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Anita Hofschneider

Charter Commission Wants Your Input Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Charter Commission Wants Your Input

Several meetings this week will give the public the opportunity to testify on proposals ranging from rail to creating a new land development agency.
From Leis To World Travel: The City Council’s Invisible Spending Cory Lum/Civil Beat

From Leis To World Travel: The City Council’s Invisible Spending

In addition to their allowances of $20,000 apiece, Honolulu City Council members can access a protocol fund controlled by Ernie Martin. It's not easy to find out how that money's spent.
Hopelessly Over-Budget, Rail Should Stop At Middle Street, Mayor Says Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hopelessly Over-Budget, Rail Should Stop At Middle Street, Mayor Says

UPDATED: Honolulu's rail project is facing a $1.5 billion shortfall and Kirk Caldwell says he wants to stop the line — for now — nearly five miles short of its originally intended destination.
Hawaii’s Legal Battles Over GMOs Could Also Affect The Mainland Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Hawaii’s Legal Battles Over GMOs Could Also Affect The Mainland

Federal judges hold a parade of hearings in which advocates defend Kauai, Hawaii and Maui counties' right to regulate agriculture.
Watch Wednesday’s Federal GMO Hearings Live On Civil Beat Civil Beat

Watch Wednesday’s Federal GMO Hearings Live On Civil Beat

Visiting 9th Circuit Court of Appeals judges will hear oral arguments in three GMO-related lawsuits, as well as two other cases.
Supreme Court Ruling May Increase Transparency In Police Misconduct Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Supreme Court Ruling May Increase Transparency In Police Misconduct

UPDATED: Civil Beat has spent three years seeking disciplinary records of a dozen bad cops who were suspended for serious misconduct.
HART: Honolulu Rail Faces $1.14 Billion Shortfall, May Cost $8 Billion Cory Lum/Civil Beat

HART: Honolulu Rail Faces $1.14 Billion Shortfall, May Cost $8 Billion

UPDATED: Feds say local officials must do a better job containing costs, and want a project "Recovery Plan" by August.
Carlisle To Run For Honolulu Mayor; Martin Opts Out Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Carlisle To Run For Honolulu Mayor; Martin Opts Out

UPDATED: While a former mayor is ready to challenge the current one, the City Council chair decides not to. The deadline to file is Tuesday.
Honolulu Charter Commission Sees ‘Urgent’ Need For Rail Changes Anthony Quintano / Civil Beat

Honolulu Charter Commission Sees ‘Urgent’ Need For Rail Changes

Ballot measures sought to strengthen HART board's oversight ability and to consolidate city's transportation operations.