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Honolulu ethics group reprimands city employee

By Associated Press


The Honolulu Ethics Commission is recommending that a city employee be suspended up to three days for running a side business expediting building permits.

The commission said Friday that the employee processed building permit applications despite a rule barring city employees from representing other private interests before any city agency.

Commission officials declined to identify the employee or give the department when asked by The Associated Press, citing state information laws.

Ethics officials say the recommendation came after three separate incidents from 2012-2014.

The commission says the employee didn't dispute the findings or request a hearing to discuss the issue.

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mcc wrote:
This a first for the useless ethics commission. This person should be losing their job for abusing the system.
on June 7,2014 | 09:51AM
Ronin006 wrote:
I could not agree more. The ethics standards in this state are so low, just about anything is ok.
on June 7,2014 | 06:39PM
EducatedLocalBoy wrote:
Chuck Totto of the City Ethics Commission is like the group of girls in Salem, MA who went around accusing innocent people of being witches when they were not. Totto gets away with falsely accusing employees because his WIFE is a Hawaii Supreme Court justice, and that court ultimately has the authority to pass judgment over any action that is taken against him by the City. If you think that the Supreme Court is always honest and always does the right thing think again. In rejecting an election challenge filed by the granddaughter of U.S. Daniel Akaka, the Hawaii Supreme Court ruled against her without even giving her a chance to tell her side of the story. The Supreme Court rules gave the granddaughter 5 days to respond to a motion to dismiss her case, and on the 4th day ruled against her and used the obsolete version of the law to rule against her. When her lawyer pointed out to the Supreme Court that they had made that they had made those mistakes, the Supreme Court said that they didn't care if they made those mistakes they were still right. Guess what, might makes right with the Hawaii Supreme Court -- forget about upholding the law. So as far as the City Ethics Commission is concerned, unless they accuse the Governor of unethical conduct, like the girls in Salem did, the Ethics Commission will be allowed to continue to send innocent people to slaughter.
on June 7,2014 | 10:30PM
username_required wrote:
Usually when you play connect the dots, the dots are on the same page.
on June 8,2014 | 07:53AM
EducatedLocalBoy wrote:
MCC you don't know the whole situation. You listen to one side of the story and think that the employee is automatically guilty. Chuck Totto, a mere employee of the Commission regularly violates his job duties by coming to conclusions and making statements about pending cases before the Commission has held a hearing and heard both sides of the story. Oftentimes Totto is wrong and the accused employee is right, yet Totto never gets punished for falsely accusing an innocent man of being guilty because his Wife is a member of the Hawaii Supreme Court. This means that he can break any law and get away with it because his wife or her cronies on the Supreme Court will ultimately rule on it and side with him.
on June 7,2014 | 10:16PM
honokai wrote:
Who is it about? What happened? Where did it take place? When did it take place? Why did it happen? How did it happen?
on June 7,2014 | 10:20AM
pcman wrote:
The Ethics Commission is a farce, typical of the ruling party. So what is new? If the city and state want integrity and honesty, the Ethics commission members should consist of one half Dems and one half Repubs. Wouldn't you say?
on June 7,2014 | 07:15PM
KaneoheSJ wrote:
The name of the offender should be released to protect the public should this miscreant decide to run for office.
on June 7,2014 | 11:23AM
sailfish1 wrote:
Why is the penalty only suspension for 3 days? That person must be fired and ordered to pay a fine equivalent to how much money the person made on this "side business". How long was this being done anyway?
on June 7,2014 | 12:05PM
Oahuan wrote:
Because a corrupt gov't protects it's own.
on June 7,2014 | 12:39PM
Carang_da_buggahz wrote:
Just be glad this person even got 3 days from this institutionalized good ole boy network of government employees. If I'm paying the salaries of these unethical employees then we should be able to know just who they are.
on June 7,2014 | 03:49PM
localguy wrote:
Driver is the son of one of the Honolulu Ethics Group members. Dad is upset, just slapped his hand.
on June 7,2014 | 06:10PM
saywhatyouthink wrote:
He should have been terminated for willful disregard of rules governing city employees. No doubt the union will file a bs grievance to defend this guy.
on June 7,2014 | 01:04PM
Roosevelt wrote:
What about the folks who paid him?
on June 7,2014 | 02:28PM
cojef wrote:
What happened to transparency? Who is protecting whom, the recipient or the employee?? Smell foul and that means someone got a deal and enriched himself or themselves. No matter how one looks at it just stinks to high heaven.
on June 7,2014 | 04:11PM
hikine wrote:
Suspended with pay? Sounds more like a mini vacation and a reward for doing the wrong thing!
on June 7,2014 | 07:01PM
DAGR81 wrote:
File criminal charges and fire this employee
on June 8,2014 | 06:06AM
Mike174 wrote:
There isn't a building permit department in this entire country which isn't corrupt. They control everything from the smallest upgrade to a 40 story building. You can bet that was just the very tip of a very large iceberg of outrageous corruption.
on June 8,2014 | 07:50AM
MANDA wrote:
Hello, tell us the relevant info - where did this person work? in DPP? why three days? how long was he running this business? how much did he make from it?
on June 8,2014 | 09:10AM
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