Senator Could Give Hoopili Opponents Clout

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When opponents tried to stop the Hoopili development in its tracks two weeks ago, they were outmanned and outgunned.

Soon, they may have reinforcements.

Powerful state Sen. Clayton Hee told Civil Beat Tuesday he's seriously considering intervening in the docket, and already has approval from Senate President Shan Tsutsui to use an attorney assigned to Hee's Judiciary Committee to help. While he can't and won't speak for the full Senate, Hee would certainly add clout to the opponents' camp.

While he limited his testimony before the Land Use Commission on June 30 to the procedural matter at hand and developer D.R. Horton-Schuler-Homes' dependence on the as-yet-not-guaranteed rail project, he said Tuesday his opposition to the project stems from decades of watching agriculture take a back seat to other economic drivers.

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