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.
Modifying Safe Travels Program Could Allay Health, Economic Fears Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Modifying Safe Travels Program Could Allay Health, Economic Fears

Allow travelers to Hawaii four days to get COVID-19 tests instead of three, and test again upon arrival.

Only Lawmakers Can Fix Hawaii’s Mask Mandate. What Are They Waiting For? Ronen Zilberman/Civil Beat

Only Lawmakers Can Fix Hawaii’s Mask Mandate. What Are They Waiting For?

With the nation entering a “dark winter” of the pandemic, it doesn’t make sense to hold off until the new year to change a state law.

More Voter Service Centers Essential For Timely Election Results Cory Lum/Civil Beat

More Voter Service Centers Essential For Timely Election Results

The Hawaii Legislature must amend our new vote-by-mail law so the long lines we saw Tuesday do not happen again.

Honolulu Police Must Implement A Conflict Of Interest Policy Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Police Must Implement A Conflict Of Interest Policy

Most other police departments across the country prohibit this obvious problem. A new lawsuit illustrates why HPD needs to prevent officers from using their powers to settle personal scores.

Legislature Must Give The Police Standards Board The Money It Needs To Do Its Job Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Legislature Must Give The Police Standards Board The Money It Needs To Do Its Job

Hawaii has a long history of cops behaving badly. The new oversight panel aims to address that, but it can’t without financial support.

4 Reasons You Must Vote — And Soon Flickr: Sheree Zielke

4 Reasons You Must Vote — And Soon

There really is no more important election than this one. 

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.