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Ethics Commission snared in city efforts to cut rolls of contract employees

July 22nd, 2015 · 7 Comments

The Honolulu Ethics Commission has gotten itself into a bind after the Caldwell administration refused to renew a temporary personal services contract for its investigator, leaving the commission without investigative resources. As Hawaii News Now reported this week: The administration of Mayor Kirk Caldwell has refused to renew the contract of the city Ethics Commission’s […]

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HPD wrong on mandatory retirement for police officers

July 6th, 2015 · 6 Comments

Like many others, I was surprised by last week’s news that one of the police officers indicted on federal charges stemming from a violent incident at a local game room last September was a 77-year old reserve police officer. Senator Will Espero reacted to the officer’s age, as Civil Beat reported (“How Old Is Too […]

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Tags: Aging & dementia · Crime · Ethics · Politics

Honolulu Ethics Commission’s media policy gets no support

July 5th, 2015 · 5 Comments

Since the Honolulu Ethics Commission voted to ignore concerns raised by its staff and instead adopt a new and restrictive policy for communicating with the public and the news media, the reactions have been uniformly negative. Here’s a brief recap. There have been two posts here concerning the new policy (June 25: “A two-prong attack […]

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Major ethics investigations underway at the city

June 27th, 2015 · 6 Comments

Here’s a tasty little morsel buried in the background paperwork prepared for the Honolulu Ethics Commission’s meeting this past week. …the Commission has 17 open and interrelated investigations involving 2 departments, 7 subjects and 45 – 50 witnesses. The investigations have absorbed hundreds of hours of investigative work over the last 10 months. However, it […]

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City Ethics Commission rejected staff concerns about restrictive media policy

June 26th, 2015 · 1 Comment

The Honolulu Ethics Commission this week adopted a new policy for responding to the news media despite staff concerns that it is turns away from transparency, and will restrict their ability “to efficiently, promptly and accurately respond to media inquiries.” The staff concerns were spelled out in a supporting memo accompanying an amended draft policy […]

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Tags: Ethics · Media · Politics · Sunshine