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Mayor Kirk Caldwell Holds another Press Conference – Honolulu Rapid Rail Transit

Mayor Kirk Caldwell held yet another LIVE press conference. It’s interesting how this Mayor
always blames or hide behind something or someone else. This time, it’s the Hawaii State
Legislature’s mandate. Oftentimes, its the mysterious Wizard of Oz FTA. He has blamed the
rush or deadlines on FTA but so far, these rush and deadlines have proven to be moving
targets. Or he would say “the FTA wants this and the FTA wants that” as if the FTA is an ogre
to be feared or kow-tow to.
Perhaps the most illogical and egregious is the hell-bent agenda to protect the $1.55 Billion
from the federal government. The project started at $3.6 Billion. It’s now estimated at $10 Billion. How does it make sense to thrown away at least 6 more billions of dollars into this fiasco to protect the initial $1.55 Billion?
Mayor Kirk Caldwell was live.
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Mayor Caldwell announces selection of funfing mechanism for $44 million for rail. Use of these funds was mandated by the state Legislature through the passage of Act 1 in 2017.

Ilalo ParaynoIlalo has a badge showing that they are a constituent of Kirk Caldwell7:01 Hmm…

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Kai LorincKai has a badge showing that they are a constituent of Kirk Caldwell34:11 We really need to vote them out. Wait until the real estate market resets what are you going to do then.
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Cynthia Ahn31:41 That’s alot of money that could be used else where that would make a Huge difference in people’s lives!!!
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Sheila Gage27:07 U had no right to touch the general funds…end the rail…

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Joseph Kaahema Simpliciano14:16 So back in 2017 this was already a plan to use these funds?

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Lowell Nagata28:33 How about the city set up a GoFundMe account for rail (but with no end date)? 😀

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Cynthia Ahn29:28 The Rail is more important than the “HOUSELESS”

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Elgin Awong2:12 Hey stupid it’s still going to the rail. BS will continue to have reporters come to the tax payers office. Not yours.

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Manu Sanders23:58 I wish Council would get their act together. All this delay is just making it cost more… should have done it back in the 70’s!

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Mayor Kirk Caldwell: Honolulu Rail Transit Fiscal Woes

Mayor Kirk Caldwell Pushes Rail Forward Despite Public Protests

Mayor Kirk Caldwell Touts Bill 42 as a “Historic Bill”. It’s credibly profound that despite relentless and robust public sentiments against the runaway rail project, the Mayor and his
affiliates push on. Below are samples of public sentiments on the Mayor’s facebook page. Comments that are worse are already taken out. Some residents claim the Mayor has blocked them from commenting. It’s also a known fact that the Mayor’s staff and trolls participate in social media to support the Mayor.
The Mayor spends a tremendous amounts of efforts through the social media include FACEBOOK LIVE. Often, he initiates his spat with the Honolulu City Council through press conferences, without first making the effort to reach out to the Council members who are situated a floor below his offices.

Press conference for signing of Bill 42 (2017), CD2 which allows the use of a maximum of $214 million in city general funds for rail. Mayor Caldwell has been pressing City Council leadership to pass the bill since last year.

The $214 million amount was mandated by the state Legislature through the passage of Act 1.

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Natalie Iwasa10:13 Special council meeting is set for Wed., Nov. 7. Agenda is here – http://www4.honolulu.gov/…/110718%20Special%20Council…

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Natalie Iwasa5:54 Mayor Kirk Caldwell The $214 million is NOT the maximum amount city taxpayers will pay. City taxpayers will have to pay for bond finance costs on top of the $214 million.

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Brian Takara0:13 BROKEN PROMISES !!!!!!!!!!!!
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Cindra Minakami2:21 that money should be spent on upgrading water mains and sewage systems!! the general fund should be spent on infrastructure upgrades that benefit the general public,NOT that money pit called “rail” that will benefit who?!
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Sam Wolff0:00 Cindra Minakami the public…. it’ll benefit the public for generations to come
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Brian Takara0:13 Sam Wolff What do you think the ridership numbers will look like? Take a look across the country and show me a successfully operated and maintained rail system. Oh and let’s not forget how property taxes and other taxes will be the Kuleana for generations to come.
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Janian ThurmanJanian has a badge showing that they are a constituent of Kirk Caldwell0:28 San Diego has a trolley system that is very well utilized. I rode a bike to the train, took the train to work and back. I loved it! We also used it to football games, baseball games, and down to Mexico and back! It’ll be worth it, it just needs to get done.

