Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell wants to boost his budget by 70 percent, which is more than any other city department.
Kobayashi and challenger Hayes weigh in on rail and homelessness.
Councilwoman says rail project costs more and goes to fewer places than planned in 2008.
Rising water rates are spurring a move to amend city Charter.
On visit to Washington, four express frustration over ongoing expenses after construction of the $5 billion project.
Dozens of Hawaii leaders attend Capitol Hill reception.
Civil Beat review shows problems with disclosures of business interests, real estate investments.
UPDATED 5:19 p.m. Light, medium or heavy rail? Mayors show unity, don't agree on union deal.
Civil Beat survey finds concern about Garcia's failure to disclose outside job.
So far in 2011, Ewa member spends least, with Kahala's Chang spending the most.
UPDATED: 3:01 p.m. Miyahira trades AG for Prosectuor; Lobbyist has trouble explaining himself to City Council.
UPDATED 1:36 p.m. Hansen to stay on as permanent Budget director; Council honors Tam, who faces sentencing for theft; Rail groundbreaking around the corner.
Lingle transmits outside rail review to city leaders, incoming governor; Makakilo/Kapolei Neighborhood Board meeting erupts into a "circus'" November and December pack a holiday-furlough punch.