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Natanya Friedheim

Council Rejects Proposal To Ban All Plastic Bags At Checkout Counters Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Council Rejects Proposal To Ban All Plastic Bags At Checkout Counters

A ban on thin plastic bags remains, but some stores have gotten around it by using thicker bags.

City Council Votes to Raise Parking Meter Fees And Vehicle Weight Tax Natanya Freidheim/Civil Beat

City Council Votes to Raise Parking Meter Fees And Vehicle Weight Tax

Work on the 2018 Fiscal Year budgets concludes with some proposed tax and fee increases approved and others rejected.

Developer Wants To Convert Farmland To Housing In Haleiwa Anthony Quintano/ Civil Beat

Developer Wants To Convert Farmland To Housing In Haleiwa

He calls it “working class housing.” Opponents decry more traffic congestion and the loss of agricultural space.

Hundreds Of Low-Income Maui Residents May Face Eviction Ratna Heilscher

Hundreds Of Low-Income Maui Residents May Face Eviction

Their taxpayer-subsidized apartment building was supposed to be affordable for 50 years. But a loophole could end that arrangement far sooner.

Parents Camp Overnight To Get Their Kids In Summer Fun Program Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Parents Camp Overnight To Get Their Kids In Summer Fun Program

For struggling families, the city’s popular recreation program offers a bargain compared to other summer options on Oahu.

Budget Committee Scraps Property Tax Hike For Hotels PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Budget Committee Scraps Property Tax Hike For Hotels

UPDATED: The panel also eliminated a proposed increase in fares for TheHandi-Van, but preserved a bus fare boost.

Fee Increases For Parking Meters, Bus Fares Clear Another Hurdle Natanya Freidheim/Civil Beat

Fee Increases For Parking Meters, Bus Fares Clear Another Hurdle

The City Council Budget Committee approves most of the money-raising measures proposed by Mayor Kirk Caldwell.

For Many Local Grads, Staying in Costly Hawaii Is Worth The Struggle Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

For Many Local Grads, Staying in Costly Hawaii Is Worth The Struggle

On Saturday, about 2,000 students are expected to attend graduation at UH Manoa — and most will likely stay in Hawaii after getting their diploma.

Committee Proposes Fee, But Balks At Total Ban On Plastic Bags Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Committee Proposes Fee, But Balks At Total Ban On Plastic Bags

Environmentalists who once supported a Honolulu City Council bag bill, now say that the amended version doesn’t go far enough.

Why Oahu’s Neighborhood Boards Are ‘The Pulse Of The Community’ Natanya Freidheim/Civil Beat

Why Oahu’s Neighborhood Boards Are ‘The Pulse Of The Community’

Elections are underway for members of the island’s 33 volunteer advisory panels.

Council Takes Step To Allow Use Of Property Tax For Rail Construction Cory Lum/CIvil Beat

Council Takes Step To Allow Use Of Property Tax For Rail Construction

The Legislature is insisting that Honolulu leaders lift their prohibition on using city tax revenues for the project.

Honolulu Council Gives Preliminary OK To Tax And Fee Increases flickr.com

Honolulu Council Gives Preliminary OK To Tax And Fee Increases

For now Mayor Kirk Caldwell’s budget proposals are mostly meeting with approval — but rail funding is a big uncertainty.