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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

IT STILL STINKS, THE COURANT WEIGHS IN ON THE WALLER SCANDAL

The Courant has just posted an editorial on the Assistant Chief posting at HFD and what has become the latest scandal for the Segarra  Adminstration to address

Here is the Courant's editorial .http://www.courant.com/news/opinion/editorials/hc-ed-fix-was-in-for-top-spot-in-fire-department-20140820,0,4519900.story

I have to ask the same question that many people calling me are asking. What does Saundra Kee-Borges have that she can hold over Segarra's head. It must be good to be be able to embarrass Segarra time  and time again and still survive.

Pedro, aren't you tired of looking like a fool at the hands of SKB yet? Clearly you can do it on your own without her help.

And as a sidenote, here we are over 24 hours later and Mayor Segarra's Lack of Communication Director Maribel LaLuz has not responded to requests for comment   I am not sure we really need it or that anyone would trust them with an explanation at this point

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

YOU CAN'T FIGHT CITY HALL

OH YES YOU CAN!!! And sometimes you may even win. After posting over a week ago about the tailor made job posting for Assistant Fire Chief. It appeared to be tailor made for the significant other/fiancee'/boyfriend of Hartford's Corporation Counsel Saundra Kee Borges.

Terry Waller was the heir apparent until about 5:00PM today when the heat in the kitchen must have gotten a little too hot for Mayor Caviar. Segarra suddenly reversed his position and ordered the position re-posted and open to all, minus the residency requirement.

We will see how this progresses but I am sure people still want to hear the truth as to how this happened and who orchestrated the original posting.

It will probably be blamed on some clerk who added the residency requirement in without any one reviewing it for accuracy. Although they did have plenty of time to fix the mistake since it was posted here over a week ago. I guess a threatened editorial from the Courant might have pushed Pedro over the edge.

Requests for comment from the Mayor's  spokeperson Maribel LaLuz were not returned

Let the comments begin!!

Monday, August 18, 2014

THE GOOD NEIGHBOR POLICY

Apparently the City of New Britain and their beloved  Rock Cats are headed to Court as detailed n the filing below. Their next court date is apparently  scheduled for 8/21/2014.  This apparently revolves around a dispute over delinquent tax payments due the City by the Rock Cats and their possible eviction from the New Britain Stadium

Let's roll out the red carpet and welcome them with open arms to Hartford. The Rock Cats motion for an injunction to hold off any eviction proceedings was denied by Judge Abrams on August 13, 2014

 Information Updated as of: 08/18/2014
Case Information
 Case Type:   M82 - MISC - HOUSING CIVIL MATTERS
 Court Location:   NEW BRITAIN
 List Type:   No List Type
 Trial List Claim:   
 Referral Judge or Magistrate:   
 Last Action Date:   08/15/2014  (The "last action date" is the date the information was entered in the system)
 
Disposition Information
 Disposition Date:  
 Disposition:  
Judge or Magistrate:  
 
Party & Appearance Information
Party No Fee Party
P-01
NEW BRITAIN DOUBLE PLAY, LLC
 Attorney:        WILLINGER WILLINGER & BUCCI PC (023585)
855 MAIN STREET
BRIDGEPORT, CT 06604
  File Date: 08/13/2014
D-01
CITY OF NEW BRITAIN
 Non-Appearing

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Motions / Pleadings / Documents / Case Status
Entry NoFile DateFiled ByDescriptionArguable
101.0008/13/2014     P MOTION FOR TEMPORARY INJUNCTION EXPARTE
  RESULT: Denied 8/13/2014 HON JAMES ABRAMS
No
102.0008/13/2014     C ORDER HEARING AND NOTICE
  RESULT: Order 8/13/2014 HON JAMES ABRAMS
No

Individually Scheduled Court Dates as of 08/18/2014
HHB-CV14-4035742-S - NEW BRITAIN DOUBLE PLAY, LLC v. CITY OF NEW BRITAIN
#DateTimeEvent DescriptionStatus
1 08/21/2014 2:00PMHearingProceeding

AN OPEN MEMO TO HARTFORD'S FIRE CHIEF HUERTAS

I first met Chief Huertas several years ago , and whether you agree with me of not, I found him to be an honorable man willing to stand his ground.

