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Ernie Martin

Martin Backs Off Proposal To Fund Expansion Of New Hope Church Cory Lum/CIvil Beat

Martin Backs Off Proposal To Fund Expansion Of New Hope Church

Honolulu City Council Chairman Ernie Martin said he wants to direct $250,000 to social services instead of giving it to a capital campaign for a Christian megachurch.

Councilmen Push For New Hope Church Subsidy That May Be Unconstitutional Eric Pape/Civil Beat

Councilmen Push For New Hope Church Subsidy That May Be Unconstitutional

Law professors say the City and County of Honolulu should not give $250,000 for the expansion of an evangelical Christian church.

Hanabusa Takes Over As Chairwoman Of Honolulu Rail Board Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hanabusa Takes Over As Chairwoman Of Honolulu Rail Board

The future of HART executive director Dan Grabauskas is up in the air as the board decides to take an extra two months to evaluate his performance.

Martin Pulls Papers For Mayoral Bid Cory Lum/CIvil Beat

Martin Pulls Papers For Mayoral Bid

The Honolulu City Council chair has until June 7 to officially file to run for higher office.

Can Caldwell’s Relationship With The City Council Get Any Worse? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Can Caldwell’s Relationship With The City Council Get Any Worse?

A failure to communicate poisons the atmosphere at Honolulu Hale, and some say it hinders efforts to address homelessness and affordable housing.

Council Overrides Mayor’s Veto Of Recycling Subsidy Cory Lum/CIvil Beat

Council Overrides Mayor’s Veto Of Recycling Subsidy

The subsidy is expected to cost taxpayers $600,000 and largely benefit one mainland company.

Another Ernie Martin Fundraiser Cory Lum/CIvil Beat

Another Ernie Martin Fundraiser

Is it a sign that the Honolulu City Council chair will challenge Mayor Caldwell?

My Mayor, My Boss: Employees Contribute To Caldwell Campaign Cory Lum/Civil Beat

My Mayor, My Boss: Employees Contribute To Caldwell Campaign

The Honolulu incumbent, still unopposed for re-election, also rakes in campaign donations from construction companies and developers.

Caldwell: Honolulu Would Be ‘Lolo’ To Imperil Its Federal Funds for Rail Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Caldwell: Honolulu Would Be ‘Lolo’ To Imperil Its Federal Funds for Rail

The mayor said he wants the council to act quickly to bail out the cash-strapped project, but his political rival says there are still too many questions.

Unions Spared From Taxes After Honolulu Mayor Defers His Own Bill Flickr: RambergMediaImages

Unions Spared From Taxes After Honolulu Mayor Defers His Own Bill

Caldwell says he pulled his bill after council chairman introduced an amended measure that went too far.
HUD: Was ORI Loan Forgiven Because of Campaign Contributions?

HUD: Was ORI Loan Forgiven Because of Campaign Contributions?

Honolulu council chair Ernie Martin received political donations from a nonprofit now under scrutiny by HUD.
Kickback? Letter Shows ORI Head Sought $90k Donation From Contractor Michael Levine/Civil Beat

Kickback? Letter Shows ORI Head Sought $90k Donation From Contractor

UPDATED The city of Honolulu has options to avoid paying back nearly $8 million in federal grant money.
HUD Nails City For $8 Million In ORI Mismanagement Fiasco

HUD Nails City For $8 Million In ORI Mismanagement Fiasco

Possible kickbacks and conflicts are rife in Honolulu nonprofit grant deal, federal agency says.
Council Chair Accuses Mayor of ‘Quid Pro Quo’ Politics on Sewage Project

Council Chair Accuses Mayor of ‘Quid Pro Quo’ Politics on Sewage Project

Martin said Carlisle offered special treatment in exchange for vote.
Rail Operating Costs Worry Honolulu Council Members

Rail Operating Costs Worry Honolulu Council Members

On visit to Washington, four express frustration over ongoing expenses after construction of the $5 billion project.

April 2016

Wednesday, April 27

Martin Backs Off Proposal To Fund Expansion Of New Hope Church

Councilmen Push For New Hope Church Subsidy That May Be Unconstitutional

Thursday, April 21

Hanabusa Takes Over As Chairwoman Of Honolulu Rail Board

Tuesday, April 19

Martin Pulls Papers For Mayoral Bid

March 2016

Wednesday, March 23

Can Caldwell’s Relationship With The City Council Get Any Worse?

