The Dig takes a look at Marty Walsh's steadfast opposition against letting non-profits open voter-approved medical-marijuana dispensaries in Boston even as his administration gets ready to shut its one public Methadone clinic just as Bain Capital is beefing up its portfolio in for-profit drug clinics.
The Dorchester Reporter informs us that the detail cop outside the mayor's house on Tuttle Street in Dorchester noticed a suspicious guy skulking around down the street the other morning - turned out he had what police say were stolen goods.
And, yes, not long after the detail was lifted from Chesterfield Road in Readville, Angela Menino's rental vehicle was stolen from outside her... Read more
Mayor Walsh said today he wants to waive a city registration fee for apartments in small owner-occupied buildings - and to refund the fees paid by their landlords last year.
On Monday, Walsh will file a request with the City Council to amend a law that now requires all owners of rental units to pay a fee to the city - which pays for inspections... Read more
The Globe reported today that Mayor Walsh has installed a couple of "dashboards" in his office - wide-screen monitors that let him get a quick handle on key city statistics, such as complaints to the Mayor's Hotline and school-bus on-time data. The story was accompanied by a photo of him thoughtfully considering one of the screens.
Sure, neither the Mohegan Sun nor the Wynn sites are actually in Boston, but they're right on the line and neither could survive without Boston's transportation and world-classness, so the mayor wants the state gaming commission to give Boston the same sort of "host community" status Revere and Everett have, the Globe reports.... Read more
Zoo New England and city officials today announced plans for a new $6.6-million children's zoo that will feature a number of outdoor animal exhibits and both indoor and outdoor classroom spaces to introduce kids to animals and the environments they live in.
Mayor Walsh was on hand for the announcement, which included news that the city's George Robert White Fund is kicking in $3 million... Read more
For some reason, the Globe suddenly cares what blowhard C.J. Doyle thinks about the St. Patrick's Day parade and Marty Walsh's decision to continue the city's mayoral boycott until it allows gay veterans to march. And what he has to say is:
Saint Patrick was a Catholic archbishop and is a Catholic saint. How do you honor a Catholic saint by providing a... Read more
The Globe reports Mayor Walsh is promising something big in Boston when it comes to high-speed Internet access, although he declined to get specific:
After his comments to the MassTLC audience, Walsh wouldnâ€™t expand on his fiber plans, except to say that heâ€™s working on it.
And, unfortunately, the devil's in the details. Somebody would have to install a lot of fiber around Boston.... Read more
Mayor Marty Walsh said tonight that murders over the past nine days in Dorchester and Mattapan are all likely part of the same gang feud - and he vowed to stop it now:
This time last year, Boston had seen 15 shootings and 2 gun fatalities. Since January 1st of this year, we have seen 13 shootings and 8 gun fatalities.
The last... Read more
No matter how much it stings, a bet's a bet and Mayor Walsh donned a Broncos jersey before calling his counterpart in Denver to offer congratulations on the Broncos' trip to the Super Bowl.
On the same day the city IT department posted a photo proving Marty Walsh actually tweets, the mayor's office also announced the stakes of the obligatory bet with his counterpart in Denver over this Sunday's Patriots/Broncos game:
In the event that the Denver Broncos defeat the Patriots, Mayor Walsh will:
Wear Mayor Hancockâ€™s Denver Broncos jersey during a session of the U.S. Conference of... Read more
The Globe reports Mayor Walsh wants the state Gaming Commission to declare Boston a "host" community for the potential casinos in both Revere and Everett, which would let the city negotiate for the sort of benefits Boston would have gotten under the agreement with Suffolk Downs before East Boston voters rejected the idea of a casino within city limits.... Read more
Mayor Walsh announced today he's appointing interim Police Commissioner William Evans as permanent police commissioner:
Commissioner Evans has been an exceptional leader to the Boston Police Department, and public safety is one of my biggest priorities. Commissioner Evans has been an invaluable resource to me during this transition period, and I know that his expertise and governance of the Police Department will be a key... Read more
As Tom Menino quietly left City Hall this morning, Marty Walsh was heading up to the stage at BC's Conte Arena to become Boston's first new mayor in 20 years.
In the speech, Walsh plans to say we're all in this together. And he updated Winthrop's famous "City Upon a Hill" reference:
We are a City Upon a Hill, but itâ€™s not just the shining... Read more
Impending Mayor Marty Walsh announced today he's naming outgoing City Councilor Felix Arroyo to be chief of health and human services:
Felix brings a wealth of knowledge and City of Boston experience to my Administration. Felix knows how to bring people together and work collaboratively. He values and understands the importance of directly addressing the needs of Bostonâ€™s most vulnerable residents, and he will... Read more
MassLive reports at-large Councilor Ayanna Pressley has decided she'd like a go at running the City Council and so will make fellow councilors choose between her and District 2 Councilor Bill Linehan.
On the other side of the fifth floor at City Hall, Marty Walsh has selected a former aide to Tom Menino and a current exec at the Huffington Post as his chief... Read more
The Herald reports the mayor to be is opposed to stocking some BPD cruisers with high-powered rifles.
BPD wants two cruisers in each police district equipped with the rifles in case of school shootings or future Marathon-type incidents, in addition to the city's existing SWAT officers.