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Council hopeful aims to do job without 'drama' of incumbent


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City Councilman Tom Berg makes no apologies for his outspoken, aggressive approach to politics. "If I have to raise my voice to shed light on corruption, greed and graft, I will raise my voice," he said.

His strident political persona and some well-publicized controversies have made Berg a well-known political figure on Oahu, but that fame may also make him vulnerable to a challenge by four-term state Rep. Kymberly Marcos Pine.

Pine said residents of the Leeward Oahu Council district tell her that "we just want someone who can do the job without all the drama."

"Tom Berg has created more division in our community than any other leader in Leeward Coast history," Pine said. "It just is really sad to me because we have a lot of work to do on the Leeward Coast."

District I extends from near Kaena Point to the Ewa area and includes Ko Olina, Campbell Industrial Park, Makakilo, Kapolei, Kalaeloa and parts of Ewa Beach.

Berg won the Council seat in a 2010 special election to fill the final two years of the term of Todd Apo, who resigned to take a job with Disney's Aulani Resort. The election drew 14 candidates.

Berg, a former state legislative aide and former tea party activist, won with 2,326 votes, or just 18.5 percent of the 12,559 votes cast in the 2010 race.

Since then Berg has become a leading Council opponent of the city's $5.26 billion rail project, which he describes as a "con job."

He says rail will cost taxpayers far more than the city predicts, and speaks out against what he believes are deceptive strategies by rail supporters to sell the project to the public "in bad faith."

For example, Berg mocks the city's claim that Hono­lulu can afford to pay for the rail project without cutting other city services.

"If you can't afford fuel to run buses, and you're cutting bus service because you can't afford $3 million in higher diesel costs, what are you going to do when electricity skyrockets and continues to climb?" Berg asked. "Every twist and turn that's revealed about the rail project, everything that has been revealed about the rail project, it turns out we've been misinformed."

Berg, 48, says he has demonstrated he can work cooperatively with his Council colleagues and points to 19 resolutions he authored that passed unanimously.

Still, Berg is better known for controversy. Explaining his no-holds-barred approach to debate, Berg says in an online video, "If I have to sacrifice my reputation or character to save the taxpayer money, it's no loss to me."

Police have been called to two public meetings when participants felt discussions involving Berg were getting too heated, and he was also involved in an argument with Secret Service agents outside a Waikiki hotel that was videotaped and put online.

In the Waikiki incident, Berg was trying to gain re-entry to an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation reception on Nov. 12 to recover a cellphone, but officials would not let him pass because he did not have proper credentials. Berg accused staff at the checkpoint of lying, and demanded that one of the security workers be fired.

Berg acknowledged he was drinking that evening but denied being drunk. Police said he was intoxicated.

Berg also faces a complaint before the Campaign Spending Commission by his former chief of staff Eric Ryan, who alleges Berg had Council staff work on taxpayer time in 2011 to help his re-election campaign.

Campaign Spending Commission staff recommended Berg be required to reimburse the city for $28,646 for in-kind contributions by Council staffers, but the commission deferred action on the case. It will reconsider the matter Thursday.

Berg said he fired Ryan, and described Ryan as a disgruntled employee who fabricated and filed the complaint to try to affect the outcome of the election.

Berg is a former legislative office manager for Pine, and she supported him in the past. But Pine now says Berg undermined the ability of Leeward residents to work together for common goals because Berg and his supporters attack anyone who disagrees with them.

Residents of the district "are tired of the yelling and the screaming, and they just want results. I've produced tremendous results for my community," Pine said.

Pine, 41, describes herself as a fiscal conservative and is former director of the House Republican Research office. She said her time in that research job gave her an important background in government budgeting.

Pine has served in the House since 2004, and said she ran for office because she felt government was neglecting the needs of Ewa Beach, including funding for schools and roads.

She said she had a part in delivering more than $600 million in improvements for the community, including the North-South Road or Kuala­kai Parkway, the new Kapolei Middle School, a new building for Campbell High School and the new campus for the University of Hawaii at West Oahu.

Pine acknowledges she had lots of help from other lawmakers in persuading the state to fund those projects, which she said touches on the problem with Berg.

"We've done that through teamwork with other leaders," she said of the state projects. "I had to get the support of many other legislators to get help for my community, and it deeply saddens me that Tom has made enemies of not only every member of the Council, but every state legislator on the Leeward Coast. That's not how you get things done for your community."

Pine supports the rail project, but said she is worried the endless quarrel over rail will again end without any solution for Leeward traffic tie-ups.

"My biggest concern is to make sure that something, some project moves forward no matter what," she said.

She has also joined in some tea party events, but said she later distanced herself from the group because it opposes rail.

