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Twelve years ago Dennis Elpern sounded the alarm...did anyone listen?
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This December will mark four years since the passing of Danbury City Planning Director Dennis Elpern.
When it came to matters involving development in the city, Elpern was the first person at City Hall I would contact...Dennis was a good friend whom I still miss dearly.
Twelve years ago this month, the city's planning department conducted a comprehensive community attitude survey that gauged the resident's thoughts on a variety of issues of concern, with the most critical being the need for smart development.
Elpern presented the findings of the survey to the Planning Commission and gave a dire warning about the future of development in the city...and twelve years later, his dire warning still resonates today.
As I start my reporting on the municipal elections in my neck of the woods, this week, I do is my time reviewing topics of concerns in Danbury over the last fifteen years.
One of the TOP concerns I’ve heard from residents since I first started blogging in Danbury centers on downtown revitalization. Ten years ago, I conducted an interview then CityCenter Danbury chairperson Andrea Gartner and talked to her about the efforts being made by the city at the time to bring people back to the downtown area.
Take a look and decide for yourself whether things in the downtown area have improved since the recording of this interview.
(Note: Gartner is now a member of the Zoning Commission and the chairperson of the Danbury Democratic Town Committee).
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.