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City lawyers work hard to ensure sidewalk bills will withstand challenges

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“Obviously, (the bills) are designed to keep the homeless from setting up homes on the sidewalk,” said attorney Robert Thomas, who specializes in land use law. Above, a woman sat on a Pauahi Street sidewalk Thursday.

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Mayor Kirk Caldwell’s obstruction bill “makes illegal simple human activity, all across the island for a huge portion of the day,” said Joshua Wisch, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Hawaii. Left, a person slept on a Pauahi Street sidewalk Thursday.