Rail Boss Need Not Be A Supporter?

February 29th, 2012
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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? :roll: *

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".

Sadly, garans-ball-barans s/he will probably leave to da next "challenge" in his/her life but we're stuck wit da rail........... for LIFE.








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28 Responses to “Rail Boss Need Not Be A Supporter?”

  1. M:

    First!


  2. M:

    I'm wit you BL! WWD!


  3. che:

    The transportation allowance is fine because:

    1. Rail won't be finished in 3 years
    2. CEOs rarely catch the bus
    3. Even if rail was here he won't be living in a location that can access rail.


  4. che:

    Sadly, garans-ball-barans s/he will probably leave to da next "challenge" in his/her life but we're stuck wit da rail........... for LIFE.

    Sadly, most of the politicians who fought to get rail approved resigned from office shortly after getting the rail approved to da next "challenge".


  5. che:

    Man I sound negative. I'm not really for or against rail because I don't know enough about rail or any other alternatives. Because this is such a big problem I am concerned about what is going on.

    my disclaimer.

    Have a good one. :)


  6. Masako:

    I got really pissed when I read about the Ceo, not so much the salary but the housing allowance, 3 grand a month is more than the average person in Hawaii makes. And he is getting that in addition to 20 grand a month. Its just disgusting.

    I've seen how well rail can work in places like New York, Japan and San Francisco but the key is that in those cities the rail is accessable to everyone. Here in Hawaii only people living out Leeward side make out. I think most people will still drive thier cars anyway rather than take the rail. Its just sad that all this money is being spend and only a minority will benefit from it.

    Another thing about the rail is they plan to use the honor system instead of having gates to enter and leave the stations. They going lose money big time.


  7. tsboy:

    vote Cayetano. thats the only way we can stop the rail. rail is going to break Honolulu and probably all of Hawaii, fiscally. its a big, dark hole that we will never be able to fill. the politicians that got us into this mess should be run out of town.


  8. VB fan:

    According to the news this CEO was forced to resign from his former job because of the financial trouble and some questionable leadership. If the federal money does not come, Honolulu rail will be in financial trouble also.
    Yes let us put Cayetano for Mayor. He has a better plan to solve traffic.


  9. rayboyjr:

    :cool: Good Morning Everyone!!! :cool:

    ... hey Braddah Lance ... not so sure rail is a done deal ... there's still potential for it to go bye bye ... at least that's what I'm hoping ... I am opposed to the project ... mostly because I don't want to see this island covered in steel and concrete ...

    ... and yes, I'll endure the projected traffic mess that's coming ... if I have to sit in traffic, I'll sit in traffic ...

    ... I don't mind so much the salary and perks ... because it is a multi-billion dollar project ... as a exorbitant as it seems ... I didn't expect anything different ...

    ... but yeah, although we might not have the expertise to build it ... I would have expected that we'd have someone from here who could run the damn thing ... surely, we have qualified people ... don't we ... it's a shame if we don't ...

    ... Have a Good One Everyone ...


  10. M:

    Even after it's built how is the city going to maintain it? We can't even maintain our facilities and parks right now.


  11. B:

    agree with you all the way! after 3 years then what? extend his contract and give pay raise? I strongly believe we are not getting all the facts of rail building. and it began when we had to vote for it.


  12. jjay:

    We're not stuck with this stupid ,lambasted, ugly, poorly outlayed project called Rail, too costly , we will stop this now . Support Ben, the only one with common sense. Rapid Bus , which is flexible ,cost conscious, and a system that can be changed constantly is the way to go, I no longer support rail, the more you read about it and educate yourself, the more you will come to terms that this monstrosity is not the way to go.


  13. NH:

    I believe the travel allowance is to visit other municipalities. In other words - plane tickets, hotel, car, not sure if per diem is included. Sill the compensation package is a JOKE!


