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A “Dear Joe” letter regarding ethics

May 27th, 2015 · 3 Comments

My Civil Beat column today is a response to House Speaker Joe Souki’s letter to the State Ethics Commission complaining about its opinions over the past several years that have tightened ethics restrictions relating to gifts and other matters (“Ian Lind: Dear Joe, If You’re Concerned About Ethics Problems Look in the Mirror“). Souki’s letter […]

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Tags: Ethics · Politics

Are we too cheap to deal with Hawaii’s homeless?

May 12th, 2015 · 15 Comments

A friend and former reporter commented on what he called “an excellent passage” in today’s Civil Beat story on homelessness (“Homelessness: How Can ‘Housing First’ Work When the Housing Isn’t There?“). “Even San Francisco, notorious for its housing crunch, has managed to bring down the city’s chronically homeless population by more than 50 percent from […]

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Tags: Business · Consumer issues · Ethics · Politics

Apple devices not welcome at ethics website

May 7th, 2015 · 1 Comment

The State Ethics Commission has fallen victim to budget constraints and technological change. They’ve cobbled together a web-based system that state employees can use to file annual financial disclosure statements required by state law. But not if they’re using a Mac or an iPad. And Internet Explorer is the recommended browser (remember it?). Here are […]

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Tags: Computers · Ethics

Ethics ruling on free trips for teacher-chaperones deserves better media coverage

April 27th, 2015 · 5 Comments

The State Ethics Commission, and the state’s conflict of interest law, is losing the media war. Case in point. The Star-Advertiser ran another story today in which educators spoke out against a State Ethics Commission ruling restricting free travel and other benefits for teachers organizing student trips (“Chaperones taken aback by advice“). The thing that […]

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Tags: Education · Ethics · Media

Lobbyist spending falls in the first two months of 2015

April 8th, 2015 · 1 Comment

I downloaded the latest lobbyist expenditure reports filed with the State Ethics Commission last week, and did a quick review for my column that appears at Civil Beat today (“Ian Lind: Lobbyist Spending Is Concentrated at the Top“). The latest reporting period covered January and February of this year. I found several interesting things. First, […]

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Tags: Ethics · lobbyists · Sunshine