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Honolulu Ethics Commission

HPD Chief Kealoha Lawsuit Could Cost City $300K Cory Lum/Civil Beat

HPD Chief Kealoha Lawsuit Could Cost City $300K

City Council is being asked to approve hiring three law firms to defend the city and the ethics commission in the Kealoha case.

How Ethics Commission Upheaval Is Playing Out In The Mayor’s Race Cory Lum/Civil Beat

How Ethics Commission Upheaval Is Playing Out In The Mayor’s Race

Months of political haggling at the Honolulu Ethics Commission have created fertile political ground for opponents of Mayor Kirk Caldwell.

Yamane Heads City Ethics Panel Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Yamane Heads City Ethics Panel

The former acting state auditor is now the Honolulu Ethics Commission’s new executive director and legal counsel.

Djou, Caldwell Lob Ethics Charges Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Djou, Caldwell Lob Ethics Charges

The Honolulu mayor has contempt for robocalls from his challenger, while the former congressman once again talks about Chuck Totto and Territorial Savings.

Here’s The Deal Honolulu Made With Its Departing Ethics Director Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Here’s The Deal Honolulu Made With Its Departing Ethics Director

Chuck Totto got two months’ severance pay, but the city says it might punish him if it finds he committed ethics violations.

Councilman Calls For Audit Amid Honolulu Ethics Commission Chaos Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Councilman Calls For Audit Amid Honolulu Ethics Commission Chaos

Events leading to the dismantling of the agency staff require scrutiny to restore public trust, Councilman Trevor Ozawa contends.

Djou Challenges Mayor To Call For Return of Honolulu Ethics Director Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Djou Challenges Mayor To Call For Return of Honolulu Ethics Director

The mayoral challenger says Chuck Totto’s resignation was “the direct result of political pressure from the administration.”

Honolulu Ethics Director Quits Over Direction Commission Is Headed Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Ethics Director Quits Over Direction Commission Is Headed

UPDATED: Chuck Totto said he was micromanaged and had “many, many problems” dealing with the administration of Mayor Kirk Caldwell.

How Caldwell Has Undermined The Honolulu Ethics Commission Cory Lum/Civil Beat

How Caldwell Has Undermined The Honolulu Ethics Commission

The city watchdog agency’s executive director has been under fire ever since he investigated the mayor’s inaugural luau in 2013.

Totto Tells Ethics Commission To Scrap ‘Silly’ Time Sheet Rules Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Totto Tells Ethics Commission To Scrap ‘Silly’ Time Sheet Rules

The Honolulu Ethics Commission forced its executive director and staff to start filling out time sheets to show what they do every six minutes.

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.

Adler Named To Ethics Commission Chad Blair/Civil Beat

Adler Named To Ethics Commission

Businessman Peter Adler is appointed by Honolulu’s mayor and is subject to confirmation.

September 2016

Tuesday, September 6

HPD Chief Kealoha Lawsuit Could Cost City $300K

August 2016

Monday, August 8

How Ethics Commission Upheaval Is Playing Out In The Mayor’s Race

Wednesday, August 3

Yamane Heads City Ethics Panel

Monday, August 1

Djou, Caldwell Lob Ethics Charges

July 2016

Thursday, July 28

Here’s The Deal Honolulu Made With Its Departing Ethics Director

Friday, July 1

Councilman Calls For Audit Amid Honolulu Ethics Commission Chaos

June 2016

Thursday, June 16

Djou Challenges Mayor To Call For Return of Honolulu Ethics Director

Wednesday, June 15

Honolulu Ethics Director Quits Over Direction Commission Is Headed

Monday, June 13

How Caldwell Has Undermined The Honolulu Ethics Commission

May 2016

Thursday, May 19

Totto Tells Ethics Commission To Scrap ‘Silly’ Time Sheet Rules

Friday, May 13

Carlisle Wants To Be Mayor Of Honolulu, Again

Thursday, May 12

Adler Named To Ethics Commission

April 2016

Tuesday, April 5

Why Was Ethics Director Suspended? Report Offers Few Details

March 2016

Monday, March 14

Honolulu Ethics Director On Leave After Internal Investigation

November 2015

Monday, November 30

Are Honolulu Planning Officials Too Cozy With This Developer?

October 2015

Monday, October 12

Kirk Caldwell’s Many ‘Tokens of Aloha’ Came From Influential Parties

September 2015

Friday, September 11

Honolulu Rail Consultant Under Ethics Probe for Boat Trip with Contractor

July 2015

Tuesday, July 14

Council Members’ Allowances: A Lot of Travel and a Little Charity

June 2015

Tuesday, June 30

Honolulu Ethics Commission Needs to Scrap Its New Anti-Media Policy

Wednesday, June 24

Honolulu Ethics Commission to Director Chuck Totto: Shut Up

Saturday, June 6

Nestor Garcia Resigns From KHON2 News

Monday, June 1

Antiquated Law Spares Lobbyists in Honolulu Ethics Scandal

April 2015

Monday, April 27

Peter Carlisle: Dropping a Dime on Ethics Scofflaws

December 2013

Saturday, December 7

Honolulu Rail Exec Had Been VP at Firm That Just Won New Rail Contract

Thursday, December 5

‘Tis the Season: See What Gifts Honolulu City Agencies Got This Year

Wednesday, December 4

Who Knows Better? Honolulu Ethics Commission Or Caldwell’s Attorneys?

November 2013

Tuesday, November 19

Caldwell Admin Defends Budget Tactics Before Ethics Commission

March 2013

Tuesday, March 19

City Ethics Enforcement: ‘Fight Against Corruption’ Could Get Cash Infusion

January 2013

Friday, January 4

Audit: Honolulu’s Post-Rod Tam Spending Policies Still Too Vague

October 2012

Tuesday, October 9

Hawaii Ethics Commission Still Missing a Member

July 2012

Wednesday, July 25

No Written Rules Means Confusion When Doling Out Honolulu Contracts

Saturday, July 21

City Purchasing Boss: Fire Department Wrong On Merger Contract ‘Tie’

Tuesday, July 3

Honolulu Council Member Slapped with Record $6,500 Ethics Fine

June 2012

Wednesday, June 27

Councilman Denies Abuse in Honolulu Parking Flap

May 2012

Wednesday, May 2

Honolulu On Track To Tighten Ethics Laws

March 2012

Sunday, March 11

Spouses Banned From Traveling on Taxpayers’ Dime in Other Cities, Too

February 2012

Saturday, February 11

Off The Beat: Why Are Honolulu Officials Accepting Junkets?

December 2011

Friday, December 30

2011 Year in Review — Government Transparency

2011 Year in Review — Ethics

Wednesday, December 7

Impeachment Push Could Lead To Berg Ethics Probe

October 2011

Thursday, October 13

Police-Business Deal Raises Ethical Questions

August 2011

Tuesday, August 9

Planning Commissioner Fined For Ethics Violations

June 2011

Tuesday, June 7

Do Elected Officials With a Conflict of Interest Have a Right to Vote Anyway?

Friday, June 3

No Conflict? Ground Rules in the Hawaii House

Honolulu Ethics Commission