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1959: Martin Luther King Jr Salutes Hawaii Statehood

Punatics to get the House seat stolen from Oahu by Disenfranchising Military personnel?

HTH: … The addition of a new Big Island seat in the state House has set up a battle about whether it should go to East Hawaii or West Hawaii.

The map recommended by the Technical Committee of the state Reapportionment Commission puts the eighth House seat in West Hawaii, while a plan drawn by a community group primarily in Puna puts the seat in that fast-growing region. The Big Island was granted an eighth House seat at the expense of Oahu earlier this month after calculations of nonresident military and students came in higher than first thought ….

Jan 4, 2022: 100,000 Oahuans to be Excluded from Count so Big Island can get Another House Seat

SA Editorial: Voting should be easier, not harder

read … East vs. West: Who should get the eighth House seat?

Gov. David Ige seeks to create new law enforcement agency

SA: … Gov. David Ige is proposing the creation of a statewide law enforcement agency to streamline and help coordinate multicounty investigations, public-safety activities and training.

The agency would unify data and operational systems on a shared network and help improve the efficiency of statewide law enforcement operations, according to Ige’s administration.

“Hawaii is the only state in the country that does not have a centralized state law enforcement agency,” said Ige in a statement to the Hono­lulu Star-Advertiser. “The creation of a new State Department of Law Enforcement will consolidate and streamline emergency response, criminal law enforcement, and investigation functions of the state under one independent law enforcement department.”…

The DLE would centralize command and control for critical incident management, provide additional resources for other law enforcement agencies and standardize training and report writing. It would provide interoperable communications and operational flexibility, making statewide law enforcement operations more efficient. DLE officers would have the ability to handle complex multi-island investigations.

State lawmakers previously considered the creation of a statewide law enforcement agency consolidating the Sheriff’s Department, investigators with the Attorney General’s Office and other enforcement and investigative resources. But last year’s measure did not pass, in part due to pushback from county police departments.

State Sen. Clarence Nishihara, chairman of the Committee on Public Safety, Intergovernmental, and Military Affairs, told the Star- Advertiser the administration’s proposal would consolidate existing state criminal law enforcement units, like Sheriff’s Department deputies, harbor police, Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement officers and others into a single entity. The DLE would standardize and make consistent job requirements and training for police officers in every county….

The State Of Hawaii Organization of Police Officers, the union representing all Hawaii officers, will consider Ige’s proposal but believes recruit training should be handled by the respective county police departments.

Background: Mauna Kea Protest Shows Need for a Return to Elected County Sheriffs

read … Gov. David Ige seeks to create new law enforcement agency

Got $123.9 Billion? -- Abercrombie-Connected Group pushes Hawaii political candidates for more ‘investment’ in brainwashing young children

SA: … Commit to Keiki is modeled after a similar program in California called Choose Children, which saw success in getting Gov. Gavin Newsom to dedicate $123.9 billion in a pre-K and K-12 education package this year….

(Two words: ‘Gender Neutral’)

The idea of Commit to Keiki is to bring as many different groups together to approach political candidates before they are elected and get them to commit to funding programs for young children from birth to 5 years old.

“Traditionally, we wait until somebody gets elected, and then we vie for priority for our youngest,” said Keiki Connect leader Kerrie Urosevich. (Abercrombie operative. Linked to Obama’s sister.)

“It’s too late at that point.”

Commit to Keiki is focused on three issues: access to child care, family violence prevention and intervention, and early childhood mental health. It is currently approaching the candidates for the upcoming 2022 governor’s race about funding programs related to these topics.

