Hat tip to former MauiTime contributor/current Big Island Press Club VP Denise Laitinen for tipping us off to Senate Bill 533. The bill, which is currently in the hands of the Senate Judiciary and Labor Committee, seeks to provide "duly authorized" members of the media access to areas closed by emergency personnel during disasters. It's under heavy assault from law enforcement … [Read more...] about Hawaii emergency management agencies fighting new bill to allow media into disaster zones
1. On Aug. 18, The Maui News reported that “nearly 20 people” had applied to be the new Maui Police Chief, though the newspaper said it could only confirm eight names. Which of the following was NOT among those eight the paper said want to be the next Maui Chief? A. Deputy Chief Clayton Tom B. Captain Charles Hirata (retired) C. Lieutenant Bobby Hill (retired) D. Mary Wagner … [Read more...] about Quizunderstood: Who Wants To Be Maui Police Chief?
So the County of Maui paid out $484,000 in overtime for Maui police officers last year, The Maui News reported on Mar. 20 (curiously, the story is not posted on their website). That's nearly half a million bucks in Golden Time. For any manager in the private sector, justifying such expenses would pretty much be impossible. But when you're Maui Police Chief Gary Yabuta, it's all … [Read more...] about UPDATED: Hawaii Cops Work Really Hard For Your Money