• Starting new jobs today are House Chief Clerk C.J. Leong, House Majority Staff Director Joan Yamaguchi and assistant director Rebecca L. Anderson. All are legislative vets.
• The Public Access Room has issued an updated guide for the Legislature’s revamped website. (“It’s fabulous,” raves one Capitol insider.)
11:25 p.m. Gov. Announces $1.3 Billion Bond Sale
Gov. Neil Abercrombie and budget director Kalbert Young made official what was reported in The Wall Street Journal last month: Hawaii sold $1.3 billion of general obligation bonds.
The governor said the sale — the largest in state history — shows investor confidence in the state’s fiscal health, something Abercrombie said his administration deserves credit for.
“We made the tough decisions, and garnered a lot of criticism. Now, one year later, we have turned the corner and investors have taken notice,” he said in a statement today.
As a result of the bond transaction, the state will be able to replenish the Hurricane Relief and Rainy Day funds. Proceeds from the sale will also be used for improvement projects already underway at schools and other facilities.
Neil Abercrombie has scheduled a press conference at 10:30 a.m. today to announce “the largest bond issue in the history of the State of Hawaii” — about $1.3 billion. It will be held at the Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii at 1132 Bishop Street.
The Board of Educationis scheduled to meet at 6:30 p.m. at Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School Cafeteria in Lihue. The occasion is a community meeting.
Town Hall: Lihue
State Sen. Ron Kouchi is hosting a transportation town meeting that includes representatives from the state DOT and County of Kauai. It begins at 6 p.m. at King Kaumualii Elementary School Cafeteria.
State Sen. Gilbert Kahele will be hosting a transportation forum beginning at 6 p.m. at the Pahoa Neighborhood Facility. The forum will feature Sal Panem, Hawaii Island District Engineer from the state DOT.
Listening Session: Waimea
The Waimea Community Association will hold its monthly town meeting at Parker School Theatre beginning at 5 p.m. The meeting includes a listening session with the Big Island’s state BOE member, Brian DeLima.
The Land Use Commissionis scheduled to meet at 9:30 a.m. downtown to talk about the controversial Hoopili project.
PBS ‘Insights’: Giving
Dan Boylan addresses “Season of Giving: Helping People Help Themselves” in a down economy on tonight’s “Insights.”
Guests: Rona Fukumoto, Catholic Charities of Hawaii; Alex Santiago, PHOCUSED; Eunice Sim, Goodwill Industries of Hawaii; and Sandee Yoro, SECOH.
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