Democrat Borreca: Race for Abercrombie's seat should be exciting
(Typical Borreca. Breathlessly handicaps the Dem Primary Hanabusa vs Case and then mentions Djou only in passing. Unusually he mentions Djou in passing twice. But it is still in passing. This is why Dems have chosen to make Hawaii Primaries the latest in the nation. Here are the two mentions of Djou...)
The Democratic winner will face Republican Charles Djou, also a former legislator now on the Honolulu City Council.
The winner goes on to face Djou, in the only Hawaii congressional district that has put a Republican in Washington. I can't wait.
Kat Brady: What are the real reasons for closing Kulani?
Liberals have been hollering "education, not incarceration" for decades. Gov Lingle turns a prison into a school and sudenly the liberals change their mind. Here is the latest spin...and prep for 2010.
Ethics issues could block private hiring of furloughed teachers (DoE excuse #1)
State schools Superintendent Patricia Hamamoto advised groups yesterday about the opinion and to check with the Ethics Commission (aka Team Chaos 2010) if they were hiring teachers from the same school as the students, because the opinion might differ under various circumstances. (But she can't name the opinion? And parents are to be stymied by a ghost opinion from a powerless commission?????)
ADV: Some Hawaii parents plan to hire teachers to work furlough days
Deals could snarl school staffing (DoE excuse #2)
Unless a contract agreement can be reached for roughly 5,700 public employees who work as principals, vice principals, secretaries, custodians, teacher's assistants and other support staff jobs, they will be required to report to work as usual on teacher furlough days. (Team Chaos 2010 at work)
Those workers are represented by the Hawaii Government Employees Association and the United Public Workers, whose contract talks with the state have stalled.
(But parents can't pay teachers to teach on furlough days)
Hawaii poverty rate rose last year by 15,000 people to 9.1%
Hawai'i was one of only eight states with significant increases in the ranks of the poor during a year of recessionary pressure....The state's poverty rate last year represents 115,131 people, compared with 100,051 people a year before.
(And that was 2008. Just wait until the post-Obama figures come in.)
Georgi nails Islam Day
Essentially, what that means is that Sept. 24, 2009, on the slightly shorter — one day shorter for every 133 years or so since the celebration of Easter was regulated a few hundred years after Christ — Gregorian calendar it translates to Sept. 11, 2009, on the Julian calendar.
“I think whoever proposed this to the Hawai‘i Democrats knew what they were doing and were trying to honor Sept. 11,” Georgi said when asked if liberal legislators were deliberately trying to promote the terrorist attacks. “They didn’t do their homework.”
Maui County takeover of environmental reviews rejected
WAILUKU - An uprising that included two members of Gov. Linda Lingle's Cabinet shot down a move to make the Maui County Department of Planning the recruiter, contractor and accepting authority for the environmental review for state and some private development proposals.
Maui Planning Commission members reluctantly decided Monday that they couldn't go there, but most of them remained persuaded that there is a transparency problem that needs to be dealt with. The commission was reviewing draft language in the long-range implementation portion of the General Plan update. The commission will recommend policies to the County Council.
(Who would want a bunch of anti-Superferry protesters in charge of an EIS?)
UH Manoa’s Gartley Hall Being Closed Due to Major Structural Damage
During the course of recent preliminary structural survey work for the renovation of Gartley, inspectors discovered that one or more of the building columns on the edifice’s west side had failed due to the deterioration of column reinforcing steel bars (rebar), and that others may be compromised.
(Socialists build palaces but do not maintain them.)
SB: Structurally unsound
Florence Nakakuni Confirmed by Full US Senate as US Attorney for the District of Hawaii
Nakakuni, a graduate of the William S. Richardson School of Law at the University of Hawaii, is Hawaii’s first female U.S. Attorney. She has worked as an assistant U.S. attorney in the District of Hawaii since 1985.
She has worked as chief of the Drug and Organized Crime Section the last four years. The District of Hawaii includes Hawaii, Saipan, Guam and American Samoa.