City Council

By - 6/12/13 - 8:07 am

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

By - 6/10/13 - 7:12 pm

RossThe 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

By - 5/23/13 - 8:00 am

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.
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By - 5/16/13 - 8:50 am

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 - 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


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 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