Officials and service provider contractors are gearing up for the annual “Point in Time” count of Oahu’s homeless population in January and are mulling the idea of counting pets along with people. I suppose it wouldn’t hurt, but do we really expect any surprises? Plenty of homeless people keep pets, mostly dogs, for companionship, protection, … More How many vicious or abused dogs in Honolulu homeless camps? And will the next ‘Point in Time’ count mean anything?
Nothing says “weak and feeble” like a flimsy and clueless response to threats of armed violence. But that’s what we’re getting in response to the trashing of a Pearl City cemetery by illegal squatters, one of whom ordered a local news crew to leave and threatened them with a knife to make his point — … More Squatters invade cemetery, threaten news crew with knife! State vows to send in . . . outreach workers.
In a commendable effort to prevent disease and promote basic sanitation in the developing world, the United Nations and World Health Organization marked this past Sunday as “World Toilet Day” to promote use of the venerable “crapper.” But here in the devolving world, the day went completely unnoticed. That’s a shame. Although it’s totally understandable … More Honolulu skips ‘World Toilet Day’
It’s really hard to understand why this story is even in the newspaper. There’s nothing new. No news. Just government officials who are tasked with addressing this island’s debilitating homelessness crisis insisting that they are doing a good job, despite all the obvious evidence to the contrary. It’s even harder to understand why the story … More Yet another exasperating media fail on Oahu homeless
Look closely at the headlines that appear above a November 6, 2017, article on Civil Beat. The first one is totally false. The second one is too, and is also foolish and patronizing. As the article itself makes clear, there are actually plenty of water sources remaining at the Waianae Boat Harbor. They are just … More Civil Beat pushes fake news on Waianae squatter camp
To nobody’s particular surprise, the City Council has immediately shelved its own controversial proposal to ban sitting or lying on public sidewalks during business hours throughout the entire island. Although the ban is arguably necessary in some neighborhoods where filthy drunks and others in need of serious intervention sprawl across public sidewalks and endanger themselves … More Sidewalk Sprawling Ban Stumbles Down
I really have to hand it to the residents of the huge Waianae Boat Harbor squatter camp. They’ve managed to carve some sense of order out of wilderness and live rent-free on state land for years, taking full advantage of the harbor’s water supply and rubbish collection service while government officials totally abdicate their responsibility … More Waianae squatter camp is a model of government neglect and indifference
When squatters who were finally evicted on Sunday from Kakaako Waterfront Park trudged over to adjacent city sidewalks and started planting their flags, the mayor said he was having none of it. To his credit, Mayor Caldwell showed up on the scene yesterday and said he will not allow squatters to take over sidewalks around … More Sidewalk sprawlers feeling the heat?
So Kakaako Waterfront Park has now been closed to everyone because authorities let problems there get totally out of control, resulting in an estimated half million dollars in damage to park infrastructure. The newspaper reports today that “Between Tuesday and Sunday night, outreach workers placed 32 people into a shelter including families with children, according … More Time for some tough questions about Kakaako Debacle
It’s clear that meaningful enforcement to deter vandalism and other illegal activity somehow ended in Kakaako Waterfront Park several months ago, and that the result was that homeless campers and druggies broke open electric poles to steal the current and caused other damage that authorities say will cost half a million dollars to repair. But … More So what really happened in the latest Kakaako fiasco?