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Entries Tagged as 'Carmen Lopez'

No Parking Pleasure At Beach, Lopez To City Council: Stop Being Props For Ganim Photo-ops

July 3rd, 2018 · 33 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Council, City Politics, Development and Zoning, News and Events

Retired Superior Court Judge Carmen Lopez has stepped up on several occasions to leverage her legal might to the cause of rectifying government snafus such as parking meters and wastewater collection practices. Now a neighborhood cry has started urging her guidance to preserve a lot for Pleasure Beach parking in the East End, including an […]

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Freedom Of Information Violates Its Own Rules?

June 21st, 2018 · 8 Comments · City Council, News and Events

What happens when the Connecticut Freedom of Information Commission violates its own rules? In May retired Superior Court Judge Carmen Lopez filed an FOI complaint charging that a meeting by the City Council’s Budget & Appropriations Committee triggered a series of state violations stemming from an improperly noticed executive session for “pending litigation” that also “established a […]

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New Downtown Parking Meters, With Rebrand, Coming Soon

June 18th, 2018 · 13 Comments · Development and Zoning, News and Events

The rollout of high-tech parking meters tested the patience of Downtown visitors and merchants led by retired Superior Court Judge Carmen Lopez who challenged the aggressive logistics, fines and intrusive cameras, as well as business leader Kelvin Ayala who pushed City Hall for user-friendly reforms. The city is expected to begin the process of installing […]

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Roll The Fight Tape! The Night Dems Mario Testa And Mike Rizzitelli Duked It Out At Party Convention

May 14th, 2018 · 1 Comment · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, News and Events

OIB rewind: It certainly was a wild and crazy Thursday night July 27, 1989 inside the Days Hotel on Lafayette Boulevard, jammed with 500 pols, for the Democratic Town Committee endorsement for mayor and other offices. Mayor Tom Bucci was endorsed for another two-year term but in November was turned away by voters for Republican […]

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Moore-Led Law Protects Consumers From ‘Abusive’ WPCA Collections

May 10th, 2018 · 38 Comments · City Council, City Politics, News and Events, State Politics

A new state law shepherded by Senator Marilyn Moore authorizes the Bridgeport City Council to lower the interest rate imposed by collection practices of the Water Pollution Control Authority that has come under criticism for abusive collection action. The law passed on the last day of the legislative session on Wednesday. It now goes to […]

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Lopez Files FOI Complaint Against City, Charging Violations At City Council Meeting

May 5th, 2018 · 30 Comments · City Budget, City Council, News and Events

Retired Superior Court Judge Carmen Lopez on Friday filed a complaint with the Connecticut Freedom of Information Commission charging that a meeting on Tuesday by the City Council’s Budget & Appropriations Committee triggered a series of state violations stemming from an improperly noticed executive session for “pending litigation” that also “established a quorum of the […]

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A Report From The Trenches, WPCA Scrutiny Leads To Roar Of Reform

April 27th, 2018 · 23 Comments · City Council, News and Events

Sludge is a messy business in more ways than one. The Water Pollution Control Authority is charged with overseeing the city’s treatment and processing of waste water. Understanding the machinations of the agency’s collection process is also messy. Retired Superior Court Judge Carmen Lopez, who is providing pro bono guidance to a City Council committee […]

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WPCA Weighs City Council Moratorium On Foreclosures–Lopez, Klein Scrutinize Collection Practices

April 20th, 2018 · 28 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Council, News and Events

A special meeting of the Water Pollution Control Authority is scheduled to take place Friday afternoon regarding the City Council’s 180-day moratorium on foreclosures. The authority will hear a presentation by the City Attorney’s Office where foreclosure action is initiated. It raises a question: what happens when the will of the council bumps against the […]

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