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Pungent anti-Cayetano ads derailing his momentum

By Richard Borreca

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A s former Gov. Ben Cayetano is finding out, the problem with running against the establishment is that it makes the establishment your enemy.

The 72-year-old liberal, two-term governor appears to be losing his fight for mayor against a relentless, multimillion-dollar attack operation.

The assembled political machine of Democratic Party leaders, local business and construction leaders and island unions has been out to discredit him, weaken his political message and ruin his reputation in order prevent him from stopping the long-planned $5.2 billion rail project.

The latest Hawaii Poll, released today, shows Kirk Caldwell strongly ahead of Ben Cayetano. The poll, with a margin of error of 4.2 percent, shows that if the election were held today, Caldwell would get 53 percent of the vote and Cayetano, 42 percent.

Rebecca Ward, president of Ward Research, which prepared the survey for the Honolulu Star-Advertiser and Hawaii News Now, says Cayetano now faces an almost impossible task of rebuilding enough support to win by Election Day.

"Given the significant drop in support, it is hard to imagine anything that would reverse this now," Ward said.

The reason, obviously, is the smear campaign run by the Carpenters Union and contractors' Pacific Resource Partnership.

"This is an indication that the PRP negative campaign has taken its toll," Ward said.

For decades, Cayetano has been unconvinced that Honolulu is big enough for the huge, heavy, elevated rail system that has been proposed for Honolulu. Along the way, he became equally convinced that our withering financial base could not support the increasing billions of dollars in taxpayer money needed to build and operate the system.

That concern finally led him to run for mayor to stop it. His opposition was buttressed by Honolulu's inability to fix its roads, repair its sewers, keep its parks open or operate many services that are common across the country.

The decision to run was unorthodox; even Cayetano remarked, "Who ever heard of a governor running for mayor?" Early polling, however, showed that the marginal support for rail was evaporating at the same time that Cayetano's campaign was showing viability.

The cobbled-together Cayetano campaign relied on old friends, wealthy supporters including Dennis Mitsunaga and a healthy dose of ethnic appeal from Filipino-Americans.

As the campaign progressed, Cayetano's close ties with Filipino voters, even those with union jobs that might be lost if the rail project was canceled, appeared to be the rock upon which to build the campaign.

The PRP smears came during the primary election and redoubled during the closing weeks of the general election.

Cayetano's Filipino base has been pummeled. At the beginning of the campaign, 62 percent of Filipino-American voters supported Cayetano and 58 percent of Filipino voters opposed rail, the Hawaii Poll showed. The support is now down to 51 percent and only 40 percent say rail should be stopped.

By the end of the campaign, Cayetano was a battered candidate. He had been attacked not for any issues involving the rail project nor his ideas for rebuilding Honolulu.

The attack came for taking improper campaign contributions that in truth he knew nothing about, attacked for approving legal contracts, absurdly linked to Mitt Romney and Linda Lingle, and finally criticized for the number of pardons given while governor.

"Talking stink" now appears to be Hawaii's most potent form of political communication.

Of course, anything is possible in a campaign — but it appears that Cayetano's campaign has been shredded by a group of Democrats, unions and businesses able to spend millions to force rail forward.

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Richard Borreca writes on politics on Sundays, Tuesdays and Fridays. Reach him at rborreca@staradvertiser.com.