Pine said she plans to launch a "Hire Leeward" campaign to persuade Leeward businesses to hire Leeward workers. That will improve the quality of life for Leeward residents and also take cars off the road, she said.

"Rather than arguing about what to do, we want to already start focusing on solving the problem in our own way," she said.






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honokai wrote:
[x] none of the above
on October 26,2012 | 02:24AM
MalamaKaAina wrote:
Tom Berg for GOVERNOR!
on October 26,2012 | 03:03AM
MalamaKaAina wrote:
I don't vote for pretty faces!
on October 26,2012 | 03:04AM
kiragirl wrote:
Pretty? Don't think so. She's a seasoned politician.
on October 26,2012 | 05:31AM
autumnrose wrote:
Seasoned with... developer money? Pine says... ""My biggest concern is to make sure that something, some project moves forward no matter what" ... NO MATTER WHAT? The old "economic development" lie. How much economic development have we had in Hawaii over the last 50 years? Yet middle class incomes, adjusted for 1000% inflation, have NOT kept up. Look at all the SKYSCRAPER CONDO towers downtown, Kapiolani, Ala Moana... not just Waikiki. Very difficult to get a clear shot of Diamond Head anymore... soon to be blocked by 650-foot towers.
on October 26,2012 | 06:01AM
autumnrose wrote:
and FYI: Th Oct 25 KITV had a less negative-biased "Candidate Profile" of Councilman Tom Berg. Disappointed in you, Kevin Dayton [oh well, no one is perfect]...... "Through all of his ups and downs on the council, Berg has maintained a high level of support in his district, which stretches from Ewa Beach to Makua. ... "Berg has authored and passed 19 resolutions, forced the transit authority to cut its public relations budget, and fought for the protection of iwi kupuna ..." Read more: http://www.kitv.com/news/hawaii/Candidate-Profile-Councilman-Tom-Berg/-/8905354/17140154/-/137702lz/-/index.html#ixzz2AQE0ZhXe
on October 26,2012 | 06:11AM
Truther wrote:
Everyone claims they're tried of sleazy corrupt politicians, but when a good one comes around like Tom Berg they get vilified for fighting City Hall. Berg challenges the status quo and the old stale cronyism from the past and it scares the good ole boys out of their minds. We need more Tom Bergs and less Garcias, Harimotos, Changs and spineless Pines in Hawaii.
on October 26,2012 | 07:10AM
Mythman wrote:
Kevin can cop a plea when the biggies hassle him for writing as an anti rail writer by saying come on I put a hit on Tom's arse.
on October 26,2012 | 01:15PM
soundofreason wrote:
and THAT is the problem.
on October 26,2012 | 07:15AM
soshaljustic wrote:
She could find work in Waikiki. Maybe on a dark, moonless night. Let her go there to strut that stuff and see if anyone that does not know her, buys.
on October 26,2012 | 07:23AM
DowntownGreen wrote:
Are you serious? You have a screen name like "social justice" and you spout that kind of misogynistic garbage? Shame!
on October 26,2012 | 08:00AM
aomohoa wrote:
Your obnoxious and rude soshalijustic. I voted for Berg, but I don't think he would want your support. You are insulting to women and a disgusting person.
on October 26,2012 | 09:58AM
IEBuzzin wrote:
Hamau lolo.
on October 26,2012 | 10:31AM
aomohoa wrote:
That's actually to bad. Not everyone got to see how obnoxious you are:)
on October 26,2012 | 12:59PM
soundofreason wrote:
AMEN!!
on October 26,2012 | 07:14AM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
Berg only agenda is Stop Rail, 24/7. Needless to say, district 1 has suffered because of his commitment to HIS issue and not the Districts. Drama is the Word, and we don't need a chapter 2.
on October 26,2012 | 11:51AM
Wazdat wrote:
YES and that is why BERG is da man. NO ONE else is speaking out, all silent. dont rock the boat mentality, SAD.
on October 26,2012 | 01:18PM
Leinanij wrote:
No. Do you even attend hearings or watch them on TV. Berg is all over issues and not just those that concern his district. I'm thankful he does care about our ISLAND and isn't just antirail.
on October 26,2012 | 04:12PM
soundofreason wrote:
Yeah, but it's much easier to blog from a point of ignorance. He doesn't have to get confused with reality.
on October 26,2012 | 06:48PM
hawaiinui wrote:
Thank you Lei....you just can't convince someone that is stuck on a pretty face.
on October 26,2012 | 08:11PM
aomohoa wrote:
But he can't be bought like a paid pro rail blogger!
on October 26,2012 | 04:34PM
IEBuzzin wrote:
Worse than Cayetano.
on October 26,2012 | 10:30AM
from_da_cheapseats wrote:
Berg is alcohalic and abusive...
on October 26,2012 | 03:58PM
Leinanij wrote:
Had one too many yourself cheapseats? Takes one to know one.
on October 26,2012 | 04:13PM
CouncilmanBerg wrote:
Please consider dedicating 4 minutes of your time to this youtube- this youtube says it all: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZXBTe1fy0dI
on October 26,2012 | 10:50AM
aomohoa wrote:
I agree with every single thing you said in this 4 minute video. Mahalo for caring about all of Oahu as well as District 1:)
on October 26,2012 | 01:32PM
kahuku01 wrote:
There is quite a difference between having to author resolutions and helping. Pine claims that she has helped in bringing $600 million in improvements in the Leeward community. It's easy to go along and help especially when majority of these projects were approved way before she came into office. She said she had a part, lots of help and her biggest concern is to make that something, some project moves forward no matter what and that is and this is an indication of a follower rather than someone with a vision and motivation like Berg. Berg has displayed a driving passion and a desire for change and at the same time shed light on corruption, greed and graft We need people like Berg, a watchdog who's not afraid to question when something doesn't sound right instead of someone that is always helping and going along with the ride and making themselves looking good.
