A roving UHub reporter went to City Hall around 4:30 p.m. yesterday to see which of the 13 councilors was burning the (figurative) midnight oil doing the hard work they say they do on behalf of their constituents that warrants a 29% raise - possibly even if that means risking fines and imprisonment. He found several completely empty offices - not even staffers... Read more
Henry Luthin, assistant corporation counsel, had some bad news today for city councilors fretting they're falling behind their counterparts in other cities and the local police and fire commissioners: They can't increase their pay without breaking state law.
At a hearing this morning, Luthin said councilors are municipal employees covered by a state laws that ban workers from getting directly involved in discussions that would... Read more
A Boston resident who says he was denied a gun permit when he tried to use a US passport as proof of citizenship wants a federal judge to order Police Commissioner William Evans to issue him a license to carry post haste.
Tsunami Skweek asks:
Hey, Boston, where can I get some tea eggs?
by Jane Regan
Somerville, MA, September 23, 2014 â Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) wowed a crowd of some 500 students, faculty and neighbors on September 15 with stories from her youth, but she also issued dire warnings about the big banks, the lack of investment in education and the âhollowing out of the middle class.â
The senator was also protested by those who came to... Read more
The Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance has been taking heat over its âvoter educationâ materials, and deservedly so.
In mailings, newspaper ads, and other materials, the Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance has been claiming, with the weakest of justifications, that .. targeted state legislators voted to prioritize illegal immigrants over veterans for public housing. Thatâs a crock. They did no such thing.... Read more
Boston today launches an app to let people pay their parking tickets via their smartphones.
TicketZen, available for both Android and iOS devices, lets users scan the bar code at the bottom of their tickets, which will connect their payment information to the city's ticket-paying system.
The app provides a smoother user experience than navigating to the Cityâs parking ticket payment website from... Read more
The City Council's Committee on Government Operations holds a hearing on proposed council raises on Monday, Sept. 29.
The session begins at 10 a.m. in the council's fifth-floor chambers in City Hall.
The committee, chaired by Councilor Michael Flaherty (at large), will take testimony from councilors and the public on Council President Bill Linehan's proposal to give the council a 29% raise, to $108,500.
At... Read more
We need to stop litter and keep Massachusetts clean by spreading the word about the Yes on Question 2 campaign.
The Bottle Bill is the most effective recycling tool we have. Eighty percent of bottles covered by the Bottle Billâs 5-cent deposit are recycled. Yes on Question 2 would add a bottle deposit to water, sports drinks, tea, juices, and other drinks that were... Read more
The state released MCAS scores yesterday and among the winners is Jeremiah Burke High School, which was taken off the state's list of "underperfoming" schools that are "among lowest achieving and least improving schools" - and subject to possible state takeover if they don't shape up.
The Elihu Greenwood Elementary School and English High School, however, remain on this "Level 4" list - just... Read more
Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley held a press conference today to introduce the newest member of his staff: Indy, a dog that is helping crime victims recover - and tell their stories.
According to the DA's office:
Over the past few weeks, Conley said, Indy has sat in on a meeting with a family working through the serious, debilitating injury of a loved one... Read more
Tonight at 6:30 at the Jackson Mann Community Center, learn how MassDOT plans to spend 250 million public dollars to rebuild the Mass Pike in Allston.
At 4:30, learn how the Boston Society of Architects thinks this project should start the transformation of one of the last major piece of developable land in Boston.
Both meetings will be at the Jackson Mann Community Center, 500... Read more
Dear friends, supporters, and loved ones,
I want to thank you for your hard work over these past 15 months in our effort to win the Sheriffâs race. Although we did not come out on top, we did finish 2nd in the election and I am proud to say that 1 out of every 4 Boston voters wants me to be their Sheriff, the... Read more