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Entries Tagged as 'John Ricci'

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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Public Facilities Chief John Ricci Has Change Of Heart After Packing It In

April 23rd, 2018 · 22 Comments · Analysis and Comment, News and Events

Update: Late last week Public Facilities Director John Ricci submitted his retirement papers. Monday morning he called OIB to share that he had a change of heart after what he describes as an outpouring of support urging him to stay. “I am humbled by the encouraging words of people who have asked me to stay,” […]

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In Fundraising Push, Ganim Campaign For Governor Raises More Than $500K

April 11th, 2018 · 21 Comments · Analysis and Comment, News and Events, State Politics

Mayor Joe Ganim’s campaign for governor has raised a total of $524,661 with $335,569 cash on hand, according to the latest finance report filed with the State Elections Enforcement Commission. See fundraising report here.

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Four Seasons Staffer Canned From City Job, Bucci On The Case

September 22nd, 2017 · 40 Comments · News and Events

For several years Lisa Miro has been something of a fixture in City Hall working in both the mayoral administrations of Bill Finch and Joe Ganim, most recently an $18 per hour seasonal employee for the city’s after-school Lighthouse program. Miro worked full time but, she says, not accorded the requisite wages and benefits. Former […]

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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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General Lee Pulls Out Boots For Public Hearing

April 19th, 2017 · 9 Comments · City Budget, City Council, Education, News and Events

Citizen fiscal watchdog John Marshall Lee was among the taxpayers addressing city counselors at a budget public hearing Tuesday night, and brought with him his symbolic red boots signifying caution about red ink. Lee’s comments:

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Gander At City Employees Hired Since Ganim’s Return

April 1st, 2017 · 86 Comments · Analysis and Comment, News and Events

In the roughly 16 months of Joe Ganim’s return to office, about 230 city hires have taken place, a solid one-third from the ranks of uniformed services as the city struggles to keep pace with attrition from police and fire. See list of mostly full-time city hires since December 1, 2015 here.

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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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