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Dear Mayor-Elect Blangiardi: Please Add Transparency To Your Agenda Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2020

Dear Mayor-Elect Blangiardi: Please Add Transparency To Your Agenda

The media often ran into unnecessary roadblocks from the previous administration. Here’s hoping for a fresh start.

Mayor, Police Chief Owe Public Answers On Surveillance Scheme Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Mayor, Police Chief Owe Public Answers On Surveillance Scheme

Why was the Honolulu medical examiner trailed by an elite intelligence unit?
It’s Time For America To Ditch The Electoral College NCSL

It’s Time For America To Ditch The Electoral College

It’s archaic, it’s illogical, it’s undemocratic. U.S. presidents should instead be elected by popular vote.
Lift The Suspension Of Hawaii’s Public Records Law Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2020

Lift The Suspension Of Hawaii’s Public Records Law

Lack of transparency is not a good look when it comes to serving the public interest during the pandemic.
Modifying Safe Travels Program Could Allay Health, Economic Fears Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2020

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/2020

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/2020

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/2020

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/2019

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.