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.
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.

Paying For Trash Pickup: This Is One New Fee That Makes Sense Richard Wiens/Civil Beat

Paying For Trash Pickup: This Is One New Fee That Makes Sense

Honolulu can’t afford to keep bucking the national trend by both providing refuse and recycling containers and picking them up — all free of charge.

The Governor And His Agencies Must Decide Where Public Water Will Flow Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

The Governor And His Agencies Must Decide Where Public Water Will Flow

Let the judicial system determine the fate of Alexander & Baldwin’s claim, but the state needs to address the rights of other water-users.

Election Reform: A Step Forward But Still Much To Be Done James Gonser

Election Reform: A Step Forward But Still Much To Be Done

Gov. David Ige should quickly sign the bills that survived the session, including all-mail voting and the addition of more timely campaign finance reports.

 

Police Misconduct Bill Is Not Just About Naming Bad Cops Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Police Misconduct Bill Is Not Just About Naming Bad Cops

House Bill 285 is teetering on the political edge. Lawmakers should give it a solid push forward.

Don’t Let Petty Politics Block A Project To Prevent Ala Wai Canal Flooding Courtesy of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Don’t Let Petty Politics Block A Project To Prevent Ala Wai Canal Flooding

An 11th-hour rescue is needed for legislation to provide local matching funds to secure a $345 million federal grant to safeguard Waikiki.

Governor Ige, It’s Time For A New Public Safety Director Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Governor Ige, It’s Time For A New Public Safety Director

A stubborn insistence on sticking with flawed nominee Nolan Espinda seems to value loyalty over leadership.