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Can urban density done right work for Honolulu?

October 20th, 2014 · 8 Comments

A Seattle Times columnist reviewed a book on urban design over the weekend, and it adds a useful perspective to our noticeable popular aversion to urban density, illustrated by the opposition to dense development in Kakaako (“Ingredients that make a happy city/Urban density done right makes for happy cities, advocate says“). The columnist, Jerry Large, […]

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Tags: environment · Health · Planning · Politics

Wondering why the UPW endorsement was made so late

October 19th, 2014 · 3 Comments

Did you catch Friday’s announcement of UPW’s endorsement in the governor’s race? Democratic candidate for governor Senator David Ige received an endorsement from the United Public Workers, AFSCME Local 646, which represents nearly 14,000 of Hawaii’s blue-collar workers in both the public and private sectors. UPW members are employees from local schools and hospitals to […]

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Tags: Campaigns · Elections · Labor · Politics

“If the Mayor doesn’t like your attitude, you’re in deep shit”

October 17th, 2014 · 13 Comments

The mayor being referred to here is former Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann, now an Independent Party candidate for governor. The quote is drawn from the trial transcript in a case that has become news again in the context of this election. Hawaii News Now broadcast a story on Thursday about the exchange during this week’s […]

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Tags: Campaigns · Court · Elections · Politics

Could Honolulu police have avoided recent shootings?

October 14th, 2014 · 9 Comments

I think it’s an important question about Honolulu Police Department policies that still needs to be answered. It was initially raised in a recent Star-Advertiser story by Leila Fujimori reviewing a series of police shootings (“Police shootings prompt questions“). More than half of police shootings over the past several years involved officers shooting at people […]

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Tags: Crime · Politics

Krugman on Obama: Some major reforms, and otherwise better than the alternatives

October 13th, 2014 · 4 Comments

Did you catch Paul Krugman’s long essay assessing the Obama presidency which appeared in Rolling Stone (“In Defense of Obama“)? Krugman examines several key policy areas–health care, financial reform, the economy, the environment, national security, and social change. His overall conclusion is surprising only when compared to current polls of public opinion. I think this […]

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Tags: Campaigns · Politics