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Mayor Carlisle pledges support for sidewalk bill

Peter Carlisle Peter Carlisle
Ann Kobayashi Ann Kobayashi

HONONOLU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Honolulu Mayor Peter Carlisle made it clear he will crack down on the homeless problem.  In an open meeting with Councilmember Ann Kobayashi and State Representative Scott Saiki the new mayor said he will take a chance on the sidewalk bill that goes after homeless tents and campsites.  The idea is to keep sidewalks clear for pedestrians and the disabled and move the homeless between 5:00 am to 10:00 pm daily.

Carlisle says if more money were spent on preventative education instead of the homeless we'd all be better off.

"What we've done right now is made a system where it's virtually a lose lose every time when we deal with it. We put in a lot of resources to deal with a very small percentage of the population at the expense of the greater population.  I think that's a bad idea," said Carlisle.

"We have to start to do something about this.  Sidewalks are meant for people to walk, it should be safe for people on wheelchairs to traverse, that's what sidewalks are for," said Kobayashi, who introduced the bill.

Carlisle plans to sign the bill into law.  He also expects lawsuits from homeless advocates.

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