Watching and reporting about Hawaii politics and government.
4:30 p.m. Occupy Honolulu to Assemble, Potluck
Occupy Honolulu — “From the occupied aina of Hawaii in solidarity with the peoples of occupied lands worldwide” — plans a potluck and “general assembly” at Magic Island tomorrow (Saturday) beginning at noon.
A soap box is scheduled from 3-4 p.m. so individuals may share their stories and their reasons for becoming involved with the movement.
There will also be sign waving on Ala Moana and Atkinson to spread our message to the public.
3:35 p.m. APEC Protesters Adjust Plans
Carolyn Hadfield of the local chapter of World Can’t Wait says APEC protest groups have abandoned talks with city officials about getting a permit to march from Moiiliili to the Hawaii Convention Center.
That’s because, now that the U.S. Secret Service has released information on security restrictions, it’s clear that APEC leaders won’t actually be at the Convention Center on Saturday, Nov. 12.
Instead, the leaders will be at the Hale Koa hotel, which will be heavily cordoned off that day. The protesters now plan to assemble on the sidewalks of Ala Moana Boulevard across from the Hilton Hawaiian Village.
Gene Ward, Barbara Marumoto and Sam Slom welcome East Honolulu folks to a talk story tomorrow (Saturday) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Maunalua Bay.
1:35 p.m. Gov Ignores Poll
Asked for comment about the governor’s dismal poll numbers, administration spokeswoman Donalyn Dela Cruz had this comment:
Polls are not our focus. The Governor’s focus is on looking at all avenues to boost our economy. We’re making progress in education and energy and we will continue to build upon that momentum.
11:15 a.m. Poll: Abercrombie ‘Most Unpopular Gov’ in U.S.
Public Policy Polling has this item today that states, “Neil Abercrombie has assumed the dubious distinction of ‘most unpopular Governor in the country’ in PPP’s polling.”
Only 30 percent of voters now approve of him to 56 percent disapproving. That represents a 33 point decline in his net approval since March, when PPP found him at 48/41.
Independents (21/65) and Republicans (13/80) are both pretty universal in their disapproval of Abercrombie. But what really sinks his numbers is that even Democrats barely approve of the job he’s doing — 43 percent give him good marks while 39 percent dissent.
Abercrombie’s approval rating has dropped 33 points since PPP polled Hawaii in March. The new numbers make Abercrombie “nine points worse than the previous most hated governor
on which PPP has polled this year, Ohio’s (John) Kasich.”
PPP also has numbers on other Hawaii pols, none of whom fair as poorly as Abercrombie.
9:40 a.m. Topping Named Hawaiian Airlines Executive
Sunshine Topping, who headed human resources for the Abercrombie administration before resigning last month to spend more time with her family, today was named director of recruiting for Hawaiian Airlines.
Topping is responsible for developing the strategy required for Hawaiian’s recruitment of new employees to fulfill specific needs and specialties in conjunction with its future growth plans. Hawaiian currently has more than 4,100 employees and is hiring more than 400 new staff positions to accommodate its expansion in 2012.
Labor Board Hearing Continues
HSTA v. State, BOE & DOE resumes at 9 a.m. before the Hawaii Labor Relations Board downtown.
A bill designating a U.S. Postal Service building in Kahala as the Cecil L. Heftel Post Office Building passed the U.S. Senate by unanimous consent this week. It now heads to President Obama’s desk for his signature.
Colleen Hanabusa sponsored the bill to honor Heftel, who once held the same 1st District seat.