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Bill Honer has served as a Consultant to the California State Department of Education and the Office of the Hawaii Attorney General, along with non-profit agencies in Hawaii, California, and Costa Rica. In addition to writing comprehensive business plans, he has written more than eighty successful grant proposals that have generated more than ten million dollars in revenues for non-profit and government agencies in California and Hawaii. In addition, he has written more than 35 million dollars in successful grants to standards applications for local government in California. .
He served as chair of the Coalition of Homeless Education providers, and has addressed California legislative committees on the subject. Mr. Honer is also author of a report on the status of Latinos in California that was sponsored by the Van Loben Sels Foundation. Dan Corsello, the current Executive Director of the Foundation, praised the quality of the report.
His credentials in the field of criminal justice include researcher for the New York State Joint Legislative Committee on Crime, where he investigated judicial corruption by New York's Mafia families. He was a researcher for a crime victimization project at the Einstein Center for the Study of Social Intervention at Yeshiva University. He also served as an Assistant to the Dean of Humanities at The State University of New York at the Clinton Prison Diagnostic Treatment Center at Dannemora, New York. As a Senior Analyst for Sacramento County, California, he worked with American Indian inmates inside San Quentin Prison. He used the principles learned at Dannemora to implement the highly successful Hawaii Human Development Transitional housing program for crystal meth-amphetamine addicts in Honolulu, Hawaii. In 2001, the program was the subject of a favorable article in the Honolulu Advertiser. He was also retained by the office of the Hawaii Attorney General to conduct a study on the non-seriously mentally ill
and the criminal justice system in Hawaii.
In the course of implementing many employment, education, social service and health education programs, Mr. Honer has worked with a wide range of minority populations, including Native Americans, Latino migrant farm workers, African-Americans in Harlem and Bedford Stuyvesant in New York City, victims of domestic violence, the homeless ,prisoners andex-offenders and many others In 1990, he founded and co-chaired The Coalition for Equity for Minorities, a public policy group committed to social justice that monitored police shootings of unarmed suspects and excessive force allegations. He also produced and coordinated tobacco prevention and cessation ads and television programs targeting the Filipino community.
Bill graduated from a private all-scholarship prep school in New York City. After securing a B.A. in Sociology, graduating Cum Laude, he pursued M.A. studies at the City University of New York, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, where he specialized in organizational theory and design. He was subsequently admitted to a Ph. D program in Criminal Justice at the State University of New York, but instead moved to the Spanish island of Mallorca and later to California. He has also served as Instructor of Grant Writing at Windward Community College in Hawaii.
His articles on social and political conditions have been published in the United States, Costa Rica and Spain. He is tri-lingual (English, French and Spanish). Bill brings a cross-cultural perspective to his writing as a result of his travels to more than 50 countries around the world. He lives with his wife in Costa Rica.
Author: "The Moon Landing and the Mob " (A Novel Available on Amazon Kindle). (2012)
Author: "Mentally Ill Offenders In Hawaii: Strategies for Reducing Recidivism" Report to the Hawaii Office of the Attorney General (2003). Retained under contract, he conducted sociological research and interviewed officials of the Hawaii criminal justice system concerning the high incidence of mentally ill offenders.
Author: "Report on the Status of Residents of the North and South Kohala Districts of Hawaii County".(2003). Demographic and strategic planning analysis prepared on behalf of the Hamakua Health Clinic.
Editor and co-author: "Adult Education for the Homeless: from the Streets to Self-Sufficiency", Miller Freeman Inc. (San Francisco) 1999. This work presents innovative strategies for helping homeless persons develop basic skills.
Co-author: "California State Plan for Adult Education and Family Literacy-July 1, 1999-June 30th, 2004", November. 1998. Provided a social framework for addressing the status of adults with basic skills needs as a paid consultant to the California State Department of Education.
Research: Conducted research investigation of judicial corruption by New York City 's five Mafia families for the New York State Joint Legislative Committee on Crime. The research resulted in the removal/resignation of two Supreme Court Judges, including the Chief Administrative Judge of the New York County Supreme Court.
Research: Performed research activities on crime victimization under a grant through the Einstein Center for the Study of Social Intervention in New York City at Yeshiva University. .
Television Producer and Host: During the period from 1994 to 2001, Mr. Honer was host and producer of Social Issues, a public affairs cable television program that was cablecast monthly in Sacramento and San Francisco. He has served as Producer/Host of more than 100 cable television programs, including "Bagong-Bukas", "The Sandigan Review", and "Social Issues". One series program received first prize in the 1989 Sacramento Community Cable Television Awards Competition for ethnic expression. The programs have aired on television stations in Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco Bay Area, and Sacramento. "Social Issues" aired monthly in Sacramento and San Francisco.
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