Thursday, January 23, 2020
Hawaii Daily News Read

Current Articles | Archives

Friday, January 03, 2020
January 3, 2020 News Read
By Andrew Walden @ 2:57 PM :: 769 Views

Akina article in Wall Street Journal strikes a nerve

How to Stop the Exodus

Legislative Agenda: OHA to Parlay Mauna Kea Protests into Control of BLNR, LUC

Hawaii News Now president Rick Blangiardi may run for mayor

HNN: … After more than four decades in the broadcasting industry, Hawaii News Now President and General Manager Rick Blangiardi has announced he will retire this month and is considering a run for Honolulu’s mayor.

Blangiardi made the announcement to HNN personnel on Thursday morning, saying he’ll remain at the station through Jan. 15.

“This has come after a lot of soul-searching,” Blangiardi told members of his staff. “I think I have a lot to give. I think I am ready for that challenge.”

Blangiardi, a longtime broadcast industry leader, would be entering a competitive 2020 race for mayor.

Former U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa, City Council members Ron Menor and Kymberly Pine and business executive Keith Amemiya have already launched mayoral campaigns or indicated plans to run.

And there’s growing speculation that other big names could enter the race, including former Mayor Mufi Hannemann….

SA: Hawaii News Now president Rick Blangiardi may run for mayor

CB:  TV Executive Blangiardi Weighing Running For Honolulu Mayor

read … HNN General Manager Rick Blangiardi announces he’s retiring, considering run for mayor

Astronomers to assemble in Waikiki as telescope discord looms

SA: … An event described as the Super Bowl of astronomy kicks off Saturday in Honolulu as thousands of scientists descend on the Hawai‘i Convention Center for the biggest meeting of the year for American astronomers.

With the high-profile Thirty Meter Telescope controversy continuing to rage in Hawaii, it would be no surprise if the attendees are greeted by anti-TMT demonstrators.

That’s what happened four years ago when the world’s largest astronomy convention, the International Astronomical Union General Assembly, convened at the same venue.

This year’s convention, which runs through Wednesday, is the 235th meeting of the American Astronomical Society. More than 3,400 astronomers, educators and students are planning to take in numerous presentations, panels, lectures, town halls, exhibits and the unveiling of new discoveries….

According to the convention’s web page, the American Astronomical Society plans to engage the controversy directly with a series of panels and presentations.

Among other things, there will be special sessions to discuss “Innovative Collaborations of Integrity With the Hawaiian Community,” “The Many Facets of Hawai‘i Astronomy” and “Astronomy and Culture Best Practices for Systematic Transformation in an Increasingly Diverse and Interconnected Global Society.”…

Anti-TMT organizer Laulani Teale said TMT opponents have asked the event’s organizers to let them address the convention.

“We want to make sure the astronomers get the correct information,” Teale said. “We want them to know what it really means to align science with indigenous protection. Hopefully, we will find people who can understand that stopping the TMT is the first step in that alignment.”…

FH: Anti-Telescope Protesters Concert Aloha Stadium Jan 13

read … Astronomers to assemble as telescope discord looms

Impeach Kaneshiro: E-Signature Issue Heads to Federal Court

CB: … The Honolulu businessman seeking to impeach embattled city prosecutor Keith Kaneshiro wants a federal court to weigh in on the electronic signature issue that’s kept him from moving the effort forward.

Tracy Yoshimura filed a complaint in federal court last week against the Honolulu city clerk’s office, corporation counsel and the City and County of Honolulu.

“It’s another course of action to try to get this signature issue cleared up,” Yoshimura said. “E-signatures are permitted by both federal and state law, but the city has never taken a formal position on the issue.”…

(Meanwhile: Kaneshiro has not been impeached.  E-signature issue is a distraction.)

read … Honolulu Businessman Files Federal Complaint In Prosecutor Impeachment Effort

Hawaii ‘Amazon Tax’ is a Double Tax?

CB: … Act 2, Session Laws of Hawaii 2019, changed how certain online purchases from marketplace facilitators (known as “MPF”) such as Amazon will be taxed. The MPF will be deemed to be the retail seller, not the company that is actually selling the product to the consumer.

But more problematic is that Act 2 adds a new and additional level of online taxation by creating a sale “at the wholesale rate” by the marketplace seller (known as “MPS”) to the MPF. This sale is taxed at the wholesale rate of 0.5%….

Whether this will increase the cost of an online purchase will depend on whether the MPS’s wholesale tax can be added to the amount of retail tax and that is passed on to the consumer by the MPF.

If the tax can be passed on, the cost will increase. If the tax cannot be passed on the MPS may decide not to sell to consumers in Hawaii rather than absorb the expense of the new tax and preparing a Hawaii GET return.

Act 2 went into effect New Year’s Day. I am waiting for a response to my letter asking about whether the MPS’s wholesale tax can be passed on to the consumer….

read … Will New Year Bring New Tax To Online Purchases?

Bus Fare Hike Will Further Reduce Ridership

CB: … The Rate Commission wants to study what might happen if the city raises the $2.75 single-ride bus fare to $3. Is DTS at all concerned that raising fares will only further decrease ridership?