on October 26,2012 | 02:42AM
honokai wrote:
I'll admit that the people that complain about Berg bother me more than Berg. People need to focus more on themselves rather than spending so much time trying to tear down the other guy. Berg is Berg. Oh, the travesty of it all. Please, it is all poor drama.
on October 26,2012 | 03:03AM
autumnrose wrote:
Yeah! I compare BERG to JESUS CHRIST. Jesus threw a FIT when he overturned the tables of the money changers in the temple and chased them out.
on October 26,2012 | 06:04AM
soundofreason wrote:
Now if only he can master that water-to-wine thing......DEFINITE shoe-in. But I'll vote for him meanwhile until then.
on October 26,2012 | 07:17AM
Truther wrote:
He's done the water-to-wine thing; he has exposed rail for the con job it is.
on October 26,2012 | 07:31AM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
If he does the Water to Wine thing, beware of APEC 2, The Coming of the Messiah.
on October 26,2012 | 11:54AM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
Never use The Lords name in vain.
on October 26,2012 | 11:53AM
autumnrose wrote:
Mark 11:15-18 Jesus entered the temple courts and began driving out those who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves, and would not allow anyone to carry merchandise through the temple courts.... he said, “Is it not written: ‘My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations’? But you have made it ‘a den of robbers.’ ”
on October 26,2012 | 09:29PM
Keith_Rollman wrote:
Actually he needs to work on changing vodka to water.
on October 26,2012 | 05:20PM
aomohoa wrote:
A little over the top automnrose, bit I get it:)
on October 26,2012 | 10:01AM
IEBuzzin wrote:
Are you really that lolo?
on October 26,2012 | 10:32AM
jomama wrote:
Berg threw a fit when he left his phone in APEC. You're right, he's Jesus.
on October 26,2012 | 09:50PM
wondermn1 wrote:
Pine is a do nothing -no show-rubber stamper- useless figurehead while Berg gets involved and brings the problems to light and actually fights for his community and gets things done. {Go Tom Berg Go} I hope the PRP adds and the witch hunt mentality that some ( money pot dippers) have started with both Ben & Berg do not ruin our chances of good representation. Go Ben Go & Go Tom Berg Go
on October 26,2012 | 03:32AM
kiragirl wrote:
Berg is facing an uphill challenge because of the pro-rail districts he's in. Pine knows this and that is why she supports rail. I am hoping for an upset and that Pine, along with Inouye, retires.
on October 26,2012 | 06:07AM
Malani wrote:
Do the people from Makaha to Nanakuli want Rail? I would hardly think so so except some from Kapolei. The people need to be reminded that Pine is making this voting an issue about Berg's temper and leaving the most important part out, We Don't Want Rail. Berg need to reach out to his district again and remind them that if they don't want Rail they need to vote for him. Then both Inoue and Pine will retire.
on October 26,2012 | 06:58AM
SteveToo wrote:
NO!
on October 26,2012 | 09:46AM
aomohoa wrote:
You are so right Malani! Pine was happy with Berg until she wanted to get elected to his position. Berg will always speak his mind, whether you like it or not. Politician's like Pine,and most others, will say whatever they have to to get elected.
on October 26,2012 | 10:05AM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
Yes Malani, we want rail. And as a correction, it should be people from Nanakuli to Makaha. Aloha.
on October 26,2012 | 11:57AM
aomohoa wrote:
Not true and Berg being voted in will prove that:)
on October 26,2012 | 01:02PM
Malani wrote:
You want Rail NanakuliBoss, you pay for it the rest of your life. As for the others take a poll. SURPRISE! awaits you. By the way I stand corrected. Aloha.
on October 26,2012 | 04:54PM
hawaiinui wrote:
Problem is that way back in the day, rail sounded like the thing to do to help "us". Nowadays the rail is a thing "they" want to do is help "themselves". Can it and bring on the cheaper altenative to mass transit. Go Berg Go.
on October 26,2012 | 08:17PM
MakaniKai wrote:
Kiragirl – I have hoped long ago that Dan Inouye would retire. He will die in that office that belongs to the people of Hawaii. Dis man no care ‘bout us, it’s all about him. I kinda sense that’s the same with dis Pine wahine. Aloha.
on October 26,2012 | 08:52AM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
Sooo weird,makanikai .
on October 26,2012 | 11:58AM
aomohoa wrote:
NB you only want Pine because she is pro development and pro rail.
on October 26,2012 | 01:09PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
And she doesn't drink.
on October 26,2012 | 07:26PM
livinginhawaii wrote:
Not true. Pine wants to track all of your internet usage which will also increase costs of internet access. She sponsored that terrible internet bill along with Mizuno....
on October 26,2012 | 07:25AM
MakaniKai wrote:
Scary stuff! http://news.cnet.com/8301-31921_3-57366443-281/hawaii-may-keep-track-of-all-web-sites-visited/
on October 26,2012 | 09:03AM
hawaiinui wrote:
