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Monday, February 17, 2020


The City of Hartford has an ordinance on its books and has had this ordinance for some time. Essentially it gives the Police Chief in Hartford the authority to require police officers to be hired at any business, including bars , that are determined by the Chief of Police to be valid nuisance and a threat to Public Safety of the businesses "patrons, invitees, employees or the general Public.".

For some reason the HPD Administration seems to be afraid of enforcing this ordinance. There are several businesses, liquor establishments in particular, that are chronic problems when it comes to fights, shootings, stabbings and overall general violent crime. Club Majestic, the scene of Hartford's most recent homicide is a prime example. There have been numerous shootings, stabbings and assaults at Club Majestic in recent history. Yet, Club Majestic remains unscathed and continues to operate with immunity from HPD enforcement.

And make no mistake, Club Majestic is not alone in creating a public nuisance with the behavior of their clientele, These nuisances dot Hartford's neighborhoods, both North and South, East and West. The one thing they all seem to have in common is the owners that are more than willing to allow anyone in , willing to pay the price of admission and drinks. They even seem to ignore State liquor laws without any consequences. One patron shot at Club Majestic was, according to Police, a 19 year old "customer".

The solution to this behavior, apparently as shown by the HPD Administration  is to strip every available resource out of quieter neighborhoods to "babysit" the nuisance bars where the owners refuse to provide proper Security for their customers. They must be reading the articles on "evidenced based Policing"  and drinking the Texas Kool-Aid.

It is wrong to reassign Community Service Officers who should be patrolling the neighborhoods they have built relationships with to enhance the quality of life across the City. These officers, along with Patrol Officers are stripped out to sit in front of problem bars, while most neighborhoods receive far less coverage than they deserve on busy bar nights and weekends at the expense of other neighborhoods

Ordinance 29-17 should be used to force bar owners to maintain Public Safety in their establishments. The Police Chief has the power to do it and it will send a clear message to bar owners to clean up their acts before they have to pay HPD to do it.

It is a matter of Public Safety and the Police Chief can not be afraid to do his job while continuing to dance around the issue of violent crime endangering Hartford's neighborhoods. It is a handful of problem locations but they contribute greatly to Hartford's violent crime, both reality and perception.

A uniformed Police Officer at these problem locations will send a clear message to those entering to take the gun play elsewhere, we don't want it.

Ordinance 29 17  on Scribd

Sunday, February 16, 2020


Luke Bronin on the campaign trail in New Hampshire ( Courant photo)

I get tired of people that continually use Hartford and its residents as pawns in their complicated games of ego chess.

Hartford's Mayor Luke Bronin is one of the people that plays that game and thinks no one is smart enough or even cares enough to pay attention. But we do.

If you remember, shortly after his first election he went on the campaign circuit for failed Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. I think the Bronin's and the Malloy's had the moving vans reserved and backed up to the front door on election night, ready for their ascension back to Washington D.C. as a reward from Hillary. I am sure there was much anger from Luke and Sara when the results started rolling in and they realized they were stuck in Hartford. I am sure they never thought Donald Trump could win.

Since that didn't work out as planned, Luke came up with another scheme. He would ride the coat tails of his Capitol godfather Dan Malloy into the Governor's Office. I guess he didn't pay attention to the polls to realize how unpopular Governor Malloy was as he was leaving office.

Regardless, he spent months criss-crossing the State of Connecticut on his campaign efforts when he should have been focusing on the promises he made to the people of Hartford to get elected.

Hartford suffered while Luke ran, but what does that matter, he had his eyes set on a greater prize.

Well, that effort also flopped and Luke was once again stuck in Hartford.

Now at a time when opioid deaths are soaring in Hartford, Hartford School students are assaulting Administrators, violence in the schools is starting to boil over. That evidenced by this weeks stabbing of a student at the Hartford Schools latest showplace, Weaver High School. And lets not forget the gun violence that has given Hartford the proud distinction of the most violent City in Connecticut and most likely New England.

Much of those things are happening under the watch of Luke Bronin, but then again, it is hard to see those disasters when you are out on the campaign trail. Whether that campaign trail was for a failed Hillary, a failed run for wannabe Governor Bronin or now his long shot support for Presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg . Bronin spent much of last week out of Hartford campaigning for Mayor Pete instead of staying in Hartford doing his job as Mayor Luke, the job he was elected for.

If nothing else, if by some fluke, Buttigieg is elected, I could probably resurrect the nickname of lying Luke. Does anyone else remember Bronin's campaign promise that he was happy in Hartford and had every intention of completing his four year term as Mayor?

I can picture the conversation now from a snowy café in Nashua , New Hampshire.

Bronin to Buttigieg, "When you get elected as President,Pete  where would I fit into your Administration ?You know I am up here in the cold campaigning for you when I should be focusing on my own mess in Hartford"

Hartford needs a Mayor that cares about Hartford and can honor his (or her) commitment to make Hartford a better place, not to ascend to the next rung on their ladder of political aspirations.

So far we have not seen that commitment from Luke Bronin to Hartford.