Former Armed Robber Running for Maui Mayor
Former AG Mark Bennett Appointed Federal Judge
TS Gita: American Samoa Emergency Declaration
Honolulu 8th Healthiest City in USA
Room full of Democrats Silent on Identities of Legislature’s Three Secret Sex Harassers
KITV: (None of them mentioned the three remaining sex harassment cases being covered up in the Legislature. But they sure do talk alot….)
All five contenders for the lieutenant governor's seat in Hawaii - all Democrats - met in a public forum put on by the LGBT and Labor Caucuses Saturday to say how they would tackle this issue. Their thoughts on this?
State Senator Josh Green says, "It's not something I would do. It's something I already did. I proposed this session to triple the penalties - immediately set that example- because we have an epidemic of abuse."
Kauai Mayor Bernard Carvalho posits, "I'd form a committee, look at who should be at the table, and ask how to address the issue collectively so we can come to work and be safe."
State Sen. Jill Tokuda adds, "We have to set the example. We have to let people know they can come to us at any point. There has to be a Zero Tolerance Policy."
Kim Coco Iwamoto shares, "The first thing I'd do is convene at meeting at the Lt. Governor's office with community advocates working on the front lines of domestic violence and workplace harassment, and sex trafficking; all the issues that subjugate women through abuse of power."
State Senator Will Espero concludes, "We need to make sure we educate our children. Then we go to the Governor's office and say let's talk to the biggest industries in our state."
The goal of the #MeToo panel is to reassure victims they will be believed and that there are resources available to them. The "Me Too" event is Monday, February 12, at 5:30 pm at YWCA Laniakea in Fuller Hall, at 1040 Richards St. in downtown Honolulu.…
(Go there and demand that they name the other three Legislative sex harassers.)
No Names Named:
read … Political candidates react to #MeToo sexual harassment issues in Hawaii
Missile Alert False Alarm: Twelve Discrepancies in HI-EMA’s Story
SA: …The Honolulu Star-Advertiser has identified at least a dozen instances of discrepancies in explanations that have been released by parties involved in issuing and retracting the false ballistic missile alert:
>> Miyagi and Gov. David Ige said the so-called button pusher made a pull-down menu mistake, but actually the now-fired warning officer says he thought there was a real emergency and did it intentionally.
>> Ige said part of his delay in getting the false alert corrected was that he couldn’t get calls through on his cellphone; however, actually, he knew via a phone call within minutes that it was a false alarm. The FCC later revealed that most of Ige’s delay was because he had forgotten his Twitter password.
>> HI-EMA initially blamed the delayed cellphone cancellation alert on the need to get federal authorization. However, Miyagi admitted days later that this was a mistake on his part, and authorization was not needed. HI-EMA then said the real issue was that it did not have corrective procedures in place.
>> HI-EMA initially said the now-fired warning officer was nonunion and a model employee. Later, retired Brig. Gen. Bruce Oliveira, who headed the state investigation, described him as the exact opposite: mistrusted and considered undependable by his co-workers. They said he had been counseled for confusing drills and reality at least twice before. The warning officer, who was an exempt union employee, says he does not recall any disciplinary incidents and that he served as a department supervisor at least once a week.
>> Ige and Clairmont expressed outrage that employees were getting death threats after the alert, but they weren’t outraged enough to call police until four days after.
>> Clairmont said his resignation was due to a planned retirement, but in reality he resigned after Jan. 13 in lieu of being disciplined.
>> HI-EMA has said drill scripts can vary, but the FCC and the button pusher said that “This is not a drill” was an atypical statement.
>> The warning officer who sent the false alert claims that an employee picked up the warning phone and did not immediately put it on speakerphone, causing him not to hear, “Exercise, Exercise, Exercise.” HI-EMA said none of the other five employees at the warning point office picked up the phone and that all heard, “Exercise, Exercise, Exercise.”
>> HI-EMA said the employee had been temporarily assigned and was working at another agency job that didn’t deal with warnings. In reality, he called in sick from Jan. 16 to 26, the day he was terminated, and never started the new job.
>> HI-EMA officials told the public that they were going to get to the bottom of the incident quickly. In reality, they didn’t attempt to interview the button pusher until Jan. 16 — three days after they had already attempted to tell the public what happened.
>> The button pusher said supervisors were not present in the room when he double-clicked the screen and sent the alert. The agency still can’t say definitely who was in the room when the chaos ensued.
>> HI-EMA has been off even on the smallest departmental details. The agency initially said it had 10 warning officers. Then it changed its count to 14, one position short of its 15-count goal….
SA: Isles lack hospital space for large-scale disasters
read … Conflicting accounts erode public confidence in emergency preparedness
City Rules Encourage Developers to Cram the Little People into Little Units
SA: …Smaller homes are being produced by developers that need to make a certain percentage of housing in high-density projects affordable to moderate-income residents under city and state regulations.
These regulations try to keep developers from skimping on their obligation by giving only partial credit for units with fewer bedrooms and bathrooms. But the rules don’t address a home’s overall size, so a 400-square-foot unit with one bedroom can count for more than a studio of the same size.
Current city rules also specify that the number of bedrooms in affordable homes shall be similar to, or greater than, the associated market units. But that rule is being tested by the developer of a high-rise called ProsPac Tower proposed on Keeaumoku Street mauka of a Walgreens store.
ProsPac’s developer wants to deliver 78 affordable rentals as nearly all studios containing 248 to 467 square feet of living space while nearly all market units are bigger.
read … Space is for the Elite
Social Engineering is More Important than Affordable Housing
SA: The Pagoda Terrace hotel in Pawaa was converted to 162 affordable condominiums to satisfy a requirement for market-priced housing in Kakaako. The hotel, built in 1962, was renamed Rycroft Terrace. Units sold for $123,480 to $274,950. Kamehameha Schools used the hotel to satisfy a requirement for providing 100 affordable homes as part of a master plan for new housing in Kakaako. (And this is horrible!)
read … Cries over ‘poor door’ ignore worse segregation in affordable housing
Another Delay Sought For Surprise Care Home Inspections
CB: State health officials want the Hawaii Legislature to delay by two years a law requiring unannounced inspections of care facilities for the elderly and disabled, saying they may disrupt the lives of the residents and home operators.
Advocates for the elderly slammed the recommendation, which the Department of Health submitted in its annual report to lawmakers.
“It’s amazing how often the Department of Health puts the safety of our kupuna somewhere at the bottom of their priority list,” state long-term care ombudsman John McDermott said Thursday. “This is a very depressing report.” ….
read … Another Delay
Ing: State Should Own the Internet
CB: …Rep. Kaniela Ing wants to explore the possibility of creating a state-owned broadband company that would adhere to the principles of net neutrality. House Bill 1995 calls for a feasibility study....
(So the State can spy on us?)
(So the Internet can be delivered with the same smiling efficiency as all other State services?)
(So the State will have an excuse to buy the assets of Sandwich Isles Communications?)
LOL!: The Trump administration says it wants to nationalize the 5G network
read … Socialist Idiocy
Why Republican Andria Tupola Wants To Be Governor
CB: …The House minority leader says the state’s myriad challenges require bipartisan cooperation and dynamic leadership….
read … Why Republican Andria Tupola Wants To Be Governor
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