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Friday, January 10, 2020
Pine: High Profile Ousters Cast Shadow on Government Transparency
By Councilmember Kymberly Marcos Pine @ 5:41 PM :: 3124 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Law Enforcement

...This week, the Honolulu Police Commission ousted vocal Kealoha critic, Loretta Sheehan, from her Chair position. Additionally, it was reported that the Federal Public Defender for 24 years, Peter Wolff, who originally exposed the crimes of former City Prosecutor Katherine Kealoha and former Chief of Police Louis Kealoha, will also be ousted from his job....

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Thursday, January 9, 2020
Audit: Property Assessments Inconsistent and Inequitable
By News Release @ 7:27 PM :: 2699 Views :: Honolulu County, Tax Credits, Taxes

...tax assessments were inconsistent and inequitable, exemption and dedication property requirements were violated, and taxes assessed did not reflect the highest and best use of the properties....

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Thursday, January 9, 2020
Audit: Handi-Van Phone System May be ADA Violation
By News Release @ 6:51 PM :: 2524 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Rail

...an ineffective communications system that sometimes prevents riders from making reservations, drops calls, and does not record voicemail complaints....

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Thursday, January 9, 2020
Auditor Rips DPP--Permits Delayed due to Poor Management
By News Release @ 4:09 AM :: 3809 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, Small Business

"...We found that the Department of Planning and Permitting does not effectively manage the permitting process for timeliness...."

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Friday, January 3, 2020
BWS Fined for Runoff from Nuuanu Dam
By News Release @ 10:43 PM :: 2377 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment

...Sediment that BWS contractors failed to dredge flowed through the reservoir’s drain and was discharged into upper Nuuanu stream....

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Monday, December 23, 2019
Honolulu 3rd Most Expensive Homes Per Square Foot
By Selected News Articles @ 6:10 PM :: 2933 Views :: Honolulu County, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...Honolulu, HI – Ownership Cost per square foot -- $684.31....

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Friday, December 20, 2019
Kalapama Container Terminal Enters Phase 2
By News Release @ 10:17 AM :: 2860 Views :: Honolulu County, Hawaii State Government, Jones Act

...The project is the largest capital improvement project in Hawaii harbors history....

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Tuesday, December 17, 2019
Revolving Door: Andrew Pereira leaving City for 'new opportunity in private sector'
By News Release @ 9:54 PM :: 2357 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics

...Pereira’s last day at Honolulu Hale will be Tuesday, Dec. 31....

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Sunday, December 15, 2019
“Piling On” to Transient Vacation Rentals
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:00 AM :: 3252 Views :: Honolulu County, Small Business, Taxes, Tourism

...The bill would classify bed and breakfast homes and other transient vacation rental units as “hotel and resort” for property tax purposes....

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Tuesday, December 10, 2019
Auditor: Zoo Loses Track of $658K
By News Release @ 6:41 PM :: 2711 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Tourism

...The cooperative agreement between the zoo and the Zoo Society hampered roles and responsibilities.... 

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Thursday, December 5, 2019
Auditor--14 Years Later: Liquor Comm Still Working on 2005 Recommendations
By News Release @ 9:18 PM :: 2742 Views :: Honolulu County, Law Enforcement, Tourism

...Follow-Up on Recommendations from Report No. 05-02, Audit of Selected Management Issues of the Honolulu Liquor Commission....

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Thursday, December 5, 2019
Honolulu Ethics Commission Presents Strategic Plan
By News Release @ 8:58 PM :: 2200 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics

...This is the Commission’s first such plan and the culmination of three years of public meeting discussions, development and drafting, and outreach to stakeholders.... 

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Monday, December 2, 2019
GAO: Ala Wai Flood Risk Estimates--More Transparency Required
By News Release @ 1:33 AM :: 2866 Views :: Honolulu County, Military, Tourism

...only one study in eight considered the limitations of the computer model used in a flood damage analysis....

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Saturday, November 30, 2019
Auditor: City Still not Collecting Property Taxes from Commercial Lessees of Government Land
By News Release @ 4:47 PM :: 2940 Views :: Honolulu County, DHHL, Taxes

...According to BFS, since 2013, the state has not upheld its commitment to provide annual worksheets and timely information to the city....

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Saturday, November 30, 2019
City Conducting 2019 Online National Community Survey for Oahu Residents
By News Release @ 2:58 PM :: 1887 Views :: Honolulu County

...Online Survey Period: November 25, 2019 through December 31, 2019....

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Tuesday, November 26, 2019
Former police officer pleads guilty to attempted unlawful sexual enticement of a 13-year-old boy
By News Release @ 9:42 PM :: 2485 Views :: Honolulu County, Police

... retired HPD officer James Dean Kalani Goeas, 63, of Waipahu, Hawaii, pleaded guilty today in federal court (but he won't lose his pension) ....

