Slammin’ pageview day on OIB Wednesday. I might have to feature The Troll (City Councilman Bob Walsh) more often. Maybe Ken Hayes from Gathering of the Vibes can enter a new band into the mix this weekend called The Trolls. Bobby Walsh on bass, State Rep. Rapid Robert Keeley on drums and backing vocals, State Senate candidate Marilyn Moore lead guitar. All we need is a lead singer, someone that can hit a high-octane octave. I got it, State Rep. Chris Caruso!
Backstage we’ll have Auden Grogins, the blonde banshee from Black Rock, manning the sound system. She’d love to turn The Great Caruso and Keeley into sopranos. Wait ’til Phil Lesh & Friends and the Counting Crowes get a load of that group. During act breaks maybe I can persuade Auden and Keeley to have that mud-wrestling match in Mummy Pond. Mayor Bill Finch and Yahooy can serve as special guest referees.
I’m looking forward to the Vibes. It’s a nice thing for the city and I’m glad the mayor inked a five-year deal to make Seaside Park the venue home.
Has anyone heard from new Economic Development Director Don Eversley? He occupies a super-high-profile position and he hasn’t touched base with most City Council members. How about a community meet and greet with the development czar? “Wake up, little City Hall … Wake Up.” All right, that was a lame attempt at a Don Everly song, but the mayor should host a schmooze session of community leaders to introduce Eversley.
Speaking of his honor I see where he and Attorney General Dick Blumenthal have declared war on Wall Street. They claim bond rating agencies have short-changed municipal bond ratings that cost cities millions. A rating agency spokesman says the lawsuit is a stick-up to get them to artificially improve the ratings. Hey, if the lawsuit helps the city, why not? Of course, with the litigation, there’s always the chance when the city moves for an improved rating Wall Street could stpck it up their butt.
News release from Congressman Christopher Shays
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Christopher Shays (CT-4) joined 17 Democrats and all Republican members of Congress in opposing a motion to adjourn the House for five weeks in August and September. The motion, which passed the House by a vote of 213 to 212, means Congress will adjourn for five weeks without taking action to lower gas prices and reduce U.S. dependence on foreign oil.
“At a time when energy costs are so high, Congress should be working overtime to reduce demand, increase supply and address speculation in the oil futures market,” said Shays. “Instead of adjourning, Congress should be taking up comprehensive energy legislation which promotes alternative and renewable energy, such as wind, solar, geothermal and biofuels; increases supply by building new nuclear power plants; and allows for the drilling for oil and gas off our coasts.”
Shays has also introduced H.R. 1945, the Energy For Our Future Act, a comprehensive bipartisan energy reform bill which has three principal goals for our national energy policy: improving the fuel efficiency of passenger vehicles; incentivizing the purchase of energy-efficient appliances; and repealing extraneous tax breaks for industries that are very profitable and have plenty of incentive to develop additional supply.
News Release from Mayor Finch
Draft Zoning Regulations Available for Public Inspection and Comment
Guidelines for How Property May Be Used
BRIDGEPORT, CT (July 31, 2008) – A draft of proposed new zoning regulations – strict guidelines for how property in different areas of the city may be used — are available for public inspection in City Hall Annex, City Hall, and at the five branches of the Bridgeport Public Library.
“These draft zoning regulations are tremendously important. If ultimately approved, they will be the blueprint for where different types of land uses can be located in Bridgeport . They will basically define what our city looks like for many years to come,” said Mayor Bill Finch. “I urge every Bridgeport resident to take the opportunity to view them and provide us with appropriate comments.”
The draft zoning regulations incorporate the major themes identified in the new Master Plan of Conservation and Development that went into effect in March. Among the many changes being proposed are:
The addition of a new zone called “Mixed-Use Light-Industrial” (MU-LI);
The addition of five new zones downtown that are “form based” rather than “use based.”
The formatting of the draft zoning regulations for ease of reading to eliminate duplication.
The public is invited to view copies of the draft zoning regulations at:
The City Clerk’s Office or the Zoning Office, both at City Hall, 45 Lyon Terrace;
The Office of Planning and Economic Development, City Hall Annex, 999 Broad St .;
The five branches of the Bridgeport Public Library; or
Online at www.bridgeportmasterplan.com.