayor Peter Carlisle just walked into the Zoning Committee meeting, as David Tanoue speaks on his own behalf about his nomination to the position of director of the city’s Department of Planning and Permitting. We’ll track the balance of testimony for and against Tanoue here.

“We’re afraid of change,” Carlisle told Civil Beat after testifying on behalf of Tanoue. “You can’t do that when our population is growing. We have to be able to move forward and development is a critical part of that, and development’s a critical part of the North Shore area.”

Read more on Tanoue’s professional background in Mayor Carlisle’s Oct. 11, 2010 nomination letter.

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