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Ernie Martin

City Council Votes To Impose Regulations On Uber, Lyft Drivers Courtney Teague/Civil Beat

City Council Votes To Impose Regulations On Uber, Lyft Drivers

They’d be treated more like taxi drivers under a bill that was approved after an emotional day of testimony in packed Council chambers.

From Leis To World Travel: The City Council’s Invisible Spending Cory Lum/Civil Beat

From Leis To World Travel: The City Council’s Invisible Spending

In addition to their allowances of $20,000 apiece, Honolulu City Council members can access a protocol fund controlled by Ernie Martin. It’s not easy to find out how that money’s spent.

Carlisle To Run For Honolulu Mayor; Martin Opts Out Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Carlisle To Run For Honolulu Mayor; Martin Opts Out

UPDATED: While a former mayor is ready to challenge the current one, the City Council chair decides not to. The deadline to file is Tuesday.

Council Pounds Out Budgets That Cap Rail Funds, Help Nonprofits Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Council Pounds Out Budgets That Cap Rail Funds, Help Nonprofits

Councilman Elefante needles Chairman Martin over a lack of transparency in how some legislative money is being spent.

No Martin Mayoral Decision Yet Cory Lum/Civil Beat

No Martin Mayoral Decision Yet

The Honolulu City Council chair says he will decide before the June 7 filing deadline.

Martin Makes Curious Pick For HART Cory Lum/CIvil Beat

Martin Makes Curious Pick For HART

The Honolulu City Council chairman has nominated a former politician who has paid nearly $100,000 in fines for violating city and state rules, including those related to campaign finances.

Carlisle Wants To Be Mayor Of Honolulu, Again Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Carlisle Wants To Be Mayor Of Honolulu, Again

UPDATED: The former chief executive of the city and county is running on a platform that makes rail and leadership his top priorities.

Martin Backs Off Proposal To Fund Expansion Of New Hope Church Cory Lum/CIvil Beat

Martin Backs Off Proposal To Fund Expansion Of New Hope Church

Honolulu City Council Chairman Ernie Martin said he wants to direct $250,000 to social services instead of giving it to a capital campaign for a Christian megachurch.

Councilmen Push For New Hope Church Subsidy That May Be Unconstitutional Eric Pape/Civil Beat

Councilmen Push For New Hope Church Subsidy That May Be Unconstitutional

Law professors say the City and County of Honolulu should not give $250,000 for the expansion of an evangelical Christian church.

Hanabusa Takes Over As Chairwoman Of Honolulu Rail Board Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hanabusa Takes Over As Chairwoman Of Honolulu Rail Board

The future of HART executive director Dan Grabauskas is up in the air as the board decides to take an extra two months to evaluate his performance.

Martin Pulls Papers For Mayoral Bid Cory Lum/CIvil Beat

Martin Pulls Papers For Mayoral Bid

The Honolulu City Council chair has until June 7 to officially file to run for higher office.

Can Caldwell’s Relationship With The City Council Get Any Worse? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Can Caldwell’s Relationship With The City Council Get Any Worse?

A failure to communicate poisons the atmosphere at Honolulu Hale, and some say it hinders efforts to address homelessness and affordable housing.

August 2016

Wednesday, August 3

City Council Votes To Impose Regulations On Uber, Lyft Drivers

June 2016

Tuesday, June 21

From Leis To World Travel: The City Council’s Invisible Spending

Monday, June 6

Carlisle To Run For Honolulu Mayor; Martin Opts Out

Wednesday, June 1

Council Pounds Out Budgets That Cap Rail Funds, Help Nonprofits

May 2016

Wednesday, May 25

No Martin Mayoral Decision Yet

Tuesday, May 24

Martin Makes Curious Pick For HART

Friday, May 13

Carlisle Wants To Be Mayor Of Honolulu, Again

April 2016

Wednesday, April 27

Martin Backs Off Proposal To Fund Expansion Of New Hope Church

Councilmen Push For New Hope Church Subsidy That May Be Unconstitutional

Thursday, April 21

Hanabusa Takes Over As Chairwoman Of Honolulu Rail Board

Tuesday, April 19

Martin Pulls Papers For Mayoral Bid

March 2016

Wednesday, March 23

Can Caldwell’s Relationship With The City Council Get Any Worse?

