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City Council OKs ban on 'sidewalk nuisances'

By GordonY.K. Pang

LAST UPDATED: 11:17 a.m. HST, Apr 17, 2013

A bill making it easier for the city to remove tents and other objects left on city sidewalks won final approval from the City Council this morning.

Bill 7 (2013) would replace the existing stored property ordinance, which allows the city to remove objects left on sidewalks if tagged 24 hours in advance.

Bill 7 would allow the city to summarily remove any items deemed nuisances. “Sidewalk nuisance” is defined in the bill as “any object or collection of objects constructed, erected, installed, maintained, kept or operated on or over any sidewalk, including but not limited to stalls, stands, tents, furniture, and containers, and of their contents or attachments.”

Mayor Kirk Caldwell said he intends to sign the bill.

Both the current law and Bill 7 are opposed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Hawaii and the group (de)Occupy Honolulu, who argue that the bill criminalizes homelessness and stifles free speech.

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Sunny wrote:
Great, now clean-up our sidewalks!
on April 17,2013 | 11:19AM
bobjones wrote:
The ACLU claiming this curbs free speech defies logic. Anybody can stand and speak or sign-hold on any sidewalk. You just can't live on the sidewalk. It's not against homelessness. You just cannot live on a sidewalk. The ACLU has gone from being a great liberty defender post WWII to irrelevant today. Too bad. Good organization. Waste of legal talent and donations.
on April 17,2013 | 11:54AM
gsc wrote:
Let's start clearing the sidewalks !!
on April 17,2013 | 12:05PM
silvangold wrote:
on April 17,2013 | 01:36PM
Denominator wrote:
remove any pressure cookers too!
on April 17,2013 | 02:04PM
livinginhawaii wrote:
Thank you or fixing Tulsi's flawed law that indirectly prevented disabled people from walking around Thomas Square. I've said from day one that Tulsi's law was a complete waste of tax payer dollars because all one had to do was move a few feet away after receiving notice.
on April 17,2013 | 02:49PM
Bdpapa wrote:
Move on this quickly before the ACLU ties it up in court.
on April 17,2013 | 02:55PM
kiragirl wrote:
Give all squatters 48 hours. After that, clean up our sidewalks. About time!
on April 17,2013 | 03:52PM
FluidMotion wrote:
What's to prevent the police from confiscating anything they want on a public sidewalk. Due process is important.
on April 17,2013 | 05:43PM
soundofreason wrote:
Then we'll deal with the EXCEPTIONS that it MAY apply to instead of exempting the norm.
on April 17,2013 | 06:54PM
LanaUlulani wrote:

His Overlord Kirk Caldwell intends to sign off on harassing less fortunate people. Even he thinks he is a god and as though HE is above the law.

These less fortunate people have rights too. Amazingly Caldwell is an attorney who is violating peoples' civil rights. Auwe. SHAMEFUL..

on April 17,2013 | 07:49PM
Bdpapa wrote:
As long as they stay within the law.
on April 17,2013 | 08:07PM
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