Thursday, February 11, 2010

State e-waste plan not working, tent, shopping cart park ban moving forward, lawmakers debate Furlough Friday, Hamakua land to go on block, Lanai councilman could be forced out, other state news

The Big Island's e-waste recycling centers are becoming graveyards for illegally dumped computers, televisions, microwaves and printers.

Bills restricting tents and banning shopping carts at city parks moved out of a key Honolulu City Council committee yesterday.

Incoming public housing tenants could be subject to credit checks and visits to their current home under proposals meant to better screen applicants and cut down on delinquent renters.

The Hawaii Supreme Court has ordered a circuit judge to decide whether Lanai Councilman Sol Kahoohalahala should keep his job depending on where he lives

Maui County Council Member Sol Kaho'ohalahala could be forced to vacate his office by a judge, under a ruling of the Hawaii Supreme Court on Wednesday.

Mayor Mufi Hannemann took his message across the street yesterday, staging a forum at the state Capitol to update the public on the status of the city's rail transit project and again urge Gov. Linda Lingle to expeditiously sign off on the project.

Attorneys for seven autistic students asked a federal appeals court yesterday to let them go back to school on Furlough Fridays, arguing that Hawaii's decision to shut down campuses has illegally disrupted their education.

Public school students could spend a minimum of 190 days and 36 hours a week in class, based on a bill passed out of the Senate's Committee on Education and Housing yesterday.

As students face another furlough Friday in two days parents are more and more frustrated and so are their elected representatives.

The Kaua‘i County Council will lend its voice to the chorus of Hawai‘i counties pleading to Gov. Linda Lingle and state lawmakers to keep their hands off the counties’ portion of the hotel tax.

There are flight frustrations with the bone chilling blizzard blanketing the East Coast. It's causing travel delays, which is having a domino effect in Hawaii.

Hawaii County will attempt to sell the first of its Paauilo mauka parcels March 31, finance administrators said Tuesday in outlining the liquidation plan expected to raise millions

A group of Maui residents calling themselves the DIRE Coalition said this week that while they support Mayor Charmaine Tavares' goal of eliminating the county's injection wells, she is just not doing enough to achieve results - or as soon as is possible.