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Anita Hofschneider

Mayor’s Search for Company to Install LED Streetlights Scrutinized Curt Sanburn

Mayor’s Search for Company to Install LED Streetlights Scrutinized

The Honolulu City Council Budget Committee approves a resolution asking for more information about plans to install LED streetlights.
Scrap Metal Firm Could Save $1.3M a Year — at Honolulu’s Expense Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Scrap Metal Firm Could Save $1.3M a Year — at Honolulu’s Expense

The City Council Budget Committee is taking up a bill to reinstate a discount for metal recycling, but the chair said she's not persuaded it's necessary.
Medical Marijuana: Department of Health Takes Center Stage Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Medical Marijuana: Department of Health Takes Center Stage

Will the public get input into crucial rulemaking and a transparent view of how dispensary licenses are awarded?
Dillingham Ranch Wants to Build 91 Homes on North Shore Ag Land CORYLUM

Dillingham Ranch Wants to Build 91 Homes on North Shore Ag Land

The project is already getting pushback from neighbors, KITV reports.
Hawaii Consumer Advocate: Reject NextEra-HECO Merger in Current Form Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Consumer Advocate: Reject NextEra-HECO Merger in Current Form

UPDATED: In a filing with the Public Utilities Commission on Monday, Jeffrey Ono says the proposed $4.3 billion deal offers "illusory and inadequate" benefits.
Pakalolo and Profits: Hawaii’s Emerging Medical Marijuana Industry Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Pakalolo and Profits: Hawaii’s Emerging Medical Marijuana Industry

Competition will be fierce for Hawaii's eight licenses to grow and sell medical cannabis. Many other types of businesses are looking for a piece of the action as well.
Failed Lawsuit Illustrates Plight of Non-Union Hotel Employees Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Failed Lawsuit Illustrates Plight of Non-Union Hotel Employees

Some of the workers on the front lines of Hawaii's tourism industry work in fancy hotels but are employed by contractors. They're still supposed to receive union wages under a collective bargaining agreement, but that doesn't necessarily happen despite legal action and union grievances.
City Council Removes Malaekahana Homes from Development Plan

City Council Removes Malaekahana Homes from Development Plan

Honolulu City Council Chair Ernie Martin introduced Bill 53, which passed first reading Wednesday.
Caldwell Doesn’t Plan to Open Emergency Shelters for Guillermo Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Caldwell Doesn’t Plan to Open Emergency Shelters for Guillermo

The storm is only expected to have gusts up to 30 mph here, but the mayor of Honolulu urges residents to remain vigilant.