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VA Error Leaves Potentially Thousands Of Student Veterans Without Rent Payments

2017 cesspool law creating a mess for Hawaii property owners

Memo to reluctant legislators: Hawaii can afford to cut taxes

Creating Positions: Senate WAM Budget Burns Your Tax Cut Money

Blangiardi signs Bill 57, designating 'sensitive places' for firearms on Oʻahu

Green signs seven “Good Government” bills into law

KĀKOU: Hawaiʻi’s Town Hall  -- Concealed Carry: Should the Government Restrict Where Guns Are Allowed?

Abercrombie Among Finalists named for 3 seats on UH Board of Regents

Next PLDC? Hawaii’s new school construction authority has no idea what its doing

SA: … Can such an untested agency do a good job with the $200 million the Legislature just approved to finally start building universal preschools across Hawaii? Will the authority be accountable and transparent? How does Farias, a career educator, qualify to direct so much big-ticket construction?

Farias, a 29-year DOE educator appointed in March by Gov. David Ige as the first executive director of the School Facilities Authority, admits this is somewhat uncharted territory for him and the authority’s five-member volunteer board. But some of that is by design…

(TRANSLATION: Dela Cruz wants us to hand the contracts to DTL/WCIT.)

The state School Facilities Authority is headed by Executive Director Chad Keone Farias and five unpaid volunteer board members. All are appointed by the governor. The members are:

>> Board Chairperson Alan Oshima, retired president and CEO of Hawaiian Electric Co.

>> Harold Edwards, president and CEO, ITC Water Management

>> Bettina Mehnert, CEO, Architects Hawaii Ltd.

>> LaJuaine “Candy” Suiso, retired teacher; founder, Searider Productions

>> Lindsay Ball, interim member; retired complex area superintendent for Hana-­Lahainaluna-Lanai-­Molokai complex of the state Department of Education

read … Hopes high for Hawaii’s new school construction authority

More Reform Bills Heading for Conference Committee

CB: … Several more government reform bills passed their final committees on Thursday and Friday and are headed to floor votes and then to the black hole known as the Secret Land of Conference Committees….

SA: Open government laws aim to restore public trust

read … Sunshine And Silver Linings As Bills Become Law Or Keep Moving Forward

Sierra Club is a Paper Tiger: Controversial state Land Board nominee survives confirmation hearing

HNN: … Despite criticism early on about her appointment, state Land Board Chair nominee Dawn Chang garnered unanimous support Friday from a Senate committee.

Her nomination now goes to the full Senate, where it is expected to be approved.

Shortly after her appointment, Chang’s role as consultant to developers drew opposition from some environmentalists and Native Hawaiian advocates….

there was little opposition to her appointment Friday…

GM516: Text, Status

read … Paper Tiger

After Buying it, Site for new North Shore fire station deemed unusable

KITV: … Fire Station 14 Waialua is quite old, in fact, for the last 90 years it’s been sitting in a flood and tsunami zone. It’s right at the cusp of Waialua and Haleiwa town and the acquired land was about a mile and a half closer to Waialua, but now it’s up in the air where the new fire station could be.

In April 2020 the Caldwell administration announced Honolulu Fire Department acquired five acres from Dole for 1.3 million dollars in the heart of Waialua for a new state-of-the-art station.

But in January 2022, HFD’s new administration realized the land was in a tsunami evacuation zone….

read … Site for new North Shore fire station deemed unusable

Hawaii is where you can find the priciest Big Macs in USA

S: … Hawaii is the U.S. state where McDonald's is the most expensive ($5.31), followed by New York ($5.23), California ($5.11) and Maryland ($5.03). The cheapest Big Macs are predominantly sold in the deep south states, namely Mississippi, where a single burger costs $3.91….

read … Here’s where you can find the priciest — and cheapest — Big Macs in the world

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