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MalamaKaAina wrote:
IN BEN WE TRUST!
on October 28,2012 | 02:33AM
MalamaKaAina wrote:
I do not believe this story!
on October 28,2012 | 02:34AM
Truther wrote:
New poll results: 57% will vote Ben and 43% will vote for Caldwell. Ben wins, the people win, Oahu wins and rail loses.
on October 28,2012 | 04:18AM
OldDiver wrote:
People have discover that Ben Cayetano is the Republican conservative tea party candidate.
on October 28,2012 | 04:54AM
OldDiver wrote:
Richard Borecca, Cayetano's campaign manager is sour that his slanted anti-rail columns haven't swayed voters towards his candidate.
on October 28,2012 | 04:58AM
el_burro_sabio wrote:
Make up your mind, is Borreca or Shapiro the campaign manager? ;)
on October 28,2012 | 12:40PM
jomama wrote:
Borecca complains about dirty tricks but last week they ran Cayetano opposite Caldwell in the Sunday op-ed pages, and sucker punched Caldwell with Borecca's anti-rail drivel on the same page. So much for a fair forum for ideas. Also, I argue Borecca shouldn't be allowed to write the same article over and over again. How about tell us something new - repeating your POV ad nauseum just because you have a platform doesn't make you right. We heard you the first time, four months ago...
on October 28,2012 | 08:14PM
bender wrote:
Geez, is this more of the mud slinging the article refers to?
on October 28,2012 | 06:44AM
hybrid1 wrote:
FAST will add, not take away, lanes, and it will not further congest traffic. Our plan is to add two new lanes on North King Street and three reversible lanes on the Nimitz flyover............................... FAST will double express bus service with express buses on eight routes serving areas in Leeward and Central Oahu not directly served by rail............................ By using the morning Zipper lane, and the (soon to be state-created) afternoon Zipper lane on H-1, FAST leverages added capacity on the H-1 for express buses........................................................ The BRT College Express will provide bus service for University of Hawaii-Manoa, Hawaii Pacific University and Honolulu Community College, and places in between. Similarly, Aloha Express will convey motorists from Aloha Stadium's huge parking lots to downtown within 16 minutes with bus-on-shoulder BRT service. .................................During commute hours, FAST will move traffic rapidly via contraflow lanes on Dillingham and North King streets, as we're already doing on Kapiolani, Kalanianaole and Ward..................... FAST lane additions and contraflows will increase traffic capacity up to 60 percent during the commute hours.
on October 28,2012 | 08:15AM
Anonymous wrote:
FAST is a sham, and people are voting against him because they are finding that out. I voted for cayetano in the primary, but am voting against him come november. Fast cannot use the GET surcharge, will not qualify for federal money, and will result in even more money wasted breaking rail contracts on top of the money already spent for rail. I dont like rail, but it's already at the point where it should move forward. The time to cancel it was years ago. I suspect many feel the same way, hence the poll results.
on October 28,2012 | 03:38PM
saveparadise wrote:
You don't like rail but you are willing to just let the developers shove it up your behind? What kind of logic is this?? Don't just roll over, play dead, and beg to the ruthless slander campaigns that the PRP people are running. You are not a dog that they feed so stand up and fight back or at least support someone who will. That man is Ben............
on October 29,2012 | 09:45AM
geralddeheer wrote:
Beware of taking a victory lap before the race is over. Oh by the way, if a right wing nut job supports a candidate, the candidate automatically becomes a right wing nut job. Your logic reeks of guilt by association, a kind of McCarthyism.
on October 28,2012 | 10:16AM
cabot17 wrote:
Ben is not a liberal. He has now joined the Tea Party.
on October 29,2012 | 07:46AM
Malani wrote:
All right, a conservate Republican.
on November 1,2012 | 07:31AM
DowntownGreen wrote:
Which poll? Link please.
on October 28,2012 | 08:34AM
Keone_Mikaele wrote:
This rail was not designed to be a "public transportation system" - It is an airport to West Oahu land development scheme.-- This is all about bring Asian investors to Hawaii for the next "Asia Investor Bubble"- mostly China, and getting them to dump their money into West Oahu Condos, Golf Courses, Casinos. --The local residents will quickly stop using the rail once they realize it takes them twice as long to get someplace, and that the rail stations are incredibly badly designed for "public transit"--_______Rail is really all about Dan Inouye's dream, with his big insider friends who will profit---for a an express railway from HNL to West Oahu land development schemes.---The Hawaii Public will be paying INCREASING TAXES to help big insiders get rich.-----That's why they needed to control the main "newspaper" to control the lies and propapganda. This is why there is the Public Land Development Corp, etc--- this is all a MASSIVE THEFT for land and money from the people of Hawaii.
on October 28,2012 | 12:16PM
MakaniKai wrote:
History continues to repeat itself in the Nei. Just different immigrants in control this time! Keone IMHO there is truth to your comment. Aloha.
on October 28,2012 | 12:43PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
Casinos?? Where??I like gamble!!
on October 28,2012 | 05:34PM
jomama wrote:
ah, yes. Read this before. Maybe you should do something besides cut and paste.
on October 28,2012 | 08:15PM
allie wrote:
Borreca is right: as I said months ago, you go up against the power boys and their minions and they will ruin you. This town is scary and revolves around fear
on October 28,2012 | 03:40PM
Malani wrote:
Some people think they are the untouchables .It's about time somebody stand up to this so called power boys like they did with the Former Bishop Trustees. Pride goeth before destruction and a hearty spirit before a fall. This happened to the Bishop Trustees it will happen to this new name (PRP) power boys. Does a Poll rule the people or does the people rule the Poll? I say the second part will be proved come voting day that there are many many people with common sense who will not Rail. Your column Richard is just a negative as PRP's ads which turn people off.
on November 1,2012 | 06:59AM
frontman wrote:
It is only giving strength to his supporters............STOP RAIL NOW......Vote Ben. Keep printing all the negitive stuff as all of Hawaii knows you are bias and a mouth piece for the unions and democrats.
on October 28,2012 | 03:20PM
MalamaKaAina wrote:
I do not trust the Star Advertiser!
on October 28,2012 | 02:36AM
Truther wrote:
It's a phony story by a phony newspaper.

