Yesterday, by a final vote of 2641 to 433, residents gave their seal of approval to spend 208 million dollars to construct the proposed Danbury Career Academy School, and a childhood center at Great Plain Elementary School, as well as support numerous school infrastructure improvements throughout the city.
While the final tabulation of turnout was unavailable last night, as of 7 PM, an estimated 6.4 percent of the voting public expressed their opinion on the bond package designed to alleviate long-standing educational concerns in the city.
After the vote, I caught up with Mayor Dean Esposito to get his opinion of the bond referendum passage.
In a future post, I'll evaluate the results of the bond package against past referendums and the results of last year's municipal election to get a clearer picture of the public's willingness to express their opinion on one of the top concerns in the city.
04.25.22 (RADIO): WSHU Latino group call on Connecticut lawmakers to open a Danbury charter school
06.03.22 (OP-ED): KUSHNER: "Career Academy ‘a great deal for Danbury"
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.