City Council

By - 8/24/16 - 1:17 pm

The Boston City Council today approved a proposal by Mayor Walsh to force restaurants and food trucks to post letter grades for their health inspections, 10-1.

City Councilor Tito Jackson (Roxbury) voted against the proposal, saying the city was rushing into the idea too fast. Read more.

By - 8/22/16 - 1:20 pm

City Councilor Mark Ciommo (Allston/Brighton) today tore into a medical-marijuana dispensary proposed for 144 Harvard Ave., stopping just short of accusing its proponents of being liars who would let kids down pot-laced gummy bears and lollipops. Read more.

By - 8/5/16 - 1:21 pm

City Councilor Matt O'Malley (Jamaica Plain, West Roxbury), says he understands the need to keep dogs from running loose in the tiny Beecher Street Park. But O'Malley says the dog owners of JP need a place where their pets can legally roam free and socialize.

In a letter today to Leo Roy, commissioner of the state Department of Conservation and Recreation, O'Malley says the Southwest Corridor Park through Jamaica Plain has more than enough land to spare some for a dog park. Read more.

By - 8/4/16 - 10:40 am

The City Council agreed yesterday to begin looking at the possibility of prohibiting stores from using plastic bags to package the things their customers buy. Read more.

By - 8/3/16 - 1:56 pm

The City Council voted today to hold a hearing on a recent Boston Public Health Commission vote to ban the sale of flavored cigarettes at convenience stores because store owners never had a chance to testify on the proposal before the council.

By - 8/3/16 - 1:35 pm
Boston Councilor Annissa Essaibi-George speaks against expansion of charter schools

Essaibi-George explains vote against charter-school expansion after glowering at shuffling charter supporters.

The City Council voted 11-2 today to oppose what two called the pending "catastrophe" of expanding charter schools in Massachusetts. Read more.

By - 8/1/16 - 11:57 pm

Mayor Walsh is asking the City Council to approve a city ordinance that would require Boston restaurants and food trucks to prominently place a sign with a letter grade corresponding to the results of their most recent health inspections. Read more.

By - 6/25/16 - 9:52 pm

Times columnist Frank Bruni writes that at-large Boston City Councilors Ayanna Pressley and Michelle Wu (also currently council president) are two young Democratic elected officials to keep an eye on. He also put US Reps Joe Kennedy and Seth Moulton on his list.

By - 6/20/16 - 6:37 pm
Helipad atop Motor Mart garage in Park Square, Boston

The Motor Mart garage roof in Park Square served as a helipad in 1947. Photo by Leslie Jones.

The city won't build GE a helipad without scrutiny from the City Council. On Wednesday, the council formally votes to approve at-large Councilor Michael Flaherty's proposal for a hearing on the city's proposal for a public helipad somewhere closer to GE's impending Fort Point headquarters. Read more.

By - 6/8/16 - 1:36 pm

The City Council today voted unanimously to reject Mayor Walsh's budget proposals for the fiscal year that starts July 1, with education spending the major stumbling block.

The council voted to reject the measure "without prejudice," meaning there's room for negotiation. Read more.

By - 6/8/16 - 1:15 pm

The City Council today unanimously reaffirmed the city's policy against letting Boston police officers detain anybody at the request of federal immigration officials unless they have a criminal warrant. Read more.

By - 6/8/16 - 12:59 pm

City councilors who have been saying for more than three years that they want to comply with the will of the people have finally voted to formally not oppose a marijuana dispensary - proposed for 230 Harvard Ave. in Allston. Read more.

By - 5/18/16 - 1:50 pm

City Councilors want Boston to join the ranks of communities pushing back high-school start times to give sleep-deprived students a better jump on the day.

The council unanimously approved holding a hearing on the idea of starting high school as late as 8:30 a.m. Nearly half the city's high schools currently start at 7:20 or 7:30 a.m., councilors said. Read more.

By - 5/17/16 - 10:26 pm
Rally for Boston Public Schools in front of City Hall

Students rally. Photo by Greg Cook (who has more details on the protest).

For the second time this year, BPS students walked out of class for a protest against program cuts.

Fewer people joined this protest, but there were more than enough people to fill the City Council chambers during a regularly scheduled hearing on the budget for BPS's new "social emotional learning and wellness" program. Read more.

By - 5/16/16 - 7:35 am

The Herald reports on a possible BPS student walkout tomorrow afternoon that will culminate with a 2 p.m. City Hall hearing on the school budget led by Councilor Tito Jackson (Roxbury), chairman of the City Council's Education Committee. Mayor Walsh is not amused.

Earlier:
Hundreds of BPS students walk out to protest school budget cuts.

By - 5/11/16 - 1:01 pm

The City Council today approved a hearing on what the city should do about the exploding menace of hoverboards. Read more.

By - 5/11/16 - 12:35 pm

The Boston City Council today approved a measure that will ask voters in November to add a 1% surcharge to annual property-tax bills for a fund to pay for more housing for seniors, veterans and low-income residents and for improvements to and expansions of city parks and open space. Read more.

By - 5/6/16 - 3:43 pm

The Globe posts a letter from 12 city councilors who say they are outraged over the news that kids at some schools may have taken drinks from water fountains with unacceptably high lead levels. Read more.

By - 4/27/16 - 5:16 pm

Mayor Walsh said today he'll back a referendum on the November ballot to levy a surcharge on property taxes that could mean $16.5 million a year to help build affordable housing and spruce up and expand Boston parklands - plus additional matching funds from the state.

In a statement, Walsh said: Read more.

By - 4/27/16 - 1:18 pm

The City Council today unanimously approved a proposal to reduce the default city speed limit on most roads to 20 m.p.h. and 15 m.p.h. in school zones.

The measure, which councilors said should make Boston a safer city for motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians, now goes to the mayor. If he approves, it then goes to the state legislature for action.