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Honolulu Ethics Commission

Why Was Ethics Director Suspended? Report Offers Few Details PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Why Was Ethics Director Suspended? Report Offers Few Details

On the day Chuck Totto returns to work in Honolulu, the city releases heavily redacted documents related to his discipline.

Honolulu Ethics Director On Leave After Internal Investigation Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Ethics Director On Leave After Internal Investigation

Chuck Totto has clashed repeatedly with Mayor Kirk Caldwell’s administration and his appointees on the 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.
Caldwell Admin Defends Budget Tactics Before Ethics Commission Nick Grube/Civil Beat

Caldwell Admin Defends Budget Tactics Before Ethics Commission

The continuing spat raises questions about transparency and ethics enforcement.

April 2016

Tuesday, April 5

Why Was Ethics Director Suspended? Report Offers Few Details

March 2016

Monday, March 14

Honolulu Ethics Director On Leave After Internal Investigation

November 2015

Monday, November 30

Are Honolulu Planning Officials Too Cozy With This Developer?

October 2015

Monday, October 12

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

September 2015

Friday, September 11

Honolulu Rail Consultant Under Ethics Probe for Boat Trip with Contractor

July 2015

Tuesday, July 14

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

June 2015

Tuesday, June 30

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

Wednesday, June 24

Honolulu Ethics Commission to Director Chuck Totto: Shut Up

Saturday, June 6

Nestor Garcia Resigns From KHON2 News

Monday, June 1

Antiquated Law Spares Lobbyists in Honolulu Ethics Scandal

April 2015

Monday, April 27

Peter Carlisle: Dropping a Dime on Ethics Scofflaws

December 2013

Saturday, December 7

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

Thursday, December 5

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

Wednesday, December 4

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

November 2013

Tuesday, November 19

Caldwell Admin Defends Budget Tactics Before Ethics Commission

March 2013

Tuesday, March 19

City Ethics Enforcement: ‘Fight Against Corruption’ Could Get Cash Infusion

January 2013

Friday, January 4

Audit: Honolulu’s Post-Rod Tam Spending Policies Still Too Vague

October 2012

Tuesday, October 9

Hawaii Ethics Commission Still Missing a Member

July 2012

Wednesday, July 25

No Written Rules Means Confusion When Doling Out Honolulu Contracts

Saturday, July 21

City Purchasing Boss: Fire Department Wrong On Merger Contract ‘Tie’

Tuesday, July 3

Honolulu Council Member Slapped with Record $6,500 Ethics Fine

June 2012

Wednesday, June 27

Councilman Denies Abuse in Honolulu Parking Flap

May 2012

Wednesday, May 2

Honolulu On Track To Tighten Ethics Laws

March 2012

Sunday, March 11

Spouses Banned From Traveling on Taxpayers’ Dime in Other Cities, Too

February 2012

Saturday, February 11

Off The Beat: Why Are Honolulu Officials Accepting Junkets?

December 2011

Friday, December 30

2011 Year in Review — Government Transparency

2011 Year in Review — Ethics

Wednesday, December 7

Impeachment Push Could Lead To Berg Ethics Probe

October 2011

Thursday, October 13

Police-Business Deal Raises Ethical Questions

August 2011

Tuesday, August 9

Planning Commissioner Fined For Ethics Violations

June 2011

Tuesday, June 7

Do Elected Officials With a Conflict of Interest Have a Right to Vote Anyway?

Friday, June 3

No Conflict? Ground Rules in the Hawaii House

Honolulu Ethics Commission