City Council

By - 1/24/16 - 7:37 pm

Once again, the Boston Globe writes about the BRA's impending unlawful mayor-assisted heist of the City's Winthrop Square garage, blaming the whistle-blower for holding up the works.

I posted the following comment: Read more.

By - 1/4/16 - 12:21 pm

The city council has unanimously elected Councilor Michelle Wu (at large) as City Council President. Councilor Matt O'Malley (Jamaica Plain, West Roxbury) withdrew his name last night. Her election comes two years after she threw her support behind Bill Linehan's bid to remain council president.

Her elevation means she gets to pick chairpeople of council committees. And she'd become mayor if something happened to Marty Walsh. Read more.

By - 12/16/15 - 1:50 pm
Yancey says goodbye

Boston city councilors and Mayor Walsh said goodbye to councilors Charles Yancey (Dorchester) and Steve Murphy (at large) at their final meeting of the city council.

Walsh presented the two with Revere bowls for their years of service - 32 for Yancey, 19 for Murphy. Read more.

By - 12/7/15 - 8:58 pm

City Councilor Matt O'Malley (Jamaica Plain, West Roxbury) wants to give Bostonians a safer way to complete transactions arranged on Craigslist and other online sites.

In a proposed ordinance to be discussed at the City Council's regular meeting on Wednesday, O'Malley proposes using spaces in city police stations for "e-commerce exchange zones:" Read more.

By - 11/26/15 - 1:50 pm

The East Boston Times reports Councilor Sal LaMattina says East Boston is in desperate need of a second middle school.

By - 11/14/15 - 9:57 am

Two years ago, then freshman at-large Councilor Michelle Wu agreed to help Council President Bill Linehan win a second term. Now, the Globe reports, Linehan is helping Wu take his place presiding over the council.

The move means Wu will decide which committees councilors sit on - and that she will become mayor should something happen to Marty Walsh.

By - 11/7/15 - 9:13 am

Jamaica Plain News reports at-large Councilor Ayanna Pressley will vote for O'Malley (Jamaica Plain, West Roxbury) for council president to replace Bill Linehan (South Boston, South End, Chinatown, Downtown), who is not trying for a third term in the president's aerie above the council chambers.

By - 11/6/15 - 4:27 pm

The Globe reports councilors Matt O'Malley (Jamaica Plain, West Roxbury), Mark Ciommo (Allston/Brighton) and Michelle Wu (at large) all want to replace Bill Linehan as council president.

Fans of council intrigue, of course, remember that Linehan got a second go at the council presidency (the holder of which makes assignments to council committee and gets to stand up on the brutalist president's rostrum in the council chambers) two years ago thanks to one of Wu's first decisions after her election.

By - 11/4/15 - 12:25 pm
Murphy and Yancey

City councilors Steve Murphy (at large) and Charles Yancey (Dorchester, Mattapan), both of whom lost in yesterday's election, share a moment before this afternoon's city-council meeting.

By - 11/4/15 - 7:47 am

Yancey vows to keep working for a high school in Mattapan, WGBH reports. WGBH reports on Campbell's path to victory. Read more.

By - 11/3/15 - 8:43 pm
Essaibi-George and Campbell

Winners: Essaibi-George and Campbell.

Yancey

The Dorchester Reporter calls District 4 for Andrea Campbell in a decisive win over three-decade Councilor Charles Yancey, in her first run for elective office.

Annissa Essaibi-George finished ahead of incumbent Steve Murphy for the fourth at-large seat, behind Wu, Flaherty and Pressley. Murphy, on the council since 1997, called Essaibi-George to congratulate her. Essaibi-George came in fifth for an at-large seat two years ago.

Read more.

By - 11/2/15 - 1:13 pm

Boston City Councilor Frank Baker (Dorchester) wants to extend city councilors' terms from two to four years.

On Wednesday, the day after what could be a council election with a record low turnout, the council will consider his request for a hearing into the idea of asking the state legislature to make the change.

Baker's hearing request states: Read more.

By - 10/31/15 - 2:16 pm

The Globe reports on District 4 city-council candidate Andrea Campbell's residency status over the past few years.

By - 10/30/15 - 11:20 am

Tuesday's election, which could have record low turnout, features a small field of five candidates for the four at-large council seats and contested elections in just four of the nine district races (Baker vs. Palmer in District 3, Yancey vs. Campbell in District 4, McCarthy vs. Sanon in District 5, Jackson vs. Clemons in District 7). Here are some articles about the races: Read more.

By - 10/28/15 - 1:15 pm

At-large City Councilor Steve Murphy, one of five candidates for the four at-large seats open in Tuesday's election, continues to bang the drum for a privately funded solar-powered monorail between North and South stations.

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By - 10/28/15 - 1:00 pm

The City Council today approved Mayor Walsh's proposal to increase members' pay almost 14%, to $99,500, starting Jan. 1.

Councilors Ayanna Pressley (at large) Michelle Wu (at large), Charles Yancey (Dorchester) and Josh Zakim (Back Bay, Beacon Hill, Mission Hill, Fenway) voted against. Read more.

By - 10/27/15 - 10:38 am

UPDATE, Wednesday: City Council unanimously approved the ordinance.

Police Commissioner William Evans strongly backs a proposed ordinance that would let police seize toy and replica guns that look too much like the real thing.

Evans said the guns increasingly being used in crimes. At a City Council committee hearing this morning, he pointed to last night's robbery outside the Savin Hill T stop, allegedly by two teens with a realistic-looking BB gun as just the latest example of people using replica guns in crimes. Read more.

By - 10/21/15 - 5:13 pm

City IT workers have begun mapping out existing underground conduits to see if there's enough room for another company - or the city itself - to lay the cables needed to bring competitive high-speed broadband to Boston, City Councilor Matt O'Malley (Jamaica Plain, West Roxbury) said today. Read more.

By - 10/20/15 - 8:06 am

City Councilors Sal LaMattina and Bill Linehan want to require street performers to buy $40 annual licenses for the right to perform on Boston streets.

The city council tomorrow considers their request for a hearing on a proposed ordinance that would require street performers to wear their permits - and to show them to inquiring police officers and to stay at least 100 feet away from elementary schools and hospitals - and at least 50 feet away from other buskers. Read more.

By - 10/15/15 - 7:51 am

Two key councilors in the struggle for higher council pay say they have come to terms with the mayor's proposal to increase their salaries 13.7%, to $99,500, come January. Read more.