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Anita Hofschneider

Nonprofit Accepting Donations for Disaster Relief in Saipan Courtesy of Dan Lin

Nonprofit Accepting Donations for Disaster Relief in Saipan

Hawaii Sen. Glenn Wakai is helping to assist hundreds of residents in the Northern Marianas whose homes were devastated by Typhoon Soudelor.
Faster Permitting Urged for State Public Housing Work Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Faster Permitting Urged for State Public Housing Work

The Hawaii Public Housing Authority has been working with the Honolulu Department of Planning and Permitting to come up with ways to process permits more quickly.
Should Hawaii Public Housing Make Homeless Children a Higher Priority? Eric Pape/Civil Beat

Should Hawaii Public Housing Make Homeless Children a Higher Priority?

The state Housing Authority is exploring the possibility of bringing homeless families with children to the top of the waiting list for units.
Council Panel Agrees to Nearly $1M Subsidy for Mainland Company Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Council Panel Agrees to Nearly $1M Subsidy for Mainland Company

Honolulu Budget Committee Chair Ann Kobayashi was reluctant to approve a bill to help recycling companies, but relented under pressure from Council Chair Ernie Martin.
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.