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HNN: … Gov. Josh Green is giving the go-ahead to the multi-billion dollar redevelopment of Aloha Stadium and a surrounding entertainment district.
The decision reverses Gov. David Ige’s effort to simplify the plan by using a $350 million appropriation to build the stadium as a traditional government project. But there are still fears the public-private partnership could get out of control.
The developer partnership was well underway in September when Gov. Ige abruptly halted the procurement process after more than $2 million had been spend on studies, reviews of development team qualifications and public input….
Before Gov. Ige stopped the process, the state had already chosen three competing development teams, according the state Public Works Administrator Chris Kinimaka.
“Our short list of respondents are going to have the opportunity now to go ahead and look at the requirements and put their best proposals together,” Kinimaka said.
He met with the Stadium Authority and key cabinet members Thursday, Kinimaka said, so that every agency involved would be able to provide guidance and feedback as the project moves forward.
Green wants to get a request for proposals out next month to the three teams.
“I am buying us 18 months bringing this forward,” Green said. “That’s really why I brought people together yesterday.”
He said he told them he wanted as much affordable housing as possible folded into the plan which currently anticipates about 4,000 units — mostly priced for working families, according to Kinimaka.
She said exactly how much affordable housing is included will be up to what developers can finance and still make a profit….
Among those with doubts about the ambitious plan are Lt. Gov. Sylvia Luke, who pushed for the simplified plan during this year’s legislative session as House Finance Chair, and House Speaker Scott Saiki who said, “I don’t want the stadium to turn into another rail project with cost overruns paid by taxpayers. There is no guaranty the cost of the stadium will be fixed and limited.”
Also unclear is the cost of water and sewer infrastructure.
Green pledged to keep a handle on taxpayer costs and the timeline.
“I am a new kind of governor, we have had some successes I do work with the private folks pretty well,” citing his work promoting private developers building housing for homeless residents.
He said he believed 25,000-seat stadium, with expansion capability, could open in 2027….
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Federal Organized Crime Case Against Mike Miske Has Been Tightened Up
CB: … Federal prosecutors filed a new indictment this week against Miske and his co-defendants, adding a couple new charges and removing several defendants who have already pleaded guilty….
Trial in the case is now scheduled to begin in April….
To date, six of the original defendants have entered guilty pleas and are cooperating with prosecutors.
The remaining defendants, in addition to Miske, the alleged ringleader who controlled and directed the racketeering organization over two decades, are:
• John Stancil, Miske’s half-brother;
• Delia Fabro-Miske, the wife of Miske’s late son, Caleb Miske;
• Jason Yokoyama, Miske’s longtime employee and business partner;
• Dae Han Moon, who was previously convicted and sentenced to life in prison for a fatal shooting at Ala Moana Center on Christmas 2016 that appears to have been linked to the drug activities of the Miske Enterprise;
• Preston Kimoto, who was a trusted employee of Miske’s Kamaaina Termite and Pest Control;
• Jarrin Young, who allegedly participated in drug crimes and armed robberies along with other Miske associates….
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‘Anything can happen’: Concern grows amid recent, high profile violence in Waikiki
HNN: … According to Waikiki residents, recent efforts to curb crime in the tourist district, are not working.
David Hardy, a 40-year resident of the area said he doesn’t like to be out at night.
“Every step you take, you could be false cracked you can be robbed,” Hardy said. “Anything can happen.”
Hardy said the city’s Safe and Sound program is not bringing down the most violent crimes.
Thursday night, Honolulu Police shot and killed an armed man in a hotel on Kuhio Avenue.
Tuesday morning, also on Kuhio Avenue, a man at a bus stop was beaten to death by five others. As of Friday evening, HPD said they have arrested one suspect in connection to the case.
Crimes like assaults and murders are up for the Waikiki area in 2022….
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DOH calls on Department of Defense to publicly release video of toxic spill at Red Hill
HNN: … The Department of Health is calling on the Department of Defense to publicly release video of the toxic foam spill at Red Hill.
This comes just a day after officials from DOH and the EPA viewed footage of the spill at the military facility.
The Joint Task Force for Red Hill said the video will not be released to the public until it will not affect the course of the investigation….
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