Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Hawaii Daily News Read

Current Articles | Archives

Friday, September 14, 2018
September 14, 2018 News Read
By Andrew Walden @ 5:52 PM :: 991 Views

AG Opinion: Hawaii Gun Laws Not as Restrictive as they Seem

Evacuate? 'High Risk' Nuuanu Reservoir--What is Caldwell Administration Hiding?

Council Passes Bill 53--Calls for Demolition of Affordable Housing 'Monsters'

Debt is the No. 1 source of financial stress in Hawaii

Paris Accord: Ige Promises to Keep Raising Taxes and Electric Rates

End 'gut and replace' 

VIDEO: 'Problematic' HSTA Rental Tax

Opposition rises to tax proposal

KGI: …The question asks: “Shall the Legislature be authorized to establish, as provided by law, a surcharge on investment real property to be used to support public education?”

Because of how the act is written, there’s no guarantee that monies collected would go directly to teachers and students, opponents say. They say the ballot question itself is written in a way that makes it sounds good, but doesn’t paint the entire picture of what the amendment would do if passed.

“The Constitutional Amendment says or reports that it will support public education, but that’s simply not the case. The way the bill is written, the way the amendment is written, it’s very vague,” said Mark Perriello, president of the Kauai Chamber of Commerce. “It doesn’t actually guarantee any more money to our school systems and it will really raise the cost of living for folks here on Kauai and throughout the state.”

Even if residents don’t own a home, the passing of this amendment will cause a ripple effect, said Kauai resident Marissa Sandblom.

If anyone on Kauai rents property, they might not be aware, but they’re probably going to feel the consequences when their landlords receive this increase in their property tax, they’re going to have this difficult choice of taking it on themselves or passing it onto their tenants,” she said.

Perriello, Sandblom, Realtor Chad Deal and business owner Dennis Esaki met with a reporter and editor of The Garden Island newspaper on Thursday to share their concerns about the amendment.

Consumers would also see an increase in costs, she said

“A lot of our shopping centers could be considered investment properties so a lot of shops will see their cost of doing business increase,” she said.

The Kauai Board of Realtors doesn’t support this amendment.

“You’re going to be paying for this. It’s either going to be an increase in rents or an increase in mortgage payments,” said Deal.

Esaki, who owns Esaki Surveying and Mapping, said the bill harms people it’s designed to help because teachers pay mortgages and rent….

VIDEO: 'Problematic' HSTA Rental Tax

read … Opposition rises to tax proposal

In Effort to Impose Gay Agenda via anti-Bullying Programs, ‘Gay Dad’ gets $10K Nuisance Money from DoE

CB: …In addition to the monetary payment, the July 27-dated settlement requires the DOE to complete and implement policy changes — the same changes that are in motion under an agreement reached with the federal government in late 2017 following a years-long U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights investigation into bullying in Hawaii schools that began in 2011.

The settlement requires the DOE to update Chapter 19, its student misconduct code, to cover bullying against protected classes; come up with an actual complaints and investigation process; hire equity specialists for each complex area; and develop a web-based “standardized training program” on DOE procedures.

Such training, according to the settlement, would not necessarily be mandatory for all employees. “DOE will aspire to make this training mandatory, subject to applicable labor-management consultations, negotiations and/or other applicable conditions,” it states.

The DOE recently presented proposed revisions to Chapter 19 to the Hawaii Board of Education, which must sign off on the changes. The board postponed a vote, saying it wants to see some clarifications and specifics added to the code.

Franklin, who this summer moved with his two sons to California, said he was pleased with the settlement….

read … Department Of Education Settles Bullying Lawsuit for $10,000

Star-Adv: Keep teens from Vaping Tobacco-But Encourage them to Vape Marijuana

SA: Federal law prohibits selling e-cigarettes and tobacco cigarettes to anyone under age 18. In Hawaii, the age limit for both sorts of cigarettes is 21. Hawaii’s Legislature has also put in place commendable tough takes on public use, requiring smoke-free beaches.

And this year, smoking and tobacco use, including vaping, was banned on all University of Hawaii’s campuses, though the new law does not prohibit possession. It serves as a sensible response to findings that while tobacco use has declined in Hawaii, vaping has been rising rapidly, especially among youth.

It should be noted that not all vaping involves nicotine. For example, in July, Hawaii’s marijuana dispensaries started selling cannabis oil cartridges so that patients can legally take the drug through vaping. And it’s possible, as e-cig advocates and others claim, that vaping is less harmful than cigarettes and can help smokers quit tobacco….

read … Editorial: Keep teens from avoiding tobacco tax by vaping

Damage to Hawaii county infrastructure caused by Lane totals about $20M

HTH: …Damage to county facilities from the flooding late last month caused by torrential downpours from Hurricane Lane totaled about $20 million, said Managing Director Wil Okabe on Thursday.