..and the the laughing stock of the nation in this ridiculous endeavor. Heard there's still the $100 reward for ANY BILL pine has intoduced as the primary writer/initiator. No one has taken the reward 'cause she's never passed anything in the RIGHT years she's been in office. Belly laughs are in order for someone who says Berg is a non-achiever. Taking credit for things that were set in order way before she was elected is way stupid.
on October 26,2012 | 08:21PM
allie wrote:
well said. Berg did NOT create division. He reflected the real differences that exist in his district. Pine goes along to get along, especially with the interests of rich developers. Berg stands up for the tax payer. Odd that folks who do that get plastered with vicious attacks. Same as cayetano.
on October 26,2012 | 06:38AM
Truther wrote:
Kimberly Pine is pro-kimberly pine and nothing else; she's the best that money can buy.
on October 26,2012 | 07:12AM
IEBuzzin wrote:
Puni allie queen.
on October 26,2012 | 10:34AM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
District 1 constituents should be the only ones who could opine on this post.
on October 26,2012 | 11:52AM
aomohoa wrote:
Oh, good, that you appreciate my posts.
on October 26,2012 | 01:03PM
Leinanij wrote:
Hiki no! But then don't ever comment on any other district boss wannabe.
on October 26,2012 | 04:18PM
peanutgallery wrote:
It's too bad Hawaii only has one councilman with the stones to walk his own path. Berg may ruffle feathers, but everyone reading this knows they need to be ruffled.
on October 26,2012 | 02:54AM
wondermn1 wrote:
Tom Berg has saved the TAX PAYERS Millions of dollars and has brought to light many of the problems facing our communities as well as solutions to the problems. He is and has been the BEST Council Member we have had in years Go Tom Berg Go. If you notice the Waianae Coast has been the forgotten wasteland until Tom Berg brought it to light and has fought to get it fair representation. From the fisherman to the children, we all want Tom Berg to stay on the Council VOTE BERG FOR OUR FUTURE. We need a fighter not a rubber stamper. Go Berg Go
on October 26,2012 | 03:37AM
allie wrote:
yup..but the do-nothing Pine has big time money behind her and she is playing thew subtle race card
on October 26,2012 | 06:39AM
Imagen wrote:
I find his "drama" much more tolerable than Kobayashi's and Gabbard's, what was it now? Oh yes, "I vote yes but with reservations." What the blank is that???
on October 26,2012 | 09:18AM
copperwire9 wrote:
I know both of these people, and only ONE of them has the ability to cooperate, integrate, and work together with other people for the good of the district and the island at large. Pine would make an excellent Council member. I really hope she wins the election. . . . . And it would be really good for Berg to spend some time out of the spotlight. His continuous hissy fits please some, I know, but they're unproductive. AND he goes to work drunk - not just at APEC. Go listen to the archived recording of the Kapolei meeting week before last when he said, on camera, QUOTE, "I'm inebriated." . . .That doesn't serve the district in any way, but it does explain a lot.
on October 26,2012 | 03:12AM
wondermn1 wrote:
copperwire9= PRP=Witch hunt= dirty rotten politics=why they want PINE to rubber stamp the BS RAIL = Go Tom Berg Go
on October 26,2012 | 03:41AM
aomohoa wrote:
You got that right wondermn1!
on October 26,2012 | 10:11AM
kiragirl wrote:
Focus on the message and not the messenger. His delivery could use some polishing but his passion towards taxpayers cannot be beat.
on October 26,2012 | 05:36AM
bender wrote:
Really, goes to work drunk? What evidence do you have of that? It's easy to make such accusations when you are participating anonymously in a forum such as this.
on October 26,2012 | 07:07AM
copperwire9 wrote:
Go watch the video. It's online, about 2 hours in.
on October 26,2012 | 11:17AM
copperwire9 wrote:
Okay, here ya go - it's on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z1Pwz6dDCXw
on October 26,2012 | 11:20AM
autumnrose wrote:
What would YOU do if they wouldn't let you back in to get your CELL PHONE ?
on October 26,2012 | 09:44PM
jomama wrote:
...and you were a councilman with a big head and buzz on?
on October 26,2012 | 09:54PM
Truther wrote:
Call 911, call 911, help we're being threatened by a loud voice, the sky is falling and my rail payoff check is late this month.
on October 26,2012 | 07:19AM
Imagen wrote:
His constant hissy fits as you call it saved you and I millions! Take your pretty girl and let her spend YOUR money. I'd like to keep mine.
on October 26,2012 | 09:19AM
from_da_cheapseats wrote:
Berg is a drunk
on October 26,2012 | 04:00PM
hawaiinui wrote:
Come on Copperwire....Berg's quote "I'm inebriated" is not where Berg finished....he goes further to say,"I'm drenched, I'm soaked with all this input...." When you want to quote someone, at least, be truthful and finish the man's sentence. And if you KNOW both of them...why not defend Pine's excuse about why she didn't attend the session where Act 55 was voted on. Her grandma ill in the hosptial is lame, when those that "KNOW" her would really know she was on a booty call to the mainland with her hubby.
on October 26,2012 | 08:29PM
Kaleo744 wrote:
Sorry but PINE has no SPINE...Boy how she loves to twist the stories around get it right..tell the truth
on October 26,2012 | 03:59AM
allie wrote:
yup
on October 26,2012 | 06:39AM
Truther wrote:
Pine has done NOTHING for her constituents over the last year; she claimed she introduced 100 bills.

