State roundup for September 2


Utilities looking for cleaner fuels

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaiian Electric utilities are searching for suppliers of cleaner fuels, including ultra-low sulfur diesel, biodiesel or biodiesel blends.

The companies are seeking up to 150,000 barrels per year to supply Maui Electric and Hawaii Electric Light Company generation facilities beginning Jan. 1, 2015 for a contract term of up to three years.

The utilities are trying to reduce Hawaii’s dependency on fossil fuel.

The proposal deadline is Oct. 15.

Ethics panelists fine Kobayashi

HONOLULU (AP) — The Honolulu Ethics Commission says city councilwoman Ann Kobayashi has agreed to pay a $500 civil fine for failing to follow an ethics law.

The commission said Friday Kobayashi admitted she failed to disclose she was a director of six credit union service organizations when she introduced and voted on a bill to change the real property tax exemption for credit unions last year.

The commission says Kobayashi’s public and private duties conflicted and ethics laws required her to promptly disclose the conflict to the public.

Kobayashi disclosed the conflict after commission staff brought it to her attention. She also resigned her directorship with the subsidiaries and admitted responsibility for not following ethics laws.

The six credit union organizations are wholly owned subsidiaries of Aloha Pacific Federal Credit Union.

Tons of nuisance material taken

HONOLULU (AP) — Honolulu municipal maintenance crews removed more than 2 tons of nuisance material this week from city sidewalks and parks.

Among the nuisances removed were 28 shopping carts.

The 2.14 tons of material was removed from Chinatown, Aala Park, Waikiki and Thomas Square and other locations.

Crews focused on sidewalks where the city had received complaints.

The city sidewalk ordinance allows removal of items. People can retrieve them for a $200 fee. The law defines sidewalk nuisances as objects constructed, kept or operated on or over any sidewalk. Nuisances can include stalls, stands, tents, furniture, containers and whatever those containers are holding.

A separate ordinance allows removal of personal items on city property if 24-hour advance notice is given.

 

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