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Department of Customer Services
Public Communications Division
City & County of Honolulu
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SEPTEMBER 16, 2002
ETHICS COMMISSION OPINION VINDICATES MAYOR
Managing Director Ben Lee today distributed an Ethics Commission opinion that vindicated the City Administration’s letter-writing campaign on the FY2003 budget.
The City administration was widely criticized by members of the City Council and the media for informing the public about proposed Council budget cuts. Councilmembers alleged that it was an ethics violation for the administration to write letters to members of the public criticizing Council plans to cut city programs and they also alleged that the administration’s letters were misleading and untrue.
The Ethics Commission found that it was completely within the scope of the duties and responsibilities of the administration to inform the public of the administration’s position on budget matters and to encourage the public to state their concerns to the Council.
The Commission also found that there was no misstatement or omission of material fact in the letters the administration mailed to the public.
“We’re not going to allow either the City Council or the media to stop us from keeping the public informed on city issues,” Lee said. “Good government comes when the public is informed and empowered.
|Wednesday, September 18, 2002|