Karen Cord Taylor ponders why Mayor Walsh, who came into office with such promise and youthful vigor, is taking the side of a "dictatorial public works department that decided to destroy a cityâ€™s historic fabric with no consultation with a neighborhood" rather than listen to Beacon Hill residents who are only seeking to ensure handicap access ramps fit into the local millieu, like... Read more
At the end of a contentious meeting over handicap ramps at intersections, Mayor Walsh and Beacon Hill residents may have come up with a compromise both sides can live with: "tables," or raised pavement that would satisfy Walsh's insistence neighborhood sidewalks be made more accessible to people with disabilities and residents' insistence that concrete the city would use in ramps be kept well the hell... Read more
Officials from the Boston Globe and the company it hired to distribute its advertising circulars told angry city councilors at a hearing today they're willing to try to keep Boston from being papered over with the circulars.
Since the last time Charlie Baker (R-MA) ran for governor in Massachusetts in 2010, he has changed his position on many important issues including Climate Change, No New Tax Pledge, Income Inequality, Raising The Minimum Wage, Cape Wind, South Rail, and Casinos.
I'm reminded that Mitt Romney was successful getting himself elected governor after convincing voters that his change of position on important issues... Read more
Seems Beck has been making an issue of how Salem canceled a contract with anti-gay Gordon College several weeks early and his fans have been flooding Mayor Kim Driscoll with angry, sputtering phone calls. Driscoll's response: For every call, she'll donate $5 to the North Shore Alliance of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Youth.... Read more
An audit of the BRA found an agency still tracking billions of dollars worth of project on paper, unable to say if developers are building or paying for the affordable housing they committed to and losing out in millions of dollars in revenue on back rent on property it owns and on fees developers are supposed to pay when they refinance BRA-approved projects.
Mayor... Read more
Mayor Walsh says he loves him some apps, but not one that alerts people to the nearest metered parking spaces - and let's them alert other users that they're about to leave. In a statement today, the mayor says the city will fight Haystack, which recently launched in Boston
In a statement, he says:
At this time, we are not engaged with Haystack in... Read more
Mayor Walsh today announced an agreement with Mohegan Sun under which the proposed Revere casino would pay the city at least $18 million a year plus another $3 million a year just for capital stuff in East Boston - should the state approve it as the Boston area's resort casino, rather than a competing plan in Everett.
In addition, the mayor said the owners of... Read more
So Leland Cheung, running for lieutenant governor, wants to get rid of the governor's council? Governor's Councilor Robert Jubinville wishes to have a word with him:
The Governor's Council is not an "antiquated vestige" but rather a constitutional body created at the same time as the Senate, which he seems so fond of. Mr. Adams would be very upset by such remarks made by... Read more
The Boston Herald published a campaign piece for Charlie Baker today in its Business and Markets section.
The Baker campaign may have called the Herald's attention to a survey of business owners, which is not a scientific poll, "by Thumbtack, a website that matches customers to businesses, and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation" a conservative free-market "stink tank" that... Read more
City Councilor Steve Murphy wants the Garden, the House of Blues and other concert venues to explain what they're doing to prevent a recurrence of incidents involving young concert goers collapsing from drug use.
City councilors today backed a call to ask Boston Police to stop cooperating with federal immigration officials who want people held on suspicion of being in the country illegally when they are not facing criminal charges.
City Councilor Josh Zakim (Fenway, Mission Hill, Back Bay, Beacon Hill) said people should not be afraid of talking to police when they've been the victims of crimes themselves... Read more
At-large Councilor Michael Flaherty says Boston Police should start posting the information on Boston's 630 Level 2 and 3 sex offenders on the city cable station for residents who might not know they can look people up on a state Web site.
Flaherty will ask the council tomorrow to approve calling a hearing to ask police why they shouldn't be required to resume the... Read more
Cambridge City Councilor Leland Cheung says it's time to eliminate the governor's council, a holdover from the days when the governor was appointed by the king of England.
Cheung says the council's most important role - confirming the appointment of judicial nominees - could be handed over to the state Senate.
Of course, Cheung doesn't just want to just twiddle his thumbs as lieutenant... Read more
MassLive.com reports the city is proclaiming it just as good as the sort of agreement it would have gotten had the state ruled Boston was still a "host" community.
If you think you can guess which one, you'd be right.