By - 10/21/09 - 12:09 pm

The Globe reports on the award in the case of Shawn Drumgold.

By - 10/21/09 - 10:25 am

Challenger Michael Flaherty took the Ward 11 Democratic Committee vote last night 11-10, while incumbent Tom Menino got a 14-12 vote in Ward 19, which also includes part of Roslindale. Neither, however, won a formal endorsement because rules require a two-thirds vote for that.

Ed. note: I took down an earlier blog post on the votes because it had a couple of serious inaccuracies.

By - 10/20/09 - 8:38 am

The Outraged Liberal, who doesn't live in Boston, wonders if the Boston papers could carve out a couple of inches of mayoral coverage to ask Steve Pagliuca about Afghanistan - or Martha Coakley about anything:

... I know circulation and viewership is down and so is staffing, but is it really impossible to cover both the mayoral race that affects about 600,000 people and the Senate primaries that affects the remaining 6 million of us?

By - 10/20/09 - 8:05 am

John Carrol found the whole thing muddled:

... So a debate that should have provided some answers for Boston voters mostly left them with questions.

For example, which of these makes for a better bumper sticker – ”Tom Menino: We haven't been charged with anything" or "Under a Flaherty administration, we'll have FiOS"? ...

Mike Ball says he's seen enough; declares a Menino win in November:

By - 10/20/09 - 4:22 am

Anyone know where one might find a resource like the one below, that illustrates bike routes in Greater Boston?

By - 10/19/09 - 6:57 pm

Notes from tonight's debate:

By - 10/19/09 - 6:57 pm

Ask for the stenographic record of the last public meeting of Boston City Council The stenographic machine records more of the proceedings, transactions and Councilors debate than the all too brief Council minutes.

By - 10/19/09 - 1:20 pm

Menino and Flaherty have at it again in a debate that starts tonight at 7 p.m. on Channel 2, NECN and WBUR.

Over in Brighton, Ciommo and Selvig have at it again in a debate tomorrow in a debate that starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Brighton Elks, 326 Washington St.

By - 10/19/09 - 12:06 pm

Comcast thinks that its customers won't notice if it increases their monthly service charge by $2, if they call it an "equipment charge" increase rather than a service charge increase. They're increasing their revenue by $358 million per year without taking on any additional costs or providing any additional services. Consumers, fight back!

Please visit to read more and help me publicize Comcast's most recent attempt to cheat its customers.

By - 10/18/09 - 12:32 pm

Just getting over as I type: the first get-together of Progressives for Menino, featuring Sheriff Andrea Cabral and Boston Architectural College President Ted Landsmark.

Lindsay Crudele, who was there, reports that among those also in attendance were: Valerie Bassett of the Massachusetts Public Health Association, Mark Erlich of the New England Regional Council of Carpenters, Lora Pellegrini of NOW, Boston Harbor friend Vivian Li, Mossik Hacobian of Urban Edge, Ellen Parker of Project Bread and Lyndia Downey of the Pine Street Inn.

Meanwhile, the Dorchester Reporter's Lit Drop reports the Massachusetts Association of Minority Law Enforcement Officers had a unanimous vote of no confidence in the mayor yesterday. William Celester, a founder of the group (yes, that William Celester), said the group plans stand-outs and leaflets against the mayor.

By - 10/16/09 - 9:01 pm

The City Council forum at English High

By - 10/15/09 - 11:12 pm

At a candidate forum sponsored by the Brighton Allston Improvement Association tonight, moderator Michael Pahre asked the candidates for the four open at-large City Council seats how they felt about putting a casino or slot machines at the Suffolk Downs racetrack - an idea pushed by Mayor Menino. Their answers follow (see their answers to questions on other issues).

By - 10/15/09 - 10:56 pm

Notes from an at-large candidate forum sponsored by the Brighton Allston Improvement Association. Note: Murphy and Arroyo left early; Gonzalez arrived late.


Felix Arroyo, Jr. Lifelong Bostonian, went to school here. Four years as city councilor's aide in constituent services, which is really just a long way of saying you help people. SEIU 615 labor organizer, increased pay, benefits for janitors, through organizing. Health-care organizer. My time coaching youth sports one of the things I'm most proud of, young men between 13 and 18.

By - 10/15/09 - 10:07 am

The venerable police blog has a new logo and now links to all the other online services Boston Police offer, including crime maps, district e-mail alerts (which seem mostly unused these days), but also YouTube copies of the "Call the Cops" cable show and Neighbors for Neighbors, an effort by former E-13 community liaison Joe Porcelli to build a social network for each of Boston's neighborhoods.

By - 10/14/09 - 11:48 pm

The Democratic ward committees in Ward 4 (South End and Fenway/Kenmore) and Ward 15 (Meeting House Hill and Bowdoin Street in Dorchester) voted last night to endorse Tom Menino's re-election bid, the Menino campaign reports.

Wards 5 (Back Bay, Beacon Hill), 13 (Savin Hill), 16 (Neponset in Dorchester), and 22 (Brighton) have previously endorsed him.

By - 10/14/09 - 6:05 pm

Mass. High Tech reports the city's won a $1.3-million federal stimulus grant to build a solar-powered fuel station for emergency vehicles and "solar-powered street lights, traffic lights, video cameras and message boards" along Washington Street (apparently, the one through Roxbury, JP, Roslindale and West Roxbury), because, when the Big One hits, we might not be able to rely on normal power supplies for such things.

More from the city.

By - 10/14/09 - 4:47 pm

The Boston Police Department today announced a new flying squad that will use computerized data from a variety of sources to identify trouble spots in the city and then clean them up. As BPD informs us, the effort was actually announced by Mayor Thomas M. Menino:

By - 10/14/09 - 11:49 am

Former state Rep. and one-time mayoral candidate Mel King endorsing Michael Flaherty in front of City Hall today.

King said the election was about children, of ensuring that the city educates them first before worrying about Globe stories about the state of high-school athletics. He said two-thirds of the children in Boston do not attend public schools, and their parents stop caring about public education. But, quoting Khalil Gibran, he said all children are our children and we can't just leave them to the current "system of low expectations."

Former Mayor Ray Flynn also endorsed Floon, saying they would do more than anybody else to ensure social justice, in part by enforcing a city ordinance calling for the hiring of Boston residents on large construction projects.