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Mayor Kenoi’s “Public Relations” Staff Quiet on Kama’aina Pumping Scandal

Mayor Kenoi’s “Public Relations” Staff Quiet on Kama’aina Pumping Scandal

A public/media relations professional is the opposite of a journalist, in that a public relations crisis entails damage control, not damage proliferation. And a journalist by profession is the worst pick to be in charge of public relations. (The most recent example par excellence of a public relations pro is Charlie Sheen’s publicist, who quit...
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The Kama’aina Pumping Scandal Remains Scandalous

The Kama’aina Pumping Scandal Remains Scandalous

By Curtis Narimatsu and Pseudonym Golakers Kama’aina Pumping Service, owned by County of Hawaii Public Works Automotive Division Head, Randy Riley, was chosen by the county under a questionable procurement contract in 1996 to provide maintenance and cleaning of dry wells and curb gutters on the Big Island. The previous vendor of this contract was Eckard...
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Lorraine Rodero Inouye and Some Thoughts on Redistricting

Lorraine Rodero Inouye and Some Thoughts on Redistricting

Lorraine Rodero Inouye, born 1940, Hilo High alumnus 1958, from Sankai Camp 3 Wainaku (by Wainaku Gym Aikane Loop), is among our greatest-ever lawmakers. As the chair of the Planning Commission, she rezoned lands in South Kohala and the Gold Coast. She turned lava fields into the “Diamond in the ruff,” which provided many...
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Spending Spree Waha Nui Mayor Billy Kenoi

Spending Spree Waha Nui Mayor Billy Kenoi

Mayor Kenoi’s $44 million budget shortfall for fiscal year 2011-2012 — double last year’s shortfall — is outrageous and in no small part caused by Mayor Kenoi’s no-look pass-over of our coffer balance. Council Chair Dominic Yagong and Finance Chair Brenda Ford have tried to rein the coffer spending spree by Mayor Kenoi, but the...
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Dominic Yagong: Making Solon Proud

Dominic Yagong: Making Solon Proud

All praise to Council Chair Dominic Yagong The prescient and practical Dominic Yagong (born 1959) defies fiscal convention based on revenue necessity. Credit Dom for salvaging our coffers via Kapulena land sales. Dom upholds the values of home rule, local sovereignty, egalitarianism, altruism, and just plain common sense! So Mayor Kenoi, ever the reactor, not the...
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