Most talked about Honolulu Civil Beat stories

At Least $1.25B Has Been Spent on Rail So Far But Where Has All the Money Gone? — Editor's Note: Civil Beat has spent the past six months examining financial records relating to the Honolulu rail project. "Off Track" is an ongoing series that explores what's happened to the taxpayer money that is going into the biggest public works project in Hawaii history.
Jan 30, 2015

Mainland companies getting rich off #Honolulu taxpayers: local companies only got 1% of $3.5B rail subprime contracts…

Jan 30, 2015

Here's what you need to know about Honolulu's rail project and the debate to raise more taxes to support it:…

Jan 30, 2015

RT @CivilBeat: At Least $1.25B Has Been Spent on Rail So Far But Where Has All the Money Gone?

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Could Slot Machines Fund Hawaii Airport Upgrades? — The Hawaii Tribune-Herald has this item regarding "amusement concessions" stands - a form of gaming - at Hawaii airports. Excerpt: Giving international travelers one last chance to spend money before they leave Hawaii, state Rep. Cindy Evans is proposing slot machines for international departure areas of airports.
Jan 30, 2015

RT @CivilBeat: Could Slot Machines Fund Hawaii Airport Upgrades?

McDermott Wants Voters to Decide Same-Sex Marriage — The most vocal critic of same-sex marriage at the Hawaii State Legislature is not giving up. Rep. Bob McDermott, a Republican, has introduced a bill in the 2015 session proposing a constitutional amendment ballot question that would reserve marriage to opposite-sex couples.
Jan 30, 2015

RT @CivilBeat: Republican lawmaker in Hawaii wants to reverse same sex marriage; put it up for vote

Civil Beat Partners — When Civil Beat started in May 2010, the idea of paying for online news was relatively novel. Today, many newspapers have adopted this model, including The New York Times. We believe that journalism should evolve the way technology has over the years.
Jan 30, 2015

RT @CivilBeat: Proud to announce our partnership with @HANOHAWAII, as we help to inform Hawaii’s nonprofits!

NextEra Says Hawaii Customers Will Save $60 Million in HECO Merger — NextEra Energy and Hawaiian Electric Industries filed their joint application with Hawaii's Public Utilities Commission on Thursday seeking approval of their $4.3 million merger agreement. The filing includes a pledge by NextEra not to seek an increase in base rates for at least four years after the deal closes.

Dawn Ige Teams Up with Domestic Violence Action Center — Dawn Ige, wife of Gov. David Ige, pledged her husband's support to ending domestic violence during the Domestic Violence Action Center's 25th anniversary luncheon Thursday. Hawaii's First Lady said she plans to work directly with the center to combat domestic violence. She said she feels as a mother that "strong families are the foundation of strong communities."

Debating the Role of the Inouye Center at the University of Hawaii — The Daniel K. Inouye Center for Democratic Leadership is an incredible opportunity for the University of Hawaii at Manoa. More than an impressive public work and archive dedicated to the late senator, the center could serve as vital space for training civic leaders. That potential would be best fulfilled by a debate union.
Jan 30, 2015

RT @CivilBeat: Debating the Role of the Inouye Center at the University of Hawaii

The Projector: Gubernatorial Delivery, Mayoral Grilling and Judicial Update — Timely Reflection Gov. David Ige delivers his first State of the State speech as his image is reflected in a clock in the press area Monday. Good Morning, Hawaii Gov. Ige waves to the audience before beginning his speech, which emphasized making Hawaii's government more efficient.

Which State Has the Lowest Gun Death Rate? Hawaii — A new study says that states with "weak" gun violence prevention laws and higher rates of gun ownership have the "highest overall gun death rates in the nation." That's according to a Violence Policy Center analysis of data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Injury Prevention and Control.

