Wordless Wednesday – Four Loko

I wonder how soon this “beer” called “Four Loko” gets pulled from the market for advertising towards kids.

This one was watermelon flavored and had a 12.0% ALC/VOL ratio!

Mayor Kenoi Paying $5000 a Month for “This Week With Mayor Kenoi” Show

Well I said it last week that I suspected that there was something funny with the Mayor’s new show… and it turns out my gut feeling was right to the tune of $5000.00 a month!

…”It’s not costing taxpayers anything,” Kenoi said at the time. “We’re just trying to get the information out there as to what’s going on in the community.”

Information independently obtained by Stephens Media on Monday, however, refuted that assertion.

When confronted with the new information Tuesday, the Kenoi administration produced a $15,000, 89-day contract signed Oct. 6 with videographer Baron Sekiya, a former West Hawaii Today photographer, who currently runs the Hawaii247.com website…

http://www.hawaiitribune-herald.com/articles/2010/10/13/local_news//local02.txt

So basically Mayor Kenoi has picked up another former newspaper employee and employed him to do basically what his current aides should already know how to do?

I wonder how many times this contract will be extended.  Heck… if it’s extended just for a year… then Baron Sekiya has banked $60,000 of our tax money.  Not bad for someone that basically runs an online website.

I just love the following line:

…Kenoi said he doesn’t consider the project an extra cost to taxpayers because it’s being paid for within the mayor’s office budget.

Does Mayor Kenoi understand that the Mayor’s office budget is funded by the taxpayers?

Also… kind of curious where the Job Announcement for this little gig was?  Oh never mind… He’s the Mayor… he can just create jobs for his cronies at any time he wants… I forgot about that!

Once again… I will say it… WE SHOULD NOT BE FUNDING A MAYORAL SHOW ON A PUBLIC ACCESS CHANNEL!!!

This channel is already funded by both Time Warner and money from the STATE LEGISLATURE.  It’s almost like double dipping.  Why should State Funds be used to help Mayor Kenoi’s Show?

If the Mayor is gonna waste $5000.00 a month on just production… he my as well get the channel on a “REAL STATION” that can at least be watched by everyone in the Public.

Why should our money be wasted on something that only a select few people can view?  I know many folks that can’t even afford basic cable right now and don’t even have TV’s.

Marche Kawai Joins the PBS Hawaii Staff as Director of Business Support

 

Marche Kawai Will Focus on Building New and Diverse Partnerships with the Local Business Community

 

Media Release:

Television Account Executive Marche Kawai brings a successful track record of nearly a decade to her new position with PBS Hawaii . Kawai will work with the local business community that provides underwriting funds for the station’s broadcast programming and broadband content, as well as education initiatives and community outreach.

Leslie Wilcox, PBS Hawaii President & CEO said, “It’s been 10 years since Hawaii ’s public television station became an independent private nonprofit, no longer supported by State taxpayer funding.  We’ve made the transition successfully, and yet we know the next decade will bring new challenges and require a new revenue model for enhancing underwriting opportunities.  Marche has a gift for creating and customizing community-minded partnerships with Hawaii businesses.”

Kawai joined PBS Hawaii Tuesday, October 12th.  Prior to her new position she was an account executive at KHON2 and KGMB9.