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Saturday, June 15, 2019
Debunked: Caldwell’s ‘Vancouver Tax’ Does Nothing to Ease Rental Crisis
By Andrew Walden @ 4:07 AM :: 834 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, Taxes

...1,100 homes were removed from the rental market in the first year of the city’s empty-homes tax....

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Thursday, June 13, 2019
Bill 31 Dead: No Sanctuary City
By Brett Kulbis @ 4:00 PM :: 1373 Views :: Honolulu County, Law Enforcement, Republican Party

...“There really is no support. You’d think that Hawaii would kind of be the center for immigration issues.  But I guess if it’s deemed a ‘sanctuary city,’ that’s not well-received.”....

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Sunday, June 09, 2019
​25 Republicans Elected to Honolulu Neighborhood Boards
By Brett Kulbis @ 8:28 PM :: 1053 Views :: Honolulu County, Republican Party

...down from 44 elected in 2017....

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Sunday, June 09, 2019
Warmers: $23B Homes to be Destroyed in Urban Honolulu
By News Release @ 3:10 AM :: 958 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment, Rail

... meanwhile the State and City keep building Rail in the alleged inundation zone .... 

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Friday, June 07, 2019
Honolulu needs a spending cap, pronto!
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 6:42 PM :: 585 Views :: Honolulu County, Rail, Taxes

... This week, the Honolulu City Council approved an operating budget of $2.8 billion, an increase of 8.8% over last year’s budget and almost $1 million more than the amount proposed by Mayor Kirk Caldwell ....

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Wednesday, June 05, 2019
Death Gets 373 Homeless off Streets
By News Release @ 9:47 PM :: 823 Views :: Honolulu County, Hawaii Statistics, Homelessness

...373 people who were considered homeless at the time of their deaths have died on O‘ahu from 2014 through 2018....

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Wednesday, June 05, 2019
‘Housing First’ Gets 450 Homeless off Streets
By News Release @ 9:36 PM :: 599 Views :: Honolulu County, Hawaii Statistics, Homelessness

...91 percent of Honolulu’s Housing First clients came into the program as chronically homeless, and over 60 percent came directly from living on the streets....

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Wednesday, June 05, 2019
Honolulu ranked America’s best small city for second year in a row
By News Release @ 9:28 PM :: 529 Views :: Honolulu County, Hawaii Statistics

...based on several criteria, including crime rates, air quality, housing affordability, entertainment offerings, cultural diversity, and economic vitality....

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Friday, May 31, 2019
Why people are leaving ‘paradise’
By Grassroot Institute @ 7:50 PM :: 1851 Views :: Honolulu County, Cost of Living

...the population of urban Honolulu declined in 2018 for the second year in a row....

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Thursday, May 30, 2019
Neighborhood Board Election Results Released after Inquiry from Hawai’i Free Press
By Andrew Walden @ 10:22 PM :: 974 Views :: Honolulu County

...Along with the response, we also got something else—the election results -- five days ahead of the new deadline....

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Thursday, May 30, 2019
List of Neighborhood Board Vacancies
By News Release @ 4:25 AM :: 719 Views :: Honolulu County

...an updated list of Neighborhood Board vacancies as of May 29, 2019....

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Thursday, May 30, 2019
Ethics: Caldwell Admin Asked Neighborhood Boards to Campaign Against HSTA Property Tax
By News Release @ 4:18 AM :: 880 Views :: Honolulu County, Education K-12, Ethics, Labor

...The Official requested...all 33 Neighborhood Board chairs...place the ballot issue  ...on their board’s monthly agenda between September 15 and October 15, 2018, so that a certain political action committee “and others” could publicly discuss this topic prior to the election....

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Thursday, May 30, 2019
Ethics: City Employee ‘Likes’ Tommy Waters on City Time
By News Release @ 4:07 AM :: 1003 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics

...the Commission reviewed the totality of the circumstances and also confirmed the conduct as de minimis, dismissed the complaint, and did not impose a civil fine on Official....

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Friday, May 24, 2019
Census: Oahu Population Declines Again
By News Release @ 1:51 PM :: 794 Views :: Honolulu County, Hawaii Statistics

...Oahu population is down 12,612 from its 2016 peak....

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Friday, May 24, 2019
Let’s get smart about government spending
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:29 AM :: 1018 Views :: Hawaii County , Honolulu County, Kauai County, Maui County, Taxes

...Kauai is looking at a budget increase of 10.7%; Honolulu, 8.6%; Maui 8.1%; and Hawaii County 12.7%....

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Thursday, May 09, 2019
Grassroot: Bill 89 Unconstitutional
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:48 AM :: 1395 Views :: Honolulu County, Law Enforcement, Small Business, Tourism

...The Hawaii Constitution also has a clause that protects citizens from excessive fines, making it even more likely that someone will challenge the enormous fines associated with this proposal....

