WBUR reports the city council voted 12-0 (John Connolly was not present) to approve an arbitrator's controversial pay hike for police officers. Councilors cited what firefighters are paid.
"Who is Number 1?" Matt O'Malley demanded.
"You are Number 6," the mysterious man replied.
"I am not a number, I am a city councilor!" O'Malley retorted.
The man in the chair began to laugh.
Measure would also ban e-cigs and pot, needs approval from the mayor and the parks department.
David Paleologos, head of polling at Suffolk University, tells the Herald Asian women coming out to vote for Wu could be the deciding factor in the mayoral race, but nobody knows how they'll vote. If only somebody could poll them.
In a genial, low-key forum tonight, District 2 (South Boston, South End Chinatown) Councilor Bill Linehan and second-time challenger Suzanne Lee seemed to agree on many issues. Both said South Boston needs help to avoid choking on traffic and having longtime families driven out because of neighborhood yuppification, both said they're not endorsing either candidate for mayor but could work with whoever's elected, both said... Read more
The eight at-large council candidates will debate at 5:30 p.m. today in Northeastern's Blackman Auditorium.
Looks like Bill Linehan and Suzanne Lee will debate after all, 6 p.m. at the Lithuanian Club, 368 W. Broadway in South Boston. The South End News reports on a forum featuring Lee and Linehan last week.
Wicked Local Roslindale has answers from District 5 candidates Jean-Claude Sanon... Read more
And not just the two or three who actually live in Boston. The Globe reports everybody from Ernie Boch Jr to "members of the board of the conservative Pioneer Institute" are tossing money Connolly's way.
Michael Freedberg doesn't say if he saw that article before he wrote Why John Connolly is the progressive and Marty Walsh isn't:
It may well be that entrusting... Read more
The Walsh campaign has announced an 11;45 a.m. endorsement at the Moakley Courthouse by state Sen. Therese Murray.
CommonWealth reports that the vast majority of outside money pouring into Boston is pouring into Walsh's coffers:
Super PACs and labor unions have upended Boston’s mayoral race, turning what was a relatively even spending contest between Rep. Marty Walsh and City Councilor John Connolly into a... Read more
Open Media Boston reports the City Council voted 10-3 yesterday for at-large Councilor Felix Arroyo's "Invest in Boston" ordinance, under which banks that do business with the city will have to report on how they are investing funds locally.
David Bernstein explains why Walsh's sudden demand that Connolly release a list of every law client he ever had was kind of stupid.
To just suddenly toss out this demand two weeks from the election, with no reason, is just a stunt — and not a good one.... Read more
Just in: The Walsh campaign has scheduled a 12:15 p.m. endorsement by state Sen. Linda Dorcena Forry in Mattapan Square. Comes the day after the Bay State Banner endorsed Connolly because, basically, unions.
So Charlotte Golar Richie apparently spent some anguished hours trying to decide whom to endorse for mayor. The Herald reports:
She promised the crowd Walsh would appoint a woman police superintendent and that his City Hall cabinet will reflect “50 percent people of color and women.”
The Globe didn't go quite that far, saying only that
Walsh had committed to installing a... Read more
State Rep. Aaron Michlewitz, State Sen. Sal DiDomenico and City Councilor Sal LaMattina all endorsed John Connolly yesterday. Michlewitz called him:
A progressive leader who understands the importance of keeping families in the city by transforming our schools, creating more affordable housing options, and building safe and healthy neighborhoods throughout the city.
Connolly has scheduled "an endorsement event" at his Roxbury campaign office at 5:15... Read more
"Throughout my life I have advocated and worked for an inclusive city," said Barros. "We need a Mayor who will not only work to improve our education system, but one that will work to ensure every child has a quality educational seat, one that will work to ensure every resident and neighborhood has opportunity for affordable housing, one... Read more
So let's dive right into the numbers from Tuesday: Massterlist provides a map showing which wards Connolly and Walsh won after filtering out the results from the other 10 candidates. Not surprisingly, Walsh was big in Dorchester, Connolly in West Roxbury - but check out how well Walsh did in comparison to Connolly in parts of Roslindale and Hyde Park.
Four of the five candidates running to take Mike Ross's place on the City Council said tonight it's way past time for the city to give District 8 more elementary schools.
The fifth candidate, Angelica Addivinola might have agreed as well, but she didn't attend a forum sponsored by the Neighborhood Association of the Back Bay at the Copley Square library. The field will... Read more
Seven of the eight candidates running to replace Rob Consalvo as city councilor in District 5 (Hyde Park, Roslindale, Mattapan) made their pitches last night to a packed house at a forum sponsored by the Fairmount Hill Neighborhood Assocation (Ava Callendar had a previous engagement). Some excerpts:
Everybody hates all the money spent on school busing and said Boston schools need to be better.... Read more
UPDATE: Herald says it's changed the time of its forum to "accommodate a scheduling conflict by some candidates," which is certainly an artful way to put it.
Marty Walsh, John Barros and Bill Walczak say that on the evening of Sept. 9, they'll be honoring their commitments and appearing at a mayoral forum sponsored by MassCreative, which was announced weeks ago,... Read more
The City Council on Wednesday considers an ordinance that would ban children under 16 from any cage-fighting matches that make their way to Boston - unless the kids are accompanied by a parent.
City Council President Steve Murphy had originally proposed an ordinance that would bar everybody under 18 from the matches, with no exceptions. Murphy cites not just spurting blood and violence but the... Read more
Mike Ross is leaving his car in the Boston Globe parking lot this morning so he can spend a couple days getting from one campaign stop to another by the T and his own feet (why the Globe? Why not? Plus, it's sort of near the JFK/UMass T stop, although the Dorchester Reporter lot is a lot closer).
As Boston continues to grow and develop... Read more