City Council

By - 1/10/17 - 10:45 pm
Janey

Kim Janey, a community organizer and project manager at Massachusetts Advocates for Children, announced tonight she's running for the District 7 City Council seat currently held by Tito Jackson.

Janey joins Rufus Faulk in announcing a bid for the two-year seat in this fall's elections.

Jackson has yet to say if he will run for re-election, run for mayor or both.

By - 1/8/17 - 1:55 pm

City Councilor Matt O'Malley (Jamaica Plain, West Roxbury) exhorts the young'uns:

Attn kids of Boston: Shovel out a fire hydrant & have your parents post a before/after pic. I'll send you a $5 gift certificate to @jplicks.

It's starting to work: Read more.

By - 1/3/17 - 2:44 pm
Rufus Faulk

Community organizer Rufus Faulk used Facebook to announce his bid for the Roxbury city-council seat now held by Tito Jackson in this fall's election.

Jackson has yet to announce if he's running for reelection, running for mayor or pulling a Yancey and doing both. Read more.

By - 12/14/16 - 1:27 pm

The Boston City Council today kicked the issue of banning plastic bags at local stores into the next year. Read more.

By - 12/14/16 - 1:02 pm

The Boston City Council today voted 12-1 for an ordinance that would prod the city's two gas companies to speed up repairs of hundreds, possibly thousands, of natural-gas leaks in the city. Read more.

By - 12/12/16 - 8:58 am

The Globe reports city councilors Bill Linehan (South Boston, South End, Chinatown, downtown) and Frank Baker (Dorchester) will try again this week to get their colleagues to approve a request for a 2% tax on Boston liquor sales to raise funds for addiction services.

The two first proposed the idea last year but it never went anywhere.

If the council does approve the proposal at its Wednesday meeting, the measure would also need approval of Mayor Walsh, the state legislature and the governor.

By - 12/6/16 - 9:46 am

The Herald reports on a City Council hearing on a Boston Police bid to buy software to monitor possible threats posted on social media.

By - 11/28/16 - 11:49 pm

The City Council on Wednesday considers a proposal by councilors Matt O'Malley (West Roxbury/Jamaica Plain) and Michelle Wu (at large) to ban most plastic bags in Boston and to let stores charge 5 cents for paper or reusable bags - or plastic bags that can be composted. Read more.

By - 11/16/16 - 2:23 pm

City Councilor Tito Jackson (Roxbury) ended today's council meeting by quoting Martin Niemoller's famous poem - and vowing to fight for Boston immigrants. Read more.

By - 11/16/16 - 1:26 pm

The Boston City Council today approved asking the state to let the city issue 12 new liquor licenses for restaurants and a cineplex at the South Bay Town Center project in Dorchester, saying the licenses are critical to bringing the sort of home-grown restaurants that will make the center take off.

But the council decided not to seek three liquor licenses for the massive Seaport Square project in the South Boston Waterfront. Read more.

By - 11/16/16 - 12:51 pm

The City Council today unanimously approved local adoption of a state law to lower the default speed limit on Boston roads from 30 to 25 m.p.h. The measure, which now goes to Mayor Walsh for his signature, will also let BTD lower the speed limit to 20 m.p.h. in certain designated zones, such as in front of schools.

By - 11/16/16 - 9:41 am

In an essay this week, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh vowed to continue protecting the city's immigrant residents:

We will defend our friends, neighbors, and family members from any and all efforts to exclude them, harm them, or strip them of their rights. Boston is a city of inclusion, a city of compassion, a welcoming, diverse, global city. We’ll stay that way.

Read more.

By - 11/15/16 - 3:56 pm

The Boston City Council tomorrow considers asking the state legislature for 12 new liquor licenses for the South Bay Town Center project in Dorchester and 3 for the Seaport Square complex in the South Boston Waterfront. Read more.

By - 10/27/16 - 3:21 pm
By - 10/19/16 - 1:57 pm

The Boston City Council today approved looking into how to regulate rental services like Airbnb from laying waste to neighborhoods and harming local hotels and workers while also protecting poor homeowners who increasingly rely on the services to make ends meet and stay in the city. Read more.

By - 10/19/16 - 1:42 pm

The Boston City Council agreed today to hold a hearing on the vetting process for how people become constables following last week's shootout in East Boston, involving a man who the council named a constable earlier this year. Read more.

By - 10/19/16 - 1:25 pm

The city council today urged Harvard University to give its food-services workers the $35,000 minimum salary that is one of the issues in the workers' current strike. Read more.

By - 10/12/16 - 9:48 pm
Satanic Temple Boston

Local Satanists say it's time the Boston City Council give the devil his due - by letting them open one of the council's bi-weekly meetings with an invocation.

The council has long started its regular meetings with an invocation by a member of the local clergy, who are invited on a rotating basis by individual councilors. Read more.

By - 10/11/16 - 5:50 pm
A goose in Boston's Public Garden

Winged menace gives you the eye.

Boston city councilors will take a gander at a gaggle of ideas to deal with geese and the crap they leave behind.

At a hearing today, councilors heard suggestions that included fining people who feed them, having parks workers and volunteers coat goose eggs with oil, which kills the chicks but fools the mother goose so she doesn't lay more eggs - and buying more umbrellas for city parks workers with which to find off angry geese when they try to grab the eggs to coat them in oil. Read more.

By - 9/27/16 - 1:58 pm
Geese in Hyde Park

Blame Canada geese: The honey badgers of the avian world.

Councilor Annissa Essaibi-George refuses to duck the issue any longer: Boston has become infested by Canada geese that befoul our parks, sidewalks and waterways and chase after other animals, little children and even small adults. Read more.