Special Correspondent

Bob Porterfield

Bob Porterfield is a veteran journalist and has worked as a reporter for the Boston Globe, Newsday, the Associated Press and was a special correspondent for the Huffington Post.
Honolulu Is Short $1.4 Billion To Cover Retirees’ Pension Benefits PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Honolulu Is Short $1.4 Billion To Cover Retirees’ Pension Benefits

New accounting rules force the city to acknowledge a growing debt it largely has avoided addressing until now.
‘Final’ Price Tag For Rail Not Expected Until Next Year Cory Lum/Civil Beat

‘Final’ Price Tag For Rail Not Expected Until Next Year

HART and city officials anxiously await bid results to know just how much the estimated $6.6 billion project will actually cost.
HART Continues Its Assault On Audit That Criticizes Rail Project Cory Lum/Civil Beat

HART Continues Its Assault On Audit That Criticizes Rail Project

A final version of the audit released Friday is nearly identical to the draft leaked Thursday, except it now contains an 85-page response from the agency.
Grabauskas: Honolulu Rail Audit ‘A Mess’ Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Grabauskas: Honolulu Rail Audit ‘A Mess’

UPDATED: A draft copy says HART contributed to cost overruns with poor management. HART's head says it's flawed by political motivations.
Untested Rape Kits: Hawaii Isn’t The Only State Struggling With A Backlog Flickr.com/Tex Texin

Untested Rape Kits: Hawaii Isn’t The Only State Struggling With A Backlog

Hawaii has contributed more than 30,000 offender profiles to a federal DNA database.
Five Unanswered Questions About Honolulu’s $6.6 Billion Rail Project Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Five Unanswered Questions About Honolulu’s $6.6 Billion Rail Project

Even as City Council members decide whether to keep the cash flowing, uncertainty looms over Hawaii's biggest public works endeavor.
When Half A Train Is Better Than None Cory Lum/Civil Beat

When Half A Train Is Better Than None

Starting rail in sections would help some riders, but cost more in the long run.
Under The Microscope: Honolulu Included In Federal Rail Audit Cory Lum/CIvil Beat

Under The Microscope: Honolulu Included In Federal Rail Audit

Lots of money is being spent in the western U.S. to build rail lines. From Denver to LA to Honolulu, federal officials want to know whether the FTA is doing a good job overseeing those projects.
Is Honolulu Rail Project’s Future At Stake In Dispute Over Council’s Budget Role? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Is Honolulu Rail Project’s Future At Stake In Dispute Over Council’s Budget Role?

Cost overruns and a need for more money give City Council members leverage to exert more influence over the $6.6 billion rail project.
Honolulu Rail’s Big Cash Problem Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Rail’s Big Cash Problem

The City Council's budget committee will weigh extending a half-percent tax Wednesday -- and whether to cap rail funding in favor of other priorities.
HART Board Waiting on Honolulu City Council for Rail Cash Cory Lum/Civil Beat

HART Board Waiting on Honolulu City Council for Rail Cash

The rail agency needs to issue debt to help with an impending cash flow problem, but there's still a quandary surrounding several rail votes that were made under questionable circumstances.
HART Pushes Back When Company Seeks to Withdraw Low Construction Bid Cory Lum/Civil Beat

HART Pushes Back When Company Seeks to Withdraw Low Construction Bid

Nan Inc.'s $56 million bid was lower than expected, but then the firm sought to pull out of the contract to build three west Oahu stations.
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