Today’s Hawaii News 07/09/2019

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HART should pay its own legal fees, councilwoman says
Honolulu Councilwoman Heidi Tsuneyoshi says the agency tasked with building the $9.2 billion rail line shouldn’t use additional city taxpayer money to hire a lawyer to deal with three federal subpoenas that are looking into wrongdoing at the agency. Tsuneyoshi on Friday introduced Resolution 19-154, which calls on the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation to follow the requirements of the Honolulu City Charter and use $3.75 million it already has earmarked in its budget for legal expenses to pay the $50,000 that is being sought. Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Hawaii Public Radio. KHON2. KITV.

Man framed by Kealohas speaks out for first time since verdict
Gerard Puana was set up in the famous ‘mailbox’ incident by Louis and Katherine Kealoha. Puana says the guilty verdicts that were rendered upon the couple last month have restored his faith in a law enforcement system that once prosecuted him for a crime he didn’t commit. Hawaii News Now.

Company was told to stop skydiving before fatal crash; now ordered to vacate
Oahu Parachute Center, the company in charge of the airplane that crashed in Mokuleia last month, killing 11 people, had been ordered to stop its skydiving operation well before the fatal crash. KHON2.

State sends residents new survey as it assesses foodborne illnesses
The Department of Health is continuing to assess Hawai‘i residents’ eating habits in hopes of understanding behaviors associated with contracting foodborne illnesses such as rat lungworm disease. The department’s Disease Outbreak Control Division will conduct the second round of its food consumption survey throughout July.  Civil Beat.

Abandoned tax licenses set to be purged
The state Department of Taxation announced July 1 that it has published a notice to revoke tax licenses due to abandonment. By law, a tax license is considered abandoned if the license holder has not filed its quarterly and annual returns for a period of five or more years. Maui News. 

How to Increase Hawai‘i’s Low Voter Turnout
There’s no one solution. It’ll take a little bit of everything: big system reforms that make voting and registering more convenient for busy citizens, plus more civic education and engagement with different demographics… read more.
Ige green lights Aloha Stadium redevelopment
Governor David Ige signed into law Monday a bill that kicks off the process of redeveloping the 44-year-old Aloha Stadium into a mixed-use sports and entertainment district. Hawaii News Now. Hawaii Public Radio.

Kaneshiro impeachment petition dismissed
Oahu businessman Tracy Yoshimura’s petition to impeach Kaneshiro was dismissed Monday by Circuit Judge Jeffrey Crabtree. The judge cited procedural issues dealing with the use of electronic signatures to meet a Honolulu City Charter requirement requiring the signatures of 500 registered voters. Attorney Keith Kiuchi said Yoshimura will file a new petition using traditional, hand-written signatures. Honolulu Star-Advertiser. KITV.

Council resolution wants agencies to prove they can avoid Kealoha-esque incidents
In the wake of the Kealoha corruption verdicts, Councilman Ron Menor says he has grave concerns about the ability of city agencies to police their own employees and he’s demanding they prove they are capable of preventing corruption. Hawaii News Now.

A proposal to raise money for Hawaiian Home Lands met with intense opposition in Kapolei
The Department of Hawaiian Home Lands wants to develop about 100 acres in Kalaeloa for a solar energy project. Chairman of the Hawaiian Homes Commission William Aila says the solar project is a money-maker that can eventually buy more homes for more Hawaiians. But some critics aren’t convinced.Hawaii News Now.

Residents’ rubbish and complaints are piling up since bulky pickup pilot put in place
As part of the pilot, which is slated to run through the end of January, the city has shifted single-family and multifamily residents from Foster Village to Hawaii Kai, including Waikiki, from monthly scheduled bulky item collection to an appointment-based program. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

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