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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.
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.
City and County of Honolulu Government