Court derails ballot initiative

Wed, Sep 24 2008

A state appeals court ruled against an anti-rail group, which has still not yet admitted defeat in its five-month- long attempt to create a ballot question to block the city’s proposed $4 billion rail transit project.

The state’s second-highest court yesterday rejected a motion by Stop Rail Now to order the city clerk to place its question on the November ballot asking voters to prohibit the city from building a rail or train system.

The court said granting the group’s request would have posed too much of a risk to voters since the City Council has already placed a related question on the ballot. Meanwhile, the group’s organizers say they are debating whether to appeal to the Hawaii Supreme Court or start campaigning against the city’s project.