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Sit-lie bans result in no police work outside city

  • We’ve gotten a lot of calls, and we’ve reported them to the police.”

    Ann Kobayashi

    Councilwoman, who represents the area from Palolo to Makiki

  • CRAIG T. KOJIMA / AUG. 2015

    Mayor Kirk Caldwell introduced the first sit-lie bill in summer 2014 for Waikiki only, arguing that it was necessary to impose a 24-hour restriction in Oahu’s economic breadbasket. The Council passed the law and theban went into effect in September. By December 2014 the Council had passed another bill adding downtown and Chinatown to the ban, which was supported by Caldwell.

The ordinance that bans sitting and lying on public sidewalks has been a handy tool for Honolulu Police Department officers to clear the homeless and other sidewalk dwellers off of busy sidewalks in Waikiki and the downtown/Chinatown areas over the past two years. Read more

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