Belated congratulations to former Star-Bulletin writer Burl Burlingame, who packed up his stuff and left the Star-Advertiser newsroom last week for a new job as curator of the Pacific Aviation Museum. Good on you, Burl.
And Ron Mizutani made some interesting comments as he prepares to leave the broadcast news business again,this time for a new job at Communications Pacific. His comments came during an appearance on PBS Hawaii’s Leahey & Leahey Wednesday night (by the way, it’s a local program I highly recommend).
Here’s the show–you can jump forward to Mizutani’s appearance, which begins about 15 minutes into the program.
One last media bit. Hawaii News Now reported yesterday on the critical tone that has slipped into Gov. Abercrombie’s talking points on rail. They referred to it as an “exclusive.”
Governor Abercrombie has been a staunch supporter of rail for four decades and fought for Congressional funding for years, but in an interview on Hawaii News Now Sunrise, he raised questions about the project’s current form.
“The difficulty right now is that the rail that’s proposed right now has nothing to do with what was stated before, going to the university, going into Waikiki, the transit-oriented development,” says Mr. Abercrombie.
The interview might have been exclusive, but the news certainly wasn’t.
Abercrombie’s rail criticism was reported here almost a month ago.
Here’s what I wrote back on April 18:
Then there’s the strange ambivalence of the administration. At the same time that the administration is gung ho for development, Gov. Abercrombie told people in a recent informal conversation that he backs both Ben Cayetano’s mayoral bid and Cayetano’s opposition to rail.
Abercrombie said he had favored the original rail plan for a system that would link Kapolei with Waikiki and the University of Hawaii’s Manoa campus, but that isn’t the system that is now being built, according to two people who were present.
Neil has sidestepped the public rail debate, but I think he could make a difference if he privately backs Cayetano.