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City and County of Honolulu Government

At Honolulu Hale, It’s In With The Old For Now

Mayor Peter Carlisle filed paperwork confirming his requests for city leadership, with mostly familiar names filling in temporarily.
New Mayor Takes Office, Preps for Trip to D.C.

New Mayor Takes Office, Preps for Trip to D.C.

Honolulu Mayor Peter Carlisle was sworn in Monday afternoon. On Wednesday, he'll head to D.C. for transit talks with federal officials.

HPD: Law Doesn’t Apply to Us

City attorney says law explicitly addressing police officers does not apply to police officers.

Urban Zones Proposed to Keep Sidewalks Clear of Homeless

The Honolulu City Council proposes narrowing the scope of a bill that would regulate sidewalks in neighborhoods frequented by homeless people.
Big Job Ahead for New City Administration

Big Job Ahead for New City Administration

Two former prosecutors are preparing to lead the City and County of Honolulu, and the incoming managing director acknowledges there’s a steep learning curve ahead.

City’s Budget Director Leaving His Post

Honolulu's next managing director said Mayor-elect Carlisle asked Rix Maurer to stay, but the budget director is leaving his post.

Carlisle, Chin In Hurry to Take Over Honolulu Hale

Mayor elect and his top aide have picked a number of new leaders, but won’t share names just yet.
Hannemann’s Honolulu Hale Examined

Hannemann’s Honolulu Hale Examined

The former Honolulu mayor touts his record at Honolulu Hale as evidence he's ready to be governor. Civil Beat's analysis of the city's payroll during his tenure finds that the work force grew by 5 percent, the total payroll jumped 32 percent but that as a percentage of the total budget, payroll declined 2 percentage points, from 58 to 56 percent.
Curfew to Lead to New State Rules for Public Housing

Curfew to Lead to New State Rules for Public Housing

Response to violence at Kalihi Valley Homes will set direction for a security approach at all state public housing complexes, Civil Beat learns. News comes on day of community meeting to discuss what to do as curfew expires.

City Council Approves Massive Sewage Settlement

The city is one step closer to finalizing a landmark settlement with a group of state and federal environmental agencies and nonprofits, ending years of litigation. The pricetag: More than $1 billion.

Council Weighs Banning Gas Leaf-Blowers

Proposal would go further than state law limiting hours and totally end the usage of the noisy, and effective, landscaping tool. But enough concerns were raised that final passage is by no means certain.

Hawaii Links for Wednesday, June 16

Top of mind: new homeless counts, Lingle leaves China for Japan, and the Legislature wants answers about contracts.
City and County of Honolulu Government