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How Police Overtime Leaves Taxpayers On The Hook For Jacked Up Pensions Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

How Police Overtime Leaves Taxpayers On The Hook For Jacked Up Pensions

State lawmakers cracked down on pension spiking in 2012 – but only for new employees. The old-timers continue to stick taxpayers with ever-growing bills from the state pension system. 

Honolulu’s Battle Against Short-Term Rentals Begins Again  Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Honolulu’s Battle Against Short-Term Rentals Begins Again 

Honolulu says it wants to preserve the integrity of residential neighborhoods. Rental operators believe the city wants to regulate them out of existence to benefit the hotel industry.

Whistleblower Says The Navy Gave False Testimony About Red Hill Fuel Facility U.S. Navy

Whistleblower Says The Navy Gave False Testimony About Red Hill Fuel Facility

A naval officer told the state health department that there are corrosion issues, including “holes in tanks,” that are being hidden from regulators.

Honolulu Issues New Proposal To Crack Down On Short-Term Rentals Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Honolulu Issues New Proposal To Crack Down On Short-Term Rentals

Under the new bill, some people will be allowed to stay in short-term vacation units for less than 180 days, including full-time students and temporary medical workers.

Congressional Delegation Calls For Investigation Into Red Hill Pipeline Leak At Pearl Harbor U.S. Navy photo

Congressional Delegation Calls For Investigation Into Red Hill Pipeline Leak At Pearl Harbor

Hawaii’s senators and congressmen are turning up the heat on the Navy after military officials waited months to report evidence of a pipeline leak to state regulators.

Congressional Delegation ‘Troubled’ By Navy’s Red Hill Fuel Leaks And Wants Answers Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Congressional Delegation ‘Troubled’ By Navy’s Red Hill Fuel Leaks And Wants Answers

The federal lawmakers’ letter comes as some constituents call for the shutdown of the Navy’s underground fuel facility.

Citizen Group Announces Intention To Sue Navy Over Red Hill Tanks U.S. Navy

Citizen Group Announces Intention To Sue Navy Over Red Hill Tanks

The Navy says it plans to install “secondary containment” in its tanks or defuel them by 2045. Local activists are saying that’s not fast enough.

Navy On The Defensive As Criticism Of Red Hill Fuel Facility Intensifies U.S. Navy photo

Navy On The Defensive As Criticism Of Red Hill Fuel Facility Intensifies

Residents and regulators are worried that the Navy’s fuel storage facility could leak into a major Oahu aquifer. Despite a string of mishaps, the Navy says it can operate safely.

State Fines Navy $325,000 For Environmental Violations At Red Hill Fuel Facility U.S. Navy

State Fines Navy $325,000 For Environmental Violations At Red Hill Fuel Facility

The violation notice comes as the Navy awaits a DOH decision on its permit application.