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3:10 p.m. HPD Staging at Saint Francis

Yesterday Civil Beat reported how there appeared to be a police stakeout at Saint Francis School, which is next to the UH Manoa campus.

A Honolulu Police Department spokeswoman told us, “The officers at the school were not monitoring the (APEC) protest but were available if needed.”

Now we’ve heard from the school’s principal, Sister Joan of Arc Souza, who tells us HPD specifically asked to use a lower parking lot for APEC staging.

“They were in full armor, guns included, uniforms, boots and everything,” she said today. “They were there in case they had to get (to UH) in a hurry.”

Sister Joan says HPD may use the area again for APEC events during next month’s summit.

“We are always willing to cooperate with the police department,” she said. “I just hope that everything goes smoothly and we don’t have any problems with demonstration stuff. God bless.”

1:15 p.m. OccupyAPEC Website Up and Running

As Civil Beat reported, Honolulu artist/activist Michael Daly purchased the doman name OccupyAPEC.com.

Daly emailed us today to say that he now has content on the site.

Excerpt:

Large corporate interests dominate APEC using 21 Government heads as their proxies. They engender the anti-democratic movement of Globalization whereby the people (the 99%), are physically and intellectually barricaded out and life and natural resources are their mere commodity.

10:55 a.m. Ihara Named to Nat’l Post

Hawaii state Sen. Les Ihara has been named co-chair of the National Conference of State Legislatures‘ Legislative Effectiveness Committee.

Press release:

The NCSL Legislative Effectiveness Committee examines strategies, practices and procedures for making legislators, staff and legislatures more effective. The committee focuses both on key skills for legislators and on key operations and powers of state legislature.

Hearing: Discrimination

The Hawaii Civil Rights Commission will hold a public hearing on Act 206 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the University of Hawaii William S. Richardson School of Law.

Act 206, which takes effect Jan. 1, 2012, will make it illegal for an employer to refuse to hire or employ, bar or discharge from employment or otherwise discriminate against any individual because of domestic or sexual violence victim status.

Hawaii is the fifth state to include protections against employment discrimination on the basis of domestic or sexual violence victim status in its civil rights or fair employment laws. Click here for more information.

Forum: Wahine

The Wahine Forum, an annual women’s conference co-convened by Hawaii Business Magazine and Junior League of Honolulu, will be held today at the Hawaii Convention Center.

The keynote speaker is Carla Harris, author of “Expect to Win, 10 Proven Strategies from a Wall Street Vet.”

Other speakers include Leslie Wilkins, a longtime advocate for the advancement of women and girls who will review how Hawaii “stacks up” on gender equality.

Homeless Outreach Ahead of APEC

KITV has this report about the stepping up of outreach to homeless people in advance of next month’s APEC summit.

Excerpt:

One of those areas is near the Waikiki Convention Center. The homeless encampment that has set up directly across the street has become an eyesore with torn tents and pieces of cardboard propped up against a chain link fence. They have been piling up next to a recycling center where many of the homeless make their money turning in scavenged bottles and cans.

Second Reapportionment Suit Filed

Check out the latest in Neighbor Island government-related news:

UPDATE: State terminates managers of troubled Maui housing project

UPDATE: Kauai judge: Stealing tourist’s car not funny

UPDATE: Researcher: Returning Maui shark tag “right thing” to do

Planning Commission approves expansion of Kauai Veterans Cemetery

Former Waimea Dispensary continues legacy of healing

Second reapportionment suit filed on Big Island

Opinion absolves Maui officers in use of Taser

Hilo Medical Center may face sanctions


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