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