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Kokua Line

By June Watanabe

Saturday, September 23, 2000

HPD cleans, fixes
parking meters now

Question: Can you find out who is responsible for maintaining the parking meters? The meters in open parking areas should be cleaned every so often. There are a lot of bird droppings. Also, some of them are out of sync by as much as 10-15 minutes.

Answer: The city's parking enforcement and collection division is now under the Honolulu Police Department.

If you have a complaint or question regarding a defective meter, call the parking repair meter section at 527-5932, said Nancy Yamasaki, head of the section.

Don't call about parking citations, because they can't do anything about them. Such complaints should be directed to the Traffic Violations Bureau.

The parking repair meter section has five meter mechanics, plus a supervisor. When a complaint is called in -- by the public, enforcement officers or coin collection crews -- meter mechanics are sent out, Yamasaki said. If only minor repairs are called for, they will be done on the spot. If a meter requires sensitive repairs or servicing, it is brought back to the shop for overhaul or replacement.

Whenever, a meter is being serviced or repaired, the meter mechanic either cleans or exchanges the meter dome, Yamasaki said. Maintenance records are kept on every meter.

Meters reported to have "a timing discrepancy" are brought back to the shop and individually coin-tested and timed for accuracy, Yamasaki said.

Q: At the state office building in Kapolei, both the Hawaiian and American flags that hang in front are torn and frayed. Officials have been notified, but nothing is being done. Can you check into this?

A: The state Department of Accounting and General Services did respond to your complaint. The flags have been replaced.

Q: TV stations were threatening to sue bars for showing NFL football games live via satellite. But how come the military can do that? Are federal people exempt from this?

A: You've probably learned that the issue is moot now, since KITV has decided not to pursue the threat.

We did ask Mike Rosenberg, president and general manager of KITV, the local ABC affiliate that broadcasts Monday Night Football, your question last week. At that time, he said he was looking into the overall issue and would get back to us.

Yesterday, he released a short statement to various news outlets saying no one would be sued for showing games live by satellite, even though his station had the exclusive broadcast rights to "Monday Night Football" in Hawaii.


To the lowly dishonest person or persons who stole purchases and belongings from my almost 80-year-old mother's car parked outside McDonald's in Ala Moana Center. You took $100 worth of makeup, a walking cane, two collapsible coolers, jumper cables, various tools, smoked salmon, dried fish, Irish Cream and many more things. I hope you get what you deserve. -- No Name


To a nice lady who helped me when I fell down about 5:30 p.m. one day in August when I went to get my mail. She was driving by in a blue van, but stopped and took me into the house. I am still bruised but doing fine. -- No Name/Pearl City

Need help with problems? Call Kokua Line at 525-8686,
fax 525-6711, or write to P.O. Box 3080, Honolulu 96802.
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