April 2010

April 28, 2010

The High Cost of Saving Money with Furlough Fridays

The High Cost of Saving Money with Furlough Fridays

While the state saves millions by closing its schools, it's harder to calculate the cost to students.

April 27, 2010

Teachers Can’t Legally Work on Furlough Days, Union Says

The Hawaii State Teachers Association said it would be illegal for teachers to break their union contracts by working —…
Implications of Turtle Bay ruling are both narrow and wide Civil Beat

Implications of Turtle Bay ruling are both narrow and wide

A recent Hawaii Supreme Court decision requiring the owner of the North Shore resort to restudy the impacts of its expansion plans was a victory for conservationists.

April 26, 2010

Student achievement, not Furlough Fridays, the deeper issue

Student achievement, not Furlough Fridays, the deeper issue

The length of Hawaii’s school year has become a hot-button topic since the introduction of Furlough Fridays…
Is Hawaii helped by uncontested elections?

Is Hawaii helped by uncontested elections?

Dan Inouye has been virtually unopposed in his lengthy career in the U.S. Senate. Even in his…

Lingle Asks Teachers to Return to Work Without Pay

Gov. Linda Lingle on Sunday asked teachers to return to their classrooms without pay for the remainder…
Impacts of Turtle Bay ruling clear for resort, unclear for Hawaii Civil Beat

Impacts of Turtle Bay ruling clear for resort, unclear for Hawaii

The implications of the Hawaii Supreme Court’s ruling in the case of the Oahu resort, outlined in today’s article,…

April 24, 2010

A pricey pass-through

I’m working on an article about the city’s proposed rail budget, and a challenging aspect of understanding the details is…

Don’t Forget TheBus

With all the talk about rail, how the proposed system connects to TheBus is a critical issue. Not only will…

Los Angeles Rail — A mayor’s support

Mayor Mufi Hannemann is not alone when it comes to backing major rail projects that could mean…

Should I buy or should I rent? And should the feds help?

Hawaii is the least affordable state in the nation for renters, the National Low Income Housing Coalition reported April…

Committee approves $67 million to try to end Furlough Fridays

Late Friday night, negotiators from the House and Senate reached an agreement that, if approved by the Legislature, could reduce…

Coming Soon: More School Days? Money to Pay for Them Still in the Air

Taking Hawaii one step closer to educational reform, a Legislative committee today passed a bill onto the House and…

For the Homeless in Parks: No Tents, No Shopping Carts, No Arrests

Member Kazuyo Takagi responded to my post this morning about the homeless sleeping under tarps instead of in…

Furloughs Resolution May Pass Us By

We’ve got a standoff between the governor and the state board of education, aligned with the teachers…

April 23, 2010

Bugs finally squashed and UserVoice!

We were finally able to fix some nagging bugs. Yes! Sign in. We should remember you when you return to…

Choose Your Own Adventure: How Would You Balance the State Budget?

Legislators pulled a late night yesterday to pass this year’s State Budget, though they still need to figure…

Counties Could Lose Big on Hotel Tax Revenues

No wonder the city budget is still up in the air. At Honolulu Hale, they’re nervously watching…

Turtle Bay developer asks Supreme Court to reconsider

Turtle Bay’s developer has asked the Hawaii Supreme Court to reconsider its April 8 ruling that requires an…
Inouye Stands Tall While Others May Fall

Inouye Stands Tall While Others May Fall

In a year when even the Senate seats of President Obama and Vice President Biden are in jeopardy, Hawaii's senior senator has clear path to 9th term.