April 2010

April 24, 2010

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.

Instead of tents, we now have huddled masses under tarps in Ala Moana Beach Park

In the abalone light of dawn at Ala Moana Beach Park this morning, blue and green mounds lay scattered under…

Has Earth Day ‘sold out’?

The long road to paradise is littered with abandoned ideals. But has Earth Day, which celebrates its 40th anniversary today,…
‘C’ is for CAFR, but what does it mean?

‘C’ is for CAFR, but what does it mean?

This morning Civil Beat member Chris Holliman asked a great question: “It’s my understanding that the CAFR is required…

Sign in and Other Technical/Product Chatter

Thanks for bearing with us as we work out some of the product and technical kinks. Some of you were…

At Hoopili, a choice between farming and housing

For those of you who don’t know much about Hoopili, you will soon. West Oahu has become the…
Trash talk

Trash talk

Happy Earth Day! It seems as good a time as any to talk about recycling. Next month, the…

A way to understand the news

The proposed fuel and property tax hikes floating around City Hall this week are a reminder of the serious financial…

Anyone for Half a Rail? Anyone?

The Denver Post recently published an interesting story about the city’s floundering FasTracks rail program. The scenario sounds eerily…

What’s the lesson for students in Furlough Fridays standoff?

Who’s standing up for the kids? You have to wonder what lesson children are taking from the standoff between the…

Who are Hawaii’s key players?

Maya Soetoro-Ng, President Obama’s half-sister and Hawaii resident, lent the Obama glow to Neil Abercrombie’s campaign for governor at a…

April 22, 2010

Watch out what you tweet!

A couple hours after I tweeted Wednesday about how user-friendly the city website was for those following…

Social media is alive and well at Honolulu Hale

For those not watching the Honolulu City Council meeting, Mayor Mufi Hannemann offered this…