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Full Text: State of the State Address

Ige Speech “Unfocused, Disappointing, Lacking in Details”

Bill: Fund Rail by Sale of Development Rights

Hawaii Celebrates School Choice Week at 79 Events Statewide

Circuit Court Criminal and Family Court Criminal Cases Now Available Online

Affordable Retirement? Not in Hawaii

Government Mandates on Local Farmers

Hawaii Bill Would Legalize Raw Milk Sales

Caldwell: Hike Honolulu fuel tax, vehicle weight tax and parking fees to Convince Legislators to Hike GE Tax

CB: Hawaii lawmakers want the counties to put “more skin in the game” instead of just coming to the state year after year asking for more money, especially when it comes to Honolulu and funding for its increasingly expensive 20-mile rail project….

…“It’s been like a shifting sands situation that no one can figure out or interpret or read,” said Tokuda, who chairs the Ways and Means Committee. “We need to know how much you actually need.”

The project’s cost has ballooned from $5.2 billion in 2012 to $8.2 billion, according to the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation’s latest estimates.

Unlike two years ago when Caldwell came to the Legislature asking for help to cover a $910 million shortfall, the mayor made no promises as to how much the state’s biggest public works project may ultimately end up costing Oahu taxpayers.

“I can’t tell you for sure what it’s going to be,” he said.

Some estimates peg it at $9.5 billion, and lawmakers did not hesitate to round up to their own expectations of $10 billion or higher….

Tokuda endeavored to get a handle on just how short the city is this time. She pressed Caldwell and HART Project Director Sam Carnaggio on the roughly $1.3 billion contingency fund that’s built into the $8.2 billion overall estimate, asking if it’s truly for unexpected costs or if it will all end up being needed.

If it’s truly for contingencies, Tokuda said, considering how much tax money is already to be collected, the city should only be short $300 to $400 million.

And assuming that’s the case, she floated the idea of closing the gap by having the state stop taking its 10 percent cut of the surcharge and just leaving funding for contingencies up to the city, which might serve as a better motivator for officials to control costs….

read … Lawmakers Demand Answers To Honolulu Rail’s Ballooning Costs

Ige warns of slowing economy—Promises Raises for Unions

HNN: Ige … warned of a slowing economy that could prompt tough budget decisions….

Despite his concerns about state revenues, Ige did make a number of big ticket pledges, and said he plans to phase in increased payments to the pension system, which is underfunded by nearly $4 billion.

He also made a promise to public workers: "I will be planning for fair wage increases for all our public employees," Ige said.

…State Sen. Roz Baker said he was disappointed the governor didn't mention healthcare in his speech, especially given efforts nationally to repeal Obamcare.

House Speaker Joe Souki, who supports a permanent extension of the excise tax surcharge to complete the rail transit project, was pleased with signs of collaboration.

Meanwhile, political analyst Dan Boylan said Ige did "an adequate job" in his address by touching on issues that are important to Hawaii families and laying out his plan for fixing Hawaii's biggest problems.

"I don't think it's any worse than any of the State of the State addresses, but I don't think it's any better either," he said.

And Sam Slom, who was formerly the lone Republican in the state Senate, said Ige's speech was more talk than action.

"The governor mentioned that families are struggling and they are," he said. "What's our plan B? We don't have it. Hawaii is lagging behind other state….

read … Ige warns of slowing economy

Pay for Improvements by Eliminating Bureaucracy, not Allocating Funds

SA: Establishing the budget priorities and allocating the funds are core parts of the executive function, but bureaucratic inertia must be overcome, which is considerably harder to do….

For example: The “cool the schools” initiative quickly bogged down after its launch last session. And despite Ige’s aim to accelerate highway improvements, lawmakers, seeing the logjam of projects already in the pipeline, rightly hesitated to authorize new taxes.

Perhaps recognizing this, Ige on Monday did not present a new funding mechanism for such goals, and has admitted to one obstacle to getting things done: the culture of state government.

Ige said he has worked from the start at making government “more efficient, effective and accountable to the people.” This requires a wholesale change in the way the state conducts its business, delivering services to the public.

He described a “Hackathon,” a problem-solving event in which a group of Honolulu Community College students emerged as the winners with a new way to schedule visitors at Oahu Community Correctional Center. The students developed a web-based, self-service system to handle the scheduling.

