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Ian Lind

Ian Lind: Illegal Lobbying Machine Was Hidden in Plain Sight

Ian Lind: Illegal Lobbying Machine Was Hidden in Plain Sight

It's been 30 years since a scandal broke over the judiciary's aggressive system of doling out favors to well-connected people.
Ian Lind: Aging Police Officer Raises Questions About Reserve Program Civil Beat

Ian Lind: Aging Police Officer Raises Questions About Reserve Program

The Honolulu Police Department should thoroughly re-examine its policies regarding aging officers in general and reserves in particular.
Ian Lind: Land Dispute Goes Back to Hawaiian Kingdom Days

Ian Lind: Land Dispute Goes Back to Hawaiian Kingdom Days

An extended family of Hawaiians doesn't appear to have law on its side in its battle against Kualoa Ranch.
Ian Lind: House Speaker Joe Souki’s Financial Reports Are Full of Errors Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Ian Lind: House Speaker Joe Souki’s Financial Reports Are Full of Errors

Souki says "mental errors" made it look like he'd doubled his investments in Hawaiian Electric Industries. If so, those weren't the only inaccuracies.
Ian Lind: Ethics Director Survives Political Challenge Ian Lind/Civil Beat

Ian Lind: Ethics Director Survives Political Challenge

Les Kondo's tough stance on ethics issues has drawn the wrath of legislators, union leaders and even one state agency director.
Ian Lind: Untangling the Ethics of Educational Travel Rosa Say/Flickr.com

Ian Lind: Untangling the Ethics of Educational Travel

Both the state Ethics Commission and the Department of Education need to bend a little to resolve questions about how to select travel companies for school trips.
Under Fire: Hawaii Ethics Director Defends His Strict Ethical Views Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Under Fire: Hawaii Ethics Director Defends His Strict Ethical Views

Numerous high-level officials showed up at the Ethics Commission meeting Wednesday in support of Les Kondo.
Ian Lind: Dear Joe, If You’re Concerned About Ethics Problems Look in the Mirror Flickr.com/Gene Han

Ian Lind: Dear Joe, If You’re Concerned About Ethics Problems Look in the Mirror

The Hawaii House Speaker is off-target in his criticism of the Ethics Commission for doing its job.
Shareholder Votes Come Up Short for Hawaiian Electric Merger Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Shareholder Votes Come Up Short for Hawaiian Electric Merger

UPDATE: Approval comes from 70 percent of all outstanding shares, but 75 percent is required. Utility to reconvene a meeting June 10 while seeking higher voter turnout.
Ian Lind: Still No Love for Public Interest Bills at Hawaii Legislature

Ian Lind: Still No Love for Public Interest Bills at Hawaii Legislature

Many long overdue reforms aimed at making government more transparent and accountable died — again.
Ian Lind: Dangerous Intersection of Social Policy and ‘Sacred’ Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Ian Lind: Dangerous Intersection of Social Policy and ‘Sacred’

It's easy to get the impression native Hawaiian issues weren't thoroughly considered when the Thirty Meter Telescope was approved. They were.
Ian Lind: The Legal Challenge to the Thirty Meter Telescope Courtesy TMT International Observatory

Ian Lind: The Legal Challenge to the Thirty Meter Telescope

Court rulings could lead to stricter controls on development in the conservation districts on both Mauna Kea and Haleakala.