Republican Charlie Baker thinks he can fool voters by skipping public forums, running away from his past and changing his policy positions based on the political winds. That is no way to run for the highest office in our Commonwealth and the former health insurance boss ought to start taking responsibility for his positions and stand by his record. Voters have a lot of questions... Read more
City Councilor Tito Jackson had some bad news today for Roxbury residents who want to preserve the historic Dearborn school building and move its science-based classes to another location in the neighborhood: State officials told him they would rescind the $36 million grant it awarded Boston for a new school because it's based on a plan calling for tearing down the old building.
Neighbors of... Read more
Roxbury, MA â€“ It is election season for Massachusetts residents! There are so many important issues that need to be addressed. Whether it be violence in the community, education, the economy, or green energy, everyone needs to be heard. For the first time, the Young Professionals Network of the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts (YPNULEM) is hosting a series entitled â€śCandid Conversationsâ€ť. During this series,... Read more
Roxbury, MA â€“ It is election season for Massachusetts residents. There are so many important issues that need to be addressed. Whether it be violence in the community, education, the economy, or green energy, everyone needs to be heard. For the first time, the Young Professionals Network of the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts (YPNULEM) is hosting a series entitled â€śCandid Conversationsâ€ť. During this series,... Read more
Ed Lyons analyzes, in great detail, the failure of the health-connector system in Massachusetts, the state that pioneered the very idea:
Yet somehow, no one was held accountable for the largest, most spectacular failure of state government in many years. On February 13, at a public Health Connector Board meeting, Executive Director Jean Yang broke down and cried about what had happened. Yet she,... Read more
Globe column on the Beacon Hill ramp lawsuit:
Beacon Hill residents are being scorned for insisting that city officials respect the architectural integrity of this historic neighborhood during efforts to upgrade accessibility ramps for the disabled. Actually, the preservationists are right â€” but in Boston, that only guarantees they will get roughed up twice as hard.... Read more
On Wednesday, the City Council voted to ban the Haystack app for finding open on-street parking spaces.
WBUR reports on a gun-control debate between Democratic attorney-general candidates Warren Tolman and Maura Healey. Tolman would require fingerprint authentication for new guns, which he called the unsafest product for sale today; Healey says she's down with that, too, but wants to focus on broader crime issues.
The City Council today approved a "trust act" under which Boston Police would be barred from holding people on "civil detainer" requests from ICE.
The measure now goes to Mayor Walsh, who has said he would sign it.
Councilor Sal LaMattina (North End, Charlestown, East Boston) said the measure would prove welcome relief to many people in his district who today do not report crimes... Read more
City Councilor Tito Jackson (Roxbury) says he will fight efforts by BPS to turn the impending brand-new Dearborn STEM School into a charter school when that would open it up to students across the city, rather than giving Roxbury students preference.
Jackson rejected a request from school officials to lobby state officials to change state charter laws to allow for charters that are not open... Read more
An angry Councilor Tito Jackson (Roxbury) today demanded an in-depth audit of finances at the city's only vocational high school.
BPS "should be absolutely ashamed" that the school has 62 staff vacancies just two weeks before school opens, Jackson said today, calling for a hearing to consider the issue.
Councilor Charles Yancey (Dorchester) agreed. "The situation at Madison is really at a crisis level,"... Read more
The City Council today voted to ban a phone app that lets users notify other users of impending open parking spaces in Boston - and to back it up with fines of up to $250 per instance.
City Councilor Frank Baker (Dorchester), who proposed the ordinance, admitted that he doesn't understand "all apps," but he understands this one just fine. "They were trying to buy... Read more
The City Council on Wednesday considers a request to begin looking at possible regulations over online services that let people rent apartments, such as Airbnb - and even Craigslist.
Councilor Sal LaMattina (North End, East Boston, Charlestown) says Boston needs to look at the burgeoning services before Boston's residential neighborhoods are harmed. In his request for a hearing, LaMattina writes:
Typical short-term lodging establishments -... Read more
Marc Morielo, President of the National Urban League on MSNBC, Monday August 18:
"I think it could have been avoided, and I think the militarization of the environment in Ferguson could have been avoided had the Ferguson police and the local prosecutor been transparent at the very beginning.
Why was this officer's name not revealed? Why was there no report on the incident? Why... Read more
On Friday, August 1, I had some business at Boston City Hall in the early morning. Imagine my surprise and disgust to see none other than Doug Bennett strolling out as I was heading in.
He was smiling his wide, toothy smile, wearing a Scally cap, and walking with all the confidence of a veteran candidate for public office in multiple jurisdictions.... Read more
Conqy photographed people gathered on the Common as part of a national vigil at 7 p.m.
BostInno reports on Anwar Faisal's appearance before a City Council committee yesterday, notes Faisal and his lawyer know how to look up Councilor Josh Zakim's campaign contributions.
Mayor Walsh announced today that the Zoning Board of Appeals will start holding bi-weekly sessions to hear zoning requests from homeowners and small businesses.
And unlike regular zoning-board hearings, which are held during working hours, the new hearings - to be conducted by a board subcommittee, will be held in the evenings.
The goal is to help decrease a ZBA backlog that had gotten up... Read more
Parent Imperfect considers the fate of the Dearborn STEM school, which the BPS is preparing to hand over as an "in district" charter school to a group that has built lots of housing but which has never overseen a $70-million school project.
Updated with Gaming Commission statement.
MassLive.com reports the state Gaming Commission told Boston that if it's unwilling to go to arbitration with Wynn over compensation for its proposed Everett casino, then it's stripping Boston of its "surrounding community" status.
In a statement this morning, the commission says this does NOT mean Boston will get nothing from Wynn should it be selected for the Boston... Read more