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Condemnation Policy Passed by Budget Chair Kobayashi

Resolution 169, introduced by councilmember Ann Kobayashi, would establish a council policy to suspend any council approval for acquisition of real property along the rail transit line. According to the resolution, a June 6, 2016, Federal Transit Administration (FTA) letter sent to the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART) and the administration criticized the lack of cost containment on the rail project, which has increased from an original project cost of $5.2B to $8.3B.

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Important MLS Status Changes

Prompted by member concerns, your HiCentral MLS Board leadership led a broker roundtable in April 2016

to discuss the relevance of the Active-Continue-to-Show (ACS) and Pending statuses. Brokers commented on the public's misunderstanding of the ACS and Pending statuses, which can lead to mistrust of REALTORS and the industry. After reviewing myriad suggestions from brokers, your HiCentral MLS Board has approved revising the listing statuses with more consumer-friendly language, which will become effective in January 2017, pending Matrix analysis and integration by CoreLogic:

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Manahan Introduces Road Rage Bill


Council Member Joey Manahan introduced Bill 50 in an attempt to reduce “road rage” on Oahu streets and highways. The bill specifically prohibits behaviors that provoke or aggravate incidents that threaten public health and safety. It was introduced on the heels of a recent action near Waikele that shut down multiple lanes and caused rush-hour gridlock to west Oahu.

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