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Honolulu City Council considers bills, island wide bansUPDATED 7:36 PM HST Jul 09, 2014Video Transcript
The Honolulu City Council continues to discuss several bills that would make it illegal to lie down on sidewalks or go to the bathroom in public. The major issue right now is whether those bans should extend island-wide, or just certain areas. KITV4's Andrew Pereira joins us with the latest developments... Andrew? Paula, there are a handful of competing bills right now, but it appears something will eventually pass the city council. 08 21 30 48 106 112 125 137 When it comes to prohibitions against lying down on sidewalks or relieving yourself in public, the city council has five bills to choose from. IKAIKA ANDERSON: "BILL 42 RELATES TO PUBLIC SIDEWALKS, BILL 43 RELATES TO URINATING AND DEFECATING IN PUBLIC, BILL 45 RELATES TO PUBLIC SIDEWALKS, BILL 46 RELATES TO URINATING AND DEFECATING IN PUBLIC." A disabled homeless man says all of the bills unfairly target the homeless. He passed out sanitary pads to council members and held up a portable urinal to make his point. DAVID CANNELL: "WE DON'T HAVE A PLACE TO GO A LOT OF TIMES. AND SO, WE'RE EXPECTED TO POOP IN OUR PANTS? IS THAT IT?" A University of Hawaii professor said the proposed lie and sit bills, as well as those that deal with going to the bathroom in public, are about one thing - protecting corporate interests. SUSAN SCHULTZ: "YOU ARE PROPOSING TO PROTECT BUSINESSES AND SWEEP AWAY REAL HUMAN BEINGS BECAUSE THEY ARE UNSIGHTLY AND HAVE NO RESOURCES." Those who represent the Hotel industry testified it's not the intention to target the homeless, but the economic muscle of Waikiki must be protected. RICK EGGED: "WHAT WE'RE DISCUSSING HERE TODAY IS WHETHER WE CAN KEEP THE SIDEWALKS IN WAIKIKI AVAILABLE FOR THE GENERAL PUBLIC, FOR OUR VISITORS." MAX SWORD: "IF WE DO NOTHING, PADRON THE PUN, WE MIGHT AS WELL BE SHE-SHEING IT OFF; WAIKIKI DOWN THE DRAIN." Councilman Ron Menor wants to limit the prohibition against lying down on sidewalks to business and commercial districts. RON MENOR: "IN THOSE AREAS, THAT PEDESTRIANS SHOULD BE ABLE TO USE THOSE SIDEWALKS WITHOUT ANY IMPEDIMENTS OR OBSTRUCTIONS." However at least one of Menor's colleagues worries about enforcement." BREENE HARIMOTO: "YOU CAN'T TELL WHETHER YOU'RE IN A BUSINESS DISTRICT OR COMMERCIAL DISTRICT JUST BY WALKING DOWN THE SIDEWALKS, UNLESS WE PAINT LINES OR HPD IS WALKING AROUND WITH A ZONING MAP." All five bills now head back to committee for further discussion. Council members say at least one of the bills will likely reach the mayor's desk for his approval. Paula?