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3:18 p.m. Next Step Shelter Expands Hours

KITV reports that the Next Step homeless shelter will now be open weekends beginning Aug. 13.

The report says:

“Waikiki Health Center’s Director, Darlene Hein, believes it’ll keep homeless families out of nearby parks.”

12:15 a.m. Case Sets HQ Opening

He was the first candidate to declare he was running for the U.S. Senate, and now he’s the first candidate to open a campaign headquarters.

Ed Case‘s HQ is on the second floor of Ward Warehouse, and his campaign will mark the occasion with a formal opening on Sunday, Aug. 14.

Ward Warehouse is also the location of the Democratic Party of Hawaii and where Neil Abercrombie had his campaign HQ during his run for governor.

11:50 a.m. UPW Strike Vote Continues

KHON2 reports that the United Public Workers is continuing strike authorization votes this week on the Neighbor Islands.

“The union is unhappy with a proposed contract that asks for across the board pay cuts of 5 percent as well as a 50-50 split on health benefits,” says the report.

10:55 a.m. LRB Won’t Clip Paid News Content

The Legislative Reference Bureau today stopped including news articles from The Honolulu Star-Advertiser in its online clipping service, now that the daily has put up its pay wall.

(A shout-out to the state House’s Georgette Deemer for alerting us to this.)

The LRB’s iClips service — “headlines to your desktop” — wasn’t in the practice of clipping Civil Beat articles, either, but recently started carrying some (they are identified as coming from HCB, aka Honolulu Civil Beat.)

But then, our content is free for occasional users.

10:05 a.m. ACLU Seeks Gov’t Phone Tracking Info

The ACLU of Hawaii is among 34 ACLU affiliates across the nation that are requesting information from hundreds of law-enforcement agencies regarding the use of cell phone tracking data.

The requests, filed under the states’ freedom of information laws, “are an effort to strip away the secrecy that has surrounded law enforcement use of cell phone tracking capabilities,” according to a press release.

The agencies the Hawaii ACLU is making requests of are the police departments of all four counties, the Department of Public Safety and the Department of Land and Natural Resources.

Staff attorney Laurie Temple said:

“Hawaii is particularly vulnerable as a geographically isolated state. People here are highly dependent on mobile communications to stay in touch. This technology is clearly ingrained in our daily lives, yet many do not realize that every moment our phones are on, we leave location ‘breadcrumbs’ behind us.”

Some Big Isle Stink Eye for Gov

Check out the latest in Neighbor Island government news:

Abercrombie takes heat in Hilo

Thousands of Big Isle landowners may need flood insurance

Maui campaign finds fitting adjectives for marketing county

Big Isle ratepayers could see electric bills jump $10 or more

Maui Electric requests 6.7% rate increase

Koloa church helps Kauai food bank

Targeting crime prevention in Kailua-Kona

Maui deer population vexing farmers, ranchers

Meeting: Reapportionment

A 2011 Reapportionment Commission meeting is scheduled for 2 p.m. at the Capitol.

The agenda includes hearing what county advisory councils have to say about redistricting, more talk on who to include as permanent residents and discussion of the technical aspects of redrawing political boundaries.

Where’s Neil?

Here’s Neil:

Hawaii Association of Mortgage Brokers Luncheon, Sheraton Waikiki, 11:30 a.m.

UH Symposium Addressing Higher Education in the APEC region, East West Center, 5 p.m.         

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