City Council

By - 5/8/13 - 2:44 pm

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.

The goal of the new law is to help curb greenhouse emissions and just... Read more

By - 5/1/13 - 10:52 am

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

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By - 4/15/13 - 1:18 pm

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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

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By - 4/9/13 - 4:12 pm

NorthEndWaterfront.com reports Philip Frattaroli, owner of Ducali Pizzeria, could go citywide.

By - 4/9/13 - 6:28 am

The Herald reports former at-large Councilor Michael Flaherty will run for an at-large seat, rather than for mayor.

By - 4/4/13 - 11:44 am

The Dorchester Reporter alerts us that the Roxbury district councilor isn't looking to change offices at City Hall this year, which is too bad, because we could really use a candidate with his own music video - or even one who can play a mean keyboard:

By - 4/4/13 - 10:19 am

City Councilor Rob Consalvo (Hyde Park, Roslindale, Mattapan) says he's running for mayor. His statement:

Boston City Councilor Rob Consalvo announced today that he would be a candidate for Mayor of Boston. Rob pledged to lead Boston into its next generation of greatness and continue working at making Boston better.

"For the last 11 years I have built a very strong record as a Boston

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By - 4/2/13 - 11:04 am

UPDATE: The Herald reports state Rep. Marty Walsh of Dorchester is running.

City Councilor Matt O'Malley (Jamaica Plain, West Roxbury) this week took himself out of the running for mayor this fall. But in an e-mail to supporters today, Councilor Felix Arroyo (at large) says, yes, he's thinking about running - but first he wants to see if he can raise the $1 million... Read more

By - 3/20/13 - 1:31 pm

The Dorchester Reporter reports Suzanne Lee will run again this year against District 2 City Councilor Bill Linehan of South Boston.

Lee, a Chinatown resident, beat Linehan in the preliminaries two years ago, but lost to him in the election that really counted - but just by 87 votes.... Read more

By - 3/15/13 - 9:02 am

It's just not municipal election season until we hear the rumors about Menino winning re-election, getting Rob Consalvo elected city-council president and then stepping down so Consalvo can become mayor without an election. Oh, yeah, and the side rumor about Menino being Consalvo's godfather (he isn't).

By - 3/11/13 - 4:41 pm

The Dorchester Reporter reports Steven Godfrey of Roslindale has taken steps to run against the city's longest serving city councilor - who has yet to announce whether he'll run again or maybe run for something else.

By - 2/25/13 - 8:02 am

Francisco White, a youth organizer from East Boston, says he's running for one of the four at-large seats on the city council in this fall's election.

He joins Seamus Whelan and Michelle Wu as newcomers in the race for at-large seats. Of the four incumbents, only John Connolly looks like he might not run - because he may run for mayor instead.

White,... Read more

By - 2/19/13 - 11:56 am

WhelanDavid Bernstein alerts us that Seamus Whelan has set up a formal campaign committee to run for an at-large council seat in the fall elections.

According to his Facebook page, Whelan will run as the "socialist alternative" and "a voice for the 99% in Boston."

A registered nurse, Whelan calls... Read more

By - 1/30/13 - 7:35 am

City councilors Steve Murphy (at large) and Bill Linehan (South Boston, South End) today will propose setting a limit on how much a homeowner's property taxes can rise from one year to the next.

The two argue that residents in areas undergoing gentrification are being unduly burdened by the fact that as foreclosed and distressed properties get renovated, their property values - and so their... Read more

By - 1/30/13 - 7:28 am

City Councilor Charles Yancey (Dorchester, Mattapan) today seeks approval from his fellow councilors for a hearing to look at borrowing $115 million to build a new high school on the grounds of the old Mattapan State Hospital.

Yancey has pushed the idea, with no success, for more than a decade, arguing the city is failing its students without a brand-new high school and that the... Read more

By - 1/28/13 - 9:11 pm

City Councilor Ayanna Pressley is calling for a hearing on how to stop the exodus of liquor licenses from the city's outer neighborhoods to Boston Proper and the waterfront.

At Wednesday's City Council meeting, Pressley will explain her bid to change the current arbitrary limit set by the state legislature on liquor licenses in Boston, which she calls an outdated relic of "Prohibition frenzy about... Read more

By - 1/18/13 - 7:52 am

The Dorchester Reporter details a proposal by City Councilor Frank Baker (Dorchester) to create a School Committee consisting of a mix of three elected members and four appointed by the mayor. The Reporter notes the proposal would need the signature of the mayor, no fan of Baker's or elected school-committee members, before going to the state legislature.... Read more

By - 12/19/12 - 11:40 am

The Dorchester Reporter provides the blow-by-blow of a blowup over diversity in city government between Councilor Charles Yancey (Dorchester) and city attorney William Sinnott:

The back-and-forth between Yancey and Sinnott and shouts from audience members caused a City Council administrative staffer to call the municipal police force, which sent several officers up to the fifth floor to check in on the hearing.

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