Today’s Hawaii News 07/08/2019

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Legislature won’t fight vetoes
The Hawai‘i Legislature will not convene a special session to override Gov. David Ige’s potential vetoes of bills after the Senate determined it didn’t have enough votes to overturn any of the governor’s decisions and legislative leaders couldn’t agree on which measures to try to save, according to memos circulated among lawmakers. Civil Beat. Hawaii Public Radio.Hawaii News Now.

Agencies urge Gov. David Ige to veto civil asset forfeiture reform bill
Law enforcement officials said they’ve implemented key recommendations of a 2018 state audit of Hawai‘i’s civil asset forfeiture program as they urge Gov. David Ige to move forward in vetoing a bill aimed at reforming the program, which allows police to confiscate property believed to have been used in the commission of certain crimes such as drug offenses and gambling. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

Hawai‘i has highest gap between wages, rent required for a 2-bedroom
Rent is so high it is inaccessible to the majority of residents working in the state’s largest occupations, according to the 2019 “Out of Reach” report by the National Low Income Housing Coalition, a Washington, D.C.-based advocacy group for affordable housing. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

Workplace issues with medical marijuana 
Hawai‘i employers are grappling with the growing acceptance of cannabis as medicine and for recreation while trying to keep drugs out of the workplace. John Fielding, director of risk management at Altres, the state’s largest private employer, which manages HR, benefits and payroll for over 2,000 employers with drug-free policies, said the problem is worsening as more states legalize cannabis. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

State ignores deadline for police standards
The Law Enforcement Standards Board failed to meet a July 1 deadline to create basic certification standards for law enforcement and police officers, shirking its legislative mandate. The board was created by the Legislature in 2018 and given one year to come up with basic training and certification standards, a decertification process and a training curriculum. Civil Beat.

State provided inaccurate data on student restraint and seclusion
The Hawai‘i Department of Education erroneously reported there were no such cases in 2015-16, the latest school year studied nationwide. Last school year, 66 Hawai‘i schools reported at least one restraint case. Civil Beat.

Talk Story with Simon Treacy, President, Hawaiʻi, The Howard Hughes Corp.
Treacy hopes to infuse international best practices into the 60-acre master-planned community of Ward Village, while honoring the core principles of Hawaiian culture and art… read more.
City unveils what a $722M redevelopment of Blaisdell Center might look like
Renderings showing a dramatically changed Neal S. Blaisdell Center are being released by city officials this month as they begin selecting a private partner for the project. The 22-acre Blaisdell campus, which first opened in 1964, would close in November 2020 for about three years, under the latest timeline estimate. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

Waikīkī residents want to force owners to improve or sell long-vacant, blighted walk-up
According to public records, the 9,500-square-foot property is owned by Norman Nip, a small-business owner, teacher Alvin Nip and their sister Donna Chang. Norman said the property is for sale but that he hasn’t listed it or settled on a price. “I tell people, ‘You come up with a price.’ I’m a really old-fashioned Chinese guy,” Nip said, adding that he turned down offers of $3.2M and $5.5M in the 1980s. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

New homeless clinic in the works in Kāneʻohe
The walk-in clinic will offer medical attention and social services for the homeless. The new facility is a three year pilot project and will become O‘ahu’s second outreach center, operated by Hawaii Homeless Healthcare Hui. KITV. 

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