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Honolulu Ethics Commission

City Ethics Commission Is Investigating Far Fewer Cases Than 2 Years Ago Cory Lum/Civil Beat

City Ethics Commission Is Investigating Far Fewer Cases Than 2 Years Ago

Director Jan Yamane, who took over from Chuck Totto, is emphasizing training over investigation in an effort to change the culture.

Ethics Commission Audit Quashed On Advice Of City’s Lawyer Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Ethics Commission Audit Quashed On Advice Of City’s Lawyer

The Honolulu auditor was concerned its results might be “discoverable” in a lawsuit filed by Louis and Katherine Kealoha.

Ian Lind: It Turns Out We Owe Chuck Totto A Big Thank-You PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Ian Lind: It Turns Out We Owe Chuck Totto A Big Thank-You

Federal indictments in the Honolulu police corruption case vindicate the former ethics director but raise questions about the Caldwell administration.

Can Revamped Honolulu Ethics Commission Rebuild Its Credibility? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Can Revamped Honolulu Ethics Commission Rebuild Its Credibility?

The commission’s former executive director often tangled with Mayor Caldwell’s administration. Now new director Jan Yamane has big plans for change.

What Honolulu Lobbyists Don’t Tell You Cory Lum/Civil Beat

What Honolulu Lobbyists Don’t Tell You

The Ethics Commission chief says the city should “completely overhaul” how it tracks the spending of money to influence leaders.

HPD Chief Kealoha Lawsuit Could Cost City $300K Cory Lum/Civil Beat

HPD Chief Kealoha Lawsuit Could Cost City $300K

City Council is being asked to approve hiring three law firms to defend the city and the ethics commission in the Kealoha case.

How Ethics Commission Upheaval Is Playing Out In The Mayor’s Race Cory Lum/Civil Beat

How Ethics Commission Upheaval Is Playing Out In The Mayor’s Race

Months of political haggling at the Honolulu Ethics Commission have created fertile political ground for opponents of Mayor Kirk Caldwell.
Yamane Heads City Ethics Panel Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Yamane Heads City Ethics Panel

The former acting state auditor is now the Honolulu Ethics Commission’s new executive director and legal counsel.
Djou, Caldwell Lob Ethics Charges Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Djou, Caldwell Lob Ethics Charges

The Honolulu mayor has contempt for robocalls from his challenger, while the former congressman once again talks about Chuck Totto and Territorial Savings.
Here’s The Deal Honolulu Made With Its Departing Ethics Director Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Here’s The Deal Honolulu Made With Its Departing Ethics Director

Chuck Totto got two months' severance pay, but the city says it might punish him if it finds he committed ethics violations.
Councilman Calls For Audit Amid Honolulu Ethics Commission Chaos Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Councilman Calls For Audit Amid Honolulu Ethics Commission Chaos

Events leading to the dismantling of the agency staff require scrutiny to restore public trust, Councilman Trevor Ozawa contends.
Djou Challenges Mayor To Call For Return of Honolulu Ethics Director Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Djou Challenges Mayor To Call For Return of Honolulu Ethics Director

The mayoral challenger says Chuck Totto's resignation was "the direct result of political pressure from the administration."
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