Oh, here's a news flash:
The most heavily traveled areas on Kauai are from the Kukui Grove Shopping Center to the Lihue Airport, and from Wailua to Kapaa.
Yup, Kauai County spent good money digging up that closely guarded secret, evident only to those who actually creep through that tangled traffic.
The study found that there are too many cars on the road.
Ya don't say?
And still more:
The goal by 2035, when it comes to transit, is to increase transit trips from today’s 1 percent of travel to 4 percent, and to update fare collection technology and structures.
So the county wants to impose a ½ percent GET surcharge, which would generate $5 million annually for the bus system over the next 10 years, with the lofty goal of a 3 percent increase in ridership. Wow.
Meanwhile, as tourism continues to expand, the increase in rental car traffic will easily offset those paltry gains. Because Council Chair Mel Rapozo is right when he says visitors want cars because they want to explore. After all, aren't we now being marketed as “Island of Discovery?”
Hello.... Got some major disconnects going on here.
Like Councilman Gary Hooser's comments to The Garden Island on the county's proposed lobbyist registration bill:
"I am concerned about Honolulu lobbyists and these guys with big budgets behind them that go all over the state lobbying."
Oh, but it's no problem when Kauai lobbyists, like Hooser, go all over the state.
“Why would a lobbyist give a gift to us unless it was to reward or influence? Whether it’s a lunch or a trip, a person paid to influence government shouldn’t give gifts to elected officials."
Yeah, so tell us again, Gary, why you accepted that free trip to Switzerland, and why your HAPA groups takes money from Center for Food Safety and its registered lobbyists.
And still more:
“I’d prefer you couldn’t be a lobbyist and be on any commission."
But being a lobbyist and a Councilman – well, that's A-OK, in Gary's view.
Meanwhile Gary's HAPA has launched an on-line petition “demanding” — you can never ask politely if you're an anti, you must always “demand,” like you're fricking entitled to get exactly what you want this instant and screw everyone else — that “Our Leaders Take Action to Protect Hawai`i from Pesticides Now!”
Why now? you might ask.
Well, because they already lost big on one bill at the Lege, prompting them to unleash a vicious attack on Rep. Clift Tsuji of the Big Island. And now the Kauai Joint Fact Finding Group on pesticides is preparing to —finally — release its report on March 10.
So Gary and his colleagues at Center for Food Safety and Earthjustice are ramping up their coordinated efforts to make big hay while the Legislature is still in session.
Of course, they might run into a bit of resistance with this particular “demand,” which oversteps, even for them:
Require pesticide free 'protection zones' around all schools, hospitals, and homes.
So no more ant spray, cockroach traps, weed killer, flea control, worming medication, termite control....
I love watching these guys shoot themselves in the foot.