Thursday, June 3, 2010

State panel considers homeless problem, some Advertiser reporters picked up, gay pride coming to Waikiki, counties mull tax hikes, more top Hawaii news

What does it say about the state Legislature when only two lawmakers showed up for a hearing on dealing with Hawaii's growing homeless problem?

Placing time limits on public housing and revisiting the idea of buying one-way plane tickets to send homeless people back to the mainland are among the ideas lawmakers might consider next year as they search for cost-effective ways to manage the state's growing homeless problem.

As service providers report increases in homelessness, and with no new funding to address the situation, some lawmakers yesterday said the state needs to crack down on people who abuse the system and needs to start asking tough questions, such as whether residents should have preferences for services over new arrivals.

Some state lawmakers are trying to get a better understanding of just how many new homeless people are arriving in Hawaii every year.

The new Honolulu Star-Advertiser will welcome more than two dozen soon-to-be-former Honolulu Advertiser employees come Monday, the day the new broadsheet format debuts.

The news behind the scenes at the Honolulu Advertiser isn't good.  Nearly four out of five people in the news department will be out of work after this weekend when the paper merges with the Star Bulletin.

Veteran journalists will soon be joining the ranks of the unemployed as Honolulu becomes a one newspaper town after this weekend.

In a state that generously flaunts rainbows on its license plates and storefronts, denizens of Waikiki may not notice the spike in rainbow-colored accoutrements that’ll pervade street corners this week.

The Office of Hawaiian Affairs is asking the state Supreme Court to resolve a $200 million dispute with the state.

More than 3,500 acres of lowland forest in the Wai'anae Range that are a prime source of O'ahu's drinking water and home to dozens of endangered species are now protected thanks to a purchase involving a federal, state and private partnership.

Republican Gov. Linda Lingle has issued an executive order to establish surfing reserves at two of Hawaii's most beloved surfing areas.

Popular surf areas along Waikiki and Sunset Beach have been designated surfing reserves under an executive order that Gov. Linda Lingle said highlights "the importance of protecting, nourishing and developing Hawaii's world famous surf sites."

Lieutenant Gov. James “Duke” Aiona recently urged nonprofits across the state to enroll in the 2010 Summer Youth Employment Program and receive help from young workers immediately through September 30.

Leave Kaaawa alone - that's the message from parents in Windward Oahu as the Board of Education considers a plan to close Kaaawa Elementary School to save money.

Insufficient funding is the cause of delays in constructing the Ocean View-Kahuku water system, said the manager of the county Department of Water Supply.

Mayor Billy Kenoi wanted to know how County Council members can cut his proposed $376 million budget.

Despite a land title cloud cast by litigation, a Waikoloa affordable housing project is progressing and homes should be ready to sell by fall.

WAILUKU - Condominium owners turned out Tuesday to oppose legislation that would push thousands of units into a higher property tax classification, saying it would be an unfair burden and could drive more condominium units into foreclosure.

The 2010 Census is well underway and census takers are canvassing the Big Island right now to get the best up-to-date information about the population of the U.S. The census is used to determine many important factors from legislation representation to federal grant money.

A veterinarian who had earlier treated some of the 16 horses seized from Lara Butler-Brady by Kaua‘i Humane Society officers Sunday said Tuesday all of the horses should survive.