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Marcel Honore primarily covers rail for Civil Beat — and he’s always on the lookout for ways to describe the local transit project other than “cash-strapped,” “beleaguered” and “financially challenged” in his reports.
A native of Los Angeles, Marcel moved to Oahu in January 2013 and spent nearly five years covering transportation for the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. He also served as the paper’s main correspondent covering the Hokule’a’s three-year worldwide voyage, sailing aboard the canoe on several of its international legs.
Prior to his Hawaii arrival, Marcel worked at the Palm Springs, California, Desert Sun, where he covered city government and immigration issues. His investigations into arsenic-tinged drinking water, foul odors emanating from a contaminated-soil facility and other environmental challenges affecting that region garnered several awards, including a 2011 California Newspaper Publishers Award.
Marcel started his journalism career as a graduate student at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, where he served as a Washington, D.C., correspondent for The Seattle Times and the Santa Barbara News-Press. While at Northwestern he also worked at the Associated Press’ Caracas, Venezuela, bureau covering policies under then-President Hugo Chavez.
Marcel should be a much better surfer than he currently is. He sincerely apologizes for dropping in on your wave.
With ridership sliding, city officials are trying to get more butts in transit seats.
Kakaako developers hope the new bridge will also serve as a “linear park” for pedestrians, similar to New York City’s High Line park.
For decades, oysters have helped filter polluted waterways elsewhere. Now, researchers are testing how well those efforts would do in Hawaii.
Mayor Kirk Caldwell’s office was tight-lipped about the details.
A whistleblower lawsuit says Nan Inc. tried to drive up rail construction claims at taxpayers’ expense.
After the City Council rejected using taxpayer money to pay for legal representation, city employees would have to seek it out on their own.
HART is no longer considering a Plan B in case its pursuit of a public private partnership fails to get rail done.
UPDATED: Yamanoha’s continued employment at HART drew criticism, but rail agency officials won’t say whether he was fired or left voluntarily.
The contractor’s payment denials are among $77 million in freshly rejected rail invoices that didn’t meet state standards for legitimate construction costs.
A new report from the Hawaii Executive Conference details the state’s worsening financial problems, but it doesn’t offer any solutions.
For years, the agency didn’t follow the proper federal rules moving businesses on the path of the rail line. Those still in charge will spend the next year cleaning up the mess.
The HART board is poised to approve an $18 million deal to resolve about 150 construction claims. More claims on those stations remain.