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Christina Jedra reports on the City and County of Honolulu and other Oahu issues for Civil Beat.
Previously, she was an investigative reporter for the Delaware News Journal. Using public records and persistence, she uncovered stories including the city council’s misuse of taxpayer dollars, state-funded workplace fraud in a construction training program, deadly prison healthcare failures and more.
Her investigative stories sparked criminal investigations and penalties and prompted legislative and policy changes. She has been recognized several times by the Maryland-Delaware-DC Press Association, which awarded her a first-place prize and a best of show award in investigative reporting in 2019.
Christina’s first full-time job in journalism was at the Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis, Maryland. She learned the ropes under the guidance of Rob Hiaasen, Wendi Winters, John McNamara and Gerald Fischman, editors who were killed in a June 28, 2018 shooting that also took the life of sales assistant Rebecca Smith.
A graduate of Emerson College in Boston, Christina interned with The Baltimore Sun, The Boston Globe, The New England Center for Investigative Reporting and USA Today. Christina was born and raised in New Jersey and has strong feelings about quality bagels and pizza.
As housing costs rise, renters have to cut bigger and bigger checks just to get in the door.
Ikaika Anderson is set to finish his third and last council term next year, and Alan Kekoa Texeira hopes to succeed him.
The city will likely take its former police chief to court.
He has the support of the police union and the chair of the police commission.
His office says it’s not clear what the feds want to talk about, but that Dwight Nadamoto will cooperate.
Neighbors and government officials say an environmental study is needed, but the Marine Corps has said it isn’t legally required to do one.
The city blamed turnover, reduced time for training and other factors for its failure to enforce the 2019 law.
Military says it’s fine but Hawaii’s top coastal management official calls the project part of a “death knell” for the islands’ beaches.
A lawsuit may be filed in 40 days.
But city officials won’t say how much they’re paying the San Francisco law firm.
A recent vote suggests the proposal may lack the Honolulu City Council support it needs to proceed at Ala Moana.