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
David Bernstein interviews Thomas Dooley, running for the district seat Mike Ross is giving up:
I know all the city councilors, moreso the ones that were there a few years ago. They’re all cowards. They’ve allowed Mayor Menino to terrorize them for 20 years. They never stand up to him. They’re all concerned about keeping their jobs. I’m in a position, as a city... Read more
At a candidates' forum in West Roxbury tonight, pretty much all the candidates for mayor and city council named public safety as one of their top priorities.
Ramon Soto, running for an at-large seat on the City Council, had a rather immediate reason to do so: He was... Read more
Up until now, the candidates have mostly contented themselves with playing up their own platforms on issues. Casinos, however, change everything.
Mike Ross blasted Dan Conley for calling for a citywide referendum on the Suffolk Downs proposal and threatening to sue to stop an Everett casino if Suffolk Downs goes down in flames:
Whether a casino is built in Everett or East Boston, it's going... Read more
City Councilor Tito Jackson (Roxbury) is organizing a series of "Enough is Enough" walks this summer, with the first starting at 7 p.m. on Friday from the corner of Walnut Avenue and Fenno Street, near where a man was shot in a drive-by on June 28.
David Bernstein interviews the perpetual candidate, this year running for one of the four at-large seats on the City Council.
David Bernstein talks to Michael Nichols, one of the numerous candidates running to replace Mike Ross as district 8 councilor in the fall elections.
City Councilor Charles Yancey said today that while his name will be on the September ballot in Dorchester twice - once for city council, once for mayor - he will be spending all his time between now and then running for mayor.
Following an education forum at the BPL in Copley Square, Yancey said he is running a citywide campaign for mayor and that he... Read more
David Bernstein interviews the East Boston teacher and small businesswoman running for an at-large seat on the City Council this year.
A detailed Craigslist posting from one of our gazillion city-council candidates seeks volunteers for a variety of campaign positions without saying who the candidate is or what positions he or she has on any issues. Well, except for fun. The candidate is big on fun:
Highly active volunteers will receive an appropriate title, will receive letters of reference and access to new connections, and... Read more
The Jamaica Plain Gazette interviews Luis Valerio of West Roxbury, who is running against incumbent Councilor Matt O'Malley (West Roxbury, Jamaica Plain) not out of any animus toward O'Malley but because he couldn't get his kids into any of the public schools in West Roxbury. In addition to renting out English to local universities, he would build an indoor sports center at Millennium Park.... Read more
The City Council on Wednesday considers a request by Councilor and mayoral candidate Mike Ross for a hearing to grill NStar officials about the Sunday blackout, which he said came "despite assurances of safety upgrades and additional installation of materials to prevent future outages" following last year's transformer explosion and... Read more
Michelle Wu's campaign announced the endorsements this morning. She's running for one of the four at-large seats on the council in this fall's elections.
The roll call:
- Sen. Sonia Chang-Díaz (Jamaica Plain)
- Sen. Anthony Petruccelli (East Boston)
- Rep. Carlo Basile (East Boston)
- Rep. Gloria Fox (Roxbury)
- Rep. Russell Holmes (Mattapan)
- Rep. Kevin Honan (Brighton)
- Rep. Elizabeth Malia (Jamaica Plain)
- Rep. Aaron Michlewitz (North End)
- Rep. ... Read more
WBUR reports on progressives fretting about the City Council winding up next year just as white and XYish as "old Boston." Or as 'BUR calls these folks, "self-styled progressives," because God forbid people be allowed to identify their political leanings without a reporter casting some doubt on what they really are by adding some empty phrase like "self-styled." But I guess we could expect... Read more
By a 9-4 vote, the City Council today approved an ordinance that requires owners of commercial buildings larger than 35,000 square feet and residential buildings with more than 35 units to file annual reports with the city on their resource consumption - along with their annual emissions of greenhouse gases.
No mayoral race for him, the Herald reports.
Shaun Ivers of Jamaica Plain plans to formally launch his campaign today in Geneva/Bowdoin, but first he took a few potshots against rivals Michael Flaherty, Steve Murphy, Ayanna Pressley and Michelle Wu.
There is no place in an at-large race for candidates like Michael Flaherty who are only interested in issues that pertain to their own neighborhood. That’s what district races are for. ... This... Read more
Shaun Ivers, a Jamaica Plain real-estate agent and consultant, said today he's running for one of the four at-large city-council seats this fall, vowing not to become another mayoral kowtower engaging in "meaningless soapbox grandstanding:"
Although I have worked with politicians in the course of pursuing school and housing causes, I... Read more
NorthEndWaterfront.com reports Philip Frattaroli, owner of Ducali Pizzeria, could go citywide.