This innovation replaces the way it had been done: “by phone and Post-its, resulting in visits not being scheduled and families not being able to see their loved ones.”

With all due credit to the team, it is distressing that it took intervention by students to retire such an old-school, inefficient process.

If true transformation is to happen, it must be embraced by existing employees, who ultimately will be key to its success. Public worker unions also must know that if the governor is to fulfill his pledge to increase pay, employees must adapt to new roles and new technologies for delivering public service….

HNN: Bill would open Zipper lane to all — for a fee

read … Ige must rouse lax government

Trump, Day One: Hawaii Congressional Delegation Applauds Wildly as Obama-Clinton Legacy Erased

CB: In his first formal action on the first business day of his administration, President Donald Trump threw a long-proposed trade deal — the Trans-Pacific Partnership — in the trash.

“We’ve been talking about this for a long time,” Trump said, calling his action, issued as an executive order withdrawing the United States from the trade deal, a “great thing for the American worker.”

The TPP was one of President Barack Obama’s signature accomplishments, negotiated over years as a way of promoting what he had hoped would be a “pivot to Asia.” But even in the former president’s home state of Hawaii, Trump’s action on Monday morning drew little criticism….

The deal had been widely criticized by environmentalists, labor rights activists and progressive political candidates, including Sen. Bernie Sanders. It was negotiated in secrecy, and many opponents said it favored big business interests and jeopardized American workers’ jobs.Members of Hawaii’s congressional delegation were not disappointed by the decision.

“Any trade agreement must protect American jobs, raise American wages and safeguard the environment,” said U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono. “The TPP did not pass this test. Going forward, I will be open to supporting trade agreements that put the interests of Hawaii families ahead of big corporations….

In an interview with Civil Beat on Monday, U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa said the TPP involved “too many countries and didn’t address critical issues.”

Hanabusa said she expects Trump to pursue other trade deals, more precisely negotiated.

“He’s not abandoning the concept of trade agreements,” Hirono said. “He wants to be in the midst of them, to do it for more advantage to us.”….

U. S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard had long been a vocal opponent of the trade pact, joining the AFL-CIO and the Sierra Club in February 2016 in a joint statement condemning it….

read … Day One of Trump

Beware the echo chamber

KE: …While the march seemed to be very effective at inspiring and heartening people who were filled with despair at Trump's election — reassuring them that yes, there are millions of others who share their views — several things concern me.

One is the rhetoric around “inclusiveness,” which rings with hypocrisy when it's accompanied by a message of “fuck Trump and everything he believes in,” which necessarily extends to all those who voted for him. That's not inclusive, and it does nothing to resolve the polarization that divides the nation.

The second is the rhetoric around love, tolerance and acceptance, which rings with hypocrisy when it's uttered by people whose actions belie their words.

That's why it grated when I read Anne Punohu's letter to The Garden Island saying she marches “because I want everyone to be able to look everyone else in the eyes and not be looked down upon because of race, creed, nationality, religion, partner preferences or any other reason for prejudice. Because love trumps hate.”

Yeah, that was so reflected in the way she and other anti-GMO activists trashed people simply because they worked for the seed companies — a biogtry that continues to this day….

read … Beware

Voluntary EIS Provides Vehicle for Anti-Dairy Protesters

SA: After nearly two years of extensive evaluation and meticulous technical work by experts, Hawaii Dairy Farms last week submitted its (voluntary, not required) final environmental impact statement (FEIS) to the Department of Health for determination of acceptability for the state’s first pasture-based dairy.

This is not only a significant milestone in bringing fresh, local milk to Hawaii families, but we hope also a positive turning point in local agriculture and the future of food security in the islands.

We have spent years in dialogue, listening and working with the community and regulators to plan a better, more sustainable model of dairy that is specifically suited for Hawaii….

We have always been transparent throughout the process of developing the farm and preparing the EIS, yet misinformation and fear spread by a small group of vocal individuals put the dairy in question and exposes the barriers to viable food production in our state. What’s more, the resulting legal challenges threaten the ability of even small farmers and ranchers to continue growing food.

Without broad community support for agriculture throughout the state, our food production goals may prove to be unattainable. However, those goals can become reality if we acknowledge the importance of producing our own food and support those who are trying in good faith to make it happen….

