Monday, July 9, 2012

No special session for veto overrides, Hurricane Daniel weakens, Public Housing Authority hiring, Honolulu picking up prostitutes, landowners blocking beach access, Haleakala National Park may limit tours, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

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House Speaker Calvin Say and Senate President Shan Tsutsui said today in a memo to fellow legislators there will be no special session this July 10 to override any of Gov. Neil Abercrombie's potential vetoes. Hawaii Reporter.

Hawaii's main energy efficiency and conservation program — initially focused primarily on hardware upgrades such as compact fluorescent bulbs, Energy Star appliances and air conditioning retrofits — is now getting some help from behavioral scientists in its mission to cut the state's electricity consumption. Star-Advertiser.

There’s a new energy debate heating up, looking at whether liquefied natural gas could play a role in Hawai`i’s fuel future. Hawaii Public Radio.

Across the country, voter turnout has been on the decline since the 1960s, but Hawaii started higher than most and has fallen farther over the years. Civil Beat.

Oceanfront property owners use vegetation--and deception--to thwart rightful public access. Honolulu Weekly.

The state's Public Housing Authority is hiring. Which means dozens of jobs are available, and more people will be able to get housing they desperately need. KITV4.

Adult community schools have gotten a one-month reprieve before a planned consolidation, now set to take place Aug. 1. Star-Advertiser.

Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Desmond Tutu will be making five appearances at a Honolulu cathedral. Associated Press.

The National Hurricane Center says hurricane Daniel continues to weaken as it moves west along the Pacific Ocean. Hawaii News Now.

State roundup for July 9. Associated Press.

Oahu

Honolulu prosecutors say prostitution laws are being more aggressively enforced, and police are making more arrests on weekends. Civil Beat.

The city deviated from state procurement law in its award of a $175,000 Fire Department consulting contract in 2010, said state Chief Procurement Officer Aaron Fujioka. Hawaii Reporter.

More questions are being raised about backroom contracting procedures that have led to a Honolulu Ethics Commission investigation. Civil Beat.

Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie has released more than $75.3 million for Honolulu International Airport projects. Associated Press.

Hawaii

Hirono opens East Hawaii headquarters. Tribune-Herald.

Providing Native Hawaiians already incarcerated with the tools and skills needed to succeed is just one of many ways to address concerns about the over-representation of Native Hawaiians in the criminal justice system, one resident told a state task force Saturday in Kailua-Kona. West Hawaii Today.

BigIslandRadar.com monitoring, reporting traffic violations to police. West Hawaii Today.

Maui


County Council members voted 7-2 Friday to give initial approval to a resolution that would put before voters on Nov. 6 a second version of a proposed Maui County Charter amendment to extend council terms from two to four years. Maui News.

The Public Utilities Commission has appointed Senators Roz Baker and J. Kalani English as members to the newly created Hawaiian Electric Companies’ Integrated Resource Planning (IRP) Advisory Group. Maui Now.

Haleakala National Park officials are seeking public input on a plan that would significantly scale back commercial tour activities offered in the park, including prohibiting tours several days each year and banning motor coaches. Maui News.

Kaiser Permanente Hawaii plans to open a new behavioral health services location on Maui this week. Pacific Business News.

Kauai

After hearing public concerns regarding a bill to “encourage the use” of county-owned charging stations for electric vehicles, Kaua‘i County Council members on Thursday changed language in the bill to no longer offer free charges to electric vehicles for the next six months. Garden Island.

Even though the price of crude oil went down in June, Hawai‘i drivers are, on average, paying more for gasoline compared to the same time last year. Garden Island.

While some states offer rebates as high as 35 percent,  that’s not the only reason filmmakers select locations. Garden Island.

Molokai

After a scare in April that bus services to Molokai Intermediate and High schools would be cut, parents and students will be relieved to learn that school bus services on Molokai will not be affected for the upcoming school year, according to the Department of Education. Molokai Dispatch.