Thursday, September 21, 2006


Ethics commission can decide on Randall Yee ad

Ok, I'm not an expert on these things. So I have asked for help from a higher power.

The September 19 ad in the Honolulu Advertiser which I mentioned in the previous post includes that box with the pic of Pat Hamamoto. I sent my question to her but so far no reply. There is now a press release on the DOE website that doesn't make it clear whether the superintendent gave permission or not.

But her statement in the ad ends, "We appreciate his support and leadership in working with the Department...” and is signed with her title “Superintendent, Department of Education”. This moves the question into a new realm. Could this be a Departmental endorsement of Mr. Yee’s leadership qualities? The reader might think so.

Could the superintendent say she didn't give permission? Remember, her annual review comes up in one month, and Randall Yee runs it...

So this afternoon I faxed the material to the Hawaii State Ethics Commission and asked if they might investigate. I'm not making an accusation, I am asking them to investigate. If there's no problem they won't, if there is, I hope they will. Yee is a member of a board, and politics and campaigning aside, there are ethical constraints on a person in that position.


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