Wednesday, March 16

Council Overrides Mayor’s Veto Of Recycling Subsidy

Thursday, March 10

Another Ernie Martin Fundraiser

February 2016

Wednesday, February 24

My Mayor, My Boss: Employees Contribute To Caldwell Campaign

November 2015

Monday, November 16

Caldwell: Honolulu Would Be ‘Lolo’ To Imperil Its Federal Funds for Rail

September 2013

Thursday, September 19

Unions Spared From Taxes After Honolulu Mayor Defers His Own Bill

June 2013

Wednesday, June 12

HUD: Was ORI Loan Forgiven Because of Campaign Contributions?

Friday, June 7

Kickback? Letter Shows ORI Head Sought $90k Donation From Contractor

Tuesday, June 4

HUD Nails City For $8 Million In ORI Mismanagement Fiasco

June 2012

Thursday, June 7

Council Chair Accuses Mayor of ‘Quid Pro Quo’ Politics on Sewage Project

October 2011

Wednesday, October 19

Rail Operating Costs Worry Honolulu Council Members

Ernie Martin ‘Definitely’ Running for Mayor — The Question is When

Hawaii Officials Merrily Celebrate Rail in D.C.

August 2011

Friday, August 5

HUD: City Should Have Caught ORI’s Problems

Thursday, August 4

Honolulu Council Goes Easy on Troubled Nonprofit

July 2011

Thursday, July 7

Roses By Other Names? Chair Retitles Committees

June 2011

Monday, June 27

Handing Over City Council Reins, Nestor Garcia Channels Conan O’Brien

Tuesday, June 21

Off The Beat: ‘Fact-Finding’ Versus Stating The Obvious

Rail Report Reveals Little About Ansaldo’s Problems

Friday, June 17

Inside the Nonprofit at Center of HUD Probe

Thursday, June 16

Ernie Martin’s Rapid Rise to Council Power

Staging a Coup Without Breaking the Sunshine Law

Wednesday, June 15

Council Division on Rail Led to Shake-Up

Inside Honolulu: June 15

Honolulu City Council Moving to Oust Nestor Garcia as Chairman

Carlisle Administration Forgave $1.2 Million in Loans to Nonprofit Accused of Misusing Federal Funds

Tuesday, June 14

Facts Kept Secret In City’s Fact-Finding Rail Trip

May 2011

Friday, May 27

What You Won’t Learn From Honolulu Council Financial Disclosure Forms

Friday, May 20

Keeping the Beat — And Keeping Tabs On Rail

Wednesday, May 11

Council Transportation Chair Gives Glimpse of Fact-Finding Trip

April 2011

Friday, April 29

City Lawyers Told Council Members What Not To Ask On Rail Fact-Finding Trip

Friday, April 15

Mayor’s Budget Includes $2.3 Million for Meals

Wednesday, April 6

Honolulu Council: More Money for Roads, Parks

Tuesday, April 5

Honolulu City Council Divided Over Chairman’s Ethics

Saturday, April 2

Tea Party’s Berg Cheapest On Honolulu City Council

Friday, April 1

Inside Honolulu: April 1

March 2011

Thursday, March 31

Honolulu City Council Plans “Significant Cuts” to Mayor’s Budget

December 2010

Thursday, December 30

Inside Honolulu: Dec. 30

Thursday, December 2

Inside Honolulu: Dec. 2

November 2010

Saturday, November 13

Inside Honolulu: Nov. 15

Thursday, November 11

Inside Honolulu: Nov. 11

Wednesday, November 10

All Races Settled: There Will Be No Recounts

Inside Honolulu: Nov. 10

Tuesday, November 9

530 South King: Nov. 9, 2010

October 2010

Tuesday, October 26

Turbin Ups the Ante In Council Race, Loans Himself 136K In October

September 2010

Thursday, September 30

New Council May Bring More Skeptical Eye on Rail

Friday, September 17

City Council Races: Bring on the General Election!

Thursday, September 9

Council Candidates Emerge as Financial Front-Runners

Ernie Martin