MAYOR ANNOUNCES “OPERATION CHINATOWN ALERT”
Mayor Mufi Hannemann today announced several new initiatives aimed at continuing the administration’s efforts to provide public safety and economic revitalization in Chinatown.
“Chinatown is an exceptional part of our Honolulu, a very vibrant neighborhood to which we have paid special attention,” said Mayor Hannemann. “We want to keep the ball rolling with Operation Chinatown Alert.”
Hannemann said the City will open and staff a new telephone hotline so that people can report problems and concerns. The Operation Chinatown Alert number is 768-6800.
“The people of Chinatown will be the City’s eyes and ears. It is their neighborhood, and we stand ready to assist them in addressing their issues,” Hannemann said. “We know that they too are prepared to step up and participate in being part of the solutions.”
In addition to the establishment of the hotline, Hannemann said the City is increasing the presence of police patrol officers in the district. The Mayor has also directed the city’s Department of Facility Maintenance’s “Clean Team” to ramp up its coverage in Chinatown with increased power washing of sidewalks and street cleaning.
Mayor Hannemann also announced several city-sponsored activities that Chinatown residents and merchants can participate in to lend support and become more involved:
· April 23- 3:30 pm-5:30 pm- “Taking Back the Streets” Sign Waving/Clean-Up Campaign- Meet at Smith-Beretania Park
· April 24- 6:00 pm- “Community Policing Information Session”- Beretania Neighborhood Park Multi-Purpose Room
· May 6-6:30 pm-8:30 pm- “Chinatown Community Meeting”- Mission Memorial Auditorium
“Collaboration among the City, the community, and the state is the key to keeping Chinatown the unique neighborhood it is,” Hannemann said.
In the longer term, Hannemann said the City will explore the possibility of installing more security cameras and brighter street lighting in Chinatown. In the meantime, Hannemann said, volunteers are needed to help HPD monitor the 16 cameras currently located in Chinatown.
“We believe the initiatives we are announcing today will go a long way toward making Chinatown cleaner and safer,” Hannemann said. “We’ve made significant strides in upgrading the quality of life in Chinatown in the past few years, and we will continue the efforts, working with the areas stakeholders, to make Chinatown a place where residents, business owners and visitors can thrive.”