What a shame. The police did the right thing. Either all three should have been arrested, or nobody. None of us were there to hear the stories before any one had a chance to color their version to cast the blame on the other side, and there were apparently no co-operating impartial witnesses. How would a court make any sense out of it ?
This is the kind of behavior that happens at closing time, not before a serious committee meeting. You can't make up stories like this. View Comment
Of course they do. I am not suggesting that either the union or the BOE could select the best candidate. I am suggesting that a co-operative effort would produce the best result for the system and the students. There is nothing to be gained when either Mike Lyons or Bruce Mellion gets distracted from the good of the system trying to show how smart they are. Both jobs, Bruce's and Mike's, will be much simpler with the right superintendent. They will still take opposite positions in negotiations, but, that doesn't mean either needs to stoop to personal attacks or snide remarks. So far, the snide remarks and personal attacks seem to be coming from amatuers on the BOE, Bruce seems to stick pretty well to issues, in my opinion. View Comment
Bruce Mellion, as head of the teacher's union, had to point out to the BOE that it was violating a court order by failing to notify the union at least four days before selecting a superintendent. It had nothing to do with the secret new superintendent, but a lot to do with the BOE. Nobody on the BOE thought to ask the union for help in vetting the finalist candidates. They seem to forget how much the union could do, if asked. Both the union and the BOE have a mutual interest in getting the best superintendent, even if the anti-union folks on the board don't think so. View Comment
How far back would the officer be safe, expert ? Do you have the impression there was just one officer there ? No police dept ever sends a single officer on a domestic disturbance call. When a gun is pointed at you, would you back away and call for more officers, hoping the other guy will not shoot first ? View Comment
Have to wonder about the domestic disturbance and what the toxicology report will show. How drunk do you have to be for it to seem like a good idea to point a gun at a cop ? My deepest sympathy for his family. View Comment
Nothing odd about mutual aid agreements between police and fire depts. When a need arises for a service one department cannot provide, it is not unusual to ask for assistanced from another dept. Some of the federal grants specify that equipment puchased will be shared as needed. When aid is requested, the department handling the case makes all the press reports. Our curiosity will be satisfied eventually. Police from all over this area responded to New York City after 9/11. The goal in domestic cases where weapons are displayed is to avoid injury if possible. Sometimes that isn't possible. View Comment
Single stream allows city carting to pick it all up at one time with one truck , saving them the expense of a second run with another truck. when do we get to see the real numbers on income from recycling and reduced costs of hauling garbage ?
If the mayor gets 18%, for whatever excuse is used to justify it, don't expect any of the unions to rush to accept much less. A raise may be justified, but please keep in mind, nobody can give that size raise to just one employee without a ripple effect throughout the city. Despite what moccia says, he expects to get re-elected and to get the raise in both his salary and his PENSION. The pension will be more than 18% higher because he will have worked more years and length of service is part of pension benefit calculations. View Comment
When a person that age goes out without his cell phone and wallet, that is not a good sign. Suicide is the ultimate act of depression. Apparently, whatever treatment he was getting was not enough. Depression, especially in people that age, away from home for possibly the first time, should never be taken lightly. My heart goes out to his family. The loss of a child is a terrible tragedy for any family.
For all the folks that don't like to see police officers working OT at street jobs where the road is being dug, take a look at the story in Fairfield Daily Voice where two Fairfield officers arrested a robbery suspect while working a street job. Sometimes, having extra officers with police radios on the street adds a lot to the on-duty police officers. View Comment
Suspect was arrested, alive but injured, last night. Search is over, unless, the one in custody tells them about other co-conspirators. Amazing restraint by local police, after he shot at them last night. My money was on he was going to go out in one last blaze of glory and get killed in the process, just like his big brother. View Comment
A lot of experts on police procedure here. The chief should recruit of few of these guys to show him how a real police dept is run. Can't help wondering why this group is so negative about police. Could it be they have all had negative experience with police ? Maybe we should go back to the way the police dept in Mayberry was run to keep these experts happy. First, one of them has to get a law passed limiting the type of criminals allowed in Norwalk. View Comment
The president said a lot of the same things and developments since this post have demonstrated these terrorists picked the wrong event, in the wrong city, in the wrong country, and the marathon will be run next year.
As this is written, one terrorist is dead and other(s) are being sought. There is, apparently, information linking the two that planted the bombs with someone in Norwalk. Before the investigation is closed, everybody involved will be in custody or killed in gunfights with police. Capturing them alive offers the prospect of learning, but protecting the lives of the law enforcement officers involved is more important. None should get a chance to kill anybody else. View Comment
For what it is worth, the Texas District attorney and his wife both carried guns all the time for personal protection. The stories about them being murdered do not indicate if either had a chance to draw a gun or if their guns were taken by the killer(s). The Deputy Sherrif killed in his car in West Virginia was also armed. Sad to say, carrying a gun, much less just having one in the house, is no guarantee.
Laws limiting weapons on school property are a move in the right direction, if effectively enforced, with serious sentencing for violations. Mostly, those laws are just ways for politicians to make themselves feels better and go on record as being on the right side of an issue. View Comment
When your power is out, the meter stops and you are not billed for energy while the power is out. Their numbers crunchers have figured out it is cheaper to outsource tree trimming and repairs than to maintain a big enough crew of their own lineman. The money they save, they pay out to high level execs and stockholders. $462 million is chumpchange to them. but sounds like an opportunity to apply for another rate increase. Their financial reports are available online and they are far from hurting. They will happily spend big money lobbying for rate increases and find ways to keep public opposition from being heard at any public hearings. They have dozens of people sign up to speak for them and any public opposition will not get a chance to be heard. Somehow, their lobbyists always manage to get access to the signup-to-speak lists before they are available to the public. They just posted dividends for stock holders of 50 to 80 cents a share.
If a builder wants a new service, CL&P insists on underground lines from their pole to the building, they are well aware how many outages that prevents.
The increase they are asking for, for 1.7 million customers, will raise each bill about $3/month or $36 X 1.7 million a year, way more than they claim the storms cost them. View Comment
OT does NOT have an effect on pensions.
The police contract is available online. Not all the job sites where you see cops working OT are city jobs, a lot are private jobs where a property owner is paying to have something installed or repaired. The city does get a percentage of any OT job when cops are hired and that fee is added to the bill to the contractor. View Comment
No. In the history of the dept there has rarely (once before ?) been a second Deputy Chief. There were Captains, at a lower pay grade, handling the responsibilities, but they have now eliminated Captains. There have been other ranks created and filled, from time to time, above Captains and below Deputy Chiefs called Inspectors. Now, everything above the rank of Lieutenant. is an appointment and there are few, if any, requirements for appointment expect possibly being a Lieutenant. View Comment