“We’re always worried. We know every time there’s a fare increase, ridership dips,” Nouchi said. “In that sense, if we raise fares we’re definitely anticipating a further reduction in ridership. Generally in Honolulu we tend to rebound back pretty decently.”

read … TheBus Redux: A City Transit Leader Responds To Riders’ Questions

Judge Puts Hawaii Taser Case On Hold

CB: … A federal judge has delayed a case involving a Honolulu man who sued the police, city and state in 2018 over the ban on stun guns for personal protection in Hawaii.

U.S. District Court Judge Helen Gillmor wants to see how a Second Amendment case before the U.S. Supreme Court plays out before making a decision on the lawsuit filed by Andrew Namiki Roberts, according to Alan Beck, one of his attorneys.

That Supreme Court case involves New York City’s gun transport laws. The New York State Rifle & Pistol Association sued the city over its ban on transporting a handgun outside the city limits. The debate is whether that’s consistent with the constitutional right to travel.

That case and the Honolulu case are not necessarily alike, Beck said, but the judge wants to see what happens since they are both weapons-related.

“We’re pretty confident that eventually we’re going to win, because all these other cases have won in all these other jurisdictions,” Beck said, referring to stun gun bans having been overturned in other areas, including New Jersey, Michigan and New York.….

May, 2019: Lawyers for Hawaii Gun Carry Lawsuit File Supreme Court Brief in New York Case

April, 2018: Lawsuit: Hawaii Taser Ban is Unconstitutional

read … Judge Puts Hawaii Taser Case On Hold

Greenhouse Gas Analysis Spreading Across Hawai’i Public Utilities Commission Proceedings

IM: … The Hawai’i Supreme Court ruled in favor of Life of the Land`s greenhouse gas appeal in May 2019.

The Hawai’i Public Utilities Commission re-opened the Hu Honua proceeding to address all issues: greenhouse gases, environmental, agricultural and economic.

Many people in the utility regulatory sector privately expressed concern about whether the court ruling would be applied retroactively to proposals that had not yet received final approval.

The HECO Companies are gradually publicly identifying silo-based greenhouse gas emissions. The Gas Company opposes legislation and regulations requiring disclosure and transparency. Hu Honua asserts that wind, solar, and bioenergy are all carbon-neutral. 

The disclosures are only for emissions from silos and do not include upstream emissions from fossil fuel production sites. These upstream emissions vary, especially if they involve fracking. The planet is affecting by total emissions: upstream and silo….

HTH: State orders updated road traffic assessment for Hu Honua

read … Greenhouse Gas Analysis Spreading Across Hawai`i Public Utilities Commission Proceedings

Maili group sues city, developer in bid to stop affordable housing project

HNN: … Construction on a $23 million affordable rental project in West Oahu called Hale Makana O Maili started in October.

But neighbors calling themselves Na Kiai O Maili — protectors of Maili — have filed a suit against the city and developer Laulima Development in a bid to stop construction at the end of Kulaaupuni Street.

“Our lawsuit is to get a judge to stop the project to re-look at it,” said Michele Kuahine, neighbor and spokesperson for Na Kiai O Maili.

They claim they were not informed of the project and it’s too big for the infrastructure in the rural community.

"I think just looking in terms of our street, in terms of our sewage, our drainage and traffic. I don't think you need any expertise in that area that this is not responsible development," she said.

The project on three acres of land in Maili calls for 51 units for 200 people.

It includes six buildings, a resource center and a park. Opponents call it a monster development, but developers say their lawsuit is without merit and they’re moving ahead….

read … Maili group sues city, developer in bid to stop affordable housing project

Canadian Police Catch Homeless Dude from Connecticut Allegedly Raping Woman in Kailua-Kona Park 

CTV:  … Two Victoria police officers are being credited with intervening in a sexual assault that took place in Hawaii in late December.

According to Victoria Police Chief Del Manak, the two officers — Cst. Hayley Swann and Cst. Brent Keddell — were on vacation in Kona, located on Hawaii's largest island, when the attack took place.

In a tweet, Manak said that the off-duty officers were alerted to the danger when they heard a woman's screams while out for a run in a park.

According to Hawaii News Now, the suspect, Justin Bardwell, has since been charged with sexual assault and kidnapping.

Before Bardwell was taken into custody for the park incident, the 32-year-old was already accused of setting fire to a vacation rental home in November. …

read … Canadian Police Catch Homeless Dude from Connecticut Allegedly Raping Woman in Kailua-Kona Park 

QUICK HITS:

 


Links

TEXT "follow HawaiiFreePress" to 40404

Register to Vote

2aHawaii

808 Silent Majority

808 State Update AM940

ABCDEFG Blog

ACA Signups Hawaii

ACCE

ALEC

Alliance Defending Freedom

Aloha Life Advocates

Aloha Pregnancy Care Center

American Council of Trustees and Alumni

American Mothers of Hawaii

AMVETS-Hawaii

AntiPlanner

Antonio Gramsci Reading List

A Place for Women in Waipio

Astronomy Hawaii

Audit The Rail

Ballotpedia Hawaii

Better Hawaii 

Blaisdell Memorial Project

Broken Trust 

Build More Hawaiian Homes Working Group

CAFR Hawaii

Castaway Conservative

Children's Alliance Hawaii

Children's Rights Institute

ChinaTownWatch.com

Christian Homeschoolers of Hawaii

Citizens for Recall

Cliff Slater's Second Opinion

Coffee Break

CSIS Pacific Forum

DAR Hawaii

DeedySupport.com

DVids Hawaii

E Hana Kakou Kelii Akina

E Māua Ola i Moku o Keawe

Farmers For Choice Hawaii

FIRE

Fix Oahu!

