Civil Beat Editorial Board

The members of Civil Beat's editorial board are Pierre Omidyar, Patti Epler, Jim Simon, Richard Wiens, Chad Blair, Jessica Terrell, Landess Kearns and Caleb Hartsfield. 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 Let The Mayor Pick Honolulu’s Top Cop Mayor Kirk Caldwell

Don’t Let The Mayor Pick Honolulu’s Top Cop

The Honolulu City Council is foolishly considering transferring hiring-and-firing authority from the independent Police Commission to the political office of mayor.

Officials Need To Back Off When It Comes To Media Access To Hazardous Scenes Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Officials Need To Back Off When It Comes To Media Access To Hazardous Scenes

The disaster in Puna is dangerous, but the public has a right to know all that is going on — without government control.

Hawaii House Needs To Beef Up Harassment Rules — Now Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

Hawaii House Needs To Beef Up Harassment Rules — Now

The House, which currently has a toothless policy, should adopt the Senate’s rules until lawmakers can make additional improvements.

Lawmakers Really Need To Prohibit Fundraising During Session Flickr: Tax Credits

Lawmakers Really Need To Prohibit Fundraising During Session

It doesn’t get any more outrageous than legislative leaders asking people to pony up cash for Colleen Hanabusa at the same time they’re voting on bills and budgets.

Really? You’re Going To Let Mail-In Voting Die? Again? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Really? You’re Going To Let Mail-In Voting Die? Again?

But wait, there’s hope. Hawaii legislators have an opportunity to resurrect legislation that nearly passed just a year ago.

It’s Long Past Time To Allow Mobile Homes In Hawaii Caldwell Administration

It’s Long Past Time To Allow Mobile Homes In Hawaii

Manufactured homes are a cheap, decent solution to ease our intolerable housing and homeless crises.

White House Must Back Off Census Change Cory Lum/Civil Beat

White House Must Back Off Census Change

The inclusion of a question on citizenship puts the country on a path back to a less progressive time.

The Silence On Sexual Harassment Needs To End Cory Lum/Civil Beat

The Silence On Sexual Harassment Needs To End

The downfall of a longtime lawmaker should shake up the culture that has been protecting bad behavior for too long.

Let’s Not Move So Fast On Waianae Camp Sweep Civil Beat

Let’s Not Move So Fast On Waianae Camp Sweep

Hawaii’s leaders should do all they can to relocate the homeless ohana intact. They have earned our support.

This Time Hawaii Lawmakers Must Deliver On All-Mail Elections Chad Blair/Civil Beat

This Time Hawaii Lawmakers Must Deliver On All-Mail Elections

Similar measures died in the Legislature the past three sessions. Let’s get it right in 2018.

Let’s Erase The Stain On Patsy Mink’s Legacy Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Let’s Erase The Stain On Patsy Mink’s Legacy

Hawaii legislators and the Department of Education must move expeditiously to secure Title IX gender equity in school sports.

State Public Records Agency Needs A Hard 6-Month Deadline Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

State Public Records Agency Needs A Hard 6-Month Deadline

Hawaii lawmakers should approve a measure forcing the Office of Information Practices to move much more quickly on public matters.