Monday, March 12, 2007

Honolulu takes positive step

Honolulu HI - The Honolulu Advertiser reports that Honolulu Councilman Charles Djou has introduced a bill to bar any company that has had any corruption charges from being able to secure work on the recently approved mass transit project for the area.

A wise move. You can call me a skeptic but I've seen enough corruption over the decades, especially when it comes to expensive transit projects, that I question most every project that comes up. Djou's proposed bill would help keep the project on the up and up.

Now don't be fooled however. It won't reduce the cost of building the planned rapid transit line and in fact may actually cost the taxpayers more money. It's hard to say at this point in time but I am positive that it won't reduce costs. There will still be cost over runs on the project as well as unexpected expenditures.

The positive thing will be that the companies getting the work will be clean and without a history of bid rigging and corruption. It is important that the highly polarized project be viewed as being built with reputable companies.

While Djou's bill, if enacted, may be defeated in the courts, it sends a the needed message to the taxpayers that those that have been elected to run Honolulu don't want this project to be plagued by corruption charges.

A Laurel goes to Honolulu Councilman Charles Djou for putting forth the effort to keep this polarizing project on the up and up.

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