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
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.
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
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.
The 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
Future Boston Alliance Announces Creative Economy and Free Boston Panels at Together Festival
- Featuring City Councilor Tito Jackson, Local Entrepreneur Greg Selkoe, and Kofi Jones Executive Director for the Commonwealth Marketing Office
WHAT:Future Boston Alliance... Read more
UPDATE: The date has been changed to May 25.
A Suffolk Superior Court judge today set the hearing date for a lawsuit first filed in 2005 by three residents against the Boston City Council - on both their original complaint and new allegations that the City Council continues to evade the Open Meeting Law.
William Dorcena, whose sister is state Rep. Linda Dorcena Forry, has formed a campaign committee for a possible city-council run.
City Councilor John Connolly launched a scathing attack on Boston Public Schools this morning, charging the school system's cafeteria system is rife with waste, poor planning and a warehouse in Wilmington full of expired frozen food.
At a hearing this morning, Connolly charged students at 48 public schools were served frozen food past its expiration dates and that school food officials have so screwed up... Read more
The Phoenix reports City Council President Steve Murphy will back Ayanna Pressley for re-election to her at-large seat even if Michael Flaherty tries to get back on the council this fall.
At-large Councilor Felix Arroyo tells Bay Windows he deliberately scheduled an LGBT fundraiser on Sunday:
As an At-Large City Councilor, I represent all of Boston and all of Boston's residents. I take that responsibility very seriously. An entire community that I represent is excluded from marching in the parade. While the Supreme Court said it is legally permissible to exclude LGBT groups, I cannot... Read more
Unofficial returns show Jackson with 67% and Mills with 9.4%. The two will face off in a special final election on March 15 to replace Chuck Turner.
Slightly under 7% of voters turned out today.
At-large City Councilor Ayanna Pressley today called for a comprehensive sex-education program and for easier availability of condoms in Boston schools.
"Not taking action, now that would be controversial. It would also be cowardly and counter to what I believe the role of government is - to solve problems and make people's lives better," she said at a hearing.
Pressley said she was not advocating... Read more
Gin Dumcius provides an overview of six of the seven candidates in Tuesday's preliminary election for the District 7 seat left vacant by Chuck Turner's conviction (perpetual candidate Althea Garrison has gone deep cover again).
Mike Ball surveys the crowd as well.
The top two finishers on Tuesday will compete March. 15 for the right to represent the district until the normal fall... Read more
BNN (Channel 23 on Comcast) hosts a live debate among the candidates for Chuck Turner's old seat between 7 and 8 p.m.
Councilors Felix Arroyo (at large) and Sal LaMattina (East Boston, North End, Charlestown) say it's time to ban smoking at both city and state recreation sites in Boston.
The two say second-hand smoke poses too much of a health risk to other park goers and that "careless smokers who choose to litter their used cigarette butts threaten the environmental integrity and cleanliness of our... Read more
Councilor Ayanna Pressley thinks the city should be getting creative with the vacant lots on which it now dumps tons of snow after each storm: Why not turn them into neighborhood sledding and play areas?
Pressley's real intent is to identify additional locations onto which the DPW can dump even more snow than it is now - all the piles residents have had to build... Read more
With Marty Hogan's formal entry into the race against incumbent Councilor Maureen Feeney, District 3 voters will have a choice of candidates who, if not outright Tea Party members, are strongly sympathetic to it.