City Councilor Mark Ciommo (Allston/Brighton) and Mayor Walsh are proposing a measure that could save the average Boston homeowner $300 a year in property taxes, which the city says it can pay for thanks to the local construction and real-estate boom. Read more.
Boston Magazine reports Mayor Walsh isn't a fan of how the cast of Hamilton addressed the vice president to be.
WBUR reports on Mayor Walsh's racism forum yesterday - which had actually been in the works for a couple of years.
The city of Boston has a lot of work to do to truly address its racial divisions - that's a clear sentiment that emerged from many people taking part in the opening session of a city-wide dialogue on race organized by Mayor Marty Walsh.
You can watch a video of the forum.
In an essay this week, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh vowed to continue protecting the city's immigrant residents:
We will defend our friends, neighbors, and family members from any and all efforts to exclude them, harm them, or strip them of their rights. Boston is a city of inclusion, a city of compassion, a welcoming, diverse, global city. Weâ€™ll stay that way.
"That can't happen, we are not going to accept it,â€ť Walsh Told the Herald. â€śIf there is bullying in schools, we are going to take the appropriate actions. If there's attacks in the streets, we are going to arrest people and prosecute them."
UPDATE: Boston Latin Academy also dropped to Level 2 because of the number of kids who opted out. BPS to appeal the downgrades.
The Herald reports Mayor Walsh is outraged over the state ranking system because, come on, Boston Latin is still an elite school even if the state now considers it just Level 2 instead of Level 1 because too many kids opted out of a pilot run of the new PARCC test (the Clap School also got hit).
In immediate terms, we don't have to worry about the state beginning to babble about taking over BLS (that only happens when a school descends to Level 4), but it does mean BLS and the Clap now get on a state naughty list.
Even as we still try to tame our human drivers, Boston will begin planning for cars that drive themselves - in a year-long effort that will include figuring out how to test "autonomous" cars on our centuries-old roads. Read more.
The Boston City Council today approved a proposal by Mayor Walsh to force restaurants and food trucks to post letter grades for their health inspections, 10-1.
City Councilor Tito Jackson (Roxbury) voted against the proposal, saying the city was rushing into the idea too fast. Read more.
Mayor Walsh's office reports a new law signed by Gov. Baker this week will let Boston reduce its default speed limit on most roads to 25 m.p.h. - and that he plans to work with the DPW and the city council to do that as speedily as possible. Read more.
Mayor Walsh is asking the City Council to approve a city ordinance that would require Boston restaurants and food trucks to prominently place a sign with a letter grade corresponding to the results of their most recent health inspections. Read more.
Mayor Walsh talked at a prayer service at the Good Shepherd Church of God in Christ in Roxbury:
Tonight, we pray for victims and their families in Louisiana, in Minnesota, and in Dallas, Texas.
And I join with you in praying that the appropriate authorities will bring true justice in all of these situations.
But I want to start by acknowledging the hurt and the fear people are feeling in Boston.
I want to recognize the trauma in this city and this church. ...
The recent issues at BLS being reported by the media are indicators of a larger problem within the City of Boston, and it's time for constituents of Boston's legislators and officials to hold those truly responsible accountable for their inaction.
The Herald reports longtime political fixer Michael Goldman is now "troubleshooting the media" for the mayor when they cover the ongoing Boston Latin School issue. City Hall and the Bolling Building both insist, however, that Goldman has absolutely no access to confidential records, so we guess we'll just need to keep speculating on who might have leaked confidential student disciplinary information to the Globe on Friday.
BPS says it will appoint an interim headmaster for Boston Latin School next week as officials begin what they say is a national effort to find a replacement for Lynne Mooney Teta, who resigned this week.
Meanwhile, BPS has yet to say publicly what process it will use to replace Nicole Gittens, who is resigning as headmaster at the O'Bryant School.
In a letter to Boston Latin students, teachers, staff, alumni and parents ... Read more.
Peter Kadzis basically livetweeted an angry meeting of Mayor Walsh, Superintendent Tommy Chang and BLS teachers. Teachers demanded Walsh and Chang refuse resignations from Headmaster Lynne Mooney Teta and Assistant Headmaster Malcolm Flynn, Walsh got mad, Chang told teachers not to pull that sort of thing in front of the media but they did anyway.
Mayor Walsh's office said today it's setting up permanent City Hall outlets in Boston neighborhoods, starting tomorrow at the Tobin Community Center on Mission Hill. Read more.
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