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‘Weak Case’ – but Telescope Opponents Appeal Project Bond Ruling Anyway
SA: … Foes of the stalled Thirty Meter Telescope are appealing to Hawaii’s appellate court in hopes of overturning a lower court rejection of their argument that the project requires a substantial security bond before starting construction.
The Mauna Kea Hui’s lawsuit was dismissed in August by Hilo Circuit Judge Greg Nakamura, saying the performance bond issue was essentially litigated already during the project’s lengthy contested case hearing.
Mauna Kea Hui leader Kealoha Pisciotta said the group decided to appeal, in part, because the issue was never “litigated” at the contested case hearing. Hearing officer Riki May Amano unilaterally dismissed the topic without allowing any arguments, she said….
The appeal, filed last month by Big Island attorney Gary Zamber for Pisciotta and others who have battled the TMT in court for years, asserts that the Mauna Kea Plan of 1977 requires every development to have a security bond in the amount of the full cost of the project….
Pisciotta said the requirement is especially important (as leverage) because the TMT International Observatory (TIO) board doesn’t have all the funding it needs to finish the project, now estimated to cost $2.4 billion following more than five years of controversy, protest and delays….
When the lawsuit was originally filed, state Attorney General Clare Connors said the claim had no merit, and TMT attorney Douglas Ing bluntly described the claim as weak….“Judge Nakamura quickly and summarily dismissed the hui’s complaint and claims based on TIO’s motion,” Ing said in a statement Tuesday….
In the contested case hearing’s findings of fact, Amano wrote that the 1977 Mauna Kea Plan was intended as a “conceptual” policy guide intended for review and updating over time….
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read … Claim that TMT needs performance bond alive on appeal
Actor Daniel Dae Kim says Trump's malaria drug was ‘secret weapon’ in 4-day coronavirus recovery
AP: … Former “Hawaii Five-0” actor Daniel Dae Kim says a medication commonly used to treat malaria was “crucial” in his recovery from coronavirus.
Kim, 51, described the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine as the “secret weapon” in his treatment as he updated his Instagram followers on his condition in a new video….
“Yes, this is the drug that the President mentioned the other day,” Kim said in Saturday’s video. “It is also the drug that Dr. Anthony Fauci cautioned us about. He said that evidence that the drug was promising is anecdotal, and that is correct. It means it wasn’t studied, and it’s only based on personal accounts. Well, add my name to those personal accounts, because I am feeling better.”
Kim said he had also taken Tamiflu and the antibiotic widely known as Zpack, in addition to using an inhaler to help with breathing and inflammation….
Kim is now “practically back to normal,” he said. He considers every drug in the cocktail he took to be “crucial” in his recovery.
Last week, Trump said the malaria medication could be a “game changer” in the fight against coronavirus…
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read … Actor Daniel Dae Kim says malaria drug was ‘secret weapon’ in coronavirus recovery
Kamehameha Schools to start rent-deferral program for retail tenants
KITV: … Commercial properties operating on Kamehameha Schools land include Windward Mall, Pearlridge, Kahala Mall, Royal Hawaiian Center; Kahala Hotel & Resort, Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, and Royal Hawaiian Hotel….
read … Kamehameha Schools to start rent-deferral program for retail tenants
COVID Solution Release Criminals Back on to Streets
CB: … One Hawaii prosecutor — Justin Kollar of Kauai — has signed on to a national initiative of more than 30 prosecutors to enact charging policies to lower jail populations, including releasing low-level offenders.
“We haven’t seen a situation like this before so we’re looking for best practices,” he said. “Basically we all got together and said ‘What can we do during this time of pandemic?’”
His office has reviewed the jail roster and determined who can be released into the community with little risk.
It has filed nine motions for supervised release as of Friday afternoon, he said. Those on supervised release would still have to report to probation officers.
While he hasn’t signed on to any initiatives, Acting Honolulu Prosecuting Attorney Dwight Nadamoto also said his office would not charge some non-violent offenders immediately. “But rest assured my office continues to build cases against the entire spectrum of offenders,” he stated in a news release.
Big Island Prosecutor Mitch Roth said his office is reviewing jail rosters to see what steps it can take. No decisions have been made, however. “We want to make sure that we have our most serious offenders kept in,” he said.
Maui Prosecutor Don Guzman did not return calls for comment….
read … Hawaii Prosecutors Retool Policies To Avoid Filling Up Jails During Pandemic
Election Office Needs to Verify Your Signature
CB: … Be on the lookout for an election mailing in April asking for a current sample of your signature, as we know signatures sometimes evolve over time. In the space provided, use a black or blue pen to sign your card. It is imperative that only you sign your card, as signing for another may result in voter fraud which is a Class C Felony.
Then fold the card, so your signature is hidden, and drop it back in the mail. The postcard is pre-addressed and postage-paid, so no stamps are needed.
When your postcard is returned, an image of your signature will be stored with your record in the voter registration database. This image will then be used during each election to confirm your identity in order to validate your ballot. Without your signature, your ballot cannot be counted….
read … Sign, Sealed And Counted: How To Secure Hawaii’s Vote
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