2:30 p.m. update: City Civil Service Commission description:
· Five members, five year terms
· Four members appointed by the Mayor
· One member elected by city employees; this elected member shall be an employee of the city of Bridgeport. This member is permitted to hold paid public office and/or position.
· In October of every year, Mayor appoints a member for a five-year term, with the exception of the member who is elected every fifth year.
· No more than two members of the same political party.
· Members serve until a successor is appointed and has qualified.
· Meet 2nd Tuesday at 4 PM at City Hall
The city employee representative Willie McBride is a resident of Trumbull. There is no doubt about this and McBride does not dispute his residency. The City Charter is clear that all appointments to boards and commissions must be residents and voters of the city. But McBride is elected by city employees.
From what I’m told unionized city workers cannot be forced to live in the city. McBride, as a union city employee, can cite that to justify his non-residence status while serving on the commission as the elected employee representative.
City Councilman Bob Troll Walsh says all Civil Service Commission members must reside in Bridgeport, and has issued a resolution he hopes will clear up ambiguity regarding the residency of the city employee representative. McBride was elected by city employees for a five-year term that ends in 2013.
Questions: does state statute allow city employee representatives to reside outside of the serving city? Lots of city employees live in the suburbs. Should they be restricted to vote only for a city employee that lives in Bridgeport? And should McBride’s union protection rights trump the charter residency provision?
Whereas, the City Charter of the city of Bridgeport, Chapter 2, Officers and Elections clearly states: “Section 13. Board and Commission Members; Residency Requirement Except as otherwise provided in this charter, no person shall be appointed to any board or commission established by this charter who is not a resident and registered voter of the city”; and
Whereas, the City Charter of the city of Bridgeport, Chapter 17, Civil Service, Sec. 203 Civil Service Commission specifically addressing the Employee Member of the Civil Service Commission clearly does not grant such an exception as required in Section 13; and
Whereas, reading both sections together it is clear that the intent of the charter is to require Bridgeport residency of the employee representative; and
Whereas the charter provides for a process which determines the proper status of individuals as city employees through the role of “the combined city employees’ committee” which is charged with “shall examine credentials of all participating in nominations to see that they are city employees” and such role can be expanded to examine the credentials of all nominees to see that they are bona fide residents of the city of Bridgeport; and
Be it ordained that Chapter 2.56 BOARDS AND COMMITTEES GENERALLY be amended to include a new section 256.070 which states:
In order to clarify and prohibit the practice of allowing city employees’ representative to the civil service commission to be non-residents of the city of Bridgeport, any city employee elected as representative to the civil service commission must be a bona fide resident and elector in the city of Bridgeport.
At the time of adoption of this ordinance, if the current employee representative is not a bona fide resident of the city of Bridgeport, the position shall be declared vacant and a new election is ordered to be held in accordance with the manner prescribed in Sec 203.
Himes 4,000 Times
News release from Rob Russo campaign
Russo Web Ad Receives Over 4000 Views
4000 views online in 30 hours
The “Great Followers in History” web ad released at noon on Tuesday by the Russo campaign has been viewed over 4000 times.
The ad, which has received attention from national media outlets, uses humor to drive home a serious point: Jim Himes votes with Nancy Pelosi 95% of the time.
“This ad shows each viewer that Jim Himes is a rubber stamp for liberal Nancy Pelosi and the more people who see this ad, the more difficulty Himes will have next November.” Rob Russo said. “We need independent leadership who will vote to put taxpayers first and vote against mortgaging our future with hundreds of billions of dollars in new debt and spending.”
Rob is going to run a different type of campaign. He is making a strong commitment to reach out to voters through social media outlets. Rob’s campaign can be found on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. This is just the first of many web ads the campaign plans to do throughout the campaign.
To put the number of views in comparison, the Russo web ad has been viewed more times than any web ad released by the Simmons for Senate Campaign.
Street Life Art
The Gallery at Black Rock is proud to present Off the Grid a show featuring local graffiti and street artists. In keeping with The Gallery at Black Rock’s mission to bring art to everyone in Bridgeport, we have decided to produce a show that celebrates Street artists. Like it or not street artists are here amongst us and have survived and flourished in the withering economy.
Bridgeport has long had a street art culture under the radar of many. There are talented artists who prefer to share the work they do for free most of the time. The gallery is working with local artist to give a voice to these artists in a more appreciative environment, and to provide options for them to show work.
The shows will be hung in a visual assault style and will seek to speak to the environment that these artists often work in.
Off the Grid will feature the work of Equip, Sketch, Greg Brown, and Snook among others. Special thanks for curation assistance goes to Keith Rodgerson and Liz Squillace.
The shows Opening is Friday October 16th with an artist reception from 6pm until 9pm.
The show runs through November 19th
*** Bridgeport Folks Win a piece of original art from the show, Virtual Scavenger Hunt at Blackrockarts blog. How Many Bridgeport sights do you know??