MassLive reports on a State House hearing yesterday on City Councilor Ayanna Pressley's proposal to increase the number of liquor licenses in Boston and give the city control over the Boston Licensing Board, now appointed by the governor.
City Councilors Matt O'Malley (JP, West Roxbury) and Ayanna Pressley (at large) say it's time for the city to look at picking up food scraps from Boston residents, to reduce the city's trash-disposal costs and create new fertilizer for local parks and even farms.
The City Council tomorrow considers their request to start the process rolling.
In their request to the full council for a... Read more
City Councilor Ayanna Pressley is seeking four years of punishment records from the Boston Licensing Board to see whether minority owners of bars and restaurants receive harsher penalties for infractions than their white counterparts.
At a City Council meeting today, the at-large councilor said she has heard repeatedly from minority holders of liquor licenses that this is what's going on. The answer, she said, will... Read more
At-large Councilor Ayanna Pressley today called for a citywide "trauma response" team of behavioral-health experts to work with friends and families of shooting victims to help them and stem the tide of retribution that often leads to still more shootings.
Pressley said the city needs to make "a strategic and formidble investment" quickly.
City Councilor Tito Jackson (Roxbury) agreed, and said help is needed in... 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 city council today voted 12-1 to ask the legislature to lift the current state cap on liquor licenses in Boston and return control of the Boston Licensing Board to the mayor.
Only Councilor Bill Linehan (South Boston, South End, Chinatown) voted against at-large Councilor Ayanna Pressley's proposal.
The home-rule petition to go to the legislature would not only give Boston control back over liquor... Read more
You always know an election's getting nasty when campaign signs start getting torn down.
The final televised debate is tonight, 7-8 p.m.
The Globe gets to sit in on a Connolly-campaign finance meeting and learns Connolly's internal polling shows the race is now tied. Connolly jabbed Walsh on arbitration.
Final (if still unofficial) city and districtwide results. The city has yet to release ward-by-ward numbers, but NorthEndWaterfront.com tallied them for the North End, Beacon Hill and downtown.
Jim O'Sullivan ponders the race geographically, since it pits two guys who don't live anywhere near the geographic center of the city. He notes that while Walsh beat Connolly bigtime in Dorchester, Connolly won... Read more
The Globe reports on a forum in Dorchster last night, in which Barros, former head of the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative, compared the law-enforcement response to the Amy Lord murder with the response to murders in Roxbury.
Mike Ross is leaving his car in the Boston Globe parking lot this morning so he can spend a couple days getting from one campaign stop to another by the T and his own feet (why the Globe? Why not? Plus, it's sort of near the JFK/UMass T stop, although the Dorchester Reporter lot is a lot closer).
As Boston continues to grow and develop... Read more
John Barros is calling for creation of neighborhood green task forces:
These broad stakeholder groups will identify key priorities, launch local initiatives, and review our performance to provide feedback and ideas on how we can accelerate progress.These neighborhood task forces will then come together and work with the Green Ribbon Commission to develop a city-wide plan that will keep Boston a beacon for the... Read more
Rob Consalvo says he just wants to "prevent shadowy groups funded by anonymous donors from dominating and meddling in the race" for mayor and today called on his opponents to either reject money from these wraith-like groups or donate half the amount to the One Fund.
"In principle, sounds like a good idea," the Conley campaign tweeted in reply.
At-large Councilor Ayanna Pressley made the announcement today:
I've never been more proud to represent and serve this City. The resiliency demonstrated by the people of Boston this past week has only strengthened my resolve in this work. And while it still doesn't feel like the right time for politics, we are approaching a time in the election cycle where my supporters and my good... Read more
If Ayanna Pressley runs for Mayor as reports are now suggesting that she may, she will undoubtably be the next Mayor.
It's a no brainer. Number one, the race is wide open for a major female candidate to run and win. There are ten men who running. Many people do vote based on gender. For instance, in the race to... Read more
City Councilor Ayanna Pressley is calling for a hearing on how to stop the exodus of liquor licenses from the city's outer neighborhoods to Boston Proper and the waterfront.
At Wednesday's City Council meeting, Pressley will explain her bid to change the current arbitrary limit set by the state legislature on liquor licenses in Boston, which she calls an outdated relic of "Prohibition frenzy about... Read more
At-large Councilors Ayanna Pressley and Felix Arroyo say that rather than just let old payphones collect trash and rust, the city should use them to set up free wireless zones.
The councilors say Boston could use more places where people could get online for free:
There is a digital divide between different demographics and socioeconomic levels and such a program would expand access to the... Read more
The Globe reports on a rally in Jamaica Plain this morning for School Superintendent Carol Johnson. Among those in attendance: City Councilors Ayanna Pressley, Tito Jackson and Felix Arroyo, whom the Globe reported said nobody's perfect and she should have a chance to reform Boston schools. That puts him... Read more
It's time to cast off the decades-old "Prohibition frenzy" and anti-Irish bigotry that's turning Boston into the staid preserve of large national and regional restaurant chains clustered in just one small part of the city, City Councilor Ayanna Pressley says.
The City Council tomorrow considers a request from the at-large councilor for a hearing on ways to convince the legislature to increase the number of... Read more
WBUR reports BPS could face a federal probe into the racial makeup of its teaching staff because it's failing to meet diversity standards set in the court order that desegregated schools in the 1970s.
The City Council takes up the issue tomorrow, when Councilor Ayanna Pressley (at large) makes a formal request for a hearing into diversity in a system where 85% of students... Read more
Boston Daily talks to Pressley, an at-large councilor, on her home turf of Dorchester:
But there is one trait that all residents share: pride. And it isn't limited to the borders on a city map. Just as every animal is part of a kingdom, phylum, class, and order, every Dorchester resident has a parish, school, park, and neighborhood that they identify with. If I... Read more