KGI: Another Anti-Dairy Screed

read … Dairy farm reflects Kauai’s agricultural heritage

Bill Banning Second Jobs For Mayors Would Affect Caldwell’s Bank Deal

CB: Majority Leader Scott Saiki says his proposed legislation to prohibit a sitting governor or county mayor from holding outside employment or receiving emoluments is inspired by President Donald Trump, not Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell. (LOL!)

Caldwell is being paid at least $200,000 a year, in addition to his city salary of $164,928, as a member of the Board of Directors of Territorial Savings Bank.

“It’s important as a matter of state law to clarify that a full-time governor or full-time mayor should be free of any potential conflict that arises from dual employment,” said Saiki. “In Hawaii there should be a consistent standard that applies to the governor and mayors.”

HB71: Text, Status

read … Bank Job

OHA trustees’ to Try to Get Rid of Crabbe Again

SA: …Today’s 9 a.m. executive session with attorneys will focus on “the OHA administration’s request to discuss a confidential executive summary of incidents” involving Rowena Akana, the veteran board member who was elected chairwoman last month.

Thursday’s 10 a.m. closed session will again take up the employment contract of CEO Kamana‘opono Crabbe. A narrow five-member board majority, led by Akana, voted Jan. 8 to negotiate a buyout of the three-year, $150,000-a-year contract.…

Members of Hui Ku Like Kakou, Ka Lahui Hawai‘i and ‘Aha Aloha ‘Aina said Monday they are planning to hold banners and signs outside the closed-door meeting today. The members said they will not support the removal of Akana as chairwoman or a termination of Crabbe’s contract until hooponopono is attempted….

read … Clash

Lunch Trucks Give up on OHA, Move to Park

PBN: …Ongoing rainouts and bad weather coupled with difficulties acquiring building permits to offer covering for patrons, were cited among several challenges in making the marketplace sustainable, organizers said.

Makers and Tasters includes a mix of daily food truck vendors and numerous special events, fundraisers and concerts. Its location at the old Fisherman's Wharf restaurant site is owned by the Office of Hawaiian Affairs.

More than 100 different small businesses have participated at the food park and marketplace, which was a first-of-its-kind on Oahu.

read … Difficulties acquiring building permits

Bill Would Feminize Hawaii Public Utilities Commission

IM: Senate Bill (SB) 382 … to transform or overhaul the Public Utilities Commission, the state regulatory body founded in 1913….

The modern Commission dates from 1976, following the Legislative Auditor`s massive three-volume audit of the Commission in 1974-76. As a result of the audit, the 1976 Legislature mandated that the Consumer Advocate, then a division within the Commission, be spun off. The Commission and the Consumer Advocate would be attached to separate agencies.

The Legislature left all decisions on how to restructure the agencies up to the executive branch. The Consumer Advocate wound up with most of the staff. This remained the regulatory structure until the Administration of Governor Lingle began beefing up the Commission.

The 2014 Legislature passed Senator Baker`s SB 2948 SD1 HD1 CD2), designed to transform the Commission. Governor Neil Abercrombie signed Act 108 into law….

Act 108 also moved the Commission from the Department of Budget and Finance to the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs (DCCA), the agency to which the Consumer Advocate is attached. The ability of DCCA to control the Consumer Advocate was stripped away.

Proposed 2017 Reforms

Senator Baker`s SB 382 seeks to further transform the Commission by amending the Commission`s Mission Statement, promoting Teleconferencing, and addressing the status of Commission Holdovers.

The bill focuses on the makeup of the board in terms of the number of attorneys and the number of women, their expertise, where they reside, the payment of per diem expenses, how Commissioners are trained, and the ability of each Commissioner to have private staff employees.

The internal structure would be decentralized, whereby individual Commissioners would gain greater power and autonomy from the Chair. The Chief Attorney, Executive Officer, and the Commission Staff would report to the Commission rather than the Chair.

Currently, no Hawai`i Board or Commission requires that women serve on the Board or Commission. SB 382 proposes that, not only must women be appointed to serve on the Commission, but that they must be the majority of the three-member Commission. SB 382 proposes that, “at least two members of the commission shall be women.”

The expertise of the Commission has varied greatly over time. Currently the three members are all attorneys. SB 382 would end that. The bill proposes that “no more than two commissioners may be attorneys.”

