Editorial | Off the News Better policies sometimes can be costly Feb. 20, 2016 Mahalo for supporting Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Enjoy this free story! To settle a lawsuit that challenged the city’s sidewalk-clearing efforts, the City Council approved paying $48,500 to 21 homeless individuals. And, the city must be more careful in how it enforces the Stored Property Ordinance and Sidewalk Nuisance Ordinance. Read more Mahalo for reading the Honolulu Star-Advertiser! You're reading a premium story. Read the full story with our Print & Digital Subscription. Subscribe Now Read this story for free: Watch an ad or complete a survey Log In Already a subscriber? Log in now to continue reading this story. Activate Digital Account Print subscriber but without online access? Activate your Digital Account now. To settle a lawsuit that challenged the city’s sidewalk-clearing efforts, the City Council approved paying $48,500 to 21 homeless individuals. And, the city must be more careful in how it enforces the Stored Property Ordinance and Sidewalk Nuisance Ordinance. The settlement with the American Civil Liberties Union stipulates the city must stop disposing of personal property, including tents, bicycles, clothing and household goods. A councilman said the settlement offered a minimal amount of money to the plaintiffs and resulted in clearer sidewalk-clearing policies. But the $48,500 doesn’t include attorney’s fees, which will be addressed separately. Case is on the case over DLNR permits Kudos to state Department of Land and Natural Resources Director Suzanne Case for tackling head-on one chronic problem that she inherited: “temporary” revocable land permits that have been laxly managed. A new eight-person task force will look into the program, which operates without rules and includes some 340 “month-to-month” permits that receive scant review and are simply renewed in bulk, some for decades. The revocable-permits program is no doubt complex, but at least Case and company are taking a much-needed step to improve execution and oversight, under a fairly aggressive, this-year timeline. Let’s dare to hope. Previous Story Espero should focus on guards Next Story Can people passing in left lane ‘lollygag’ too?