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.
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.

Stop Anti-Vaxxers From Putting Hawaii Kids At Risk Getty Images/iStockphoto

Stop Anti-Vaxxers From Putting Hawaii Kids At Risk

Now that it has provided data on school immunization rates, the state needs to get more aggressive to protect against communicable diseases.

Feed Hawaii’s Hungry Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Feed Hawaii’s Hungry

Lawmakers must help the tens of thousands of children who don’t have enough to eat.

An Inmate Riot In An Overcrowded Jail Shows Legislators Should Not Bail On Bail Reform Hawaii DPS

An Inmate Riot In An Overcrowded Jail Shows Legislators Should Not Bail On Bail Reform

One key bill is dead but lawmakers should still act on other legislation that could improve our jam-packed, aging correctional facilities.

Finish The Job: Legislators Making Progress On Elections, Government Ethics Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Finish The Job: Legislators Making Progress On Elections, Government Ethics

Dozens of bills introduced by the state House and Senate augur well for major improvements if lawmakers can actually seal the deals.

Don’t Let The Cop Misconduct Bill Die — Again Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Don’t Let The Cop Misconduct Bill Die — Again

Similar legislation has failed session after session. But this is a fundamental matter of public trust.

We Can Save On Electricity And Help The Environment Flickr: Your Best Digs

We Can Save On Electricity And Help The Environment

Bills moving through the Hawaii Legislature call for the state to adopt California’s appliance efficiency standards. It’s a no-brainer, folks.

Legislature Should Stop Shooting Down Hawaii’s Most-Needed Reforms Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Legislature Should Stop Shooting Down Hawaii’s Most-Needed Reforms

When it comes to measures that might affect their power, lawmakers won’t even hold public hearings.