Thursday, January 28, 2010

State reacts to Obama's speech, teachers' union seeks higher taxes, UPW pickets itself, eBay founder Omidyar addresses students, North Shore businesses riding a wave of prosperity, more news


There was lots of reaction to the President's speech from leaders of both parties, and grassroots supporters who gathered for the big show.

President Barack Obama’s first State of the Union Address to both houses of Congress was met with support from Hawai‘i’s Democratic federal representatives.

The Hawaii State Teachers Association is proposing to increase taxes on upper-income residents to eliminate Furlough Fridays and provide support for public education.

A state Senate committee on Monday will hear two bills that seek to reduce or eliminate public school teacher furloughs, one that would take money from the state's hurricane relief fund and another that would increase the general excise tax by 1 percentage point.

Chief Justice Ronald Moon said that if the judiciary's budget is cut again, there could be "increased concerns regarding public safety and delayed access to justice."

Claiming their labor union has abandoned them by refusing to pursue an alleged contract violation, Hilo correctional officers took the unusual step of picketing the United Public Workers' Hilo office Tuesday.

This week the Alexander Baldwin board of directors is expected to meet and consider the question: Does it make sense to continue growing sugar on Maui?


An unusual season of giant waves on the North Shore has resulted in a healthy — if not epic — boost for businesses from Sunset Beach to Haleiwa.

Founder of eBay Pierre Omidyar drew quite a crowd at the Shidler School of Business at University of Hawaii on Wednesday.

W.H. Shipman Ltd. is going to court to close an adult store that has opened across the street from Keaau Middle School.

Water rates could begin rising for both residential and agricultural users as early as July 1, thanks to a study that shows the Hawaii County Department of Water Supply is collecting only about 90 percent of its costs.

Maui County just barely entertained 2 million visitors in 2009, which was a drop of 8.8 percent from 2008.