One can do an end-run around a Boston-only regulation on liquor licenses and the other can't. Bruce Mohl explains how, with the help of the Boston Licening Board, the city's two privately run (but municipally owned) golf courses get around a state regulation - unenforced since 1991. The regulation limits how many seasonal liquor licenses can be issued in Boston (and only Boston).
Lo Mejor de El Planeta lists a ton of "best of" winners, most of which are not in the Back Bay, Beacon Hill or Cambridge, based on votes by El Planeta readers ("thousands of Latinos can't be wrong").
In no particular order, things I've found interesting on my cruise through the interwebs today:
A squadron of state representatives are telling MBTA officials this afternoon that the idea of fare increases or service cuts this year is simply unacceptable because the legislature approved the $160 million T officials initially said was enough to keep the T operating this year.
Meanwhile, Dan Grabauskas told the Globe today he was fired because Deval Patrick needed a scapegoat in the fare debate, because he told Patrick minions weeks ago no fare increase was needed.
Nobody will ever accuse me of not taking sports seriously enough. In fact, the property damage my friends and I may or may not have caused after Boston College lost the 2007 NCAA hockey national championship game is the stuff of legend, and I vividly remember crying myself to sleep as a 15-year-old when the Red Sox were knocked out of the ALCS in 2003.
As a member of Boston's Ward 5 Democratic Committee, I received official word this morning of a Mayoral Forum scheduled for September. Below is a portion of an email from Rob Whitney, the chair of the committee:
Former state rep and mayoral candidate Mel King said today he'll be voting for Sam Yoon this fall:
We need to raise our expectations of what the city can do for young people. The school-to-prison rate is too high and the graduation rate is too low. Sam offers leadership driven by people and communities, the kind of leadership that will engage residents in improving the health and education of all the city's children.
Andrew Kenneally, running for one of the four open at-large seats on the Boston City Council, reports endorsements from the following unions: Boston Emergency Medical Services, Boston Public School Custodians, Local 1952, the Carmen's Union, Local 589, the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, District Council 35 and the Utility Workers Union of America, Local 369:
Just wanted to know,how many other people have almost been killed by one of these casino bus
company's. When you call the casinos they have nothing can do, just pass the problem off
Even if there name is all over the bus. Mohegan Sun you suck...
The Boston Municipal Research Bureau, funded by local businesses, says Boston will face even greater financial challenges next year than it did this year. In a report the bureau says the city could tighten its belt by shutting some fire stations, closing the fire-box alarm system, making some 1,700 retirees sign up for Medicare and put city services with analogs in the private sector out to bid on the theory private companies could do the work more cheaply than city workers.
At-large City Council candidate Felix Arroyo says he's won the endorsement of Suffolk County Sheriff Andrea Cabral.
Arroyo said he's also picked up endorsements from the Greater Boston Labor Council, Painters District Council 35 and the Gay and Lesbian Labor Activist Network.
Arroyo, son of the former at-large councilor, is running for one of four open seats in the fall elections.
MAJOR ENDORSEMENTS KEEP COMING IN FOR FELIX G. ARROYO
Sheriff Andrea Cabral and the Greater Boston Labor Council join a growing list of supporters
Wicked Local West Roxbury reports on a law proposed by City Councilor Rob Consalvo to require armed guards to register with Boston Police - and undergo police training. Seems that currently, police have no idea who's out there with guns.
At yesterday's New England Rail Summit, organizers unveiled a preliminary plan for upgrading the regional railroad network. And it's a promising first step toward making the Hub a Rail Hub again.
In a get-together with a group of local political bloggers (and me), mayoral candidate Michael Flaherty compared Downtown Crossing to a wartorn Iraqi city, would not rule out replacing Police Commissioner Ed Davis and said a hidebound, vindictive City Hall is stalling vital development and driving young people out of the city (David Kravitz has a live-blog summary of the discussion; I have some more here).
Justin Barrett, who re-ignited controversy over Gatesgate with racist e-mail about Gates, filed a federal lawsuit against the city yesterday. He's demanding unspecified damages for his pain and suffering - and an end to efforts by Police Commissioner Ed Davis and Mayor Tom Menino to bounce him from the force, at least without a hearing.
At-large City Council candidate Tito Jackson (no relation, but he does have a "Jackson Five-Point Plan") will be dishing up the ice cream between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. today at his campaign headquarters, 57 Warren St. in Roxbury.
Mayor Tom Menino is scheduled today to announce details of a multi-million-dollar foundation to better fund athletic programs at Boston public schools, the Globe reports.
The Globe, which recently did a seven-part series on BPS athletics, doesn't specify, but I suspect the money will only be used at schools that actually have gyms and athletic programs, which leaves a fair number of schools out and which won't do anything for kids who have no interest in team sports but who might still benefit from physical education.
David S. Bernstein at the Boston Phoenix writes about the widespread nature of the problem in the BPD regarding search and seizure and BPD culture that embraces falsifying police records in order to get the bad guy, rather than adhering to procedures that protect constitutional rights of all citizens.
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