Category: politics/government

Election Day 2014: Results of Inquiry Published

By , January 16, 2015 4:16 pm

The City Council Committee of Inquiry has released its findings regarding the Election Day 2014 debacle.
You can read the 32 page document below. Among the gems in this report: one Registrar refused to read emails that another sent, police were called to the Registrar’s Office following an outburst by the Democratic Registrar of Voters, and that same individual invoked the Fifth Amendment when questioned.

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2014 Crime Stats

By , January 14, 2015 8:36 am

With the release of the 2014 Year End Crime Data, the Mayor’s Office claims there has been a “steady reduction in crime,” particularly in “Clay Arsenal, North Meadows, North East, Blue Hills and Upper Albany.”

The Hartford Police Department routinely releases crime stats weekly, not just at the end of the year. Before celebrating or getting cynical, it’s worth knowing what the numbers actually mean.

Continue reading '2014 Crime Stats'»

Hello Parkville App Demonstration Friday

By , January 8, 2015 5:00 pm

If you want to see how the still under-development Hello Parkville app will work, go to Real Art Ways at 5 on Friday.

This app will send push notifications to nearby devices that have downloaded the program. It will provide a list of events, entertainment, and discounts within the Parkville neighborhood.

The “beacons” — 100 in all  — that will detect when devices are in the vicinity will be managed by the City, and those nonprofits and business owners who purchase them for $250 apiece. This will entitle the business/nonprofit to use the beacon for one year.

A Community Development Block Grant has funded the app, which is part of what the City calls “a larger business and community development strategy.” The City says it is seeking ways to expand so that similar strategies are used in additional neighborhoods.

The Voting Situation

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By , January 6, 2015 7:25 am

While the Committee of Inquiry — filled with City Council members — is presumably inquiring on matters related to the Hartford Registrars of Voters, others have taken action about alleged problems during the last election, and the one before that.

What Would Constitute a Denial of Voting Rights?

In November 2013, former Hartford resident Julie Beman schlepped all over the city to ensure she voted. She filed a complaint with the State Elections Enforcement Commission against Democratic Registrar of Voters Olga Iris Vasquez and other election officials.

Over one year later, the SEEC completed its investigation Continue reading 'The Voting Situation'»

Special City Council Meeting for Stadium

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By , January 2, 2015 12:08 pm

City Council will hold a special meeting on Monday, January 5, 2015 at 4p.m. to consider an ordinance that would create the Hartford Stadium Authority. This would involve the authorization to transfer property to the Hartford Stadium Authority, along with the vague “other actions to facilitate financing for the proposed baseball stadium.” Continue reading 'Special City Council Meeting for Stadium'»

January 2015 Events

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By , December 27, 2014 4:25 pm

January 1

  • While everyone else is hungover, go to the ice rink in Bushnell Park — 11a.m-8p.m. Free ice time, free skate rentals.

January 2

  • GAZE: The gay happy hour is tonight at Real Art Ways, 5:30. Free

January 3

  • Free admission to the Connecticut Historical Society today, 9-5. This is good for all museum galleries, but not the research center. Family programming is planned from 10-1. Artist Robert Charles Hudson will be painting from 10-2. CHS is located at One Elizabeth Street.

January 4

  • Eli Yamin, along with Lakecia Benjamin, Jennifer Vincent and Craig Haynes will kick off the 2015 Baby Grand Jazz series at the Hartford Public Library, 3-4 p.m. This is free and open to the public. Get there early if you want a seat!

Most Best Awesome Superlatives of 2014

By , December 22, 2014 10:07 am

There are people who hate year-end lists because it sounds like the creator is putting out some clickbait while spending his days going to Christmas parties.

We’re using this opportunity to review the operation of the city and the City– what helped to build up Hartford and who needs to have a time out to think about what he has done. Continue reading 'Most Best Awesome Superlatives of 2014'»

Investigations All Around

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By , December 14, 2014 4:43 pm

On Friday, Mayor Segarra announced that what he calls an “independent task force” has been created to review the fire department. This task force includes former fire chiefs — Charles Teale, John Stewart, Nelson Carter, and Edward Casares — and current police chief, James Rovella.

Segarra’s spokesperson said the task force exists “to examine the department’s command structure, its resources, firefighter training and recruitment” and will “review state, federal and board inquiries into the death of Firefighter Kevin Bell.” Recommendations that emerge from this will be made to Segarra and Hartford Fire Department’s Chief Huertas.

The creation of this task force follows a number of HFD problems, from the death of Kevin Bell to the accidental discharge of a firearm to lieutenants brawling at a site, and more. Lots, lots more.

The most serious of those — a firefighter’s loss of life while on the job — occurred in October. Continue reading 'Investigations All Around'»

Stadium to Return to Planning and Zoning, Again

By , December 11, 2014 1:21 pm

After two days of meetings — with the first lasting 7.5 hours — it was decided that the developer for Downtown North would tinker with the plan and resubmit that to the Planning and Zoning Commission. It is expected that this more detailed plan will return to the commission in late December or early January of next year and be voted on at that time.

Sparks from the Stadium: Six Months In

By , December 9, 2014 11:30 am

Street Closure

Monday night, City Council adopted three resolutions that would change three streets in Hartford, entirely to accommodate the planned baseball stadium. Councilperson Deutsch and MacDonald were the only to vote “no” on all three of these items.

What does this mean for Downtown North?

The width of Pleasant Street will be reduced by five feet for a stretch of 850 feet.

The section of Trumbull Street between Market and Main will be moved 85 feet south.

Windsor Street, between Trumbull and Pleasant, will be closed off. That’s not just during construction — that’s permanent. Seen as one of the safer north-south routes for cyclists, this closure will create some inconvenience for bicycle commuters and other street users.

Nearby Ann Uccello Street became a cul-de-sac in 2013, as did Flower Street (Asylum Hill and Frog Hollow) last year. The latter was closed for reasons related to the CTfastrak; the former, apparently, happened with little fanfare. The closed segment of Ann Uccello Street is in the general Downtown North area. Continue reading 'Sparks from the Stadium: Six Months In'»

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