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The New Standard for Transparency: Open Checkbook

February 17th, 2015 · 3 Comments

Take a look at the official website of the Ohio State Treasurer Josh Mandel, and you’ll be invited to check out OhioCheckbook.com, the state’s searchable, online checkbook detailing all of the state’s spending. And Mandel is now urging all local governments in the state to follow suit and open their checkbooks to public scrutiny (“Ohio […]

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Tags: Consumer issues · Economics · Politics

Lack of TP closes public restrooms in Waikiki on holiday

February 17th, 2015 · 8 Comments

Hawaii News Now reported last night that at least three public restrooms on the Natatorium end of Waikiki Beach were closed and locked yesterday on a busy holiday (“Waikiki restrooms closed on holiday“). HHN reported: Tourists and locals alike reacted with disbelief. “We have a bunch of kids with us and we can’t shower them. […]

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Tags: Consumer issues · Politics

More on residency requirements for appointees

January 22nd, 2015 · 5 Comments

It turns out that the residency requirement goes back a long way, in various forms. I’m not sure when the residency provision was made part of the State Constitution, but it could have come with Statehood. I was able to find the “Manual on Constitutional Provisions” prepared for the 1950 Constitutional Convention, which lays out […]

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Tags: Consumer issues · Court · Labor · Legislature · Politics

Read this if you have an older Bosch dishwasher

January 12th, 2015 · No Comments

Speaking of appliances, friends who live on the next street here in Kaaawa, across on the other side of Makaua Stream, had their own appliance story at the end of 2014, which led to a bit of important appliance advice. The story: A fire in their kitchen started when no one was home and came […]

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Perspective lacking in reporting of condo trash collection cutoff

January 11th, 2015 · 7 Comments

Did you happen to catch the story broadcast earlier this week about the end of city garbage collection for 181 condominiums, churches, and nonprofit groups (Hawaii News Now: “UPW suing city over change in garbage collection“). Starting on February 1, 181 churches, condominiums and non-profit groups will no longer have free trash collection from the […]

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Tags: Consumer issues · Media · Politics