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On Running for Office in Kaua`i: Nobody Goes There Anymore — It’s Too Crowded

One of the more absurd of Yogi Berra’s non-sequiturs was that “nobody goes there any more- it’s too crowded.” When it comes the field of “acceptable” candidates in this year’s elections the ballot is anything but crowded. That’s the case up and down the ticket on Kaua`i but it’s exemplified by the County Council election...
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Gary Hooser Brightens Otherwise Dismal Kaua`i County Council Election Cycle

It’s gonna be the best of elections. It’s gonna be the worst of elections. Yes it’s a dickens o’ pickin’s and a tale all too sh*tty when it comes to the most dismal number of candidates for the seven seats on the the Kaua`i County Council in memory. Yet on the plus side the enumeration...
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Kaua`i Prosecuting Attorney Stonewalls County Council over P.O.H.A.K.U. Program

It seems appropriate that sewage is once again spilling into the ocean at Nawiliwili. After all, all that crap being generated up the hill in Lihu`e this week had to go somewhere. People all over town were asking “do you smell that?” on Tuesday and it didn’t take an olfactorally-advanced detective to discover the source...
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Kaua`i’s Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance Update

The first step in what will arguably be the most important process taken up by the county council in recent memory was taken today after more than 20 years of discussion. And most likely no one will notice. Or care. The long delayed “CZO update” passed “first reading” today and will be going to a public...
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Who Disciplines the Chief of Police in Kaua`i?

Who Disciplines the Chief of Police in Kaua`i?

There is nothing in the charter or Kaua`i County Code -- or for that matter state law -- regarding who has the authority to discipline or suspend the chief. This means that the county council can actually pass an ordinance regardless of whether the charter defines a specific power of the mayor or not.
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