The City Council today voted unanimously to reject Mayor Walsh's budget proposals for the fiscal year that starts July 1, with education spending the major stumbling block.
The council voted to reject the measure "without prejudice," meaning there's room for negotiation. Read more.
The City Council today unanimously reaffirmed the city's policy against letting Boston police officers detain anybody at the request of federal immigration officials unless they have a criminal warrant. Read more.
I normally would not quote two articles from the Huffington Post, but they are Boston specific and make a ton of sense to me.
I've been trying to figure out this whole FiOS rollout in Boston. There has to be a sweet deal in there for Verizon for them to re-neg on years of telling the city, "No, no FiOS for you". Now I have the smoking gun. Read more.
Farah Jones asks:
Boston drummers: I miss Jack's on Boylston, and cannot find an independent store to shop from near transit. Suggestions?
Rewire highlights the work of John Flynn, CEO of Copley Advertising.
David Bates provides a snapshot of our accelerating luxury condo market: More and more new condos are geared at the upper crust, prices of existing units are skyrocketing and Millennium Tower alone could represent $1 billion in luxury condo sales.
WBUR reports on a recent conclave on the state of the local live-music scene following the closings of several venues.
Mayor Walsh today announced a $7.5 million loan fund to help "investor owners" buy multi-family units - with the condition they maintain at least 40% of the units as "affordable" for 50 years. Read more.
Apparently, city inspectors were watching the Billboard Music Awards last night and agreed with comedian Chris Paul that Madonna should never have been allowed anywhere near a Prince tribute and so retweeted his crack.
Well, either that, or whoever has the keys to ISD's Twitter account forgot to switch to his or her own personal account before hitting the retweet button.
H/t John Keith.
The Boston Public Library board of trustees today voted to ask Jill Bourne, currently city librarian for San Jose, CA, to fill the vacancy created when Amy Ryan resigned last year.
Bourne had served as head of the 23-branch San Jose system for almost three years. She previously spent almost seven years as deputy city librarian in San Francisco. Read more.
CityLab introduces us to "Raining Poetry," in which poems were inscribed on sidewalks across the city with a spray that only becomes visible when it gets wet (presumably from rain, but, you know, this is a big city and anything can happen).
The US Attorney's office in Boston reports Kenneth Brissette, Boston's director of tourism, has been indicted and arrested for "union-related extortion" involving the Boston Calling music festival on City Hall Plaza and the filming of "Top Chef" episodes in Boston.
According to the US attorney's office: Read more.
City Councilors want Boston to join the ranks of communities pushing back high-school start times to give sleep-deprived students a better jump on the day.
The council unanimously approved holding a hearing on the idea of starting high school as late as 8:30 a.m. Nearly half the city's high schools currently start at 7:20 or 7:30 a.m., councilors said. Read more.
From the library website:
A public meeting will be held by the BPL Board of Trustees on Saturday, May 21, to interview the three finalist candidates for the position of BPL President. The interviews will begin at 8 a.m. and will be held in the Commonwealth Salon at the Central Library in Copley Square. The public is invited to observe the interviews and may submit suggested interview questions prior to the meeting via the email address [email protected].