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MINUTES

ETHICS COMMISSION

CITY AND COUNTY OF HONOLULU

 

 

Date and Place:            August 24, 2004

                                    Standard Financial Plaza

                                    Conference Room, Suite 211

 

Present:                        Robin D. Liu, Chair

                                    Lex R. Smith, Vice Chair

                                    Susan S. Heitzman

                                    Robert J. Fishman

                                    Raymond H. Fujii

                                    Charles W. Totto, Executive Director and Legal Counsel (EDLC)

                                    Matthew J. Viola, Staff Attorney

Stenographer:               Norm Fisher 

 

I.          CALL TO ORDER

 

            The 377th meeting of the Ethics Commission (Commission or EC) was called to order at 11:35 a.m. by the Chair.

 

II.                 APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES OF THE OPEN SESSION OF THE JUNE 22,
           2004 OPEN MEETING

 

      The minutes of the open meeting of June 22, 2004, were unanimously approved.


III.       OLD BUSINESS

 

A.       Setting the date(s) and time(s) of the September and October meetings

 

            The EC scheduled meetings for September 21, 2004, at 11:30 a.m., and October 19, 2004 at 11:30 a.m. in the Standard Financial Plaza Conference Room, Suite 211.

IV.       NEW BUSINESS

 

A.       Administrative news

 

            The Executive Director and Legal Counsel (EDLC) referred to his open session memorandum of August 10, 2004.

 

B.                 Report and recommendation regarding the Commission's Guidelines on Employment after Leaving City Service

 

            The EDLC reported that over the years he has received numerous questions regarding guidelines on post employment.  The EDLC reported that most questions were from individuals that had difficulties understanding the current Guidelines on Future Employment as written.  The EDLC stated that the purpose of the proposed Revised Guidelines on Employment after Leaving City Service (Revised Guidelines) was to simplify the guidelines and include examples of scenarios that may or may not be ethically acceptable. 

 

             It was moved, seconded, and unanimously carried to adopt the staff's proposed Revised Guidelines on Employment after Leaving City Service.

 

C.       Annual COGEL Conference

 

             The Commission agreed to send Commissioners Robert Fishman, Chair Robin Liu and the EDLC to the Annual COGEL Conference scheduled for December 2-5, 2004, in San Francisco, CA.   Norm will coordinate flights, hotel/conference registration, and per diem information.

 

D.                Report regarding Resolution 03-240, CD1, authorizing the Ethics Commission to impose civil fines for violations of the city ethics laws


            The EDLC reported that Resolution 03-240, CD1 was not approved by the City Council.

 

V.        EXECUTIVE SESSION SUMMARY

 

A.       Approval of the minutes of the executive session of the June 22, 2004 meeting

 

The minutes of the executive session of June 22, 2004 were unanimously approved.

           

            The EC moved, seconded, and unanimously carried to return to the open session.

 

VI.        ADJOURNMENT

 

            The EC moved, seconded, and unanimously carried to adjourn the meeting.  The meeting was adjourned at 12:09 p.m.

Last Reviewed: Wednesday, October 20, 2004