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A Loss For Tommy Waters Is A Loss For Mayor Caldwell Ronen Zilberman/Civil Beat

A Loss For Tommy Waters Is A Loss For Mayor Caldwell

Incumbent Trevor Ozawa’s narrow victory over his challenger blocked the mayor from having a majority of allies on the City Council.

The Struggle For Power In Honolulu Is Coming To A Head Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

The Struggle For Power In Honolulu Is Coming To A Head

New taxes and other fees. More money for rail. Even monster houses. The fate of contentious city issues hinges on who’s elected.

Caldwell Nominates Former TV Executive For Police Commission City and County of Honolulu

Caldwell Nominates Former TV Executive For Police Commission

Dick Grimm, who worked at three local stations, would be the mayor’s sixth appointment to the seven-member board.

$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.

5 Percent Pay Raises Recommended For Mayor And Top Officials Cory Lum/Civil Beat

5 Percent Pay Raises Recommended For Mayor And Top Officials

That would put Mayor Kirk Caldwell at $173,000 and the new police chief would receive $191,000.

Honolulu Climate Change Office Hasn’t Opened, But It’s Already Shrinking Natanya Freidheim/Civil Beat

Honolulu Climate Change Office Hasn’t Opened, But It’s Already Shrinking

Budget Committee looks for spending cuts as Mayor Caldwell broaches possibility of raising property taxes for rail construction.

House Panel Ponies Up Another $1.2 Billion For Honolulu Rail Chad Blair/Civil Beat

House Panel Ponies Up Another $1.2 Billion For Honolulu Rail

It’s not anywhere as much as the city wanted, but the Finance Committee chair said it should be enough to finish construction.

Caldwell Appoints Marc Alexander To Lead Honolulu Housing Office Courtesy of the City & County of Honolulu

Caldwell Appoints Marc Alexander To Lead Honolulu Housing Office

The former vicar general for the Catholic Church left his last government job after revelations of an affair with a parishioner.

Lawmakers Demand Answers To Honolulu Rail’s Ballooning Costs Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

Lawmakers Demand Answers To Honolulu Rail’s Ballooning Costs

Caldwell proposes increases in Oahu’s fuel tax, vehicle weight tax and parking fees to show the city has “skin in the game.”

VIDEO: 3 Civil Questions For The Mayoral Candidates — Episode 3

VIDEO: 3 Civil Questions For The Mayoral Candidates — Episode 3

In this episode, Mayor Kirk Caldwell and challenger Charles Djou address tourism, the high number of visitor deaths and whether Waikiki is at risk from flooding.

VIDEO: 3 Civil Questions For Caldwell and Djou — Episode 2

VIDEO: 3 Civil Questions For Caldwell and Djou — Episode 2

In this episode: what Honolulu is doing right, a model city, a new landfill.

Djou Says Caldwell Lied About Bank Compensation Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Djou Says Caldwell Lied About Bank Compensation

But the mayor’s political advisers say the ethics complaint is just a campaign ploy.