The best newspaper that rail money can buy.


on October 28,2012 | 04:19AM
rsgea wrote:
If the unfair smear campaign against Ben Cayetano succeeds in defeating him in his bid for Mayor, that would be a sad, sad day for Hawaii. It will embed the message that "talking stink" and outright lying is the way to win elections; not telling the truth and engaging in fair play.
on October 28,2012 | 02:42AM
Keith_Rollman wrote:
It's only "unfair" if you expected PRP to lay down and let Ben win.
on October 28,2012 | 07:53AM
Kalaheo1 wrote:
You think they could have done it by using facts about the rail project instead of running a smear campaign against the guy they're scared of?
on October 28,2012 | 09:22AM
Manoa_Fisherman wrote:
"Smear" is incorrect to describe what is being said about Cayetano. If the facts that are stated are true, then it is not a "smear".
on October 28,2012 | 01:17PM
HaoleGuy wrote:
Ben is not trustworthy. Out with the rubbish.
on October 28,2012 | 03:03AM
Truther wrote:
I trust him fully to end the rail money pit fiasco.
on October 28,2012 | 04:20AM
saveparadise wrote:
And we are going to trust a person tagged HaoleGuy? John White?......Rubbish day is Friday where I live.
on October 29,2012 | 10:00AM
ukuleleblue wrote:
Honolulu is behind the times and should have built the rail decades ago. TheBus has been great in the past providing award winning service and speedy one-seat commutes. Unfortunately express buses or bus rapid transit (BRT) cannot continue to be the answer. Times have changed as a result of skyrocketing population growth, traffic congestion and fuel prices in the past ten years. Operating an all bus system was acceptable in the past when individual express buses from distant neighborhoods could be run all the way to downtown at a frequent basis. However, this becomes a very cost-inefficient system requiring more fuel and more drivers. The express buses then have to eventually end up in traffic congestion with other vehicles. That is why just adding more buses into clogged roads is not a solution. Now we need to revamp the bus system and incorporate a more efficient multi-modal transportation system that utilizes a fast high capacity rail system as in most major cities all over the world. More neighborhood buses can be added to circulate much more frequently and shuttle to the high speed high capacity rail trunk line on its own right of way. There will be less waiting for the bus and after transferring to the nearest rail station riders will have a faster train ride and an improved elapsed time origin to destination for any rider. Instead of cutbacks, bus routes with smaller buses serving less busy areas can be added or restored and fed to the rail line. We need the planned Kapolei to Ala Moana rail line and will probably need extensions to Waikiki and UH-Manoa soon after. And the longer we delay, the more it will cost. Rail is the proven solution all over the world and it will work here. More and more people are now believing that rail is the right thing to do for the future benefit of our children and grandchildren.
on October 28,2012 | 03:57AM
Truther wrote:
I'll translate what uke blue is cut and pasting:

Rail is a con job, but as long as I keep getting paid by the word to blog for PRP then I support the con job.