At the public forum on Wednesday she admitted she did not introduce ANY bills; she just coat-tailed on them.

She doesn't have the thinking skills or writing abilities to write and introduce a bill and doesn't belong in the City Council.


on October 26,2012 | 07:29AM
Imagen wrote:
I-Candy, nothing more here. Let's move on...
on October 26,2012 | 09:21AM
IEBuzzin wrote:
Puni.
on October 26,2012 | 10:35AM
Kaleo744 wrote:
PINE is s a true POLITICIAN the rubba stamp kind wonder whats her take from the unions,,
on October 26,2012 | 04:00AM
Kaleo744 wrote:
attended a community meeting with both pine and berg in attendance, and through out the whole meeting Pine had nothing to say,just sat there smiling away, what arrogance...
on October 26,2012 | 04:02AM
allie wrote:
There is big-time money behind her smile hon. Look behind the curtain to see what is really going on.
on October 26,2012 | 06:40AM
IEBuzzin wrote:
Pupuka.
on October 26,2012 | 10:35AM
aomohoa wrote:
When you say "hon" it's like nails on a black board and no one takes you serious. When you say that, it sounds condescending.
on October 26,2012 | 01:06PM
allie wrote:
it is an endearing term...north dakota style!
on October 26,2012 | 04:35PM
aomohoa wrote:
Not here! You have had many people that have told you it's annoying. If I ever go to ND I will use it, but here you need to be respectful of the people you live around.you .
on October 26,2012 | 08:07PM
LittleEarl_01 wrote:
"Pine supports the rail project, but said she is worried the endless quarrel over rail will again end without any solution for Leeward traffic tie-ups." Obvioucly she hasn't been staying on top of what's happening. From all angles, many including the city, State, and federal government all say that rail will, "do little, if anything," to alleviate our traffic congestion. Time to remove her beak from the public trough.
on October 26,2012 | 04:12AM
loquaciousone wrote:
Pine wants rail .. rail must go so PIne must go..
on October 26,2012 | 04:21AM
false wrote:
She is as Tea Party as they come. She is only being welcomed in because of her pro rail B.S. because that is the only way she can get financial support. She knows that being in the minority in the house will not get any of her bills passed as they never were. Talk about a one issue candidate rail, rail , rail. She claims to be fiscally responsible so why build this rail that this city cannot afford at the expense of the taxpayer.
on October 26,2012 | 11:40AM
allie wrote:
true
on October 26,2012 | 04:35PM
Smiley7 wrote:
We need more politicians like Tom Berg. The truth hurts, too bad! We've been spoon fed lies for so long, some can hardly recognize the truth when it's staring at them in the face. Auwe!
on October 26,2012 | 05:02AM
Kalaheo1 wrote:
""My biggest concern is to make sure that something, some project moves forward no matter what," Pine said.

