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UHERO: Hawai‘i gender pay gap largely driven by motherhood

Green Signs Six Housing Bills Into Law

In Hawaii, Permission To Use Medical Marijuana Precludes Permission To Own a Gun

Secrecy: Hawaii Department of Human Services Nominated for 'Golden Padlock Award'

Lifelong Criminal awarded $12.5M Busted AGAIN

SA: … The 38-year-old man who was awarded $12.5 million after he sued the city following injuries suffered in a 2021 police pursuit will be arraigned in federal court today after he was charged with using a ghost gun while selling methamphetamine in Waianae….

On May 23, the Honolulu Police Department got an anonymous tip that Perkins-Sinapati was operating a black Jaguar sport utility vehicle and was wanted on an outstanding state warrant with a bail amount of $1 million, according to federal court records.

(IDEA: Do this 12.5 times.)

Perkins-Sinapati was previously charged in state court May 7 with several firearm and ammunition offenses, third-degree promoting a dangerous drug, and second-degree reckless endangering….

HPD pulled Perkins-Sinapati over at the intersection of Farrington Highway and Lualualei Homestead Road….

Perkins-Sinapati faces enhanced penalties if convicted in state court since he has prior felony convictions for car theft, robbery and promotion of a dangerous drug.

On May 4 at about 1:13 p.m., Perkins-Sinapati, allegedly fired a gun in a residential area near the Ewa Makai Middle School….

May 7, 2024: Lifelong Criminal who just received $12.5M settlement from HPD arrested for new gun, drug crimes

read … Man awarded $12.5M from city charged again with gun, drug crimes

What Would Criminal Lawyer Need to do to Fake $12.5M Injury?

SA: … His attorney in the civil case, Michael Green, previously told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser that Perkins-­Sinapati would never work again and could not participate in physical activities with his kids.

Perkins-Sinapati allegedly ”has little use of his left arm and hand.”

He “struggles to speak clearly and displays behavior that is comparable to stroke victims” who lose partial or total control of critical functions, Green previously told the Star-­Advertiser.

(IQ Test: How hard are you laughing?)

Green told the Star-­Advertiser on Tuesday that “none of Jonaven’s injuries were ever fake.”

(TRANSLATION: All fake.)

“All of the testing he received by the City’s expert corroborated the deficits he has sustained regarding the speech, the use of his left arm, his ability to ambulate. This was not a drive-by shooting. There was no one shot at,” said Green. “I would call his stroke not severe, but certainly a stroke that the experts say will cause him to need long term care for the rest of his life. But the City through line and verse verified and checked with their expert that the injuries were real and paid accordingly.”

(Obvious Question: How was this process corrupted?)

Ian Scheuring, Mayor Rick Blangiardi’s deputy communications director, told the Star-Advertiser in a statement that the city “engaged in extensive discovery to evaluate Mr. Perkins-­Sinapati’s claims arising from the injuries he sustained from the accident and settled the case based upon evidence the City substantiated.”

(Obvious Question: How was this process corrupted?)

read … Man awarded $12.5M from city charged in gun, drug case

In climate change/fossil fuels lawsuit, federal law should apply

TO: … The chief justice of the Supreme Court in Hawaii, Mark Recktenwald, has taught courses to instruct other judges about subjects with titles such as “Judiciary and the Environmental Rule of Law: Adjudicating our Future.” Other justices of the Hawaii Supreme Court have attended these courses. So it seemed more than predictable that the city of Honolulu would bring nuisance claims that energy companies knew decades ago that the oil and natural gas industry cause climate change, and try the case under state law where they might have home court advantage. Similarly, it was predictable that the chief justice wrote the 82-page opinion in the case ordering Honolulu’s case to proceed under state law.

The concept, in and of itself, should sound novel. The adjective that might come to mind might be astonishing, if only because such an expansion of state laws to address climate change is exactly that. But the details of how the Hawaii court got there are the more remarkable elements.

First, Hawaii acknowledged the existence of the federal precedents, but nonetheless dismissed them as irrelevant. By replacing federal common law with the Clean Air Act, Hawaii reasoned, that it opened an opportunity for Hawaii to regulate in place of traditionally federal authority.

