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.
Don’t Blow This Chance To Reform Hawaii’s Terrible Prison System Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Don’t Blow This Chance To Reform Hawaii’s Terrible Prison System

Lawmakers and the governor should strongly consider the findings and recommendations in this impressive task force report.

Reopen Government And Argue About The Wall Later Donna Burton/U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Reopen Government And Argue About The Wall Later

President Trump has invoked the facade of a border crisis purely to save his own political hide. Congress must act in the best interest of all Americans.

Lawmakers Must Resist Any Effort To Undercut Hawaii’s Public Records Law Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Lawmakers Must Resist Any Effort To Undercut Hawaii’s Public Records Law

A recent major ruling from the Hawaii Supreme Court makes clear the necessity of government transparency.

DOE Workers Deserve Better When They’re Injured On The Job Civil Beat

DOE Workers Deserve Better When They’re Injured On The Job

The looming legislative session offers an opportunity to push for much-needed improvements in the workers’ compensation system.

Keith Kaneshiro’s Raised Middle Finger Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Keith Kaneshiro’s Raised Middle Finger

Instead of responding directly to reports of a federal corruption investigation into his office, the Honolulu prosecuting attorney kicks up a cloud of smoke.

Can Someone Please Tell Us What The Hell Is Going On At The City Prosecutor’s Office? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Can Someone Please Tell Us What The Hell Is Going On At The City Prosecutor’s Office?

Keith Kaneshiro may be the target of a federal investigation into corruption. But his office will neither confirm nor deny.

Honolulu Cops Have Two Good Ideas To Help The Homeless Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Cops Have Two Good Ideas To Help The Homeless

HPD’s “lift zones” for park camping and a diversion-from-jail program with city prosecutors are welcome ideas to alleviate a vexing crisis.

Give Hawaii’s LG A Real Job To Do Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

Give Hawaii’s LG A Real Job To Do

The position is historically powerless and a big waste of money, time and talent.

Here’s An Idea: A Lottery To Pay For Honolulu Rail www.calottery.com

Here’s An Idea: A Lottery To Pay For Honolulu Rail

Instead of taxing visitors and residents, the revenue could come from ticket buyers.

Care Home Audit Demands Swift Action From Ige Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Care Home Audit Demands Swift Action From Ige

It’s long past time for Gov. David Ige to insist on changes and improvement within the Department of Health’s care home regulatory branch.

Hawaii Needs Automatic Recount For Close Elections Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Needs Automatic Recount For Close Elections

Other states allow for the process but not us, even though we’ve had our share of close races.

Hawaii Needs A School Bullying Policy Worthy Of Its Students Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Needs A School Bullying Policy Worthy Of Its Students

The Department of Education is seeking public input on revising its outdated rules. The Legislature should pitch in as well.