City Council

By - 8/29/13 - 9:05 am

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

By - 8/28/13 - 10:31 am

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

By - 8/20/13 - 11:11 pm

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

By - 8/14/13 - 9:32 am

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

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By - 8/13/13 - 11:29 am

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

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By - 8/12/13 - 11:20 pm

Ramon SotoAt 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

By - 8/6/13 - 11:48 pm

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

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By - 7/11/13 - 6:30 am

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.

One of the two men charged in the shooting, Daquarry Norman, was convicted of shooting a Pop...Read more

By - 7/3/13 - 11:55 am

David Bernstein interviews the perpetual candidate, this year running for one of the four at-large seats on the City Council.Read more

By - 6/27/13 - 12:21 pm

David Bernstein talks to Michael Nichols, one of the numerous candidates running to replace Mike Ross as district 8 councilor in the fall elections.Read more

By - 6/20/13 - 8:37 pm

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

By - 6/18/13 - 9:45 am

David Bernstein interviews the East Boston teacher and small businesswoman running for an at-large seat on the City Council this year.Read more

By - 6/17/13 - 10:01 pm

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

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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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