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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, now alleges that Pine has been “lying” to everyone, including the media, and he promises to produce “damning proof” tomorrow at 8 a.m.

Oh, boy.

12:42 p.m. Big Federal Bucks for Ag, Airports

Dan Inouye and Dan Akaka say that Hawaii will get $2.9 million for airport work on Maui, Molokai and the Big Island and $2.6 million to help farmers with shipping costs.

Thank you, federal government!

12:17 a.m. Tons of Neighbor Isle Gov’t News

Haleakala telescope hearing wraps up

Hawaii County redistricting has lots of factors to weigh

Proposed Big Isle building codes draw concern

Hawaii County Clerk looks into allegations of warehouse misuse

Thirty-one percent of Hawaii Island electricity comes from renewable resources

Kauai ethics complaint rejected; councilman recuses himself

Kauai petitioners question ‘invalid’ KIUC signatures

Schatz discusses Molokai’s strengths, challenges

10:06 a.m. UPDATE Rural Outreach Program Praised

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:

Case Raised Barely Half Hirono’s Total for Senate Run in Latest Quarter

Special-Interest Groups Boost Mazie Hirono in Hawaii U.S. Senate Race

Schatz and Schatz

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports that Stephen Schatz, the twin brother of Brian Schatz, has been chosen to lead the DOE‘s Office of Strategic Reform.

Home Foreclosures on ‘Insights’

The topic on the PBS show “Insights” tonight is foreclosures and the problematic Act 48.

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.” 

Where’s Neil?

Here’s Neil:

Rural Outreach Services Launch, North Hawaii Education and Research Center, Honokaa, 10 a.m.

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