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Disclosure law doesn’t end world     

With all the hoopla over the new state law that requires members of powerful state boards to publicly disclose their financial ties, it’s worth noting that not everybody is running for the hills. Gov. Neil Abercrombie, worried that qualified board members would resign rather than share such information, threatened to veto the bill, but ended up letting it become law without his signature. Some folks have stepped down, it’s true. But most haven’t.

The election of the University of Hawaii Board of Regents officers for the new academic year highlights that fact: the chairman and two vice chairs unanimously elected from among the sitting regents all have impressive resumes and serious executive experience. Financial disclosure does not dissuade them, and many others throughout the state, from fulfilling public service.

Hear details on affordable housing

The term “affordable housing” wafts through political discourse, but it’s hard to pin down exactly what’s happening to turn the concept into more of a reality.

One such chance will happen from 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday in an informational briefing at the state Capitol, in conference room 325.

Discussed will be the status of affordable housing projects done by the Hawaii Community Development Authority, the Hawaii Housing Finance and Development Corp., the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands, the Hawaii Public Housing Authority and the Department of Defense.

Event details are online. It’ll be broadcast at olelo.org (click on Channel 55). 

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