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There’s always something interesting going on at Honolulu Hale.
Civil Beat is reporting from the inside.
“It is premature to discuss any plans as the property has not been conveyed to the City,” Carlisle said in a written statement provided to Inside Honolulu minutes ago. “As with all properties, this should go through the Master Planning process at which time, community input will be obtained to discuss all potential uses. The implementation of any plans would be subject to the availability of funds.”
The resolution that advanced today, introduced by District 1’s Tom Berg, would merely urge the administration to develop a shooting complex in Kalaeloa. Without Carlisle’s cooperation, the plan likely isn’t headed anywhere.
Honolulu has serious traffic problems. We know that. And now there’s some more data to support the case.
The Texas Transportation Institute today distributed its 2011 Urban Mobility Report, which includes city-by-city traffic data. For Honolulu, TTI says the delay per peak-hour commuter in 2010 was 33 person-hours, 27th worst in the nation.
Honolulu ranked 31st worst a year ago.
Of course, that’s a far cry from the data that shows Honolulu’s traffic is second-worst in America. For more on that and the differences between the studies, check out our recent Fact Check.
About a dozen citizens just poured out of the committee meeting room after testifying, pleased with the progress. Berg’s staffers are now gathering names and email addresses to keep the inspired citizens posted on future progress.
The last couple of times the Parks and Cultural Affairs Committee has met, it’s run long. Starting at 10:30 a.m., it’s even run into the 1 p.m. meeting of the Executive Matters and Legal Affairs Committee, and EMLA Chair Romy Cachola has chastised PCA Chair Tom Berg for that.
Today, that won’t be a problem. EMLA was cancelled. So Berg can run his meeting as long as he wants.
The committee meeting room is packed, and a staffer tells Inside Honolulu many attendees are here for the discussion of the Oneula Beach Park Master Plan. Issues include non-compliant jersey barricades, drainage at adjacent properties, and the status of native Hawaiian concerns about nearby development.
The Committee on Safety, Economic Development and Government Affairs has moved a resolution to allow the installation of about 30 more surveillance cameras for the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in November.
Nestor Garcia cast the lone “no” vote.
More coming later.
Elsewhere on Civil Beat today: The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development still has serious concerns about the city’s handling of Community Development Block Grants distributed to ORI Anuenue Hale.
That’s revealed in a letter from HUD to the city obtained by Adrienne LaFrance. Read the full story:
The Committee on Safety, Economic Development and Government Affairs is just getting started, and there’s already a slideshow ready to go on the wall. It’s from the Honolulu Police Department and is titled “RECENT PROTESTS ASSOCIATED WITH APEC.”
The agenda item today deals with temporary surveillance cameras, but the presentation might help explain why HPD thought it was wise to spend $700,000 over the past two years to load up on non-lethal and less-lethal weapons over the last two years.
Yesterday afternoon, Inside Honolulu reported that Mayor Peter Carlisle has named two appointees to the Honolulu Planning Commission. One of them, Cord Anderson, wrote on his application form that he’s a cousin of Honolulu City Council Vice Chair Ikaika Anderson.
We emailed Ikaika to ask about the family ties. Here are his responses:
Civil Beat: Are you and Cord close?
Ikaika Anderson: We get along very well, and we do get together every now and then. He and his twin brother Brad have worked on my prior campaigns.
CB: Do you think it will be necessary to recuse yourself from deliberations on his appointment?
Anderson: I do not currently nor did I ever have any financial or business interests with Cord, but will submit a disclosure form to the office of the City Clerk in addition to inquiring with the City Ethics Commission seeking their opinion as to whether or not I should vote on Cord’s appointment. I will abide by whatever guidance the Commission recommends.
CB: What, if any, is (Cord’s) relationship with (North Shore developer) D.G. “Andy” Anderson, who you’ve disclosed a distant family relationship to in the past?
Anderson: Cord is Andy Anderson’s grandson, and Andy is my granduncle, as our grandfathers are brothers.
CB: Do you think there’s any cause for concern with you being chair of the Zoning and Planning Committee and, potentially, your cousin serving on the Planning Commission?
Anderson: There should not be any cause for concern on this particular matter. I have quite a large family that has been traced back to Kamehameha III, which means that the Andersons are related to many Hawaii families on all islands. This town is so small that nearly everyone is related to one another or is a close friend or associate of one’s family member.
Traffic congestion and noise pollution were top concerns at a community meeting to discuss plans to dig 232 trenches in search of archeological sites along the proposed rail line.
The Monday night meeting in the cafeteria of Farrington High School that attracted about 100 residents, news crews and reporters, was short. The meeting, scheduled for two hours, ended up lasting about 45 minutes. Audience concerns about the disruption of Native Hawaiian burial remains were noticeably absent.
The trenches will be dug along the last portion of the rail line running from Kalihi to Kakaako.
And tonight, the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation will hold the first of its five “town hall” meetings to discuss the progress of the rail project. Tonight’s meeting starts at 6 p.m. at Kapolei Hale.
Mayor Peter Carlisle has no public events on his calendar for today.
September 26: Thursday’s Committee Meetings; Large Rail Landowner List Updated; New Planning Commissioners Named; Free UH Football Tickets; The Virtues Of Managed Lanes; HART Says FTA, Not IMG, Spurred Financial Adjustment; Rail Archaeology Meeting Tonight; HPD Preparing For “War”?; Where’s Carlisle?
September 23: Carlisle’s Public Sked; Council Reapportionment Public Hearings Set; Archaeological Meeting Now On Web; Wednesday Meetings; Postcard From HART; Safety At What Price?; Fact Check Scorecard; City Listens To “Shoddy” Report; Where’s Carlisle?
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?