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2:45 p.m. Rep. Awana Pushed to File Campaign Reports

The Campaign Spending Commission has sought a court’s help in getting state Rep. Karen Awana to file delinquent reports from the 2010 election.

In late September, the commission’s general counsel, Gary Kam, filed a civil action in First Circuit Court asking for enforcement of the commission’s order.

Awana was informed by the commission on May 31 that several reports hadn’t been filed. She ended up paying a $1,900 fine. But she still didn’t file the reports.

Why not?

Awana, a Democrat representing Nanakuli and Lualualei, says she has been consumed by district issues.

“This is a very serious issue and this is a priority for me,” she told Civil Beat today. “I am currently working wholeheartedly on what needs to be done to meet the criteria and requirements needed for the campaign spending reports.”

11:45 a.m. Navy EIS on Proposed Aircraft

The Department of the Navy has a draft Environmental Impact Statement on basing MV-22 and H-1 aircraft in support of Third Marine Expeditionary Force based here.

The public is asked to comment on the EIS, which can be viewed here.

GOP’s Chang Commits to Grassroots

David Chang, the new chair of the Hawaii Republican Party, has told supporters that strengthening grassroots efforts is a priority.

Chang also wants to grow membership and expand the GOP base, get more volunteers, recruit strong candidates for 2012 and improve party finances.

Lingle in the Big Easy

Linda Lingle will be part of the Bipartisan Policy Center’s annual political summit, “Taking the Poison Out of Partisanship,” at Tulane University in New Orleans tomorrow.

The summit is hosted in part by James Carville and Mary Matalin.

Conference: Homelessness

As part of National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, Partners In Care, Oahu’s Continuum of Care is holding the 2011 Statewide Homeless Awareness Conference all day today at the Pacific Beach Hotel in Waikiki.

Guest speakers include state homeless czar Marc Alexander, State Homeless Programs Director Sandra Miyoshi and Sara Yuan from UH Center on the Family, which is releasing a new Homeless Service Utilization Report.

Meeting: BOE

The Board of Education is scheduled to met at 12:30 p.m. at the Queen Liliuokalani Building.

The agenda includes executive session discussion on HSTA and UPW contract matters.

Sun Yat-sen Dedication on Maui

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

Former sugar cane land in Paauilo attracts bidders

Dedication for Sun Yat-sen in Kepaniwai Park

County urged to purchase Banyan’s Beach

Charter looks at viable plans for Maui Council districts

Friends of Molokai Library making plans

Maui to enter sister city relationship with Daejeon


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