Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Honolulu faces $100M shortfall, pro-development planning director picked, Kona coffee quarantine mulled, bag ban booted, media group files FCC complaint, more on Akaka Bill, Inouye, other Hawaii news

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A long-sought federal law allowing native Hawaiians to form their own government stands little chance of passing Congress before year's end, and its approval may be even less likely after a Republican House majority takes office in January. Associated Press.


Sen. Dan Inouye is on his way to a 9th term in the U.S. Senate and another stint as Senate Appropriations Committee Chair. KHON2.

Gov.-elect Neil Abercrombie will get to appoint every member of the new Board of Education, but how much leeway he has in choosing candidates is still up in the air.Star-Advertiser.

Honolulu Mayor Peter Carlisle predicts the city could face a budget shortfall of more than $100 million next year so he’s making major cuts to the city's construction plan to help balance the budget. KITV4.

The man Mayor Peter Carlisle wants to run the city's planning department told Civil Beat Tuesday that he can't think of a major development project he's opposed. Civil Beat.

Honolulu County's latest effort to ban plastic bags appears stalled and unable to advance despite successful plastic bag bans in Maui and Kauai counties. KITV4.

Free Press, the nation’s leading media reform organization, will bring the concerns of Hawaiians directly to the FCC, filing complaints about Raycom Media’s takeover of 3 TV stations in Hawaii. Hawaii Reporter.

Kahuku High School will not play another football game this season, after a court denied an injunction that would have put them back in the state playoffs. KHON2.

A planned week-long closure of the H-power plant for maintenance has resulted in major backups at the Waimanalo Gulch landfill. KHON2.

Unite Here Local 5 has announced it has reached a tentative new contract that would cover nearly 1,800 workers at Kaiser Permanente Hawaii. Associated Press.

The Honolulu Board of Realtors reports October residential resales were down from the same month last year. Associated Press.

As night fell over the Hawaiian Islands Tuesday Australian long distance swimmer Penny Palfrey was believed to be swimming somewhere in the Kaieie Waho Channel between Oahu and Kauai. She was trying to become the first person to swim the 72 mile crossing. Hawaii News Now.

A number of dust devils popped up over Central Oahu on Tuesday, viewers reported. KITV4.

The Waianae Coast is a place of spectacular coastlines, dramatic backdrops, and a rich history. Hawaii Independent.

State agriculture officials will consider an embargo on inter-island shipments of Kona green coffee beans at a meeting scheduled for Nov. 17 in Honolulu. West Hawaii Today.

A Nov. 17 meeting has been set to discuss one or more quarantine zones for Big Island coffee to combat the spread of the coffee berry borer. Tribune-Herald.

At a time when the Maui Police Department is filling its ranks with police officers, the Maui County Council's Budget and Finance Committee recommended Monday to accept a $1.63 million federal grant to employ six new officers. Maui News.

Herman Andaya Jr. has been picked as chief of staff for the new administration of Mayor-elect Alan Arakawa, according to an announcement Monday. Maui News.

Site sought for Kona judiciary complex. West Hawaii Today.

The second largest public charter school in the state has dismissed its top two administrators. Associated Press.

After a yearlong delay for redesign, Connections Public Charter School is moving forward with its master plan for a $20 million, 90,000-square-foot campus on state land in upper Hilo. Tribune-Herald.

A South Kohala developer who failed to meet a state deadline to build affordable housing wants a two-year extension. West Hawaii Today.

Where was everyone? That was a question on a lot of minds Monday night when the county’s Anti-Drug Office hosted its first of four community meetings centering on the theme of “Taking Care of Our ‘Ohana Is Our Kuleana.” Garden Island.

Simply defined, horticulture means “cultivation of gardens” or “simple agriculture without many tools.” Molokai Dispatch.

The Kalaupapa National Historical Park has announced repairs have been completed to the only land route to the leprosy settlement on Molokai. Associated Press.