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FAA Outlines Hawaii Air Tour Safety Improvements

Fence to keep Homeless Drug Addicts and Criminals out of Uncle Billy's

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DoE Short 200 Bus Drivers

DoE Teacher vacancies drop

Architect arrested after alleged DPP bribery attempt   

SA: … Honolulu police today arrested architect Kiyoshi Toi, 89, for allegedly trying to bribe a residential plans examiner with the City and County of Honolulu Department of Planning and Permitting, the city’s Department of the Prosecuting Attorney said in a news release.

An Oahu grand jury indicted Toi on the Bribery charge on July 21 for allegedly offering cash to a city employee in exchange for the approval of a permit for a home in Wahiawa.

Bribery is a felony that is punishable by up to 10 years in prison….

read … Architect, 89, arrested after alleged bribery attempt

Union balks over ‘hazard pay’ survey distributed to thousands of government employees

HNN: … The survey went to roughly 8,300 Hawaii Government Employees Association members.

The document, obtained by Hawaii News Now, was from the state Department of Labor and Industrial Relations. It said the agency is “collecting detailed information to project the potential impact of temporary hazard pay” during the state’s COVID emergency proclamation.

Randy Perreira, executive director of HGEA, said the union “raised strong objections and concerns to it (the survey) that were ignored.” The survey has “no bearing on determining any hazard pay employees are entitled to – that will be determined by the grievance process,” he added.

Labor attorney Ted Hong says the state’s letter doesn’t reassure workers that there will be no discipline if their worksheet and payroll records don’t match.

“I would be extremely concerned about completing this because they have the payroll records,” said Hong. “Now over a year and a half later, the state is asking them to resurrect, jog their memory about what hours.”

Last year, an arbiter ruled 1,300 HGEA members who work for Maui County would be entitled to 25% temporary hazard pay during the pandemic. “The favorable decisions we have received in other cases suggest that we have a compelling argument against the state,” said Perreira….

read … Union balks over ‘hazard pay’ survey distributed to thousands of government employees (hawaiinewsnow.com)

Campbell High School Refuses To Facilitate Transfer of Cyberbullied Autistic Student

KITV: … A student with special needs was cyberbullied at Campbell High School last spring.  Students took mobile phone camera pictures of her son using the urinal and blasted them out on social media.  While no one disputes what happened that day, there still isn’t much agreement on how to go forward – That was the takeaway from a meeting Friday morning with school officials and the student’s mom.

“It was very emotional meeting,” said Melissa Harper-Osai, mother of the autistic child who was a freshman at Campbell High School last Spring.  “It was a big trigger because they didn't even remember the date that this happened, which is ingrained in my brain forever.  My top priority is my son's safety and they cannot assure me that he will be safe in this environment at James Campbell High School.  The fact that they keep telling me that this teacher is familiar with him and that they will follow the IEP and that they will do all these things, but they weren't doing those things in the first place, which could have prevented all of this from happening. There's no way I will be sending my son back to that school.”

Harper-Osai can't understand why the school doesn't seem like her son's best interests are their priority.  And it wasn't for a lack of people involved in today's meeting.

“What really infuriates me is that it's supposed to be a team decision.  It wasn't a team decision, added Harper-Osai.  “There were 15 people on this meeting this morning and two people spoke up the principal and the vice principal.  No one else had any input or any suggestions or any options.” ….

read … Campbell High School Refuses To Facilitate Transfer of Cyberbullied Autistic Student | News | kitv.com

Hawaii youth climate lawsuit trial set for next summer

SA: … The climate lawsuit brought by 14 Hawaii youths challenging the state Department of Transportation will get its day in court — but not until next summer.

The suit that claims the constitutional rights of the young plaintiffs have been violated by a department that has only exacerbated climate change will be heard June 24 through July 12 in the 1st Circuit’s Environmental Court in Honolulu.

Navahine F. v. Hawaii Department of Transportation is set to become only the second constitutional climate case to go to trial in the U.S. The first case was tried in Montana in June, with a ruling expected soon from a judge in Lewis and Clark County District Court in Helena….

read … Hawaii youth climate lawsuit trial set for next summer | Honolulu Star-Advertiser (staradvertiser.com)

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