Wednesday, March 16

Council Overrides Mayor’s Veto Of Recycling Subsidy

Thursday, March 10

Another Ernie Martin Fundraiser

February 2016

Wednesday, February 24

My Mayor, My Boss: Employees Contribute To Caldwell Campaign

November 2015

Monday, November 16

Caldwell: Honolulu Would Be ‘Lolo’ To Imperil Its Federal Funds for Rail

September 2013

Thursday, September 19

Unions Spared From Taxes After Honolulu Mayor Defers His Own Bill

June 2013

Wednesday, June 12

HUD: Was ORI Loan Forgiven Because of Campaign Contributions?

Friday, June 7

Kickback? Letter Shows ORI Head Sought $90k Donation From Contractor

Tuesday, June 4

HUD Nails City For $8 Million In ORI Mismanagement Fiasco

June 2012

Thursday, June 7

Council Chair Accuses Mayor of ‘Quid Pro Quo’ Politics on Sewage Project

October 2011

Wednesday, October 19

Rail Operating Costs Worry Honolulu Council Members

Ernie Martin ‘Definitely’ Running for Mayor — The Question is When

Hawaii Officials Merrily Celebrate Rail in D.C.

August 2011

Friday, August 5

HUD: City Should Have Caught ORI’s Problems

Thursday, August 4

Honolulu Council Goes Easy on Troubled Nonprofit

July 2011

Thursday, July 7

Roses By Other Names? Chair Retitles Committees

June 2011

Monday, June 27

Handing Over City Council Reins, Nestor Garcia Channels Conan O’Brien

Tuesday, June 21

Off The Beat: ‘Fact-Finding’ Versus Stating The Obvious

Rail Report Reveals Little About Ansaldo’s Problems

Friday, June 17

Inside the Nonprofit at Center of HUD Probe

Thursday, June 16

Ernie Martin’s Rapid Rise to Council Power

Staging a Coup Without Breaking the Sunshine Law

Wednesday, June 15

Council Division on Rail Led to Shake-Up

Inside Honolulu: June 15

Honolulu City Council Moving to Oust Nestor Garcia as Chairman

Carlisle Administration Forgave $1.2 Million in Loans to Nonprofit Accused of Misusing Federal Funds

Tuesday, June 14

Facts Kept Secret In City’s Fact-Finding Rail Trip

May 2011

Friday, May 27

What You Won’t Learn From Honolulu Council Financial Disclosure Forms

Friday, May 20

Keeping the Beat — And Keeping Tabs On Rail

Wednesday, May 11

Council Transportation Chair Gives Glimpse of Fact-Finding Trip

April 2011

Friday, April 29

City Lawyers Told Council Members What Not To Ask On Rail Fact-Finding Trip

Friday, April 15

Mayor’s Budget Includes $2.3 Million for Meals

Wednesday, April 6

Honolulu Council: More Money for Roads, Parks

Tuesday, April 5

Honolulu City Council Divided Over Chairman’s Ethics

Saturday, April 2

Tea Party’s Berg Cheapest On Honolulu City Council

Friday, April 1

Inside Honolulu: April 1

March 2011

Thursday, March 31

Honolulu City Council Plans “Significant Cuts” to Mayor’s Budget

December 2010

Thursday, December 30

Inside Honolulu: Dec. 30

Thursday, December 2

Inside Honolulu: Dec. 2

November 2010

Saturday, November 13

Inside Honolulu: Nov. 15

Thursday, November 11

Inside Honolulu: Nov. 11

Wednesday, November 10

All Races Settled: There Will Be No Recounts

Inside Honolulu: Nov. 10

Tuesday, November 9

530 South King: Nov. 9, 2010

October 2010

Tuesday, October 26

Turbin Ups the Ante In Council Race, Loans Himself 136K In October

September 2010

Thursday, September 30

New Council May Bring More Skeptical Eye on Rail

Friday, September 17

City Council Races: Bring on the General Election!

Thursday, September 9

Council Candidates Emerge as Financial Front-Runners

Ernie Martin