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NO on City Council Bill 59 criminalizing homelessness

On Wednesday, 9/11, the Honolulu City Council will hear the first reading of councilmember Stanley Chang's Bill 59, another in a series of bills promulgated by the Council against the humblest in our community.

My testimony follows. The illustration is from the referenced educational pamphlet published by the HSBA Auxiliary. Links to the pamphlet, as well as to Bill 59 and the agenda are at the end of this post.



10 September 2013 "Even in a democracy like Hawaiʻi has today, citizens must always be alert to the abuses of power. Voting does not guarantee good leaders."                                     -- The Law of the Splintered Paddle, an educational pamphlet                                                 published by the HSBA Auxiliary (attached)

Re: Testimony opposing Bill 59 Relating to Public Sidewalks
Aloha Chair Martin, Councilmember Stanley P. Chang, and the Council,
Although bills introduced in the past couple of years have outdone each other in criminalizing …

The City Missing In Action at 9/3/13 Homeless Working Group mtg

Livestream video is a great stick to poke at politicians – I mean – livestream video is great at providing public oversight of government operations. And I have to admit Iʻve caught many politicians in embarassing moments. [Hereʻs a classic video of Rep Tokioka blocking a GMO labeling vote]

So it was somewhat understandable when Senator Suzanne Chun Oakland expressed some reservations about my livestreaming Tuesday nightʻs Homeless Working Group meeting. But a big mahalo to her for allowing me to continue. I sat down and was as unobtrusive as possible. 
My 22 minute "filet" of the 1 hour meeting:

I was impressed with the community involvement and creativity. I was also shocked that the count of homeless does not take into account 100,000 "hidden" homeless who find ad hoc accommodation with friends or family but have no home or real place to stay. I also found that Hawaii is officially 50,000 housing units short at moment.

Getting back to the virtues of livestreamin…