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Anita Hofschneider

How Can One City Tackle Climate Change? PF Bentley/Civil Beat

How Can One City Tackle Climate Change?

Despite the risks climate changes poses here, Honolulu isn't coordinating efforts across agencies. Voters may be asked to address that later this year.
Hawaii May Delay Announcement Of Medical Marijuana Licensees Anita Hofschneider/Civil Beat

Hawaii May Delay Announcement Of Medical Marijuana Licensees

One member of a panel to select eight companies to grow and sell medical cannabis has dropped out, and the state says it needs more fingerprinting information from applicants.
Honolulu Won’t Fund Travel To NC, Miss. Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Won’t Fund Travel To NC, Miss.

Mayor Kirk Caldwell has joined a coalition called Mayors Against Discrimination that's led by San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee.
The Economist On Hawaii’s GMO Debate PF Bentley/Civil Beat

The Economist On Hawaii’s GMO Debate

The magazine says the lack of data on pesticide use "sows only seeds of discontent."
Hawaii Low In Fed Funding For Homeless Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Low In Fed Funding For Homeless

A report by the National Homeless Information Project found that Hawaii receives the fifth-lowest level of federal HUD funding per homeless person.
Supreme Court Affirms 3,500-Home Development On Farmland

Supreme Court Affirms 3,500-Home Development On Farmland

Developer Castle & Cooke will be allowed to move forward with building Koa Ridge in central Oahu.
Landlords Shouldn’t Ban Ex-Convicts

Landlords Shouldn’t Ban Ex-Convicts

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development issued new guidance this week concluding that discriminating against renters who have been arrested or convicted of any crime violates the Fair Housing Act.
California Raises Minimum Wage To $15 PF Bentley/Civil Beat

California Raises Minimum Wage To $15

Hawaii has a higher cost of living than California, but lawmakers in the Aloha State rejected a proposal this year to raise the minimum wage to $16 by 2020.
Hawaii’s Trifecta of GMO Cases Will Be Heard By Appeals Court In June Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii’s Trifecta of GMO Cases Will Be Heard By Appeals Court In June

UPDATED: The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals announces its judges are planning to be on Oahu on June 15 to hear three neighbor island cases.