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State handling problem of Wahiawa homeless


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POSTED: Thursday, October 01, 2009

Question: There is a state human services office at 929 Center St. in Wahiawa. How come homeless are allowed to live on the grounds? They are there all day and all night. It is very unsanitary, with the smell of urine all around the building. Can anything be done?

Answer: The situation should be getting better soon in the complex of state buildings along Center Street.

As in the past, the state again is working with the community and the Honolulu Police Department to resolve the problem of the homeless at the Civic Center site and the cottages that house the Women and Infant Care Program, said Russ Saito, head of the Department of Accounting and General Services.

He characterized the situation as being better than before, although the homeless — said to be two small groups and one individual — still were congregating in an open area near the Department of Education building. However, no tents or structures have been erected, he said.

One solution involved installing signs on the property prohibiting loitering, camping, alcoholic beverages and dumping.

The signs, installed last week, will give police and state sheriffs the authority to “;take appropriate action,”; Saito said.

“;Other signs that allow us to tow cars have already been installed at the park-and-ride lot on the mauka end of the Civic Center,”; Saito said. “;In this area, we've had problems with individuals who 'live' in their cars.”;

He also said state sheriffs will begin conducting night sweeps of the area.

Question: My daughter and I were on a bike ride one evening when we noticed many sets of painted, red “;feet”; resembling some sort of bird or animal along numerous paths and sidewalks. The Date Street bike path was one location; another was the makai side of King Street, a block Ewa of University Avenue. What can you tell me about this fun discovery? I am assuming it is a guerrilla art project.

Answer: Any reader have any clue as to who is responsible for the mysterious red tracks?

Because the tracks mentioned were adjacent to bus stops, we asked Oahu Transit Services whether bus drivers knew anything about them.

We were told drivers have seen the tracks, but don't know who painted them.

Star-Bulletin reporter Rob Shikina said he first noticed several sets of those prints on the Date Street bikeway between Laai Street and Kapahulu Avenue several months ago

“;They look like they were made with shapes on a wheel that is pushed along to leave footprints,”; he said.

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