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6:25 p.m. Carlisle’s Public Sked

Mayor Peter Carlisle has been out of town all this week, but he returns tomorrow and wastes no time in getting out into the public. Here’s his schedule for the next seven days:

Saturday, September 24th

  • 9:00 am—Mayor Carlisle participates in the 2011 Aloha Festivals Floral Parade. Ala Moana Beach Park to Kapiolani Park.
  • 6:00 pm—Mayor Carlisle pays tribute to Honolulu’s first responders with special displays and a half-time presentation during the University of Hawaii football game. Aloha Stadium. From a separate press release:

At Aloha Stadium this Saturday, Mayor Peter Carlisle will honor Honolulu’s first responders for their hard work and sacrifices.

Prior to kick-off, Honolulu’s police, fire and emergency services departments will provide tours of their command vehicles and answer questions about their challenging work. The “Sparky” and “Dare Lion” mascots will also be on hand to entertain children and pose for photos. These activities will be in front of the Aloha Stadium ticket office, across from the Chevron Family Fun Zone on the east side of the stadium.

Inside the stadium at halftime, Mayor Carlisle will pay tribute to our first responders, and a short video will be screened in honor of Honolulu Police Officer Eric Fontes and all first responders who have died in the line of duty.

Sunday, September 25th

  • 5:45 am—Mayor Carlisle delivers remarks and rides in the Hawaii Bicycling League’s Honolulu Century Ride 2011. Kapiolani Park to Kaawa and back.

Monday, September 26th

  • 8:00 am—Mayor Carlisle delivers remarks at the 2011 Hawaii Conference of State Liquor Administrators. Ala Moana Hotel.
  • 6:15 pm—Mayor Carlisle is a guest at the China National Tourism Association’s China Tourism Night. Hilton Hawaiian Village, Coral Ballroom.

Thursday, September 29th

  • 10:00 am—Mayor Carlisle delivers remarks at the grand opening of the KZOO Radio Shirokiya Studio. Shirokiya, Ala Moana Center.
  • 12:00 noon—Mayor Carlisle delivers remarks at a dedication ceremony for phase II of the Hale Wai Vista Affordable Family Rental Apartments. 86-084 Farrington Highway, Waianae.

Friday, September 30th

  • 8:00 am—Mayor Carlisle delivers remarks at the Keiki O Ka Aina Family Learning Centers Strengthening Families Affected by Incarceration Summit. Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii, Manoa Grand Ballroom.

4:28 p.m. Council Reapportionment Public Hearings Set

The Honolulu City Council Reapportionment Commission has revealed the dates, times and locations of its three public hearings:

  • Monday, Oct. 3, Castle High School Cafeteria, 6:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 4, Kapolei High School Cafeteria, 6:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 11, Honolulu Hale, Council Chambers 3rd Floor, 6:30 p.m.

For more on the plan that was chosen, read our story: Panel Picks Honolulu Council Redistricting Plan

3:02 p.m. Archaeological Meeting Now On Web

That was fast.

This morning (check the 11:12 a.m. item below), we noted that a postcard mailed to at least one downtown resident contained details of a public information meeting to discuss archaeological surveying, even as that information wasn’t available on the city’s rail website.

That’s been addressed now. The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation website now includes the meeting on its list of events and provides a flyer that looks just like the postcard.

1:58 p.m. Wednesday Meetings

Some more agendas have surfaced for meetings next week. Here are Wednesday’s events:

  • The Honolulu City Council Budget Committee meets at 9 a.m. The agenda includes a resolution that would accept a $17,500 gift from the Pacific Resource Partnership to send Council members Ikaika Anderson and Romy Cachola as well as Planning and Permitting Deputy Director Jiro Sumada, Transit Oriented Development Administrator Terry Ware and Deputy Managing Director Chyrstn Eads to Washington D.C. for the Rail-Volution 2011 Conference and TOD sites in Colorado.
  • The Honolulu Ethics Commission meets at 11:30 a.m. The agenda is short, and includes an executive session decision on a possible conflict of interest of a city officer. (That means an elected or appointed official, but they’re not named yet.)
  • The Council Committee of Public Works and Sustainability meets at 1 p.m. The agenda includes discussion of: asphalt recycling; recycling bins at waste transfer stations; health issues from ash and residue operations at H-POWER; and the investigation of alternative technologies for use of sewage sludge at Sand Island.

11:12 a.m. Postcard From HART

It’s not every day that a city government reporter gets a form letter from the city at home. It’s even more rare when that mail contains information that the reporter didn’t previously know.

So you can imagine Inside Honolulu‘s surprise Thursday when we opened up our mailbox and found a postcard from the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation announcing a public informational meeting, scheduled for this coming Monday, to discuss the City Center Archaeological Inventory Survey.

The meeting isn’t among the public events listed on the HART website. A search for “Archaeological” returns zero results. So here’s the information, for those who might want to attend, in the form of the scanned postcard:

8:33 a.m. Safety At What Price?

Last week at the Honolulu City Council, some members expressed concerns about the impacts of increased video surveillance during the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in November.

Today, a concerned citizen explains the connection to George Orwell‘s Nineteen Eighty-Four, the Big Brother who watches all. She asks how much safety cameras provide, and how far we’re willing to go to feel safe.

Read Natalie Iwasa‘s op-ed today here.

8:21 a.m. Fact Check Scorecard

Regular readers are already aware that we’ve been on a Fact Check mission this past month, digging into seven different statements made by rail opponents in a Star-Advertiser op-ed.

We know those pieces were heavy, detailed, and sometimes tough to read. Today, Civil Beat Editor John Temple wraps up the whole series for you. There’s the seven Fact Checks, one CB editorial on congestion, and four response pieces from the opponents themselves.

It’s a quick, light read to give you the bottom-line takeaways. Check it out here.

8:09 a.m. City Listens To “Shoddy” Report

In researching our Fact Check this week, we noticed a significant change from the city’s August 2009 rail financial plan to the April 2011 version of the document. The projected haul for federal bus grants was reduced, from $419 million to $117 million over the next 20 years.

You may recall that Civil Beat wrote about the city’s optimistic estimates way back in December, when we compared the city’s plan against an independent financial analysis prepared at the behest of former Gov. Linda Lingle.

Read the full story today about how a report that Mayor Peter Carlisle called “shoddy” appears to have shaped the new financial plan for building and operating the rail system.

Where’s Carlisle?

Mayor Peter Carlisle has been 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 tomorrow.

Read Previous Editions of Inside Honolulu

September 22: EOD, What’s the Deal?; Tuesday’s Committee Meetings; On Deadline Day, Sumitomo Still “Under Consideration”; The Great Waialae Bike Test; Fact Checking Rail Operations Costs; Not So Special; Where’s Carlisle?

September 21: Anatomy of Wastewater: The Book; Thumbs Up For City’s Budget; Businessweek: Honolulu No. 3; Congestion Deception Editorial Rebutted; Where’s Carlisle?

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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