Follow the Money Hawaii

Frank in Hawaii

Front Page Magazine

Frontline: The Fixers

Genetic Literacy Project

Get Off Your Butts!

God, Freedom, America

Grassroot Institute

Habele.org

Hawaii Aganst Assisted Suicide

Hawaii Aquarium Fish Report

Hawaii Aviation Preservation Society

Hawaii Catholic TV

Hawaii Christian Coalition

Hawaii Cigar Association

Hawaii Coalition Against Legalized Gambling

Hawaii ConCon Info

Hawaii Credit Union Watch

Hawaii Crime Victims' Rights

Hawaii Crop Improvement Association

Hawaii Debt Clock

Hawaii Defending Marriage

Hawaii Defense Foundation

Hawaii Families for Educational Choice

Hawaii Family Advocates

Hawaii Family Forum

Hawaii Farmers and Ranchers United

Hawaii Farmer's Daughter

Hawaii Federalist Society

Hawaii Federation of Republican Women

Hawaii Firearm Community

Hawaii Fishermen's Alliance

Hawaii Future Project

Hawaii Gathering of Eagles

Hawaii History Blog

Hawaii Homeschool Association

Hawaii Jihadi Trial

Hawaii March for Life

Hawaii Meth Project

Hawaii's Partnership for Appropriate & Compassionate Care

Hawaii Public Charter School Network

Hawaii Rifle Association

Hawaii Right to Life -- Big Island

Hawaii Right to Life -- Oahu

Hawaii Shield Law Coalition

Hawaii Shippers Council

Hawaii Smokers Alliance

Hawaii State Data Lab

Hawaii Together

Heritage Foundation

HI Coalition Against Legalized Gambling

HIEC.Coop 

HiFiCo

Hiram Fong Papers

Homeschool Legal Defense Hawaii

Honolulu Homeless Crisis

Honolulu Navy League

Honolulu Traffic

Horns of Jericho Blog

House Minority Blog

House Republican Caucus YouTube

HPACC

Hump Day Report

I Vote Hawaii

If Hawaii News

Imua TMT

Inouye-Kwock, NYT 1992

Inside the Nature Conservancy

Inverse Condemnation

Investigative Project on Terrorism

Iowa Meets Maui

Jackson v Abercrombie

Jihad Watch

Judgepedia Hawaii

July 4 in Hawaii

Kahle v New Hope

Kakaako Cares

Kau TEA Party

Kauai Co GOP

Keep Hawaii's Heroes

KeyWiki

Land and Power in Hawaii

Legislative Committee Analysis Tool

Lessons in Firearm Education

Lingle Years

Malulani Foundation

Managed Care Matters -- Hawaii

Malama Pregnancy Center of Maui

Mauna Kea Recreational Users Group

MentalIllnessPolicy.org

Middle East Forum--The Legal Project

Mililani Conservatives for Change

Military Home Educators' Network Oahu

Missile Defense Advocacy

MIS Veterans Hawaii

Muslim Brotherhood in America

NAMI Hawaii

NARTH

Natatorium.org

National Christian Foundation Hawaii

National Parents Org Hawaii

National Wind Watch

New Zeal

NFIB Hawaii News

No GMO Means No Aloha

Northwest Economic Policy Seminar

Not Dead Yet, Hawaii

Now What I Really Think

NRA-ILA Hawaii

Oahu Alternative Transport

ObamaCare Abortion Hawaii

Obookiah

OHA Lies

Opt Out Today

OurFutureHawaii.com

Pacific Aviation Museum

Patients Rights Council Hawaii

PEACE Hawaii

People vs Machine

Pritchett Cartoons 

Pro-GMO Hawaii

P.U.E.O.

RailRipoff.com

Rental by Owner Awareness Assn

Republican Party -- Hawaii State

Research Institute for Hawaii USA

Rick Hamada Show

RJ Rummel

Robotics Organizing Committee

School Choice in Hawaii

SenatorFong.com

SIFE Remington

SIFE W. Oahu 

Sink the Jones Act

Smart About Marijuana--Hawaii

St Marianne Cope

State Budget Solutions Hawaii

State Policy Network

Statehood for Guam

Tax Foundation of Hawaii

The Harriet Tubman Agenda

The Long War Journal

The Real Hanabusa

Time Out Honolulu

Truth About Trade & Technology - Hawaii

UCC Truths

Union Members Know Your Rights

US Tax Foundation Hawaii Info

Valor in the Pacific

VAREP Honolulu

Waagey.org

West Maui Taxpayers Association

What Natalie Thinks

Whole Life Hawaii

Yes2TMT