Honolulu mayor scolds council members for shelving bills

HONOLULU — Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell scolded two Honolulu City Council members for shelving two bills he says would get more homeless people off city sidewalks.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports Caldwell said Saturday during a news conference that he introduced the bills to give the city additional tools to keep pedestrians safe and get more homeless into shelters.

The bills were deferred by the Council’s Public Works, Infrastructure and Sustainability Committee last week after passing first reading, because administration officials were unable to provide information requested by council members.

Bill 51 would make it illegal to obstruct a public sidewalk or interfere with the “free and unobstructed passage of pedestrians,” while Bill 52 would ban sleeping on a sidewalk.

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Information from: Honolulu Star-Advertiser, http://www.staradvertiser.com

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