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Hawaii Free Press Exclusive:”Forgotten Honouliuli:  Jack Burns, Police Spy.”

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Weekly News Read
December 4, 2022
…“It was (his) work as as head of the HPD’s Espionage Bureau that lay the foundation for Burns’ later political success in Hawaii.” ….
… Truth Goes Through Three Stages ….
… We, as taxpayers who are supplying the money, have the right to see where it goes. In real time, not several years later as seen in one nonprofit’s recent fight with the Department of Education ….
… Submitted to the House of Representatives on December 1, 2022 by Commission to Improve Standards of Conduct ….
… 22 financial transactions, worth over $7 million, made by the Office of Hawaiian Affairs ….
… approximately 2,700 pages of public records provided to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser by HTA and other sources ….
… Miske came over and started lipping, threatened to burn down his neighbor’s construction site and said he was going to “hurt” me and I “need to watch my back”. Miske said we disrespected his guys by telling them they can’t cut down trees on ther peoples property ….
… Iriarte is principal officer of the Operative Plasterers and Cement Masons, Local 630, and used well-known union lawyer Randal Yo­shida ….
… someone with a background in news and journalism looked the other way at something that obviously was wrong ….
… a purported “referral agreement” between Kawano and Honolulu trial lawyer Michael Green ….
… charges stemming from the operation of a long running bribery scheme ….
… rescind CNHA’s June 2 award for a multiyear U.S. tourism contract worth more than $34 million ….
… Under current law, the loans are only allowed for properties located on DHHL land. But if NAHASDA is reauthorized it will allow those beneficiaries to obtain loans for property anywhere in the state ….
… The latest toxic episode at the Bishop Museum, triggered by the museum’s misguided board of directors, has resulted in nothing more than a big, billable event for a Bishop Street law firm ….
… The report released Monday said that Kahele made “misleading statements” to the staff members with the Office on Congressional Ethics and recommended a subpoena for Kahele ….
… Green today announced nominees to serve as Director and/or Deputy Director for fourteen state departments in his cabinet ….
… The large surplus does give Ige’s successor, the more aggressive Gov.-elect Josh Green, a running start in building a bonfire ….
… “An emergency proclamation may be coming,” said Green ….
… CNHA was disappointed with the Department of Business and Economic Development and Tourism Director’s proposal this past Monday to rescind CNHA’s award; renege on the brokered resolution; and cancel the underlying solicitation ….
… Inflation is 17% from 2019 to 2022 so a 15.1% ‘nominal’ increase means ‘real dollar’ spending is down, not up ….
… Ochs, 36, pleaded guilty in September to one count of obstruction of an official proceeding for his part in trying to delay the certification of the 2020 presidential election won by Joe Biden ….
… “I spend every single day going through accident reports, vandalism reports, theft reports, police reports, islandwide,” Messina said ….
… Construction on the Vineyard Boulevard and Nuuanu Avenue RLSC began on Nov. 28 and is expected to take between 2-4 weeks ….
… Mauna Loa eruption live cam from USGS ….
… Honolulu rail is not alone ….
… even though the huge multinational corporation has over 365,000 employees worldwide and multibillion-dollar revenues that consistently grew during the pandemic (from $15.8 in 2019 to $17.6 billion in 2021) ….
… Tuesday, November 29th, the Honolulu City Council will hear an ordinance to prohibit citizens from exercising their right-to-carry in many places ….
… Hawaii, pension liabilities totaled an estimated $32.7 billion in 2020. Meanwhile, the state’s pension assets totaled $17.4 billion. Considering both assets and liabilities, Hawaii’s pension funding ratio is 53.2%, the seventh lowest in the country ….
… “License to Work” study looks at state regulations nationwide ….
… Hawaii has the highest average burdens across the occupations it licenses ….
… in Hilo, the typical home is worth $341,500 – compared to the typical home in Hawaii, which is worth $636,400 ….
… Ever wonder why so many mansions are being built on Hawaii Island? It’s because they don’t involve a lot of red tape or public opposition ….
… Dawn Takeuchi Apuna appointed director designate of City’s Department of Planning and Permitting ….
… DBEDT kept economic growth projections for 2022 and 2023 for the State unchanged at 2.6 percent and 1.7 percent, respectively ….
… The evidentiary hearing is expected to be held throughout December 2022, with a final Maui Planning Commission decision early 2023 ….

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Russ Roberts

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