Honolulu judge rules in favor of anti-rail petition

Mon, Aug 18 2008

A Honolulu judge ruled Thursday that the city clerk’s office must accept an anti-rail petition.

Members of Stop Rail Now say they believe the ruling paves the way to allow Oahu residents to vote on a proposed ordinance this fall that reads, “Honolulu mass transit shall not include trains or rail.”

Circuit Court Judge Karl Sakamoto’s decision means the city clerk must accept and verify within 20 days whether Stop Rail Now has gathered a sufficient number of valid signatures.

City Clerk Denise De Costa had argued the petition was delivered too late to be placed on the Nov. 4 ballot.

Stop Rail Now said it has collected more than 49,000 signatures and will deliver the petition Thursday afternoon.