Mike Ross is leaving his car in the Boston Globe parking lot this morning so he can spend a couple days getting from one campaign stop to another by the T and his own feet (why the Globe? Why not? Plus, it's sort of near the JFK/UMass T stop, although the Dorchester Reporter lot is a lot closer).
As Boston continues to grow and develop as a world-class city we have stretched our roads and public transit system to the breaking point. Traffic jams and Red Line delays aren't just headaches, they are a serious economic drain on our city and region. As mayor, I'll make it easier for Bostonians to get to work or school, to go out, and to visit different parts of our city.
Ross wants to bring back Night Owl bus service, build dedicated "cycle tracks" to separate bicyclists from cars, move enforcement of city tax regs from police to the transportation department and look at better timing of traffic lights. His plan.
Community activist Jamarhl Crawford today announces a write-in campaign for the District 7 council seat that Tito Jackson wants to retain. Crawford hasn't been a Jackson fan. Because Jackson had only one other opponent file nomination papers (perennial candidate Roy Owens, of course), there's no preliminary in this race; no showdown until November.
Republicans are in Boston today, for a confab at the Westin by the convention center. Now be nice. Actually, the headline for this post might be a bit inaccurate: The Westin location means Republicans don't actually have to get anywhere near the rest of us.
At-large Councilor Ayanna Pressley has her council hearing today at 2 on lifting the cap on liquor licenses in Boston. Pressley says the current limit holds back neighborhoods where would be restaurateurs can't compete with pricey national chains and celebrichefs for what have become six-figure licenses on the waterfront and downtown. Because the limit is set by the state legislature, anything the council decides would have to go to Beacon Hill. Sign a petition.
John Connolly took some time off for campaigning yesterday for the birth of daughter MaryKate.
In their own words: The Dorchester Reporter interviews mayoral candidates on education.