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Coalition to hold press conference on proposed rail transit through downtown Honolulu

Coalition to hold press conference on proposed rail transit through downtown Honolulu ( Former Governor Ben Cayetano To Be Spokesperson - List of Concerned Organizations&Individuals Growing

HONOLULU: JANUARY 30, 2011 — A growing list of organizations and individuals in Honolulu will participate in a press conference on the steps of Honolulu Hale at 12:30 PM on Monday, January 31, 2011. The Honolulu residents are concerned about the visual effects of the heavy, elevated rail now being proposed through downtown Honolulu.
Pearl Johnson, Chair of the League of Women Voters-Honolulu Planning&Transportation Committee, said, “The City seems to have convinced the media that Rail Transit has permission to start construction — that 'it's over'. It's far from over. We are inviting any and all organizations and individuals who may want to join us at this event to do so. The following list of organizations and individuals are all keenly focused on protecting our historic downtown district and waterfront. This is the decisive point of no return and once gone, an irretrievable asset."
Current participants include:
- Numerous individual AIA architects
- Advocates For Consumer Rights
- Friends of Makakilo
- Hawaii's 1000 Friends
- Hoa'aina o Hawai'i'imiloa from Leeward Community College
- Donors of Irwin Park (represented by Michelle Matson)
- The League of Women Voters-Honolulu
- Life of the Land
- Oahu Farmland Alliance
- The Outdoor Circle
- Residents Along The Rail
We support the construction of a sensitive transit system through downtown Honolulu. We believe the City's proposed elevated heavy rail project will destroy mauka-makai view planes, create a physical barrier between the city and our famed waterfront and disturb Native Hawaiian burial grounds along its right-of-way. Also, we believe that the proposed system will be an intrusion on the landscape, will forever alter the character of the communities through which it is built and will negatively impact the lives of people who live and work in Honolulu's urban core. We consequently are united in our opposition to the construction of an elevated heavy-rail system through historic downtown Honolulu and strongly urge consideration of a less destructive and more neighborhood friendly system.

SCOTT FOSTER 808-988-0555 (O`ahu)

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