Public unhappy over lack of access: Pandemic, technology and tension during long council session

Residents present testimony via Zoom at Tuesday’s confirmation hearings for Mayor Mitch Roth’s cabinet appointees at the West Hawaii Civic Center. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

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A heavy and sometimes controversial agenda, coupled with technical problems during a global pandemic, brought a new set of challenges to the County Council last week, during a meeting that saw testifiers grumble about lack of access and a mayor appear to step outside his lane to advise council members on Sunshine Law issues.