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New HART Analyses Show Millions Of Dollars In Added Rail Costs Cory Lum/Civil Beat

New HART Analyses Show Millions Of Dollars In Added Rail Costs

Rail’s ultimate price tag remains a mystery, but HART’s own risk reports show the costs steadily climbing.

Council Passes Landmark Bill Restricting Single-Use Plastics On Oahu Claire Caulfield/Civil Beat

Council Passes Landmark Bill Restricting Single-Use Plastics On Oahu

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell has signaled he supports the bill. Its restrictions on food-vendor plastics would roll out in the next two years.

Case Dismissed: 8 Years, No Conviction And A Honolulu Man’s Life Derailed Illustration by Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Case Dismissed: 8 Years, No Conviction And A Honolulu Man’s Life Derailed

Sefo Fatai says a woman he thought would give him money to pay off a debt to his boss handed him meth instead, plunging him into an eight-year ordeal fighting the criminal justice system.

Security Deposits Put Housing Out Of Reach For Some In Hawaii Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Security Deposits Put Housing Out Of Reach For Some In Hawaii

As housing costs rise, renters have to cut bigger and bigger checks just to get in the door.

Now’s Our Chance To Clean House In Honolulu Government Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Now’s Our Chance To Clean House In Honolulu Government

As the police corruption investigation continues with a focus on other city agencies, leaders and voters must take steps to guard against similar problems.

‘Please Hold’: Disabled Handi-Van Users Face Long Waits To Book Rides Cory Lum/Civil Beat

‘Please Hold’: Disabled Handi-Van Users Face Long Waits To Book Rides

City officials blame heavy call volumes and technological issues for a system that has been problematic for years.

Honolulu Council Chair’s Staffer Announces Bid For Windward Seat Courtesy of Alan Kekoa Texeira campaign

Honolulu Council Chair’s Staffer Announces Bid For Windward Seat

Ikaika Anderson is set to finish his third and last council term next year, and Alan Kekoa Texeira hopes to succeed him.

Denby Fawcett: Rescuing A 12th Century Heiau From A Garbage Dump courtesy shouldbedigging.com

Denby Fawcett: Rescuing A 12th Century Heiau From A Garbage Dump

There’s a new effort to restore the sacred Pahukini Heiau and increase public access.

HART’s Last Original Board Member Hasn’t Left As Planned Cory Lum/Civil Beat

HART’s Last Original Board Member Hasn’t Left As Planned

Damien Kim announced his departure five months ago, but the City Council can’t find a qualified successor.

Honolulu May Sue Convicted Police Chief To Claw Back Retirement Money Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu May Sue Convicted Police Chief To Claw Back Retirement Money

The city will likely take its former police chief to court.

More HART Employees Hit With Federal Subpoenas Cory Lum/Civil Beat

More HART Employees Hit With Federal Subpoenas

It’s the second round of orders sent to rail staff. The agency still won’t say how many employees have received subpoenas.

Former Judge Steve Alm Announces Bid For Prosecuting Attorney Christina Jedra/Civil Beat

Former Judge Steve Alm Announces Bid For Prosecuting Attorney

He has the support of the police union and the chair of the police commission.

December 2012

Saturday, December 29

No Honeymoon for Mayor Caldwell: Critical Infrastructure Issues Ahead

Friday, December 28

Court Ruling Keeps City Rail Project On Track, Honolulu Mayor Says

Thursday, December 13

$1.55 Billion Federal Rail Grant On The Line In Federal Case

Wednesday, December 12

Hawaii Monitor: Demise Of Community Recycling Bins A Policy Failure

Tuesday, December 11

HCDA Delivers On The Promise Of Transit-Oriented Development

Friday, December 7

Final Cost of PRP’S 10-month Push to Win Votes, Beat Cayetano: $3.6M

Tuesday, December 4

It’s Your Money: $300K For Legal Help in HPD Discrimination Case

Honolulu Prosecutor Increasing Firepower to Fight Elder Abuse

November 2012

Wednesday, November 21

Cayetano Defamation Suit Against PRP Might Be Headed to Federal Court

Monday, November 19

FTA Says It Will Sign $1.55 Billion Deal For Honolulu Rail Project

Friday, November 16

It’s Your Money: Death By Electrocution Costs Honolulu $550K

Monday, November 5

Mayor Peter Carlisle: ‘The Fiscal House Is In Order’