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Sunday, November 24, 2019
Honolulu Population Loss 2% Since 2010
By Selected News Articles @ 5:30 PM :: 2416 Views :: Honolulu County, Hawaii Statistics

...Honolulu, Hawaii, had a net population loss from migration of 19,098 between 2010 and 2018 — 2.0% of the metro’s 2010 population of 953,207....

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Friday, November 15, 2019
VIDEO: Kahuku vs HPD-- We did not throw rocks
By News Release @ 10:14 PM :: 3434 Views :: Honolulu County, Energy, Police

...Deputy Chief of Police McCarthy claims protesters harassed a police officer, rocks were thrown, and an officer was punched in the head. We are still unaware of when any of these incidents occurred and have seen no video evidence....

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Friday, November 15, 2019
Monster Homes: Auditor Rips Department of Planning and Permitting
By News Release @ 2:45 AM :: 4121 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, Land Use

"...We found that the Department of Planning and Permitting does not effectively manage building permits and inspections...."

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Thursday, November 14, 2019
Green Fog: Honolulu's Coming Climate Change Bond Crisis
By Selected News Articles @ 8:55 PM :: 4122 Views :: Honolulu County, Energy, Environment, Ethics

...the disclosure statements do not actually project the anticipated risks to the city....

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Thursday, November 14, 2019
Mafia News: Hanabusa Announces Mayoral Campaign
By News Release @ 6:34 PM :: 3382 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Politicians

...Hanabusa's political career begins in 1999 when she teamed up with Larry Mehau to protect the Broken Trustees of KSBE.  Now she wants to be mayor of Honolulu.... 

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Thursday, November 14, 2019
Sue Big Oil: UH Law School Hides Conflict of Interest
By Selected News Articles @ 2:18 AM :: 4548 Views :: Honolulu County, Energy, Environment, Ethics

...Antolini previously worked for Vic Sher, which may explain why the academic is so gung-ho to support the misguided crusade of her old boss....

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Wednesday, November 13, 2019
Hawaii protests show why wind energy can't save us from climate change
By Selected News Articles @ 3:36 PM :: 3423 Views :: Honolulu County, Energy, Environment

...Last year, two Harvard researchers found that meeting current U.S. electricity needs with wind would require covering a land area twice the size of California with wind turbines....

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Friday, November 8, 2019
An EIS We’d Like to See
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:13 PM :: 3126 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment, Small Business

...Some states require an analysis of the potential economic impact of certain legislative proposals — an “economic impact statement,” if you will. Hawaii does not....

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Tuesday, November 5, 2019
Sue Big Oil for Climate Change? Caldwell Falls for Debunked Litigation Scheme
By News Release @ 10:03 PM :: 3698 Views :: Honolulu County, Energy, Environment

...Caldwell and Maui Mayor Victorino both know these suits are doomed.  This is just a cheap way to pander to believers of the eco-religion....

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Saturday, November 2, 2019
VIDEO: Kahuku Windfarm Protest in Caldwell's Office
By Video @ 9:01 PM :: 3429 Views :: Honolulu County, Energy, Environment

...Kahuku residents march in to Caldwell's office to protest windfarm....

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Thursday, October 31, 2019
HCDA Kakaako Park Transferred to City
By News Release @ 3:34 PM :: 2807 Views :: Honolulu County, Homelessness

...16 parcels, including 3 roadways and numerous other public facilities located within an approximately 41-acre, makai section of Kaka‘ako....

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Tuesday, October 29, 2019
Red Hill: EPA, DoH want to Hear from You
By News Release @ 7:01 AM :: 3075 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment, Military

...public meetings Nov 19 and Dec 2....

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Saturday, October 26, 2019
Blocks 2/3 of Contractors from Bidding: Caldwell Allows Bill 37 to Become Law
By News Release @ 5:09 AM :: 3529 Views :: Honolulu County, Labor, Small Business

...In the period between now and when Bill 37 becomes effective, the mayor will work with interested parties to rectify the issues concerning this bill....

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Friday, October 25, 2019
Lawsuit: HPD Gun Registration and Licensing Procedures Unconstitutional
By News Release @ 4:27 AM :: 3275 Views :: Honolulu County, Second Amendment

...state laws requiring the transportation of a firearm to the police station to register it have already been ruled on by the D.C. Circuit Court and were found unconstitutional.  We expect the same to be found in this situation....

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Thursday, October 24, 2019
Kahuku and Waimanalo Protests show why Hawaii Needs Municipal Government
By Andrew Walden @ 6:03 PM :: 4310 Views :: Honolulu County, Hawaii State Government

...Hawai'i is the ONLY state without any municipal governments below the county level....

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Tuesday, October 22, 2019
Kea'au Beach Park Meth Camp: Luxury Cars, Boats, and Jet Skis Bulldozed
By News Release @ 5:30 PM :: 3975 Views :: Honolulu County, Homelessness, Drugs

... Its hard being a tweeker ....

