City Council

By - 4/26/16 - 6:41 pm

The City Council tomorrow considers a proposal from Councilor Tito Jackson (Roxbury) for a hearing on barring research that involves "aerosolizing" pathogens not currently native to Boston - such as Ebola - at least until after scientists across the country have been able to figure out how to really keep us safe from inadvertent releases from laboratories. Read more.

By - 4/25/16 - 10:42 am

People who can't make it to City Council hearings on department budgets this year (what with them being held during the day and all) can now testify via Google Hangouts, Council President Michelle Wu said today. Read more.

By - 4/6/16 - 12:43 pm

The City Council voted today to extend members' terms from two to four years. The measure now goes to Mayor Walsh and, if he approves, to the state legislature, whose members serve two-year terms.

Only Councilor Michelle Wu (at large) voted against. Read more.

By - 4/2/16 - 3:36 pm

Here is how it worked:

The Boston City Council, in 2004, approved an Order extending certain Urban Renewal Plans until April 30, 2015, and also enacting "a series of procedural changes with respect to Urban Renewal Plans in Boston” consisting of changes in the Council's Urban Renewal Plan review process, so as to retain only the powers to vote on initiation of new Urban Renewal Plans and termination of ongoing Plans, and deleting from Council jurisdiction extensions of expiring Plans. Read more.

By - 3/30/16 - 1:21 pm

City councilors said today they will work to craft a proposal that would let Boston drop the speed limit on most roads to 20 m.p.h. - just 15 m.p.h. in school zones. Read more.

By - 3/30/16 - 1:05 pm

The city council today approved a protest against a recent North Carolina law lifting rights for transgender and gay residents in its cities: A ban on travel to the state by Boston city workers.

The measure, which now goes to Mayor Walsh for his consideration, has exemptions for public-safety and public-health workers who would have to travel there for law-enforcement or public-health reasons. Read more.

By - 3/30/16 - 8:45 am

WGBH reports on a City Council hearing yesterday to add a surcharge to property-tax bills to pay for open space, parks and affordable housing in Boston. If approved by the council and the mayor, the Community Preservation Act proposal would then go before voters. The state would kick in matching funds if voters approve the measure.

By - 3/29/16 - 10:44 pm

UPDATE: The council put off action on the proposals until next week.

The City Council tomorrow considers a measure under which councilors' terms would increase from two to four years. Read more.

By - 3/23/16 - 1:12 pm

The City Council today gave BTD approval to expand a Charlestown pilot project in which street-sweeping fines would go from $40 to $90 - but the city wouldn't tow any cars.

The council passed the measure only after including a provision that no neighborhoods get the changes regulation without a public hearing first. Read more.

By - 3/23/16 - 12:45 pm

The Boston City Council voted today to let the BRA continue to have extra powers over some 3,000 acres in the city - including the power of eminent domain.

The council voted 10-3 in favor - Councilors Tito Jackson (Roxbury), Josh Zakim (Fenway, Beacon Hill, Back Bay) and Ayanna Pressley (at large) were the opponents. Read more.

By - 3/14/16 - 6:46 pm

But at a City Council hearing today, a leader of a small-landlord group vowed war against a proposed "just cause eviction" law that would require landlords to notify tenants why they're being evicted - and to file copies with the city. Read more.

By - 3/2/16 - 1:20 pm

Anticipating voters will approve the recreational use of marijuana, city councilors voted today to ban pot shops and medicinal marijuana dispensaries from opening closer than a half mile to each other.

City Councilor Michael Flaherty (at large) had originally sought a one-mile restriction, but offered a half mile as a compromise. Read more.

By - 3/2/16 - 1:05 pm

Boston city councilors are going to give Northeastern officials a second chance to show up and discuss their decision to equip the campus police force with high-powered weaponry. Read more.

By - 3/2/16 - 12:39 pm

The City Council today unanimously approved an ordinance that will prohibit pet stores from selling puppies, kittens and rabbits from from so-called puppy mills - and which will bar the sale of pets from the back of trucks in parking lots and the side of the road. Read more.

By - 2/29/16 - 2:45 pm
Hope the dog at Boston City Council hearing on puppy mills

MSPCA staffer testifies with aid of adorably cute - but also ill - little puppy dog.

The Boston City Council could vote as early as Wednesday on a proposed and now fast-tracked measure that would ban pet stores from selling puppies, kittens and rabbits raised by large commercial breeders - and ban everybody from selling pets by the side of the road. Read more.

By - 2/24/16 - 2:03 pm

The City Council almost voted today on a zoning change that would prohibit both medical marijuana dispensaries and potential recreational pot shops from being closer than a mile to each other. Read more.

By - 2/24/16 - 1:01 pm

The City Council today agreed with a proposal to look at designating Hyde and Jackson Squares as an official Latin Quarter, in recognition of the Latinos who have long called the area home. Read more.

By - 2/24/16 - 12:49 pm

The Boston City Council today approved a total 28.7% pay increase for police detectives, retroactive to 2011 - but also voted to ask the city's public-safety unions to talk about future contract talks.

Councilor Mark Ciommo, who chairs the council's ways and means committee, said detectives deserve the raises, which an arbitrator awarded last fall. The total city cost will be $9 million. Read more.

By - 2/22/16 - 9:20 pm

Councilor Tim McCarthy (Roslindale, Mattapan, Hyde Park) says he has nothing against the time honored tradition of yard sales. But he says something has to be done about people who are turning them into full-scale commercial enterprises, disrupting blocks with traffic, noise and trash. Read more.

By - 2/21/16 - 10:55 pm

Jamaica Plain News reports that Councilor Matt O'Malley (Jamaica Plain, West Roxbury) plans to seek an ordinance that would prohibit pet stores in Boston from selling dogs, cats and rabbits.