Big welcome to Linda Fernandez, the newest member of the LC Adjudication Board. Fernandez, you’ll recall, was nominated in the wake of the Ron McOmber flap, which saw McOmber, an LC vereran who served stints on both the Adjudication Board and the Liquor Commission, disapproved by the County Council amid allegations of sexual harassment and other issues. Fernandez—who like McOmber hails from Lanai—slid through with no such fireworks.
So what’s Fernandez’s style? Is she a soft-spoken peacemaker like Adjudiction Chair Donald Fujii? A cantankerous hardass like Boardmember Glenn Kunitake? Perpetually late (or absent) like Boardmember Jason Medeiros? The answer remains elusive, because Fernandez hasn’t had much to do.
The last time the Adjudication Board heard new cases was April 1, before Fernandez’s nomination was even submitted. The May 6 and June 3 meetings contained only minor procedural matters, and this week notice was posted on the County Web site that the July 1 Adjudication hearing has been cancelled. The agenda for the August meeting isn’t up yet, but hopefully by then we’ll finally get to see Fernandez, and the rest of the gang, in action.
Speaking of the LC not doing things, they’ll be furloughed along with most other County departments in the 2011 fiscal year, which starts July 1. Per the furlough schedule released by the Mayor this week, the Department of Liquor Control will be closed 12 days—one Monday per month—beginning July 19. (For a complete list of furlough days, visit co.maui.hi.us.) But really, who wants to visit the LC on a Monday? Not the best way to start your week.