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Monday, April 14, 2014
Now Hiring: Honolulu City Auditor
By News Release @ 6:30 PM :: 2356 Views :: Honolulu County

The city auditor is seeking an auditor for the Office of the City Auditor.  Duties and qualifications are noted as follows....

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Friday, April 11, 2014
Sky's the Limit? Honolulu #1 City for Buying into Solar Hype
By News Release @ 5:00 PM :: 3742 Views :: Honolulu County, Energy, Hawaii Statistics

Environment America (who?) released a new report: “Shining Cities: At the Forefront of America’s Solar Energy Revolution”....

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Thursday, April 10, 2014
Pine Introduces Legislation to Combat Illegally Dumped Sludge
By Councilmember Kymberly Marcos Pine @ 4:02 PM :: 3896 Views :: Honolulu County, DHHL, Environment

Bills 35, 36, and 37 were drafted in response to the rampant and illegal stockpiling and grading occurring throughout Leeward communities....

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Tuesday, April 01, 2014
Auditor Releases National Citizen Survey of Honolulu residents
By News Release @ 1:19 PM :: 4098 Views :: Honolulu County, Hawaii Statistics, Homelessness

Residents identified homeless and/or homelessness as a priority for the City to address....

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Tuesday, April 01, 2014
Full Text: Honolulu Service Efforts and Accomplishments Report
By News Release @ 1:11 PM :: 2651 Views :: Honolulu County

The Office of the City Auditor is pleased to present its fourth annual Service Efforts and Accomplishments (SEA) Report for the City and County of Honolulu....

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Saturday, March 29, 2014
Caldwell Refuses to Veto Food Truck Bill, Signs Bill Hiking Special Use Permit Fees
By News Release @ 4:12 PM :: 3032 Views :: Honolulu County

“Numerous food truck owners have written to say that if this bill were to become law, they would not be able to operate within the capital special district."

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Friday, March 07, 2014
Pine: 50,000 Solar Panels for Kahe Point?
By Councilmember Kymberly Marcos Pine @ 1:00 AM :: 4023 Views :: Honolulu County, Energy

The construction of a 50,000 panel solar farm at the entrance of the Wai‘anae Coast at Kahe Point is being proposed....

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Wednesday, March 05, 2014
Caldwell Brings in Outside Planners to Redevelop Blaisdell Center
By News Release @ 11:58 AM :: 3304 Views :: Honolulu County

The week will culminate with a public presentation of the panel’s findings and recommendations on March 7, 2014 from 9:00-11:00 a.m. at Mission Memorial Auditorium....

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Tuesday, March 04, 2014
UHERO: Climate Change Behind Push for Water Conservation
By UHERO @ 11:20 PM :: 4192 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment, Agriculture

Drawdown of existing groundwater stocks is likely still decades away....

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Full Text: State of the City Address
By News Release @ 2:49 PM :: 2806 Views :: Honolulu County
"I would have dreamed bigger."
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Friday, February 21, 2014
Honolulu Ethics Commission Calls for Audit of Water Board
By News Release @ 3:22 AM :: 6997 Views :: Honolulu County, Cost of Living

...topics include procurement training for BWS staff, prevention of disclosure of confidential information and the management of multiple change orders increasing the work and value of the contract....

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Monday, February 17, 2014
Honolulu: Highest Taxes in USA for Low Income Residents, 9th Lowest for High Income Residents
By Selected News Articles @ 3:22 AM :: 4353 Views :: Honolulu County, Hawaii Statistics, Taxes
Taxes for family earning $25,000: $4,232 (the highest)
Taxes for family earning $150,000: $11,840 (9th lowest)
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Saturday, February 15, 2014
Caldwell's Latest Scheme: Garbage Tax
By News Release @ 7:29 PM :: 4224 Views :: Honolulu County, Taxes

Caldwell's Garbage Tax Would Hit Nonprofits, Small Business Hard....

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014
City Blames ORI for Failed HUD Negotiations
By News Release @ 3:02 AM :: 2451 Views :: Honolulu County
HUD has also worked with the City in proposing alternative solutions to ORIAH, including subdividing the Aloha Gardens Project....
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Friday, February 07, 2014
Natalie Iwasa Makes City Council Run Official
By News Release @ 9:32 PM :: 3793 Views :: Honolulu County, Politicians

Iwasa said her top priorities for both her district and Honolulu County as a whole are budget, transparency and accountability, and land use and infrastructure....

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Saturday, February 01, 2014
Caldwell announces new economic development team
By News Release @ 8:15 PM :: 3150 Views :: Honolulu County

Caldwell today announced the appointment of Linda Chu Takayama to lead the Office of Economic Development as Executive Director....

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Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Drop in Median Income Affects Affordable Housing Limits
By News Release @ 9:42 PM :: 4073 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, Cost of Living

HUD determined that the city’s median income for a household of four is $82,600, down from $86,300 last year....

