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The Conversation: Update on Oahu Short Term Vacation Rentals

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Update on Oahu TVR 's; Hiring for 2020 Census; No Side Gigs for State Leaders; "The Swedish Model" Combats Sex Trafficking; Local Talent on the National Stage

Update on Oahu TVR 's

It's been six months since the city’s Department of Planning and Permitting began enforcing a new law to rein in Illegal short term vacation rentals. We asked for a list of the violators and reached out to the Group Save Oahu’s Neighborhoods for reaction. Executive Director Larry Bartley says he and his members are encouraged and heartened by the city’s efforts.

 

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Larry Bartley, Executive Director for Save O?ahu’s Neighborhoods

 

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Hiring for 2020 CensusThe 2020 Census count officially kicks off on April 1, but months of work has been leading up to this moment. Alex Wong is a planner with Kauai County, and is part of the county’s census complete count committee. He spoke about census challenges at a council meeting in January.

 

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Malissa Kaawa, Hawaii area manager for the U.S. Census Bureau

No Side Gigs for State Leaders

Honolulu Civil Beat has a story about a bill to limit side action jobs for state and county lawmakers. Reporter Blaze Lovell joins us this morning.
 
Read the full story here.
 

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Civil Beat Reporter Blaze Lovell

 
"The Swedish Model" Combats Sex Trafficking

Per-Anders Sunesson is the Swedish Ambassador-at-Large for Combating Trafficking. He is in Hawaii this week discussing potential solutions with state lawmakers, and was able to speak with The Conversation’s Harrison Patino on the matter.

 

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Per-Anders Sunesson, Swedish Ambassador-at-Large for Combating Trafficking

 
Local Talent on the National Stage

Tiny desk, big talent. We talk with Arts and culture reporter Noe Tanigawa about a couple of local artists receiving some national attention.

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HPR Arts and Culture reporter Noe Tanigawa

Catherine Cruz is the Host of The Conversation and a member of HPR’s news team. She has been a television reporter in Hawai‘i since 1983 and has won a number of awards and respect from a statewide audience. She spent more than thirty years at KITV, covering beats from government to education and health. Originally from Guam, Cruz is also a co-founder and former Board member and programming chair of Pacific Islanders in Communication (PIC). Catherine is a graduate of San Francisco State University with a degree in Broadcast Journalism.
Jason Ubay is HPR's news editor. Send your story ideas to him at jubay@hawaiipublicradio.org.
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