During Tuesday’s County Council meeting, efforts to hire an independent lawyer to represent the County Council in its power struggle with Mayor Michael Victorino were stymied, and breaking news of a lawsuit filed against the mayor and Corporation Counsel Moana Lutey had just been distributed. “The drama will continue,” Councilmember Mike Molina foreboded. “More and more … [Read more...] about Mayor Plans Lawsuit Against Fossil Fuel Companies, Community Members File Suit Against Mayor
A bullying leader trying to advance an agenda that lacks widespread public support and now faces potential legal action. An elected official who refuses to work with legislative branch members who disagree with him. Lawyers mandated to serve the public interest instead cater only to selected officials. Political toadies use script-like talking points to malign colleagues who … [Read more...] about Dirty Water: Why is the Victorino Administration monkeywrenching Maui’s water issues?
The other story at Mayor Victorino’s Sexual Assault Awareness Month proclamation was the group of about 10 protestors who gathered to urge the mayor to remove Patrick Wong from his position as corporation counsel. Until Tuesday, Wong, once the county’s top civil attorney, was on paid administrative leave following his arrest for abuse of a household member. On April 9, one … [Read more...] about Patrick Wong Resigns, Moana Lutey Nominated for Corporation Counsel
Last week, Maui County Corporation Counsel Patrick Wong made more than $2,800 without having to lift a finger. How’d he get such a sweet gig? He was arrested, of course. Wong, the county’s top civil attorney, was placed on paid administrative leave by Mayor Mike Victorino on March 9 after being arrested and charged by the Maui Police Department for abuse of a household member. … [Read more...] about Councilmembers Molina, Lee, King, and Rawlins-Fernandez Call for Patrick Wong’s Resignation
Update: Mayor Mike Victorino released his official response to the report on Saturday evening. The statement confirms that Wong was arrested at a residence in Wailuku at 12:15am on March 9 and charged with "abuse of a household member." He has since posted bail and been placed on administrative leave. “We are still investigating this matter as we speak, however, any domestic … [Read more...] about UPDATE: Mayor Victorino confirms Maui County Corporation Counsel Patrick Wong arrested for physical abuse