Monday, July 11, 2011

Hawaii mulls school impact fees, pedophilia bill faces veto, recycling program losing money, Maui vets lawsuit advances, Kaui dredging project stirs concerns, military promotes Big Island training area expansion, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Hawaii Community College mural courtesy photo
A spectacularly vivid and colorful mural was unveiled Thursday at Honolulu Community College in Kalihi, a massive work nearly the length of a football field and reaching three stories high on the side of the JBL Hawaii warehouse on Kokea Street along Kapalama Stream. Hawaii Independent.

A bill on Gov. Neil Abercrombie's veto list would lift the statute of limitations on civil lawsuits by victims of child sexual abuse, which is now two years from the victim's 18th birthday or, in certain instances, two years from the time the victim discovered the injuries or damage arising from the abuse. Star-Advertiser.

There was a time not long ago when the idea of ruthless, spiteful Mufi Hannemann running the state seemed scary and Neil Abercrombie, neatly combed and acting avuncular, appeared the more reasonable choice. Star-Advertiser.

Two of 28 Hawaii board members are telling Gov. Neil Abercrombie they'll obey his request for them to resign. Associated Press.

Peanut butter sandwiches, all-expense-paid trips to Washington, D.C., and an iPad were among the gifts Hawaii lawmakers accepted during the last year, a Civil Beat analysis of gift disclosure filings has found. Civil Beat.

Members of the Hawaii House of Representatives will host an Informational Briefing on Cybercrime on Tuesday, July 12 at 10:00 a.m. at the Hawaii State Capitol, Conference Room 309. Hawaii Reporter.

Hawaii's recycling incentive program that pays consumers a nickel for each drink container redeemed has begun losing millions of dollars every year, likely leading to an increase in government-imposed costs of every can, plastic drink container and beer bottle sold in the state, The Associated Press has learned. Associated Press.

As the state embarks over the next six months on Justice Reinvestment — a data-driven approach to reducing corrections spending and decreasing crime successfully used in more than 10 states — it is not only a first step but relatively inexpensive and easy step toward criminal justice reform. Civil Beat.

Hawai‘i Fifth Circuit Chief Judge Randal Valenciano warned six felony probationers last week that positive testing for drug use would result in mandatory jail time. Garden Island.

A school impact fee that was to have been imposed in West Hawaii last July could be back on soon. West Hawaii Today.

Hawaii has attracted its second major mainland solar system provider in two years, broadening options for consumers and businesses interested in tapping the sun’s energy for electrical generation without upfront costs. Star-Advertiser.

The Coast Guard rescued 25 people who were on tour boat that hit some rocks near a cave entrance off Maui. Star-Advertiser.

The county spent more than a decade securing the necessary permits to dredge Morgan’s Ponds at Lydgate Beach Park. Now that the work is done, some long-time users are raising concerns about the finished product. Garden Island.

The Army plans to remove unexploded munitions from the ocean floor off the coast of Waianae over the next three weeks. Associated Press.

The Army is undertaking an environmental impact study for the expansion and modernization of Pohakuloa Training Area. It is expected to be completed by fall, said Lt. Col. Rolland "Chris" Niles, PTA commander. West Hawaii Today.

The city is trying a new approach to providing a public service that in recent years has generated major controversies, lawsuits, fines, scores of consumer complaints and an ongoing criminal fraud investigation. Star-Advertiser.

Major sewer line work will likely cause a major traffic jam on on Ala Moana Boulevard. Starting at midnight with one lane of Ala Moana in Kakaako will be closed around the clock for two weeks. KHON2.

Molokai Veterans Caring for Veterans’ lawsuit against the County of Maui is still moving forward, according to a federal judge’s order last week. Molokai Dispatch.

A federal judge in Honolulu has ordered that a lawsuit filed by Molokai veterans over the county's handling of their building permit application can continue. Maui News.

Uninhabited areas of Puna have become dumping grounds for the gutted and burned-out remains of stolen vehicles. Tribune-Herald.

The stocks for Maui Land & Pineapple Co., Barnwell Industries Inc. and Hawaiian Electric Industries Inc.were the only local issues to record gains Friday. Pacific Business News.