  14. KonaGold:

    36k a year for housing?! Let'em use the UH President's house, it's empty, we already pay 5k a month for her to rent some place else. We maintain and pay for the UH house put his okole in there.


  15. roach:

    BL,

    IF the rail is ever built, it's going to become a high priced tourist train. I can see tourist from Waikiki riding it to Kapolei & back while enjoying the view. I could be wrong but I cannot see it being used the people that work at Pearl Harbor, Pearlridge, and downtown. Maybe people at the airport and Waikiki could use it but not for the majority of the working class. I'm really glad that I'm retired and won't have to deal with major traffic jams during the construction phase. Maybe I'll join the tourist and ride it back & forth between Waikiki & Kapolei. Wait, where am I going to leave my car?


  16. Buckaloose:

    @che: The transportation allowance is not fine. They're paying him $245k a year which would be mostly pure profit for him. Tell him to buy his own car and pay for his own airline tickets since its for his own personal use! Its not like he can't afford it.


  17. anklebiters:

    Our first Light Rail CEO had a $253,555 annual salary - will be remembered for opening the longest new light-rail line in the country on time, under budget in his 6 year stint.

    The just newly hired CEO's salary is $235,000, plus benefits....don't know what they are but he has a $25,000 a year performance bonus and $40,000 a year in deferred compensation.

    Working for HART and receiving a transportation allowance :?: What is that in, bus tokens :?: A Prius or Chevy Volt :?:

    $5K/month in housing allowance...what neighborhood will that get you in :?:


  18. anklebiters:

    Masako:

    They have fare inspectors who will check for a valid fare media when exiting - the costs of a citation plus court fees range from $70 - $500....all day fare is $3.50.


  19. anklebiters:

    Masako:

    I meant, WE have fare inspectors for our light rail riders. Don't know what the citations would cost for HART.


  20. King Katonk:

    Good Morning Fellow Kwonics/Lanceformers,

    I think the HART rail system can benefit the people if it is intelligently planned and executed. But who am I kidding? This is a government project.

    Since the CEO will receive a housing allowance the contract should stipulate that he can only live in Kapolei. That way he can observe first-hand the nightmare commute folks experience driving into town. I wonder if the transportation allowance covers gas? He’s going to need every dime.


  21. SASSY7:

    BL...I agree with you on his salary, housing allowance, travel and so forth...and I whole heartly agree with you on him needing to live on the island for a period or even having a true essence of what the community is going to go thru. So why cant it be anyone from the islands....we have very capable people there...Who was the mayor for it??? Why not have him get behind his project now??? Those perks given going give him a life style....what about you BL...you book savy...you know how to manage...you like me start your campaign!!....Vote BL!!...Vote BL....He akamai....honest...and effective!!! lets do it!


  22. zzzzzz:

    "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. "

    BL, this is one of the problems. First Mufi, and now Carlisle, don't care about our ideas. They decided how they want to do it, and they're going to do it, no matter what makes sense or what we think.

    Did you ever go to any of their public meetings when they were doing stuff like planning the route? I did, and it was pretty clear to me that the only public comment they were interested in was comments that affirmed their choices.


  23. che:

    zzzzzz very interesting.


  24. 9thIslandGirl:

    I think rail is probably too far gone in the process to stop because contracts have already been signed, etc. I'm totally against rail right now. We are not going to be able to afford the cost of it or the maintenance for it. Our taxes are going to soar and I doubt the usage will justify the cost


  25. Braddah Lance:

    M:
    First!

    And Da Quote of Da Day.....
    “Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.”
    ― Dr. Seuss

    I'm wit you BL! WWD!

    Wea we going?
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    che:
    The transportation allowance is fine because:
    1. Rail won't be finished in 3 years
    2. CEOs rarely catch the bus
    3. Even if rail was here he won't be living in a location that can access rail.

    Can't really tell but I'm guessing you're being sarcastic. :grin:

    Sadly, most of the politicians who fought to get rail approved resigned from office shortly after getting the rail approved to da next "challenge".

