Civil Beat Editorial Board

The members of Civil Beat's editorial board are Pierre Omidyar, Patti Epler, Jim Simon, Richard Wiens, Chad Blair, Jessica Terrell, Landess Kearns and Caleb Hartsfield. Opinions expressed by the editorial board reflect the group's consensus view. Chad Blair, the Politics and Opinion Editor, can be reached at cblair@civilbeat.org.
Don’t Drown The Aquarium Bill

Don’t Drown The Aquarium Bill

Gov. Ige should let Senate Bill 1240, which would eventually phase out aquarium fishing, become law so that it can be improved upon next session.

Ige’s Blown Wespac Appointment Costly For Hawaii Caleb Hartsfield/Civil Beat

Ige’s Blown Wespac Appointment Costly For Hawaii

A failure by the governor’s staff to meet a deadline for nominating two representatives to the fisheries council weakens the islands’ influence.

Governor Must Follow Through On Intent To Veto Union Giveaway Caleb Hartsfield/Civil Beat

Governor Must Follow Through On Intent To Veto Union Giveaway

Hawaii is already a friendly state for public employee unions, but a bill altering the rules of labor negotiations goes too far.

Honolulu Must Toughen Its Lax Lobbying Rules

Honolulu Must Toughen Its Lax Lobbying Rules

Weak disclosure rules make it easy for lobbyists to conceal how much they are spending wining and dining city officials.

Honolulu Needs To Do More For Small Neighborhood Parks Caleb Hartsfield

Honolulu Needs To Do More For Small Neighborhood Parks

The city has shown progress on taking care of parks and recreation resources, but it should do so equitably. Oh, and a little more soap would be nice.

Hawaii Must Step Up In The Fight Against Climate Change Caleb Hartsfield/Civil Beat

Hawaii Must Step Up In The Fight Against Climate Change

President Trump’s decision to pull America out of the Paris climate agreement means local officials have more work to do.

Kauai Councilman Violated The Public’s Trust Caleb Hartsfield/Civil Beat

Kauai Councilman Violated The Public’s Trust

Derek Kawakami should have reported his interest in a marijuana dispensary business as required.

Lawmakers Must Make Good On Deal To Raise Foster Parent Fees Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

Lawmakers Must Make Good On Deal To Raise Foster Parent Fees

It’s not too late. The issue could be part of a special session on rail funding that could happen later this summer.

Police Commission Needs To Rethink The Citizen Selection Committee Caleb Hartsfield/Civil Beat

Police Commission Needs To Rethink The Citizen Selection Committee

The voiceless deserve to be heard when it comes to picking a new Honolulu police chief.

Honolulu Rail: Caldwell’s Lack Of Leadership Is A Continuing Problem Caleb Hartsfield/Civil Beat

Honolulu Rail: Caldwell’s Lack Of Leadership Is A Continuing Problem

Mayor Kirk Caldwell should be working to pull people together to solve the rail issue. Instead, he’s pointing fingers — and not at himself.

No More Bailouts For Honolulu Rail Caleb Hartsfield/Civil Beat

No More Bailouts For Honolulu Rail

Rep. Sylvia Luke and Sen. Jill Tokuda are taking courageous stands, and they deserve the support of their legislative colleagues.

Leave Papahanaumokuakea Protections In Place Caleb Hartsfield/Civil Beat

Leave Papahanaumokuakea Protections In Place

The marine monument is more important as an environmental preserve than it is as a commercial fishing ground.