on October 28,2012 | 04:21AM
false wrote:
Light another one up for the blue man.
on October 28,2012 | 04:45AM
allie wrote:
uku is a well paid blogger
on October 28,2012 | 08:52AM
MightyMakiki wrote:
I'm not a well paid blogger. Geeve 'um
on October 28,2012 | 11:04AM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
allie is a_lie.
on October 28,2012 | 05:37PM
pechanga wrote:
I appreciate Allie!
on November 2,2012 | 01:41AM
MightyMakiki wrote:
Right on righteous Blue... This article sums up the trend.. finally....
on October 28,2012 | 11:03AM
false wrote:
mufi ahead in the polls. Who won? GO BEN!
on October 28,2012 | 04:44AM
loquaciousone wrote:
The 2010 Supreme Court ruling's dire consequences are coming true. Super rich PACs are buying elections and doing it anonymously. One day we might see Donald Trump in the White House. Does any sane and logical person want that?
on October 28,2012 | 06:20AM
tiki886 wrote:
PRP is a UNION Pac not a corporation! Corporations are people. Unions are EVIL!
on October 28,2012 | 07:25AM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
No,no,no...union are local workers providing for their family and children. The backbone of America.
on October 28,2012 | 05:39PM
tonosama wrote:
Too muchee BS'to. Shinbun/newsupaper and Borreca-san no needo to pushee atama-nai/blanku head people with achi-kochi/niether here or there kine story on CAYETANO-SAN. All people b4 givu Gov. BC-san vote sticku with him 4-eva liku ochazuke and koko/tea, rice and pickled veggies. Caldwell-san, maybee nexto time, dozo.
on October 28,2012 | 06:21AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
I think I should be offended by this but that will have to wait until I stop laughing.
on October 28,2012 | 09:01AM
bender wrote:
I guess the old adage "that if you sling enough mud, some of it is bound to stick" is proving true. It's too bad that they cannot run a campaign based on facts and instead resort to this crapola. One other thing, Ward Research is getting lazy. They've called me in the past and I've participated and their final question was "could they call me back for future poll participation?". I said no. But if Ward Research is calling the same participants then eventually the pool of repeating participants will grow in one direction or another. Ward Research should go back to making blind phone calls until they get enough respondents to have a basis of deriving results.
on October 28,2012 | 06:48AM
piimahoe wrote:
Oh well I guess lying about the financial stability of this monstrous public works project is not the issue, everyone seems to be concerned about job creation, just think with all that is needing to be fixed sewers roads there will be more jobs available to the working class public and LOCAL private contractors just by doing what has been neglected over the years. Please don;t ship the monies overseas cause it will not help generate the economy here in Hawaii just the big companies who are already digging in their heels only to leave when we are strapped with a big piece of rusting ferrous metal.
on October 28,2012 | 07:14AM
piimahoe wrote:
As for that 1.5 B it will be a mere fraction of what will be needed to complete this project on budget. Remember the rainy day fund that was approved promising that it would never ever be used well guess what it was and is still being used under the guise of the courts stopping the rail and hart saying we need to pay for delays because of that. Just another one of many lies that will be told as the rail ceases to be self sustaining and we as sheeple continue to follow lock step without using our voting electoral to keep the future of Hawaii prestine and this may sound like a joke but as Affordable As Possible..
on October 28,2012 | 07:17AM
piimahoe wrote:
Oh well I guess lying about the financial stability of this monstrous public works project is not the issue, everyone seems to be concerned about job creation, just think with all that is needing to be fixed sewers roads there will be more jobs available to the working class public and LOCAL private contractors just by doing what has been neglected over the years. Please don;t ship the monies overseas cause it will not help generate the economy here in Hawaii just the big companies who are already digging in their heels only to leave when we are strapped with a big piece of rusting ferrous metal. Don't grumble when the property taxes drastically increase to fund the short comings of the rail funding, as we all know when the politicians are in abind financially just raise the taxes accordingly. Why not we the people or should i say sheeple are so damnn gullible that it's crazy,Get ready for the tax collectors to come calling with more requests for monies due to most of this project not generating enough funds to be solvent and robbing monies from core services to pay to balance the rails finances. As for that 1.5 B it will be a mere fraction of what will be needed to complete this project on budget. Remember the rainy day fund that was approved promising that it would never ever be used well guess what it was and is still being used under the guise of the courts stopping the rail and hart saying we need to pay for delays because of that. Just another one of many lies that will be told as the rail ceases to be self sustaining and we as sheeple continue to follow lock step without using our voting electoral to keep the future of Hawaii prestine and this may sound like a joke but as Affordable As Possible..
on October 28,2012 | 07:19AM
KamaiianaGuy wrote:
What "momentum"? Ben Cayetano entered the race with 42-44% of the vote, and he's been in the same range ever since, through the Primary and to today. The only place where Ben has been in a commanding lead is in the columns by Richard Borreca and David Shapiro, who have been shameless in their fawning over "poor Ben". Not one insightful column by either of them for the entire season about Kirk Caldwell...not one.
on October 28,2012 | 07:24AM
Kalli wrote:
How can any group, pro railers, be proud that they won an election based on spending millions of dollars to discredit a candidate? Instead of the issue they attack the messenger.
on October 28,2012 | 07:46AM
Keith_Rollman wrote:
PRP's commercials are a hell of lot more compelling that Borreca's lame attempts at brainwashing.
on October 28,2012 | 07:51AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
The single most shameful thing about these smear ads is that Senator Dan Inouye appears in them and never once has said that he disagrees with their tone or content. A tool of the PRP and big money. No class.
on October 28,2012 | 08:44AM
Keone_Mikaele wrote:
This rail was not designed to be a "public transportation system" - It is an airport to West Oahu land development scheme.-- This is all about bring Asian investors to Hawaii for the next "Asia Investor Bubble"- mostly China, and getting them to dump their money into West Oahu Condos, Golf Courses, Casinos. --The local residents will quickly stop using the rail once they realize it takes them twice as long to get someplace, and that the rail stations are incredibly badly designed for "public transit"--_______Rail is really all about Dan Inouye's dream, with his big insider friends who will profit---for a an express railway from HNL to West Oahu land development schemes.---The Hawaii Public will be paying INCREASING TAXES to help big insiders get rich.-----That's why they needed to control the main "newspaper" to control the lies and propapganda. This is why there is the Public Land Development Corp, etc--- this is all a MASSIVE THEFT for land and money from the people of Hawaii.
on October 28,2012 | 12:17PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
Casinos??
on October 28,2012 | 05:40PM
allie wrote:
Good article and very true
on October 28,2012 | 08:51AM
niimi wrote:
In Civil Beat We Trust. The polls there are more on the level. Told my many Filipino friends, and we are now holding our own in-home rallies in the Filipino communities to support Ben. We are anti-rail and we're going to win. The only way to stop me from participating is to kill me.
on October 28,2012 | 09:34AM
Malani wrote:
Right on niimi.
on November 1,2012 | 07:16AM
koaangel wrote:
Borreca failed in this piece by ignoring the positive campaign that Caldwell is running. As people are learning more about the vision and character of Caldwell, they are increasingly favoring his candidacy. He is a stark contrast to Cayetano who has built his entire political career on negativism and characterized it as being for the "underdog."
on October 28,2012 | 09:58AM
Kalaheo1 wrote:
koaangel wrote: "Borreca failed in this piece by ignoring the positive campaign that Caldwell is running."