    It's a nevah ending battle.

    my disclaimer.

    Mine too. :razz:
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    Masako:
    I got really pissed when I read about the Ceo, not so much the salary but the housing allowance, 3 grand a month is more than the average person in Hawaii makes. And he is getting that in addition to 20 grand a month. Its just disgusting.

    He's just visiting. :roll:

    Its just sad that all this money is being spend and only a minority will benefit from it.

    I tink das still yet to be seen. It's a gamble rail supporters are banking on. There's CHOKE people from Waipahu on through da West side and we all know it... da question is will they be - as you said as well - be willing to give up their cars at least during da work week.

    Another thing about the rail is they plan to use the honor system instead of having gates to enter and leave the stations. They going lose money big time.

    Now das a big joke. I guess da City just has money to give away yeah?
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    tsboy:
    the politicians that got us into this mess should be run out of town.

    If there was a way I'd really love to hear it cause I don't hear too much about da "good" ones.

    E Komo Mai to WWD! tsboy!
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    VB fan:
    If the federal money does not come, Honolulu rail will be in financial trouble also.

    We aren't already? :lol: But rogah dat, no federal "bailout" and I see da general excise tax going up.

    Yes let us put Cayetano for Mayor. He has a better plan to solve traffic.

    I'm all for a wide spread and multiple choice of candidates but if Cayetano is only there to stop rail then I hope that isn't what only does. He practically said so himself that he's only running cause the constiuents he was backing backed out.

    E Komo Mai to WWD! VB fan! It's cool to see new Lurkahs coming out. :grin:
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    rayboyjr:
    ... hey Braddah Lance ... not so sure rail is a done deal ... there's still potential for it to go bye bye ... at least that's what I'm hoping ... I am opposed to the project ... mostly because I don't want to see this island covered in steel and concrete ...

    Da only way rail is going down - imho - is dat there has to be a monstrous show of support to kill it. Right now I'd say it swings a little towards building it. And I totally agree dat I don't want to see our aina covered in steel and concrete. Just look at Kamehameha Hwy from Pearlridge through Pearl City with da eyesore of a fence right through and already there's graffiti and cut holes. :roll:

    ... I don't mind so much the salary and perks ... because it is a multi-billion dollar project ... as a exorbitant as it seems ... I didn't expect anything different ...

    I expected da ludicrous salary but not da "ironic" perks.
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    M:
    Even after it's built how is the city going to maintain it? We can't even maintain our facilities and parks right now.

    But we have da honor system..... everyone will throw their trash away in da trash bins, pay their fare, flush da toilet, keep it spotless and da homeless promises to not inhabit da transit areas. :roll:
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    B:
    agree with you all the way! after 3 years then what? extend his contract and give pay raise?

    Probably... inflation and all. :roll:
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    jjay:
    We're not stuck with this stupid ,lambasted, ugly, poorly outlayed project called Rail, too costly , we will stop this now .

    Well the cry has been said that we're already in too deep......

    Rapid Bus , which is flexible ,cost conscious, and a system that can be changed constantly is the way to go, I no longer support rail, the more you read about it and educate yourself, the more you will come to terms that this monstrosity is not the way to go.

    You'd hope that all da powers dat be (both sides) with their research, stats and watevah hold a giant forum for ALL to attend, listen and decide. Not da kine itty bitty meet at da elementary school cafeteria kine crap.

    Wow! Annodah Lurkah coming out! E Komo Mai to WWD! jjay!
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    NH:
    I believe the travel allowance is to visit other municipalities. In other words - plane tickets, hotel, car, not sure if per diem is included. Sill the compensation package is a JOKE!

    Hmm, I not too surah about dat. Usually a business will expense those kines of expenditures instead of "compensating". Just like how our "leaders" take trips to China, Japan and other countries, they are not "compensated" but those are expensed in da books.

