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By - 8/10/11 - 4:20 pm

The Council's Committee on Public Safety holds a hearing Thursday on a proposal by Councilor Maureen Feeney (Dorchester) to create a civilian taxi board to oversee the city's medallion cab fleet.

Feeney says regulations pushed by Mayor Tom Menino and enacted by the police department's hackney unit three years ago that require owners to start buying hybrid cabs, install credit-card machines and wash... Read more

By - 8/6/11 - 9:41 am

Gin Dumcius tweets from Dorchester:

So either some Dorchester homes are split between O'Toole and Bennett, or Bennett is jamming signs into lawns w/o asking. Again.

Last time around it was stickers.

By - 8/3/11 - 2:28 pm

Mike Ball compiles some stats on the seven people running for four open at-large seats in this fall's at-large council race.

By - 6/27/11 - 5:36 pm

City Councilor Mike Ross, who represents the two neighborhoods, says parents there have the lowest odds of winning the school assignment lottery of any in the city and that he's getting tired of being repeatedly put off by school and BRA officials - eight years after they rejected a proposal by parents to buy a private building and just give it to the city... Read more

By - 6/21/11 - 11:19 pm

At a candidate forum sponsored by the Ward 5 Democratic Committee tonight, two of the four incumbents urged voters to keep all four in office because they work so well together.

Six of the seven candidates for the four open seats on Nov. 8 addressed topics from the city's biggest societal change over the past decade to greening up the city. Incumbent Ayanna Pressley did... Read more

By - 6/21/11 - 7:16 am

The seven candidates for Boston's four at-large City Council seats meet in their first forum tonight in the Back Bay.

The forum, sponsored by the Ward 5 Democratic Committee, starts at 7 p.m. at the First Church in Boston, at the corner of Marlborough and Berkeley streets. People who arrive early will get to hear Newton Mayor Setti Warren discuss his bid for Scott Brown's... Read more

By - 6/15/11 - 1:39 pm

The City Council today unanimously adopted a new set of regulations that will limit "electric personal assistive mobility devices" to routes approved by the city transportation department.

People with disabilities will not have to register their Segways with the city or obey the new ban on Segway use on sidewalks and plazas and in parks - but will have to carry proof of their disabilities... Read more

By - 6/9/11 - 8:31 am

David Bernstein ponders this fall's low-key municipal elections: Will we break 2007's record low turnout of under 14%?

One place where the turnout might be higher is District 3 in Dorchester, where seven people want to replace Maureen Feeney. The Bay State Banner surveys the crowd.

Mike Ball reports that even a veteran pol like City Council President Steve Murphy takes time... Read more

By - 5/25/11 - 2:13 pm

The City Council voted today it is fed up with absentee landlords who let their properties go to hell and backed a hearing proposed by Councilor Maureen Feeney (Dorchester) on cracking down on them.

Feeney said she plans a hearing at which she will consider landlord licensing that would "disqualify poorly attentive landlords from operating rental properties." Her hearing was co-sponsored by Councilor Mike... Read more

By - 5/25/11 - 1:28 pm

Thing of the past?This daytime Beacon Hill scene could soon become a thing of the past.

The City Council voted today to accept a $1 million energy-saving grant from the federal government that includes about $470,000 for installing 600 "auto igniter" devices to turn gaslights off during the day. Currently,... Read more

By - 5/25/11 - 12:05 pm

Jackson JacksonBoston City Councilors John Connolly (at large) and Tito Jackson (Roxbury, South End) today proposed raising the minimum age at which public-school students could leave school to 18.

The two say similar action in other states has led to dramatic decreases in dropout rates; they will hold a hearing... Read more

By - 5/24/11 - 9:57 pm

According to incumbent Felix Arroyo, it's $100,000. Arroyo told supporters in e-mail he wants to raise that much to keep being one of four at-large councilors in this fall's election:

These funds will help us hire an organizer, open an office, pay for mailings and get our vote out.

By - 5/13/11 - 7:13 am

The Dig interviews Michael Flaherty on his bid to get back on the City Council and asks him if he stays in touch with the latter half of Floon, now down in DC. He does:

[H]e definitely misses Boston, and quite frankly wishes that he never had to move, but after having run for mayor I think that there was a tremendous amount of

... Read more
By - 5/8/11 - 2:20 pm

Michael Flaherty announced today that, yes, he is running for an at-large seat on the City Council in the fall elections. He gave up his seat in 2009 to run for mayor.

By - 5/2/11 - 11:05 pm

At-large City Councilor Felix Arroyo also sent a letter to the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council last week about Whole Foods. He makes many of the same points as State Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz about the need for local hiring and gentrification. Unlike Chang-Diaz, however, he doesn't tell Whole Foods to pay up or move out; his letter is instead full of "coulds."... Read more

By - 4/29/11 - 12:26 am

Kenny Jervis, a leader of the successful fight earlier this year to keep the Clap School in Dorchester open, formally launched his bid for one of the four at-large City Council seats open this fall.

Although Jervis is making education the starting point of his platform - he wants to see more parents on the School Committee - he said he also wants to... Read more

By - 4/27/11 - 10:09 pm

City Councilors Bill Linehan and Felix Arroyo said tonight they may try to get an amendment to a current state law that keeps the city from taking over private South End alleyways because they're too narrow to comply with modern public road requirements.

The two spoke at a hearing, chaired by City Councilor Sal LaMattina, to listen to complaints from South End residents about the... Read more

By - 4/23/11 - 6:38 pm

On the one hand, we have the real Michael Flaherty coming out swinging on Twitter today, blasting Adrian Walker for suggesting he shouldn't run for City Council again because the council already has enough white guys.

On the other hand, we have Mayor Flaherty coming out swinging today, blasting pretty much everyone, from Adrian Walker to Hyde Park. But not KitchenAid. He... Read more

By - 4/20/11 - 10:09 am

FeeneyThe Dorchester Reporter reports that Maureen Feeney has decided against seeking re-election to her District 3 City Council seat (Dorchester), which she's held for 17 years.

Her decision comes just as the city releases nomination papers for this fall's city-council elections. The Reporter provides a handy list of possible candidates for her... Read more

By - 4/19/11 - 6:14 pm

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