The parking lot at Bulkeley High has seen better days. Grass grows up in a handicapped spot. An empty bottle of booze sits where someone left it. The building is imposing, with few windows and no signs of joy. It looks and feels like a place one attends by force, not because it’s a center for intellectual growth that one may opt into.
With the Democratic Town Committee‘s convention slated to begin at 6 p.m., politicians, committee members, and families began to gather hours in advance on Bulkeley’s steps, some to rally for their candidates, others to avoid sitting down.
It’s not hard to stand and chat, delaying entrance to what will no doubt feel like a cage for the rest of the evening. Knowing how these go, we knew it would be inexpedient and frustrating. Snacks would need to be eaten surreptitiously, lest we get asked to leave and end up missing something. They want to preserve the auditorium’s new carpet, and who can begrudge them of that? It appears to be the only update to the room that is otherwise stuck in the mid-1970s. There’s no Wi-Fi. Outlets are hard to find. If they have any technology developed in the past 40 years, they weren’t using it, with the vote tally later being kept on a large white board that could barely be read. Continue reading 'Another Disorganized Convention Results in Endorsements Over Two Days'»
Councilperson Alexander Aponte has announced that he will be announcing his candidacy for Hartford Probate Judge, a position filled until recently by Robert Killian. In April, Killian resigned and announced his candidacy for mayor.
He has previously served as Corporation Counsel under Mayor Mike Peters. In 2013, Aponte was to face an ethics review.
To start the day, stop by City Hall at 10 a.m. to catch a last minute meeting. This is a “special meeting” dealing with the Hartford Stadium Authority. The item for Saturday:
Stadium Authority. Ordinance authorizing the City to lease the land, on which the stadium will be built, to the Stadium Authority and to lease the stadium back from the Authority after it is constructed. (Segarra).
There is no word if Mayor Segarra or City Council will be holding any special meetings to address the snow removal efforts that have left city streets headache-inducing for the last few weeks.
After you have had your fill of that spectator sport, head over the Elizabeth Park — with roads being what they are, you might need to carve out two hours for that schlep — for the Art Sled Derby. There is no fee to watch or participate. This is scheduled to start at 11 a.m.
Monday’s City Council meeting happened, despite Mayor Segarra having declared a snow emergency hours before and police telling motorists to stay off the roadways.
The public attendance was what one would expect during a blizzard– fewer than ten people took chairs, and many of those individuals were media.
The Stadium Authority ordinance passed with Deutsch (WF), De Jesús (D), and MacDonald (D) all voting no:
Stadium Authority – Ordinance establishing the Hartford Stadium Authority for the purpose
of owning the property on which the Minor League Baseball Stadium will be located, issuance
of revenue bonds for construction of the stadium, management of stadium construction,
and lease of the stadium to the City of Hartford which will sublease it to the baseball team.
For their grand exit, perhaps in honor of the snowstorm, the City Council spun its wheels as elected officials allowed themselves to fishtail through some procedural minutiae before skidding awkwardly to a stop.
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.
To learn more Continue reading 'Election Day 2014: Results of Inquiry Published'»
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'»
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'»
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'»