In June 2012, Civil Beat sent 10 questions to each of the candidates registered to run for Honolulu City Council District 1. All five responded, including Hawaii Rep. Kymberly Pine. The questions and answers are reproduced below in full, and will serve as a resource both to voters deciding whom to vote for at the Aug. 11 primary but also to constituents so they can hold Pine to her words should she be elected. To see how Pine’s responses compare to those from her competitors, click here. Click on each topic listed below to read Civil Beat’s question and Pine’s response.
1. Do you believe that Honolulu should proceed with the 20-mile elevated rail project from East Kapolei to Ala Moana Shopping Center? Why or why not?
Yes. The people of the Leeward Coast voted overwhelmingly in favor of this system. As a constitutionalist, I respect their decision. As a fiscal conservative and author of the $600 State Government Waste and Mismanagement Report I will make sure every dollar spent is scrutinized and every effort is made to lower the costs of the project and ensure that more Hawaii residents are employed by the project.
2. Should the city continue to send municipal solid waste to Waimanalo Gulch Landfill until it reaches capacity, should it site a new landfill elsewhere as soon as possible, or should it pursue a different path? Why?
Pursue a new landfill elsewhere and pursue a new path. We must make recycling a top priority eliminating the need for landfills. Other governments have successfully done this and we can too.