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Christina Jedra

Sweeping Local-Hire Bill Draws Pushback From Nonunion Builders Anita Hofschneider/Civil Beat

Sweeping Local-Hire Bill Draws Pushback From Nonunion Builders

City Councilman Joey Manahan says the purpose of the legislation is to make sure that union labor is used on any public works project worth over $250,000.

Honolulu Councilwoman Wants Increased Lifeguard Coverage Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

Honolulu Councilwoman Wants Increased Lifeguard Coverage

Kymberly Pine criticizes Mayor Kirk Caldwell’s administration for what she considers a lack of action to decrease drownings.

Councilman Menor: Kealoha Case Warrants Internal Reviews Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Councilman Menor: Kealoha Case Warrants Internal Reviews

He said he wants to know how the misdeeds detailed in a federal corruption case were allowed to go “unchecked.”

Council OKs Bill Allowing Car-Sharing Companies To Rent On-Street Parking Spaces Flickr.com

Council OKs Bill Allowing Car-Sharing Companies To Rent On-Street Parking Spaces

If the mayor signs the measure, the companies could rent 160 on- and off-street parking stalls owned by the city.

Hawaii Teen Tells Politicians: Listen To Us, Or We’ll Vote You Out Christina Jedra/Civil Beat

Hawaii Teen Tells Politicians: Listen To Us, Or We’ll Vote You Out

A U.S. Conference of Mayors session highlighted the benefits of youth councils. Honolulu doesn’t have one.

Mainland Mayors Face Backlash For Business Trip To Honolulu Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Mainland Mayors Face Backlash For Business Trip To Honolulu

The criticism highlights a longstanding perception problem Hawaii has in attracting conferences and conventions.

City Will Use ‘Digital Stings’ To Nab Illegal Vacation Rentals Starting Aug. 1 Christina Jedra/Civil Beat

City Will Use ‘Digital Stings’ To Nab Illegal Vacation Rentals Starting Aug. 1

But the full effect of Oahu’s new law severely limiting Airbnb-type rentals and imposing stiff fines on violators won’t start until late 2020.

Caldwell Wants City To Take Over Haiku Stairs In Honolulu Flickr

Caldwell Wants City To Take Over Haiku Stairs In Honolulu

The Honolulu mayor said he intends to put the famed “Stairway to Heaven” under control of the parks department and look at private proposals to manage access for hikers.

Stairway to Heaven Could Be Removed By 2022 Flickr

Stairway to Heaven Could Be Removed By 2022

The Haiku Stairs have been closed to the public for years, but that hasn’t stopped hikers from trespassing and Instagramming the views.