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List of Staff Being Laid off by Star-Advertiser

Regents to consider new Maunakea internal management structure

Oahu District Courts Reopen

This act needs a rewrite

VIDEO: Sen. Mike Lee on the Jones Act at 100: Time to chart a new course?

Bubbles? Corridors?  Ige announcement on reopening transpacific travel upcoming

MN: … “The risk from moving from one island to another here is essentially the same,” Health Director Dr. Bruce Anderson said during the state’s news conference Friday. “There’s no increased risk from coming from Big Island, Maui or Kauai to Oahu as there is going back and forth from Oahu to these islands. We’re fortunate to have very low rates of disease in our state.”

Anderson pointed out that the governor and the mayors are working on a screening program for interisland travel that will allow for temperature checks and testing opportunities for those with a fever. He said there was no need for Neighbor Island residents to get tested after returning from Oahu and that they should only do so if they have symptoms….

Ige also said an announcement on safely reopening transpacific travel is upcoming. He’s appointed Anderson and Lt. Gov. Josh Green to lead a committee investigating new methods to test transpacific travelers and to create a system of testing and screening to reopen travel on a limited basis.

The governor and Mike McCartney, director of the state Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism, are also looking into “international travel corridors” to places that have similar levels of cases as Hawaii, such as Japan, South Korea, New Zealand and Australia.

“We intend and probably will have to maintain the 14-day mandatory quarantine even as we bring and reopen travel from around the Pacific,” Ige said. “We need to continue to quarantine travelers who are unwilling to follow our increased standards, because we know it’s important to keep our community safe.”

On Thursday, 1,655 passengers arrived in the islands…

HTH: Hawaii Island TVRs Could Reopen Soon

MN: Maui Vacation rentals will be allowed to operate starting Tuesday, though they will be limited only to guests who are not subject to the 14-day quarantine

MN: Airlines make ready for no-quarantine flights

read … Oahu tallies nearly 50 cases since beginning of June

HPD chief okay with releasing names of disciplined officers, but not for minor violations

KHON: …  HPD officers should be held more accountable, and steps are being taken for that to happen. That’s according to Chief Susan Ballard, who shared more thoughts on police reform….

With ongoing protests across the country, there’s a push to hold police officers more accountable. One way to do that here is to release the names of officers who have been suspended. Chief Ballard says it should be done on a case-by-case basis, and should not be done for minor violations.

“If they get suspended for say turning in their mileage slip late or overdrawing gas, things like that are just small procedural policy types of things,” said Ballard.

Ballard says HPD officers are also being held more accountable by training them to intervene when a fellow officer is doing something wrong. KHON2 asked if officers wold have a hard time with it.

“I really don’t see an issue with it. This whole blue wall of silence thing is crumbling. I think that’s going to be becoming a thing of the past,” said Ballard….

Legislators plan to take up a proposal that would release the names of disciplined officers when they resume next week.

House Speaker Scott Saiki sent a statement saying, “The House of Representative is well aware of the need to enact reforms that prevent abuses within our criminal justice system.”

As for the police officers union SHOPO, the president says releasing the names of disciplined officers is unfair when it’s not done to other city workers.

“The majority of our discipline when it comes to suspension is administrative issues our standard of conduct. So is that fair? We don’t think that’s fair,” said Malcolm Lutu.

(Good point.  Lets apply this standard to ALL public employees!)

read … HPD chief okay with releasing names of disciplined officers, but not for minor violations

Joyous News: 21 members of reported cult that violated 14-day quarantine plan to stay in Hawaii After Jail Sentence is up

SA: … Twenty-one members of a cult called Carbon Nation who were arrested for violating the state’s mandatory, 14-day quarantine told officials today that they plan to relocate to Hawaii and don’t plan to accept flight assistance home. 

(This has all happened before.  In a decade or two, one of them will be elected to Congress.)

Jessica Lani Rich, president and CEO of the Visitor Aloha Society of Hawaii, said the nonprofit had made flight arrangements through its COVID-19 flight assistance program to send the quarantine breakers back to Los Angeles, but were told to stand down.

“The visitors said they came here to relocate to Hawaii and plan to stay after they are released from jail,” said Rich, who manages the Hawaii Tourism Authority funded COVID-19 Flight Assistance Program….

HTH: Self-professed cult leader requests jury trial in quarantine violation case

Solution Extradition: “At the time of his capture, Bishop was wanted internationally for crimes of sexual abuse and pedophilia

read … Oh Joy!

Elderly Care Nurse Among Latest COVID-19 Diagnoses

CB: … A nurse at an Oahu long-term care facility was diagnosed with COVID-19, state health officials confirmed Friday.

The nurse works at Hale Nani Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, Department of Health Director Bruce Anderson confirmed to Civil Beat Friday afternoon.

“Because of their infection control precautions that are already in place, we feel the risk close to residents and staff is low,” he said, noting health department staff had recently conducted an inspection of the facility and found no issues with their prevention and control measures.

“We are going to be testing all residents and staff of the affected unit as a precautionary measure,” he added. The person was symptomatic, which prompted a test, Anderson said….

HTH: Hawaii’s long-term care homes have lowest COVID-19 rate in the nation

read … Elderly Care Nurse Among Latest COVID-19 Diagnoses

BLNR grants contested case hearing over aquarium collection fines

WHT: … The state Land Board unanimously granted a contested case proceeding to three Big Island residents facing a combined $110,000 in administrative fines for alleged illegal aquarium fish collecting earlier this year off the South Kohala Coast.

Tyron Terazono, Kacie Terazono and Wayne Newman each petitioned for a contested case hearing over the Department of Land and Natural Resources’ proposal to split the six-figure fine among the three for the alleged unlawful collection of 550 reef fish off Kawaihae in February….

The proceeding won’t be heard by a hearings officer, which is typically appointed to handle the matter, however.

“Because of the interest in this matter among the board members and the members of the public, we could approve their request for contested case but not assign it to a hearings officer and bring it back before the board…” said Board of Land and Natural Resources Chairwoman Suzanne Case during a live-streamed meeting Friday morning. “I think that’s a good idea and I think this is the kind of situation where i think the interest of the board in really understanding what went on and hearing the matter directly is justified.”…

(CLUE: Cruel and unusual punishment.)

read … BLNR grants contested case hearing over aquarium collection fines

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