A lot of Oahu citizens do not like Kirk Caldwell, slam him in print and on the internet. Says they’ll absolutely not vote for him for governor in 2022.
They dislike him because of the train cost, the good-or-the-bad about closing B&Bs and TVUs, those Kahuku windmills so close to homes and a school, the “Sherwood Forest” plan, that Ala Moana Park playground fiasco, and his outside job as a bank director.
So yes, he deserves every shot that’s been aimed at him. He let both his Parks Department and Plans & Permitting become community jokes and really poorly run agencies with directors not up to the demands of the job.
But today, after his cogent explanation of a long-term plan to fight Covid-19 without summarily shutting down every source of employment or enjoyment, I saw his other side — an ability to tell us what must be done, how it’s to be done, and — finally — a common sense approach to rules and regulations for business, and the enforcement of emergency-order violations. There will be citations.
That idiotic”solo at the beach or in the park” thing is gone. We go to five people, all family related. You might have to carry ID cards for police verification if you’re 6+, but how else can it be done?
He’s reopening pools for lap swimming. It had made no sense to stop that and I think he simply let Gov. Ige walk all over him on that one. He’s re-opening restaurants at 50% authorized capacity and you must wear masks during “chat” periods before or after eating. I eat slower than my wife Denby so if she finishes she dons her mask. Only 5, family-related people at any table and with plenty of table separation. Optimum ventilation, which eliminates gyms, which remain closed.
He’s allowing movie theater reopening with 50% occupancy. Will we run back? No. See my column here tomorrow.
Bars and nightclubs? Closed and that’s good and he did not cave to pressure from the owners on this. Thank you.
And thank you for opening hair and nail salons. Never made much sense closing them so long as they used the CDC guidelines for sanitation.
My main kudos to Caldwell are for his way of speaking today, explaining to us exactly how we’ll handle openings and closing based on “tier” metrics of infection rates and community transmission. Science, not any of the Trump-like guesswork. And so much more well explained than anything we’ve gotten so far from Gov. Ige in his frequent news conferences.
Josh Green’s would-be-governor stock has been slipping in price recently. Caldwell’s made a major up-tick today.