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Entries Tagged as 'Phil Smith'

Is The Solar Field Proposal For Seaside Park A Sweetheart Deal For UI?

February 21st, 2014 · 20 Comments · Development and Zoning

Longtime Bridgeport resident Phil Smith, who directed several voter-approved revisions to the City Charter including strengthening the Parks Commissions authority, writes the city’s proposed agreement with United Illuminating to place a solar field at Seaside Park looks good on the surface, but when you break down what it means to the city financially and logistically […]

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The Political Landscape Following General Election Poses Intrigue

November 8th, 2013 · 55 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Council, City Politics, Education

For eternal optimists in politics there was something positive to take away on a number of levels from Tuesday’s general election. The Connecticut Working Families Party won coalition control of the school board, beleaguered Republicans grabbed a school board seat and a City Council seat after shut out from meaningful elections for years and a […]

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Smith: Hiring Of Airport Manager Flies In The Face Of City Charter

September 26th, 2013 · 23 Comments · Analysis and Comment

Bridgeport resident Phil Smith, a student of the Bridgeport City Charter, files this commentary about the recent hiring of Pauline Mize as acting manager of the city-owned airport. Years ago Smith directed proposed changes to the City Charter presented to voters. We appear to be well on the road to another controversy at Sikorsky Memorial […]

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Smith: Charter Revision Document Flawed

May 28th, 2012 · 8 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Council, Education

Some towns play political softball, other towns play hardball … in Bridgeport they play hand grenades.–Philip Smith Phil Smith knows a lot about city politics. He also knows much about the city charter and charter revisions. He supervised several revisions that updated the charter. He is not serving the current Charter Revision Commission that is […]

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The Mayor’s New Voter Outreach

March 12th, 2012 · 8 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Council, City Politics, Education, News and Events

Three weeks from today (Monday), Mayor Bill Finch will present his proposed budget to the City Council that will likely include a tax increase. The next night April 3rd in City Council Chambers he will launch the first in a series of public meetings defending the budget and allowing citizen input. This is the first time […]

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Should City Council Members Be Paid?

February 8th, 2012 · 32 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Council

The newly empaneled Charter Revision Commission begins its regular meetings this week examining a host of city issues that may be shaped in the form of a question for city voters to decide, presumably in the November general election. Should the question of compensating City Council members be placed on the ballot?

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The City, The State And Charter Revision, The Creature Relationship

February 2nd, 2012 · 7 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics

Phil Smith knows more about the charter revision process in Bridgeport than anyone on the planet. It was Smith who crafted the charter question approved by voters more than 20 years ago that established the hiring process for the police and fire chiefs: they can serve no longer than two five-year contracts. The other night Smith cranked […]

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