Watching and reporting about Hawaii politics and government.
3:15 p.m. Occupy Honolulu Occupies Thomas Square
Occupy Honolulu plans a general assembly meeting at 6:30 p.m. at Thomas Square (Beretania and Ward).
They’ll meet there again tomorrow through Friday, too, while also taking time Thursday to hold an APEC protest outside the UH Manoa Campus Center Ballroom.
2 p.m. Govs Sing Staff Praises
Linda Lingle is raving about her former Director of Budget and Finance, Georgina Kawamura, for earning a top award from the National Association of State Budget Officers.
Neil Abercrombie is plugging a YouTube clip starring his chief of staff, Bruce Coppa.
Feel the love.
12:10 p.m. DOT Limits Lane Closures For APEC
The state Department of Transportation has this advisory for Oahu motorists that states “construction activities involving lane closures will be postponed on state roadways from Tuesday, November 1, through Sunday, November 20, 2011, for the duration of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) conference.”
The advisory continues: “The restrictions are due to the large increase in traffic that is anticipated on Oahu’s roadways and the limited availability of special duty officers who direct traffic and ensure public safety at worksites.”
During APEC, construction-related lane closures will be limited to emergencies and activities that are specially approved by the DOT director. The affected roadways are as follows:
Interstate Routes: H-1, H-2, H-201, H-3 and all associated ramps and frontage roads
Kalihi Street/Likelike Highway from Nimitz Highway to Kamehameha Highway
Pali Highway/Kailua Road from Vineyard Boulevard to Kailua Town
Vineyard Boulevard from Palama Street to Punchbowl Street
Nimitz Highway/Ala Moana Boulevard
Fort Weaver Road
Carroll: Jones Act White Paper
John Carroll, a GOP candidate for the U.S. Senate, is preparing a white paper “on the impact of the archaic Jones Act on Hawaii’s economy,” according to his campaign.
This little discussed law, left over from the nineteen twenties, put restrictions on interstate shipping, and essentially denies foreign-flagged vessels free-trade access to American ports. Hawaii has suffered disproportionately as a result, with shipping costs kept artificially high and export options drastically reduced. The effect of the Jones Act has been to drive up Hawaii’s cost of living by limiting (to almost a monopoly) all import shipping.
The Jones Act has long been defended by most Hawaii Democrats (Ed Case is an exception) as preserving local jobs.
APEC News You Can Use
This article by the Associated Press in Honolulu has been picked up across the country. In short, it reports that folks in Waikiki aren’t too happy about all the security restrictions for APEC.
Waikiki hasn’t seen such heavy security since the military lined the beaches with barbed wire after the 1941 bombing of Pearl Harbor.
The blanket of security has many who come to Waikiki each day grumbling. They wonder why leaders can’t meet somewhere less congested, like another Hawaiian island or on a military base that has plenty of security.
Meanwhile, KITV has this report on 1,000 volunteers participating in a “Totally Against Graffiti” campaign over the weekend to clean up areas along Honolulu routes to be traveled by APEC leaders.
• Presentation of Grant to VA National Cemetery, Executive Chambers, 1 p.m.
Family Services Cut On Maui, Big Isle
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