On September 9, 2009, Open Media Boston (www.openmediaboston.org) hosted an Forum for the 15 At-Large Boston City Council candidates. Held at Roxbury Community College, the forum lasted nearly two hours and gave the candidates that attended an opportunity to voice their platforms, concerns, and solutions for the future of our city. Press Pass TV reporter Perla was on the scene to bring you the highlights.
Tomorrow is 9/11. Why don't you want neighborhood cops to be armed with semi-automatic weapons?
On Monday, Sept., 14, the Wards 4 and 5 (Beacon Hill and Back Bay) Democratic committees hold a mayoral-candidates forum, starting at 7:30 p.m. at the Boston Architectural College, 320 Newbury St. After the forum, Ward 5 will caucus on a possible endorsement in the race.
David Bernstein at the Phoenix describes the Menino camp's growing fixation on winning at least 51% of the vote on Sept. 22.
On Thursday, Sept. 17, the Brighton Allston Improvement Association sponsors a debate between the four people running for the district city council seat in Allston/Brighton:
In the early 90s Boston witnessed a period of 18 months where no one under 17 was murdered. This joint effort between police, clergy, youth, and many others gained national recognition as the Boston Miracle. One controversial part of this success was the lengthy incarceration sentences received by many young people.
The Executive Office of Transportation says that, effective immediately, student CharlieCards on the T are now good until 11 p.m. on weekdays - three hours longer than before, in a program aimed at letting kids participate in after-school programs that run late.
The office also says it is looking at creation of a new Youth Pass - available to anybody through age 21.
Press Pass TV looks at the importance of student rights and legal education.
Press Pass TV does a special report about a blind Roxbury mother of 6's battle for fair and safe housing. After being repeatedly robbed, the Boston Police simply started ignoring her calls as her situation worsened. It was a City Councilor and his administration coming to her help that changed her life around.
Press Pass TV looks at how gentrification is affecting Boston and how value is established.
Press Pass TV examines the meaning of the word "ghetto" and its current uses.
Mayoral candidate Kevin McCrea posts a copy of a letter that would seem to indicate Allston/Brighton City Councilor Mark Ciommo managed to convince at-large Councilor (and mayoral candidate) Sam Yoon to "scale back" a proposed hearing order on Boston College's expansion plans. Ciommo had promised to recuse himself from BC deliberations because his son got a scholarship there.
Harry Mattison posts Ciommo's reply:
... I have not contradicted any aspects of my disclosure form.
Councilor Yoon approached me to co-sponsor a late-file Order for a Hearing regarding the BRA process with Boston College's [institutional master plan]. I provided him with my feedback that I supported several components of the Order for a Hearing, but that I thought that some of the language was inaccurate. I also felt that some of the language was politically charged.
My intent was to remove politics from the discussion and focus on the BRA process. I think the end result was a more productive hearing. ...
Sam Yoon, speaking to a group of bloggers tonight, says he would start a formal process to changing the city's current strong-mayor system.
Yoon says city government under the control of a "strong" mayor is not working and that after 100 years of the system, it's time for a more democratically run city.
A charter commission would take 12 to 18 months to recommend changes to the city charter - essentially, its constitution.
Charter reform "is something I'm really excited about," he says. "We haven't had a real debate about our charter since 1909. ... I think it's worth absolutely working on. Does [the current system] really fit way our city is in the 21st century. No other city works like this."
He took it on a tour of the neighborhoods in his last campaign and it wound up getting crushed by a garbage truck in Dorchester by mistake:
September 8, 2009 11AM to Noon
The Globe acknowledges Boston public schools are better than they were when Menino first took office, but details why they're nowhere near as good as they should be.
The Massachusetts Humane Society and the Teamsters, local 25, both say they support Andrew Kenneally's bid for one of four open at-large City Council seats this fall:
The work each of these groups do is vital to Boston's success by providing jobs for our families and excellent services for the city. I look forward to working with these organizations to support and educate others of the work they do and how others can get involved.
[float=right][/float]Health Care For All, HFCA, organized a Labor Day rally and march in support of health care reform, which started with speeches at the gazebo on the Boston Common and ended after a march and more live music at Copley Square.