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New Honolulu Mayor has long list of problems to fix

Liang Wang Liang Wang
Dean Tougas Dean Tougas

By Tim Sakahara - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The city's problems are tough to ignore, especially when they're shooting up eight stories high at a major intersection.  That was the case Sunday when not one but two water main breaks created a geyser at the corner of Kapiolani Boulevard and Date Street.  It's not just aging water mains, there are roads to pave, sewers to repair and the looming rail project yet to break ground.  So what to people want to see fixed first? 

"Where are you going to get your next paycheck? If you're a business owner where are you going to get your next sale," said Jerry Wong, of Waikele.

"I just got my driver's license and found the roads are not as comfortable as in my country, he could do some city beauty or something like that," said Liang Wang, of Honolulu.

"The transportation system, the old busses need to be renewed so the entire bus system is all hybrids and everything," said Dean Tougas, of Pearl City.

"Rail is so many years off and its even questionable how much it's going to do so he has to do something with the roads as they are now," said Bob Anderson of Aiea.

Fixing problems is tough without money.  The city had a $140 million shortfall this fiscal year which led to the furlough days and the budget could be just as bad next year too.

"He's going to have to come up to speed real fast because he's too far over the map I think going into office.  He promising both fiscal responsibility and this maintenance at the same time he's supportive of some pretty big projects," said Dan Boylan, Hawaii News Now Political Analyst.

There are plenty of roadblocks on the mounting to do list that Boylan says is impossible to finish.

"Carlisle faces a big challenge if he hasn't figured that out yet we're all in trouble," said Boylan.

There's a lot to do in a little amount of time, keep in mind this is only a two year term so Carlisle will have to take time out to campaign before you know it.

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