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California City Experiments With Universal Basic Income

California City Experiments With Universal Basic Income

Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang wants to give cash to every American each month. Susie Garza has never heard of Yang. But since February, she’s been getting $500 a month from a nonprofit in Stockton, California, as part of an experiment that offers something unusual in presidential politics: a trial run of a campaign promise, highlighting the benefits and challenges in real time. Garza can spend the money however she wants. She uses $150 of it to pay for her cellphone and another $100 or so to pay off her dog’s veterinarian bills. She spends the rest on her two grandsons now...

September 8, 2019
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Whole Foods Kailua worker tested negative for coronavirus, company now says

Whole Foods Kailua worker tested negative for coronavirus, company now says

UPDATE: Tuesday, 4:25 p.m.Whole Foods officials said this afternoon that the Kailua store employee who was presumed to have the coronavirus has actually tested negative for .A spokeswoman for the Austin, Texas, based retailer told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser in an e-mail today that the worker “has received test results that are, in fact, negative for the virus.”“We are very happy for our fellow team member, and we will continue to be diligent in our cleaning, sanitizing and our social-distancing measures to ensure the safety of our team members and customers,” company officials said.On...

April 6, 2020
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Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell outlines plan to reopen Hawaii businesses

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell outlines plan to reopen Hawaii businesses

[ AD HAS BEEN REMOVED FROM THIS STORY ]Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell said Thursday he might allow some businesses, shut down due to the coronavirus, to open starting May 1.They include golf courses, automated car washes and limited operations of car dealerships and real estate companies, as well as other smaller businesses, such as a piano teacher with a single student at a time, Caldwell said.After that the next round of openings could include retail stores with ample physical distancing, pet grooming, office environments and outdoor malls.A “high risk with modifications” category of...

April 24, 2020
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No walking or running on Oahu beaches, state officials say

No walking or running on Oahu beaches, state officials say

|Walking and running on Oahu beaches is now prohibited.That’s the message the Honolulu Star-Advertiser has gleaned from the state Attorney General’s Office, the state Department of Land and Natural Resources and the city Department of Parks and Recreation.“It’s currently against the law to walk or run on state beaches,” DLNR spokesman Dan Dennison said Saturday in a follow-up to an emergency order issued Friday by Gov. David Ige.But only five beaches on Oahu are state beaches. They do not include Waikiki, Kailua, Waimanalo or most North or West Shore beaches.To further muddle the issue, the...

April 21, 2020
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Man, 52, escapes from his car trunk after kidnapping in Kapolei, police say

Man, 52, escapes from his car trunk after kidnapping in Kapolei, police say

Honolulu police are looking for two male suspects in connection with the kidnapping and robbery of a 52-year-old man in Kapolei.Police said the suspects approached the victim at about 9 p.m. Monday and physically assaulted him. They allegedly forced him into the trunk of his vehicle and took the victim’s car.Police said the victim managed to free himself from the trunk. The perpetrators continued on in the vehicle.The 52-year-old man was taken to a hospital in serious condition.Police said the suspects remain at-large.A description of the suspects and the vehicle was not immediately...

April 21, 2020
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Gov. David Ige orders moratorium on residential evictions in Hawaii

Gov. David Ige orders moratorium on residential evictions in Hawaii

|Hawaii residential renters received some additional assurances that they won’t be forcibly removed from their homes under a signed by Gov. David Ige on Friday.The order imposes a moratorium that prohibits a landlord from evicting tenants for failing to pay rent, lease or “other related charge.”According to the section of Hawaii Revised Statutes being suspended by the proclamation, that would mean a stop to evictions not just against those who can’t pay their base rent but are delinquent on maintenance fees, utility charges, taxes or other fees required by the rental agreement or...

April 18, 2020
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More money to flow to Hawaii’s unemployed

More money to flow to Hawaii’s unemployed

After being overwhelmed by more than 200,000 Hawaii unemployment claims since March, state officials have begun to ramp up payments.The state Department of Labor and Industrial Relations reported Wednesday that it issued $11.2 million in payouts last week to unemployed workers, up from $4.1 million in each of the prior two weeks and $2.9 million in each of the first three weeks of March.During the first two days of this week, another$11 million in payoutswere made.“I believe it was about a 230% increase over what we normally pay each week,” Scott Murakami, the agency’s director, said during...

April 16, 2020
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Hawaii’s top epidemiologist warns state lawmakers to prepare for more coronavirus cases

Hawaii’s top epidemiologist warns state lawmakers to prepare for more coronavirus cases

As Hawaii leaders continue to explore ways to reopen the economy, the state’s top epidemiologist warned lawmakers Friday that is likely on the horizon and the state had better be ready.“We’re in a marathon, not a sprint,” State Epidemiologist Sarah Park told senators at the Capitol. “A vaccine is a long time coming and we have to prepare. It won’t be business as usual. We have to think about social distancing in earnest and as a normal part of our lives.”She made her comments as the state Department of Health announced two more coronavirus-related deaths and five new cases, bringing the...

April 25, 2020
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Popular Hawaiian monk seal, Honey Girl, found dead on windward Oahu beach

Popular Hawaiian monk seal, Honey Girl, found dead on windward Oahu beach

|Wildlife officials announced the death of a beloved, female Hawaiian monk seal known to most who spotted her regularly as “Honey Girl.”The National Oceanic Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration received notification on Thursday that monk seal R5AY had been found dead on a windward Oahu beach.For more than 20 years, Honey Girl, delighted hundreds of monk seal fans as she rested on and gave birth to at least a dozen pups on Oahu and beaches.She was spotted regularly on Oahu’s North Shore, and named for her ability to survive numerous hooking incidents, one of which resulted in serious...

April 25, 2020
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Las Vegas mayor and Nevada governor spar over casino closures amid coronavirus outbreak

Las Vegas mayor and Nevada governor spar over casino closures amid coronavirus outbreak

LAS VEGAS >> While Nevada’s governor joined other U.S. officials invoking extraordinary measures to reduce the spread of the coronavirus, the mayor of Las Vegas is pushing back against a shutdown of the casinos that power the city and the state economy.Governors in California, New York and Illinois have ordered millions of people to stay in their homes except for essentials and exercise, while Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak and other leaders around the country have told restaurants and other businesses to shut down.Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman became an outspoken outlier by declaring that her...

March 21, 2020
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