Cliff Slater

Cliff Slater is a businessman who founded Maui Divers. He was a plaintiff in a federal lawsuit challenging the process by which the city selected elevated heavy rail.

Let’s Put COVID-19 In Context

Let’s Put COVID-19 In Context

People should be more concerned about the doubling of deaths from influenza and pneumonia.

Reopening The Economy Requires Understanding The Data Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Reopening The Economy Requires Understanding The Data

Recent studies on death rates suggest decision makers have hard calls awaiting them.

What Honolulu Rail Officials Know They Don’t Know Cory Lum/Civil Beat

What Honolulu Rail Officials Know They Don’t Know

Nobody has confidence in estimates of the project’s expense, which may be as much as $13 billion.

Dumb and Dumber: Why Honolulu Should Abandon Rail Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Dumb and Dumber: Why Honolulu Should Abandon Rail

It’s dumb to ditch a half-built rail project after spending $4 billion. It’s even dumber to spend another $6 billion to $9 billion for slight traffic improvement and serious environmental harm.

Honolulu Rail Is Too Much, Too Late Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Rail Is Too Much, Too Late

Beyond  exorbitant costs, we should stop rail now because it will be obsolete. By 2040, the answer to traffic woes will lie in ride-sharing services, driverless cars and other technology.

The Impending Honolulu Rail Ridership Debacle Anthony Quintano / Civil Beat

The Impending Honolulu Rail Ridership Debacle

The city is no better at estimating ridership than it is at estimating costs.

We Should Not Pay A Penny To The Federal Transit Administration Cory Lum/Civil Beat

We Should Not Pay A Penny To The Federal Transit Administration

The FTA failed miserably to provide effective oversight for the rail project. That makes it complicit, not just morally but legally.

 

What Do We Do Now About The Honolulu Rail Project? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

What Do We Do Now About The Honolulu Rail Project?

The Legislature could halt the project by repealing the tax surcharge funding it, which would give the Honolulu City Council a tough choice.
PRP Owes an Apology to Oahu’s Voters screen capture

PRP Owes an Apology to Oahu’s Voters

The authors argue Sen. Brian Schatz should get rid of his Chief of Staff Andy Winer, who was a political operative in the successful PRP campaign against Ben Cayetano.
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