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Wednesday, November 7, 2018
More Traffic Jams -- Oahu Bike Plan update to be announced at public meeting
By News Release @ 8:22 PM :: 3001 Views :: Honolulu County

..the plan is to exploit cyclists as part of a social engineering project designed to make driving more inconvenient....

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Monday, November 5, 2018
Honolulu Tagged in Bloomberg American Cities Climate Challenge
By News Release @ 12:33 AM :: 5513 Views :: Honolulu County, Energy, Environment

...Honolulu is accepted into a two-year acceleration program that will provide cities powerful new resources and access to cutting-edge support to help meet or beat their near-term carbon reduction goals....

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Wednesday, October 31, 2018
Rail: Bill 42 Breaks a Promise
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:22 PM :: 5427 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Rail

...Bill 42 break the promise made by the full City Council in 2006 that city funds or bonds would not be used to fund the rail....

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Wednesday, October 31, 2018
Honolulu Development Plan Forum Set for Weds Nov 7
By News Release @ 5:20 PM :: 4350 Views :: Honolulu County, Development

...the day after Election Day, maybe nobody will notice....

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Saturday, October 27, 2018
​‘P3′ for rail a budgetary ruse
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:23 PM :: 5980 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Rail

...to duck budgetary limits in the short run and spread their higher costs over the long run....

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Tuesday, October 23, 2018
How Much Does Over-Regulation Increase Hawaii Housing Costs?
By Selected News Articles @ 7:32 PM :: 8484 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, Hawaii Statistics, Land Use, Cost of Living

...Government and the Cost of Living: Income-Based vs. Cost-Based Approaches to Alleviating Poverty....

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Sunday, October 21, 2018
Shore water event application deadline extended for non-North Shore surf events
By News Release @ 3:28 PM :: 3841 Views :: Honolulu County, Tourism

...Short term extension valid for events scheduled between October 22, 2018 and February 28, 2019....

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Sunday, October 21, 2018
​‘Kalikimaka Kritters’ picked as theme for 33rd Annual Holiday Wreath Contest
By News Release @ 3:25 PM :: 6091 Views :: Honolulu County, First Amendment, Religion

...The public is invited to prepare submissions for the contest, which is held as part of the traditional Honolulu City Lights celebration....

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Thursday, October 18, 2018
Report: Honolulu Roads 5th Worst in USA
By News Release @ 3:09 PM :: 4816 Views :: Honolulu County, Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

...per-driver vehicle operating costs due to rough roads. Honolulu 8th-worst at $851.  Share of Poor-Condition Roads 54% – 5th worst....

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Wednesday, October 10, 2018
City now accepting Grants in Aid applications
By News Release @ 1:02 AM :: 4824 Views :: Honolulu County

...GIA proposals must be submitted by 2 p.m. on Monday, November 19. Last year more than $7.6 million in GIA were awarded....

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Thursday, October 4, 2018
Pearl City: Lowest Percentage of Disabled in Poverty in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 3:45 AM :: 5135 Views :: Honolulu County, Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

...2018’s Best & Worst Cities for People with Disabilities....

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Thursday, October 4, 2018
Fastest-Growing Cities in America--Honolulu 308th
By Selected News Articles @ 3:33 AM :: 3595 Views :: Honolulu County, Hawaii Statistics

...WalletHub compared 515 cities of varying population sizes based on 15 key measures of both growth and decline over a period of seven years....

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Wednesday, October 3, 2018
Caldwell Appoints Chief for Troubled Joint Traffic Management Center
By News Release @ 10:01 PM :: 4588 Views :: Honolulu County

... Caldwell announces Melvin Kaku as head of JTMC transition; Hirokazu Toiya named DEM Acting Director ....

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Wednesday, October 3, 2018
City Issues 467 ADU Permits--New Sewer Boosts Kaneohe ADU Capacity
By News Release @ 1:54 AM :: 3315 Views :: Honolulu County

...Department of Planning and Permitting has sent 132 letters to Kane‘ohe homeowners whose pre-check forms were denied because of sewer capacity, informing them to resubmit these forms....

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Tuesday, October 2, 2018
Honolulu Make-A-Difference Month cleanups start this weekend
By News Release @ 3:47 AM :: 3244 Views :: Honolulu County

...The Storm Water Quality Branch of the Department of Facility Maintenance is happy to announce a series of community outreach events as part of Make-A-Difference Month....

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Monday, October 1, 2018
Food Waste Recycling Program Makes Pigs Happy--But Costs City at H-Power
By UHERO @ 8:45 PM :: 5800 Views :: Honolulu County, Agriculture, Small Business

“The vast majority of those businesses impacted by the City’s food waste recycling ordinance are continuing to use local piggeries to recycle their food waste.”

