Honolulu Facing Five Major Issues In 2012

This promises to be a wild year in Honolulu.

There's a mayoral election on the docket, with three serious candidates including the incumbent. Five of the nine seats on the Honolulu City Council are up, and two veterans are term-limited out.

Meanwhile, 2012 is the make-or-break year for the largest infrastructure project in state history, the controversial Honolulu rail project. The clock is ticking on decisions about whether to extend the Waimanalo Gulch Landfill and where to put the next landfill. The aging water and sewer systems are in dire need of upgrades. And the city's started to push its homeless off of the sidewalks.

With the Council gearing up for its first full meeting of the new year this week, let's take a quick look at the status of the largest issues facing the city government in the next 12 months.

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