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Limited sit-lie bill better than nothing


POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Jul 28, 2014

~~<p>The City Council has let the perfect be the enemy of the good &mdash; the necessary, in fact &mdash; by walking away from the imperative to improve Waikiki's rapidly decaying public spaces. It did so late last week by playing politics with a key enforcement provision aimed at deterring squatters amid the state's most populous visitor destination.</p>
<p>In a bad decision, the Council's Zoning and Planning Committee, chaired by Ikaika Anderson, on Thursday deferred indefinitely the passage of all the enforcement bills that would ban lying or sitting on sidewalks as well as public defecation and urination. The so-called &quot;sit-lie&quot; initiative started with Mayor Kirk Caldwell's proposal, which would limit the target to Waikiki.</p>
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The City Council has let the perfect be the enemy of the good — the necessary, in fact — by walking away from the imperative to improve Waikiki's rapidly decaying public spaces. It did so late last week by playing politics with a key enforcement provision aimed at deterring squatters amid the state's most populous visitor destination.

In a bad decision, the Council's Zoning and Planning Committee, chaired by Ikaika Anderson, on Thursday deferred indefinitely the passage of all the enforcement bills that would ban lying or sitting on sidewalks as well as public defecation and urination. The so-called "sit-lie" initiative started with Mayor Kirk Caldwell's proposal, which would limit the target to Waikiki. Login for more...



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