Then, Hawaii reasoned, that federal law did not apply to this specific case. Although the face of the complaint focused on emissions that created climate change, the Hawaii court self-adjusted the complaint for the plaintiff city to suggest that the marketing campaigns from the energy companies ― which, again, did not run in Hawaii ― were the basis of the complaint. If this reasoning isn’t enough, try the concurring opinion from Justice Todd Eddins, who separately reasoned that, “[e]nduring law is imperiled. Emerging law is stunted,” before launching ad hominem criticism at the U.S. Supreme Court that concludes with the contention that the “United States Supreme Court could use a little Aloha.”….

read … In climate change/fossil fuels lawsuit, federal law should apply

Honolulu Council considers changes to Salary Commission

SA: … Nine resolutions that urge voter-approved charter amendments to overhaul how the city pays its employees is expected to be under Honolulu City Council review today.

That review by the Committee on Executive Management likely will advance the legislation to the full Council for deliberation at its June 5 meeting, according to Council staff.

“By vetting these measures, we aim to generate consensus around an approach, or combination of approaches, to present directly to the voters for their consideration,” Council staffers said Tuesday via email.

read … Honolulu Council considers changes to Salary Commission

Why are so many local Hawaii businesses closing?

KITV: …  since the pandemic, the Kaimuki location couldn't fill its space with customers and so will close its doors this Friday.

"The last four years have been very challenging. The cost of doing business is through the roof. The increase in minimum wage, insurance costs, food costs, along with gas and electric...it is very challenging," added Muraoka….

SA: Big City Diner closing Kaimuki location after 26 years

CB: Hawaii's Restaurant Industry Still Hasn't Recovered From The Pandemic

PBN: Kitchen Door Oahu announces it will close in June - Pacific Business News

read … Why are so many local Hawaii businesses closing?

Stormwater CIP Projects Dictated by Staffing Shortage

CB: … the city is facing constraints, Stormwater Quality Division Program Administrator Randall Wakumoto said. 

While the residents’ proposed location at what’s known as the Keolu lined channel is in greater need of filtration, it would require too much work to maintain, Wakumoto said.

The Department of Facility Maintenance, like other city departments, is struggling with a high number of vacancies. A vacuum truck that sucks debris out of storm drains, for instance, doesn’t have a crew in Kalilua — only one of three positions on the crew is filled….

(CLUE: As more people leave Hawaii, this situation is only going to get worse.)

read … Kailua Residents Say The City Is Focusing On The Wrong Location For A Project To Clean Ocean-Bound Stormwater - Honolulu Civil Beat

Homeowner cited for illegal fireworks after brutal beating incident in Ewa Beach

KITV: … The homeowner allegedly involved in a brutal beating incident in Ewa Beach over the weekend has been cited for illegal fireworks.

The citation comes after 62-year-old Coby Lynn told Island News he tried to get his neighbor to stop shooting the fireworks -- knocking over one of the firework units.

Lynn is recovering from severe injuries. Lynn's son told Island News that his father was swarmed. His injuries are serious….

read … Homeowner cited for illegal fireworks after brutal beating incident in Ewa Beach

Bulldoze Borneo for Hawaii’s Fake Biofuels

IM: … One issue applying to most conferences, is that a panel can lose all but one speaker without having any major impact on content. Panelists often are selected for the ability to reinforce a singular viewpoint, making it appear that there is no other position, and they are usually preaching to the choir.

If the biofuel panel were to be reduced to one panelist, it would be Bob King, who has successfully implemented biodiesel testing and pioneered production for two decades….

REALITY: Borneo Bulldozed for Biofuels

Created to alleviate the disposal of waste cooking oil at the Central Maui Landfill, Pacific Biodiesel is now the nation’s longest operating biodiesel company. Since opening and operating the first retail biodiesel pump in America, Pacific Biodiesel has built 13 biodiesel plants in the U.S. and Japan and its biodiesel model has become the industry standard. Today the company’s refinery on Hawaii Island utilizes advanced distillation technology to annually produce 5.5 million gallons of biodiesel, sold entirely in Hawaii.

REALITY: Borneo Bulldozed for Biofuels

Pacific Biodiesel is farming for food and energy along with its affiliate, Maiden Hawaii Naturals, growing sunflowers and other crops to produce culinary oils, biofuel and other value-added products.

(CLUE: All culinary oils. These fake fields are just for show while they bulldoze Borneo.)

King asserted that one acre of crops can produce 100 gallons of fuel per crop season, and with three crop seasons per year, 300 gallons per acre per year….

(DO THE MATH: 5.5M gal / 300 = 18,333 acres on Borneo)

 Another biodiesel plant could be bult if another twenty thousand acres were planted in oil seed crops. Tax subsidies are needed….

Pacific Biodiesel imports biodiesel from the West Coast. … 

REALITY: Borneo Bulldozed for Biofuels

EIJ: Borneo Burning for Biofuels

read … Biofuels For Hawaii`s Energy Future

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