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Tuesday, October 22, 2019
Katherine Kealoha's Boyfriend's Attorney's Law License Suspended
By News Release @ 6:51 AM :: 4503 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Police

...Gun pointed at police during shooting was registered to Ebersole's attorney....

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Saturday, October 19, 2019
PLA measure is pilau
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:53 PM :: 3282 Views :: Honolulu County, Labor, Small Business

... What happens when a government tries to fix a system that isn’t broken? ....

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Saturday, October 19, 2019
Honolulu GOP: Veto Bill 37
By Brett Kulbis @ 3:22 PM :: 3057 Views :: Honolulu County, Labor, Small Business

...Bill 37 amounts to a sweetheart deal for big union labor and will guarantee that the county will have to spend more on future infrastructure projects....

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Friday, October 18, 2019
55 Kahuku Arrests: 'We Will Block Future Convoys'
By Video @ 1:22 PM :: 6412 Views :: Honolulu County, Energy, Environment

...Caldwell's police will clear the way for a stupid windfarm.  This proves that the problem on Mauna Kea is Harry Kim, not David Ige....

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Wednesday, October 16, 2019
Bill 37: Why Contractors Should Compete
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:42 PM :: 2837 Views :: Honolulu County, Labor, Small Business

...a proposed policy in Honolulu may prevent nonunion employers from bidding on government projects....

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Monday, October 14, 2019
Fastest-Growing Cities? Honolulu Ranks 407th
By Selected News Articles @ 4:55 PM :: 2882 Views :: Honolulu County, Economy, Hawaii Statistics

...some cities know the key ingredients for long-term prosperity better than others....

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Friday, October 11, 2019
HECO Rolling Blackouts Possible Due to Failure of Wind, Solar
By News Release @ 10:54 PM :: 3420 Views :: Honolulu County, Energy

...The heat and high humidity are driving increased demand for air conditioning at the same time overcast skies are diminishing solar output and wind resources are minimal....

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Thursday, October 10, 2019
Council approves PLAs despite many concerns
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:59 PM :: 4037 Views :: Honolulu County, Labor, Small Business

...After a public hearing, the Council approved the bill, 7-2, It now goes to the mayor....

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Thursday, October 10, 2019
Caldwell Jets off to Europe for Some Climate Change Make-Believe
By News Release @ 1:46 PM :: 2607 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment

...eight U.S. Mayors joined Mike Bloomberg to release the American Cities Climate Challenge Climate Action Playbook, a strategic guide to accelerate and deepen climate action in cities....

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Sunday, October 6, 2019
If Housing Costs in Honolulu Are Bad Now…
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 2774 Views :: Honolulu County, Cost of Living

...the Honolulu City Council is considering Bill 25, which would add numerous energy conservation requirements for any residential dwelling that is new or remodeled....

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Friday, October 4, 2019
Mauna Kea: 591 Tickets, Six Arrests
By News Release @ 7:16 PM :: 2561 Views :: Honolulu County, Police

...The combined total for 7-weeks stands at 4092 citations issued and 43 persons arrested for 71 offenses....

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Thursday, October 3, 2019
​City completes installation of 53,000 streetlights to energy-saving LEDs
By News Release @ 5:55 PM :: 2697 Views :: Honolulu County, Energy

...Hawaii Energy presents $1.9 million rebate check....

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Thursday, October 3, 2019
Weigh in on Caldwell’s $772 million splurge on replacing the Blaisdell Arena
By Selected News Articles @ 12:45 PM :: 2101 Views :: Honolulu County

...Did you know you can weigh in on Caldwell’s $772 million splurge on replacing the Blaisdell Arena, a war memorial? Be quick, though....

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Tuesday, September 24, 2019
3 Titanic Floating Windfarms to Surround Oahu?
By Selected News Articles @ 9:45 PM :: 2808 Views :: Honolulu County, Energy

...the likelihood of all of these projects remains speculative, and the timeframes even more so given BOEM’s decision to review the entire permitting process....

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Monday, September 16, 2019
Most Traffic: Honolulu Ranks 9th
By News Release @ 2:51 PM :: 2377 Views :: Honolulu County, Hawaii Statistics

...Average commute time 29.1 minutes....

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Friday, September 13, 2019
37 Oahu TVRs Get Notice of Violation
By News Release @ 5:04 AM :: 3899 Views :: Honolulu County, Law Enforcement, Small Business, Tourism

...more NOVs are anticipated in the coming weeks....

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Friday, September 13, 2019
Scooterville: Honolulu #1 for 'Micro-Mobility'
By News Release @ 4:02 AM :: 1782 Views :: Honolulu County

...INRIX: Shared Bikes and Scooters Could Replace Nearly 50 Percent of Downtown Vehicle Trips....

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Wednesday, September 11, 2019
Planning to Create More Traffic Jams: Kalihi Complete Streets community meeting Sept. 17
By News Release @ 6:41 PM :: 2322 Views :: Honolulu County

...The meeting will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 17 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Farrington High School Cafeteria....

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