Adrienne LaFrance

Discussion: Honolulu Mayoral Election 2010

Among the candidates running to replace Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann: Kirk Caldwell, Peter Carlisle,…

Trafficking Victims Advocates Divided, Not Giving Up

Advocates on both sides of the issue are reassessing their next moves in the wake of Gov. Lingle's veto of a divisive anti human trafficking bill that some say should never have reached her desk. Changing of the guard in the Legislature and prosecutor's office is seen as a boon.

Lingle Vetoes Human Trafficking Bill

Senate Bill 2045 would have been the state's first law criminalizing human trafficking in Hawaii. The bill's drafters have vowed to come back with a stronger bill and more supporters next session.

Human Trafficking Law On Lingle’s Veto List

Senate Bill 2045, a controversial measure aimed at curbing human trafficking in Hawaii, is among the bills the governor may veto.
City Budgets $38.8 Million for 1,000 Vacant Positions

City Budgets $38.8 Million for 1,000 Vacant Positions

Honolulu is asking some workers to take a pay cut, others will lose 24 days of pay to furloughs, but at the same time keeping almost $40 million in its budget for more than 1,000 unfilled full- and part-time positions.
A Honolulu Government That Keeps On Growing

A Honolulu Government That Keeps On Growing

Since Mayor Mufi Hannemann took office in 2005, the city's operating budget has increased 39 percent, from $869 million to $1.2 billion. Where other cities have navigated a brutal recession by slashing jobs, cutting services and reducing spending, Honolulu has grown its workforce every year — and this year is slapping city workers with pay cuts and furloughs.

Honolulu Rail: The Complete Final Environmental Impact Statement

By city estimates, 116,300 people will ride trains along a proposed $5.5 billion Honolulu rail project each…
Feds Approve City’s Rail Study: Now What?

Feds Approve City’s Rail Study: Now What?

City officials on Monday celebrated the Federal Transit Administration’s approval of rail planners’ environmental study, a move that represents a…
Anti Human-Trafficking Laws Compared: New York Vs. Hawaii

Anti Human-Trafficking Laws Compared: New York Vs. Hawaii

Senate Bill 2045 is one step away from becoming law. The bill would criminalize the trafficking of sex workers.
New York Human Trafficking Law Points To Holes In Hawaii Proposal Civil Beat

New York Human Trafficking Law Points To Holes In Hawaii Proposal

From its unanimous support in the Hawaii Legislature, it might seem that it should be a no-brainer for Gov. Linda…
Sex Ed Civil Beat

Sex Ed

Could sending johns to school help curb prostitution in Hawaii?