May 2010

May 03, 2010

UPDATE: College Students Helping Make the Most of Furlough Fridays

Some college students have been holding workshops for public school students to keep them learning on furlough days.
Tough Times, Tough Compromises for Clean Energy Advocates

Tough Times, Tough Compromises for Clean Energy Advocates

Alternative energy may be a hot topic, but efforts to create new programs didn't garner support unless they helped make up the state's $1.2 billion deficit.
UPDATE: Curbside Recycling Spreads Across Island

UPDATE: Curbside Recycling Spreads Across Island

The last stage of Honolulu's curbside recycling program has been completed. About 160,000 homes on Oahu are now covered.

UPDATE: Education Forum Tonight

Political meeting a chance to hear from experts

Bringing Understanding to the Civil Unions Issue

At Civil Beat, we're committed to asking questions and providing perspective to help our members think about and discuss potentially divisive issues.

Discussion: Honolulu

Politics, Government, Etc. We’ve opened a new discussion solely devoted to the Honolulu rail project and another devoted just…

May 02, 2010

Discussion: Hawaii

Government, Politics, Etc. Civil Unions and Homelessness now have their own discussion areas, as does the 1st…
No Strings on Tourism Tax, A “Double-Edge Sword” For Counties

No Strings on Tourism Tax, A “Double-Edge Sword” For Counties

State has been siphoning off larger and larger amount of revenue from tax on lodging because counties can't point specifically to what it pays for. But they know losing it would be a huge blow.

Hirono: ‘Never Take Anything For Granted’

2nd District Congresswoman Mazie Hirono on her re-election bid, her record in office and her lack of a serious challenger in a year when the tide nationally is against incumbents.
Arguments Against Elected Board Of Education Sound Familiar

Arguments Against Elected Board Of Education Sound Familiar

The same critiques of Hawaii's elected board of education that we're hearing today were used in 1964 to abolish an appointed board of education.
Hawaii Takes Ad Hoc Approach to Preserving Farmland

Hawaii Takes Ad Hoc Approach to Preserving Farmland

A proposed community in Central Oahu is the latest example of Hawaii's case-by-case approach to development in agricultural areas that has conservationists worried about our future prospects for food and fuel self-sufficiency.
News Flash: Rep. Hirono Elected to Third Term

News Flash: Rep. Hirono Elected to Third Term

Just kidding. But might as well have been serious because no Hawaii congressional incumbent has lost a seat since statehood and no serious challenger has emerged in the 2nd District.
Minority Report: GOP and the 2010 Hawaii Legislature

Minority Report: GOP and the 2010 Hawaii Legislature

Although vastly outnumbered in the Democratically-controlled Legislature, Republican members say they can, and do, influence legislation - despite striking out on all 46 bills introduced by House minority caucus.
Rent or Buy? Not An Easy Question in Honolulu

Rent or Buy? Not An Easy Question in Honolulu

Even though Hawaii is the most expensive state in the nation for renters — and Honolulu ranks third among cities — house prices in the city are so steep it may still make more sense not to buy.
Six Years After Plan, Homeless Problem Even Worse

Six Years After Plan, Homeless Problem Even Worse

Hawaii set the goal of ending chronic homelessness by 2014. While some recommendations were achieved, the problem has become even more serious.

May 01, 2010

What Comes After Curfew at Housing Complex?

What Comes After Curfew at Housing Complex?

Residents of Kalihi Valley Homes suggest the state consider limiting visitors, adding social service agencies and extending curfew. National expert says permanent police presence on site would help.
Are Honolulu Rail Job Projections On the Right Track?

Are Honolulu Rail Job Projections On the Right Track?

There's no agreement on how many jobs the city's rail system will create, but administration projections are actually lower than formula used by federal government and industry group.