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Saturday, January 25, 2014
City Auditor: HART, BWS, Non-Profits and More on Tap for 2014
By News Release @ 3:40 PM :: 2500 Views :: Honolulu County

During this quarter, the status of the Office of the City Auditor projects is as follows....

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Saturday, January 25, 2014
Honolulu Affordable Housing Preservation Initiative sale terminated
By News Release @ 3:53 AM :: 2483 Views :: Honolulu County

...the administration filed a proposed ordinance seeking approval for a new Request for Proposals....

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Thursday, January 23, 2014
Hawaii Pedestrian Plan Wins National Recognition
By News Release @ 9:44 PM :: 3015 Views :: Honolulu County, Hawaii State Government

...the first in the nation to have a statewide, pedestrian-only focus....

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Friday, January 10, 2014
To Stop Thefts, City Places "No Copper" Signs on Cables
By News Release @ 5:13 PM :: 4404 Views :: Honolulu County, Homelessness, Law Enforcement, Drugs

In addition to repairing the cables, “no copper” and “fiber-optic cable” signs are being put in place to make it as clear as possible to potential thieves that there is nothing of value for them to steal....

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Tuesday, January 07, 2014
City: Bridge Financing Can Save Housing Deal
By News Release @ 8:27 PM :: 2241 Views :: Honolulu County

On Monday, Jan. 6, the Honolulu Affordable Housing Partners LLC (HAHP) met the city’s deadline to respond regarding its good faith commitment....

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Tuesday, January 07, 2014
Cho Tet--Vietnamese New Year Fest
By News Release @ 1:35 AM :: 3059 Views :: Honolulu County
  • When:  Sunday, January 26, 2014 9:00 am -4:00 pm
  • Where:  Kapiolani Bandstand, 2748 Monsarrat Ave, Honolulu
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Tuesday, December 17, 2013
City Ambulance Contractor Turns Down 30-40% of Calls in Leeward Oahu
By Councilmember Kymberly Marcos Pine @ 5:15 PM :: 3389 Views :: Honolulu County, Health Care

"Turning down 30-40% of requested calls puts our residents at a greater risk of death or prolonged injury and is unacceptable,” said Councilmember Kymberly Marcos Pine

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Friday, December 06, 2013
2013 Honolulu City Lights Opening Night
By News Release @ 4:48 AM :: 4181 Views :: Honolulu County, First Amendment

Opening night shimmers with “Santa’s Underwater Adventure” for the 29th annual event....

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Wednesday, December 04, 2013
Public Utility Commission Issues Violation to SER Trucking for Sludge Spill
By Councilmember Kymberly Marcos Pine @ 6:22 PM :: 3528 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment

In a State Public Utility Commission (PUC) hearing this morning, Commissioners issued an order confirming a motor carrier violation for SER Trucking connected with the August 31st sludge spill on the H-1....

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Monday, November 25, 2013
Non-Profits: Grants in Aid Deadline December 19
By News Release @ 6:55 PM :: 2526 Views :: Honolulu County

Applicants must attend one of the following information sessions....

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Friday, November 22, 2013
Honolulu welcomes new Medical Examiner Dr. Christopher Happy
By News Release @ 2:19 PM :: 3298 Views :: Honolulu County, Law Enforcement

For the first time since October of 2009, the City & County of Honolulu has a Chief Medical Examiner on the job....

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Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Honolulu: Window Open for Grants in Aid Proposals
By Councilmember Kymberly Marcos Pine @ 4:02 AM :: 2456 Views :: Honolulu County

The City issued a Request for Grant Proposals (RGP) for the Grants in Aid funds on Thursday, November 14, 2013....

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Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Honolulu Council Update: Water Bills, Data, HSAC, and Helmets
By Councilmember Kymberly Marcos Pine @ 12:35 AM :: 2921 Views :: Honolulu County

Last week the City Council hosted a public hearing on legislative proposals. Legislation that was discussed includes....

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Sunday, November 10, 2013
Back and Forth with Grants-in-Aid
By Natalie Iwasa @ 10:55 PM :: 2452 Views :: Honolulu County

At least one organization didn’t even ask to be funded....

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Thursday, November 07, 2013
Res 13-216: Stop Unfair Water Billing
By Councilmember Kymberly Marcos Pine @ 11:23 PM :: 3426 Views :: Honolulu County, Cost of Living

Board of Water Supply’s (BWS) unfair billing practices  forced thousands of O‘ahu residents to subsidize the errors caused by BWS' own faulty billing system....

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Wednesday, November 06, 2013
City Awards $175M Kaneohe-Kailua Sewer Contract
By News Release @ 3:16 AM :: 3864 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment

Southland Contracting, Inc. and Mole Construction, Inc. (Southland Mole JV) and local construction management firm Bowers + Kubota....

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Friday, November 01, 2013
Honolulu Planning Dep’t: “Making TOD Happen”
By News Release @ 4:54 AM :: 3371 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, Rail

Saturday, November 16, 2013, at the Neal Blaisdell Center....

