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Anita Hofschneider

Council OKs $4.7M For Police Race Case Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Council OKs $4.7M For Police Race Case

It's the largest settlement related to Honolulu police misconduct since at least the year 2000.
Council Overrides Mayor’s Veto Of Recycling Subsidy Cory Lum/CIvil Beat

Council Overrides Mayor’s Veto Of Recycling Subsidy

The subsidy is expected to cost taxpayers $600,000 and largely benefit one mainland company.
Schatz To Vote No On GMO Bill Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Schatz To Vote No On GMO Bill

The Hawaii senator opposes a bill that would ban states from passing mandatory labeling laws for genetically engineered food.
Caldwell: Revise Recycling Subsidy Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Caldwell: Revise Recycling Subsidy

UPDATED: The Honolulu mayor vetoed Bill 50 but the Council is set to override him Wednesday.
Honolulu Ethics Director On Leave After Internal Investigation Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Ethics Director On Leave After Internal Investigation

Chuck Totto has clashed repeatedly with Mayor Kirk Caldwell's administration and his appointees on the commission.
High Public Cost Of Race Case Bolsters Calls For Police Reform PF Bentley/Civil Beat

High Public Cost Of Race Case Bolsters Calls For Police Reform

A proposed $4.7 million settlement is underscoring concerns that problems within the Honolulu Police Department are not being effectively addressed.
Hawaii Seed Industry Slams Pesticide Report’s ‘Unsubstantiated Fears’ PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Hawaii Seed Industry Slams Pesticide Report’s ‘Unsubstantiated Fears’

State Ag Director Scott Enright is also skeptical about a government-sponsored study calling for more regulation of pesticide use.
Government Study Backs Pesticide Rules That Lawmakers Keep Rejecting Zeynel Cebeci/Wikimedia Commons

Government Study Backs Pesticide Rules That Lawmakers Keep Rejecting

UPDATED: A state and Kauai County report calls for buffer zones and requirements that seed companies disclose details of pesticide use.
What’s Up With Panel To Award Medical Pot Dispensary Licenses? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

What’s Up With Panel To Award Medical Pot Dispensary Licenses?

The law requires the work to be done by April 15, but the Hawaii Department of Health still hasn't formed the selection committee.