Mayor Derek S. K. Kawakami has signed the seventh supplementary emergency proclamation on February 19, 2021, for the County of Kaua‘i, in order to provide for the health, safety, and welfare of the people of Kaua‘i from the potential spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The Mayor’s proclamation was issued in coordination with the Governor’s Office and fellow counties.


The Mayor’s seventh supplementary emergency proclamation authorizes the County of Kaua‘i to take immediate action to mitigate the potential impacts of COVID-19. It allows the County to be proactive in establishing a plan for officials to mobilize resources if and when needed.


The disaster emergency relief period shall continue until terminated 60 days after February 19, 2021, or by a separate proclamation – whichever comes first.


To view a copy of the emergency proclamation, visit the County of Kaua‘i’s website at www.kauai.gov/COVID-19.


For more information and to sign up for daily updates from the State Department of Health relating to current COVID-19 information, visit hawaiicovid19.com.


Seventy-nine years ago today, President Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, which stripped Japanese Americans of their civil rights and led to the wrongful internment of some 120,000 Americans of Japanese descent. In one of the most shameful periods in American history, Japanese Americans were targeted and imprisoned simply because of their heritage. Families were forced to abandon their homes, communities, and businesses to live for years in inhumane concentration camps throughout the United States.


These actions by the Federal government were immoral and unconstitutional — yet they were upheld by the Supreme Court in one of the gravest miscarriages of justice in the Court’s history.


America failed to live up to our founding ideals of liberty and justice for all, and today we reaffirm the Federal government’s formal apology to Japanese Americans for the suffering inflicted by these policies. The internment of Japanese Americans also serves as a stark reminder of the tragic human consequences of systemic racism, xenophobia, and nativism.


I reflect on the bravery of so many Japanese Americans who stood up against this hateful policy, including civil rights leaders like Fred Korematsu who fought against Japanese internment and were a symbol of hope. Their legacies remind us all that civil liberties must be vigorously defended and protected.



Today, President Joe Biden named several key nominees to the Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Education, and the Department of Veterans Affairs. Chiquita Brooks-LaSure is nominated to serve as the Administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), James Kvaal is nominated to serve as Under Secretary of Education, and Richard Sauber is nominated to serve as General Counsel for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). As tested and experienced leaders, these nominees will help advance President Biden’s Build Back Better agenda and build a stronger, more resilient, and more inclusive nation that delivers every American a fair opportunity and an equal chance to get ahead.


Chiquita Brooks-LaSure, Nominee for Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator


Chiquita Brooks-LaSure is currently Managing Director at Manatt. Brooks-LaSure is a former policy official who played a key role in guiding the Affordable Care Act (ACA) through passage and implementation, she also provides policy analysis and strategic advice to healthcare stakeholders across the private and public sectors. Brooks-LaSure has more than 20 years of experience in health policy. As deputy director for policy at the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight within the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, and earlier at the Department of Health & Human Services as director of coverage policy, she led the agency’s implementation of ACA coverage and insurance reform policy provisions.


James Kvaal, Nominee for Under Secretary of Education


James Kvaal is the president of the Institute for College Access & Success. He previously served as the deputy domestic policy adviser at the White House, where he worked on a range of issues related to economic opportunity. His work on higher education included initiatives to make college tuition more affordable, protect students from unaffordable loans, and help many more students graduate from college. Over the course of his career, he has also served in senior roles at the U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. House of Representatives, and the U.S. Senate. Kvaal has taught at the University of Michigan’s Ford School of Public Policy and attended Stanford University and Harvard Law School.


Richard Sauber, Nominee for Veteran Affairs General Counsel


Dick Sauber is a skilled litigator who has tried dozens of criminal and civil fraud cases. Before entering private practice, Sauber was a federal prosecutor and was appointed by President Reagan to form and lead the first multi-agency task force to concentrate on pursuing fraud in government contracts. In his career, Sauber has tried jury cases in New York, Washington, California, Texas, Florida and Oklahoma, and his appellate work includes arguing cases before the Supreme Court and ten of the U.S. Courts of Appeals. Sauber was an adjunct professor at Georgetown Law School and has served as general counsel for Freedom House.


Source: https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/statements-releases/2021/02/19/president-biden-announces-key-nominees-of-his-health-and-human-service-education-and-veteran-affairs-teams/


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