That's exactly the sort of thinking that got us in this rail mess in the first place. We don't need "any project," we need sensibility and responsible thinking.

Tom Berg has challenged the status quo unlike any politician in recent memory.
on October 26,2012 | 05:08AM
Kalli wrote:
Pine is an opportunist. She sees the city council seat as a chance to only have to campaign every 4 years instead of every 2. Also she had a stiff fight against Rep. Rida Cabanilla when her district was reorganized. She has done nothing for her community except talk. She said she wanted to take the rail car contract from Ansaldo and have the cars made in Hawaii (by whom?). She is for rail but she knows that will leave 95% of residents without traffic improvements. She will say and do anything to win and do nothing after she does.
on October 26,2012 | 05:25AM
hawaiinui wrote:
Berg acknowledged he was drinking that evening but denied being drunk. Police said he was intoxicated....Good God, that would mean the police actually let him drive home DRUNK! Reason would dictate this to be true, right? Don't think so!!!! Wake up, just another opportunity to discredit the "thorn in the side" Berg who gets the work done for us.
on October 26,2012 | 08:32PM
akulepapiomoi wrote:
berg knows how to speak up but doesn't know when to shut up. similar to cayetano. both donkeys.
on October 26,2012 | 05:56AM
allie wrote:
both courageous
on October 26,2012 | 06:40AM
IEBuzzin wrote:
Both are lolo.
on October 26,2012 | 10:36AM
Imagen wrote:
Donkeys have very strong back bones; get your picture?
on October 26,2012 | 09:23AM
autumnrose wrote:
not both donkeys... BERG is elephant
on October 26,2012 | 09:48PM
ericryan808 wrote:
Pretty incomplete reporting. Berg has already pled GUILTY under oath to 2 of the 3 charges before him at the State Campaign Spending Commission. "Fabricated" complaint. Don't think so.
on October 26,2012 | 06:52AM
Truther wrote:
Sour grapes Eric Ryan please go crawl under the rock you came from. You got fired for cause, except it and move on with your life.
on October 26,2012 | 07:16AM
ericryan808 wrote:
Hey Philmund Lee. You're alive!! After you reportedly got fired by Berg for continuing to sleep at your desk rather than work on West Oahu's budget for Capital Improvement Projects (CIP's), nobody was sure what happened to you. But look at you now -- still posting for Berg in hopes of getting your job back.
on October 26,2012 | 07:52AM
Truther wrote:
Wrong again Mr. Ryan; do you ever get anything right; by accident you should be right at least one time out of a hundred. Talk about a train wreck.
on October 26,2012 | 04:39PM
ericryan808 wrote:
Nobody expected you to admit to your actual identity when caught, "Truther".
on October 27,2012 | 07:45AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
"My biggest concern is to make sure that something, some project moves forward no matter what,

That is a very bad attitude, The idea that anything is better than nothing is a sign of a person whose standards are very low and lacks the patience to do the job right. My contemporary Bill Shakeyspear said "full of sound and motion and signifying nothing."


