County Pot Priority Report Due 6/1/09: Implementation of Voter Referendum Dictating Low Enforcement Policy for Marijuana LawsSubmitted by margaretwille on Sun, 05/31/2009 - 10:50am
Every government agency has priorities, just as every individual has priorities. Some priorities are imposed by those with higher authority, some priorities are self imposed. With respect to police and prosecutors, they too have priorities for enforcement. Every time someone calls 911, and the dispatcher asks what is wrong, that dispatcher makes a decision based on current priorities as to what 911 calls are responded to and in what order.
Bloggers be aware and beware:Main Stream Media newspapers are continuing to gather weapons to fight off the blogger insurrectionSubmitted by margaretwille on Wed, 05/27/2009 - 8:44pm
Today’s West Hawaii Today Commentary titled “Laws that Could Save Journalism” is by two Washington D.C. attorneys who represent the ailing newspaper industry. [This WHT “Commentary”, on page 5A of the printed version of WHT, does not appear in its on-line free access edition.] Curiously, although the thrust of the commentary is about possible industry strategies to circumvent the First Amendment Principles of freedom of speech and freedom of the press, the article states that these attorneys “specialize in media and First Amendment Law”.
Mayor Kenoi’s commitment to strengthen the County’s ethic laws is commendable. In the wake of various allegations of procurement contract tie-ins to County employees, Mayor Kenoi is committing to work with the Ethics Board and the County Council to make necessary changes.Kenoi said: “We are committed to a fair and open procurement
process, and we want to avoid any perception that the process improperly favors any vendor.” See 5-27-09 West Hawaii Today “Kenoi Promises Stronger Ethics Code” (page 4A)
We are in a Transformative Period for Delivery of "News": Newspaper Industry Considers Charging to Access their On-line EditionsSubmitted by margaretwille on Tue, 05/26/2009 - 8:52am
The newspaper industry is struggling with declining revenues and looking for ways to reverse that trend. On one front newspapers are looking at how to combat its competition, especially on line independent news outlets and citizen bloggers. One current strategy is federal legislation to assist the newspaper business. SEE my previous blog posts on this subject: 5/10/09: “Newspapers vs.
Tourism has long been equated with great sightseeing and lots of relaxing. Here in Hawaii that generally translates into: see the volcano, see the hula... see the fish ... see the waterfalls... see the sunsets over the Pacific. In other words: visual tourism combined with some R&R by the pool or by the ocean. Well that two-dimensional type of tourism is a shrinking market. Increasingly those with the ability to travel want more for their dollar and want their trip to be of value in more ways than that of memorable sights.
Waimea's Lalamilo Road Project (to Connect Kawaihae Road to Mamalahoa Highway) Should be Eligible for Federal Stimulus FundsSubmitted by margaretwille on Thu, 05/21/2009 - 7:49am
Availability of Federal Fund for the Waimea Lalamilo Connector Road: Today at the County Council meeting Councilmember Greenwell reminded the other Council members that the message they were given by Obama administration and by Hawaii Senators -- was get your "stimulating" projects in order and they will find the funds to do that project -- to stimulate the economy.
County Council 5/20: Sadly Bill 49 passes: In favor of Mayor Kenoi's proposal to raid 2% land fund deposits for next 2 yearsSubmitted by margaretwille on Wed, 05/20/2009 - 9:38pm
County Council passes Bill 49: Raid the 2% land fund deposits for 2 years; understandable but short sighted move by the Council. Here is a brief summary of the vote: 5 in favor of raiding the fund deposit, 4 opposed. Bill passes.
^A melodious thrush and some other residents from Waimea