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Cindra Minakami0:00 Janian Thurman exactly!!

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Cindra Minakami2:21 that money should be spent on upgrading water mains and sewage systems!! the general fund should be spent on infrastructure upgrades that benefit the general public,NOT that money pit called “rail” that will benefit who?!
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Sam Wolff0:00 Cindra Minakami the public…. it’ll benefit the public for generations to come
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Brian Takara0:13 Sam Wolff What do you think the ridership numbers will look like? Take a look across the country and show me a successfully operated and maintained rail system. Oh and let’s not forget how property taxes and other taxes will be the Kuleana for generations to come.
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Janian ThurmanJanian has a badge showing that they are a constituent of Kirk Caldwell0:28 San Diego has a trolley system that is very well utilized. I rode a bike to the train, took the train to work and back. I loved it! We also used it to football games, baseball games, and down to Mexico and back! It’ll be worth it, it just needs to get done.

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Cindra Minakami0:00 Janian Thurman exactly!!

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John SmithJohn has a badge showing that they are a constituent of Kirk Caldwell1:01 Let’s get this thing done once and for all. We support you!
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Elgin Awong0:00 Don’t pass that Bill. Remember Mayor, you said we don’t have money to fund the rail. Use it to repair the schools
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Polly CarvalhoPolly has a badge showing that they are a constituent of Kirk Caldwell0:56 what happened to 44mill?
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Michael Pajil0:00 We need to get rid of Of them.
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Reece Pi’ilaniReece has a badge showing that they are a constituent of Kirk Caldwell2:20 Effed up.
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Anthony Baldomero0:00 This rail is nothing it lose money
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Chevelle Keawe3:26 Bullshit… we pay more & more due to bad decisions made by our so call leaders.. I’m done with you people!
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Polly CarvalhoPolly has a badge showing that they are a constituent of Kirk Caldwell1:22 no we don’t support you.

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Marshall Ludwig1:38 That’s the amount they couldn’t account for,
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Terry Tyk6:09 What is the name of the budget chair? You named others.

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David EspindaDavid has a badge showing that they are a constituent of Kirk Caldwell0:00 This is why Some may say Mayor Kirk CrookWell; Because of theses bad decisions and the fact if he had that maybe give teachers a raise without property tax scam. Or fix the cost of living and fix the roads and sewer systems etc.

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Weiler Keawe0:41

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Some other Social Media Posts:
  • Kalahiki Jr Samuel Feeling sorry for everyone in the State now!
  • Carol Helekunihi Whoever profited from this fiscal disaster at the expense of future generations… KARMA will catch up to you.
  • Hanni Hartmann It was promised NO CITY Money: Is this lie No 129 ???
  • Rick Johann The beat goes on. Cartoon…..
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  • JJ Williams Of course !! It’s what he does lie cheat steal
    • Keola Jones This is the kind of decision a member of a Board of Directors of a bank would make.
      Wait, What!?!?! Oh yeah….
    • Ardie Cooper Shame on the politicians who let this happen by supporting this rail transit. Vote them out!
    • Dave Yester What a shame. Biggest bait and switch scam that I’ve witnessed in my lifetime. It bankrupted many , many businesses that were near construction . Created massive traffic for years and now they want to burden the taxpayers to eternity.
    • TC Lee My future is screwed. I work for the crooks. I like to see them in jail.
    • Mana Aloha Was never about reducing that traffic was always about development surrounding
    • Chuck De Francis How do you justify spending at least $10 Billion for a 2% traffic relief? /. Answer : you can’t . The whole thing makes me sick to my stomach . Corruption plain and simple . Seems to me 10 billon would go a long way to helping solve the homeless situation that everyone seems to be so concerned about.

