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Weighing Benefits Against Risks For Planned Solar Park On Old Dump

September 19th, 2014 · No Comments · City Council, Development and Zoning

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Looking north into Black Rock Harbor from the summit of the old dump for proposed solar park. Photograph by Jackson Kuhl, National Geographic.

Black Rocker Jennifer Buchanan, co-host of the Bridgeport Now public access cable show, wonders if the benefits of United Illuminating’s plan to install 9,000 solar panels on the old dump in Seaside Park outweigh the risks. The state regulatory agency Connecticut Siting Council conducted a public hearing last week on the proposal supported by Mayor Bill Finch and approved by the City Council. The agency is the final step in the approval process.
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Will It Take A Court Ruling To Force Funding Fairness Of City Schools?

September 18th, 2014 · 8 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Education, State Politics

Anniversaries tied to landmark legal rulings provide platforms for politicians and government officials to take inventory about the past, present and future. The 60th anniversary year of Brown v. Board of Education in which the Supreme Court ruled racial segregation of schools unconstitutional, offers discussion about the funding fairness of city schools. Mayor Bill Finch says city schools have operated under an unfair state funding formula for years. If that’s the case, where’s the will to change it? Will it take another court decision to correct it?
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Is The Connecticut Post Part Of “The Oppressive Machinery?” If You Haitz Newspaper Coverage, Call Henry

September 18th, 2014 · 6 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Council, Media, News and Events

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Knock knock, anyone home?

Journalism in general, and print media specifically, ain’t what it used to be. How in creation does the daily newspaper covering the state’s largest city slot just one full-time scribe to City Hall? Well, we’re spread thin they’ll say, we have this and that and this and that and with cutbacks from corporate suits, it’s hard. Seriously though, just one reporter for the state’s largest city? Sounds lame. It is. And that’s just the way politicians like it. Stay away. Don’t cover us. We love it.
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‘Unite Bridgeport’ Organizers To Present Petition Campaign For Change To School Board

September 17th, 2014 · 6 Comments · Education, News and Events

Families for Excellent Schools, the charter school advocacy group, is expected to submit more than 10,000 petition signatures to the Board of Education next week “in support of system-wide change that would give every Bridgeport student access to a high-quality school,” according to organizers.
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Fardy To Would-be Mayors: Get Off Your Butts, Address Public Safety

September 17th, 2014 · 7 Comments · Cops, Firefighters

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Bridgeport cop house not as full.

Retired city firefighter Andy Fardy writes if the potential candidates for mayor (crickets) won’t weigh in about public safety, he will. From Fardy:

It’s time for the mayoral candidates to step up and address public safety. To date none of the potential candidates have done so.

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Video Sleuth Pereira Captures School Resource Officers Manning Charter School, Claims It’s Against Policy

September 17th, 2014 · 22 Comments · Cops, Education, News and Events

UPDATE: Amanda Pinto, spokesperson for Achievement First, issued this email statement to OIB.  The officers were not called to the school by a member of the AF Bridgeport Academy Elementary staff. They were there to assist with an issue unrelated to school. They were not SROs.”

In her latest cinéma vérité that includes her voice-over, former Board of Education member Maria Pereira films school resource officers manning a charter school against school board policy, according to Pereira. She asserts charter school coverage should be handled by city police officers. The school board funds the salaries and benefits of the school-based law enforcement officers. Pereira views independently operated charter schools as sapping finances from traditional public schools. “Charter school students should have police protection,” says Pereira, “but by the Bridgeport Police Department” and not school resource officers funded by the school board.
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City Council Committee Implores Smoke Stack Transition To Natural Gas

September 17th, 2014 · 5 Comments · City Council, Development and Zoning, News and Events

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The coal plant in the South End has been the subject of protests from environmental groups.

In response to environmental groups calling for action, the City Council’s Economic and Community Development and Environment Committee Tuesday night approved a resolution urging PSEG to transition its coal plant in the South End to natural gas. Easier said than done for one of the city’s largest taxpayers operating the candy-striped smokestack at the Bridgeport Harbor Generating Station.
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