SB382: Text, Status

read … Overhauling and Transforming the Hawai`i Public Utilities Commission

Ige Pushes $10M for High Tech Tax Credit Scammers

HNN: …Ige’s $31 billion budget for the next two years includes a $10 million ‘investment’ in the Hawaii Strategic Development Corp.’s HI Growth initiative, which received only $1 million in funding from lawmakers last year.

Ige originally requested $5 million in funding for the initiative last year, which is meant to support the state’s technology and startup industry, but lawmakers denied the request in April, included only $1 million for the program in last year’s state budget bill….

read … $10M Corporate Welfare for Scam Companies

Death squeal of a subsidy pig: Green Energy Scammers Terrified that Trump will Lower electric Rates

SA: For Hawaii, Pruitt’s climate change denial threatens our basic way of life. Sea level rise is destroying homes (not), fishing grounds (Uh …Obama is destroying fishing grounds) and long-standing cultural practices (really?). Loss of our tradewinds (Yeah.  I sure do miss those winds.) and rains (I’m parched) risk the safety of our drinking water, the health of our fisheries, and the viability of diversified agriculture here.  (Death squeal of a subsidy pig.)

Reality: Sea Level Rise? Nonsense, Oahu is Rising From the Sea for Next 1.5M Years

read … Sheer Terror

Legislation: Felony to Not Put Baby to Sleep on his Back

CB: One of the bills considered Monday, Senate Bill 20, would require day care operators to put infants younger than a year on their backs to sleep, as recommended by experts to avoid SIDS. The only exception would be when parents got a waiver from a health care professional….

The second bill considered Monday, Senate Bill 21, would increase the penalties for those who violate child care rules from $1,000 to $5,000 for a first violation, and from $3,000 to $10,000 for succeeding violations.

The original bill also would have made it a misdemeanor to knowingly or recklessly violate day care rules. But the committees amended the bill Monday to make the offenses the lowest level of felony. That way, proponents said, violations will show up on day care operators’ criminal background checks in case they try to get other jobs involving vulnerable people.

read … Day Care Rules

What will Happen to Medicaid when Obamacare is Gone?

HNN: …At the very least, experts say, Hawaii might have to cover more of the cost for covered health services. And the price tag could be astronomical.

Marian Bernadino, of the Kalihi-Palama Health Clinic, said she gets about 20 people a day applying for the program.

"A lot of them are under Obamacare at this time and they've been depending on it," Bernadino said.

But most of the people she talks with end up getting Medicaid through the state's Med-Quest program. That's because Obamacare made it easier to get on Medicaid because eligibility requirements were expanded.

When Hawaii expanded Medicaid services, the number of people on the program rose significantly -- from about 292,000 right before the ACA became law in 2010, to about 345,000 today.

And the number of people on Medicaid in Hawaii looks like it will keep rising.

The state Department of Human Services recently told lawmakers it predicts the number of people on Medicaid will go up by 1 percent each year -- to about 360,000 in 2018 -- and another 1 percent in 2019. Plus, the department is also expecting a 4 percent increase in the cost of providing health care….

read … Medicaid?

Several marijuana measures introduced

HTH: Hawaii residents eventually might be able to use marijuana recreationally, and patients could be allowed to purchase it from legally formed collectives….

Other marijuana-related bills include:

• Exempting military veterans from paying medical marijuana registration fees (sponsored by Ruderman).

• Reassessing the state’s classification of marijuana as a Schedule 1 drug (sponsored by San Buenaventura).

• Establishing a minimum blood concentration content of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) for driving under the influence (sponsored by state Sen. Josh Green, D–Kona, Ka‘u). Green also is sponsoring a measure that would decriminalize the possession of 1 ounce or less of marijuana and create a civil penalty for possessing marijuana on school property or openly in a school zone.

• A ban on marijuana products created to appeal to children, and a ban of additives designed to make marijuana products more addictive or appealing to minors.

• A limit to the THC levels in manufactured marijuana products and requiring warning labels on packaging.

• A cap on retail prices for medical marijuana and manufactured marijuana products starting in July 2018.

• An expansion of the list of qualifying debilitating conditions for medical use to include lupus, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, arthritis, autism, anxiety, depression, insomnia and stress.

