HGEA Claims Another Pelt: DOCARE Chief Quits
Gay Divorce: Hawaii Supreme Court Gives Lesbian Control Over Another Lesbian's Baby
Maui 5th Lowest unemployment in USA, Oahu 7th
HSTA Members to be Target of Anti-Bullying Enforcement
SA: …For the first time, the policy aims to prevent bullying and harassment based not only on a student’s race, color, national origin or disability, but also on “sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, sex stereotyping, even if those acts do not involve conduct of a sexual nature, exhibiting what is perceived as a stereotypical characteristic for one’s sex or for failing to conform to stereotypical notions of masculinity and femininity, regardless of the actual or perceived sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression of the individuals involved.”…
In his written testimony, Honolulu pediatrician Dr. Robert Bidwell quoted a 1992 report to the state Legislature compiled by the Hawaii Gay and Lesbian Teen Task Force, of which he was chairman, “…teachers have quietly condoned or actively participated in the harassment….”
read … Gay Agenda
The state wants to open 6 ‘ohana zones’ for the homeless—No Tents Allowed
HNN: …While the state is still vetting sites, officials say the ohana zones will sit on state or county land and use existing buildings so each zone can get up and running quickly.
The state Legislature put up to $30 million of taxpayer money to get the project off the ground.
State homeless officials want to start with six ohana zones for the homeless — three on Oahu and one each on Kauai, Maui and Hawaii Island. More could be opened in the future.
Scott Morishige, the state’s homeless coordinator, said Gov. David Ige is not interested in using tents.
“The governor and myself have been clear that we have reservations about tent cities. About just setting up tents or tarps on vacant land and calling it a safe zone,” he said. “We’ve tried that before in the past in Hawaii. It hasn’t worked.” ….
Morishige’s vision is to make them a mixture of temporary and permanent housing with on-site support services.
“There’s a need for more long-term housing. More housing first, supportive housing type units to help get chronically homeless individuals quickly off the street,” he said. “As well as emergency crisis beds. So individuals who are encountered and may not immediately be able to go to shelter have a place to come in get stabilized.”….
The first ohana zone is expected to open in early January….
CB: The State Should Support Waianae’s Existing ‘Ohana Zone’
read … The state wants to open 6 ‘ohana zones’ for the homeless. (Just don’t call them tent cities)
HART Ridership Numbers Grossly Exaggerated
PBN: …I hope that city and HART officials have some time to read this week’s cover story, featuring nationwide data collected and analyzed by the American City Business Journal newsroom and updated here by the PBN team to highlight the data specific to Honolulu. What this report identifies — an overall ridership decrease of 7 percent on the nation’s rail and bus lines, a TK percent decline in ridership on Honolulu’s buses — should inspire some head scratching and maybe a thorough reassessment by the city of its ridership projections.
Our own local research reminded us that HART has revised its projected rail ridership downward before. In 2006, it projected 305,000 daily riders by 2030. Now, it projects 119,600 daily riders by 2030.
That may be too optimistic, too, given what we see happening across the country. Three years ago in this column, I pointed to research published by The Atlantic Monthly showing that small cities have an especially difficult time getting people into transit. “In most metro areas of less than 1 million people (Nashville has roughly 659,000),” the magazine wrote, “just 1.5 percent to 2.5 percent of residents use transit, according to David Hartgen, a emeritus transportation professor at the University of North Carolina Charlotte.”
According to a June 2018 report by the Hawaii state Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism, Honolulu is projected to have a population of 1,062,100 in 2035. If the observed maximum ridership for a town our size takes rail in 2035 — 2.5 percent of the population — that’s just 26,552 riders…..
PBN: Transit ridership falling nationally
read … Wondering about ridership
Two young girls hospitalized for Marijuana overdose
KHON: Two young girls were rushed to the hospital in serious condition for a possible drug overdose on Wednesday.
It happened at the McDonalds on Keaunui Drive, in an Ewa Beach shopping center.
Sources say the girls, ages 12 and 13, had a serious reaction to two dangerous drugs: "dab" and "spice." …
Sources say the girls used an e-cigarette to inhale the drugs. …
"Dab" is a highly concentrated form of THC, the main compound in marijuana. It's also called butane hash oil.
Doctor James Ireland says "spice" is considered a synthetic form of marijuana.
"They call it synthetic marijuana because it hits the same receptor. But it's so, so much more dangerous. It can result in tremors, seizures, delirium, confusion. Psychosis. Elevated heart rates, blood pressure," he explained.…
read … Two young girls hospitalized for possible drug overdose
Maui Liquor Commission Interferes with NRA Fundraiser
MN: … A gun auction fundraiser for the Maui Friends of NRA at the King Kamehameha Golf Club in Waikapu is moving forward after the Maui County Liquor Control Commission voted Friday to order organizers to replace the weapons with pictures of the firearms.
The Oct. 28 live and silent auction will have about 20 pistols, rifles and knives for sale. Funds raised will be used for college scholarships and to support Maui youth activities and education.
The Maui Police Department and liquor commissioners expressed concerns over the public auction and transporting of the weapons to a known location. Commissioners also worried about how many uniformed police officers would be present at the event and wondered why organizers did not show up to discuss their event at Friday’s meeting.
Anela Gutierrez, director of food and beverage at the golf club, appeared before the commission on behalf of the event organizers. She said no representatives from the Friends of NRA or Maui Ammo & Guns were present because they were not required to be at the meeting.
“I do not want to see these guns available and open,” commissioner Alberta de Jetley said. “I know most will be collectors purchasing them, but (blablabla)….”
read … BlaBlaBla