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Tuesday, September 25, 2018
BWS to Subsidize Affordable Housing
By News Release @ 4:23 AM :: 6561 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, Cost of Living

...The Board of Water Supply will have the ability to waive the water systems facilities charges and new meter cost for qualified on-site affordable and homeless dwelling units, up to 500 dwelling units per year....

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Tuesday, September 25, 2018
Climate Action Plan: Preconceived Outcome Set for Public Meetings
By News Release @ 4:19 AM :: 6351 Views :: Honolulu County, Energy, Environment, Land Use

...During the meetings participants will engage in a “game” that sparks discussion about the best way to transition O‘ahu to a clean energy future and meet stated goals under the Paris climate agreement....

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Sunday, September 16, 2018
Historic Homes--$2M Tax Exemption Gift to 342 Households
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 3979 Views :: Honolulu County, Taxes

...the City is giving the exemption to 342 homes and forgoing taxation on $600 million in property value, translating to a revenue loss exceeding $2 million....

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Friday, September 14, 2018
Council Passes Bill 53--Calls for Demolition of Affordable Housing 'Monsters'
By Councilmember Kymberly Marcos Pine @ 2:43 PM :: 8072 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

...Finally politicians are doing something about affordable housing--they're demolishing it....

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Friday, September 14, 2018
Evacuate? 'High Risk' Nuuanu Reservoir--What is Caldwell Administration Hiding?
By Andrew Walden @ 2:01 AM :: 5976 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Hawaii Statistics

...In Hawaii 124 of the state’s 133 dams are deemed ‘at High Hazard Potential’ by the National Inventory of Dams....

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Wednesday, August 29, 2018
Tactical Urbanism: Caldwell Schemes to Eliminate Lanes, Jam Up Traffic Before Public Can Find Out
By News Release @ 10:22 PM :: 5355 Views :: Honolulu County, Rail

...a free public lecture on Tactical Urbanism on Wednesday, September 5 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at SALT Kaka‘ako (the Barn, 691 Auahi Street)....

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Tuesday, August 21, 2018
Caldwell Announces New Plan to Eliminate Lanes, Jam Up Downtown Traffic Even More
By News Release @ 12:44 AM :: 4391 Views :: Honolulu County

...The meeting will be held on Wednesday, August 29, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the YWCA Laniakea at 1040 Richards St....

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Tuesday, August 21, 2018
Honolulu City Lights non-profit display application deadline is Sept. 7
By News Release @ 12:38 AM :: 5733 Views :: Honolulu County, First Amendment, Religion

...Permits will be issued for five display sites through a lottery. The lottery drawing will take place on Friday, September 21....

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Sunday, August 19, 2018
Hawaii 4th-Worst Rural Roads in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 12:50 AM :: 3496 Views :: Honolulu County

...Honolulu drivers have to pay roughly $745 a year in car maintenance costs as a result of damaged roads....

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Saturday, August 18, 2018
Uber Caldwell: Level the Playing Field for Everybody Except HandiVan
By Andrew Walden @ 5:34 PM :: 5199 Views :: Honolulu County, Small Business

...In the midst of all the Uber/Lyft hysteria, Caldwell conveniently leaves the UPW job trust Handi-Van Service out of the equation.... 

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Friday, August 17, 2018
Economist: Honolulu most liveable city in America
By News Release @ 3:50 PM :: 3905 Views :: Honolulu County, Hawaii Statistics

...#2 is Pittsburgh....

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Wednesday, August 15, 2018
Sunset Beach Dune Restoration Project utilizing private public partnership
By News Release @ 7:22 PM :: 5259 Views :: Honolulu County, Small Business, Tourism

... Project involving numerous city agencies, community groups, and local non-profits for erosion mitigation ....

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Tuesday, August 14, 2018
Property Tax Credit Offered to Low Income Homeowners
By News Release @ 11:21 PM :: 6374 Views :: Honolulu County, Tax Credits

...Real property tax credit offered for Honolulu homeowners with combined income of less than $60,000....

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Sunday, August 12, 2018
Weekends Safe from Cackling Lawyers?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 4679 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Taxes

Back in 2014, we wrote in this space about a nasty Honolulu City & County rule involving real property tax appeals....

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Monday, August 6, 2018
2018 HPD Community Survey
By News Release @ 2:26 PM :: 4366 Views :: Honolulu County, Police

...Oahu residents to take an online survey between August 1 and September 30, 2018, to provide public feedback on police services....

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Wednesday, August 1, 2018
City Targets Farmers Markets for Primary Urban Center Development Plan Outreach
By News Release @ 3:16 AM :: 2803 Views :: Honolulu County

...The Primary Urban Center stretches from Kāhala to Pearl City....

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Tuesday, July 31, 2018
False Name Anti-Bunda Mailers Blanket North Shore
By Andrew Walden @ 9:56 PM :: 5647 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Politicians

...would most likely benefit Tsuneyoshi....

