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Entries Tagged as 'Carmen Lopez'

Grace Period Delayed For Downtown Parking Meters

May 3rd, 2017 · 9 Comments · Development and Zoning, News and Events

Taken to task by retired Superior Court Judge Carmen Lopez who pushed back on her $40 parking meter ticket, the city is still working out kinks to implement a grace period Downtown.

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‘I Prefer An Engaging Rogue To A Complete Fool’

April 28th, 2017 · 51 Comments · City Politics, News and Events

Leave it to retired Superior Court Judge Carmen Lopez to assess the state of affairs in city politics. Fresh off taking the city to task for rolling out a messy parking meter system, the city resident writes in a commentary for OIB “The more things change, the more they stay the same.”

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Carmen Lopez’s Parking Ticket In Front Of Barber Shop Sheared

April 27th, 2017 · 17 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Council, Development and Zoning, News and Events

February 6 seemed like a benign day for retired Superior Court Judge Carmen Lopez who took her elderly father to a Downtown barber shop on Broad Street. She parked outside the shop and waited for her dad. As she described here in an OIB commentary she was later jolted by a $40 parking ticket: patrons […]

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Lopez: In Bridgeport, Sausage Making Gets Bad Rap Compared To Law Making

March 27th, 2017 · 27 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Council, News and Events

In a follow-up to her commentary confronting the city’s new Downtown “RoboCops” parking meters, retired Superior Court Judge Carmen Lopez grinds up the city’s process to “essentially privatizing parking meter enforcement.” Like many, Lopez received a $40 computer programmed parking ticket for not completing a meter transaction within five minutes of pulling up. Her parking […]

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Confronting City’s New ‘RoboCops’

March 8th, 2017 · 41 Comments · City Council, Development and Zoning, News and Events

Retired Superior Court Judge Carmen Lopez’s patience meter for the city’s new Downtown parking meters has run out. She writes in a commentary “patrons of downtown businesses are given tickets without ever being told, warned, advised or otherwise notified that pulling over into an empty space for more than 5 minutes will result in a […]

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For Ganim, Education Means Appointing School Board Members

November 30th, 2016 · 15 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, Education

Education: Ganim’s first year back. On the 2015 campaign trail Joe Ganim uttered the usual stuff about education: fully fund schools, create a 21st century climate, modernize the infrastructure, yadda, yadda, yadda. What he did not expect, however, was appointing one-third of the nine-member Board of Education the second half of his first year back […]

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Bring It On: August Democratic Primary Matchups Set

June 8th, 2016 · 2 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, News and Events, State Politics

The August 9 Democratic legislative primaries are set. Four of eight members of the city’s state legislative delegation will have primaries: State Senator Marilyn Moore versus Tom McCarthy, State Senator Ed Gomes against Dennis Bradley, State Rep. Charlie Stallworth will take on Maria Pereira and State Rep. Andre Baker versus Charlie Coviello. Former City Council […]

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Pereira: “Absolutely Not For Sale–EVER!” Challenges Stallworth In Legislative Run

May 21st, 2016 · 19 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, Education, News and Events, State Politics

The banner affixed the window of Maria Pereira’s Upper East Side campaign headquarters says it all: “Absolutely not for sale–EVER!” Reaching deep into Bridgeport’s rich political history that includes a showman named Barnum and a mayoral Socialist named McLevy, it’s hard to find a figure who elicits in such a short time as much passion […]

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