At the time Hartford Police were experiencing staffing issues and Huertas was on the road as a District Chief for HFD. A medical aid call had been dispatched , I believe it was a shooting after a robbery. Huertas and the Fire crew dispatched responded quickly but they couldn't enter the shooting scene until HPD was dispatched  and determined the scene was safe. Knowing that the victim was laying only a few hundred feet away from help, yet HFD was helpless to potentially save the life of a victim who may be bleeding to death

Huertas repeatedly called the Police dispatcher asking for a cop so they could enter the scene .Several times he was told no officer was available. Huertas finally told the dispatcher that he didn't care what they had to do, get mutual aid from another Police Department or request a Trooper to respond, but he needed a cop, and he needed them now.

Somehow , once Huertas reached his frustration level, he made sure the right thing was done, a  police officer was found to respond and most likely the victim's life was saved. Later that evening I found Chief Huertas at the former Fire Headquarters building on Pearl Street and thanked him for what he did and for standing up for a Hartford resident  and potentially saving the victims life by standing his ground.

He was surprised that anyone was even aware what he had did, but that left an impression with me that Huertas wasn't into the image games, but was  willing to do what was right when it was needed.

I thought it was important to tell that story to emphasize  why I think Chief Huertas has integrity and character.

Now once again I am calling on Chief Huertas to do the right thing and set an example by doing what he knows is right when he is pushed to his frustration level. I have heard all of the stories of how Terry Waller was promoted to Deputy Chief. As the story has been retold to me by numerous people, Former Chief Casares  was called into the office of at the time Acting COO SKB and asked right out "you are going to make Terry a Deputy Chief, right ?" to which Casares apparently replied "NO". That sealed Casares's fate and he was forced into retirement almost immediately.

Then comes along Casares replacement, Chief Huertas. According to numerous sources familiar with HFD and Chief Huertas, the Chief was told that his appointment was contingent on his Assistant Chief choice. Chief Shapiro, who was more than competent as Acting Assistant  Chief, was returned back to the streets of Hartford as a District Chief and Waller ascended to his throne , apparently courtesy of SKB.

Now apparently the fix is in courtesy of a corrupt administration  led by Mayor Caviar and his rack of lamb crew. Surprise, surprise Terry Waller is the only capable, qualified candidate. No testing, no training assessment, not even management experience requirements. Terry is the guy because he is Sandy's guy.

It is demoralizing for anyone who wishes to move up through the ranks based on merit and not based upon sleeping with a political hack. I know that is a crude assessment, but it is the reality.

Chief Huertas, we all know how the game is played. The choice is now yours. Play the game and potentially endanger the lives of the men and women you have worked with all your career, or say hell no to the little Gigolo and stand up for what you know is the right choice. If they force you out you can at least leave with your head held right , knowing you did what is right for the men and women of the Hartford Fire Department and the people of Hartford.

No job is worth selling your soul, especially to this group. Although I doubt that they have the guts to force you out if you do the right thing. The Hartford Courant is now digging into this, and if the calls I'm getting are on the mark, calls are being made to numerous outside agencies requesting a full review of how the Caviar crew are using the City of Hartford for their own game. I think it is hard to get the attention of  the US Attorney's Office, but when you do...watch out.

When it comes to low hanging fruit of corruption, it doesn't get much easier than Hartford City Hall.

Chief Huertas do what you know is right and stand your ground, for your own reputation and the legacy of your time as the Chief of HFD and for your fellow firefighters. Read some of the comments... we will have your back and support you for doing the right thing

To read the Courant's article ,click here

Thursday, August 14, 2014

MORE PREPARATION FOR HARTFORD ASSISTANT FIRE CHIEF PROMOTION

Although the process for selecting  Hartford's next selection for Assistant Chief is still underway, little indications are slipping out of the Mayor's Office as to who the choice may be. The selection is expected to be fully above board without any outside  influence from political operatives tied to Mayor Segarra or any potential candidates.

But in the last few days small indicators are showing that the selection may have been made before the posting  was ever even issued by HR.

The exclusive video of vehicle testing was the first sign, you can view that on the previous posting.

Today exclusive  photos were obtained by "We the People" of new HFD Command Staff turnout gear being modeled for the Mayor and Corporation Counsel as well as HFD Chief Huertas and the Firefighters Union President on the second floor of City Hall.

Here is one of the photos of the exclusive modeling session.

CITY TEST DRIVING NEW VEHICLES FOR ASSISTANT FIRE CHIEF AND CORP COUNSEL

Apparently after the sham job posting was released for the position of Hartford Fire Assistant Chief, the City's Fleet Manager began test driving  vehicles to assign as "HFD  Car 2"  ." We the People" cameras were able to capture exclusive video of those tests. Look closely  and you can observe the vehicles outfitted with booster seats and Jay's Crabshack leftover containers