• A continuation of the caregiver program (currently set to end in 2018), allowing dispensaries to sell edible cannabis products and allow felons to work in the marijuana industry five years after completing their prison sentence. The proposal also clarifies what constitutes an “adequate supply” of medical marijuana for patients and caregivers.

• Replacing in state law the term “medical marijuana” with “medical cannabis.”

• Requiring 10 percent of tax revenue from dispensaries to be placed into a mental health and substance abuse fund.

• Requiring video and recording footage of dispensary and production centers to be retained for at least 45 days.

• Establishing a marijuana dispensary “special fund” and require 15 percent of general excise tax revenues from dispensaries be transferred into the fund each year for enforcement purposes.

As of Monday, all bills had cleared a first reading.…

read … Keep The People Drugged So They Won't Notice

Family of man killed in violent arrest to get $1M

HNN: …Lawyers say the 35-year-old Dinnan died after a police officer and an off-duty firefighter were restraining him. The firefighter, Nolan Hanohano, thought that Dinnan had stolen his truck.

The Medical Examiner said Dinnan choked to death after his chest was pressed to the ground. He also suffered a severe neck injury and his death was ruled a homicide.

Neither Hanohano nor the officer, longtime police veteran Eric Matsumoto, were charged with a crime. Matsumoto was initially placed on leave but has since been reinstated.

Green said they got the wrong man.

"Of course the person who (stole the truck) was never actually discovered and this was all on suspicion and a guy winds up dead," said Green.

State Sen. Will Espero says the Dinnan case underscores the need for the HPD to reexamine its policies on restraining suspects. "In the past few years, I can think of six or seven million dollars worth of lawsuits due to use of force or police brutality, said Espero.

"This is an area where the police commission and next chief of police needs to look into." ….

read … Family of man killed in violent arrest to get $1M

Police Commission ‘Clarifies’ Terms Of HPD Chief’s $250K Deal

CB: Louis Kealoha will have to pay back his settlement if he’s found guilty of a felony within six years. Documents released last week said it was seven years….

PDF: Kealoha Settlement Agreement

read … Police Commission Clarifies Terms Of HPD Chief’s $250K Deal

Caldwell Very slow to replace Oahu’s aging water mains

HNN: There’s no question that Hawaii’s infrastructure is old, but some people say the Board of Water Supply is acting too slow in replacing Oahu’s aging water mains.

University of Hawaii engineering professor Panos Prevedouros says ratepayers have been paying to have it done for years.

“We haven’t even reached the replacement of half of the old pipes yet,” he said. “The money is there, but the letting of the money and the completion of the work is proceeding very slowly.”

The Board of Water Supply says it has a more aggressive plan in the years ahead, with about $13 million worth of contracts just through the first half of the year.

But it’s not clear how much that will actually replace. A utility spokeswoman says there are 2,100 miles of pipes on Oahu….

“A lot of these pipes were done in the ’30s, ’40s, and ’50s,” she said….

read … Critics say progress slow to replace Oahu’s aging water mains

State kicks off annual homeless 'point-in-time' count

HNN: …The annual homeless "point-in-time" count, required by the federal government, got underway at 5 p.m. Monday.

Organizers say more than 450 people signed up to participate in this year's count on Oahu. That figures doesn't include outreach workers who are leading the teams.

Volunteers will try and make contact with as many homeless people as possible. The goal is to get them to take a survey whose key question is: "Where did you sleep on the night of Jan. 22?"

"We've got a couple incentives and we're basically just utilizing them to engage folks, create conversation," said Justin Phillips, of the Institute for Human Services.

Many of the people who complete the survey will be given a $5 gift card for food as well as a document holder to keep important items, like cell phones and IDs. Inside the pouch is also information on services available across the island.

Meanwhile, service providers will also count the number of people staying in the state's shelters….

Volunteers will continue this work until about 10 p.m. Monday. Teams will continue canvassing different communities across the state through Friday….

HNN: Volunteers walk Waikiki for statewide homeless count

read … State kicks off annual homeless 'point-in-time' count

Delay in 'Peter Boy' trial used to Pressure Legislators for Judicial Funding

HNN: …Kema’s trial was to begin Monday in Hilo Circuit Court, but at his attorney’s request, the trial will be delayed to April 24.