Saturday, November 3

My Way Or The Highway: A Newcomer’s View Of The Honolulu Rail Debate

Friday, November 2

Federal Judge Issues Split Decision On Honolulu Rail Environmental Suit

October 2012

Friday, October 26

Political Fight For Oahu’s GET Heats Up

Wednesday, October 24

Nimitz Flyover Cost Estimate Suggests that Rail Will Cost $7 Billion

Friday, October 12

Tension Surrounds $142M Honolulu Housing Deal

Thursday, October 11

Tom Berg, Bounty Hunter? Offers $100 Reward In Political Gunfight

Spending Commission May Make Councilman Pay Back Honolulu $28K

Wednesday, October 10

Will A New Law Mean Federal Funding for Honolulu BRT?

Disputed $142M Housing Deal Raises Concerns Over Workforce Housing

Why Is Affordable Housing Preservation Initiative Sale Being Rushed?

Monday, October 8

Unaffordable City Proposal to Sell Affordable Housing

Wednesday, October 3

Outside Expert to Feds: Honolulu Rail Is Ready

Tuesday, October 2

Honolulu Spinning Its Wheels On Bike Planning, Advocates Say

September 2012

Wednesday, September 26

Off the Beat: Deception at Honolulu Hale

Saturday, September 22

William Aila: Sleep Well! The Natatorium Will Soon Be Mine

Hawaii Fluoride Debate Idle Despite Major Policy Shifts On Mainland

Friday, September 21

Honolulu Rail Delegation Seeks To Smooth Concerns In D.C.

Thursday, September 20

HPD’s Day in Court — Two Cops Stand Before Judge

Tuesday, September 18

Honolulu Flags Troubled Senior Center for Possible Illegal Kickbacks

Friday, September 14

Plaintiff: Honolulu Rehashing Old Arguments in Rail Case

Thursday, September 13

First Burial Discovered on Honolulu Rail Route

Honolulu Council Could Kill Subsidy to Save Bus Routes

Wednesday, September 12

Honolulu City Council Considers Widening Parking Stalls

Saturday, September 8

Federal Ruling Brings Homeless Belongings Ban Into Question

Thursday, September 6

Honolulu to Supreme Court: Keep Rail Construction Alive

Why Are Honolulu Police Cracking Down On Waikiki Street Performers?

Wednesday, September 5

Is Federal Agent Immune from Murder Charge?

Sunday, September 2

Don’t Walk: Hawaii Pedestrians, Especially Elderly, Die At High Rate

August 2012

Friday, August 31

No Cost Estimates for Delays in Honolulu Rail Construction

Wednesday, August 29

Honolulu’s Most Dangerous Intersections: Guess Where?

Tuesday, August 28

Honolulu Rail Construction Stopped, Now What?

It’s Your Money: HPD’s Free Ride

Friday, August 24

Rail Derailed? Hawaii Supreme Court Rules Against Honolulu

Wednesday, August 22

Judge’s Decision Looms Over Honolulu Rail

Han Challenges Council Election Results Over Voter Intimidation

Saturday, August 18

At Last, Rail Lawsuit Is Getting Its Day in Court

Thursday, August 16

Honolulu Tells HUD Troubled Wahiawa Senior Center Making Strides

Wednesday, August 15

Native Hawaiians Sue City Over Haleiwa Park Sale

Tuesday, August 14

Honolulu Vetoes Don’t Stand Test of Time

Wednesday, August 8

Agent Charged in Waikiki Murder Loses Bid to Move Case

Tuesday, August 7

Sister of Hawaii Five-O Teamster Killed During Arrest Sues City

Thursday, August 2

There are Many Reasons to Reject Rail

Wednesday, August 1

Not So Public: City Shells Out $600k But For What?

