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4:57 p.m. General Plan Comment Period Extended

From a press release today:

Written comments are being accepted until November 30, 2011

We want to hear from you! The original comment period has been extended, in response to requests for additional review time.

Email your written comments to or fax to 808-545-2050 by November 30, 2011.
What do you like about the current General Plan?
What needs to be changed?
What do you desire for the future of O‘ahu?
Share your comments on Key Planning Issues and background trend reports (posted on-line at

Visit the project website to read the current General Plan and project-related materials, or sign up to receive project updates and announcements:

12:09 p.m. More Bad News For Finmeccanica

The Italian press has been all over the story for months, but it’s hard to stay on top of everything here in Honolulu.

The latest from Bloomberg today:

  • Italian opposition politicians called for a parliamentary probe into Finmeccanica, parent company of Honolulu rail contractor Ansaldo and for its chairman to resign
  • Rumors are flying about connections to a prostitution ring
  • Share prices have fallen 39 percent this year

It’s not clear that the company actually did anything wrong, and it’s also not clear what the impact would be on the Honolulu project even if the allegations were true. But it’s certainly not good news for the company.

10:47 a.m. Salaries, Salaries and More Salaries

If you’ve had a chance to poke around on Civil Beat today, you might have noticed that we’re back with our second annual installment of salary data for state employees.

So far, there are three stories you can check out, the second of which has a database of the thousands of salaries:

But this is Inside Honolulu, so you might be wondering why we’re telling you about state government employees. Well, we do have the data for City and County of Honolulu government employees, and we’ll be rolling that out soon.

For now, you can get a taste by checking out the new data, or look at our coverage from last year: Civil Beat Shares Honolulu Employee Salaries

9:31 a.m. State Excluding Military, After All

The big news from yesterday’s Hawaii Reapportionment Commission meeting is that about 16,000 nonresident military and students will be “extracted” from the population base, and there will be a new plan put forward to redraw state House and Senate districts.

What does that mean for the Honolulu Council Reapportionment Commission? The city panel has, like the state panel originally had, included everybody in designing the plan that was selected last week and will go out to public hearing three times in early October.

There’s no rule that the city commission must follow the lead of the state’s commission. For one, they’re governed by different rules: the state commission by the Hawaii Constitution, the city commission by the Revised Charter of Honolulu. Those documents have different terminologies for who should be counted.

Still, the state commission started its work earlier this year, and it’s decision to include everybody gave the city commission cover. Will the Council Reapportionment Commission revisit its decision after public hearing, as the state commission just has?

Only time will tell.

9:19 a.m. Horner Leaving First Hawaiian

Don Horner is leaving his post as Chief Executive Officer of First Hawaiian Bank at the end of the year, according to the Star-Advertiser (subscription required).

He’ll still be bank chairman, and of course Horner still has plenty of things to keep him busy — the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation Board of Directors and the Hawaii Board of Education.

Where’s Carlisle?

Mayor Peter Carlisle will be in Washington D.C. all this week to attend the annual Joint Civilian Orientation Conference at the invitation of the U.S. Department of Defense. Managing Director Doug Chin is acting mayor until Saturday.

Read Previous Editions of Inside Honolulu

September 19: Rail Town Hall Meetings; Mayor’s Twitter Account Compromised; Federal Money For Electric Buses; Honolulu and the Military; Where’s Carlisle?

September 16: The “Creepy Crawlies”; Bill Survives, Barely; Ryan, Lee Back Tour Bus Ban; Carlisle Back To D.C.; More About the “Housing Preservation Initiative”; Law Enforcement Memorial and Today’s Honorees; Queens Plan, Too; Laie Marriott Approved; Other Resos On Horizon; Laie Testimony Begins; Sign Regulations Deferred; City Getting Out Of Landlord Business; The Three Other Finalists; Nine Other Applicants; Bunda Confirmed Unanimously; Testimony For Bunda; No Tours On Sundays; Council to “Play It By Ear” On Sign Regulations Bill; Today’s Meetings; Where’s Carlisle?

September 15: Ikaika Fundraiser Tonight, More Soon; Rail Opponents On the Radio; Finmeccanica Exec Offers Resignation; Horner’s Ansaldo Conflict?; Correction: $300K/Year; Honolulu’s $1.5 Million Lobbyist; Population and Ridership; HART Board on Friday; Where’s Carlisle?

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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