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Friday, May 03, 2019
Mayor signs Bill 96 relating to fire safety into law
By News Release @ 4:08 PM :: 937 Views :: Honolulu County

...amended sprinkler requirements....

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019
EPA Imposes $425K fine for Waimanalo Gulch Spill
By News Release @ 3:01 AM :: 912 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment

...The agreement also calls for a series of facility upgrades to maintain compliance with stormwater regulations....

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Saturday, April 27, 2019
City Releases 2019 Annual Sustainability Report
By News Release @ 3:25 AM :: 921 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment

...This is the City and County of Honolulu’s inaugural annual sustainability report....

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Thursday, April 25, 2019
Neighborhood Board Voting Begins
By News Release @ 3:19 AM :: 1818 Views :: Honolulu County

...The election is slated to begin April 26, 2019 and end Friday, May 17, 2019....

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Friday, April 19, 2019
80% of Oahu Residents Don't Have REAL ID
By News Release @ 3:07 AM :: 1581 Views :: Honolulu County

...So far, more than 190,000 O‘ahu residents have gotten the REAL ID-compliant driver license or state ID since they became available in January 2018....

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Sunday, April 14, 2019
Unlucky and Unclean: How Not to Steal House 13
By Andrew Walden @ 10:23 PM :: 2879 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment, Ethics, Agriculture

...With legal representation from Neil Abercrombie’s former Attorney General David Louie, former penny stock tout Jeffrey Dunster tried to use a bag full of receipts to claim ownership of a house known as ‘13’.  It didn't work....

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Sunday, April 14, 2019
Special Election: Waters Beats Ozawa by 1,004 Votes 
By Andrew Walden @ 2:16 AM :: 2259 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Rail

...Even as the Honolulu Rail project collapses around Mayor Caldwell’s ears, the election result gives a pro-Caldwell faction the majority on the council.  This contradiction is due to the failure of anti-rail politicians to separate themselves from criminals....

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Friday, April 12, 2019
City adopts new affordable housing rules
By News Release @ 10:27 PM :: 1261 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, Cost of Living

...The rules took effect on March 31 and implement the affordable housing requirements in Ordinance 18-10 and other approvals issued by the city....

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Friday, April 12, 2019
Honolulu Council Special Election Voting Ends Saturday April 13
By News Release @ 3:58 PM :: 3679 Views :: Honolulu County, Office of Elections

...As of Friday, March 29, 2019, the Office of the City Clerk has received 17,752 vote-by-mail ballots....

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Saturday, April 06, 2019
New Petition Launched to Impeach Kaneshiro
By News Release @ 2:17 AM :: 1790 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Law Enforcement

...Due to difficulty verifying validity of petition signatures on a previous Change.org impeachment petition, Impeach Kaneshiro organizers have launched a new on-line petition designed to collect verifiable signatures of Honolulu registered voters....

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Friday, April 05, 2019
DLNR Seeks Bidders to Redevelop Ala Wai Harbor
By News Release @ 2:09 PM :: 1819 Views :: Honolulu County, Land Use, OHA, Small Business, Tourism

...The redevelopment should take into consideration input received in the DTL, LLC Final Report....

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Wednesday, April 03, 2019
ACLU: Kealoha Lawyers Threaten Free Speech
By News Release @ 2:22 AM :: 1920 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, First Amendment, Higher Education, Law Enforcement

"...The Kealoha case is arguably the single largest corruption case in the history of our state...."

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Tuesday, April 02, 2019
Community meeting to be held for O‘ahu’s first Pedestrian Plan
By News Release @ 4:44 AM :: 1045 Views :: Honolulu County

...this will be exploited to jam up traffic even more....

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Monday, April 01, 2019
Honolulu Republicans Reelect Brett Kulbis Chair
By News Release @ 12:37 PM :: 1227 Views :: Honolulu County, Republican Party

"...With two newly-elected Republican legislators on Oahu in 2018, we are really beginning to turn things around....”

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Wednesday, March 27, 2019
Ala Wai? Corps of Engineers has Long History of Corruption and Cost Overruns
By Selected News Articles @ 9:08 PM :: 2011 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment, Ethics, Development, Military

...Reminiscent of rail, projected Ala Wai costs have already leapt from $200M to $470M.... 

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Friday, March 22, 2019
​Hawaii PUC approves special rates for Al Gore's electric buses
By News Release @ 3:32 AM :: 1547 Views :: Honolulu County, Energy, Cost of Living

... it is expected at least 130 electric buses will be added to fleets during the course of the pilot, including tour buses, school buses and public transit systems like TheBus on Oahu....

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Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Buying a House? Need Money? Honolulu can help
By News Release @ 5:36 AM :: 1263 Views :: Honolulu County, Cost of Living

...Interest-free home down payment loans now available....

