By Braddah Lance
After reading the article "Panel picks finalist to direct rail board" by B.J. Reyes in Sunday's paper, I'm perplexed about how the powers that be couldn't even figure out how contradictory the package is for the next CEO of the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART).
* Face it, we're gonna get rail no mattah wat so we either bettah stop bitchin' or offer up great ideas on how to make it benefit us. It'll take da whole island to join in unison to stop it cause no one is listening. And btw, have you seen da markings on Kamehameha Hwy for the drilling? Looks to me like we're losing driving lanes and traffic is going to really look like LA traffic. I thought da whole point of rail was to alleviate traffic? *
Back on topic.
We all know CEO "base salaries" are outrageous already and that part doesn't even faze me anymore but "his proposed three-year contract includes an annual base salary of $245,000, plus a $36,000-a-year housing allowance and a $6,000 annual transportation allowance, HART said. The proposal also includes the potential for a $35,000 annual performance bonus."
Did you catch it? Reread it and think about it.
It's kinda buried and an inconsequential amount compared to da rest of da "perks" but how you figgah da next CEO of HART going get one $6,000 transportation allowance?
Wassup Wit Dat!
Seriously? Our next "leader" of our future of transportation going get kala for buy one VEHICLE? Surah as heck he ain't buying a bus pass and unless da annual pass for rail is $6k, it ain't going there either.
It's exactly like saying da CEO of Pepsi drinks Coca-Cola or Ronald McDonald was seen eating a Jumbo Jack. Would you tink da Starbucks creator would be drinking a cup of joe from Dunkin' Donuts?
I totally understand hiring outside of Hawai'i for this position since it's something we've never had/done before but the contract appears that whoever is hired is not in it for the long haul and most definitely not fully vested in Hawai'i's future.
Basically, s/he could fulfill the 3-year contract and whether s/he succeeds or not, is still getting paid and then wat? We gotta get anoddah CEO and pay dat person bettah cause we gotta offer a "competitive and attractive package"?
Da "package" sounds like a hit a run cause da housing allowance is probably for a rental, da transportion allowance is probably for a lease and who cares about $35k wen you already banking $245k! Hang around for three years, make an awesome salary and live for "free" in Hawai'i - who WOULDN'T apply for dat job?
Wen a package is created for a position to lead Hawai'i's run to da future of Hawai'i nei - shouldn't dat person "live" Hawai'i instead of just visiting it? If we're all paying for something as monumental as this, I want someone who cares about our island, our community, our lifestyle and not just here doing a "job".