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Christina Jedra

Activist Choon James Running For Honolulu Mayor Courtesy: Choon James

Activist Choon James Running For Honolulu Mayor

James is running as a “good government” candidate who isn’t taking lobbyist donations.

Oahu Is Overhauling How It Counts The Homeless Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Oahu Is Overhauling How It Counts The Homeless

Administrators of Oahu’s annual homeless count have struggled with inaccuracy and undercounting. Partners In Care’s new director is working to fix it.

Trump Blames States For Homeless. Don’t Take The Bait, Former Official Warns Hawaii Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Trump Blames States For Homeless. Don’t Take The Bait, Former Official Warns Hawaii

As Hawaii’s statewide homelessness numbers start to dip, a former federal official tells lawmakers to keep doing what they’re doing.

Hawaii Is No Longer No. 1 For Homelessness. New York Is Worse Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Is No Longer No. 1 For Homelessness. New York Is Worse

The problem is concentrated on Oahu where the unsheltered population has been growing for a decade.

Audit: Honolulu Can’t Meet Building Industry Demands For Permits Allan Parachini

Audit: Honolulu Can’t Meet Building Industry Demands For Permits

Low pay, insufficient training and high turnover contribute to a permitting department that can’t keep up, the auditor found.

Why Are Soldier Suicides On The Rise? Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Why Are Soldier Suicides On The Rise?

Suicide rates among soldiers from the 19th century to today can’t be explained by combat alone, according to a new report.

Honolulu Board Of Water Supply Fined For Stream Pollution Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Board Of Water Supply Fined For Stream Pollution

The Board of Water Supply failed to notify state health officials about a sediment discharge for 15 days, according to the state health department.

Free Lunch From A Contractor Is Annual Tradition at Honolulu Hale Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Free Lunch From A Contractor Is Annual Tradition at Honolulu Hale

The Ethics Commission is considering a zero-tolerance policy on “tokens of aloha.”

Low Pay, Reputation Of Corruption Hinders Hiring at Honolulu Liquor Commission Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Low Pay, Reputation Of Corruption Hinders Hiring at Honolulu Liquor Commission

The city agency charged with regulating Oahu’s liquor industry is struggling to fill positions. It’s been a problem for at least 15 years.

Air Force Vet Announces Bid For District 1 Council Seat Courtesy of Kathy Davenport campaign

Air Force Vet Announces Bid For District 1 Council Seat

A military veteran and community leader wants to represent the West Oahu district she has called home for over 20 years.

Why Corrupt Public Employees In Hawaii Keep Their Pensions Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Why Corrupt Public Employees In Hawaii Keep Their Pensions

For those convicted of abusing public office, the pension payments don’t stop at the guilty verdict. 

Honolulu Homeless Sweeps Will Continue Despite Supreme Court Decision Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Homeless Sweeps Will Continue Despite Supreme Court Decision

Lt. Gov. Josh Green called for the immediate halt of sweeps, but Honolulu says it will continue pushing homeless people out of public areas.