City starts posting warning notices for stored property law

Cecil Gregory
Cecil Gregory
Isabelle Torres
Isabelle Torres

By Tim Sakahara - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Honolulu City crews have started enforcing the ban on storing private property on public spaces, the issue formerly known as Bill 54.  But they didn't go after the homeless blocking sidewalks in town, instead they've targeted basketball hoops in the suburbs.

It doesn't seem threatening but the basketball hoop on the dead end street of Paao Place in Mililani is breaking the law.  It's on the sidewalk, which is a public space and the city could post a notice that it be removed within 24 hours or be confiscated.

"Well I think it's sort of silly because this is for the children and the kids come and play and I can't put it on the grass because it's no good," said Cecil Gregory, Mililani Resident.

Over at the end of Lelewalo Street in Mililani Isabelle Torres says she's been hassled by the Mililani Homeowners Association about her flag pole.  It is in her own yard but not five feet from the property line.  Yet Torres says what's the difference from the city's no parking pole planted in the concrete on the sidewalk that is constantly getting in her way from pulling in and out of her driveway.

"They got the big pole and when I drive out I got to really watch that pole or I'm going to hit it," said Isabelle Torres.

She agrees the homeless shouldn't constantly block sidewalks but don't punish homeowners for the problems of the homeless.  Still the city has started posting warning notices on basketball hoops in Mililani and will continue posting notices in areas its received complaints.

"I think the government is trying to tell you to do too many things now that's my opinion," said Torres.  "I don't think it's right but what can I do about it you know."

As for the hoops, so far homeowners have moved them but still cry foul.

"I can pick up the two stones off there and it's portable. Just move it to the backyard but nowhere for the kids to play," said Gregory.

If people do have their property confiscated they can claim it within 30 days. After that it will be thrown out or sold if the value is more than $1,000.

Updated Note: Isabelle Torres' flag pole was not cited by the city for Bill 54, the stored property law.

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