July 2012

Tuesday, July 31

Lawsuit: Hawaii IBEW Chief Wanted Hitman To Take Out His Enemies

Friday, July 27

PRP: Honolulu Rail Gives ‘Many’ UH Grads Jobs

Thursday, July 26

Beach Ban for Business Vetoed by Honolulu Mayor

Wednesday, July 25

No Written Rules Means Confusion When Doling Out Honolulu Contracts

Tuesday, July 24

Bill 11 and the Twogood Kayaks Debacle

Saturday, July 21

City Purchasing Boss: Fire Department Wrong On Merger Contract ‘Tie’

Friday, July 20

County Services Should Be Paid For By Those Who Benefit

Health Department Says Honolulu’s Fire-EMS Merger Is ‘Premature’

Wednesday, July 18

State Health Department Might Quash Honolulu’s Fire-EMS Merger

Saturday, July 14

Cash and Candidates for the Honolulu City Council

Thursday, July 12

Carlisle: Cannabis Clubs Being ‘Abandoned Wholesale’

Wednesday, July 11

Sierra Club to Decide on Rail Campaign Soon

Honolulu Rail PR Contractors Whacked

Tuesday, July 10

Big Brother — Coming to a Public Space Near You?

Monday, July 9

Honolulu Prosecutor: Prostitution Investigations ‘Very Active’

Saturday, July 7

Fire-EMS Merger Contract Awarded After Honolulu Official Manipulated Score

Friday, July 6

Sy Cullen Answers Honolulu Council Survey

Ron Menor Answers Honolulu Council Survey

Thursday, July 5

Honolulu Ethics Panel Investigating Fire-EMS Merger Contract

Joey Manahan Answers Honolulu Council Survey

Lillian Hong Answers Honolulu Council Survey

Martin Han Answers Honolulu Council Survey

Tuesday, July 3

It’s Your Money: Sooey! Honolulu Pig Control Costs $1,400 Per Head

Jim Hayes Answers Honolulu Council Survey

Ann Kobayashi Answers Honolulu Council Survey

Honolulu Council Member Slapped with Record $6,500 Ethics Fine

Chad Kaukani Answers Honolulu Council Survey

Ikaika Anderson Answers Honolulu Council Survey

Monday, July 2

Honolulu Auditor Gets Results, Makes No Friends

Sunday, July 1

Alex Santiago Answers Honolulu Council Survey

Kymberly Pine Answers Honolulu Council Survey

Mel Kahele Answers Honolulu Council Survey

E.J. Delacruz Answers Honolulu Council Survey

Tom Berg Answers Honolulu Council Survey

June 2012

Saturday, June 30

The Dirty Dozen: The State of Honolulu’s Public Restrooms

Friday, June 29

Politics Puts Fire-EMS Merge On Front Burner

Thursday, June 28

Updated Rail Finance Plan Part of Formal Federal Funding Request

Waikiki Shooting Video Remains Shrouded

Wednesday, June 27

Councilman Denies Abuse in Honolulu Parking Flap

Tuesday, June 26

Kirk Caldwell Answers Honolulu Mayor Survey

Honolulu Council Members Push for Audits of HART, Sewer

Carlisle Returns Council-Approved Budgets — Some Signed, Some Not

Saturday, June 23

Feds Might Not Defend Murder Suspect in Lawsuit

Friday, June 22

Culture Clash Prominent in Readers’ Comments

Thursday, June 21

A Look at Honolulu’s Sidewalk Ban Six Months and at Least $100K Later

Wednesday, June 20

West Honolulu Sewer Ban Not What It Seemed To Be

Monday, June 18

U.S. House Subcommittee Slices Money for Rail

Can a White Federal Agent Who Killed a Hawaii Local Get a Fair Trial?

