No President Yet – First Family Enjoying Hawaiian Holiday Out of Media Spotlight
As Congress continues to debate the payroll tax cut and unemployment payment extensions, President Barack Obama has delayed his Hawaiian vacation.
He was expected to arrive over the weekend, but has postponed his arrival in the islands until the issues are resolved.
Meanwhile the First lady, daughters Sasha and Malia, and several of their friends are here vacationing out of the media spotlight.
They’ve rented several beachfront homes along Kailuana Place at their own expense.
But taxpayers are funding an estimated $4 million junket for the First family’s security, staff and transportation. See the full report here
Kamehameha Reaches Settlement Over Confidentiality Breach
Kamehameha Schools reached a settlement over a confidentiality breach with plaintiffs who sued the school in 2003 over its Hawaiians only admission policy.
The federal civil rights lawsuit, which was filed by a mother and her child, was settled out of court for $7 million.
There was a $2 million penalty clause if that figure was made public.
Another attorney who had represented the pair, John Goemans, revealed the figure in the media.
The Schools sued the mother and child and their attorney Eric Grant.
Under the settlement, the school will be repaid $1 million plus another $400,000 in legal fees.
Public Not Supportive of Honolulu Rail Project, Poll Shows
Mayor Peter Carlisle is pushing for the $5.3 billion Honolulu rail project to be built even if $1.5 billon in federal funding doesn’t materialize.
But Hawaii Reporter readers are apparently not supportive of the idea.
A new reader poll shows just 76 of 968 participants believe the elevated 20 mile steel-on-steel rail project should be built no matter how expensive it is.
Some 138 of 968 participants say the project should be halted until federal funds are secured.
The majority of respondents, or 754 people, say the rail project should be scrapped all together.
How do you feel? Cast your vote on HawaiiReporter.com’s home page today.
And for Baby and Cat Lovers, A Story Not to Be Missed
Stewie, who lies along side the crying infant, uses his soft black paw to stroke the baby’s head until he stops crying and falls asleep.