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3:50 p.m. Ikaika Fundraiser Tonight, More Soon

Honolulu City Council member Ikaika Anderson is holding a reelection fundraiser tonight, according to city staff and a Campaign Spending Commission filing.

The District 3 member wasn’t available at his Council office this afternoon, and Inside Honolulu was told he’s preparing for his fundraiser. The CSC filing shows the event will be held at Michel’s At The Colony Surf from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. It’s being organized by John Puchalski, and you too can attend for the suggested contribution price of $1,000 per person.

Anderson will hold another fundraiser two weeks from tonight, also at Michel’s, also organized by Puchalski, and also for $1,000 per head, according to another filing.

District 5 City Council member Ann Kobayashi scheduled a fundraiser of her own for this past Tuesday, at the Japanese Cultural Center for $50 per person, according to a filing.

District 7’s Romy Cachola is term-limited and has filed to run for the Hawaii Senate, but a would-be successor has emerged. Martin Han filed his intent to hold a $35-per-person fundraiser next week at the Platinum Room on the second floor of the Aloha Tower.

Han, a 26-year-old Manila native and vice president for Qualitek International, according to his website, would become the youngest member of the Council if elected, supplanting District 4’s Stanley Chang.

The results of these fundraisers won’t be known until January, when candidates for state and city races next file their contribution reports.

2:03 Rail Opponents On the Radio

We’ve published a number of their opinion pieces on Civil Beat, but if you want to hear more from rail opponents Walter Heen, Randy Roth, Ben Cayetano and Cliff Slater, tune in this afternoon for an interview on the radio.

Hawaii Public Radio‘s Beth-Ann Kozlovich will host the four on “Town Square” on KIPO (89.3 FM) at 5 p.m. today. For more information about the show and the host, click here.

1:56 p.m. Finmeccanica Exec Offers Resignation

More Ansaldo-related news today. An executive with Finmeccanica, the Italian conglomerate that is Ansaldo’s parent company, has offered to resign after local media reported an investigation into alleged bribery.

Read the story over at the Wall Street Journal.

12:55 p.m. Horner’s Ansaldo Conflict?

Interesting post by blogger Ian Lind this morning. He questions whether Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation Finance Chair Don Horner had a conflict of interest when he was looking into would-be rail contractor Ansaldo‘s finances last week.

Lind says that Horner has a connection to Ansaldo. He’s chairman and CEO of First Hawaiian Bank, which has as its parent company PNB Paribas. That “French banking giant” has worked with Finmeccanica, which is Ansaldo’s parent company, as well as Ansaldo STS, one of the partners in the Honolulu joint venture, according to Lind.

“The actual extent of the financial ties between PNB Paribas, Finmeccanica/Ansaldo, and First Hawaiian, and whether those financial ties are enough to have created a conflict for Horner, trigger disclosure requirements, or affect his judgement concerning Ansaldo’s health, isn’t clear,” Lind writes. He goes into depth on why that is, and looks at the companies’ relationships in detail.

Read it here.

8:51 a.m. Correction: $300K/Year

Civil Beat has appended the following correction to the aforementioned lobbyist story:

Correction: An earlier version of this article incorrectly reported that the contract was worth $1.5 million. It was worth $300,000 in the first year and subsequent years could be worth more or less. Civil Beat incorrectly extrapolated the five-year value of the deal in the earlier report based on the first-year fee.

Honolulu’s $1.5 Million Lobbyist

The mystery man accompanying Mayor Peter Carlisle and Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation Board Chair Carrie Okinaga and Interim Executive Director Toru Hamayasu last week in Washington is a lobbyist who’s firm will earn $1.5 million over the next five years on the Honolulu rail project.

It takes money to make money.

That’s the takeaway from Adrienne LaFrance‘s story today, based on a the contract we obtained from HART this week. She also scores an interview with the lobbyist, Denis Dwyer, and shares a deeper understanding of how things really work in our nation’s capital.

Read the full story here.

Population and Ridership

The sixth in a series of Fact Checks on claims made by rail opponents is out today. This one focuses on the idea that the city cherry picked its data and kept using an outdated population forecast even when a new one had been produced.

The city doesn’t dispute that it used an old forecast for a time, but says that it was required to do so. It’s now using the updated forecast, but hasn’t reduced its ridership projections because employment estimates are now higher than they were.

That makes the claim, in our opinion, half true. Read the Fact Check here.

HART Board on Friday

The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation Board of Directors is set to meet tomorrow morning, bright and early at 8 a.m. The agenda includes two key items:

  • A vote to make former Hawaii Sen. Bobby Bunda the board’s ninth voting member
  • Presentation on Fiscal Year 2013 budget

As a reminder, the names of the other three finalists for the ninth member position are being hidden from the public.

HART’s Human Resources Committee was originally planning to convene today, but has canceled its meeting because the Request for Proposals for a search firm to find a permanent executive director has already gone out and doesn’t require further action at this time.

Inside Honolulu has requested that RFP from HART and will share it with you when we get it.

Where’s Carlisle?

At 11 a.m. today, Mayor Peter Carlisle delivers remarks at the Incheon sign/plaque rededication ceremony at Pawaa InHa Park.

At 5:30 p.m., Carlisle attends a dinner and reception at the Philippine Consulate General for visiting delegations from the Philippine cities of Baguio and Ormoc.

Read Previous Editions of Inside Honolulu

September 14: Sister City Summit: A Summary; No News From Ethics Meeting; $1 Million for Psych Hospital; Tulsi Passes the Basket; Live-Tweeting Sister Cities Summit; Rail Soil Sampling Next Week; BRT v. Rail; Police On Protests; Sister City Activities; Where’s Carlisle?

September 13: Details On The Plan; ‘Modified Existing Plan’ It Is; Bombardier’s Response; Bombardier Lawsuit Denied; Berg: Reverse Ansaldo Contract; Sister Cities Program; Going After Castro; Godbey’s Disclosures; Wrong Again On Jobs; Real Property Tax Commission Meets Today; Friday’s Council Agenda; Where’s Carlisle?

September 12: City Asks for Early Decision on Rail Lawsuit; Ethics Commission Today; Where’s Carlisle?

September 9: Carlisle’s Public Sked; Remembrance Walk; Congestion Deception; ‘Outrage’ on Mayor’s Homeless Comments; Successful Sewage Trucking; Where’s Carlisle?

September 8: What We Learned; Honolulu’s Lousy Traffic; Undercover in Washington; Eagles Have Landed; Corp Counsel on Procurement; Horner Impressed; Stanley Chang Testifies; Aloha From Italy; Sale Or No Sale, Finmeccanica Is Obliged; Joint and Several Liability; Finmeccanica: Failure ‘Impossible’; The Questions; The Players; Ansaldo On The Big Screen; Where’s Carlisle?

September 7: Four Council District Plans; The Resignation Letter; Jamila Resigns From Planning Commission; Thoughts on Washington Trip; Not Following Rules; Where’s Carlisle?

September 6: Thursday Night In Waianae; Council Public Hearing Notice; Mayor On Homelessness; Jobs Claim Half True; Where’s Carlisle?

September 2: Peter, Toru, Carrie All Washington-Bound; Carlisle’s Public Sked; HART at First Hawaiian; Carlisle at Civil Beat; Ansaldo: We Complied With Licensing Requirement; Long Weekend; Civil Beat’s ‘Hatchet Job’; Where’s Carlisle?

September 1: PIG Picks Bunda; Carlisle’s Rail Pep Talk; Semi-Autonomous, But Connected; All Sewage Ideas Welcome; Defining ‘Undercover’; Today’s Meetings; Where’s Carlisle?

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