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Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Water bill problems affected 130,000
By Councilmember Kymberly Marcos Pine @ 5:43 PM :: 4904 Views :: Honolulu County, Cost of Living
...of the nearly 130,000 customers who received an estimated bill, 79 percent received an underestimated bill ....
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Friday, October 25, 2013
Retiree Hit With $7000 'Recalculated' Water Bill
By Councilmember Kymberly Marcos Pine @ 12:47 AM :: 3762 Views :: Honolulu County, Cost of Living

His monthly bill is normally around $200....

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Saturday, October 19, 2013
$381K in Prohibited Gifts: Ethics Commission Compares Kirk Caldwell to Rod Tam -- Then Lets him off Hook
By News Release @ 3:14 AM :: 5862 Views :: Honolulu County, Democratic Party, Ethics, Politicians

This case stems from complaints concerning the possible influence of $381,000 of private donations over Mayor Kirk Caldwell and his new administration....

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Friday, October 11, 2013
Pine: "Eliminate the Board of Water Supply's retroactive billing policy"
By Councilmember Kymberly Marcos Pine @ 5:47 PM :: 3598 Views :: Honolulu County, Cost of Living

On Wednesday, I introduced a Charter Amendment to eliminate the Board of Water Supply's retroactive billing policy....

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Friday, October 11, 2013
Caldwell Announces Town Hall Meeting Schedule
By News Release @ 5:30 PM :: 2359 Views :: Honolulu County

Caldwell announced today that he will be taking his Cabinet around the island for a new round of town hall meetings....

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Friday, October 11, 2013
Audit: City Lets Elite Avoid $1.8M in Property Taxes on 'Historic' Homes
By News Release @ 2:10 PM :: 3939 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Taxes

The audit objective was to evaluate the RPAD processes related to the classification, reclassification, valuation, and assessment of real property for taxation purposes....

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Thursday, October 03, 2013
ULI Fellowship: Caldwell to Select Land Use Challenge
By News Release @ 11:17 PM :: 4244 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, Land Use

Past classes of Rose Fellows have tackled challenges including revitalization of Detroit’s Livernois Avenue....

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Thursday, October 03, 2013
Honolulu Roads 13th Worst in Nation, Cost Drivers $598 per year
By News Release @ 7:15 PM :: 3727 Views :: Honolulu County, Rail

Forty-three percent of major roads in the Honolulu urban area are in poor condition, costing area drivers $598 each year....

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Tuesday, October 01, 2013
UPDATE: Outdoor Circle Questions Plan for Trails Ringing Kawainui Marsh
By News Release @ 12:33 PM :: 4727 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment

Unregulated access to the marsh has already led to damage of archaeological sites. Trails will attract dog walkers....

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Monday, September 30, 2013
Taking Effect Today: Honolulu Property Tax Hikes Target Elderly
By Andrew Walden @ 8:12 PM :: 3940 Views :: Honolulu County, Taxes

...thanks to a Christmas Tree Clause in 13-33, developers and wealthy individuals with 10 acres or more have been given an easy out for upzoned properties....

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Saturday, September 28, 2013
Kym Pine: Progress Against Illegal Dumping
By Councilmember Kymberly Marcos Pine @ 2:44 PM :: 3564 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment

The issue first came to light last month when constituents contacted my office, and on August 19th we brought the issue to the Administration....

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Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Rate Hike Coming? New Prelim Flood Insurance Maps Released
By News Release @ 11:33 PM :: 3679 Views :: Honolulu County, Cost of Living

...FEMA has completed revisions to the City’s Digital Flood Insurance Rate Maps that will affect 12 map areas on Oahu....

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Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Councilmember Pine Demands Investigation of Illegal Dumping on Ag Land
By Councilmember Kymberly Marcos Pine @ 12:27 PM :: 5749 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment

Robert Clark, president of the Hawaii Kai Marina Community Association referred to Waianae residents’ concerns as “total ignorance” ....

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Tuesday, September 10, 2013
NB to HTA: "Stop Promoting Kailua as a Tourist Destination"
By News Release @ 4:00 AM :: 3444 Views :: Honolulu County, Tourism

...Kailua Neighborhood Board overwhelmingly adopted a resolution asking the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) to respect the zoning and quality of life of residential neighborhoods and stop promoting Kailua....

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Thursday, August 29, 2013
Board of Water Supply Charter Amendment on Council Agenda
By Councilmember Kymberly Marcos Pine @ 7:21 PM :: 3591 Views :: Honolulu County, Cost of Living

Resolution 13-177 initiates a proposed Charter Amendment....

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Monday, August 26, 2013
Grants in Aid Advisory Commission to Meet Aug 27
By News Release @ 9:48 PM :: 3272 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics

Tuesday, August 27, 2013, at 1:00 p.m. at the Mission Memorial Auditorium....

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