May 2010

May 19, 2010

New Feature: Sharing Made Easy and Referral Credits

New Feature: Sharing Made Easy and Referral Credits

We’re grateful to everyone who has spread the word about Honolulu Civil Beat. There is no greater compliment than when…

UPDATE: Land Links for Wednesday, May 19

Today's round up: Native Hawaiian burials make headlines, a Maui roadside is cleared, and more video on the BP oil spill surfaces.

May 18, 2010

The Inaugural Beatup: Come On Down This Thursday!

Yesterday we announced that we will be hosting Beatups — an opportunity for people to meet Hawaii’s key players,…

UPDATE: The Hawaii GOP Platform On Civil Unions

A closer look at what local Republicans have to say about House Bill 444.
Tax-Exempt Bonds Getting Little Use By Private Schools

Tax-Exempt Bonds Getting Little Use By Private Schools

Hawaii Legislature gave private schools an unusual financing opportunity, under which the state subsidizes construction projects by giving up tax revenue from interest on bonds. But only four have participated because process is so complex.
Honolulu Rail Project Highlights Burial Concerns

Honolulu Rail Project Highlights Burial Concerns

The largest infrastructure project in Hawaii history will serve as a test case for how the governments of the state and its most populous city deal with the people charged with protecting Native Hawaiian remains: the burial council.

UPDATE: Hawaii Supreme Court Rejects Wal-Mart Burial Case

The state's highest court on Monday said it would not hear an appeal to a case stemming from the inadvertent discovery in Honolulu of 42 sets of Native Hawaiian burials.
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: The Ticker: Today’s Money Stories From Around the Web

A glimpse at the money stories we're reading.

UPDATE: College Education Overrated?

Some economists say college isn't required for most of the jobs that need to be filled. Others point out this year's college grads will have a harder time than ever finding work.

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: Education In the News May 18

A roundup of the day's key education stories. Newsworthy today: Students need other options besides college, a fired NY high school staff was re-hired this week and Hawaii gubernatorial candidate focuses on accountability.

UPDATE: Abercrombie Opens Second Big Isle Campaign Office

With an eye on the neighbor island vote, gubernatorial hopeful Neil Abercrombie is investing time and money there.

New Member Benefits: Events and Morning Beat email

Two more reasons to become a Civil Beat full member.
Testing The Waters Off Magic Island and the Ala Wai

Testing The Waters Off Magic Island and the Ala Wai

How bad were the waters at the mouth of the Ala Wai after the Palolo Stream sewage spill? Civil Beat put itself on the case. Discover what we found.

UPDATE: Land Links for Tuesday, May 18

Today's round up: Hundreds of Oahu offices remain vacant, biodiesel waste can be re-recycled into soap and a lawmaker argues against selling public land.
Website 101 With Ed, Colleen and Charles

Website 101 With Ed, Colleen and Charles

A look at how the top candidates in Hawaii's 1st Congressional District race present themselves online. What they include. And what they leave out.

May 17, 2010

UPDATE: State Will Begin Issuing Delayed Tax Refunds

UPDATE: State Will Begin Issuing Delayed Tax Refunds

Improved tax collections allow the state to issue delayed tax refunds to 43 percent of taxpayers ahead of schedule.

UPDATE: Aiona, Finnegan ‘Team Up’ On Energy Issues

An email from the Legislature's Republican minority office links Lynn Finnegan with Lt. Gov. James "Duke" Aiona.

UPDATE: A Long History Of Requests To Develop Farmland

A list of petitions to change land use designations from Agricultural and Conservation to Urban starts to fill in the where, when and who of 50 years of growth.