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Sierra Club will make no endorsement in Honolulu mayor's race

By Star-Advertiser staff


The Sierra Club Hawaii Chapter announced today it would not be making an endorsement in the race for Honolulu mayor.

“Unfortunately we believe none of the candidates has yet put all the pieces together,” Anthony Aalto, chairman of the environmental organization’s Oahu Group, said in a news release. “Honolulu needs a mayor who is both committed to keeping the country, country and who understands the urgency of developing the modern infrastructure needed to ensure most new growth will occur in Honolulu's traditional urban core.”

Mayor Peter Carlisle is running for re-election against former city Managing Director Kirk Caldwell and former Gov. Ben Cayetano.

The Sierra Club applauded Cayetano’s opposition to the proposed Ho’opili and Koa Ridge development projects, but said stopping urban sprawl on a long-term basis would require development of a mass transit system to keep housing in urban centers. Carlisle and Caldwell are strong supporters of rail.

“A modern mass transit system offers the opportunity to revitalize parts of Honolulu into exciting, walkable mixed-use communities,” Aalto said.

 Robert Harris, director of the Hawaii Chapter, said the Sierra Club would support a candidate committed to smart planning and compact urban growth.

“But we need concrete plans and specifics,” Harris said. “Rhetoric is not enough."  

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Kalaheo1 wrote:
"Sierra Club will make no endorsement in Honolulu mayor's race"

I think that's a very wise decision.
on July 18,2012 | 12:08PM
jayz43 wrote:
Trying to mend fences now...Leadership lacks wisdom to recognize, "for every action there is a reaction." Now they have a public relations dilemma.
on July 18,2012 | 12:19PM
Bean808 wrote:
I think they already may have when they endorsed the rail.
on July 18,2012 | 01:43PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Profiles in courage.
on July 18,2012 | 01:58PM
Naloboy wrote:
Thanks a lot Mr. Aalto. Of course Honolulu would benefit from a modern transit system. Unfortunately what's being built...and what must be stopped....is an antiquated elevated steel-on-steel system, the likes of which hasn't been built anywhere in the USA for more than 20 years. Shame on the Sierra Club for allowing the organization to be hijacked by members who have blatant conflicts of interest (ie: work for rail development companies) and who have steered the organization away from the conclusion reached by every other environmental group on O'ahu.....that this rail system will be a disaster aesthetically, functionally, culturally and in every other way except one. That exception is the way it will line the pockets of the unions and how the unions money has impacted an otherwise slam-dunk defeat for the pro-rail candidates for mayor. The Sierra Club needs to clean house.
on July 18,2012 | 02:29PM
islandsun wrote:
The Seirra Club has lost it mojo under current leadership. These leaders should move on. Get a job with the rail companies since they have their hands in the taxpayer pockets anyway. No intergrity.
on July 18,2012 | 03:18PM
IEBuzzin wrote:
Big deal....
on July 18,2012 | 03:31PM
mililanihi wrote:
Caught with their pants down. Greed.
on July 18,2012 | 04:01PM
copperwire9 wrote:
on July 18,2012 | 05:49PM
copperwire9 wrote:
Does your comment mean something? Anything?
on July 18,2012 | 05:50PM
jusjoking wrote:
Mililani is probably confused by the conflicting views of sierra clubs approval of Cayetano's objection to Hoopili and koa ridge, yet endorsing the rail. If they approve of rail why in the world would they appose Hoopili, the origin point of the planned rail system? The tree huggers have lost sight of the forest.
on July 18,2012 | 07:46PM
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