"A century ago, muckraking journalist Ida Tarbell lambasted the â€śruthless efficiencyâ€ť of Standard Oil and its â€śrobber baronâ€ť boss, John D. Rockefeller. Modern philanthropic agencies such as the Boston Foundation arose out of that critique, offering a more compassionate response to social inequality. It is disheartening that the Boston Foundationâ€™s current leader seems to have taken a â€śruthless efficiencyâ€ť stance on the problem of school funding.
But it's for a good reason: That way, the last day of school this year will be June 24, a Friday, rather than June 27, a Monday. BPS and the Boston Teachers Union agreed to the change for the holiday that is only celebrated in Boston and Somerville (because it used to be part of Charlestown).
The city will staff nine early-voting sites between Oct. 24 and Nov. 4 to let voters cast ballots without waiting in line on Election Day this year, Mayor Walsh's office announced today. Read more.
The City Council voted today to extend members' terms from two to four years. The measure now goes to Mayor Walsh and, if he approves, to the state legislature, whose members serve two-year terms.
Only Councilor Michelle Wu (at large) voted against. Read more.
The Boston Business Journal reports General Electric says its philanthropic arm will donate $25 million to BPS over the next five years to get students ready for college and work at a modern high-tech company. The company will donate another $25 million to local workforce-training and health centers.
At least, in Boston. BPS says:
All Boston public schools will be open on Monday, April 4, 2016. There is a forecast for a small accumulation of snow during the day on Monday. However, we do not anticipate major disruptions or delays. As always, we would like to remind our students, families, and staff to proceed with caution during any inclement weather.
The York Press reports on Phil Saltonstall's plans to import English cask ale here - and ship craft US ale back to the old country - once he moves here with his wife, Harriet, who becomes Her Majesty's representative in New England in August.
And, yes, he's one of the original Saltonstalls, from which line our Brahmins sprang.
H/t Steve Garfield.
Here is how it worked:
The Boston City Council, in 2004, approved an Order extending certain Urban Renewal Plans until April 30, 2015, and also enacting "a series of procedural changes with respect to Urban Renewal Plans in Bostonâ€ť consisting of changes in the Council's Urban Renewal Plan review process, so as to retain only the powers to vote on initiation of new Urban Renewal Plans and termination of ongoing Plans, and deleting from Council jurisdiction extensions of expiring Plans. Read more.
No word yet if Jim Cantore is getting ready to fly back up to Plymouth to repeat his legendary thundersnow reporting from last year, but the National Weather Service is out with a very special weather statement for the weekend:
LATE SATURDAY AND SUNDAY MORNING...A PERIOD OF SNOW IS LIKELY AND MAY BE HEAVY FOR A TIME ALONG WITH THE RISK OF THUNDERSNOW. WHILE A MAJOR SNOWSTORM IS NOT EXPECTED A FEW INCHES OF SNOWFALL IN A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME MAY OCCUR AND IMPACT TRAVEL CONDITIONS.
And, yes, we could get "A PLOWABLE SNOWFALL" on Monday as well.
The Crimson writes that City Council President Michelle Wu and Walsh Chief of Staff Daniel Koh - both Harvard '07 - disprove the "negative stereotypes off campus." Still, Koh adds, Harvard grads have to work to dispel the stereotypes, the exact nature of which the Crimson does not specify, except that it involves "dropping the H-bomb:"
Harvard students must be aware of these stereotypes and try to counter them with open-mindedness in the workplace.
The Globe reports on an order issued by a federal judge yesterday that gives the city six months to revise its car-for-hire rules - and that if it wants to continue treating services such as Uber and Lyft differently, it it better be prepared to show some really good reasons.
A BPD officer providing escort service for Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi was injured in a crash on O'Brien Highway in front of the Museum of Science this morning.
The Secret Service tweeted it is "praying for the speedy recovery" of officer James Scopa.
Police had initially identified the motorcade as belonging to Hillary Clinton, in town for a fundraiser, but later updated to say it was a motorcade for the Italian prime minister.
Use buses on existing routes and tie the service to getting workers to their jobs - especially at Logan - rather than worrying about drunken kids spilling out of clubs at 2 a.m., Ari Ofsevit, Jeremy Mendelson and James Aloisi write in CommonWealth.
City councilors want police to step up enforcement against prostitution and say they can pay for it through the fines collected on cars impounded during prostitution-related arrests. Read more.
City councilors said today they will work to craft a proposal that would let Boston drop the speed limit on most roads to 20 m.p.h. - just 15 m.p.h. in school zones. Read more.
The city council today approved a protest against a recent North Carolina law lifting rights for transgender and gay residents in its cities: A ban on travel to the state by Boston city workers.
The measure, which now goes to Mayor Walsh for his consideration, has exemptions for public-safety and public-health workers who would have to travel there for law-enforcement or public-health reasons. Read more.
WGBH reports on a City Council hearing yesterday to add a surcharge to property-tax bills to pay for open space, parks and affordable housing in Boston. If approved by the council and the mayor, the Community Preservation Act proposal would then go before voters. The state would kick in matching funds if voters approve the measure.