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Judge denies request to drop petition to impeach Honolulu Prosecutor Keith Kaneshiro
William McCorriston, Kaneshiro’s lawyer, argued that the Hawaiʻi Circuit Court lacked the jurisdiction to hear the case because the impeachment petition submitted to the court by Oʻahu businessman Tracy Yoshimura did not include 500 physical signatures as required under the Honolulu City Charter. As he was leaving Monday’s hearing, McCorriston said that he is considering an appeal. Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Civil Beat.Hawai‘i Public Radio.

Controversial Hawaiian scholar comes under fire amid calls for an investigation
The state Office of Consumer Protection has made a criminal referral for controversial Hawaiian scholar David Keanu Sai, saying he has committed a felony. In a court filing, OCP attorney James Evers said Sai violated the state’s Mortgage Rescue Fraud Prevention Act by taking nearly $8,000 advance fees from distressed homeowners. Hawaii News Now. 

Spending big on lobbying didn’t guarantee success at legislature
Opponents of taxes on real estate trusts and vacation rentals couldn’t kill the bills last session, while a retirement savings program was rejected despite AARP support. But those bills inspired some of the biggest spending on lobbying at the Hawaiʻi Legislature during the 2019 session. Civil Beat.

Ige extends emergency declaration on homelessness
Governor David Ige issued a third supplementary emergency proclamation that extends the disaster emergency relief period for homelessness across the state. The purpose of the proclamation is to accelerate the completion of housing projects and expand shelter capacity and access to services. Maui Now.

Sam Slom wants to be a state senator again and will challenge Stanley Chang in 2020
Although he represented District 9 in the Hawaiʻi Legislature for 20 years, Republican Sam Slom lost to Democrat Stanley Chang in 2016. He is now running to recapture the seat that runs from Hawaiʻi Kai to ʻĀina Haina, from Waiʻalae-Kāhala to Diamond Head. Civil Beat.

B Corps: “Business as a Force for Good”
B Corps arose out of the idea that the ultimate bottom line is the planet. This movement aims to transform companies into responsible corporate citizens… read more.
Council considers measure to make Honolulu a “sanctuary city”
The Honolulu City Council is considering a measure that would prohibit the Honolulu Police Department from cooperating with federal authorities to detain and investigate immigrants who may be living in the country illegally — with some exceptions. Civil Beat.

Tensions run high as Waimānalo residents spar over Sherwoods development
At a community meeting Monday night, there were tears, flaring tempers and police as the community argued over the development. The Waimānalo neighborhood board passed a resolution Monday night urging the city to stop the construction of a new athletic field immediately. Hawaii News Now.

Nānākuli residents at wits’ end over volatile homeless camp on federal property
Illegal campers in Nānākuli have once again taken over a piece of land owned by the federal government. Earlier this year, the property was consumed by a brush fire that nearly took out a several homes. But despite years of complaints, neighbors say the federal government continues to ignore the problems on their property. Hawaii News Now.

Court for homeless defendants moves to Kāneʻohe
The idea is to help clear minor offenses from an overbooked court calendar and, perhaps more important, connect the participants to social service agencies that staff each court session helping the participants find jobs, get back their IDs and a whole array of services including housing. Honolulu Star-Advertiser. 

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