So it turns out that the Easter Bunny is not the authority in charge of law enforcement at Blaisdell Park and along the Pearl Harbor Bike Path, which have been totally out of control and overrun by squatters and meth heads for years and years and years. The city is actually responsible for a city … More Failed government FINALLY to address deplorable Aiea bike path mess
The Honolulu City Council is kicking around a proposal to create a new city agency with armed rangers to enforce laws in city parks. That may sound nice and reasonable, but we already have armed police officers who can do the same thing. The problem is that they too often don’t bother. Cops have a … More How hard can it really be to enforce laws in parks?
The homeless vehicle dwellers parked along Beretania Street near the Japanese Cultural Center in Moiliili haven’t budged since cops finally figured out that they could issue tickets for illegal camping in vehicles, and the question now is whether anything will be done about it. Will authorities engage the campers and explain to them that their … More Will vehicular squatters outfox cops?
After years of doing nothing to stop the surly bums who turned an abandoned house on Ohai Place in Wahiawa into a notorious drug den dubbed the “Ice Palace,” authorities finally got off their duffs and started removing the abandoned cars and piles of crap that were blocking the sidewalk and wrecking the neighborhood. Why … More Wahiawa ‘Ice Palace’ drug bums FINALLY get booted
A groundbreaking ceremony was staged yesterday for the new modular housing development for the homeless near Keehi Lagoon, and a few new facts emerged, along with some new questions. The project’s developer is on the board of directors of the newspaper, for one thing. That could obviously lead to some self-censorship or uncritical promotion, but … More ‘Plantation village’ for homeless makes another big splash
I’ve been wondering whatever happened to the much-publicized plan to construct plantation-style modular housing for homeless families near Keehi Lagoon. It seemed like not much was going on over there since the plan was announced more than one year ago, besides expansion of the illegal squatter encampments that have been on the site and around … More ‘Plantation village’ for homeless moving ahead
The tragicomedy of Kamamalu Playground continued this weekend, emblematic of the systemic failure to get our public parks under control and keep them safe and clean for everyone. Maintenance crews descended on the playground’s long-waylaid restroom structure and briefly displaced the dozens of drug-squatters and their piles of junk. Most of them simply moved a … More Drug bums get free maid service
Since our society seems content to devolve to the point where shitting in buckets, doorways, bushes, and canals becomes more commonplace and acceptable, we might as well try to get ahead of the curve and consider some of the serious public health problems those conditions can lead to. I know, I know. Panicky reaction to … More Filthy conditions are everyone’s problem
What happens when you allow dozens of squatters to seize control of public property and erect shacks and tents, chop up stolen bikes, indulge in illegal drugs, turn the place into a third world shithole, and keep packs of vicious unleashed dogs? They dig in and start breeding the dogs while authorities sit on their … More Surprise! 80 dogs at illegal squatter camp
The state finally got around to cleaning out the many squalid druggie encampments on the slopes of Diamond Head a few months ago. So the squatters moved across the street to slopes further toward the beach, which are under the city’s jurisdiction. Why not, since nobody did anything to stop them? Raise your hand if … More More left hand vs. right hand squatter follies