[updated 11/22/11 10:43am]
Just some quick links here to information about Bill 54 that might be useful for the final hearing currently scheduled for December 7, 2011, at Honolulu Hale. Comments follow the links (all of which are to pdf files).
Bill Status (scroll down for links to submitted testimony)
The rest of the testimony (if all the testimony is missing from above, it's here) Use the drop down menu to scroll to the last couple of pages.
Minutes of the first hearing on Bill 54 on October 5
City Council hearing video archive
Submit testimony by email (preferably include your registered voter name and address)
Online speaker registration (for Dec 7 hearing)
This is being written on November 21, so things may have moved since today.
For information and help call City Council at 768-5010. Navigating through the City Council docushare system is difficult. I had help from Allyson Hong, Senior Council Information Specialist 768-3822.
Here's the for and against written testimony tally so far:
Note that Councilmember Nestor Garcia is the only one to vote against Bill 54 on the grounds that the homeless would be the first ones targeted. Garcia has voted against criminalization of homelessness before. He is the only Councilmember to stand up for the homeless.
My own opinion is that Occupy Honolulu would probably be the first ones targeted. Police officers were overheard saying that once Bill 54 passed, Occupy Honolulu encampment could be cleared out.
Some background articles from CivilBeat.com
Honolulu Homeless Target of Belongings Ban? (10/11/11)
Sidewalk Bill Advances Despite Occupy (11/17/11)
See you on December 7. That should be an easy date to remember.
H. Doug Matsuoka
Makiki, Honolulu (OMG the 6th District)
21 November 2011