3.4 Earthquake Shakes the Pahoa Region of the Big Island

I can’t believe I didn’t feel this!

Magnitude 3.4
Location 19.306°N, 155.000°W
Depth 38.5 km (23.9 miles)
  • 20 km (13 miles) SSW (204°) from Leilani Estates, HI
  • 22 km (14 miles) SSW (193°) from Pahoa, HI
  • 23 km (14 miles) SE (143°) from Fern Forest, HI
  • 29 km (18 miles) SSW (200°) from Hawaiian Beaches, HI
  • 45 km (28 miles) SSE (168°) from Hilo, HI
  • 369 km (230 miles) SE (127°) from Honolulu, HI

More Here: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsus/Quakes/hv60239711.php

Meet the New Information Officer of Hawaii – Sanjeev “Sonny” Bhagowalia

Governor Neil Abercrombie today appointed Sanjeev Bhagowalia as the new Information Officer of Hawaii.

…Gov. Neil Abercrombie on Tuesday chose Bhagowalia for the job of upgrading the state government’s aging computer and technology systems.

Bhagowalia will lead a seven-person information technology office tasked with improving public online services, making government more efficient and saving money…

He obviously has some with some very high credentials:  Here is more information about Mr. Bhagowalia according to Data.Gov:

Sanjeev "Sonny" Bhagowalia

Sanjeev "Sonny" Bhagowalia

Effective May 24, 2010, Sanjeev “Sonny” Bhagowalia became the Deputy Associate Administrator, Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies, GSA. In this new role, Sonny will lead help GSA and the Federal CIO implement Government-wide e-Gov (or Open Gov) programs in an agile manner. These GSA-supported programs include Data.gov, Cloud-Computing, Collaboration, mobile applications, Federal Data Center Consolidation initiative and other programs.

Sonny served as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) of the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI), a large cabinet agency with 2,400 operating locations across the United States, Puerto Rico, U.S. territories, and freely associated states supporting over 40 mission areas from December 2008 until May 2010. Sonny oversaw an Information Technology (IT) Portfolio of approximately $1 Billion of modernized and unified DOI’s diverse IT environment under its top-rated Enterprise Architecture Program. Sonny also served as the CIO for Indian Affairs (IA), a $2.3 billion sub-agency with 10,000 users within the US DOI from August 2007 until December 2008.

Sonny has served as a member of the Federal CIO Council Executive Committee, co-lead of its Architecture and Infrastructure Committee, and co-chair of the Inter-Agency Management Council for $1 Billion GSA “Networx” program.

Sonny served with distinction in the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in the U.S. Department of Justice as an Information Technology Program Management Executive for eight years from July 1999 through August 2007, overseeing a $1 Billion portfolio. Sonny has also served with distinction in industry for 14 years at Boeing, a Fortune 500 company, from July 1985 until July 1999, as a Senior Principal Engineer in the prestigious Boeing Technical Excellence Fellowship Program in support of Systems Integration and Business Development for U.S. Government Civilian, Defense and Intelligence Community Clients.

Sonny holds a Masters’ of Science (MS) in Information Resource Management, a MS and Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering. Sonny is a Distinguished Graduate with a CIO Certificate from the National Defense University. He has received numerous awards from U.S. Government and Industry including the Presidential Rank Award for meritorious executive service.

Prostitution Bill Aimed at the Johns Signed Into Law

Media Release:

HB44, a bill that makes it a misdemeanor to offer or agree to pay a fee to another person for the purpose of sexual conduct within 750 feet of a school or public park, was signed into law on June 1, 2011 by Governor Abercrombie. The bill, which was introduced by Rep. Karl Rhoads (District 28 – Downtown, Chinatown) is now Act 74 and takes effect on July 1, 2011.

“Children and their parents, going to and from school or the park, should not be exposed to a gauntlet of prostitutes, pimps and johns,” said Rep. Rhoads. “HB 44 raises the penalty for johns, and subsequently helps to clear out prostitution in areas where children must travel. The Governor’s signing of this bill is a strong message that the public has a right to use public thoroughfares without being intimidated by illegal activity.”