Business/In Brief • Aug. 29, 2013

Honolulu may consider bus ads

HONOLULU – Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell says his administration may consider ads on bus exteriors as a way to boost revenue for local government.

But such ads would require state law restricting most outdoor ads to be reversed.

Caldwell said ads outside buses could raise significant revenue and enhance service, KITV-TV reported Tuesday.

“At the end of the day, where do you find that balance where you advertise on the outside of a bus?” Caldwell said. “There is a balance, and of course we’ll engage with the community before we go forward on that.”

Honolulu is facing a budget deficit of $156 million for the coming fiscal year.


Hawaii salary panel member resigns

KAILUA-KONA – A Ha-waii County salary commission member is resigning to protest a requirement that members of boards and commissions file financial disclosures.

Gloria Wong told West Hawaii Today that she’d never before been required to disclose information about her income, stock ownership or other financials. Wong has previously served on the Cost of Government Commission, the Appeals Board and several boards on Oahu.

Changing the requirement, which she said was created in 1978, could lead to more members of the public volunteering to serve, she said.

Hawaii County currently has 35 active boards and commissions, creating a challenge to find for sufficient members.

Mayor Billy Kenoi said the challenge in filling boards lies more in the amount of time and work the boards consume than in people not wanting to fill out the form, Kenoi said. It’s fair to ask for financial disclosures to ensure openness and transparency, he said.

Ethics laws vary by county.