CITY AND COUNTY OF HONOLULU
Date and Place: June 20, 2003
Standard Financial Plaza
Conference Room, Suite 211
Present: Robin D. Liu Chair
Raymond H. Fujii
Lolinda D. Ramos
Charles W. Totto, Executive Director and Legal Counsel (EDLC)
Matthew J. Viola, Esq., Staff Attorney
Stenographer: Norm Fisher
I. CALL TO ORDER
The 366th 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 JUNE
20, 2003 OPEN MEETING
The minutes of the open meeting of May 20, 2003, were unanimously approved.
III. OLD BUSINESS
A. Confirming the date(s) and time(s) of the July and August meetings
The EC unanimously confirmed the next two meetings for Tuesday, July 15, 2003, at 11:30 a.m., and Tuesday, August 19, 2003, at 11:30 a.m., in the Standard Financial Plaza, Conference Room, Suite 211.
IV. NEW BUSINESS
A. Administrative news
1. Request for Advice
The total oral and written requests and complaints for FY03 will be about 500. By comparison, the requests and complaints for FY00 were 300; FY01were 421; and FY02 were 661.
2. Web Site
There were 598 hits last month.
3. Education and Training
The EDLC reported that he is finishing up the mandatory Ethics Training Program. There are a couple more classes scheduled in the month of June. A total of approximately 2,100 managers and supervisors have been trained at this point. Upon the completion of the mandatory Ethics Training Program, there is one area of training that the EDLC would like to focus on, which is to conduct training for vendors, contractors, lobbyists, etc. so that they have an understanding of how not to get a city official or employee in trouble (e.g., by offering a gift). The EDLC stated that he will contact some groups that may be interested in this training.
As far as ethics training for city employees, the EDLC will give ethics training classes every quarter, to insure that new hires who are supervisors or managers comply with the law. Also, the commission will need to decide when the time will be appropriate to either retrain employees with the same type of training currently given or training focused on other aspects of ethical behavior.
B. Appointment of additional commissioners
The EDLC reported that he has not heard anything regarding the appointment of additional commissioners.
The EC moved into Executive Session to pursue confidential matters and seek the advice of its attorney
V. EXECUTIVE SESSION SUMMARY
The minutes of the Executive Session of May 20, 2003, were unanimously approved.
The EC heard comments from a concerned citizen regarding the processing of an EC investigation.
The meeting was adjourned at 12:55 p.m.