Civil Beat Editorial Board

The Civil Beat Editorial Board Interview: Honolulu Police Commissioners Shannon Alivado And Jerry Gibson Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat/2022

The Civil Beat Editorial Board Interview: Honolulu Police Commissioners Shannon Alivado And Jerry Gibson

The chair and vice chair discussed the search for a new chief, mainland versus local experience, transparency and communication, proposed charter amendments and HPD spending.

The Civil Beat Editorial Board Interview: Long-Term Care Ombudsman John McDermott Screenshot/2022

The Civil Beat Editorial Board Interview: Long-Term Care Ombudsman John McDermott

How Hawaii cared for its older and most vulnerable residents during Covid, and on the need to hire more ombudsmen for the neighbor islands.

The Onus Is Upon The Legislature To Restore Public Trust Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2020

The Onus Is Upon The Legislature To Restore Public Trust

A commission formed to improve standards of conduct of state government has made recommendations, but ultimately Hawaii lawmakers must take the lead.

The Civil Beat Editorial Board Interview: Criminal Justice Reform Advocate Kat Brady Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2016

The Civil Beat Editorial Board Interview: Criminal Justice Reform Advocate Kat Brady

As coordinator of the Community Alliance on Prisons she lobbies lawmakers and other officials for a more humane system. It’s an uphill battle.

It’s Simple, Lawmakers: If You Have A Conflict, Don’t Vote Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2022

It’s Simple, Lawmakers: If You Have A Conflict, Don’t Vote

It’s not enough for the leaders of the House and Senate, with little deliberation, to simply declare that something is not a conflict.

When You’re Cracking Down On Corruption, Don’t Forget Lobbyists Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2018

When You’re Cracking Down On Corruption, Don’t Forget Lobbyists

There are many things the Legislature can do to bring far greater transparency and accountability to a sometimes shady political industry.

Hawaii Lawmakers Should Identify The People Asking For Legislation Screenshot/2022

Hawaii Lawmakers Should Identify The People Asking For Legislation

The practice of introducing bills anonymously “by request of another party” is a disservice to the public and to lawmakers themselves. What is there to hide?

Let’s Remove Obstacles That Keep Citizens From Getting Government Records Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat/2013

Let’s Remove Obstacles That Keep Citizens From Getting Government Records

Some bills before the Legislature would help — for instance, by reducing copying fees. Others are bad ideas that would blow holes in the public’s right to know.

The Civil Beat Editorial Board Interview: AARP Hawaii State Director Kealii Lopez Screenshot/2022

The Civil Beat Editorial Board Interview: AARP Hawaii State Director Kealii Lopez

The nonprofit advocacy organization is again pushing for the Legislature to enact a Hawaii Retirement Savings Program. But that’s just one part of its broad agenda.