Would that candidate have waited 77 days to tell the public details of that plan? Of course not. A candidate committed to transparency and respectful of the electorate would have announced those details on Day 1 of the campaign or surely within a couple weeks.
He or she wouldn’t wait three months to roll out the plan, yet that’s what Mr. Cayetano is doing while his team tries to make the case that adding more buses to already crowded streets and highways will actually improve conditions for traffic-weary commuters.
No wonder it’s taking so long. That’s a tough sell, one made even tougher by the years of criticism Cliff Slater, now a member of the Cayetano team, threw at BRT. The Internet Age makes it easy to find those criticisms – including Mr. Slater’s "farce" description of the Harris BRT scheme.
Continue claiming a rail line 30 feet above surface traffic will destroy the city’s character while ignoring the current and planned skyrises 10 times or more taller.
Continue asserting will divert resources away from the city’s emergency services, a claim disputed by those providers.
In other words, continue the magician’s trick of distracting the audience with flourishes over here while setting up the trick over there.
Seventy-seven days into his campaign, Mr. Cayetano’s bus plan fits the description folks once used for Oakland, CA: “There’s no there there.”
People are starting to talk about what the Star-Advertiser called Mr. Cayetano’s “disservice” to the community by sewing “seeds of doubt rather than informing people responsibly. Honolulu residents, and voters in the mayoral election, deserve better.”
Keeping the public in the dark about his new/old bus plan is a pattern they definitely do not deserve.