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City removes 2 more tents from Thomas Square

By Star-Advertiser staff

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LAST UPDATED: 02:17 a.m. HST, Aug 03, 2013


City maintenance crews Friday continued to enforce the new sidewalk nuisance ordinance, removing two more tents early belonging to (de)Occupy protesters from the sidewalks at Thomas Square.

Besides Thomas Square city crews using both sidewalk nuisance ordinance and another law banning private property on city property cleared Moiliili Park, Kalo Park on Beretania Street and the Ala Wai promenade.

More clearing operations are planned for next week, city officials said.

The city began using the sidewalk nuisance law July 1 and have hit Thomas Square area three times clearing the sidewalks on South Beretania Street across from the Academy of Art.

Friday's Thomas Square operations began at 4:15 a.m.







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palani wrote:
Perhaps it's time to start assessing fines on these repeat offenders.
on August 3,2013 | 05:36AM
star08 wrote:
Wouldn't it be cheaper to address the concerns?
on August 3,2013 | 03:52PM
tiwtsfm wrote:
When the stuff is removed, where do the homeless people go? Perhaps they should be moved back to where they came from, whether that is another place on Oahu, on a neighbor Island , the mainland, or a foreign country.
on August 3,2013 | 06:00AM
popaa wrote:
who is going to pay for transportation? I hope it is not the taxpayer.
on August 3,2013 | 12:02PM
808Cindy wrote:
Thank you Mayor, and everyone involved in ending this bad behavior. The area's look and feel like old Hawaii, clean and peaceful. Thank You
on August 3,2013 | 07:04AM
popaa wrote:
Look again, they came back.
on August 3,2013 | 12:02PM
BigOpu wrote:
Serious? SA going report on every tent they remove? Must be slow in the news room. How about taking away the shopping carts Mayor. That would disable them even more...plus it's stolen goods.
on August 3,2013 | 07:05AM
Bdpapa wrote:
Multiple offenders should be doing some jail time. This is an illegal act, isn't it?
on August 3,2013 | 07:40AM
Workingrl wrote:
probably a misdemeanor. Not all illegal activity gets jail time.
on August 3,2013 | 07:48AM
soundofreason wrote:
Need to fix that then.
on August 3,2013 | 11:31AM
livinginhawaii wrote:
Certainly this group should be charged with vandalism - their graffiti is still on the sidewalk.
on August 3,2013 | 08:03AM
Slow wrote:
The USA incarcerates a greater % of its citizens than any other country (Source Wikipedia). Maybe, just maybe harder and hardr spanking is not working. Or maybe we are simply the most criminal nation on earth.
on August 3,2013 | 08:25AM
localgirl2 wrote:
Or maybe we are simply the most criminal nation on earth. I believe that this statement is probably more true. My family who has lived overseas and is again now, says that all the crimes we seem to have in the USA, don't seem nearly as prevelant there. She's told me she'd be more worried having kids lost in the USA than where else they have lived overseas. TOO LENIENT with discipline. Didn't used to be this way..spare the rod, spoil the child!....auwe
on August 3,2013 | 09:21AM
soundofreason wrote:
Lot's of truth there. And our tolerance is the problem. Just last week, a man was running around/arrested having 38 prior criminal convictions. Tolerance is the problem. We take people who can't manage to take care of themselves and reward them with "benefits" to raise even more with their great sense of values. START at the root of the problem.
on August 3,2013 | 11:34AM
Honolulu_Guy wrote:
They cleaned up the Aala Park area about a month ago, but the tents are back. The city shouldn't let the tenters get comfortable with sporadic clean ups. Then it becomes a cat and mouse game. If they return, come through with the cleanup trucks right away! We need to send the message that Honolulu is not a city that allows this behavior.
on August 3,2013 | 08:19AM
Iuki wrote:
I hope the City persists with this. Thomas Square is such a special place and these de-occupy people are just thumbing their noises at us.
on August 3,2013 | 09:01AM
soundofreason wrote:
Drive by eggings might be a solution.
on August 3,2013 | 11:35AM
CAHAOLE wrote:
It's about time they are enforcing the sidewalk clearance !!!!
on August 3,2013 | 01:23PM
buttery wrote:
I believe in "free speech"! I am a veteran of the Vietnam war and there were a lot of free speeches made against that war, and it was made by Americans for the Americans in Vietnam. Those protest was for a good cause. Now we have a different kind of protesters, the (de) Occupiers. They demand their 24/7 freedom of speech, but instead of standing or marching around Thomas Square and protesting (I don't know what) they put up empty,(maybe homeless lives in tents) dirty, cheap tents, creating a hazard for anyone that uses the sidewalk and turning our "Beautiful Hawaii Land Scape" into a third world "slum"! "If" you believe in what you are protesting, ask the local networks for air time so we can see your faces and explain why the dirty empty tents are necessary and why there is no other way to express your protest. No cause is so great that people are allowed to create a safety hazard for citizens and turn this beautiful State into a third world slum! Finally, why don't you and the other (de) Occupy supporters place your dirty tents in your neighborhood?
on August 3,2013 | 03:13PM
Anonymous wrote:
“The law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor, to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets and to steal bread.” Anatole France
on August 6,2013 | 11:45PM
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