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2011 EDUCATION BUDGET CRISIS: If you thought last year's education budget process was bad...

Saturday, January 29, 2011
Time: 11:42 AM

...wait till you get a load of the coming attractions.

News-Times:
The superintendent's proposed $187. 6 million spending plan for 2011-2012 has no surprises. It maintains services without adding new programs, school board members said.
The plan serves the needs of the city's 10,100 students and the board doesn't expect to make major reductions until the city makes its allocation.
But Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton said Friday he was sure there would not be money for the $4.7 million or 4.1 percent increase over current spending.

If you recall, last year the board recommended a 3.81 percent increase which was dead on arrival by the time it was presented to the mayor and city council. Instead, the council gave the board of ed a 1.79 percent increase, which resulted in some rather drastic cuts in school services, which included the accelerated closing of Mill Ridge Intermediate School, the elimination of paraprofessionals in elementary school, and well other cuts in services.

Needless to say that last year's budget allocation from the city council resulted in hardships at the schools, which are reflected in the number of teachers and parents expressing their concerns towards the board of education about the state of school system over the past year.

One board member sums up the attempt to decrease school's budget proposal...
"If we have to cut more, we'll have to cut into the classroom," she said, "and I don't know how the teachers will be able to do what they have to do."

I have the feeling that this year's wrangling over the education budget is going to make last year's battle look like child's play.

MUCH more later.

The Marty Heiser Show 01.27.11 broadcast

Friday, January 28, 2011
Time: 2:29 PM


LOCAL ACCESS VIDEO: Community Forum 01.26.11 broadcast


Time: 8:59 AM


LOCAL ACCESS VIDEO: The Marty Heiser Show 01.20.11 broadcast

Thursday, January 27, 2011
Time: 2:24 PM


LOCAL ACCESS VIDEO: Bethel Today 01.18.11 broadcast

Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Time: 12:53 PM


Buried fire hydrants places lives at risk (take 2)


Time: 8:47 AM

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Here's a picture taken on Sunday of a buried fire hydrant in front of the Palace Theater on Main Street...unacceptable

I know I've already talked about this subject but this is VERY serious.

I can not stress how important it is for residents to take the time and clean around fire hydrants when cleaning snow from their driveways. It shouldn't take public humiliation or photographers snapping pictures of problems in the city for people to do the right thing.

First off, if a hydrant becomes buried in snow, firefighters will have a difficult time locating the buried hydrant during a fire when every second counts.

Second, if you don't clean around a hydrant right after a snow storm, as tie goes on the snow around the hydrant will harden and make clearing all the more difficult for firefighters.

Third, if you live near a hydrant, you're only hurting yourself and your neighbors when firefighters waste time clearing around a hydrant during a fire.

In short, you're PLACING LIVES AT RISK when you don't properly clean around a fire hydrant...which is exactly what happened yesterday in at a condominium complex fire in Branford.



Again, you shouldn't need city officials to tell you to clean the hydrants...common sense should tell you to do the right thing...

"I can't deny the fact that you like me! You like me!"

Monday, January 24, 2011
Time: 8:46 PM

I've never been good at responding to people who compliment my work here at the site. I don't know, I just feel strange when someone I don't know say "hey, I love your stuff on that blog" or something like that.

With that being said, I really love it when fellow reporters give me props for my work because they, more than anyone else, knows how hard it is to keep a site like this going.

Recently, Danbury's AMAZING art, news and entertainment site "The Mercurial" added your truly in their 325 project, a year-long compilation of 325 "things" that are great about the Greater Danbury area.

Here's the write-up:
#28 Al Robinson

Al Robinson, a.k.a. the Hat City Blogger, has been Danbury's tireless watchdog for nearly six years. He's unafraid of making enemies, saying what he thinks or stating the facts. He rides Mayor Boughton like a seasoned cowboy and regularly reams out City Clerk Jean Natale for reported incompetence and racism. Robinson also consistently points out subpar reporting in the mainstream media and has a camera at all the right moments.

He knows how to have fun too – his harsh criticisms are often paired with hilarious quips – and his design work will make you laugh out loud. He also posted video footage of one of the recent snowstorms hour by hour, straight through the wee hours of the morning. Check out his Star Wars-themed ode to the Jets, too.

Some may call him renegade, but the Hat City Blogger is a crucial community voice. Robinson can be found at most city meetings, local events, filming an episode of locally broadcasted "Progressive Soup" or refueling at Nico's with his daughter, video camera in tow.

A REALLY big thanks goes out to The Mercurial's incredible Founder/Publisher/Editor Amanda Bloom. If you haven't already, show Amanda some love by visiting The Mercurial website OFTEN, it's truly a rare gem to have a such a great source of media in Danbury!

For a bonus, can anyone break down the degrees of separation between the now defunct Hat City Press and The Mercurial? For those in the know, the answer is a no-brainier.

