LIHU’E — A claim by a project opponent of mayoral influence on a proposed
retreat center in Kapahi drew denials Thursday from the Kaua’i County Planning
During a hearing on the retreat, Bert Lemke contended that
Mayor Maryanne Kusaka is for the project and has pressured her appointees on
the commission to support it.
Kusaka does support the project, according to
spokeswoman Beth Tokioka.
Several commission members took exception to
Lemke’s claim that Kusaka is pressuring them.
Gary Baldwin, chairman, said
in his five years on the commission that Kusaka has never asked him to vote a
Commission member Ed MacDowell objected to what he called an
inference that commissioners don’t think for themselves.
Paul C. Curtis can be reached at 245-3681 (ext. 224) and