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By Star-Bulletin Staff

Monday, November 15, 1999


Millennium Moments

Millennium special

Honolulu's top seat

Since 1909, based strictly on distinct terms of office, Honolulu has had 15 mayors.

But only 11 different people have actually held the job, since three of the mayors returned to office after breaks between terms: Joseph J. Fern, John Wilson, and Frank F. Fasi.

Fasi had the most total years of service, followed by Wilson, then Neal Blaisdell.

A look at Honolulu's mayors and their years in office, according to the "Hawaii Fact and Reference Book" by Anthony Michael Oliver:

Bullet Fern, Honolulu's first mayor, who held the post from 1909-15, then from 1917-1920.
Bullet John C. Lane, 1915-17.
Bullet Wilson, 1920-27, 1929-31, and again 1947-55.
Bullet Charles N. Arnold, 1927-29.
Bullet George F. Wright, 1931-38.
Bullet Charles S. Crane, 1938-41.
Bullet Lester Petrie, 1941-47.
Bullet Blaisdell, 1955-69.
Bullet Fasi, 1969-81 and 1985-94.
Bullet Eileen Anderson, 1981-85.
Bullet Jeremy Harris, 1994-present.

Tapa

Not enough spent on
children, group avers

Associated Press

Is the state spending enough money on the welfare of children?

A nonprofit organization called Hawaii Kids Watch suggests the answer may be no.

The group has published the "Children's Budget Analysis Data Book," which said about one in eight government and privately donated dollars is used for Hawaii's children.

Hawaii Kids Watch wants its budget analysis used to determine if the amount is sufficient in Hawaii, where one in four of its residents is under 18.

The study also found about 22 percent of state financing, 7 percent of federal funds and 2 percent of county financing go to programs benefiting children.

The group said it will sponsor budget workshops throughout the state and provide additional information from the study to organizations interested in specific types of spending.

Tapa

Ornament sale
benefits kids club

Holiday ornaments based on the theme of "Children's Dreams ... Miracles for the Millennium" will be offered for sale in a silent auction fund-raiser for the Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii.

The ornaments -- made by boys and girls, local artisans and celebrities -- will be displayed on Christmas trees at Native Books & Beautiful Things outlets at the Ewa end of Ward Warehouse and at 222 Merchant St. downtown.

The auction will run from Nov. 26-Dec. 4.

To contribute, call Andrea Weymouth-Fujie at 395-3555.


Corrections

Tapa

In Hawaii, GTE Corp. charges an initial setup fee of $340 for a digital, high-speed Internet access line. That fee is being waived for customers who sign up through the rest of 1999. Total monthly charges for the service average $60. A Hawaii Inc. Business Brief Wednesday had incorrect figures.






Police, Fire, Courts

Police/Fire

By Star-Bulletin staff

Honolulu Police Department Crimestoppers

Police held at bay after suspect lunges with knife

A 51-year-old man was taken to Queen's Hospital for psychiatric evaluation following a two-hour standoff last night with police at a Punchbowl-area apartment building.

First-degree terroristic threatening charges are pending against the man, who allegedly made threatening gestures toward three officers with a small kitchen knife.

The officers had gone to 1301 Lusitana St. at about 7:30 p.m. to check on a report from the man's wife that he was going to hang himself.

Police found the man lying in the bathtub. But when they rolled him over, the man allegedly lunged repeatedly toward them with a knife, telling the officers to shoot him.

Specialized Services Division officers eventually overpowered the man and took him into custody.

Foiled purse-snatching leads to arrest of boy, 17

A 17-year-old boy was arrested last night for second-degree robbery after he allegedly grabbed the purse of a woman in Daiei's annex parking lot on Kaheka Street.

The woman, 38, hung on to her purse and was dragged by the fleeing suspect. The boy tripped when he released the purse, and was held for police by witnesses.

Male pair in car shoot at motorist on the H-1

Police are looking for two men who were in a white Toyota Camry from which a shot was fired at another motorist early Saturday morning on the H-1 freeway near the Kunia Road offramp.

No one was injured in the 2:45 a.m. shooting.

The suspect car was last seen fleeing toward Wahiawa on Kunia Road.

Man, 36, held in knife threat on his mother

Police yesterday charged Cliff Tangjian, 36, with two counts of first-degree terroristic threatening for allegedly threatening his mother with a knife last week. Tangjian is being held in lieu of $30,000 bail.

Propane blast destroys house south of Hilo

HILO -- A fire caused by a propane explosion destroyed a small house in Fern Forest subdivision about 20 miles south of Hilo yesterday, the Fire Department said. A one-bedroom cabin next to the house was saved.

One person at the house received burns on the face and hands when the explosion took place while a stove was being lit.

Airport saves on overtime by taking cops off patrol

The state has officially terminated its $20 million contract with police at Honolulu Airport because of high overtime costs.

Twenty-seven deputies from the Department of Public Safety's Special Services Division assumed airport patrol duties yesterday morning, handling misdemeanor cases. Police will be called for felony offenses.

State officials estimate the switch will save $500,000 to $750,000 annually.






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