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Monday, July 30, 2018
Honolulu Surf Contests: New Rules in Effect Starting July 30
By News Release @ 2:35 AM :: 4683 Views :: Honolulu County, Tourism

...Application deadline for first triennial calendar set for September 28, 2018.... 

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Tuesday, July 17, 2018
Caldwell issues directive on climate change and sea level rise
By News Release @ 4:22 AM :: 5808 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment, Land Use

... Propose revisions to shoreline rules and regulations to incorporate sea level rise ....

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Friday, July 13, 2018
Caldwell Proposes Reducing Regulatory Burden on Transportation Providers
By Selected News Articles @ 2:51 AM :: 4384 Views :: Honolulu County, Small Business

...“Instead of putting more restrictions on ride-hailing customers, Hawaii should explore ways to relieve taxi drivers of over-burdensome regulations,” Akina said....

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Thursday, July 12, 2018
City Terminates Watts Constructors’ Right to Work on Joint Traffic Management Center
By News Release @ 8:43 PM :: 4584 Views :: Honolulu County

...because of its failure to remedy numerous material defaults under the construction contract with the city....

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Thursday, July 12, 2018
Letters being mailed to 44,000 impacted by storage crash of driver licensing documents
By News Release @ 4:46 PM :: 2975 Views :: Honolulu County

...On September 15, 2017, a server containing multiple disks managed by Marquis ID Systems (MIDS) for the State of Hawai‘i’s drivers’ licensing programs had a multiple hard disk crash....

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Tuesday, July 10, 2018
Best Cities to Drive in—Honolulu Scores 86th
By Selected News Articles @ 2:52 PM :: 4918 Views :: Honolulu County, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...driving is often a major hassle and expense....

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Monday, July 9, 2018
Ala Moana Park EIS Released for Public Comment
By News Release @ 6:05 PM :: 3881 Views :: Honolulu County

...Revised improvement plans highlighted in Ala Moana Regional Park Draft EIS....

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Friday, July 6, 2018
Public lodging and island-wide sidewalk obstruction bills submitted to City Council
By News Release @ 3:04 AM :: 4567 Views :: Honolulu County, Homelessness

"...Although we’ve made gains in combating homelessness, there is a group of service-resistant individuals who continue to disobey the rules and take up our public spaces....”

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Friday, July 6, 2018
Honolulu Auditor Announces Next Audit Plans
By News Release @ 1:36 AM :: 3784 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics

...In accordance with the City Charter Section 3-502.1 (c), we submit to the Honolulu City Council our plan of proposed audits for FY2018-19....

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Friday, June 29, 2018
Former HPD Officer Pleads Guilty to Insurance Fraud
By News Release @ 1:52 AM :: 6028 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Police

...Copeland staged a burglary of his Pearl City home and reported jewelry, cash, liquor and electronics were missing...the keys to his Mercedes as well as the vehicle itself were missing. It was later reported burning nearby....

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Friday, June 29, 2018
Caldwell: Outlaw Homeless Blocking Public Facilities While Refusing Shelter Space
By News Release @ 1:22 AM :: 6845 Views :: Honolulu County, Homelessness, Law Enforcement

...The “public lodging bill” would make it illegal to lodge on a public sidewalk or other public areas if shelter facilities are available....

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Thursday, June 28, 2018
Trump OKs federal aid for Oahu and Kauai victims of April floods
By News Release @ 9:42 AM :: 4579 Views :: Honolulu County, Kauai County

...Gov. Ige submitted the request for reconsideration on June 13. It was based on the identification of additional damages resulting from the disaster....

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Saturday, June 23, 2018
Akina: Caldwell makes right call on ride-hailing
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:33 PM :: 4523 Views :: Honolulu County, Small Business

...On Thursday, he introduced a bill that would even the playing field for taxis, to help bring their business model into the 21st century....

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Thursday, June 21, 2018
Caldwell: Loosen Taxi Regs for Everybody
By News Release @ 1:51 AM :: 5305 Views :: Honolulu County, Small Business

...Caldwell said at a news conference that rather than require ride-hailing drivers to abide by long-held taxi rules, cabbies should be freed from their constraints and allowed to operate like their Uber and Lyft counterparts....

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018
Kauai, Oahu Floods: Ige Asks FEMA to Reconsider Individual Assistance
By News Release @ 8:56 PM :: 4588 Views :: Honolulu County, Kauai County, Hawaii State Government

...Of the 187 homes destroyed or severely damaged, 109 were owner-occupied....

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Friday, June 8, 2018
'Surge pricing' ban will hurt Honolulu consumers
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:59 PM :: 4556 Views :: Honolulu County, Small Business

...The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii urges Mayor Caldwell to reject the City Council measure....

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Saturday, June 2, 2018
Public Hearing: New Rules for Scheduling Surf Contests
By News Release @ 8:20 PM :: 4741 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics

...Will Caldwell Bumbling Wipe out North Shore Surf Contests?....

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