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What Honolulu Lobbyists Don’t Tell You Cory Lum/Civil Beat

What Honolulu Lobbyists Don’t Tell You

The Ethics Commission chief says the city should “completely overhaul” how it tracks the spending of money to influence leaders.

Chad Blair: Why Staring At Cellphones In Crosswalks Should Be Illegal Caleb Hartsfield/Civil Beat

Chad Blair: Why Staring At Cellphones In Crosswalks Should Be Illegal

A Honolulu City Council bill would fine people who don’t look up from their mobile devices when crossing the street.

The Sorry State Of Many Honolulu Parks Cory Lum/Civil Beat

The Sorry State Of Many Honolulu Parks

Millions of dollars have been spent on Oahu parks in the past decade, but some have fared better than others.

Council Rejects Proposal To Ban All Plastic Bags At Checkout Counters Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Council Rejects Proposal To Ban All Plastic Bags At Checkout Counters

A ban on thin plastic bags remains, but some stores have gotten around it by using thicker bags.

Hawaii Supreme Court To Rule On Secret Government Deliberations Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Supreme Court To Rule On Secret Government Deliberations

Should the public be allowed to see what information is going into public policy decisions?

Fee Increases For Parking Meters, Bus Fares Clear Another Hurdle Natanya Freidheim/Civil Beat

Fee Increases For Parking Meters, Bus Fares Clear Another Hurdle

The City Council Budget Committee approves most of the money-raising measures proposed by Mayor Kirk Caldwell.

Committee Proposes Fee, But Balks At Total Ban On Plastic Bags Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Committee Proposes Fee, But Balks At Total Ban On Plastic Bags

Environmentalists who once supported a Honolulu City Council bag bill, now say that the amended version doesn’t go far enough.

Why Oahu’s Neighborhood Boards Are ‘The Pulse Of The Community’ Natanya Freidheim/Civil Beat

Why Oahu’s Neighborhood Boards Are ‘The Pulse Of The Community’

Elections are underway for members of the island’s 33 volunteer advisory panels.

Honolulu Joins Movement To Protect Undocumented Immigrants Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Honolulu Joins Movement To Protect Undocumented Immigrants

The City Council approves a resolution calling for a limit on cooperating with the federal crackdown on immigration.

‘Tis the Season: See What Gifts Honolulu City Agencies Got This Year

‘Tis the Season: See What Gifts Honolulu City Agencies Got This Year

Gifts valued at nearly $700,000 were approved by the City Council for city government agencies.
VIDEO: The Kirk Cam — Our Intimate View of the Mayor’s Spin About Town

VIDEO: The Kirk Cam — Our Intimate View of the Mayor’s Spin About Town

Bike tour of downtown takes mayor on a path toward a bike-friendly city.
Ala Wai Canal: A $100 Million Problem

Ala Wai Canal: A $100 Million Problem

The economic heart of Hawaii is in jeopardy. Saving it won't be cheap or easy.
City and County of Honolulu Government