Hawaii Island News, evening edition, 18 Jan 2019

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Accessed on 19 January 2019, 0150 UTC, Post 18285.



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GET hike resurfaces on council agenda
The County Council has resurrected an old general excise tax hike that was postponed last May and put it on Wednesday’s council agenda for consideration. But officials say it’s on the agenda only as a procedural move, because the previous council in May had postponed it to the second council meeting in January. West Hawaii Today.

Maui Electric Co.’s president will also oversee HELCO as Jay Ignacio retires
Hawaiian Electric is appointing one person to lead its Hawaii Island and Maui subsidiaries as the private power utility seeks to consolidate administrative positions. Sharon Suzuki, president of Maui Electric Co., also will oversee Hawaii Electric Light Co. effective Feb. 2, when HELCO President Jay Ignacio retires. However, the subsidiaries will remain separate entities under their parent, Hawaiian Electric. Tribune-Herald.

Proposed condo on Alii Drive sparks opposition
A proposed 11-unit condominium on the makai side of Alii Drive is moving forward again, but some residents are speaking out about it and one petition for standing in a contested case hearing has already been filed in the case. West Hawaii Today.

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