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.
Honolulu’s mayor gets many small gifts from individuals with interest in city business. Municipal ethics rules don’t seem to prohibit the largesse.
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.
UPDATED Each Honolulu City Council member gets $20,000 a year to cover costs related to official city business.
The actions of the Ethics Commission ought to be above the appearance of political interference. Its new policy leaves exactly the opposite impression.
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.
The people who wined and dined Honolulu City Council members in violation of ethics codes likely won’t face any punishment for their actions.
To all the potential whistleblowers out there: There are places to turn, and a law to protect you.