Civil Beat Editorial Board

The members of Civil Beat's editorial board are Pierre Omidyar, Patti Epler, Jim Simon, Richard Wiens, Chad Blair, Jessica Terrell and Landess Cole. 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.
State Constitutional Convention: Let’s Have The Conversation Caleb Hartsfield/Civil Beat

State Constitutional Convention: Let’s Have The Conversation

Good things happened when we did this in 1968 and 1978. Forty years later, it’s time for another gathering.

Voter Intimidation Claims Against Romy Cachola Must Be Investigated Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Voter Intimidation Claims Against Romy Cachola Must Be Investigated

It’s long past time to lay this issue to rest once and for all. Even the Hawaii Supreme Court thinks so.

We Need Answers To Important Questions Before We Build A New Jail Cory Lum/Civil Beat

We Need Answers To Important Questions Before We Build A New Jail

Moving OCCC from Kalihi to Halawa is a good idea. But questions of cost and operation remain, as does a full commitment to prison reform.

Get Rid Of ‘Gut And Replace’ Legislating Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Get Rid Of ‘Gut And Replace’ Legislating

Making radical changes to bills at the Hawaii Legislature denies the public its essential role in the legislative process.

Do The School Tax Ballot Question Right Or Don’t Do It At All Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Do The School Tax Ballot Question Right Or Don’t Do It At All

The courts or the Legislature need to quickly fix the wording of the proposed ballot measure so we know what we’re voting on, or try it again next year.

Caldwell’s Short-Term Rental Plan Holds Real Promise

Caldwell’s Short-Term Rental Plan Holds Real Promise

The proposal could take unhosted vacation units off the market and allow homeowners to operate bed-and-breakfasts.

Romy Cachola Voter Fraud Allegations Demand An Investigation Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Romy Cachola Voter Fraud Allegations Demand An Investigation

The voters in his Kalihi state House district — and all of Hawaii — must finally know whether the legislator is a crook.

The ‘Enemy Of The People’ Is Actually Doing Its Job Caleb Hartsfield/Civil Beat

The ‘Enemy Of The People’ Is Actually Doing Its Job

President Trump’s sustained attacks on the media represent a danger to a free press and democracy itself.

Get Off Your Damn Okole And Vote Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Get Off Your Damn Okole And Vote

We’re tired of being dead last when it comes to doing our civic duty, especially since it’s never been easier to get registered and cast a ballot.

Get Ready For Scare Tactics To Ward Off A Constitutional Convention Caleb Hartsfield

Get Ready For Scare Tactics To Ward Off A Constitutional Convention

We’re still waiting for a sign of organized support for the once-in-a-decade chance to shake up Hawaii’s power structure.

Leave The Uber-Taxi Debate To The Consumer Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Leave The Uber-Taxi Debate To The Consumer

Two measures before the Honolulu City Council, aimed at bringing taxi companies into the modern world, should be approved.

Ige, Police Chiefs Deserve Our Support With New Police Board Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Ige, Police Chiefs Deserve Our Support With New Police Board

More money and, perhaps, more time will be needed to put in place the much-needed new standards panel.