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City crews return to Occupy encampment

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 12:35 p.m. HST, Jan 30, 2013

Responding to numerous complaints, city crews began removing tents and other items belonging to Occupy Honolulu protestors and homeless from the sidewalks fronting South Beretania Street at Thomas Square around 8 a.m. this morning.

Crews from the City Facilities Management Department assisted by city parks officials tagged the items on Tuesday using a 2011 personal storage property law which forbids storage of personal items on city property. The items confiscated today will be held at Halawa for 30 days before being destroyed. 

City crews also power washed the sidewalks after the tents and other items were removed.

Occupy Honolulu protestors have camped on the sidewalks of South Beretania Street in front of Thomas Square since November 2011.

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chinafig wrote:
What about cleaning up the encampment along Isenberg and Beretania Streets (Moiliili Park)
on January 30,2013 | 09:55AM
Go right ahead. You have my permission.
on January 30,2013 | 11:57AM
ghstar wrote:
I wondered how long the tents would be allowed to return to the sidewalk. Kudos for the City. I hope Mayor Caldwell has this near the top of his list of things to stay on top of. Next job is to do more about homeless camps. Fires, destroyed communications lines, disgust with Waikiki and Moilili require some effective action.
on January 30,2013 | 10:27AM
parabellum wrote:
Thank you Mr. Mayor for not forgetting to take care of this eyesore. Additionally, my 2 yr old son may actually feel safe going to Thomas Square now as I did when I too was his age.
on January 30,2013 | 10:29AM
FM wrote:
how much does this cost taxpayers? $2k? 3k? if you stole that much wouldn't you be sent to jail? if you damaged property worth that much wouldn't you get sent to jail?
on January 30,2013 | 10:36AM
bumby2day wrote:
The HOMELESS just take down the blue tent and put up the the red tent, then the city tag the red tent they take the red one down and put up the blue. The city should pass a bill that state no belonging for a week.
on January 30,2013 | 10:37AM
Sunny wrote:
Not all of them are HOMELESS.
on January 30,2013 | 11:08AM
Jireton wrote:
The law regarding personal property on city sidewalks needs to be amended to state that ANY personal property will be removed in 24 hours, regardless whether the property has been switched out (from blue to red tents or vice versa). It is ridiculous to continually play games with people who are enjoying the challenge and have no regard for anyone but themselves. There is no end to the mess at Thomas Square with the law as it is presently written.
on January 30,2013 | 10:49AM
livinginhawaii wrote:
That's exactly what I have been saying on these blogs the day after Tulsi Gabbord drafted this law....
on January 30,2013 | 11:05AM
So how are you to distinguish between items that have been there for 1 day or 1 hour?
on January 30,2013 | 12:00PM
HawaiiCheeseBall wrote:
Exactly, that's the loophole in the law. If you get the removal notice, you are required to remove it from public property, but there is nothing that prohibits you from bringing it back. The Occupy folks have figured this out.
on January 30,2013 | 12:27PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
High quality legislation from our new Congress woman.
on January 30,2013 | 06:06PM
Anonymous wrote:
Didn't anyone tell those clowns that the movement died?
on January 30,2013 | 10:56AM
livinginhawaii wrote:
How about removing their graffiti from the sidewalk? There are these letter A's with circles around them painted everywhere. How about re-planting the grass next to the sidewalk that has died from their constant trampling?
on January 30,2013 | 11:07AM
buggee808 wrote:
City crew should also go to Moiliili Park at Beretania & Isenberg and clean that up.
on January 30,2013 | 11:07AM
HawaiiCheeseBall wrote:
They moving back already
on January 30,2013 | 11:13AM
silvangold wrote:
you know, for the life of me, I cannot understand WHY this is happening. the sidewalks are not theirs. they did not buy them for their personal property like I bought my house. if it is NOT yours, then why does anyone ALLOW them to squat there? this is really not a question than can be answered for me I guess......because I would not accept "its their right" ... becuz I dont believe that. because they DIDNT BUY TNE DAMN SIDEWALK. or "its their consttutional right". .. because ITS NOT. they dont OWN it....KEY WORD.
on January 30,2013 | 11:15AM
brian606 wrote:
The fact the legislature and city counsel can't figure out a permanent solution for those squatters shows their incompetence. Oh, I forgot, they have more important things to do, like increasing the cost of grocery shopping.
on January 30,2013 | 11:31AM
bender wrote:
You're almost right. They do have more importants things to do but it includes not just increasing the cost of grocery shopping. They spend a lot of effort trying to find new ways into our wallets and that's what occupies most of their time. And if that isn't enough, they need to find new ways to take care of their cronies, as Abercrombie is trying to to with converting school property to business property with cheap leases.
on January 31,2013 | 05:12AM
islandsun wrote:
Are these just homeless people with signs and trash or are they citizens trying to make a difference. If they were the later they wouldnt be wasting their time at the park. They would be out there occupying HECO, City Hall, FHB, HART and other corrupt entities.
on January 30,2013 | 11:50AM
silvangold wrote:
on January 30,2013 | 12:32PM
Kokoy wrote:
Thank you!
on January 30,2013 | 06:50PM
turbolink wrote:
Have they ever determined what it is they are protesting?
on January 30,2013 | 08:25PM
Workingrl wrote:
about time. Such an eyesore to see able bodied people lounging out all day doing nothing.
on January 31,2013 | 06:09AM
DiverDave wrote:
Correct Workingrl: Maybe their the smart ones. We all work so they don't have to. Maybe less time on unemployment and food stamps would get them out of there. Stop filling the bird feeder and the birds go away.
on January 31,2013 | 09:34AM
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