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Anita Hofschneider

Help For Condo Owners Comes In Small Doses, If It Comes At All Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Help For Condo Owners Comes In Small Doses, If It Comes At All

Advocates had high hopes at the Hawaii Legislature, but some condo bills died and others were watered down.

Homelessness: A Lot Of Talk But No ‘Game-Changer’ At The Legislature Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Homelessness: A Lot Of Talk But No ‘Game-Changer’ At The Legislature

Some bills are still alive, with their fate to be decided in conference committees.

Lawmakers Fail To Fund Hawaii’s Ambitious Housing Plans — Again Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

Lawmakers Fail To Fund Hawaii’s Ambitious Housing Plans — Again

Lowered revenue forecasts are deflating hopes during a legislative session that started with the potential for real change.

Here’s How Hawaiians Could Get Much-Needed Rental Housing Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Here’s How Hawaiians Could Get Much-Needed Rental Housing

While DHHL moves forward with housing plans, the relatively new Homestead Housing Authority says it can help, too.

Why Didn’t A Single Board Member Show Up To A Kakaako Housing Hearing? Anita Hofschneider/Civil Beat

Why Didn’t A Single Board Member Show Up To A Kakaako Housing Hearing?

The absence of the Hawaii Community Development Authority board at a public hearing did not sit well with developers.

Will This Be The Year For Tax Breaks For The Poor? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Will This Be The Year For Tax Breaks For The Poor?

Bills that have sailed through the Legislature so far would boost taxes on the wealthy to pay for tax breaks for low-income families.

Lawmaker Kills Bill To Limit Payday Loan Interest Rates Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Lawmaker Kills Bill To Limit Payday Loan Interest Rates

Hawaii payday lenders will continue to be able to charge an annual interest rate of 459 percent.

Pedestrian Death Could Cost Honolulu Taxpayers $900K Department of Environmental Services

Pedestrian Death Could Cost Honolulu Taxpayers $900K

An elderly woman was hit by a garbage truck, and the lawsuit contends the city fails to train and supervise its refuse truck drivers.

Hawaii Rep Creagan Revives Pesticide Disclosure Bill Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Rep Creagan Revives Pesticide Disclosure Bill

The representative from the Big Island also wants to fund a study of the impact of chlorpyrifos on pregnant women in Hawaii.

Honolulu To Pay $100K For Sewage Spill That Closed Waikiki Beach Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu To Pay $100K For Sewage Spill That Closed Waikiki Beach

Honolulu says it will upgrade its procedures for handling storm water discharges two years after massive sewage overflows made national headlines.

Will House Allow Payday Lenders To Keep Charging 459 Percent Interest? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Will House Allow Payday Lenders To Keep Charging 459 Percent Interest?

The Senate passed a bill to reduce the interest rates of payday loan companies, but House leaders aren’t saying what they’ll do.

School Chief Search Resumes After Candidate Withdraws Cory Lum/Civil Beat

School Chief Search Resumes After Candidate Withdraws

The Board of Education says grant money to help pay for the search is also back on track after Darrel Galera backed out.