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Mayoral Campaign 2015: Pedro Segarra (Incumbent)

By , March 19, 2015 8:41 am

Real Hartford inquired with Mayor Segarra’s campaign manager on March 12. We received no response. We asked again on March 15 and were told we would hear back. Our deadline was noon on March 18, 2015.

 

Moylan: Moving or Not?

The fight to keep Moylan Montessori in Hartford has gotten confusing.

There have been claims that Mayor Segarra is promising that Moylan will remain in the city. A petition website says as much.

Nothing has yet been brought to the Board of Education. In January, the BOE voted to allow for property price negotiations for a potential site in West Hartford. This resolution is still in effect, despite an announcement weeks ago that Thom Deller was looking at other sites in Hartford.

Where did the Segarra rumors come from? It seems that through Linda Bayer, this announcement was made at a recent NRZ meeting.

Campaigning Season Grinds On

By , March 11, 2015 7:24 pm

While Pedro Segarra’s campaign is getting some heat for its Twitter account allegedly automatically following anyone that follows it, this is not the first time that interesting choices have been made involving social media and this campaign.

A fundraiser was previously promoted using Grindr, an app that essentially functions more like Tinder, than say, Facebook or Twitter, in that it is designed specifically for dating, finding a husband, or more commonly, hooking up.

(Those now going to look up that site, brace yourselves for the barrage of shirtless men who apparently have time to go to the gym and get tans.)
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Various Omissions and Unsubstantiated Claims in the State of the City Address

By , March 9, 2015 7:42 pm

There were few surprises in the mayor’s State of the City address, from the nod to deceased firefighter Kevin Bell to the praise for the baseball stadium.

Parks

In his speech, Segarra claimed that the $700,000 spent renovating the previously neglected Goodwin Park Golf Course “drives local tourism.” This claim was unsubstantiated with evidence. Noting money spent to improve Keney Park, Segarra said that $4M of CIP funds would go toward club house improvements.

Housing

He said there would be 80 new units at Nelton Court “after many delays,” but did not indicate the cause of those delays. Work on that was supposed to have been completed in April 2013, putting this over 2.5 years behind schedule if these complete by the new deadline in October. (Spoiler: Continue reading 'Various Omissions and Unsubstantiated Claims in the State of the City Address'»

Zoning: How Much is Too Much?

By , March 6, 2015 7:35 am

If the Planning, Economic, Development and Housing Committee gives it a thumbs’ up, it looks like Mayor Segarra’s reappointment of Sandra Bobowski to the Planning & Zoning Commission will pass on through Court of Common Council.

This will extend the Terry Road resident’s tenure on the PZC from twenty years to 24.

The push for her reappointment following such a long tenure gives the impression that no potential commissioners are lining up for service, but that is inaccurate. Continue reading 'Zoning: How Much is Too Much?'»

What’s Next for Moylan?

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By , March 2, 2015 1:23 pm

Though the Board of Education previously voted to allow for Moylan Montessori to move beyond city limits, permanently, it now seems that the push to find a Hartford location for it has been revived, with Thom Deller reportedly looking into four or five sites.

Now, the Luke Bronin campaign is questioning the delay in finding an appropriate permanent home for the school. Bronin says, ““The City of Hartford has known for years that Moylan Montessori needed a new home, but kicked the can down the road year after year — and then decided that there was no option but to move this quality, local public school to West Hartford. ”

The majority of students attending Moylan Montessori live in the Behind the Rocks neighborhood, not exactly neighboring the site voted for on North Main in West Hartford.

Bronin says, “This is a moment for leadership, and I urge the Mayor to identify a specific, suitable site before it’s too late to keep Moylan in Hartford – and before Hartford loses a quality local school.”

Parking Ban Update 2/2/15

By , February 2, 2015 3:08 pm

Even though the parking ban was originally scheduled to last until 11p.m. with a four-hour grace period, the ban is now being lifted at 6p.m. and the City of Hartford says all vehicles must be removed from the authorized lots by 10 tonight.

If this seems like deja vu, it’s because the City of Hartford did essentially the same thing during the previous snow event — first announcing one time, then shortening it. Some residents are already suspicious about why vehicles were towed from school lots last week; the constantly changing time frames no doubt create more trust in local government.

Winter Storm Information for January 26-28

By , January 25, 2015 9:27 pm

It’s winter. We’re in New England. Snow storms happen.

Mayor Segarra has declared a snow emergency effective at noon on Monday. The Emergency Operating Center will be activated later in the afternoon.

Emergency Shelter

Anyone in need of emergency shelter can call 211.

The following shelters will remain open throughout the storm:  Immaculate Conception Shelter: 560 Park St, (860) 724-4823; McKinney Shelter: 34 Huyshope Ave, (860) 722-6922; South Park Inn: 75 Main St, (860) 724-0071.

Parking Ban

A citywide parking ban begins Monday at 3 p.m. and is anticipated to last until 8 p.m. on Wednesday, January 28.

This means that cars should not be parked on Hartford streets after 3 on Monday.

Motorists who do not have off street parking could (1) ask to park in driveways belonging to friends and neighbors, or (2) park in any number of lots available during the parking ban. These lots include those at public schools (Hartford Public School employees will be dismissed at noon on Monday, making those lots open), along with the following: Morgan Street Garage, 2 Holcomb Street, Keney Park entrance lot at Ridgefield, KDA Center lot at Naugatuck Street, Pope Park Rec Center lot, Metzner Center lot on Franklin Avenue, Colt Park lot at Wawarme Avenue, and the lots in Elizabeth Park.

The City of Hartford says: “Residents should remove their vehicles from the lots promptly following the end of the parking ban and contact the Hartford Police Department with questions at (860) 757-4000. The cost for retrieving a towed vehicle is $93.59. An additional $99.00 ticket will be issued which owners are responsible for paying before the answer date.”

This should be common sense. Fewer cars on the street means plows can clear wider paths for travel. It also means less of a chance that your car will be accidentally smacked by a plow truck.

(UPDATE) Driving Ban

Governor Malloy is imposing a travel ban beginning 9p.m. on Monday. This is in place until further notice.

Emergency response and recovery vehicles will be the only ones permitted on the roadways.

Snow Removal

Tenants, property owners, and occupants are responsible for clearing snow and ice within a few hours after the storm has ended.

Fire hydrants should be cleared of snow. Do you want firefighters having to take time to shovel first before putting out a fire near you?

Other Services

Recycling and trash collection will not take place on Tuesday.

Election Day 2014: Results of Inquiry Published

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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

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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.

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