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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.
Honolulu Property Tax Proposal In Perspective

Honolulu Property Tax Proposal In Perspective

"Non-homeowner" tax rate would still be far lower than on neighbor islands, but concerns about impact on renters and "ohana" units could derail increase.
Transit Plan Out of City Hands

Transit Plan Out of City Hands

With the clock ticking and several hurdles yet to clear, it's unlikely that Mayor Mufi Hannemann will see the city break ground on its rail project on his watch if he resigns to run for governor by the July 20 candidate filing deadline.
Rail, Highway Projects Won’t Be Covered By “Local Jobs Bill”

Rail, Highway Projects Won’t Be Covered By “Local Jobs Bill”

Legislature required 80 percent of workers on government contracts to be Hawaii residents, but federal law prohibits discrimination based on geography.
UPDATE: Djou resignation would not trigger special election

UPDATE: Djou resignation would not trigger special election

If City Councilman Charles Djou wins the May 22 special election for the 1st Congressional District, he will be replaced by an appointee.
No Strings on Tourism Tax, A “Double-Edge Sword” For Counties

No Strings on Tourism Tax, A “Double-Edge Sword” For Counties

State has been siphoning off larger and larger amount of revenue from tax on lodging because counties can't point specifically to what it pays for. But they know losing it would be a huge blow.

Hirono: ‘Never Take Anything For Granted’

2nd District Congresswoman Mazie Hirono on her re-election bid, her record in office and her lack of a serious challenger in a year when the tide nationally is against incumbents.
What Comes After Curfew at Housing Complex?

What Comes After Curfew at Housing Complex?

Residents of Kalihi Valley Homes suggest the state consider limiting visitors, adding social service agencies and extending curfew. National expert says permanent police presence on site would help.
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