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'People demand action': Honolulu Mayor displeased by council's response to homeless bills

HNN: …Introduced by Caldwell in late June, Bill 51 and Bill 52 would outlaw sidewalks on obstructions and make it illegal to live on a sidewalk or any other public areas if shelter facilities are available.

Both proposals would also have given police the authority to arrest anyone who refuses to move from a public space after being told to leave. The Honolulu mayor said that the bills would have been a big step toward moving Hawaii's homeless off the streets….

Shortly after the mayor introduced the bills, officials with the American Civil Liberties Union said that the two proposals may be illegal.  (Yet none of the ACLU attorneys has volunteered to open their home to the homeless.)

Ozawa insists he supports what those bills could do to clear sidewalks and help the homeless, but says before he can vote yes, the mayor needs to address some serious questions.

"I don't care who introduced it, I just want to know are we going to be sued? Are the taxpayers going to be sued? And will we have enforcement?," Ozawa said.

(Answer: Yes you will be sued you dimwit.  That’s the wrong question.  The right question is: Will the City prevail in court?) 

Both bills could be reintroduced in committee on August 29….

(The ONLY way we can go back to forcible institutionalization is to write a law, enact it, let the ACLU sue, and beat them in court.  There is no other way.)

read … 'People demand action': Honolulu Mayor displeased by council's response to homeless bills

Mentally Ill Person Lived at Bus-stop for decades Until She Died Thanks to the ACLU

SA: …She was known to social service outreach workers who offered her housing. Scott Morishige, the state’s homeless coordinator, and Marc Alexander, executive director of the city’s Office of Housing, both knew of her death but did not know exactly when she died.

“She would be there at the bus stop all the time hollering,” said Richard Archer, 63, who first encountered Thiel while serving at then-Hickam Air Force Base before retiring as a master sergeant in 1994 after 20 years. “She never moved from that spot. A lot of times she would wear an overcoat, long pants and boots and sometimes a hat — she usually had a straw hat on.

(Simple Solution: Reopen the lunatic asylums.  Forcibly incarcerate the mentally ill in the asylums.)

“A couple of weeks ago we drove past and I told my wife that something’s wrong with her. She was on a cane and looked so frail. She was skin and bones.”

Alexander said Thiel was getting so much help from members of the military community that she saw no reason to accept repeated offers of housing over the years.

He was unable to verify any of the stories circulating about Thiel and said he believes the public’s affection for her over the years — which included providing food and plenty of water — impaired Thiel’s ability to get real help.

“Natalie died on the street,” Alexander said. “People in that area have enabled her to stay on the street, which didn’t help because she kept declining our offers. We tried to move her into a shelter many times and even housing, but she kept deteriorating while people kept bringing her stuff.”

(The ‘system’ we have consists of incarcerating the mentally ill on the streets.  It is far more inhumane than the old system of incarcerating the mentally in lunatic asylums.)

Asked about stories that Thiel had a daughter and a husband and had been living on the sidewalk for 30 years, Alexander wrote in a follow­up email to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser:

“From the information that I have, Natalie was never married and did not have any children. We are not aware of any family. We can verify that she was homeless for around 17 years but it is conceivable that her homelessness was much longer. Her stories frequently changed …

“We do know that her condition had been worsening in recent months. She refused to leave the area because people brought her food, water, supplies, even charged her mobile phone, enabling her to live relatively comfortably in an increasingly dangerous (due to construction) and unsheltered — not fit for human habitation — situation.

“I am personally saddened by her passing,” Alexander wrote. “On average, an unsheltered homeless person has a life expectancy that is 20 years less than the norm. Just wrong.”…

Reality: Mental Health: Can Reform Solve Hawaii’s Homeless, Prison and Unfunded Liability Problems?

read … Life, death of ‘Bus Stop Mary’ shrouded in mystery

Helping homeless with mental illness is complicated -- until we force them into Lunatic Asylums

SA:  …Encountering homeless people on the street with apparent mental health problems is commonplace, but there’s no clear consensus on what to do to help them.

Even the Mental Health America of Hawaii organization is conflicted.

“What we’re running into is the system problem, the bigger problem, which is that our current rules and laws are not set up to force people into treatment who are too sick to understand that they need help,” said Trisha Kaji­mura, executive director of Mental Health America of Hawaii…..

(The ONLY humane solution: Reopen the lunatic asylums.  Forcibly incarcerate the mentally ill in the asylums.)

“There’s a conflict between civil rights and that humanitarian desire to help someone who is too sick to help themselves. Our organization doesn’t have a strong position on what to do because we as a community haven’t decided what to do because we don’t want to go back to institutionalization.”

(The ‘system’ we have consists of incarcerating the mentally ill on the streets.  It is far more inhumane than the old system of incarcerating the mentally in lunatic asylums.  The ONLY way we can go back to forcible institutionalization is to write a law, enact it, let the ACLU sue, and beat them in court.  There is no other way.)

read … Helping homeless with mental illness is complicated

Star-Adv: Hanabusa Must Promise to Quit the Mafia if Elected Governor

SA: …Can Hanabusa handle such a challenge? We hope so. She has had to overcome her own political baggage in restarting her career. Without relitigating the old issues of her alliances with developers and influence over ongoing projects, suffice it to say that a pledge of greater transparency, communication and an arms-length stance toward special interests would be required, should she win the job she covets on Beretania Street….

read … Hawaii would best be served by U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa leaving Washington

Manipol-Larson faces white nationalist in Hilo HD2 GOP primary

HTH: …On the Aug. 11 Republican primary ballot will be Grace Manipol-Larson, who immigrated from the Philippines and is vice president of Big Island Courier Service, and Bryan Feste, a white nationalist who the party says it expelled because of his racist views.

Shirlene Ostrov, chairwoman of the Hawaii Republican Party, said the party removed Feste from its ranks after it became aware of fliers he was distributing that contain slurs against Jewish and black Americans. She said the party “values the rich diversity of our great state.”….

A state Office of Elections spokeswoman said the deadline for a party to object to a nominee for either the primary or general election was June 12. Feste, who said he moved to Hawaii Island three years ago because his parents live in Hawaiian Paradise Park, filed as a Republican candidate May 2.

Manipol-Larson, 39, who is president of the Hilo Visayan Club, said in a text message that “bigotry has no place anywhere especially in Hawaii.”

In an interview, she said she wants to focus on providing rehabilitation services to reduce homelessness, start a law school at the University of Hawaii at Hilo, and create a “skywalk” in viewing distance of the lower Puna volcanic eruption to help attract tourists. She said she was studying law in the Philippines when she was married and moved to Hawaii a decade ago….

Feste, 29, doesn’t have a public campaign website and appears to have done little to campaign other than hand out fliers.

He said he is running here to “develop tactics” for like-minded candidates elsewhere, including Patrick Little, who is running as a Republican U.S. Senate candidate in California. Little also was denounced by the party for anti-Semitic remarks.

As for whether he sees himself as a serious candidate, Feste said, “I see this as part of my resume.”….According to his Facebook page, he is previously from Washington state….

read … Manipol-Larson faces white nationalist in GOP primary

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