on October 26,2012 | 07:03AM
bender wrote:
What other political contest gets this much coverage in the SA? I think it's obvious that the SA wants to boost Pine. The question is why would Pine give up a safe seat in the House of Representatives to run for City Council. It doesn't take much thought to recognize that special interests have convinced her to attempt to oust Berg in order to silence his criticism of rail. The only remaining question is what sort of payoff will Pine get?
on October 26,2012 | 07:04AM
aomohoa wrote:
Obvious SA is pro rail and pro union. We can give the union workers jobs with out rail. They can work on infrastructural. At least that will create local jobs and long term jobs, unlike rail. Rail creates very few local jobs.
on October 26,2012 | 10:19AM
Truther wrote:
Tom is not afraid to speak out. I am proud that we have such a councilman. We need more councilmen with backbones to make our government run effectively. Tom, no ka oi.
on October 26,2012 | 07:09AM
wondermn1 wrote:
I would say it looks like Tom Berg has this Blogs vote and I agree. Go Tom Berg Go
on October 26,2012 | 07:31AM
IEBuzzin wrote:
Not even.
on October 26,2012 | 10:38AM
soundofreason wrote:
""Tom Berg has created more division in our community than any other leader in Leeward Coast history," Pine said.>>> And in SO DOING, he has RAISED the public awareness of and WASTE of those who simply wish to go along with the crowd in order to "get along". The city council is MORE than aware of his presence and act more cautiously BECAUSE of his watchful presence. 'Bout damn time!
on October 26,2012 | 07:13AM
soundofreason wrote:
""Tom Berg has created more division in our community than any other leader in Leeward Coast history," Pine said.>>> And in SO DOING, he has RAISED the public awareness of and WASTE of those who simply wish to go along with the crowd in order to "get along". The city council is MORE than aware of his presence and act more cautiously BECAUSE of his watchful presence. 'Bout dammm time!
on October 26,2012 | 07:13AM
Publicbraddah wrote:
Sometimes you gotta shake the tree because the fruit is not falling. I like Tom to keep the rest of the clowns straight.
on October 26,2012 | 07:28AM
Ipo_Mom wrote:
Heh, Publicbraddah.. I think you're mixed up who the clown is...
on October 26,2012 | 08:04AM
kiragirl wrote:
Harimoto?
on October 26,2012 | 08:37AM
wondermn1 wrote:
Or is it Chang, or Martni, It appears as the 3 are all rubber stampers watch the video's We all Know Garcia's on the take witht he Chamber. If Pine wins look outr for your wallet as you can bet she will get into it. Go Tom Berg Go. PRP is afraid of Tom Berg and Ben Cayetano because they put US first and won't let litttle brown envelopes of Love get the vote. ( We the people) Go Tom Go
on October 26,2012 | 10:09AM
Shh wrote:
Me too! The Leeward side should be proud to have him as a leader. They have the type of leader that will fight for the people and not afraid to speak his mind. Isn't that what we want in those that run for office?! I hope we have more candidates like him. I would vote for them! Tired of those that follow the rest of the pack and the people's voices get ignored. Great job Tom!
on October 26,2012 | 01:09PM
nalogirl wrote:
Berg tells it like it is and he says exactly the things that I feel. Go Tom Go!!!
on October 26,2012 | 09:31AM
IEBuzzin wrote:
Go back where he came from.
on October 26,2012 | 10:37AM
krusha wrote:
Berg is a crazy nut case. I'm surprised if anybody still supports him, especially the people in his district. If you can't even support your district and help out your constituents with the projects they desperately need, then why the hell are you running for office in the first place? Maybe Berg can get into the law field instead since he would fit in perfect there spouting his mouth off in court.
on October 26,2012 | 09:44AM
wondermn1 wrote:
I think the proper phrase would be fighting to save the people of Honolulu froma bunch of rubber stampers who are probably getting little brown envelopes of love. R U that Naive to think that is not what is happening WAKE UP KRUSHA & LANAULULANI. Go Tom Berg Go
on October 26,2012 | 10:13AM
aomohoa wrote:
Fortunately it looks like you are one of the few people ,on this blog, that does not believe Berg is the best candidate. Now I just hope all these talkers get out and vote for BERG. Is sure did:)
on October 26,2012 | 10:21AM
LanaUlulani wrote:

Just be careful with Tom Berg. He used to work for Kym Pine.

Now he is stabbing her in HER back. He will do it to the PEOPLE too.


