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Honolulu To Fossil Fuel Companies: Pay For Our Climate Change Damages Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu To Fossil Fuel Companies: Pay For Our Climate Change Damages

“Big oil” has caused major climate change problems for Oahu and Mayor Kirk Caldwell wants the City Council to approve a lawsuit to cover the costs.

Lawsuit: Last-Minute Honolulu Talk on Mauna Kea Violated Meeting Law Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Lawsuit: Last-Minute Honolulu Talk on Mauna Kea Violated Meeting Law

The public was robbed of a meaningful opportunity to provide written or oral testimony, a lawsuit argues.

Criminal Probe Into Rail Might Creep Into Honolulu Hale, Attorneys Fear Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Criminal Probe Into Rail Might Creep Into Honolulu Hale, Attorneys Fear

After the City Council rejected using taxpayer money to pay for legal representation, city employees would have to seek it out on their own.

Kealoha Corruption Probe Is Why Honolulu Is Paying A Mainland Law Firm To Fight The Feds Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Kealoha Corruption Probe Is Why Honolulu Is Paying A Mainland Law Firm To Fight The Feds

Federal agents seized a “very broad” set of emails in connection with an investigation that is now before a grand jury, according to Honolulu City Council member Ron Menor.

Honolulu Will Pay For ‘Confidential’ Criminal Defense Work For Years Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Will Pay For ‘Confidential’ Criminal Defense Work For Years

Taxpayers are on the hook for as much as $700 an hour to block some records from being seen by federal investigators.

Critics Question Former Council Chair’s Ties To North Shore Project Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Critics Question Former Council Chair’s Ties To North Shore Project

Some residents ask whether campaign contributions and a job factored into Ernie Martin’s support for a controversial Pupukea project.

Kealoha Suit Against City, Ethics Commission Cost Over $355K Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Kealoha Suit Against City, Ethics Commission Cost Over $355K

The invoice represents only some of the city’s Kealoha-related legal costs.

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.

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.

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.

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