Every morning Georgette Preston wake ups on the sidewalk outside of the McCully-Moiliili Public Library, packs up her things and moves a block away to Old Stadium State Park, which opens at 5 a.m. and closes at 10 p.m.
Some of the homeless people who live near Preston at the corner of King Street and Makahiki Way keep their tents up throughout the day, but she doesn’t want to get in the way of library patrons.
“I have grandkids,” she said. “If they couldn’t use the library because somebody’s tent was up … I would be extremely upset.”
Still, she remains ambivalent about City Council Bill 83 that would prohibit sitting or lying on public sidewalks within 800 feet of a school or a public library from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Many homeless people who live around Old Stadium Park in Moiliili call Georgette Preston “mom” because she routinely mitigates conflicts at the park.
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It’s the latest in a series of measures to extend the city’s sit-lie ban since it was originally implemented in Waikiki in 2014.
On Wednesday, the council delayed a final vote on the measure. Councilwoman Ann Kobayashi, who introduced it, asked that it be returned to the Executive Matters and Legal Affairs Committee for further discussion.
Caballero cited a lawsuit in which the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals deemed a citywide ban in Los Angeles unconstitutional because the city did not provide sufficient shelter beds for the homeless population.
To see how the sit-lie ban has gradually expanded, click on the icon at the top left of the map below.