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Honolulu Ethics Commission’s media policy gets no support

July 5th, 2015 · 1 Comment

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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Tags: Ethics · Politics

Greece crisis points back to our own bank regulation issues

July 1st, 2015 · 10 Comments

With the financial crisis in Greece so much in the headlines, I’ve been watching the news more closely and trying to figure out what’s going on. And the answer is pretty nasty. It’s the U.S. financial crisis all over again, with policy geared to protect the interests of the big banks, which themselves propelled the […]

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Tags: Aging & dementia · Economics · Politics

Former state tax director one of lead attorneys for Al Hee in federal trial

June 30th, 2015 · 6 Comments

A funny thing happened on the way to the federal trial of Al Hee, president and sole shareholder of Waimana Enterprises, the parent company of Sandwich Isles Communications. Earlier this year, federal prosecutors tried to disqualify Kurt Kawafuchi, one of Hee’s defense team, along with his entire Beverly Hills-based law firm, Hochman, Salkin, Rettig, Toscher […]

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Tags: Business · Court · Politics

Maryland appeal court blocks public disclosure of police misconduct records

June 29th, 2015 · No Comments

An unfortunate decision by the Maryland Court of Appeals on Friday concluded “that “an officer’s right to privacy outweighs the public interest in police transparency.” The case is of immediate interest here because a similar case involving disciplinary records of the Honolulu Police Department is now awaiting a decision by the Hawaii Supreme Court. According […]

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Tags: Court · Politics · Sunshine

Major ethics investigations underway at the city

June 27th, 2015 · 5 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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Tags: Ethics · Politics