Ernie Martin

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Ernie Martin is the District 2 representative on the Honolulu City Council and served as chair of the full council from 2011 until 2017.

He cast one of four votes against a council bill to raise taxes on vehicle registrations and some city services to help fund the Rapid Transit Authority. The measure passed 5-4.

Martin, took the position after the former chair, Nestor Garcia, stepped down as part of a general reorganization of the council. He was replaced as chair by Ron Menor in January 2017.

District 2 covers Mililani Mauka, Wahiawa, Whitmore Village, Mokuleia, Waialua, Haleiwa, Waimea, Pupukea, Sunset Beach, Kahuku, Laie, Hauula, Punaluu, Kahana, Kaaawa, Kualoa, Waiahole, Waikane, Kahaluu, Ahuimanu and a portion of Heeia.

Before joining the Council, Martin worked for the Honolulu Department of Community Services, eventually rising to the level of director.

In the Nov. 2, 2010, general election, Martin faced off against John White in a race that went down to the wire. Martin won by 48 votes, with 11,056 votes, or 42.5 percent. White received 11,008 votes, or 42.3 percent.


October 2017

Wednesday, October 11

Islandwide Sit-Lie Ban Gets Preliminary Approval Despite Opposition

Friday, October 6

Hawaii Officials To The Homeless: Go Away

August 2017

Wednesday, August 2

Council Committee Defers Proposal To Develop Haleiwa Farmland

June 2017

Wednesday, June 28

Homeless And Community Service Workers Considered For Park Cleanup

Monday, June 5

Developer Wants To Convert Farmland To Housing In Haleiwa

August 2016

Tuesday, August 30

Feds To Honolulu: Finish Rail Route Or Give Us Back Our Money

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