It plans to do a talk-story series with each of the candidates to discuss their priorities regarding early childhood investment….

read … Abercrombie-Connected Group pushes Hawaii political candidates for more ‘investment’ in brainwashing young children    

Bringing Down Costs Is More Important Than Raising Wages

CB: … Let's talk about raising the minimum wage. But it's critical to bring down the cost of living in Hawaii through tax reform and other measures….

read … Bringing Down Costs Is More Important Than Raising Wages

Restrictions hurt Hawaii’s stake in cryptocurrency market

SA: … Hawaii has the highest barriers in the nation for companies that exchange cryptocurrency, and those restrictions could worsen if lawmakers don’t hurry and open the door for this potentially prosperous new realm of business….

read … Restrictions hurt Hawaii’s stake in cryptocurrency market

Navy Gives New Dates For Families Displaced By Water Crisis To Return Home

CB: … The military neighborhood of Pearl City Peninsula, located on the northwest side of Pearl Harbor, will be the first to welcome back residents, with families set to return to their homes Jan. 28, according to Navy estimates updated Thursday.

The Navy has finished flushing water from Pearl City Peninsula’s 635 homes and is currently in the process of sampling pipes to ensure the water is safe for consumption, according to the Navy.

The neighborhoods of Hale Moku and Hokulani, totaling 508 homes near Hickam Air Force Base, are scheduled to follow on Feb. 3, with residents returning to the military’s other affected communities during the following two weeks.

The military, however, has yet to reveal a return date for several neighborhoods, including the Aliamanu Military Reservation and Iroquois Point, with a residential flushing plan still under development.….

read … Navy Gives New Dates For Families Displaced By Water Crisis To Return Home

Sales Pitch for Next Boondoggle: Public can attend virtual meeting discussing Ala Wai Flood Risk study

KHON: … The community will be able to attend a virtual meeting to learn about and discuss the Ala Wai Flood Risk Management General Reevaluation (GR) study on Thursday, Jan. 20.

According to officials, the meeting will take place from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. to provide updates, new communication tools, as well as answer any questions and concerns….

Ala Wai: Corps of Engineers, City Attempt to Bamboozle Public Again

Ala Wai? Corps of Engineers has Long History of Corruption and Cost Overruns

read … Public can attend virtual meeting discussing Ala Wai Flood Risk study

Honolulu airport improvements become homeless camp--rash of car thefts

HNN: … on Friday, Sen. Donna Mercado Kim, (D) Kalihi, criticized the security staffing levels at the airport.

“I’m also getting complaints about the lack of patrol, lack of security at airports, car break-ins, homeless at the baggage claim,” she said.

Victims said the thefts have been all too easy because the airport’s security cameras haven’t been working for years…

“My understanding is the cameras weren’t functioning for some time ... I thought it was seven years,” said state Sen. Donovan Dela Cruz, (D) Wahiawa and chair of the Ways and Means Committee.

“Why wait seven years?”

Ross Higashi, Deputy Director for the state Department of Transportation’s airports division responded:

“That’s a good question. I did get on the case of my engineers to get that rectified ... I did ask them to fix that for many years.”  (Wow.  Just wow.)

“While it’s great that you’re upgrading bathrooms and the other stuff along the way, it really is kind of like putting lipstick on a pig,” said state Sen. Chris Lee, (D) Kailua.

“Even walking from the garage to the terminal across this bridge -- they’re beautiful these bridges you just put in -- (but) they dead end right at an elevator where if you have more than two people and bags, you’re just sitting there waiting.”… 

HNN: State says some security cameras at HNL airport garage were broken for several years

read … Security under fire at Honolulu’s airport following rash of car thefts

Shortage of volcanic black cinder in Hawaii

SA: … Hawaii’s commercial supply of black cinder, however, is nearing depletion despite no shortage of volcanic cinder cones on the Big Island, where at least 12 cubic kilometers of lava has erupted over the past two centuries.

The situation has prompted the state Department of Land and Natural Resources, at the direction of the Legislature, to pay a research team to find big deposits of black cinder on public or private land that is well suited for commercial excavation on Hawaii island.

Funded by up to $150,000 in federal coronavirus recovery aid, the search was ordered by state lawmakers who passed a bill in 2021 to address the dwindling supply of black cinder, which threatens flower farms, nurseries and other major users….

read … Shortage of volcanic black cinder in Hawaii triggers emergency search

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