Everyone knows that John White and the PRP are doing all the dirty work for the Caldwell campaign. It might be different if Kirk Caldwell and Senator Inouye made any attempt to distance themselves from this campaign, but they haven't.

When Senator Inouye didn't approve of his image being used by the Lingle campaign, there was no mistaking it. It is sad that he apparently approves of the dirty smear tactics being used by the PRP.
on October 28,2012 | 11:21AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Sure looks that way! He is never shy about monku monku if he disagrees with a political piece but he has been silent about how the PRP has made filthy the political waters in this election season. And Kirk should have had the decency to repudiate the skuzzy PRP ads after Ben was so gracious about the daughter and bong incident. Sheesh these guys no class, eh?
on October 28,2012 | 01:29PM
Kalaheo1 wrote:
Maneki_Neko wrote: "And Kirk should have had the decency to repudiate the skuzzy PRP ads after Ben was so gracious about the daughter and bong incident."

I agree. But it does highlight a clear difference in character.
on October 28,2012 | 03:22PM
Kaleo744 wrote:
Damn here we go again...what where the meeting was at John Whites office..they all the same, and all at he same time...figure that one doesnt take a rocket scientist to know whats going on here...
on October 28,2012 | 12:32PM
Kaleo744 wrote:
all the same again these people are running totally scared.
on October 28,2012 | 12:33PM
Knudsen wrote:
Why did Borreca write this in the past tense? "The PRP smears came during the primary election and redoubled during the closing weeks of the general election. ... By the end of the campaign, Cayetano was a battered candidate." All that's missing is: "Mayor Caldwell said Ben was a good man and a worthy competitor. He will be missed."
on October 28,2012 | 02:00PM
MalamaKaAina wrote:
It's a phony story!!!
on October 28,2012 | 02:01PM
Kealaula wrote:
Every time I see those false allegations against Ben, I am more resolved to help him. I've been phone banking several times, donated several times, and will do both again.
on October 28,2012 | 04:08PM
toke wrote:
Move forward and not backwards, how do you support the people with low payingservice industry jobs. Get over it, Hawaii will never be like what it was 50yrs ago so let's move forward for the kamaainas to prosper and have a good life. I think a lot of the people who are against projects are transplants or the one grasping on to the long gone days of old. Of course this is just IMHO
on October 28,2012 | 04:35PM
manoa111 wrote:
This editorial opinion is alarming, not so much for the content but the partiality it employs. I am severely disappointed that Borreca has decided to again cast the majority of voters as idiots..."The reason, obviously, is the smear campaign...." No, it's not the smear campaing, it may actually be intellectual voters (all 500 of them polled??) who feel that Cayatano has not performed well versus Caldwell in the debates or in other forums. Most voters are smart enough to look beyond the BS of the ads, whether it be on TV or by phone. I do not believe that "Cayetono's campaign has been shredded by a group of Democrats..." Cayatano has shot himself in the foot at every turn, while Caldwell has kept his poise for the most part and decided to "give Ben some rope" and he'll hang himself. He's done just that. Richard: don't insult us, both Cayetano and Caldwell people kind of understand how this political stuff works already :)
on October 28,2012 | 08:21PM
ejkorvette wrote:
Ben Cayetano is a joke. A Thief, Liar, political incompetent, decieving many then and now. Hawaii is headed for the Welfare State that it is purposely allowing itself to become. The Kings and Queens of Hawaii's Legacy are turning over in their graves, how are Hawaiians allowing these Devils run the beloved Hawaii Nei?
on October 29,2012 | 12:19AM
Malani wrote:
ejkorvette, if you present me true evidence that Ben Cayetano is a thief, liar, political incomptetnt, and decieving, I will vote for Kirk Caldwell. Hawaii is not headed for a Welfare State. We are already a easy Welfare State. Just ask those who come here to get it.
on November 1,2012 | 07:22AM
ejkorvette wrote:
Typical Hawaii local conversation, being afraid of the so-called power structure! There is no power structure in Hawaii. Rather a bunch of suckers pretending to flex their wimpy muscles and everyone in Honolulu is afraid to speak out. You people are afraid of your own shadow, so you deserve to be enslaved, enchained, just like slaves. You get the worst of the worst and you take it, year after year. You smile, laugh, giggle, go out on the weekends and MUG FOR THE CAMERA!!! Live a fantasy life, then face the reality the next day. You live in Island jail cell, you are controlled by Monkeys and you enjoy it. Your so-called hawaii power-structure people would be "lackeys" in the mainland. Fags in the general population in jail. That's why people come to Hawaii and laugh at your stupidity. Your politicians abuse you like cattle and all you say or do in response is: LUCKY YOU LIVE HAWAII, YIPPPPPEEEEEEE!!!!
on October 29,2012 | 03:17AM
oahuresident wrote:
Cayetano lost all credibility when he started using Bob Watada in his ads. Watada is a liar and one of the most hated men in Hawaii. He was a tool of the establishment that went after Harris but left his "friend" Cayetano alone, when both were in office (Mayor and Governor) running administrations that implemented the "pay to play" system of contract awards.
on October 29,2012 | 07:17AM
eastside808 wrote:
Hey Richard, let us not forget that even though Mr. Cayetano claims to have not been aware of the illegal funds, the people working for him is a reflection of his fundamental ideas and values. If he was innocent and not somewhat guilty, why did he wait so long to file his libel suit. This is a last gasp effort to turn the tide in his favor. When you bite the hand that fed you, what do you or he expect? If he truly did not believe rail and it's cost would be too much for the city to bear, shouldn't he have been more proactive in harnessing talent and ideas to present an alternative? He did not. In addition, Mr. Cayetano's attitude toward the civilian work force much like Mr. Hanneman's of my way or the highway just doesn't cut it anymore.
on October 29,2012 | 08:19AM
saveparadise wrote:
The PRP commercials using mentally challenged people are entertaining but sickening.
on October 29,2012 | 10:05AM
Malani wrote:
Uku said, And the longer we delay, the more it will cost" Uku, think we a bunch of stupid people? The plan from day one is to continue to raise our taxes. First to pay for the salaries, then for the upkeep of the rail. With the cost of our utilities going up faster than our pay raises we have no choice but to pay for it. But! we have a choice not to continue to want to pay for a useless rail. So what makes anyone think we the people want to pay for something that will not benefit us?
on November 1,2012 | 07:12AM
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