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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.
When Honolulu’s library first opened, it ignored the needs of Japanese readers. In response, Japanese shop owners stepped up to provide books. Of 41 booksellers of that era, one store remains.
The measure has been forcefully opposed by non-union contractors.
A federal youth homelessness project in Honolulu is being guided by nine young people who know the issue first-hand.
Despite a public outcry demanding Honolulu halt the project, Mayor Kirk Caldwell said the city is moving forward with it.
City officials say they’re less interested in raising money than in getting property owners to comply, so are willing to take much less when the violation is corrected.
The protesters sang and chanted as they passively resisted the officers. They were later released after posting $100 bail each.
Federal agents seized a “very broad” set of emails in connection with an investigation that is now before a grand jury, according to Honolulu City Council member Ron Menor.
Despite a state law that says governments “shall” recover overpayments, Human Resources Director Carolee Kubo says it’s too late and, besides, the city made the mistake.
Far more residents now have air conditioning to deal with a warming climate. But their increased electrical use makes the problem worse.
Taxpayers are on the hook for as much as $700 an hour to block some records from being seen by federal investigators.
The movement on Mauna Kea is motivating others to assert collective power over land-use decisions, even at the last minute.
The legal fees for one lawsuit alone break down to about 70 cents per Oahu resident.