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Consumer Reports on supermarket chains

April 13th, 2015 · 5 Comments

The latest issue of Consumer Reports includes an article reviewing supermarket chains, and the results are interesting. Wegmans ranked highest overall, as well as highest in freshness of its produce and meats, cleanliness, bakeries, and second in “cheapest for organics” behind Trader Joe’s. We’ve shopped in Wegmans and Trader Joe’s while on the mainland, and […]

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Tags: Business · Consumer issues · Food

Proxy materials detail Next Era takeover of Hawaiian Electric

April 9th, 2015 · 6 Comments

Hawaiian Electric Industries’ proxy statement covering the proposed merger with Next Era Energy, to be voted on at a special shareholders meeting scheduled in Honolulu on the morning of May 12, 2015. The proxy statement was mailed to shareholders “on or about March 30, 2015″ and is now available online. And shortly after the proxy […]

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Tags: Business · Consumer issues · Energy

What about Robbie Alm?

April 1st, 2015 · 8 Comments

Henry Curtis (Ililani Media) ran an interesting piece a couple of days ago, “Embedded HECO Lobbyist in Governor Ige’s Office.” The “lobbyist” referred to is Robbie Alm, a former Hawaiian Electric executive who resigned a couple of years ago. Here’s Henry’s summary: Robbie Alm works in the Governor’s Office as Legal Counsel where he helps […]

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Tags: Business · Energy · environment · Politics

NextEra has received almost $2 billion in federal subsidies

March 31st, 2015 · 1 Comment

A new report by Good Jobs First has tracked federal subsidies to U.S. corporations since 2000. Six parent companies have received $1 billion or more in federal grants and allocated tax credits (those awarded to specific companies) since 2000; 21 have received $500 million or more; and 98 have received $100 million or more. A […]

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Tags: Business · Consumer issues · Energy · Politics

Bits & pieces to start the week

March 30th, 2015 · 4 Comments

I’ve wondered for some time when and how property insurers are going to start taking sea level rise into account when dealing with oceanfront properties. So I was interested when I saw a recent entry on Juan Cole’s blog, Informed Comment (“Climate Change: Can the Insurance Industry be saved from Bankruptcy?”). It featured the video […]

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Tags: Business · Campaigns · environment · Politics