Okabe said the damage estimate is for county infrastructure and doesn’t include damage to state infrastructure, such as schools and highways….

read … Damage to county infrastructure caused by Lane totals about $20M

Enviros Renew Push for Garbage Tax

HTH: …A pay-as-you-throw bag-tag rubbish program could be revisited after it was rejected first in 2009 and again in 2015. 

The Solid Waste Advisory Committee, a group convened every decade to update the county’s Integrated Solid Waste Management Plan, is again recommending a program where people would have to purchase tags or stickers to throw away garbage at county transfer stations and landfills.

The committee on Wednesday began sifting through the first 93 recommendations from the 2009 plan, to update old recommendations, strike through obsolete ones and perhaps begin adding new ones.

As the county moves toward its stated goal of zero waste, giving people incentives to reuse and recycle rather than throwing out so much trash has to include a mix of policies, the committee said. Several committee members said that has to include making it easier and cheaper to recycle rather than simply toss it in the trash.

“I think this is so critical. … We’ve got to find a way,” said committee member Barbara Bell, who was director of the Environmental Management Department during Mayor Harry Kim’s first term in the early 2000s. “We’ve been talking about it since the mid ’90s. …This makes it another 10 years.”…

read … Pay-as-you-throw rubbish program eyed again

What New Census Data Says — And Doesn’t Say — About Hawaii

CB: Incomes are slightly up, rents are still sky-high and more families are in poverty in Hawaii compared to 2016.

That’s according to new data released by the U.S. Census Bureau this week….

The median family income in Hawaii was $91,460 last year, a 3 percent increase from 2016. It wasn’t a statistically significant increase but still made Hawaii rank sixth highest in the nation.

But higher incomes are offset by higher costs, particularly housing. The Aloha State has had the highest median home value nationwide since 2007. Home values in Hawaii continue to grow — the 2017 median home value was $617,400, a 4.3 percent increase over the previous year.

Mortgages have stayed about the same — $2,337 — but Hawaii residents still bear the third highest mortgage cost….

read … What New Census Data Says — And Doesn’t Say — About Hawaii

Soft on Crime: Triple Murder ’Schizo’ given Free Pass to Mental Hospital

HNN: …Mau was charged with a total of 21 counts, from first-degree murder to assault to robbery, in connection with the crime spree on July 6, 2006.

Prosecutors said Mau fatally shot his taxi driver and then a couple taking photos of the city lights at a Tantalus lookout. Mau later broke into a nearby home, bound its three occupants at gunpoint, and stole their car, according to court documents.

Defense attorneys for Mau, now 36, had long pointed to his history of mental illness and violence toward family members and others. In 2002, he was diagnosed with schizophrenia.

Earlier this week, after a long string of hearings, the court determined that Mau would never be fit to stand trial….

Flashback: Killer Randall Saito having lots of sex at Mental Hospital

read … Will be Out Soon

Following Campaign Cash In Hawaii Just Got Easier

CB: A new digital tool lets users see a massive amount of data with just a few mouse clicks — no Excel experience necessary….

Finding out who is funding whose campaign has never been easier in Hawaii, thanks to the state Campaign Spending Commission’s new online dashboard for the 2018 election….

read … Following Campaign Cash In Hawaii Just Got Easier

QUICK HITS:


Links

TEXT "follow HawaiiFreePress" to 40404

Register to Vote

2aHawaii

808 Silent Majority

808 State Update AM940

ABCDEFG Blog

ACA Signups Hawaii

ACCE

Affordable Hawaii Coalition

ALEC

Alliance Defending Freedom

Aloha Conservative Alliance

Aloha Life Advocates

Aloha Pregnancy Care Center

American Council of Trustees and Alumni

American Mothers of Hawaii

AMVETS-Hawaii

AntiPlanner

Antonio Gramsci Reading List

A Place for Women in Waipio

Audit The Rail

Ballotpedia Hawaii

Better Hawaii 

Blaisdell Memorial Project

Broken Trust

CAFR Hawaii

Castaway Conservative

Children's Alliance Hawaii

Children's Rights Institute

Christian Homeschoolers of Hawaii

Citizens for Recall

Cliff Slater's Second Opinion

Coffee Break

Conservative Forum for Hawaii

CSIS Pacific Forum

DAR Hawaii

DeedySupport.com

DVids Hawaii

E Hana Kakou Kelii Akina

E Māua Ola i Moku o Keawe

Farmers For Choice Hawaii

FIRE

Fix Oahu!

