While Joshua may have been namby-pamby in the 1997 article, his blog posting spells out Pastreich's errors in the labor dispute quite clearly. Some of that belonged in the Chron article about Pastreich joining PBO.
As far as the Honolulu Symphony goes, here are a couple of links relevant to the "unsourced" Music News item (there are plenty more out there):
Consultants are typically hired to find problems and identify solutions. "Here's the problem - oh, and you could make me the solution" looks just a bit like self-dealing.