The Infrastructure and Environmental Management Committee meeting on Monday, Sept. 17, began with a lecture. “I’ve had numerous meetings that we could not deliberate and do the work of this community due to lack of quorum,” Committee Chair Elle Cochran announced after taking roll and marking Councilmembers Don Guzman, Riki Hokama, and Mike White with unexcused absences. “We … [Read more...] about Councilmembers’ Day Off: Majority of voting members absent for Infrastructure and Environmental Management Committee meeting
[EDITOR'S NOTE: This post has been updated to include a statement from Councilmember Alika Atay.] There’s a very curious proposed bill on the Dec. 1 Maui County Council meeting agenda that has dramatic ramifications for the future of the elected panel. It’s a draconian bill born of the serious dysfunction that has marred the County Council ever since the 2016 … [Read more...] about UPDATED: Maui County Council Chair Mike White proposes nuclear option on council assistants
One of Maui County Council Chairperson Mike White's surprising concessions in the wee hours of the Jan. 2-3 County Council organizational meeting was to back off his ruthless, vindictive restructuring of the panel's many committees to zero out the voting power of four councilmembers: Alika Atay, Elle Cochran, Don Guzman and Kelly King. Their crime, of course, was being backed … [Read more...] about SAFE Action Fund-backed Maui County Councilmembers still screwed in committee rosters
Mike White is once again Chair of the Maui County Council. Though the Jan. 2, 2016 Organizational Meeting of the Maui County Council stretched past 13 hours, this was never really in doubt. Nor was there any doubt that White–who is also the general manager of the Ka`anapali Beach Hotel–would strip away the independence of the ostensibly apolitical Office of Council Services … [Read more...] about UPDATED: Mike White becomes Chair after contentious 13+ hour Maui County Council meeting
I gotta hand it to Maui County Councilmember Mike White: he’ll do what he needs to do to maintain power. Undoubtedly a student of Machiavelli, he’s spent the last two years as Maui County Council chairperson clearly more willing to be feared than loved. After all, he seized control of the council back in January 2015 through what then-Council Chairperson Gladys Baisa called a … [Read more...] about CORRECTED: All Hail Maui County Council Chair Mike White!