Watching and reporting about Hawaii politics and government.
4:44 p.m. Gov Responds to HSTA, Denies Most Complaints
The Abercrombie administration this afternoon issued a 41-page response to HSTA‘s 37-page complaint to the Hawaii Labor Relations Board about negotiating in bad faith.
The governor last month declared an impasse in collective bargaining talks and imposed terms of a settlement, angering the union and prompting its complaint.
A quick scan of the document shows that the administration has admitted some of the allegations (e.g., purely factual statements such as Neil Abercrombie being the governor of Hawaii) but denied most of the serious ones. Check Civil Beat’s homepage later for a report by Katherine Poythress.
In a brief statement, the governor, Kathryn Matayoshi and Don Horner said, “The Attorney General has provided details of how the state bargained in good faith for many months to reach agreement with negotiators representing teachers. Our focus remains on working together with educators and parents to make this upcoming school year a truly outstanding one for Hawai’i’s students.”
2:11 p.m. More Dirt From Ryan on Pine
Want the latest — well, at least since about 10 minutes ago — on Eric Ryan‘s online attack on Tom Berg and Kymberly Pine?
The offending site, http://www.kympineisacrook.com/ now alleges that Pine has been “lying” to everyone, including the media, and he promises to produce “damning proof” tomorrow at 8 a.m.
The governor, administration officials and lawmakers hailed the launch today of a Rural Outreach Services program in the Hamakua area on the Big Island.
“We are creating an opportunity to better serve the rural communities of North Hawaii, which will be a model for other rural areas across the state,” said Dwight Takamine in a press statement from the administration. “This is a truly community-driven effort to address barriers to services by empowering rural communities.”
The Rural Outreach Services initiative is a partnership between federal, state and county governments and private non-profits. Groups involved in the effort include the County of Hawaii’s Aging & Disability Resource Center, the Arc of Hilo, North Hawaii Drug Free Coalition and Hawaii Disability Rights Center.
8:28 a.m. Case Trails Hirono Big Time
In case you didn’t see Adrienne LaFrance‘s excellent reporting on the recent campaign finance filings for the U.S. Senate race, here they are:
Dan Boylan‘s guests include Kim Harman, Kealii Lopez and Kehau Filimoeatu.
Local 5 Rally at Hyatt
Timed to coincide with protests in other U.S. cities, unionized workers will march outside the Hyatt Regency Waikiki this morning.
Why? “To demand an end to the abuses they face at work,” according to a UNITE HERE! Local 5 press release.
Town Hall: Aiea-Pearl City
State lawmakers will update the community on issues and area projects, including the redevelopment of Kam Drive-In into a residential-business area.
The meeting, sponsored by David Ige, Donna Mercado Kim, Blake Oshiro, Roy Takumi, Mark Takai and Aaron Ling Johanson, begins at 7 p.m. at Pearl Ridge Elementary School Cafeteria.
Rural Outreach Launch in North Hawaii
The Rural Outreach Services initiative will launch at 10 a.m. at the North Hawaii Education and Research Center on the Big Isle.
Rural Outreach Services is a public-private “consortium of agencies that provide a wide range of needed services for the community on a rotating basis,” according to a press release.
Mark Nakashima, a lawmaker who also sits on the center’s advisory board, says, “Because of the long distances that people need to travel on the Big Island, many residents have not been getting the services they need, whether it be job-related, housing, or even healthcare.”
• Rural Outreach Services Launch, North Hawaii Education and Research Center, Honokaa, 10 a.m.