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HPD Lawsuit Settlement: Teen Arrested By Classmate’s Father To Receive $150,000  Cory Lum/Civil Beat

HPD Lawsuit Settlement: Teen Arrested By Classmate’s Father To Receive $150,000 

The lawsuit prompted the Honolulu Police Commission to recommend that HPD implement a conflict of interest policy.

Budget Realities Undermine Blangiardi’s Vision For Honolulu Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Budget Realities Undermine Blangiardi’s Vision For Honolulu

The mayor presented his agenda in his State of the City address Monday. City Council members have raised concerns about a lack of funding for essential services.

Honolulu Adjusts COVID Rules To OK Bars, Large Funerals And Sports Flickr: Andria

Honolulu Adjusts COVID Rules To OK Bars, Large Funerals And Sports

Other restrictions, such as a 50% limit on the number of people at indoor gyms, will have to wait until the city reaches Tier 4.

COVID-19 Is Airborne. So Why Doesn’t Hawaii Have Pandemic Air Quality Standards? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

COVID-19 Is Airborne. So Why Doesn’t Hawaii Have Pandemic Air Quality Standards?

Public health agencies haven’t adequately warned the public about the dangers of sharing air during the pandemic, experts say, even as Honolulu businesses are opening back up. 

Driver Agrees To 30-Year Sentence For Death Of Three Ala Moana Pedestrians AP

Driver Agrees To 30-Year Sentence For Death Of Three Ala Moana Pedestrians

Police suspect the driver was intoxicated at the time of the crash.

Feds Examining Honolulu Police CARES Spending On ATVs, Robot Dog Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Feds Examining Honolulu Police CARES Spending On ATVs, Robot Dog

Requests for information about the audit were denied by HPD and ignored by the mayor’s office.

Police Commissioners: Redirect HPD Funds To Social Services And Cut Overtime Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Police Commissioners: Redirect HPD Funds To Social Services And Cut Overtime

Other cities are considering moving police department funds to social services. Some Honolulu police commissioners say the city should follow suit.

Blangiardi Proposes Slashing Honolulu Budget, No Tax Rate Hikes Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Blangiardi Proposes Slashing Honolulu Budget, No Tax Rate Hikes

The mayor is relying on cuts to the capital improvement budget, but he didn’t identify what exactly he wants to cut.

Here’s What Happens When Social Workers, Not Police, Respond To Mental Health Crises Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Here’s What Happens When Social Workers, Not Police, Respond To Mental Health Crises

More cities are adopting a model for de-escalation that has the potential to benefit people with mental illness, allow police to focus on serious crime and save taxpayer dollars.