Wednesday, June 13

Honolulu Prosecutor: Federal Agent Started Fight That Led to Shooting

Monday, June 11

Cuts In Bus Service Hurt Hawaii Residents

Saturday, June 9

Caldwell: We Left Carlisle a ‘Huge’ Budget Surplus

Thursday, June 7

Honolulu Judge’s Redactions Hide APEC Shooting Details

Race To The Finish For Federal Rail Money

Filipino PR Flap Enflames Rail Talks

Council Chair Accuses Mayor of ‘Quid Pro Quo’ Politics on Sewage Project

Wednesday, June 6

With Flourish of Changes, Honolulu Council Almost Pau With Budget

Tuesday, June 5

Will Honolulu Council Give Back Mayor’s Sewage Construction Money?

Honolulu Prosecutor’s Office Responds to Civil Beat on Deedy Case

Sunday, June 3

Off The Beat: Free the Deedy Crime-Scene Video

Saturday, June 2

Kobayashi: Voters in 2008 Didn’t Approve Current Rail Project

Friday, June 1

Honolulu Judge Seals Video of Fatal Shooting Inside Waikiki Restaurant

May 2012

Thursday, May 31

Firefighter Fiasco Unfolds in Fiery Back and Forth

Monday, May 28

Off the Beat: What Does the Mayor Plan To Do About Kawamoto?

Friday, May 25

Supreme Court: Can Rail Avoid Hawaiian Burials?

Thursday, May 24

Energy Challenge: Options for Power Generation and Hawaii’s Path Forward

Federal Agent Charged in APEC Shooting Wants McDonald’s Video Released

Wednesday, May 23

Moderate Caldwell Says ‘Build Rail Better’

Friday, May 18

Judge Narrows Case in Honolulu Rail Lawsuit

Land Barren: Since 2005, Dozens of Violations at Billionaire’s Properties

Thursday, May 17

Taking Kids To School Without Getting in a Car

Monday, May 14

Land Barren: Who is Genshiro Kawamoto?

Thursday, May 10

Council Asks Voters To OK $5M for Nonprofits

Wednesday, May 9

Honolulu To Create New Housing For The Homeless

Is Honolulu Drowning In Sea Of Leaking Money?

‘Pipe Whisperers’ Hear The Rustle Of Running Water

Tuesday, May 8

Grabauskas: Debt Ate 30% of Boston Transit Budget

Wednesday, May 2

Honolulu On Track To Tighten Ethics Laws

Honolulu Hale Lead Paint Cleanup To Cost $250K

Occupy Honolulu Rally Draws A Big Crowd, But What Next?

