Oahu homeowners sue developer
HONOLULU - Ewa Beach homeowners have filed a lawsuit against a developer over a decision to not construct a planned marina.
Attorneys for the homeowners in Hoakalei Resort and Ocean Pointe communities filed the class-action lawsuit in state court Wednesday afternoon.
The Honolulu Star-Advertiser said plaintiffs maintain that their property values have been hurt by Haseko Inc.'s 2011 decision to construct a landlocked lagoon instead of a marina.
Hoakalei Resort homeowners also say they've been paying community association fees for the operation and maintenance of the marina for years.
In 1984, a previous developer won approval from the state Land Use Commission to build the marina with 2,500 boat slips and 8.5 miles of connecting waterways.
Union defends pay differential
HONOLULU - The president of the union representing Hawaii's police officers defended a pay differential increase that will bring the total price of a binding arbitration agreement to about $200 million.
Officers are given a standard of conduct differential for being expected to carry a firearm 24 hours a day. That differential will increase from $1 an hour to $4 an hour over four years as part of a new contract agreement issued this month. The agreement also gives officers a 16.8 percent raise over four years.
State of Hawaii Organization of Police Officers President Tenari Maafala told city council budget committee members Wednesday that the differential is provided because officers must confront danger even when they're off-duty, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported.
The city says the differential pay will add $43 million, bringing the contract package to about $200 million.