Some Bostonians are fighting to keep the 2024 Summer Olympics out of their city due.
We'll be sounding the battle-stations klaxon at the French Toast Alert bunker later today - just as soon as we get back from the sort of breakfast we'll need to be fully girded for panic forecasting.
Meanwhile, we're already wondering what Charlie Baker will wear in his first appearance in the Bunka.
According to a new study (warning, PDF) released by Uber, yesterday, its Boston drivers - of which it estimates there are now 10,000 - are earning an average of $19 per hour, ~33-percent more than area taxi drivers and chauffeurs.
The study came under immediate criticism because its research was co-conducted in-house by John Hall, Uber Technologies' "Head of Policy Research", so, yeah, he... Read more
In think teach transform Molly Richard writes:
"The debate around Boston hosting the Olympics has many asking, â€śWhat makes a world-class city?â€ť
Boston2024, the private entity that bid Boston to host the 2024 Summer Olympics, would like us to think a world-class city emerges from the benefits incurred by Olympic host cities. However, in a public meeting last... Read more
The Globe reports that to aid the private organizing group's Olympic bid, he agreed to ban "city employees from criticizing Bostonâ€™s bid for the 2024 Summer Games."
No word on just what sort of penalties city workers would get for daring to criticize the private, un-elected group of rich business owners attempting to jam something down the throats of a city that may or... Read more
Mayor Walsh's office released the following statement tonight (posted here in its entirety):
Mayor Walsh is not in support of a referendum on the Olympics. He looks forward to engaging in a robust community process and having a two-way conversation with all neighborhoods as we move forward. Should the public decide to collect signatures for a referendum, that is a right of the people that... Read more
Heavily regulated Boston cab owners last week filed a federal lawsuit against city and state regulators they charge have put them at a competitive disadvantage by letting Uber, Lyft and similar concerns steal their business.
In their lawsuit, filed in US District Court, the Boston Taxi Owners Association and two individual medallion owners charge the city is ruining their investments in expensive medallions by letting... Read more
WBUR polled Bostonians and people in inner suburbs, says 51% supported the idea of a 2024 Olympic here, but that 75% want a ballot question on the idea - and that a majority don't believe for a second that taxpayers won't have to bail the thing out.
Mayor Walsh has already declared: No referendum.
Just what it sounds like: Questions posed to pigeons.
ACLU calls on state lawmakers to pass legislation to help analyze and address racial bias in policingâ€¨
In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts today called on state lawmakers to swiftly pass just-introduced legislation that would help analyze and address the problem of racially biased policing in Massachusetts. "An Act Relative to Traffic Stop... Read more
City Councilors Bill Linehan (South Boston, South End, Chinatown) and Steve Murphy (at large) will try once again to persuade the state legislature to let Boston residents over 55 who meet certain income requirements defer parts of their property tax until they sell their homes.
Linehan says the matter is even more urgent now that the city has come out with revised property assessments, which... Read more
John Caulfield, who passed the Civil Service exam for police officer in 2011, says Boston Police Department bypassed him two years later to offer spots at the police academy to women who scored lower on the test.
In a lawsuit filed last week in US District Court, Caulfield says BPD wanted to recruit at least 10 women that year and that this
In March... Read more
Long before Nelli Ruotsalainen protested on I-93, Massachusetts government decided to eliminate the breakdown lane and use it for rush hour traffic. That is not on Nelli Ruotsalainen, that is on us.
The government's concern is that the Interstate 93 protest in Milton broke the way we provide public safety services. In fact, we know of not one death nor one injury caused. I'm... Read more
The Globe, a world-class newspaper if ever there were one (its very name, after all, rather self evidently declares that) ran a world-class piece today in which our world-class luminaries declare that the Olympics thing proves Boston has finally arrived as a world-class city that ranks right up there with other world-class cities, because, after all, we're world class!
In case that didn't quite... Read more
The Herald reports the 25-year-old woman working for the Boston Centers for Youth and Families is now an ex-part-time worker.
Letâ€™s get the clichĂ© right out the way: it was just another cold winter January weekday morning in the town where I live, just seven miles from the center of Boston, Massachusetts. Wake up in the dark, get the kids going, make the coffee and breakfast, turn on the radio, start the cars up and tell the kids itâ€™s time for school.... Read more
Rebecca Hains writes about the disingenuous media narrative advanced about the I-93 Black Lives Matter non-violent civil disobedience on Martin Luther King's birthday, Thursday, Dec 15, 2015.
I am a local resident myself, and Iâ€™ve encountered conversations about the protests everywhere today. Many people support the protests, but the most vocal responses Iâ€™ve seen online seem to be from those who object. They... Read more
City Councilor Michelle Wu (at large) today called for creation of "an Olympic review commission with specialists in land use policy, municipal finance, and transportation planning to help vet the bid as it is being developed." She adds:
Boston 2024 should condition its bid on receiving affirmative approvals from each venue city or town by City Council vote.
The Boston City Council this week... Read more