The Honolulu Star Advertiser featured an article on rising crime and violence that has plagued Honolulu since the COVID-19 restrictions were lifted. Community involvement in the Safe and Sound Waikiki program has referred 456 arrests to city prosecutors from September through December 2022. The program mirrors Chinatown’s Weed and Seed and hopefully prosecutors will successfully put the perpetrators in jail for their crimes.
Mayor, Rick Blangiardi, announced Handi-Van’s 48 vehicle order in the wake of mounting criticism of the service provided to handicapped individuals on Oahu. The purchase stems the bleeding but does not fully address the city’s failure to maintain the fleet resulting in 84 vans being placed out of service. Maintenance woes and staffing problems have resulted in a 36% on-time pickup record and 17% of calls being answered.
House Bill 72 proposes a $500 fine for feeding feral chickens. The bill proposed by an elementary school principal claims the chickens, who are as large as some of the students, have become aggressive. Apparently encouraging highly active 6th grade boys to chase the chickens is too dangerous. Ironically, a photo of grade school kids practicing for a national flag football tournament showed them chasing each other around a park.
One neighbor is apparently afraid of walking his dog due to the number of chickens. Tim and Tracey’s dog, Buddy, would love the opportunity of a chicken approaching within the range of his leash. The problem has been around for decades, and a new law won’t change a thing. In an unrelated event, Mid-Pac Country Club asked members to stop feeding the ducks. Tracey finally convinced the ducks to stop hanging out near and in the Kelley pool by chasing the ducks away with a pole.
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