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August 10, 2012

License Commission Showdown with City Administration

by at 9:23 pm.

It may have come as no surprise to some that CM Bernie Lynch is asking for the resignation of two of the License Board members, Chair Walter Bayliss and member Ray Weicker, but it did to me. I thought there would be a few more attempts to get those two individuals on the same page as the City government but perhaps all avenues have been exhausted.

If you have not followed the drama that is the License Commission meetings, it will be difficult to explain in a few words. In some way it has become a rogue board. The straw that broke the camel backs did occur at their last meeting when after dragging their feet for weeks, they adjourned without taking a position on the suggestions of the City Council regarding the rules that apply to liquor establishment; then there is the on-going battle between Bayliss and Chief of Police Ken Lavallee; the complaints from the downtown neighborhood organization, the way the City’s legal department is treated and the Board’s reaction to being asked to meet in the evening to accommodate the public.

Here is a 5 minute clip of the July 19th License Commission meeting which forced the City Manager to take this unprecedented action.
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My Views of the Roundtable

by at 8:39 pm.

As some of you know, this past Tuesday I along with a number of others participated in City Manager Bernie Lynch’s round table discussion which was broadcast live on Lowell Telecommunications Corporation (LTC). If you missed it, you can watch on LTC’s website page that features Channel 99, the Municipal Page.

Dick Howe and Chris Scott have already written their views of the evening. Dick also has some nice pictures. I just wanted to add a couple of other observations.

I thought it was well organized and the City Manager and the members of his staff who accompanied him provided in depth answers to our questions. I am a big fan of CFO Tom Moses. I think he is the best financial guy this City has had in decades and I enjoyed listening to his explanations. (more…)

Let Dave Nangle Be On TV

by at 5:06 pm.

I think we should free Dave Nangle to follow his muse. It’s undemocratic, really, to hold him to the false flag of party affiliation. He is trying too hard to straddle the line. It’s just NOT fair!

While in Lowell, Huff was accompanied by state Rep. David Nangle, also a Democrat. Nangle has not endorsed a candidate in the Senate race, but said he agreed to show Huff around the city as a personal favor to Brown, who he served with in the House during the late 1990s.

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The Sun’s Head Shed

by at 11:14 am.

Here’s an exciting tidbit dropped on another thread. I opted to pull it up and backfill.

Name: Sun Denizen

CAMPANINI HAS A NEW BOSS!!!! TWO OF THEM!!!!
http://www.digitalfirstmedia.com/editorial_announcements/

SOME GOOD THINGS TO KNOW:

Big Boss of the east, James McLure, York Record jem@ydr.com @JamesMcClure

Overseer of New England Matt DeRienzo Central Conn. properties, esp. New Haven Register @mattderienzo mderienzo@journalregister.com

REMEMBER, THE SUN’S OWNER IS BIG ON INTERACTING WITH THE PUBLIC, SO THERE IS NO BLOWING OFF OF COMMUNITY GROUPS TOO SMALL TO COMPLAIN ABOUT!

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