on October 26,2012 | 09:45AM
aomohoa wrote:
How about the thought that she is stabbing him in the back. They were on the same team now SHE wants his job. There are two sides as you can see.
on October 26,2012 | 10:23AM
hawaiinui wrote:
You better get a vantage point Lana...knife is in the back of Berg who is doing a great job and is runnning circles around the plastic face puppet of the unions bigwigs. Watch the members pull this on off for the Berg man.
on October 26,2012 | 08:36PM
SteveToo wrote:
Pine is a LOLO. Heard her on the radio supporting RAIL and that she wanted to see the rail cars manufactured here in Hawai`i. Yea right gonna make a couple dozen cars and build a multi-million dollar factory. Baboozzz
on October 26,2012 | 09:45AM
aomohoa wrote:
So now we have an Italian company, own by a Libyan company that is going bankrupt. So much for your ideas coming true Pine. Of course she just said that for votes.
on October 26,2012 | 10:25AM
false wrote:
She's believes in fiscal responsibility. LOL
on October 26,2012 | 11:46AM
Mythman wrote:
No, no, the plan is to retrain the OHA trustees, using federal money, to become experts in fabricating rail cars, instead of fabricating being so called Hawaiians, like Kam Schools "Hawaiians". They gonna put up tents on the beach and use a new process invented by Think Tech Hawaii that changes sand to steel using geothermal energy, invented secretly by OTEC and patented by the U of H and HTDC. It's true. Kim is in on the insider secrets abut this. Trust me.
on October 26,2012 | 01:24PM
Wardog wrote:
Stupid!
on October 26,2012 | 10:16PM
kainalu wrote:
It's District 1. Other than those that actually live in District 1, nobody else really cares - out of sight/out of mind. The past half-century, this State and the city of Honolulu has had an agenda to suburbanize the Ewa Plain, Central Oahu, and Leeward Coast. I know - I moved into Makakilo in September of '65. Now that they've packed us out here, they could care less about our quality of life.
on October 26,2012 | 09:57AM
aomohoa wrote:
Pine will back developing more and more!
on October 26,2012 | 01:11PM
IEBuzzin wrote:
Puni.
on October 26,2012 | 10:35AM
aomohoa wrote:
IEBUZZIN. don't comment unless you really have something meaningful to say.
on October 26,2012 | 04:48PM
twosense wrote:
Who authored this article? It is obvious this is slanted toward Pine. Pine is a crowd pleaser, not a leader, and there is enough of that in the City Council. Tom is fulfilling his duties as a true representative for his constituents. Pine's comment about pushing forward..."no matter what..."' is disturbing, particularly when it affects us already-burdened taxpayers. Keep fighting for us, Tom.
on October 26,2012 | 10:43AM
CouncilmanBerg wrote:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZXBTe1fy0dI
on October 26,2012 | 10:50AM
tutunona wrote:
I am not in his distrct but appreciate all that he does, what a thinking mind....see him on Olelo for the council mtgs. appreciate his thinking along with Cachola, Garca and my rep. in town here,.,.,.,.,.,.they seem to be the only thinking and working people on the ciouncil..........Mahalo Nui........Go Berg Go
on October 26,2012 | 10:58AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Berg advanced the idea of re-purposing shipping containers to be developed as transitional housing for homeless. That is more than the rest of the Council did as a group. Fact is, off the wall ideas are not bad. The delicate sensibilities of wussies like Chang and Harimoto do not much impress me. I like some guts and growl and I don't even mind a fight or two among my council members. The quiet little backstabbers with over sized ambitions worry me.
on October 26,2012 | 11:35AM
Shh wrote:
Me too! Can't wait to see what he fights for next!
on October 26,2012 | 01:12PM
copperwire9 wrote:
I posted this in response to someone else's comments in this string, but here it is, separately: Mr. Berg saying, on camera, at a Council meeting in Kapolei about 2 weeks ago, "I'm inebriated." http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z1Pwz6dDCXw
on October 26,2012 | 11:23AM
Mythman wrote:
Hiccup, I'm writing this while drunk.
on October 26,2012 | 01:25PM
AmbienDaze wrote:
i'll drink to that.
on October 26,2012 | 02:46PM
hawaiinui wrote:
Watch the WHOLE program pass the 1:17 portion of the tape....dummy!
on October 27,2012 | 05:17PM
fka wrote:
If I was living in Berg's district,I would definitely vote for him! He speaks his mind and serves his contituents well. Another great reason I would vote for him is that he is totally against the rail. GO BERG GO!
on October 26,2012 | 11:35AM
Eagle156 wrote:
If Cayetano and Berg fail to get elected then Honolulu will continue its plunge into bankruptcy.
on October 26,2012 | 12:28PM
Mythman wrote:
This fallacy will come back to haunt you.
on October 26,2012 | 01:26PM
loquaciousone wrote:
If Pine and Hirono got into an IQ contest it would be a dead heat and IQ total for the two added together wouldn't reach 3 digits.
on October 26,2012 | 12:38PM
hanoz808 wrote:
go Berg go!
on October 26,2012 | 12:51PM
Mythman wrote:
No No - "No Matter What". Tom and Ben - Ben and Tom. Kim: better luck next time.
on October 26,2012 | 01:14PM
Wazdat wrote:
What a dummy, Pine says. "Some project ANY project" Oh great just waste more taxpayers money. clueless

WE DONT NEED THIS KIND OF PERSON REPRESENTING US.

GO BERG GO


on October 26,2012 | 01:16PM
konag43 wrote:
berg needs to clean up his own life and how he acts before he can clean others peoples lifes and problems. just because you make a scene and yell louder then others does not mean you are politically correct or have the best ideas. i detest drunks and especially disorderly drunks.. they have no place in hawaii government.
on October 26,2012 | 03:08PM
konag43 wrote:
this is to the person who said inouye should retire. appears you know nothing about politics listen people. iouye is the big guns behind all the federal money that comes to hawaii and that's alot, that give local people jobs. when he retires look for starving babies because the money will be directed elsewhere.
on October 26,2012 | 03:38PM
saywhatyouthink wrote:
Do you want bad or worse?
on October 26,2012 | 04:35PM
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