BPS says most kids will have to get home on their own this afternoon as a wildcat strike by drivers against the city's new bus contractor continues - only 20 buses are running.
Former Mayoral Candidates John Barros and Felix Arroyo endorsed Martin Walsh for Boston Mayor today. Inclinations why these endorsements occurred had to do with Arroyo supporting Walsh because of his union support and Barros supporting Walsh due to his differences with Connolly regarding the Boston Public School system and Barros being a former School committee member.
I expect Charlotte Golar Richie to endorse Connolly later... Read more
New poll shows Connolly in lead, but with large number of undecideds.
Marty Walsh issued a high-school revamp plan that would include intensive "academies" for ninth- and tenth-graders, turning Madison Park into a good school, greater voke-ed opportunities for students at other schools who don't want to go onto college and more "alternative" schools for kids who don't do well in traditional settings.... Read more
Boston Police cruisers and community-center vans were pressed into service as impromptu school buses when school-bus drivers struck this morning over proposed work-rule changes - including a new bus tracker for parents.
BPS says the strike by United Steelworkers of America Local 8751 caught it unawares:
Because of this, students will not be marked late and absences will be marked as “excused” in... Read more
The state announced today it will start replacing T maps with a new version designed by Michael Kvrivishvili, an interactive and graphic designer from Moscow:
The new maps will first be placed in the Orient Heights Blue Line station when it reopens early next year and the new Assembly Square Orange Line station when it opens in late 2014.
Kvrivishvili's entry was one of... Read more
The Globe gets drenched covering the two mayoral candidates in yesterday's Roslindale parade; doesn't note that both were preceded by Rob Consalvo, staying dry in a trolley bus.
The Herald reports both Walsh and Connolly are running by running away from City Hall and that both camps are concerned voters might get distracted by a Red Sox World Series run.
The Globe... Read more
Seems confused investors are snapping up shares of our very own bankrupt Tweeter, rather than waiting for shares of the not-at-all-bankrupt Twitter to go on sale.
Walsh's comment came as he defended his decision not to take the People's Pledge which would penalize a candidate if independent groups spend money to assist that same candidate.... Read more
Boston Magazine's David Bernstein wanted to apologize for his tweet that he sent out poking fun at Former Boston Mayoral Candidate Charlotte Golar Richie on election night:
Election night, I was at the loud and crowded Marty Walsh event, where I saw but didn't really hear Richie's concession speech on screen. And knowing that by the end of the campaign she was pretty annoyed at... Read more
Seems part of Hizzona's bet with his Chicago counterpart over the Stanley Cup earlier this year was that the loser's official city Web site would feature a video celebrating the winner. So today, cityofboston.gov features a video celebration of the Blackhawks' win over the Bruins.
Today, Boston Mayoral Candidate John Connolly announced he will vote against the 25% pay raise awarded to the BPD through arbitration. A few days ago, Martin Walsh criticized outgoing Mayor Thomas Menino for acting irresponsibly in his negotiations with police.
John Connolly today announced his position on the arbitrator's award in the stalled police contract talks: Both sides should go back to the bargaining table, because cops deserve a contract, but the city can't afford to pay for the arbitrator's award:
I believe that the arbitrator's award is out of line with the current economic environment and not in the best interests of the taxpayers.... Read more
Ellen Stuart asks:
What are some good food pantries in Boston to help out? Considering WIC just got shut off...
This afternoon, Connolly fired back:
Our police officers have gone without a raise for years. The question now is whether the arbitrator’s decision strikes the right balance between achieving fiscal responsibility and compensating officers fairly.
“This is an important issue... Read more
If Menino had negotiated in good faith with the patrolmen instead of trying to lord it over them like he owns the joint, the contract never would have gone to an arbitrator, who then would never have ruled officers deserve raises the city can't afford, Walsh said in a statement this morning:
Many working families across the city have seen no raises, or have even... Read more
The Globe reports an arbitrator sided with the Boston Police Patrolmen's Association on the issue of pay raises and benefits.
The city says the union was seeking about 21.5% increases in salary and benefits increases over six years; the arbitrator said its members deserve more than 25%. If the city council rejects the award, the two sides would go back to the bargaining table... Read more