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The Ethics Commission is considering a zero-tolerance policy on “tokens of aloha.”
Ethics guidelines advise government agencies against accepting free food if the company has business before the city.
The invoice represents only some of the city’s Kealoha-related legal costs.
The commission mishandled its role in the Kealoha corruption case, demonstrating the need for a higher level of integrity and accountability than political appointees are providing.
Former Honolulu Ethics Commission investigators Chuck Totto and Letha DeCaires speak out about the politics and questionable practices they say clouded one of the most important cases of their careers.
The chair of the Honolulu Ethics Commission pushes back on criticism that the commission short-circuited a probe of the former police chief, his wife and other cops.
The oversight board stopped its former executive director and investigator from pursuing ethics investigations into the city police chief and his prosecutor wife.
Director Jan Yamane, who took over from Chuck Totto, is emphasizing training over investigation in an effort to change the culture.
The Honolulu auditor was concerned its results might be “discoverable” in a lawsuit filed by Louis and Katherine Kealoha.