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Tuesday, March 12, 2019
557 Candidates Register for Honolulu Neighborhood Board Elections
By News Release @ 3:00 PM :: 1454 Views :: Honolulu County

...balloting takes place online from Friday, April 26 through Friday, May 17....

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Saturday, March 09, 2019
DPP: Shortage of New Affordable Housing Triples
By News Release @ 2:14 AM :: 1405 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, Cost of Living

...The share of low-income households experiencing severe housing cost burden continues to increase....

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Thursday, March 07, 2019
Prosecutor Kaneshiro Take Leave of Absence on Deadline to Respond to Supreme Court
By News Release @ 5:53 PM :: 1736 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Judiciary, Law Enforcement

...Kaneshiro's decision to take a "leave of absence" does not stop the Supreme Court proceedings regarding his law license....

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Monday, March 04, 2019
City-Funded Survey Tries Out Excuses for Tax Hikes
By News Release @ 5:18 PM :: 1456 Views :: Honolulu County, Homelessness, Taxes

...Residents were presented with a list of eight potential projects and asked their level of support for each, even if it involved raising taxes or fees....

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Friday, March 01, 2019
Honolulu Rents 12th Highest in USA
By News Release @ 4:14 AM :: 1356 Views :: Honolulu County, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...Zumper National Rent Report: March 2019....

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Wednesday, February 27, 2019
Oahu 12% More Homeless Refuse Shelter
By News Release @ 10:32 PM :: 2018 Views :: Honolulu County, Hawaii Statistics, Homelessness

...the number of homeless in shelters is down 19%....

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Monday, February 25, 2019
City unveils pedestrian safety measures
By News Release @ 11:15 PM :: 834 Views :: Honolulu County

...The seven-point package of common sense initiatives is being called “Look All Ways,” and is designed to increase the safety of pedestrians, drivers and cyclists....

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Saturday, February 23, 2019
Impeach Kaneshiro: Yoshimura Pushes Back Against McCorriston tactics
By News Release @ 11:11 AM :: 2306 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Law Enforcement

... An attorney with Mr. McCorriston’s legal education and experience, should certainly realize his allegation is both false and "baseless" ....

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Wednesday, February 20, 2019
City launches new performance dashboard
By News Release @ 2:33 AM :: 883 Views :: Honolulu County

...Residents can now track local progress on issues, including homelessness and affordable housing....

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Wednesday, February 20, 2019
After 21 Years, City Nearly Finished Installing Wheelchair-Friendly Curb Ramps
By News Release @ 2:28 AM :: 950 Views :: Honolulu County

...Identification of 6,342 intersections in need of ADA improvements, of which only 238 unconstructed curb ramps remain....

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Friday, February 15, 2019
Last Day to Register as Candidate: 2019 Neighborhood Board Elections
By News Release @ 12:10 AM :: 6734 Views :: Honolulu County

...Candidate registration open through Friday, February 15, 2019....

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Tuesday, February 12, 2019
FULL TEXT: Connors, Ballard ask Supreme Court to Remove Kaneshiro--Prosecutor Accused of Retaliating Against Witnesses
By Selected News Articles @ 3:04 PM :: 1763 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Judiciary

...“Once he sent those disciplinary notices to those employees, signed them, and said you are hereby put on notice, I think it’s moved over to tampering with a witness or obstruction of justice”....

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Wednesday, February 06, 2019
ICA Throws out Case Against Vacation Rental
By Robert Thomas @ 1:24 AM :: 1605 Views :: Honolulu County, Land Use, Tourism

...Hitting someone with a notice of violation and then telling them to disprove it (all the while laboring under ever-increasing daily fines) just won't cut it....

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Tuesday, February 05, 2019
Hirokazu Toiya named Director of Emergency Management
By News Release @ 10:33 AM :: 1015 Views :: Honolulu County

...Toiya has been the acting director of the Department of Emergency Management since October of 2018, and previous served as deputy director since July 2017....

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Monday, February 04, 2019
Honolulu 4th Deepest 'Sinkhole City'
By Selected News Articles @ 11:11 AM :: 1609 Views :: Honolulu County, Hawaii Statistics

...Report: 63 out of America’s largest 75 cities can’t pay their bills, acquired $330 billion in unfunded debt....

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Sunday, February 03, 2019
Honolulu Ranks 72nd for Fiscal Health
By News Release @ 5:14 PM :: 1990 Views :: Honolulu County, Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Taxes

...Honolulu has a Taxpayer Burden of $23,000, earning it an "F" grade....

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Thursday, January 31, 2019
City steps up approach to control feral cat population
By News Release @ 8:06 PM :: 1032 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment

...The Hawaiian Humane Society’s new community cat program coordinator will work with colony caregivers and volunteers to trap, neuter and then return sterilized cats to the colonies they came from....

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