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Anita Hofschneider

Council Pounds Out Budgets That Cap Rail Funds, Help Nonprofits Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Council Pounds Out Budgets That Cap Rail Funds, Help Nonprofits

Councilman Elefante needles Chairman Martin over a lack of transparency in how some legislative money is being spent.
What Would Honolulu Save By Pulling The Plug On Rail? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

What Would Honolulu Save By Pulling The Plug On Rail?

We might spend about $1.74 billion less in local funds by dismantling the project instead of completing it. But that could prove costly in other ways.
Medical Marijuana Scores Released Anthony Quintano / Civil Beat

Medical Marijuana Scores Released

The agency has no plans to share how each judge graded each application, and still hasn't released the scores for unsuccessful applicants.

Future of Honolulu Rail Uncertain After Feds Say It Might Cost $8.1B

City officials were unable to get specific Monday about why local and federal estimates differ by up to $1.2 billion.
The ‘Brutal Reality’ Of Owning A Condo In Hawaii Anita Hofschneider/Civil Beat

The ‘Brutal Reality’ Of Owning A Condo In Hawaii

They're often the only homes people can afford, but maintenance fees can suddenly explode. Should the state do more for owners?
Honolulu Rail Price Estimate Jumps To $6.9B Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Rail Price Estimate Jumps To $6.9B

The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation board chair thinks the cost of the 20-mile rail line will continue to rise.
Google Will Ban Payday Loan Ads Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Google Will Ban Payday Loan Ads

Hawaii legislators killed bills to reign in high interest rates and increase regulation of the local payday loan industry.
Case Against Rail Contractor Dismissed Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Case Against Rail Contractor Dismissed

A former employee argued Ansaldo Honolulu JV made working conditions unsafe for employees.
‘Devastating’ Federal Cuts Hit Hawaii’s Homeless Shelters Cory Lum/Civil Beat

‘Devastating’ Federal Cuts Hit Hawaii’s Homeless Shelters

Hawaii receives a disproportionately small share of HUD’s Continuum of Care funds to help the homeless.