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Ian Lind: Why A Tree In Hawaii Kai Is Raising Questions Of Favoritism Ian Lind/Civil Beat

Ian Lind: Why A Tree In Hawaii Kai Is Raising Questions Of Favoritism

A father’s gift to remember his dead son has become a story of special treatment by the Honolulu City Council.

Honolulu City Council Considers Regulating ‘Monster Homes’ Shafkat Anowar/Civil Beat

Honolulu City Council Considers Regulating ‘Monster Homes’

Neighbors complain about homes with 15 or more bedrooms, but they’re defended by a man who said they serve multigenerational households.

Council Panel Votes To Prohibit Lying Down At Honolulu Bus Stops Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Council Panel Votes To Prohibit Lying Down At Honolulu Bus Stops

But the committee postponed action on a measure to extend the sit-lie ban to areas around schools and libraries.

New Council Proposal Cuts Back Fire Sprinkler Requirements Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

New Council Proposal Cuts Back Fire Sprinkler Requirements

Only about half as many high rises built before 1975 would have to be retrofitted under an amended version of the measure.

Recycle Or Incinerate? The Battle Of The Blue Bins Richard Wiens/Civil Beat

Recycle Or Incinerate? The Battle Of The Blue Bins

Burning more discards could save money as recycling gets more expensive, but environmentalists say it’s the cost of caring for the planet.

Honolulu Council Committee Shoots Down Islandwide Sit-Lie Ban Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Council Committee Shoots Down Islandwide Sit-Lie Ban

The panel tinkered with homelessness proposals, shifting from the concept of safe zones to tiny homes.

Tax Breaks Proposed For Organic Farms And ‘Ocean Friendly’ Restaurants Martha Cheng

Tax Breaks Proposed For Organic Farms And ‘Ocean Friendly’ Restaurants

Councilwoman Kymberly Pine is also still pushing a measure to ban plastic foam takeout containers.

Hawaii Officials To The Homeless: Go Away Natanya Freidheim/Civil Beat

Hawaii Officials To The Homeless: Go Away

An islandwide ban on sitting or lying on public sidewalks is among a slew of new bills aimed at moving homeless people out of public places.

Overtime Costs Keep Going Up For Honolulu City Government Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Overtime Costs Keep Going Up For Honolulu City Government

The expense of paying workers time and a half increased 30 percent in the last five years, reaching $67 million in fiscal year 2017.

Some Honolulu High Rises Don’t Need Sprinklers, Fire Safety Panel Says Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Some Honolulu High Rises Don’t Need Sprinklers, Fire Safety Panel Says

Residential buildings could each be evaluated to determine if a sprinkler retrofitting is necessary, a City Council committee is told.

$2.4 Billion Rail Rescue Plan Clears Another Senate Hurdle Cory Lum/Civil Beat

$2.4 Billion Rail Rescue Plan Clears Another Senate Hurdle

UPDATED: The proposal to raise hotel taxes and extend the GET next faces another vote by the full Senate on Wednesday, then likely House consideration.

Council Committee Defers Proposal To Develop Haleiwa Farmland Anthony Quintano/ Civil Beat

Council Committee Defers Proposal To Develop Haleiwa Farmland

Two bills would have rezoned seven acres of agricultural land to urban or residential and allowed for up to 35 homes

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