April 2012

Wednesday, April 25

Honolulu Passes Ban on Plastic Bags

Tuesday, April 24

New Honolulu Rail Chief Talks a Good Game

Sunday, April 22

Honolulu Salaries 2012 — Pay for Men and Women

Honolulu Salaries 2012 — Common Jobs and Names

Honolulu Salaries 2012 — The City’s Big Earners

Honolulu Salaries 2012 — The Full Employee List

Saturday, April 21

Bag Fee, Ban or Both? City Council Picks Wednesday

Friday, April 20

Honolulu’s Next Landfill Could Be In Kailua

Sunday, April 15

Land Barren: Japanese Billionaire Is Raising Eyebrows, Razing Houses

Friday, April 13

New Rail Chief Sees Himself as Intermediary Between Council, Feds

Follow Dalai Lama’s Visit To Honolulu On Civil Beat

Honolulu Council Keeps Rail Budget Intact

Thursday, April 12

Inouye: The Only Thing That Will Stop Rail is World War III

It’s Your Money: Council Spends on Travel and TVs

Re-Homed & Off the Edge: Update — Changing the Game We’re Playing

Wednesday, April 11

Honolulu’s Low-Key Dalai Lama Preparations

Saturday, April 7

Council Support Wavers As Key Rail Vote Looms

Thursday, April 5

Doubting State, Honolulu Moves To Add Bag Fee

Wednesday, April 4

City Council’s Plastic Bag Ban Could Become Fee

Mayor Won’t Cancel Sewage Treatment Contract

March 2012

Tuesday, March 27

Line of Credit ‘Big Piece’ Outstanding in Federal Rail Funding

Monday, March 26

Is It ‘Reckless’ To Build Honolulu Rail Before Feds Commit Funds?

Friday, March 23

Rail Construction End Of Long Line for Permits

Wednesday, March 21

‘Extraordinary Costs’ In Occupy Honolulu Raids

Tuesday, March 20

Cops, Prostitutes and Pimps: Prosecutor To Step Up Hunt For Traffickers

Monday, March 19

Despite Sewer Work, Storms Still Cause Spills

Water Board’s Beretania Land To Be Developed

Sunday, March 18

[VIDEO] — ‘Spensation’ Spotlights Kakaako Development

Saturday, March 17

Landfill Site Panel Wants Distance From Residents

Friday, March 16

Cops, Prostitutes and Pimps: Honolulu Police Owes Public Answers

$100K+ To Fix Lead, Mold at Honolulu Hale

Thursday, March 15

Cops, Prostitutes and Pimps: Arrests Turn Up No Trafficking Victims

Lead, Mold Contaminate Honolulu Hale

Wednesday, March 14

Cops, Prostitutes and Pimps: Honolulu Prostitution Arrests Declining

Tuesday, March 13

Cops, Prostitutes and Pimps: In One Year, One Pimp Arrested

Monday, March 12

The Story Behind Our “Cops, Prostitutes and Pimps” Series

Cops, Prostitutes and Pimps: No Arrests on a Saturday in Honolulu

Sunday, March 11

Spouses Banned From Traveling on Taxpayers’ Dime in Other Cities, Too

Saturday, March 10

Inside Honolulu — Government, Politics and Issues — Mar. 12-18

Cops, Prostitutes and Pimps: The Database

Friday, March 9

New Civil Beat Blogs Offer More Fresh News

Wednesday, March 7

Are Honolulu Rail Backers’ New Radio Ads Accurate?

Tuesday, March 6

Honolulu’s Tech Deputy: Government Can Help

Lacking Support, Can Rail Backers Turn The Tide?

Monday, March 5

Carlisle: Honolulu Sewer Deal Has No New Concerns

Washington Place Reserved for Top Gov Donor’s Family

Saturday, March 3

Inside Honolulu — Government, Politics and Issues — Mar. 5-11

Thursday, March 1

Civil Beat Poll – 44% of Honolulu Voters Perceive Bias in Rail Coverage

Grabauskas OK’d As Rail Chief Despite Soft Spot For Toru Hamayasu

Mayor’s Budget Holds The Line, Lacks ‘Fun’ Projects

February 2012

Wednesday, February 29

Off the Beat: What About the Mayor’s Calls for Transparency?

Tuesday, February 28

Honolulu Rail CEO Nominee Has Extensive Public Sector Background

Monday, February 27

New Honolulu Rail Chief Was Late, Over Budget on His Biggest Project

Vitality of Honolulu Tech Visible at Unconferenz

Saturday, February 25

Honolulu Rail CEO Pick Comes With Track Record That Raises Concerns

Inside Honolulu — Government, Politics and Issues — Feb. 27-Mar. 4

Orlando Shoe Riot Shows How Out of Touch We Are

Friday, February 24

HART Taps New Rail Chief: Grabauskas from Boston

Mayor Peter Carlisle’s Tale of Two Honolulus

Thursday, February 23

Carlisle on Rail Examined

Carlisle on Rail: ‘We Need to Keep Moving Forward’

