Council rejects Leeward Planning Commission nominee

The County Council on Wednesday rejected a Mayor Mitch Roth appointee to the Leeward Planning Commission in what the mayor called “retaliation” over his attempt to have a commission member removed in an unrelated action.

Committee postpones action on ouster of Leeward Planning Commission member

Mark Van Pernis was called rude, crusty, insulting, confrontational and condescending, among other adjectives, during a grueling three-hour Tuesday evening session of a County Council panel that ended with a recommendation to not immediately remove him from the powerful Leeward Planning Commission.

No big changes recommended in 10-year solid waste master plan

As the county grapples with a pandemic economy, closure of the Hilo landfill and loss of overseas markets for recyclables, there are more general priorities than specific recommendations in a 395-page 10-year solid waste plan slated for consideration by the County Council.

PUC seeks updated EIS from Puna Geothermal Venture

The state Public Utilities Commission on Wednesday suspended a docket seeking an amended power purchase agreement between Hawaiian Electric and Puna Geothermal Venture, pending the completion of a supplemental environmental review.

Biden’s ‘jobs Cabinet’ to sell infrastructure as GOP resists

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden is setting about convincing America it needs his $2.3 trillion infrastructure plan, deputizing a five-member “jobs Cabinet” to help in the effort. But the enormity of his task is clear after Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s vowed to oppose the plan “every step of the way.”