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    • Juniah Kay Mufis project.
    • Juniah Kay Ready to bail out of Hawaii. Oh Hawaii my Hawaii. Skies are blue my money going to the rail. No can live now in my Hawaii I going be homeless cause of Mir is Rail.
    • JJ Williams 100 percent gain in wealth for all participating politicians. They should all be fired
    • Luann Casey this is wrong in so many ways!😡
        • Elgin Onaga Everyone please tie a white ribbon around your antenna if you want oppose the rip-off Rail… I’m going to have a big surprise…stay tuned, pass the word
        • Rick Johann I’m really tired of all tis “vote them out” crap. Who voted them in?
        • Darrell Tanaka Final cost of rail, 13 billion, I’ve said it from the beginning
          • Elgin Onaga Darrell Tanaka not.. $14 billion
          • Rick Johann Elgin Onaga – they started the thing out in the middle of nowhere so that it would look like smooth sailing. They even lied about it going to the west side. I used to live on the west side, Kapolei isn’t the west side. We have already been horribly screwed by the construction up til now. Imagine what downtown is going be like for 5-10 years (at least).
            • Nattie NIcolas okay, using city funds… what about unfinished business with the homeless, people with fixed income, etc., what will they get? NOTHING! WHY USE MONEY THAT IS ALREADY RESERVED? just dont understand these people that were voted in!
            • Wallace Kohashikawa TMT, Rail, Trump, Kavanaugh, Saudi Arabia, Homelessness. Isn’t Democracy great? kekekeke
              • Choon James AGENDA
                SPECIAL MEETING
                CITY COUNCIL CHAMBER
                WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2018
                9:00 A.M.

                AFOR ACTION
                1. RESOLUTION 18-240 – WAIVER OF THE PROVISIONS OF THE REVISED CHARTER. Waiving the provisions of the Revised Charter of the City and Countyof Honolulu in order to allow the City to provide $44 million in City moneys to the
                Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation for expenses related to the Honolulu High-Capacity Transit Corridor Project.

            • Dave Moskowitz Kirk Caldwell and Tommy waters
              One in the same
              You like Caldwell
              Waters is his replica
            • Jamie Blaine Duque #CrookedCaldwell and all these city council members that voted yes needs to get voted out once and for all.
            • Norrin Lau Thank you for getting the word out on our corrupt goverment….thinking of their own pockets first…not thinking of our children and the good of everyone else. Free money is never free.
            • Melanie Hiram VOTE THEM ALL OUT!! Vote em out audit everybody then start hand out indictments and arrest all the crooks dat stealing the money!!
            • Rick Johann Been hearing this vote them out crap for 30 years. When will it finally happen?
            • Dennis Fujii What recourse do we have??? Can we organize a petition for a recall and get the mayor and city council removed???
            • Anthony Catekista How many more times will the Rail be bailed out using funds that could be used in areas more in need..How much more will Caldwell and other crooks make by these decisions to back a leaking dam(rail), and what will happen when the dam bursts..
            • Mike McFarlane Choon James.. your posts are starting to sound like “Dooms Day” Post a puppy or a rainbow every once in a while. 🙂
            • Geri Ann Massaro This is what happens when you continually vote in Democrats. It’s all about what they want, not what’s good for the people.
            • Ihor Basko Meanwhile….Car and truck sales increase while road space decreases and traffic continues to be nightmare as well as our taxes. Time to get the Tar and Feathers ready
            • Preeda Kodani I love Hawaii and I would never move even with this rail fisico. But the people need to wake up and start voting all these career politicians out of office. Please don’t keep voting the same people back in because there your uncle or your aunty or yourSee More
            • Tony Wood IT’s not about the traffic…Never has been. It’s about getting rich and paying off the Union vote. I’m just sitting here waiting patiently for the FBI to begin their investigation…then we’ll have lot’s of openings for new prison guards.
            • Lana Ululani Robbins It is bad news for elderly living on a fixed income, kanaka maoli as as a group we are economically disadvantaged, and the next generations who will be forever enslaved by the Federal Reserve. I wish former Governor Cayetano would come out of his compound again 😩