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Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted January 8, 2022
Hotel moratorium bill: Maui Council Overrides Veto
Aloha Stadium Gravy Train: Tickets on Sale Now $25
KHON: …As the Aloha Stadium closes in on its demolition day as early as late 2022, the Hawaii Society of Business Professionals (HSBP) will be hosting a panel to discuss plans for the stadium and its 73 acres surrounding it.
The virtual webinar will be live on Thursday, Jan. 20, from 12 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. After registering for the event, a virtual meeting link will be provided.
“A redevelopment of this magnitude brings many potential opportunities for local businesses,” said HSBP President Warren Miyake.
Topics discussed in the meeting will focus on community needs, challenges being faced and how businesses can be involved.
Tickets to attend the meeting will be $25 for the public. For members of HSBP and the Hawaii Association of Realtors, tickets will be $10.
Featured speakers will include Hawaii State Sen. Glenn Wakai, Chair of the Aloha Stadium Board Ross Yamasaki and the State of Hawaii Public Works Administrator Chris Kinimaka….
KHON: Construction on new Aloha Stadium to break ground in 2023, Hawaii senator calls for urgency
read … Virtual meeting will be held to discuss plans before Aloha Stadium’s possible demolition day in late 2022
Rail Operating Cost may be $150M per Year
SA Joe Uno: … proposed operations and maintenance (O&M) costs … could be as much as $150 million a year….Update the ridership projections. The current ridership projections are based on a 2008 study projecting 2018 ridership numbers….
Members of the board should be ready to engage in frank, open and sometimes contentious discussions. They should not be there simply for “collegiality” or to “go along” with policies set by the leadership. This advice applies to HART’s hiring practices as well, being careful not to be seen as handing out favors to political insiders….
Elect independent City Council members in this year’s races for Districts 2, 4, 6 and 8 ….
read … My New Year’s resolutions for the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation
Pandemic-caused shutdown of state Capitol hurts public participation in our Legislature
Borreca: … for a third year in a row, voters are seeing the Democrat-controlled Legislature deny the public access to the state Capitol …
Opening up Hawaii’s government has long been an issue as the public repeatedly sought to gain access to meetings and reports. The legislative tactic usually is to deny the meeting took place, or to say it was not a formal meeting or one that included a formal decision. Now the door just doesn’t open to the public.
The public can go to ball games and movies — but watch or lobby in person while ideas and concepts become laws? Nope, legislative leaders call it just too risky….
CB: It’s Time To Reopen The Hawaii State Capitol
read … Pandemic-caused shutdown of state Capitol hurts public participation in our Legislature
One of Miske’s Hawaii Kai Homes Is For Sale, But He’s Unlikely To Get The Proceeds
CB: … The waterfront property has been encumbered by the federal government’s intent to seek its forfeiture if Miske is convicted on the charge of racketeering conspiracy….
ILind: This wasn’t Miske’s multimillion dollar home on the cliff overlooking Maunalua Bay. It was one of his other properties
read … Miske’s Hawaii Kai Home Is For Sale, But He’s Unlikely To Get The Proceeds
Hawaii’s high housing costs can be lessened
SA: … the city burdens developers with the cost of municipal infrastructure improvements to accommodate the additional housing — road widening, sewer capacity increases, water infrastructure, etc. Instead, the city could and should pay for such improvements and recover the costs through user fees charged to everyone….
read … Hawaii’s high housing costs can be lessened
Flushing of water system at Aliamanu and Red Hill to continue, Army says
SA: … Army officials responding to petroleum contamination of the Navy’s water system said science will dictate when displaced families will be notified it is safe to return to their homes.
During a Thursday evening town hall, members of the Army’s Task Force Ohana said flushing of the Navy’s water distribution system at the Aliamanu Military Reservation and possibly Red Hill communities, which together contain more than 1,600 homes, will continue until tests show the water is safe to use again.
The Navy’s Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam water system provides water to about 93,000 people, including those on the Army-run communities at Aliamanu and Red Hill….
SA Editorial: Navy must obey Red Hill order
read … Flushing of water system at Aliamanu and Red Hill to continue, Army says
Some Central Maui residents may see different voting districts
MN: … Commission redrawing district lines statewide in wake of census ….
read … Some Central Maui residents may see different voting districts
Interest is high now that electric guns are legal to buy and carry in Hawaii
SA: … The sale and possession of electronic guns became legal in Hawaii on Jan. 1, but it will be at least several weeks before they are available to the public.
A half-dozen gun shops contacted by the Honolulu Star-Advertiser said they are awaiting shipments of the weapons, expected to arrive later this month, and had not yet obtained licenses from county authorities.
Several of the dealers said they were still working on getting staff trained and meeting other licensing requirements, and there also seemed to be widespread confusion about certain aspects of the state’s new e-gun law, in particular the procedures for completing a sale.
That hasn’t stopped people from rushing to sign up for four-hour e-gun training classes at $200 and up….
read … Interest is high now that electric guns are legal to buy and carry in Hawaii
Young Brothers suspends some cargo shipments to Maui
MN: … Young Brothers is temporarily suspending some of its cargo shipments from Honolulu to Kahului — including dry and refrigerated goods, cars and livestock — after a COVID-19 outbreak left the company short staffed, the company and the county said Friday.
Young Brothers, a crucial supplier of goods between islands, said there would be no delays for scheduled sailings to and from Maui next week. However, the company is temporarily reducing cargo acceptance and delivery through next week “due to a COVID-related labor shortage.”
Of the roughly 33 Young Brothers employees at the Port of Kahului as of Friday, eight have tested positive for COVID-19, according to the company….
read … Young Brothers suspends some cargo shipments to Maui
Shapiro: Lesson from WWII: Fix democracy with more democracy
Shapiro: … Hawaii’s 1954 Democratic revolution has been well documented, marking the ouster of the ruling business oligarchy by returned nisei World War II veterans and others seeking a more equal society.
But this seminal uprising didn’t occur by spontaneous combustion, and relatively little has been written about those who laid the groundwork before and during the war….
“All grasped … that global history was taking a frighteningly dark turn,” Coffman writes. “As the military successes of fascism spread, Yoshida became an active voice for the view that democracy must save itself by a more genuine practice of democracy. Democracy needed more democracy.”
Which is an excellent prescription for confronting the frighteningly dark turn our country and world are taking today….
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read … Shapiro: Lesson from WWII: Fix democracy with more democracy
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