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2:48 p.m. Anatomy of Wastewater: The Book

There’s a great story from our television partners at KITV this afternoon about how the city has spent tens of thousands of dollars producing books to educate students about the sewer system.

Environmental Services Director Tim Steinberger says the city spends about $75,000 per year on publications to explain sewage. Of that, $10,000 purchased 7,500 hardcover copies of “Anatomy of Wastewater,” starring “a boy named Kimo who learns from his parents that the sewage system works very much like how his body digests a SPAM musubi,” according to KITV.

“Do you think how many kids are actually going to go to the library and say ‘Wow, I want to read ‘Anatomy of Wastewater.’ Is this a hot topic?” reporter Keoki Kerr asked Steinberger.

Read the story here.

11:17 a.m. Thumbs Up For City’s Budget

From a city press release:

Mayor Peter Carlisle announced that the City and County of Honolulu has received a Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA).

“The City is committed to accuracy and transparency in reporting financial information, and we greatly appreciate this recognition for our efforts,” Carlisle said.

The award reflects the City’s commitment to meet the highest principles of governmental budgeting, according to the association. To receive such an award, a government entity must satisfy nationally recognized guidelines for effective budget presentation. The guidelines assess how well a budget serves as a policy document, a financial plan, an operations guide, and a communications device.

Earlier this month, the association also awarded the City a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for its annual Comprehensive Annual Financial Report.

The GFOA is a nonprofit professional association serving nearly 17,400 government financial professionals throughout North America. The GFOA’s Distinguished Budget Presentation Awards Program is the only national awards program in governmental budgeting.

10:31 a.m. Businessweek: Honolulu No. 3

Honolulu is the third best city in the United States in a new set of rankings put out yesterday by Businessweek.

From the prominent slopes of Diamond Head to the white beaches of Waikiki, Honolulu is a beautiful place to live and play. The area has done well through the recession, with extremely low unemployment and a low level of foreclosures. Go surfing and hang 10, then breathe deeply, because the air quality is about as good as it gets.

That’s the blurb from the slideshow entry for our fair city. It includes stats and rankings for a number of other criteria.

Mayor Peter Carlisle welcomed the news in a press release, saying: “We all know Honolulu is a fantastic place, and it’s great to have that recognized by an organization that has compared our quality of life with that of other great cities.”

Businessweek ranked the country’s top 50 cities and produced a story about its findings. Raleigh, N.C. and Arlington, Va. are Nos. 1 and 2, respectively.

8:03 a.m. Congestion Deception Editorial Rebutted

Hopefully you already read Civil Beat‘s detailed editorial last week analyzing the idea that Honolulu residents were deceived about the potential impacts of rail on traffic congestion.

Here’s the two-word summary: They weren’t.

Opponents of the rail disagree with that conclusion. Ben Cayetano, Walter Heen, Randall Roth and Cliff Slater respond with an article on the site today. Read it here: Rail Opponents Rebut Civil Beat Editorial on Congestion Deception

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 20: General Plan Comment Period Extended; More Bad News For Finmeccanica; Salaries, Salaries and More Salaries; State Excluding Military, After All; Horner Leaving First Hawaiian; Where’s Carlisle?

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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