Audit: Bad Planning, Procurement Made Health Connector Unsustainable — In a biting report released Thursday, the state auditor calls the former head of the Hawaii Health Connector "an uncooperative executive director who withheld information," hampering the board of directors' ability to monitor the development of its massive IT system. Coral Andrews was the Connector's executive director when the audit was winding up but stepped down in December 2013.
Jan 30, 2015

RT @CivilBeat: State audit: Hawaii Health Connector spent $12.4 million to consultant that didn’t do its job

Judge Sentences Matson for Honolulu Molasses Spill — Matson Navigation Co. was sentenced in federal court Thursday to pay $600,000 in restitution to environmental groups, the Associated Press reports. The sentence stems from criminal charges related to the 2013 molasses spill that killed more than 26,000 fish and marine life. The restitution money will be given to the Waikiki Aquarium and Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii.

Prison Guard Absenteeism: Get Set for More No-Shows on Super Bowl Sunday — Here are some numbers to contemplate as Sunday's Super Bowl approaches. - About $115 million in wagers will be at stake. - About 1.25 billion chicken wings will be consumed. - About 25.7 million tweets will be sent.

UH Spokeswoman Lynne Waters Lands New Job — Lynne Waters, the associate vice president for external affairs and university relations for the University of Hawaii System, is leaving her post to become vice president for University Communications at the University of Texas in Arlington. Her first day will be Feb. 27.

City of Honolulu Hiring Practices: Not Everyone gets a Fair Shot — Every year, more than 200 people are awarded city jobs, some carrying six-figure salaries, without having to compete for the positions. That's because they are hired under a category called "personal services contracts," which are supposed to be reserved for temporary hires needed on an emergency basis or for positions that are hard to fill through normal recruitment.
Jan 29, 2015

RT @gmikewebb: But does it get us good leaders? RT @CivilBeat: Dozens of 6-figure city jobs are never advertised. Is that fair?

Jan 29, 2015

RT @CivilBeat: Dozens of six-figure city jobs are never advertised to the public. Is that fair?

Jan 29, 2015

RT @NathanEagle: 16,384 people applied for 265 city jobs last year. But some of the best gigs weren't even advertised. @CivilBeat:…

What Can We Do About The Rail? Nothing. Tackle Traffic Congestion!

Jan 29, 2015

RT @CivilBeat: What Can We Do About The Rail? Nothing. Tackle Traffic Congestion!

Neal Milner: How to Do Progressive Politics in a Hostile Environment — President Obama's State of the Union domestic agenda is dead on arrival. Congressional Republicans have already dismissed it. But at least one of his proposals, two years of free community college, is moving forward through a process that involves the multiple levers of federalism and the agenda-setting power of narrative.
Jan 29, 2015

RT @CivilBeat: Neal Milner: How to Do Progressive Politics in a Hostile Environment

Legislators Find NextEra and HECO Execs Short on Details — Executives from Hawaiian Electric Co. and NextEra Energy fielded questions for an hour and a half Wednesday from more than a dozen Hawaii lawmakers about what their proposed $4.3 billion merger would mean for Hawaii. Their answers did little to satisfy lawmakers or appease their concerns about the sale of Hawaii's electric utility to a Florida-based company headquartered 4,600 miles away.
Jan 29, 2015

RT @CivilBeat: Legislators Find NextEra and HECO Execs Short on Details

Gabbard Takes Views On 'Islamic Extremism' to Fox News — U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard turned up on Fox News Tuesday to slam the Obama administration for not acknowledging what "Islamic extremism" really is.
Jan 29, 2015

Gabbard Takes Views On 'Islamic Extremism' to Fox News - Civil Beat:…

Watch Civil Beat's Education Cafes — Earlier this month, Civil Beat held Education Cafes in Mililani and Kaneohe to discuss how we can improve the education system in Hawaii. Our partner Olelo taped the talks and we're making them widely available so that readers can see the discussions and share their own insights.
Jan 28, 2015

RT @CivilBeat: WATCH: Our recent #CivilCafe live talks on Hawaii education are ONLINE