    E Komo Mai to WWD! NH! Anoddah Lurkah coming out........ WWD!
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    KonaGold:
    36k a year for housing?! Let'em use the UH President's house, it's empty, we already pay 5k a month for her to rent some place else. We maintain and pay for the UH house put his okole in there.

    Hey! Rogah dat! Out of sight out of mind about da UH President's hale. Now das a great idea!

    E Komo Mai to WWD! KonaGold! Geez, dis must be a WWD! record for Lurkah sightings. :lol:


  26. Braddah Lance:

    roach:
    Maybe I'll join the tourist and ride it back & forth between Waikiki & Kapolei. Wait, where am I going to leave my car?

    Ha ha ha! :lol: Maybe there's a money making scheme to work on there. Dunno wat it is but I'm surah someone will tink of something.
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    Buckaloose:
    @che: The transportation allowance is not fine. They're paying him $245k a year which would be mostly pure profit for him. Tell him to buy his own car and pay for his own airline tickets since its for his own personal use! Its not like he can't afford it.

    I tink che was just being sarcastic but I do agree dat wit his salary he can most definitely pay for his own housing and vehicle even if both are leased. Seriously, nearly $15k (taxes, of course) a month.... who can't live off of dat???

    E Komo Mai to WWD! Buckaloose! Love your tag!
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    anklebiters:
    Working for HART and receiving a transportation allowance What is that in, bus tokens A Prius or Chevy Volt

    I hope it's in bus tokens. :lol:

    $5K/month in housing allowance...what neighborhood will that get you in

    Well he could get two houses in my neighborhood........

    They have fare inspectors who will check for a valid fare media when exiting - the costs of a citation plus court fees range from $70 - $500....all day fare is $3.50.

    $3.50 or $500........... you don't have to be a rocket scientist.... unless you're a CEO wea $500 is pocket change.
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    King Katonk:
    I think the HART rail system can benefit the people if it is intelligently planned and executed. But who am I kidding? This is a government project.

    LMAO!

    Since the CEO will receive a housing allowance the contract should stipulate that he can only live in Kapolei. That way he can observe first-hand the nightmare commute folks experience driving into town.

    Now dat is a very excellent idea!
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    SASSY7:
    Those perks given going give him a life style.

    Rogah dat! I mean seriously, can you see anybody making six figures annually riding ANY public transportation? Then how can you expect someone like that to solve or manage da problems dat should I dare say, da working class, has.

    ...what about you BL...you book savy...you know how to manage...you like me start your campaign!!....Vote BL!!...Vote BL....He akamai....honest...and effective!!! lets do it!

    Unfortunately those traits aren't wat gets you elected. :roll:
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    zzzzzz:
    BL, this is one of the problems. First Mufi, and now Carlisle, don't care about our ideas. They decided how they want to do it, and they're going to do it, no matter what makes sense or what we think.

    Do you get a sense that's they get a thrill out of the show instead of serving?

    Did you ever go to any of their public meetings when they were doing stuff like planning the route? I did, and it was pretty clear to me that the only public comment they were interested in was comments that affirmed their choices.

    Sadly, no. But I did notice that it did seem "pro-rail". Perry & Price even says that political groups actually hire people to stand in and/or speak at those kines of meetings.
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    9thIslandGirl:
    I think rail is probably too far gone in the process to stop because contracts have already been signed, etc.

    I really wonder how much the "opt-out" fees are. :shock:

    Our taxes are going to soar and I doubt the usage will justify the cost

    Wit dat being said I tink TheBus will get hit because logically you have to assume that TheBus ridership will not be da same so can they justify running da same amount of bus routes? Will dat lead to a layoff?


  27. che:

    BL I was being sarcastic about the auto allowance but not about the politicians. Most of the politicians who fought for rail didn't even finisht their term that they were elected to serve.


  28. M:

    Guud morning BL!
    Happy FGF!