CITY AND COUNTY OF HONOLULU
Date and Place: January 20, 2004
Standard Financial Plaza
Conference Room, Suite 211
Present: Robin D. Liu, Chair
Lex R. Smith, Vice Chair
Lolinda D. Ramos
Raymond H. Fujii
Robert J. Fishman
Charles W. Totto, Executive Director and Legal Counsel (EDLC)
Matthew J. Viola, Esq., Staff Attorney
Stenographer: Norm Fisher
I. CALL TO ORDER
The 371th meeting of the Ethics Commission (Commission or EC) was called to order at 11:45 a.m. by the Chair.
II. APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES OF THE OPEN SESSION OF
THE NOVEMBER 25, 2003 OPEN MEETING
The minutes of the open meeting of November 25, 2003, were unanimously approved.
III. OLD BUSINESS
A. Setting the date(s) and time(s) of the November and December meetings
The EC confirmed the meeting for February 23, 2004, at 11:30 a.m. and March 22, 2004 at 11:30 a.m. in the Standard Financial Plaza Conference Room, Suite 211.
IV. NEW BUSINESS
B. FY 2005 Budget
The EDLC reported that FY 2005 budget will be set at the same amount as the prior year. This amount will not include the additional $20,000 that was requested.
C. Status report regarding the Revised Gifts Guidelines
The EDLC reported that Guidelines were transmitted to the Managing Director’s office from Corporation Counsel for minor changes.
D. Further report on Resolution 03-240 to authorize the Ethics Commission to
impose civil fines
The EDLC directed the EC to a copy of his testimony on the resolution. The EDLC reported that the resolution was passed out of the Executive Matters Committee on January 15, 2004.
The EC moved into executive session to pursue confidential matters and seek the advice of its attorney.
V. EXECUTIVE SESSION SUMMARY
A. Approval of the minutes of the executive session of the November 25,
The minutes of the executive session of November 25, 2003 were unanimously approved.
B. Report regarding a request for advice whether a city officer may claim a door
prize, the value of which is over $200, under RCH Sec. 11-102(a) and ROH
Sec. 3-8.8(b) (gift cap)
The EC reviewed facts contained in a letter dated January 12, 2004 from Corporation Counsel, and facts provided by the EDLC. After discussing the matter, the EC moved to recommend that the city officer not accept the door prize because it would likely create an appearance of conflict of interest or special treatment.
The meeting was adjourned at 1:15 p.m.