December 30, 2011:  The ethics commission  has confirmed  complaints we filed  regarding city employee Patty Teruya.  Although she did not admit to any wrong doing, today she resigned her position with the city to avoid further investigation and prosecution.    We will be discussing this, as well as politicians that benefited from her activites, on our next show, January 1, 2012.

We also discussed employee ethics on several of our other radio shows.

Link here to the news story on KHON, 12/30/11

Below is an email from the ethics commission, including a link to the Advisory Opinion.

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Subject: EC No. 10-163
From: "Wong, Laurie A S G" <>
Date: Fri, December 30, 2011 1:41 pm
To: "" <>
Cc: "Berney, Ryan" <>

This email is in response to your complaint submitted to the Ethics Commission on June 2, 2010 alleging that Ms. Patty Teruya used her city email for non-city purposes. 
            At its December 19, 2011 meeting, the Honolulu Ethics Commission allowed Special Events Coordinator Patty Teruya to resign from her job rather than face a contested case hearing on multiple counts of abuse of her government position and city resources.
The Commission deemed Ms. Teruya’s alleged violations so “numerous and egregious” as to make her “unfit for continued employment with the city” if proved. Earlier this year, based on an investigation by the Commission’s staff, the Commission found probable cause that Ms. Teruya:
·        Misused her city computer privileges by accessing 2,135 non-work related websites over a two-month period;
·        Sent and received 174 non-work related emails within the span of four months to support her campaign for Council, as well as the campaigns of city and state politicians; to conduct job searches for her boyfriend; to sell her boat; and for personal shopping;
·        Exploited her authority as Special Events Coordinator over non-profit organizations and vendors to make them submit letters of recommendation to bolster and advance her city career; and
·        Endorsed her close friend for service contracts for at least eight city-sponsored events to the exclusion of other contractors.  
Attached is Advisory Opinion No. 2011-8 for your information. This Advisory Opinion is also posted on the Ethics Commission website at:
Laurie A. Wong
Associate Legal Counsel
Honolulu Ethics Commission
715 S. King Street, Suite 211, Honolulu, HI 96813-3091
Office (808)768-7717  Fax (808) 768-1317
Dear Mr. Cox,