The Conversation: Red Hill Fuel Leak; HART Rail Report Uncovered
Red Hill facility fuel leak; Confidential rail report uncovered; Reality Check with Civil Beat: Police review board; Renovating housing policy; International adoptions amid pandemic
Sierra Club on recent fuel leak at U.S. Navy's Red Hill Underground Fuel Storage Facility | Full Article
The Navy said the 1,000-gallon spill was contained and did not leave the facility. The Sierra Club said the spill underscores the threat of future spills and the risk to our drinking water. Attorney David Kimo Frankel represented the environmental group in a hearing earlier this year. He argued against giving the military a permit to operate the facility that the Navy claimed is critical for national security.
Thanks to a state Uniform Information Practices Act request from the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, a rail report that HART tried to keep confidential is on the table for all to see. The HART board is analyzing 27 alternatives to the original plan. We heard from Keli'i Akina about why it's important that the broader community know about those alternatives.
Reality Check with Civil Beat: Law Enforcement Officer Independent Review Board | Full Article
Honolulu Civil Beat reporter Blaze Lovell told us about a board tasked with reviewing police killings in the state. "The board, which has not met publicly since January 2020, has only completed one case — the Big Island officer-involved shooting of a murder suspect in 2018," he wrote.
Renovating housing policy | Virtual Event Link
With so many different factors involved and such a large section of Hawaii’s population affected, the state’s leaders are always on the lookout for housing solutions. That’s part of the purpose behind a virtual discussion on renovating housing policy tomorrow by the Hawaii Community Foundation and the University of Hawaii. One of the guests, Stanford economist Rebecca Diamond, is a specialist in housing and inequality.
International adoptions amid pandemic
The pandemic triggered a change for Hawaii International Child, which modified its focus as borders shut down and international adoptions grinded to a halt. There are a few countries that are making exceptions and allowing cases that were in the pipeline to continue. We talked to Kristine Altwies, CEO and Executive Director of A Family Tree, about resuming adoptions.
Tomorrow we continue the conversation about the alternatives for the rail project. What are your thoughts? If you have any comments or feedback, let us know by calling the Talkback Line at (808) 792-8217, or recording a voice memo on your smartphone and sending it to email@example.com.