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Anita Hofschneider

HART Board Chooses A New Executive Director Courtesy of HART

HART Board Chooses A New Executive Director

Andrew Robbins will take over as the city and state struggle to fully fund the 20-mile project, which has an estimated $3 billion shortfall.

Audit Bashes Honolulu’s Rent Subsidy Program For Not Collecting Debts Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Audit Bashes Honolulu’s Rent Subsidy Program For Not Collecting Debts

The Section 8 program, which administers federal money, isn’t doing enough to prevent fraud and recruit landlords, a city audit found.

Industry Cancels Celebration Of Ban On Sprinkler Requirements

Industry Cancels Celebration Of Ban On Sprinkler Requirements

The Legislature recently extended its prohibition on counties requiring sprinklers in single-family homes and duplexes.

Caldwell Supports Adding Sprinklers To Older High-Rises In Wake Of Fire Brenton Awa/KITV

Caldwell Supports Adding Sprinklers To Older High-Rises In Wake Of Fire

Previous efforts to require high-rises to have fire sprinklers have failed, in part due to the cost of installing them.

Threat To Drinking Water Remains As Navy Studies Options For Fuel Tanks PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Threat To Drinking Water Remains As Navy Studies Options For Fuel Tanks

Some 27,000 gallons of fuel spilled at the Red Hill facility in 2014. City, state and federal officials aren’t satisfied with all the steps taken since then.

Can Revamped Honolulu Ethics Commission Rebuild Its Credibility? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Can Revamped Honolulu Ethics Commission Rebuild Its Credibility?

The commission’s former executive director often tangled with Mayor Caldwell’s administration. Now new director Jan Yamane has big plans for change.

Is This Kahala Man’s Pitch To Help The Homeless For Real? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Is This Kahala Man’s Pitch To Help The Homeless For Real?

Some people are skeptical of a man with a criminal past who says he wants to sell his multimillion-dollar Kahala home and give $200,000 to a foundation to help working homeless families.

Special Permits Near Honolulu Rail Line Attract Proposals For Big Hotels Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Special Permits Near Honolulu Rail Line Attract Proposals For Big Hotels

Developers can build higher and denser as long as the city finds that their projects promote “transit-enhanced neighborhoods.”

Ige Plans To Veto Bill To End Aquarium Fishing Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Ige Plans To Veto Bill To End Aquarium Fishing

The Hawaii governor plans to veto 15 bills, including legislation that would have given public worker unions more power.

Honolulu Is Paying Back $1.45 Million In Federal Housing Funds Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Is Paying Back $1.45 Million In Federal Housing Funds

The city approved a contract to rehabilitate Kahuku Elderly housing complex despite the appearance of a conflict of interest, a federal audit found.

What Honolulu Lobbyists Don’t Tell You Cory Lum/Civil Beat

What Honolulu Lobbyists Don’t Tell You

The Ethics Commission chief says the city should “completely overhaul” how it tracks the spending of money to influence leaders.

Ige Says His Low-Key Approach Is Producing Good Results For Hawaii Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Ige Says His Low-Key Approach Is Producing Good Results For Hawaii

In the face of low poll numbers, the governor cites his accomplishments and talks about the legal challenges to Trump’s immigration ban.