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Measure to impound property left in public areas advances

Private possessions such as furniture, clothing and household items would be banned from being placed on sidewalks, in parks, on streets and other public property under a proposal being advanced today by the City Council.

Failure to remove personal property within 24 hours of a written notice would result in impoundment.

Opponents criticized the measure as targeting the homeless population in Waikiki.

Supporters called it a tool for the city to make public spaces available to all users.

“The main thing is to get the public property unobstructed,” said Lori Nishimura, executive assistant to Mayor Peter Carlisle.

The proposal was advanced today by the Council’s Safety, Economic Development and Government Affairs Committee and now goes to the full Council for the second of three required readings at its next public meeting.

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