city council

By - 10/4/11 - 9:50 pm

Dorotea Manuela explains why she wants a high school in Mattapan.

City Councilor Charles Yancey (Dorchester, Mattapan) has a new tactic in his long-running battle to get a high school built in Mattapan: Blasting the city's plan - which he voted for - to spend $115 million moving BPS headquarters from Court Street downtown to... Read more

By - 10/1/11 - 10:11 pm

City Councilor Sal LaMattina (North End, Charlestown, East Boston) says it may be time to require North Enders to put their trash out in metal or plastic barrels rather than bags that can be easily ripped open by rats, reports. There's a hearing on Thursday.

By - 9/28/11 - 11:56 am

The City Council's Ways and Means Committee holds a hearing on Tuesday on Charles Yancey's proposal to borrow $110 million to build a new high school in Mattapan.

The School Committee voted earlier this year to close several schools, including the former Hyde Park High School.

Yancey has pushed the idea of a Mattapan High School for years, arguing it's unfair that Mattapan... Read more

By - 9/28/11 - 7:53 am

Mike Ball considers last night's results in District 2, which saw challenger Suzanne Lee of the South End top incumbent Bill Linehan of South Boston:

Like those inconsiderate schlubs who stroll slowly while jaywalking to inconvenience as many drivers as possible, some Boston neighborhoods love a sense of power. South Boston has been one, as in returning the dreadful bigoted Jim Kelly to this

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By - 9/27/11 - 8:57 pm

The Dorchester Reporter reports that Frank Baker topped the ballot in today's preliminary election to replace Maureen Feeney and that he'll face off against John O'Toole in November.

In District 2 (South Boston, South End, Chinatown), newcomer Suzanne Lee of the South End topped incumbent Bill Linehan of South Boston 39-35. David Bernstein at the Phoenix thinks part of the results are due... Read more

By - 9/27/11 - 12:20 pm

David Bernstein has been tweeting the wicked low turnout numbers today in the preliminary council races in districts 2, 3 and 7:

To increase turnout, Boston ballot should have included a referendum on who to blame for Red Sox collapse.

By - 9/27/11 - 8:59 am

Two city councilors are working on proposals that could prohibit 3 a.m. commercial trash pickups in neighborhoods like the North End and limit the number of companies allowed to pick up trash there at all.

At-large Councilor Felix Arroyo is leading an effort on a home-rule petition to let the city limit hours of trash pickup. Arroyo said that while most restaurant and other... Read more

By - 9/26/11 - 8:38 am

Voters in District 2 (South Boston, South End, Chinatown), District 3 (Dorchester) and District 7 (Roxbury, Fenway) will narrow down the field of candidates tomorrow for the November elections.

In District 2, incumbent Bill Linehan is facing challenges from Suzanne Lee and Robert Ferrara. Report from a candidate forum.

In District 3, seven candidates want to replace retiring Councilor Maureen Feeney: ... Read more

By - 9/24/11 - 12:49 pm

Councilor Matt O'Malley (West Roxbury, Jamaica Plain) wants a snow powwow before the first flakes hit to figure out which city or state agencies will plow - or take the blame for not plowing - sidewalks in areas such as bus stops and bridges.

O'Malley said his office got numerous complaints during the past winter's non-stop snow about unsafe, unplowed areas across his district. At... Read more

By - 9/22/11 - 6:24 am

The Boston City Council voted unanimously yesterday to seek approval from the state legislature to raise the dropout age from 16 to 18.

At-large Councilor John Connolly, who co-sponsored the request with District 7 Councilor Tito Jackson, said 16 no longer makes sense in a society that has outgrown its agrarian roots, in which even a high-school diploma is barely enough to succeed. He added:... Read more

By - 9/7/11 - 9:12 am

Incumbent Bill Linehan will share a room with challengers Suzanne Lee and Bob Ferrara on Sept. 13 in a forum sponsored by the Blackstone/Franklin Square Neighborhood Association

By - 8/30/11 - 1:36 pm

The Boston Bastard reminds reporters that it's not just Michael Flaherty and the Incumbents (Ed. note: Would make a good 60s cover band) - there are two other candidates running for one of the four open seats this year.

Andrew Ryan wrote a piece about Michael Flaherty's disappointing fundraising considering his mastery of it in previous races. Ryan also fell into the mold of

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By - 8/24/11 - 4:41 pm

City Councilor Matt O'Malley says Boston could save up to $795,000 a year by eliminating the paper pay stubs some 16,000 city workers still get. O'Malley, who represents Jamaica Plain, West Roxbury and a small piece of Roslindale, would replace them with an electronic system:

By eliminating the paper stubs, Boston would minimize the amount of time expended by payroll and other administrative personnel, reduce

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By - 8/20/11 - 3:47 pm

Apparently, Michael Graham thinks a Texas Starbucks franchise was within its rights to fire a woman with dwarfism. Dan Kennedy wants to know just what went down on a Graham segment on 96.9 yesterday for which City Councilor Felix Arroyo was a guest:

Councilor Arroyo, you appeared on Michael Graham's show yesterday while Graham and his fellow guest Rob Eno were making fun of

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By - 8/17/11 - 1:10 pm

City Councilor Rob Consalvo opposes a request from a Dominican restaurant on Fairmount Avenue to extend its closing hours from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Consalvo says there are no Hyde Park restaurants or bars open past 1 a.m. and he wants to keep it that way.

A later closing time "might be a fit downtown or in some other areas," but not in... Read more

By - 8/11/11 - 11:23 pm

At a sometimes contentious hearing on taxi regulation - at which cabbies revealed plans to sue the city over its credit-card requirements - drivers, city councilors and the city taxi czar agreed on one point: The city needs to crack down on unregulated livery drivers and out-of-town cabbies stealing business from the locals.

All sides agreed drivers of black - and now sometimes white -... Read more

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