The Herald reports that Mayor Menino rejected an idea from developer John Hynes to rebuild Filene's Basement - and add a parking garage - on the crater off Washington Street, but that Menino said that wasn't good enough.
As the Herald almost comes out and says, Hynes's scaled-back plan was half-baked - it assumed the state would kick in $25 million - but Menino... Read more
The state Attorney General's office said today no charges are warranted against mayoral aide Michael Kineavy for deleting e-mail because he was just doing what he and other City Hall employees were told to do: Purge their inboxes every day because messages would be stored on a back up server - which turned out not to be the case.
The AG's office says Kineavy did... Read more
Mike Ball reports on the mayor's continuing knee issues.
Last-minute "administrative efficiencies" means the city will be able to keep 42 school custodians originally slated for being laid off and offering 200 more summer youth jobs, the mayor's office says in a press release.
The mayor's latest budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1 also adds $650,000 to keep four slated-for-closure libraries open through the winter, so that the BPL can work... Read more
Mike Durant rounds up the coverage of the contract signed late Tuesday.
The City Council met briefly this morning to urge Tom Menino and Firefighters Local 718 to get a room and hammer out a contract that's fair to both firefighters and taxpayers.
After councilors Mark Ciommo (Allston/Brighton) and John Connolly (at large) moved to hold off discussions until after the city and the firefighters met, Council President Mike Ross proposed a meeting room in City Hall... Read more
Sean Roche goes so far as to declare the lanes, unveiled yesterday, reveal Boston as the new Portland - especially the lanes on Comm. Ave. from Charlesgate to the Public Garden:
... It's really tough to put into words how remarkable these bike improvements are and what a sea change it is to have Boston setting the standard for comprehensive bike accommodations. ...
Joe... Read more
David Bernstein attempts to look into the municipal vaults; gets glimmers of millions just sitting there.
Matt Conti reports on a group of North End, Beacon Hill, West End and downtown parents to get a new public elementary school to serve those neighborhoods. The Coalition for Public Education recently met with the mayor and school superintendent to press their case now that it no longer seems they'll get a school as part of the proposed mega-replacement for the Government... Read more
The Daily Free Press reports on the bicycle summit at BU yesterday.
The Dorchester Reporter prepares users of these centers for the news tomorrow, when Mayor Tom Menino proposes a budget that assumes non-profit groups will want to continue running the eight community centers he wants to excise from city responsibilitiy.
First, a confession: I haven't read an Adrian Walker column in months. Somebody tell me if I've missed anything. But Mike Durant posts today that Walker talked to Menino, who admitted that this whole branch closing thing isn't really about money after all, so I wanted to take a look.
And I promptly remembered why I stopped reading Walker - Why waste my... Read more
Supporters of the Faneuil BPL branch didn't let rain stop their candlelight vigil in Oak Square this afternoon - that's what umbrellas are for. Residents, city councilors Mark Ciommo, Ayanna Pressley and Felix Arroyo, state Reps Kevin Honan and Michael Moran all vowed to reverse today's vote... Read more
Five months after the Secretary of State's office concluded Menino aide Michael Kineavy "inappropriately" deleted e-mail, the state Attorney General's office continues to consider what to do about the matter.
"The investigation into the Kineavy email matter is ongoing at this time," spokeswoman Emily LaGrassa said today.
After Secretary of State Bill Galvin handed the matter over to AG Martha Coakley in October, Coakley said... Read more
Good news for city finances could mean good news for patrons of the Brighton BPL branch, along with fans of Curtis Hall in JP and the Shelburne Community Center in Roxbury.
Tom Menino reports the city recently sold $87.5 million worth of bonds at 2.8% - the lowest rate in 30 years. He says the money will "fund the renovation of community centers and libraries,"... Read more
Interesting: Even as the city looks to give one developer a $16-million tax break, it rejects a $50 million offer from another. Of course, one is longtime local stalwart Liberty Mutual, which wants to build its new headquarters in the Back Bay, while the other is Menino foe Don Chiofaro, who wants to put a 59-story tower (and a tinier 40-story one) right... Read more
With BPL trustees meeting Tuesday to discuss how to start closing neighborhood branches, patrons are organizing to keep that from happening:
Kelly Young writes a letter in support of the Roslindale branch:
... I know people have made the argument that students have access to school libraries, so why do they need public libraries. As you know, that's really not the case in... Read more