Full Text: 2012 State of the City Address

Wednesday, February 22

Troubled Senior Center Rejects Federal Funds

Rail Will Do Nothing to Reduce Traffic Overload on Congested Highways

Tuesday, February 21

One Year Later — 2011 State of the City Scorecard

Tech-Savvy Leaders Push Honolulu Toward Gov 2.0

Monday, February 20

Counties Want Break from Hawaii Sunshine Law

Sunday, February 19

Inside Honolulu — Government, Politics and Issues — Feb. 20-26

Saturday, February 18

Honolulu’s New 311 App Is a Step In the Right Tech Direction

Thursday, February 16

Why Did Council Overrule Waianae Residents and Council Member?

Time to Get Serious About Rail Conversation

Tuesday, February 14

FTA Watching Opponents, Wants $250M for Honolulu Rail

Saturday, February 11

Inside Honolulu — Government, Politics and Issues — Feb. 13-19

Off The Beat: Why Are Honolulu Officials Accepting Junkets?

Friday, February 10

Just How Deep Will Honolulu Rail’s Debt Be?

Thursday, February 9

Carlisle: Rail Will Take 40,000 Cars Off The Road

Tuesday, February 7

Sen. Inouye Can’t See the Forest When it Comes to Rail

Monday, February 6

Feds Green Light Honolulu Rail Construction

Sunday, February 5

Inside Honolulu — Government, Politics and Issues — Feb. 6-12

Friday, February 3

Occupy Honolulu Evicted From Thomas Square

Thursday, February 2

Does Line-of-Credit Rail Plan Leave Honolulu Taxpayers on Hook?

Wednesday, February 1

Clock Ticking For Occupy Honolulu Encampment

January 2012

Saturday, January 28

Take the Challenge, Bike to School!

A Look At How the City’s Storing Homeless Property

Inside Honolulu — Government, Politics and Issues — Jan. 30-Feb. 5

Friday, January 27

Off The Beat: So Much For Independent Rail

Money In The Bank Or ‘Bells and Whistles’ If Honolulu Rail Costs Less?

Emergency Rail Plan: Taxpayers Have Our Back

Monday, January 23

Inside Honolulu — Government, Politics and Issues — Jan. 23-29

Friday, January 20

Cayetano: Rail A Wall of Concrete Snaking Along Honolulu’s Waterfront

Using The Tax System To Hide Spending And Shift Burden

Thursday, January 19

Remembering Ben: The Cayetano Years

Wednesday, January 18

Honolulu Officials Unlikely To Try To Extend Rail Tax

What Does the FTA Want From Honolulu Rail?

Can Honolulu Council Members Talk in Private About Proposed Laws?

Saturday, January 14

Feds Say Senior Center Still Violating Grant Rules

Inside Honolulu — Government, Politics and Issues — Jan. 16-22

Thursday, January 12

Caldwell’s First Promise: Soap In Bus Stop Bathroom

Wednesday, January 11

Honolulu Facing Five Major Issues In 2012

Could Honolulu’s Mayor Stop Rail Project?

Honolulu Homeless Frustrated as Belongings Taken

Tuesday, January 10

Judge: Civil Beat Can Blog Honolulu Rail Lawsuit

Honolulu Begins Enforcing New Sidewalk Ban Against Homeless

Saturday, January 7

Inside Honolulu — Government, Politics and Issues — Jan. 9-15

Friday, January 6

Occupy Honolulu Asked Mayor for Immunity From Sidewalk Belongings Ban

Off the Beat: Council Sends Mixed Messages on Semi-Autonomy

‘Lot of Work To Do’ Before Feds Fund Honolulu Rail

Thursday, January 5

Honolulu to Feds: OK Rail Work Or Costs Rise $100M

Honolulu on the Hook for $7.9M? Feds Won’t Say

Wednesday, January 4

Faith, Union Groups Seek Pro-Rail Spot in Lawsuit