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Anita Hofschneider

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.
How Caldwell Wants To Spend $61.7 Million On Housing Cory Lum/Civil Beat

How Caldwell Wants To Spend $61.7 Million On Housing

The Honolulu mayor is also urging the City Council to call a quick hearing for a low-income senior housing proposal.
Bill To Give Land Use Commission More Power Dies In House Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

Bill To Give Land Use Commission More Power Dies In House

The Hawaii land agency doesn't have any way to hold developers to their promises once a project is well underway.
Why Did A Public Development Agency Buy A $118,000 Boat? Courtesy of the Hawaii Community Development Authority

Why Did A Public Development Agency Buy A $118,000 Boat?

'"We're a community builder," said an official of the Hawaii Community Development Authority, which also maintains parks.
Caldwell Vetoes $600,000 Recycling Subsidy Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Caldwell Vetoes $600,000 Recycling Subsidy

The Honolulu mayor says the vast majority of the subsidy — $530,000 — would benefit mainland company Schnitzer Steel Industries.
Caldwell, Martin Clash Over City Budget Proposal Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Caldwell, Martin Clash Over City Budget Proposal

UPDATED: Honolulu City Council chairman breaks out Kleenex to mock mayor's plea for cooperation in housing proposal.
Caldwell Stays The Course In State Of The City Speech Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Caldwell Stays The Course In State Of The City Speech

The Honolulu mayor said he'll push for continued progress in areas he's already addressing.
Earned Income Tax Credit Bill Dies Cory Lum/CIvil Beat

Earned Income Tax Credit Bill Dies

Another bill to help low-income renters also is rejected. Sen. Jill Tokuda said the measures were too expensive.