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.
Mayor Kirk Caldwell’s Foolish Plan To Fatten HPD With CARES Money Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Mayor Kirk Caldwell’s Foolish Plan To Fatten HPD With CARES Money

It’s far more important to help people pay rent and other necessary expenses than to buy more ATVs for cops.

Term Limits For Honolulu Prosecutor Are A Great Idea

Term Limits For Honolulu Prosecutor Are A Great Idea

A charter amendment question this November asks whether the position should be capped at two four-year terms. We think they should.

Solo Activity Order Yet Another Senseless Move From Caldwell Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Solo Activity Order Yet Another Senseless Move From Caldwell

The stay-at-home, work-at-home requirement is extended for two more weeks, but forget about taking your ohana to the beach during that time.

The Legislature Needs To Force Ige’s Hand On The Public Disclosure Of COVID-19 Data Cory Lum/Civil Beat

The Legislature Needs To Force Ige’s Hand On The Public Disclosure Of COVID-19 Data

Hiding behind overblown privacy concerns, the governor’s health department won’t even let the auditor, city officials or lawmakers know what’s going on.

Don’t Blow This Chance To Get Oahu’s Virus Under Control

Don’t Blow This Chance To Get Oahu’s Virus Under Control

The new stay-at-home order must be accompanied by greater disclosure from government and more responsibility from all of us.

The House COVID-19 Panel Has A Good Plan. Let’s Do It — Now Cory Lum/Civil Beat

The House COVID-19 Panel Has A Good Plan. Let’s Do It — Now

Sharing more detailed data with the public, improving communications and providing more oversight of the state’s coronavirus response are long overdue.

Top Honolulu Official Needs To Step Down During Criminal Probe Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Top Honolulu Official Needs To Step Down During Criminal Probe

The public needs to have complete confidence that city business, including the virus response, is being handled with absolute integrity. 

Hawaii Needs A Better COVID-19 Communications Strategy Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Needs A Better COVID-19 Communications Strategy

After nearly five months of the pandemic, Gov. David Ige and his top health officials have yet to articulate an effective response strategy that gets the public behind them.

Ige Should Block Union Pay Raises Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Ige Should Block Union Pay Raises

With the state’s economic health in severe decline, now is not the time to give public employees more money and the governor should veto that bill.