Councilor Ross explains what he and councilors LaMattina and Linehan are thinking up for Boston Common, which they say deserves to be not just America's oldest park, but it's greatest:
Hi. My name is Reuben, and I am Boston City Councilor Mike Ross's Chief of Staff.
Mike and I have read with interest the writings regarding the Boston Common on these pages. We are energized to see so many people who are as interested in the future of the Common as we are.
At Boston Daily, Mike has posted his Ross Report on the topic. We are excited about a number of the proposals that we'll have in this report, and wanted to clear up a few misconceptions.
It would be a conservancy, like the ones running Post Office Square Park and the Rose Kennedy Greenway, but what would that mean for the Common's long tradition of being a place of rallies and other public events? Kevin McCrea breaks the news.
Carol Leonesio tells us.
And will city councilors Charles Yancey, Sam Yoon, Stephen Murphy, and John Connolly do likewise? You may recall they made a point of not endorsing anybody in the 2nd Suffolk state-senate race after their horse lost by a nose in September. Now that said horse has made them look like, at best, tools, you think they might make the best of a bad situation and endorse their fellow Democrat?
I wonder if Sandy Tennant wants his money back? According to state campaign records, on Oct. 15, the Republican fundraiser and former executive director of the Massachusetts Republican Party donated $500 to Wilkerson. His wife, Cynthia, donated another $303.
Michael Jonas makes the case.
Miguel Roberto Del Pozo Castillo, 26, was arrested early Sunday on charges he beat his girlfriend in their Joy Street apartment and threw her chihuahua against a wall so hard its paw was broken, according to the Suffolk County DA's office.
Castillo was scheduled for arraignment in Boston Municipal Court today. According to prosecutors, Castillo went into a beating rage because he thought his girlfriend was stepping out on him.
The Phoenix reports on two more issues involving Wilkerson:
One involves a questionable personal loan from a powerful developer who has dealings with the State Senate, and the other involves, yet again, failure to file tax returns, this time for a nonprofit she has run.
Dianne Wilkerson's campaign Web site is now www.diannedelivers08.com instead of www.diannedelivers2008.com, so don't even think of going to the latter, especially since the campaign simply pulled the plug on it, rather than doing anything so radical and risky as redirecting people who click there to the new site.
On Monday, the Herald reported the old site still listed endorsements from pols who no longer back Wilkerson, now that she's no longer the Democratic nominee for the 2nd Suffolk State Senate seat. The new site lost the endorsement list, along with the "20" in the URL.
Sonia Chang-Diaz, could be on her way as the first Latina-American to become a state senator, representing the 2nd Suffolk District of Roxbury, Dorchester, Mattapan, Jamaica Plain, Mission Hill and others.
Meanwhile, Boston City Councilor Chuck Turner (African-American) blasted the "Soon-To-Be" first ever Latina on her way to becoming the next State Senator; calling Chang-Diaz "A Non-Latina" with no kind of Latino blood background in her whatsoever.
Saturday, October 18th, hundreds of residents "spotted" the duo knocking on doors in Roxbury and Dorchester. Is that Sonia whatever-her-name-is? And is that MC Spice? The conversation is sparked, and the pitch to get support at the polls is made. Residents are wowed to have Ms. Diaz at their front door showing her normality and human side. Most were especially glad to see an old friend of the community supporting the Democratic nominee for state senate.
In case you missed it, Yvonne Abraham yesterday had an interesting piece that raises the question of whose campaign is really for sale: Sonia Chang-Diaz, who took $500 from some woman in Cambridge, or Dianne Wilkerson, who took $7,000 from the management companiy at the Roxse Homes project (from which Wilkerson rents her campaign office)?
House Speaker DiMasi to endorse Sonia Chang-Diaz in 2nd Suffolk state-senate race.
The Globe reports the state Bar Counsel wants state Sen. Dianne Wilkerson disbarred, saying she lied under oath during a 2005 court hearing involving her nephew:
In both the court appearance and in the affidavit, Wilkerson falsely claimed that she was present at a Boston police station when two homicide detectives interviewed another relative, Isaac Wilkerson, about the 1994 stabbing death of Hazel Mack, the petition said.
The complaint now goes before the state Supreme Judicial Court.
Man kills woman, self. Called police from 10 Emerson Pl. around 9, when police stormed apartment around midnight, he was dead.
No word yet if she will continue her "Chang-Diaz is a white devil controlled by Cambridge honkies" strategy, however.
Boston Police report two Good Samaritans foiled a holdup at the Hungry I, 71 Charles St., last night: