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Patricia Mau-Shimizu, chief clerk of the state House of Representatives since 1993, is leaving her post to become executive director of the Hawaii State Bar Association.
Mau-Shimizu — one of the most important figures at the Legislature — has been with the House for almost 28 years.
Speaker Calvin Say said in a press release, “Pat always makes sure that the House and the sessions are running smoothly. While we will miss her exceptional knowledge and expertise on legislative matters, we wish her only the very best as she starts a new chapter at the Hawaii State Bar Association.”
Mau-Shimizu earned a law degree from Golden Gate University School of Law and was a business administration major at the University of San Francisco. The HSBA job begins Dec. 1.
The Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism and Hawaii Community Reinvestment Corporation today announced the launch of GreenSun Hawaii, “an innovative energy financing credit enhancement program made available through a Recovery Act grant from the U.S. Department of Energy,” according to a press release.
In partnership with approved Hawaii-based solar contractors, the program enables customers to apply for financing for solar water heating and other energy-efficient equipment with up to three participating lenders of their choice through an easy-to-use online application. … GreenSun Hawaii loans will feature longer terms and lower interest rates than loans offered outside of the program.
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The Department of Human Services will reduce its Child Welfare Services contracts with community providers and the University of Hawaii by $5.8 million beginning Dec. 1.
Services impacted by the reductions include family strengthening and support services, emergency shelter care, Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children, recruitment, training, and home studies for prospective resource family homes, Ohana Conferencing and training for CWS staff.
“The decision to reduce funding and terminate some of our CWS programs was not easy,” according to DHS Director Patricia McManaman. “Although the economy is improving, state revenue is still lagging.”
McManaman emphasized that, “essential services will not be jeopardized, nor will Hawaii’s children and families be exposed to harm.”
The homeless, who were just kicked off Beretania Street, say they won’t go to the nearby Institute for Human Services because of the bedbugs, but IHS said it follows “strict protocols” to avoid infestations.
Longtime Hawaii Public Radio journalist Kayla Rosenfeld is the new communications specialist at the Department of Human Services. She succeeds Joe Perez, who is now executive director of the Hawaii Meth Project.
UPDATE: Gregory Jackson has left his post as director for the Office of Veteran Services “to join a team of advisors to South Sudan,” according to an email.
“Our team will be assisting South Sudan’s Ministry of Defense to normalize the South Sudanese Peoples Liberation Army,” said Jackson. “My specific role will be as Veterans Advisor to help them with the veteran transition aspects of the project.”
Jackson, a captain and a Judge Advocate in the U.S. Air Force for six years, was appointed to OVS by Neil Abercrombie.
A spokesman at OVS said a search for Jackson’s replacement “is already under way,” and that Caz Ross is interim director.
Dan Akaka will chair a federal field hearing on invasive species at 2 p.m. at the Hawaii Department of Agriculture Plant Quarantine conference room (1849 Auiki Street).
“Invasive species such as the Brown Tree Snake or diseases such as Malaria threaten to permanently devastate our fragile island ecosystem, our economy, and our way of life,” Akaka said in a statement.
Neil Abercrombie is among those scheduled to testify. He replaces Brian Schatz, who initially was scheduled to testify.
Human services committees in the state House and Senate are scheduled to meet at 1 p.m. at the Capitol to address elder abuse.
Consumer protection issues dealing with Hawaii’s seniors, such as but not limited to elder abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation will be the topics of discussion. Last session HB1123, a bill to require a durable power of attorney to be signed by two witnesses not related to the POA and acknowledged by a notary public, was introduced in an effort to defend seniors against financial exploitation by caregivers. The bill and other measures to safeguard Hawaii’s elderly from abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation will be discussed at the briefing.
The Stadium Authority is scheduled to meet at 10 a.m. at Aloha Stadium.
The agenda includes election of a new chair and vice chair, and evaluation of the goals of the stadium’s managers.
The Board of Education is scheduled to meet at 6:30 p.m. at Kilauea Elementary School Cafeteria on Kauai.
The agenda includes discussion of the Kapaa Complex Area.
Labor committees in the state House and Senate are scheduled to hold an informational briefing at 1:30 p.m. at the Capitol.
The purpose of this informational briefing is to provide the Office of Community Services the opportunity to hold a public hearing (regarding) the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) Act. The CSBG is a federal, anti-poverty block grant that funds the operations of a state-administered network of local agencies. This CSBG network consists of more than 1,100 agencies that create, coordinate, and deliver programs and services to low-income Americans . … Any member of the public with an interest in programming for low-income persons or families is highly encouraged to attend.
The topic for Dan Boylan‘s PBS show tonight is “The New Normal?”
With the ongoing Occupy Wall Street movement and the upcoming APEC, panelists will delve into the socioeconomic issues that are causing frustration and anxiety for many across the nation and locally.
In addition to the invasive species hearing noted above, here’s Neil:
• Proclamation Ceremony: Hawaii Perioperative Nurses, Executive Chambers, 11 a.m.
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