Treena Shapiro

Treena Shapiro is a former Civil Beat staff member.

UPDATE: Tax Revenue for $5.5 Billion Rail Project Short $2 Million

The economic downturn has hurt collections, but only by 0.4 percent.
Honolulu Property Tax Proposal In Perspective

Honolulu Property Tax Proposal In Perspective

"Non-homeowner" tax rate would still be far lower than on neighbor islands, but concerns about impact on renters and "ohana" units could derail increase.

UPDATE: City Testing Soil In Advance Of Rail Groundbreaking

The city will conduct nighttime soil testing through September along the proposed rail route from East Kapolei to Waipahu.

UPDATE: Construction Leaders Weigh In On Rail

Building Industry Magazine examines Honolulu rail project in its latest issue.
Transit Plan Out of City Hands

Transit Plan Out of City Hands

With the clock ticking and several hurdles yet to clear, it's unlikely that Mayor Mufi Hannemann will see the city break ground on its rail project on his watch if he resigns to run for governor by the July 20 candidate filing deadline.
Rail, Highway Projects Won’t Be Covered By “Local Jobs Bill”

Rail, Highway Projects Won’t Be Covered By “Local Jobs Bill”

Legislature required 80 percent of workers on government contracts to be Hawaii residents, but federal law prohibits discrimination based on geography.
UPDATE: Sewage Spill Contaminates Palolo Stream to Magic Island

UPDATE: Sewage Spill Contaminates Palolo Stream to Magic Island

Warning signs have been posted along Palolo Stream, the Ala Wai Canal and Magic Island after a 1,200-gallon wastewater spill.
UPDATE: Djou resignation would not trigger special election

UPDATE: Djou resignation would not trigger special election

If City Councilman Charles Djou wins the May 22 special election for the 1st Congressional District, he will be replaced by an appointee.
UPDATE: Would you throw out trash if you had to pay by the bag?

UPDATE: Would you throw out trash if you had to pay by the bag?

In some communities, pay-as-you-throw programs charge residents a variable rate depending on how much they throw away.

UPDATE: Postal Workers Assisting Rising Ranks of Hawaii’s Hungry

The Hawaii Foodbank has seen a 39 percent rise in individuals needing assistance since 2005. Postal workers are offering an easy way to help by collecting food as they deliver the mail on Saturday.

UPDATE: The Trash Pile Isn’t Moving

More than 20,000 tons of trash still needs to be shipped to the mainland and there's no indication of when it will be removed.

UPDATE: What’s All the Flushing Doing to the Ocean?

The impacts of sewage piped into the ocean off Sand Island and the Waianae coast are being reassessed.
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