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Hawaii Island News, 23 October 2009, part II


YMCA Vice President Greg Ogin tells “West Hawaii Today” that the economy has affected fundraising and the potential land swap to acquire a level parcel for the long-planned West Haaii YMCA facility.  Ogin says he is not sure when the work would begin.  Ogin states that the project depends on when the economy rebounds from the current recession.  Ironman Race Director Diana Bertsch says the donors behind the Ironman Foundation may have to re-evaluate their support for the proposed building.

South Kona Councilwoman Brenda Ford tells “West Hawaii Today” that attorney and former Hawaii County Councilman Brian De Lima received special treatment Tuesday night when he was allowed to participate in discussions about a recent legislative audit affecting the Department of Public Works.  Ford says she objected several times to De Lima’s presence at the staff table alongside the corporation counsel and a deputy department head for the entire review of the audit.  Ford believes De Lima’s appearance was “inappropriate”.

(AP).  Two lawsuits have been filed in federal court seeking to halt public school teacher furloughs in Hawaii that are scheduled to begin Friday.  The latest was filed against the state Wednesday by five plaintiffs acting on behalf of 11 children, age 3-17.  It claims parents assumed the school year would be 180 days, but that the state changed that unilaterally.