Civil Beat Editorial Board

The members of Civil Beat's editorial board are Pierre Omidyar, Patti Epler, Jim Simon, Richard Wiens, Chad Blair and Jessica Terrell. 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.
Legislative Leaders Need To Crack Down On Their HART Appointees Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Legislative Leaders Need To Crack Down On Their HART Appointees

The four members appointed by lawmakers rarely show up, weakening promised legislative oversight on a project that is wildly over budget.

Tourism’s Tipping Point Should Be A Turning Point For Hawaii Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Tourism’s Tipping Point Should Be A Turning Point For Hawaii

We can’t stop tourists from flying here, but we can control where they stay and what they do.

Stop Holding Hawaii’s Primary Election On Saturday

Stop Holding Hawaii’s Primary Election On Saturday

And while we’re at it, general election day should no longer be a state holiday.

Honolulu Needs An Ethics Commission That Is Ethical Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Needs An Ethics Commission That Is Ethical

The commission mishandled its role in the Kealoha corruption case, demonstrating the need for a higher level of integrity and accountability than political appointees are providing.

Atrocious Housing Conditions At Military Bases Must Be Fixed Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Atrocious Housing Conditions At Military Bases Must Be Fixed

President Donald Trump would be wise to use Defense Department money to clean up base housing before he spends it on a border wall.

Ige’s Veto Of Civil Asset Forfeiture Bill Makes No Sense Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Ige’s Veto Of Civil Asset Forfeiture Bill Makes No Sense

In thwarting the will of a unanimous Legislature, the governor ignored a state audit that found big problems with the way authorities confiscate property.

It’s Time For Term Limits For The Honolulu Prosecuting Attorney

It’s Time For Term Limits For The Honolulu Prosecuting Attorney

The recent conviction of a former deputy prosecutor underscores the need for new blood in the city office.

It’s Definitely Not Time To Move On From The Kealohas’ Corruption Case Cory Lum/Civil Beat

It’s Definitely Not Time To Move On From The Kealohas’ Corruption Case

The sordid chronicle of corruption and conspiracy at the highest levels of law enforcement demands greater vigilance from us all.

Gov. Ige Should Rethink Some Of His Veto Targets Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Gov. Ige Should Rethink Some Of His Veto Targets

Many good bills will become law. But a few measures on the chopping block deserve a second look.

Taxing Unoccupied Homes Is A Good Idea Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Taxing Unoccupied Homes Is A Good Idea

Developers and builders must be incentivized to construct more affordable housing — and not just as a percentage of units in condo towers.

Where’s The Money, DOE? Time To Turn Over Public Financial Records Meliha Gojak/iStock

Where’s The Money, DOE? Time To Turn Over Public Financial Records

A nonprofit organization with the willingness and the resources to produce a financial transparency model for education spending is being thwarted by the state.

Wespac: Fisheries Management Council Needs To Be Fully Investigated Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

Wespac: Fisheries Management Council Needs To Be Fully Investigated

It’s time for a deep look into how the council is operating, particularly how it has been spending millions of dollars in grants and contracts.