Prosecutor Rick Damerville was clearly unhappy with the delay, but said he had to accept it because the courts in the Hilo district are overwhelmed with cases.

“The public, they are looking at the wheels of justice moving slowly over here, and they are frustrated with it. I can tell you as a prosecutor I am extremely frustrated with it,” Damerville told reporters outside the court after the hearing….

He suggested that lawmakers have ignored the need for additional judges in Hilo for 30 years.

“These judges are working with crushing caseloads, so at some point in time the legislature has to do its job. By the time we get a third circuit court position over here, they will need four, that's how bad it is," he said.

Damerville pointed out that Judge Glenn Hara, who was overseeing the Kema case, has retired and the process to replace him has been delayed. He speculated that not enough local attorneys have applied for the Hilo Circuit Court position….

read … Prosecutor rails against another delay in 'Peter Boy' trial

Private Developer offers to Solve Aloha Stadium Problems

PBN: …Leland Sun has submitted a public-private joint venture proposal to lawmakers regarding the redevelopment of the stadium and its surrounding lands in Honolulu. Sun is the great-grandson of Sun Yat-sen, who graduated from Iolani School and attended Punahou school before going on to become the first president of the Republic of China in 1912.

Leland Sun's plan includes private developers, likely from China, rebuilding the stadium to today’s standards for a multi-use stadium. The automated parking structure would be built by Taiwan’s Ryoko Machinery Co. Ltd., one of the largest manufacturers of car parking systems in that country. The “Ryoko Lift Park” permits space-saving parking by stacking vehicles above each other with a vertical lift.

Sun said in return, the private developers would take a leasehold interest in the land at Aloha Stadium for a still-to-be-determined number of years and utilize proceeds from gaining that leasehold interest to build the affordable housing, mixed-use office building complex, commercial and retail complex and parks and recreational facilities at the site.

“The state and city would have a brand new multi-use Aloha Stadium with sufficient vertical, automated parking for the stadium at no-cost,” Sun said in the proposal. “The state and city would [also] receive the admission fees and parking fees and general excise taxes for the stadium and parking.”

He said the state would receive all of the general excise taxes from the affordable housing, mixed-use office building complex, commercial and retail complex and parks and recreational facilities.

Meanwhile, the Stadium Authority, which oversees Aloha Stadium, last week approved a plan to move ahead with the development of a smaller stadium

read … Proposal by great-grandson of Sun Yat-sen would build automated parking at Hawaii's Aloha stadium

Zuckerberg's Quiet Title Actions: Reality vs Shibai

KE: To hear media, pandering politicians and posers tell it, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is kicking kanaka off their land and out of their homes, forever severing their connection to the aina and their culture.

In reality, the eight quiet title actions he has filed directly affect just one person — Russell Andrade — and he's apparently OK with it all. Which he's going to tell CBS News in an interview today.

Yes, Russell is the one and only person living on, working or otherwise using kuleana land within the 700 acres Zuckerberg bought at Pilaa-Waipake. And his brother Carlos, who actually holds the deed to that kuleana, has joined Zuckerberg as a plaintiff to clarify ownership of the dozen or so kuleana parcels within the holdings.

Perhaps 90 percent of the people connected to these parcels aren't even aware they have an interest — which in many cases is a fractional ownership shared with many others — and none but Russell and Carlos have an active connection to the land.

Not that you'd know it from headlines like “Zuckerberg wants to pay native Hawaiians to get the f off his 700-acre estate.”

Or from people who really should know better, like UH law professor Kapua Sproat, who spouted her indignant rhetoric in a sensationalized, slanted article by Jon Letman and Julia Wong in The Guardian:

“This is the face of neocolonialism. Even though a forced sale may not physically displace people, it’s the last nail in the coffin of separating us from the land. For us, as Native Hawaiians, the land is an ancestor. It’s a grandparent. You just don’t sell your grandmother.”

Oh, get real, Kapua. Plenty of Hawaiians have happily sold their land. And who are you to be telling Carlos what he should do with his? ….

Letman and Wong also trotted out Ing — or at least, his press release — frothing and foaming from Maui. In classic pandering fashion, Ing plans to introduce a bill that would require mediation in quiet title actions. Like that's going to address the root issue or tidy up the law….

read … Zuckerberg's Quiet Title Actions: Reality vs Shibai



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