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5:25 p.m. Perreira Re-elected Hawaii AFL-CIO President

HGEA Executive Director Randy Perreira has been re-elected president of the Hawaii State AFL-CIO. Perreira, who has held the job since 2005, will serve a new two-year term.

Press statement from Perreira:

As the attacks on the middle-class occur in mainland states, such as Ohio and Wisconsin, we are mindful that Hawaii is not immune to such destructive anti-worker sentiment. During the tough times, it becomes all too easy for wealthy corporations and government officials to make workers out to be scapegoats. Hawaii State AFL-CIO’s collective strength enables us to be the strong voice for middle-class families, and together we will continue to fight for fairness for all workers.

2:50 p.m. New Fence At Former Homeless Camp

One day after HPD and volunteers cleared homeless camped out along Kalakaua Avenue across from the Hawaii Convention Center, a new fence was erected to keep them permanently away from the site.

At the request of landowner PBS Hawaii, workers for Pacific Island Fence today began fencing off the grassy strip that had long been home to about a half dozen or so folks and their earthly goods.

Leslie Wilcox has posted her take on yesterday’s events on her blog:

PBS Hawaii worked with the City, State, Honolulu police, and social services agencies to offer the campers shelter and to inform them that they must move by today. Jim Fulton from the Mayor’s Office, Trish Morikawa from the Managing Director’s Office, and State Homeless Coordinator Marc Alexander were among those helping to make this happen. Our Communications VP, Roberta Wong Murray, was on site to let the campers know they needed to leave and to thank them in advance for cooperating. The campers departed without protest by 11 am.

The Convention Center,

12:30 p.m. Council on Revenues Ups Personal Income Forecast

The Council on Revenues has revised higher its forecast for real personal income for calendar year 2011.

The group expects real personal income to increase 4.5 percent over last year. It’s an improvement over the panel’s July forecast of 3.8 percent growth for the year. The group is forecasting 4 percent growth in 2012.

The group cited cuts in federal payroll taxes, which are expected to sunset at the end of the year, as providing a one-time boost in personal income this year. It also estimates inflation will drop in 2012 from 3.2 percent to 1.7 percent, which should boost purchasing power.

Hawaii’s total personal income was at $55.7 million in 2010, a 2.13 percent increase over the previous year.

Council member Carl Bonham said the estimates should be taken “with a big grain of rock salt.” He cited uncertainty over the impact from potential federal spending cuts by the “supercommittee” in Washington as well as the European debt crisis.

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9:55 a.m. Lingle v. Hirono Over Taxing Millionaires

Yesterday, Ron Taketa of the Hawaii Carpenters Union sent out an email to Mazie Hirono supporters charging that Linda Lingle does not support increasing taxes on millionaires, as has been proposed by President Barack Obama.

(It’s known as the Buffett Rule — after Warren, not Jimmy.)

Excerpt from Taketa’s email:

Linda Lingle, Mazie’s leading Republican opponent, just doesn’t see eye-to-eye with the people of Hawaii. When asked about calling for millionaires to pay a little more in taxes, she’s continuing to toe the mainland GOP line: “I could never support something like that.”

Of course, this has always been Republican Linda Lingle’s position. We remember her steadfast loyalty to President George W. Bush, and the Bush tax cuts he enacted his first year in office that created the economic crisis and income inequality our country is facing today.

Today, Lingle’s campaign manager, Bob Lee, fired back, calling the Taketa-Hirono email deceptive.

Excerpt:

Don’t take my word for it — please read the transcript of the video in question below for yourself. In it, Gov. Lingle clearly explains why she stands WITH Hawaii’s small business owners who create so many jobs here at home. Her concern is that these small business owners might be vulnerable to huge tax increases because many of these LLCs or sole proprietors report their business income as PERSONAL income.

You won’t read any of that in the context sent out in the e-mail from a political operative.  In fact, you won’t read ANY of Gov. Lingle’s actual words except for seven words taken out of a sentence which is more than double that in length.

COFA Bill Referred To House Committees

Colleen Hanabusa‘s bill to obtain more funding for Micronesians in Hawaii, co-sponsored by Mazie Hirono, was referred yesterday to House Natural Resources and House Energy and Commerce.

Hanabusa is a member of Natural Resources. The bill number is HB3320.

APEC Protest: UH Manoa

Anti-APEC groups are expected to converge at the UH-Manoa Campus Center at 4 p.m.

According to the website APEC Sucks!, the protest regards “APEC Night,” which is described as being “organized by UH interns promoting APEC and partially funded by a $5,000 grant” from the Associated Students of the University of Hawaii.

Excerpt:

According to their own grant proposal, it was designed to present a “positive” view of APEC. …

The University of Hawaii Administration has wholeheartedly endorsed APEC, creating an atmosphere that has stifled free speech and critical thinking. It has put up signs welcoming APEC. President Greenwood is on the host committee. …

The march and sign-holding on November 3rd seeks to change this dynamic.

Press Conference: Watersheds

Neil Abercrombie is expected to unveil a plan for protecting Hawaii’s fresh water supply.

To governor will speak at 3:50 p.m. at the Hawaii Convention Center, followed by a 4:30 p.m. press conference with William Aila.

The occasion is a Society of American Foresters meeting, which features a 3 p.m. keynote address from Tom Tidwell, chief of the United States Forest Service.

Meeting: LUC

The Land Use Commission is scheduled to meet at 1 p.m. at Makena Beach and Golf Resort on Maui.

The agenda includes Kula Ridge and A&B properties in Waiale.

Another Dem Candidate For CD2

Bob Marx, a Hilo attorney, announced today his candidacy for Hawaii’s 2nd Congressional District.

A Democrat, Marx’s platform focuses on “Preserving the Middle Class … along with protecting senior citizens, ending dependence on foreign oil and getting the U.S. out of the war in Afghanistan,” according to a press release.

Marx is the first non-Oahu candidate to join the field, which includes Mufi Hannemann, Tulsi Gabbard and Esther Kiaaina and may yet involve Gary Hooser, who is from Kauai.

Hawaii Republicans have yet to field a candidate, but the name of Jonah Kaauwai has been mentioned.

PBS ‘Insights’ Talks APEC

Dan Boylan begins a three-part series of discussions about APEC.

Tonight’s episode centers on those who oppose APEC policies.

Energy Savings At The Capitol

Press release:

Employees at the Hawaii State Capitol Building cut back another 32,000 kilowatt hours, saving an additional $2,400 in electricity during the ENERGY STAR National Building Competition: Battle of the Buildings that began on May 2, 2011 and ended on August 31, 2011.

The Capitol Building entered the competition with an Energy Star score of 86, which meant it already ranked in the top 15 percent of similar buildings nationwide. By the end of the competition, it reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by 31 metric tons of CO2 equivalent, while improving its Energy Star score to 87.

The Battle of the Buildings award, however, went to a parking garage on the main campus of the University of Central Florida, which reduced its energy use by 63 percent.

Where’s Neil?

Here’s Neil:

KCAA Preschools of Hawaii groundbreaking, Mother Rice Preschool, 10 a.m.
       

Kauai Landfill Approaching Capacity

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

Bills to increase Hawaii County cash reserves advances

Keaau recycling transfer station to shut

Kauai landfill getting full as county studies new site

Showdown brewing between review panel, Laupahoehoe Charter School

Heavy rain on Maui; snow on Mauna Kea

Testifiers not happy with Big Isle building code changes


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