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Honolulu Ethics Commission

Are Honolulu Planning Officials Too Cozy With This Developer? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Are Honolulu Planning Officials Too Cozy With This Developer?

Emails show city officials held private meetings with Haseko Development to strategize a controversial zone change and even helped prepare testimony to the Planning Commission.
Kirk Caldwell’s Many ‘Tokens of Aloha’ Came From Influential Parties John Hook/Civil Beat

Kirk Caldwell’s Many ‘Tokens of Aloha’ Came From Influential Parties

Honolulu's mayor gets many small gifts from individuals with interest in city business. Municipal ethics rules don't seem to prohibit the largesse.
Honolulu Rail Consultant Under Ethics Probe for Boat Trip with Contractor Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Rail Consultant Under Ethics Probe for Boat Trip with Contractor

An anonymous complaint raises questions about just how close rail contractors are to one another and whether they can provide effective oversight of one another.
Council Members’ Allowances: A Lot of Travel and a Little Charity Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Council Members’ Allowances: A Lot of Travel and a Little Charity

UPDATED Each Honolulu City Council member gets $20,000 a year to cover costs related to official city business.
Honolulu Ethics Commission Needs to Scrap Its New Anti-Media Policy Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Ethics Commission Needs to Scrap Its New Anti-Media Policy

The actions of the Ethics Commission ought to be above the appearance of political interference. Its new policy leaves exactly the opposite impression.
Honolulu Ethics Commission to Director Chuck Totto: Shut Up PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Honolulu Ethics Commission to Director Chuck Totto: Shut Up

The commission on Wednesday adopted a new media policy that greatly limits what Executive Director Chuck Totto can share about his agency's operations with the public.
Nestor Garcia Resigns From KHON2 News Screenshot

Nestor Garcia Resigns From KHON2 News

The elected official-turned-news reporter has been under fire for ethical violations while on the Honolulu City Council.
Antiquated Law Spares Lobbyists in Honolulu Ethics Scandal Civil Beat

Antiquated Law Spares Lobbyists in Honolulu Ethics Scandal

The people who wined and dined Honolulu City Council members in violation of ethics codes likely won't face any punishment for their actions.
Peter Carlisle: Dropping a Dime on Ethics Scofflaws Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Peter Carlisle: Dropping a Dime on Ethics Scofflaws

To all the potential whistleblowers out there: There are places to turn, and a law to protect you.
Honolulu Rail Exec Had Been VP at Firm That Just Won New Rail Contract PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Honolulu Rail Exec Had Been VP at Firm That Just Won New Rail Contract

HART officials say he had no involvement in bid process either before or after he left CH2M Hill for the city.
‘Tis the Season: See What Gifts Honolulu City Agencies Got This Year

‘Tis the Season: See What Gifts Honolulu City Agencies Got This Year

Gifts valued at nearly $700,000 were approved by the City Council for city government agencies.
Who Knows Better? Honolulu Ethics Commission Or Caldwell’s Attorneys? Nick Grube/Civil Beat

Who Knows Better? Honolulu Ethics Commission Or Caldwell’s Attorneys?

Questions arise about who should be giving out ethics advice to city employees.
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