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Entries Tagged as 'Carmen Lopez'

Lopez: Time For City Council To Create A Serious Charter Revision Commission

July 12th, 2017 · 12 Comments · City Council, City Politics, News and Events

In a commentary also published by the CT Post, retired Superior Court Judge Carmen Lopez urges creation of a Charter Revision Commission with specifics on government reforms that should be examined. From Lopez: It’s that time of year again! In politics, this time is known as the ‘silly season.’

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Retired Judge Lopez Shares Legal Insight Into Weldon School Board Seat, City Attorney Agrees, Six Seats Up For Grabs

July 6th, 2017 · 41 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, Education

Update: City Attorney R. Christopher Meyer on Thursday afternoon told OIB he agrees with the legal interpretation shared by Judge Lopez. “I have the utmost respect for Judge Lopez,” said Meyer. “I generally concur with her interpretation of the statute and will set forth a formal opinion within the next few days.” That opinion, he […]

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Patience Expires, Future Of Parking Meters In Limbo

June 20th, 2017 · 6 Comments · City Council, Development and Zoning, News and Events

Oops. Days after Mayor Joe Ganim’s administration unilaterally reduced the Downtown fine and extended the parking duration to four hours for the automated meters following ear-splitting complaints, the City Council Monday night said hold on a minute, you need our authority and by the way we want an installation moratorium until we figure this out.

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Theater Development Deal, Meter Maelstrom On Council Agenda

June 16th, 2017 · 5 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Council, Development and Zoning, News and Events

The city’s “memorandum of understanding” with Manhattan-based Exact Capitol Group to redevelop the shuttered Poli-Majestic Theaters will be referred to the City Council’s Contracts Committee Monday night. Also scheduled for referral to contracts is a resolution presented by several councilors to terminate the contract with LAZ Parking LTD following controversy involving Downtown parking meters. Full council […]

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Commencing Monday, City Will Amend Downtown Meter Regulations

June 15th, 2017 · 8 Comments · Development and Zoning, News and Events

UPDATE: Following a public outcry led by retired Superior Court Judge Carmen Lopez, the city has revamped Downtown meter parking regulations including the length of stay before a transaction must occur and lowering of a fine from $40 to $25. The new policy starts Monday, June 19 at 8 am, according to mayoral aide Ed […]

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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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