As he's done for longer than many of the people in attendance have been alive, Tom Menino threw the ceremonial switch that lit up the Christmas tree in Adams Park in Roslindale - which was part of his city-council district when he suddenly became mayor in 1993.
After getting out of his Tahoe, the mayor gave an impromptu press conference (he's against the arbitrator's award... Read more
WBZ reports that after saying no to Harvard, Tom Menino said yes to an appointment at BU.
The mayor's office released this photo of Mayor Menino calling Marty Walsh to congratulate him tonight.
Mayor Menino today named Superintendent William Evans as interim police commissioner following Ed Davis's resignation today.
“The Boston Police Department will be in great hands under the leadership of Bill Evans,” Mayor Menino said. “He knows how to manage his team of talented officers, has the respect of the rank and file and has proven his ability to diffuse even the most difficult of public... Read more
A big frog led a parade around the Frog Pond today during the city's Halloween pumpkin festival, which featured floating pumpkins, giant bubbles, kettle corn and a chance to go down a slide while dressed as a princess.
And Tom Menino was there, making his last Halloween appearance on the Common as mayor. He moved slowly through a dense knot of people as parents brought... Read more
Open Media Boston reports the City Council voted 10-3 yesterday for at-large Councilor Felix Arroyo's "Invest in Boston" ordinance, under which banks that do business with the city will have to report on how they are investing funds locally.
If Menino had negotiated in good faith with the patrolmen instead of trying to lord it over them like he owns the joint, the contract never would have gone to an arbitrator, who then would never have ruled officers deserve raises the city can't afford, Walsh said in a statement this morning:
Many working families across the city have seen no raises, or have even... Read more
The Globe reports on the proposed tax breaks for companies that move into the ritzy tower being built atop the Hole in Downtown Crossing.
The Globe reports on a forum in Dorchster last night, in which Barros, former head of the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative, compared the law-enforcement response to the Amy Lord murder with the response to murders in Roxbury.
Mayor Menino today released his proposal for getting 30,000 new housing units built in Boston over the next seven years at a combined public and private cost of $16 billion.
Although the bulk of the units would come through easing construction of market-rate apartments, the mayor is also proposing a 2014 referendum on enacting the state's Community Preservation Act, which would let the city add... Read more
The New York Times posts a Q&A with Hizzona.
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... Read more
A state agency that funds school construction projects today gave Boston permission to look at moving the Quincy Upper School and Boston Arts Academy into a new building, possibly on what is now state land near South Station.
The move could mean that if the project moves forward, the state will pay most of the costs - and the mayor's office is looking at opening... Read more
Josh Dawson proposes:
Mayor Menino has around $525k in his campaign account. He should use that money to pay for his name being taken off of all of these signs and banners throughout the city, and use some of the time he has left in office to sign an ordinance prohibiting any future mayor from using public property for their own name recognition purposes.... Read more
The Globe reports that late yesterday, Mayor Menino appeared to make a startling confession on Twitter:
Ballot 799 in North End. Almost skipped this one for margs but civic duty won. #toohottovote #masen.
It was accompanied by a photo of a bright-red nail atop an "I Voted" sticker.
Political cognoscenti, of course, promptly suspected an errant tweet from one of the City Hall minions... Read more
Madison Park, the city's only vocational high school, hasn't gotten the improvements the mayor and the school superintendent promised, the Globe reports.
Mayor Menino today appointed Hardin Coleman, dean of the Boston University School of Education, to the School Committee to fill the term left vacant when John Barros resigned to run for mayor.
Coleman chaired the committee that came up with a plan to change the way elementary- and middle-school students... Read more