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Christina Jedra

Five Honolulu Planning Department Employees Indicted For Bribery Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Five Honolulu Planning Department Employees Indicted For Bribery

Federal prosecutors say city workers accepted tens of thousands of dollars to fast track permits and provide other special treatment.

Na Leo CEO To Take Leave Following Bribery Allegations Jason Armstrong/Civil Beat

Na Leo CEO To Take Leave Following Bribery Allegations

A former associate of the station boss implicated him in a federal plea agreement.

Hawaii Nonprofit Leader Pleads Guilty To Embezzling And Agreeing To Take A Bribe Tim Wright/Civil Beat

Hawaii Nonprofit Leader Pleads Guilty To Embezzling And Agreeing To Take A Bribe

Hanalei Aipoalani also admitted using his position as a Honolulu grant administrator to direct money to the CEO of Hawaii island’s public access TV station.

Honolulu Police Overtime Reached New Heights In The Last Fiscal Year Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Police Overtime Reached New Heights In The Last Fiscal Year

The City Council chair has requested an audit of HPD overtime spending.

Blangiardi Nominates Former HPD Officer For Police Commission Hawaii News Now

Blangiardi Nominates Former HPD Officer For Police Commission

The Police Commission conducts oversight of HPD and has the power to hire and fire the chief.

Despite Lawsuit, HPD Still Lacks Conflict Of Interest Policy Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Despite Lawsuit, HPD Still Lacks Conflict Of Interest Policy

A police commissioner said he plans to ask the chief about the policy at an upcoming meeting.

Honolulu Council Hopes Federal Relief Can Reverse Cuts In Blangiardi Budget  Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Council Hopes Federal Relief Can Reverse Cuts In Blangiardi Budget 

The American Rescue Plan funds can be used for a broader spectrum of purposes than the earlier federal stimulus and could make up for revenue the city lost because of the pandemic.

Consider Shifting Police Funds To Social Services, Police Commission Says Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Consider Shifting Police Funds To Social Services, Police Commission Says

Honolulu Police Chief Susan Ballard agrees with the idea of social services workers handling calls involving homelessness and mental illness.