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Danny de Gracia

Danny de Gracia is a resident of Waipahu, a political scientist, a proud union shop steward, and an ordained minister. Opinions are the author's own and do not necessarily reflect Civil Beat's views. You can reach him by email at dgracia@civilbeat.org or follow him on Twitter at @ddg2cb.
Danny De Gracia: Has Gov. Ige Completely Lost Control? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Danny De Gracia: Has Gov. Ige Completely Lost Control?

His handling of the TMT standoff exhibits paralysis and policy schizophrenia. Instead of confidence, we see chaos.

Danny De Gracia: Honolulu Should Try Harder To Get More Cops On The Job Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Danny De Gracia: Honolulu Should Try Harder To Get More Cops On The Job

For all the demands on local government, we simply cannot afford a perception that police protection is slipping away.

Danny De Gracia: There’s No Excuse For Not Protecting Our Tourists Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Danny De Gracia: There’s No Excuse For Not Protecting Our Tourists

It’s a shame airlines have refused to show a safety video to passengers arriving in Hawaii, but here’s what can be done to make sure visitors are informed.

Danny De Gracia: Welcome To Honolulu, Where There’s No Place To Park Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Danny De Gracia: Welcome To Honolulu, Where There’s No Place To Park

Some say that’s a good thing because it encourages alternative transportation. But that kind of thinking can go too far.

Danny De Gracia: Have The Guts To Use Hawaii’s ‘Whistleblower Law’ Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Danny De Gracia: Have The Guts To Use Hawaii’s ‘Whistleblower Law’

Government workers are protected from retaliation if they report wrongdoing. They need to quit tolerating a climate of corruption — and so do the rest of us.

Danny De Gracia: Don’t Scapegoat Airbnbs For Honolulu’s Housing Crisis Screenshot

Danny De Gracia: Don’t Scapegoat Airbnbs For Honolulu’s Housing Crisis

City’s crackdown on vacation rentals unfairly punishes small property owners trying to turn a profit — and is insulting to tourists.

Danny De Gracia: Splitting Oahu Into More Counties Might Not Be A Bad Idea Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Danny De Gracia: Splitting Oahu Into More Counties Might Not Be A Bad Idea

Community concerns vary widely on different parts of the island, and Honolulu Hale’s one-size-fits-all approach isn’t working.

Danny De Gracia: Hawaii Should Look To Hawaii To Solve Hawaii Problems Courtesy: NASA

Danny De Gracia: Hawaii Should Look To Hawaii To Solve Hawaii Problems

We’re treated like subjects of a colony that must find all its answers elsewhere. This keeps outside special interests and multinational corporations in charge.

Danny De Gracia: Some Ways To Stop The Exodus To The Mainland Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Danny De Gracia: Some Ways To Stop The Exodus To The Mainland

Young people in Hawaii need to graduate from high school or college with better prospects for a future in the islands.

Danny De Gracia: Here’s How Local Government Can Stop Crashing And Burning PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Danny De Gracia: Here’s How Local Government Can Stop Crashing And Burning

The folks who run Hawaii need a new organizational culture. The aviation industry actually provides a good model.

Danny De Gracia: Oahu’s Public Spaces Are Embarrassing Danny de Gracia/Civil Beat

Danny De Gracia: Oahu’s Public Spaces Are Embarrassing

Mayor Kirk Caldwell and Gov. David Ige need to take a bus loaded with staff and visit every street, public park and public bathroom with notepads in hand.

Danny De Gracia: Maybe Hirono Should Be A ‘Badass’ On Local Issues Too Nick Grube/Civil Beat

Danny De Gracia: Maybe Hirono Should Be A ‘Badass’ On Local Issues Too

Emerging as one of President Trump’s most vocal critics plays well with the senator’s political base, but what about all those federal investigations in her own backyard?