Carlisle is definitely not getting my vote for mayor
July 4th, 2012 ∑ 9 Comments ∑ Campaigns, Consumer issues, Politics
Kaaawa: We were walking past Kaaawa Elementary School one recent morning and I stopped for this photo to demonstrate some of the reasons I wonít vote to reelect Peter Carlisle as mayor. I took the picture while standing in front of the school along Kamehameha Highway looking back up towards the mountains.
First, thereís the shelter at the bus stop. Thatís the bus stop that is now being served only once an hour, if youíre lucky and nothing goes wrong along the route. Itís bad enough for regular riders who need to get somewhere. Itís far worse for bicycle riders. Several times Iíve seen bike riders patiently waiting for the next bus, only to find that the bus rack is already full, and our buses arenít equipped to handle any additional bikes. So now they either wait for another hour and hope for the best, or give up and forget the planned trip.
Second. Just beyond the bus stop is an empty spot where no grass is growing. Thatís where our white recycling bin was placed, at least until a couple of weeks ago when it disappeared, as the mayor promised. Those bins were heavily used at this school, and thereís a lot of unhappy people about their removal. Some parts of Kaaawa donít get curbside recoiling pickups, including the section where we live, so this is a major loss for us.
Third. Carlisleís administration has been far too compliant with development plans farther up the coast in Laie, Malaekahana, and Turtle Bay. As he has done with rail, Carlisle has staked out a simplistic, ďdevelopment is our futureĒ approach.