Follow the Money Hawaii

Frank in Hawaii

Front Page Magazine

Frontline: The Fixers

Genetic Literacy Project

Get Off Your Butts!

God, Freedom, America

Grassroot Institute

Habele.org

Hawaii Aganst Assisted Suicide

Hawaii Aquarium Fish Report

Hawaii Aviation Preservation Society

Hawaii Catholic TV

Hawaii Christian Coalition

Hawaii Cigar Association

Hawaii Coalition Against Legalized Gambling

Hawaii ConCon Info

Hawaii Credit Union Watch

Hawaii Crime Victims' Rights

Hawaii Crop Improvement Association

Hawaii Debt Clock

Hawaii Defending Marriage

Hawaii Defense Foundation

Hawaii Families for Educational Choice

Hawaii Family Advocates

Hawaii Family Forum

Hawaii Farmers and Ranchers United

Hawaii Farmer's Daughter

Hawaii Federalist Society

Hawaii Federation of Republican Women

Hawaii Firearm Community

Hawaii Fishermen's Alliance

Hawaii Future Project

Hawaii Gathering of Eagles

Hawaii History Blog

Hawaii Homeschool Association

Hawaii Jihadi Trial

Hawaii March for Life

Hawaii Meth Project

Hawaii's Partnership for Appropriate & Compassionate Care

Hawaii Public Charter School Network

Hawaii Rifle Association

Hawaii Right to Life -- Big Island

Hawaii Right to Life -- Oahu

Hawaii Shield Law Coalition

Hawaii Shippers Council

Hawaii Smokers Alliance

Hawaii State Data Lab

Hawaii Together

Heritage Foundation

HI Coalition Against Legalized Gambling

HIEC.Coop 

HiFiCo

Hiram Fong Papers

Homeschool Legal Defense Hawaii

Honolulu Homeless Crisis

Honolulu Navy League

Honolulu Traffic

Horns of Jericho Blog

House Minority Blog

House Republican Caucus YouTube

HPACC

Hump Day Report

Hunting, Farming and Fishing Assoc.

I Vote Hawaii

If Hawaii News

Inouye-Kwock, NYT 1992

Inside the Nature Conservancy

Inverse Condemnation

Investigative Project on Terrorism

Iowa Meets Maui

Jackson v Abercrombie

Jihad Watch

Judgepedia Hawaii

July 4 in Hawaii

Kahle v New Hope

Kakaako Cares

Kau TEA Party

Kauai Co GOP

Keep Hawaii's Heroes

KeyWiki

Land and Power in Hawaii

Legislative Committee Analysis Tool

Lessons in Firearm Education

Lingle Years

Malulani Foundation

Managed Care Matters -- Hawaii

Malama Pregnancy Center of Maui

Mauna Kea Recreational Users Group

MentalIllnessPolicy.org

Middle East Forum--The Legal Project

Mililani Conservatives for Change

Military Home Educators' Network Oahu

Missile Defense Advocacy

MIS Veterans Hawaii

Muslim Brotherhood in America

NAMI Hawaii

NARTH

Natatorium.org

National Christian Foundation Hawaii

National Parents Org Hawaii

National Wind Watch

New Zeal

NFIB Hawaii News

No GMO Means No Aloha

Northwest Economic Policy Seminar

Not Dead Yet, Hawaii

Now What I Really Think

NRA-ILA Hawaii

Oahu Alternative Transport

ObamaCare Abortion Hawaii

OHA Lies

Ohana Policy Group

OurFutureHawaii.com

Pacific Aviation Museum

Patients Rights Council Hawaii

PEACE Hawaii

People vs Machine

Pritchett Cartoons 

Pro-GMO Hawaii

P.U.E.O.

RailRipoff.com

Rental by Owner Awareness Assn

Republican Party -- Hawaii State

Research Institute for Hawaii USA

Rick Hamada Show

RJ Rummel

Robotics Organizing Committee

Salvage The Rail

Save the Plastic Bag

School Choice in Hawaii

SenatorFong.com

SIFE Remington

SIFE W. Oahu 

Sink the Jones Act

Smart About Marijuana--Hawaii

St Marianne Cope

State Budget Solutions Hawaii

State Policy Network

Statehood for Guam

Tax Foundation of Hawaii

TEA Party Maui

TFB Micronesia

The Harriet Tubman Agenda

The Long War Journal

The Real Hanabusa

Time Out Honolulu

Truth About Trade & Technology - Hawaii

UCC Truths

Union Members Know Your Rights

US Tax Foundation Hawaii Info

Valor in the Pacific

VAREP Honolulu

Waagey.org

West Maui Taxpayers Association

What Natalie Thinks

Whole Life Hawaii

Yes2TMT