LOCAL ACCESS VIDEO: Progressive Soup 01.19.11 broadcast


Time: 3:26 PM


Pitt is in my way

Sunday, January 23, 2011
Time: 12:03 PM



Don't bother me about anything related to Danbury or blogging today...I'm off the grid until tomorrow.

The day after: Oh well...three weeks till pitchers and catchers report to spring training. Go Mets!

LOCAL ACCESS VIDEO: Spotlight On 01.19.11 broadcast


Time: 11:23 AM


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On September 26, 2007, ten plaintiffs filed suit in response to an arrest of aday laborers at a public park in Danbury, Connecticut. Plaintiffs amended their complaint on November 26, 2007.

The amended complaint states that plaintiffs sought to remedy the continued discriminatory and unauthorized enforcement of federal immigration laws against the Latino residents of the City of Danbury by Danbury's mayor and its police department.

Plaintiffs allege that the arrests violated their Fourth Amendment rights and the Connecticut Constitution because defendants conducted the arrests without valid warrants, in the absence of exigent circumstances, and without probable cause to believe that plaintiffs were engaged in unlawful activity. In addition, plaintiffs allege that defendants improperly stopped, detained, investigated, searched and arrested plaintiffs. Plaintiffs also allege that defendants violated their Fourteenth Amendment rights when they intentionally targeted plaintiffs, and arrested and detained them on the basis of their race, ethnicity and perceived national origin. Plaintiffs raise First Amendment, Due Process and tort claims.

Plaintiffs request declaratory relief, damages and attorneys fees.

CLICK HERE TO READ/DOWNLOAD MAYOR BOUGHTON'S DEPOSITION

CLICK HERE TO READ/DOWNLOAD MIKE McLACHLAN (then MAYOR CHIEF OF STAFF) DEPOSITION

Danbury Area Coalition for the Rights of Immigrants v.
U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security
3:06-cv-01992-RNC ( D. Conn. )

(02.25.08) Court docket

(10.24.07) Memorandum in Opposition to Defendant's Emergency Motion for Protective Order

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Defendants' Motion to Dismiss for Lack of Subject Matter Jurisdiction

Defendants' Motion to Dismiss State Law Claims

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Defendants' Answer to Amended Complaint

NEW HAVEN REGISTER: Immigrant's 2006 arrest was flawed Danbury mayor testifies

(10.05.07 (VIDEO) Boughton mislead the public about Danbury's involvement in raid

(09.18.07) Yale Law Students expose Danbury involvement in raid

(12.14.06) VIDEO: Interview with Yale Law Students at FOI presser

(12.14.06) VIDEO: Danbury 11 FOI complaint media roundup

City Clerk Jean Natale standing next to skinhead sparks outrage

(10.03.06) VIDEO: Danbury 11 rally

(09.29.06) VIDEO: Danbury 11 case deepens

Word of raid spread across the country

(09/29/06) VIDEO: Danbury 11 protest news conference

(09/29/06) Immigrant newspaper "El Canillita" gives best account of ICE day labor raid at Kennedy Park


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View Boughton's campaign finance statements from 2001-present (COMING SOON)

When questioned, Boughton fails to address the issue of anti-immigrant racism in Danbury

City admits mistakes in firefighter lawsuit, taxpayers forced to pay 450K settlement, and Boughton offers no comment, no details of accountability

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Fairfield Weekly questions Boughton's honesty

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Connecting the dots

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APPEAL HEARING: 10/21/14 @ 09:30 AM

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Decision Day: GUILTY!

Day Ten: Moving forward

Day Nine: DNA

Day Eight: The seven trillion dollar man

Day Seven: Jury Trial

Day Six: Motions denied

Day Five: Endless subpoenas and bizarre motions to dismiss

Day Three/Four: He's competent!

Day Two: Excuses, excuses

Day One: Strange behavior, disturbing arrest warrant affidavit

McGowan arrested, charged with first-degree sexual assault


Read the full report on
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Watch Jean Natale's misleading, questionable, and outrageous testimony in front of the charter revision commission

Natale moonlighting during City Hall business hours

Republcian Common Council member claim City Clerk of being "racially motivated" in the Hispanic Center ad-hoc committee case

Danbury News-Times editorial criticizes City Clerk "racially motivated" involvement in Hispanic Center ad-hoc committee case

Photo of City Clerk standing next to skinhead holding anti-immigrant death threat sign

Public complains that the City Clerk is never available in her office / spends most of her time in the Registrar of Voters office

City Clerk confronts and yells at her critics at City Hall

Transcript of Minority Leader Tom Saadi criticizing Jean Natale's performance.

Freedom of Informaiton ruling on a complaint filed against Jean Natale.


Elise_Deer Highlighting the disturbing mind of a hate group leader and her xenophobic followers...

Exposing lies from Marciano regarding death threat made against yours truly

VIDEO: Marcaino shows her anti-Muslim side

I'm an AMERICAN!!!!!

MORE TO COME!!!

TOM "Big(o)T BENNETT HAS ONLY HIMSELF
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