The Boston City Council today approved looking into how to regulate rental services like Airbnb from laying waste to neighborhoods and harming local hotels and workers while also protecting poor homeowners who increasingly rely on the services to make ends meet and stay in the city. Read more.
The city council today urged Harvard University to give its food-services workers the $35,000 minimum salary that is one of the issues in the workers' current strike. 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.
The City Council voted today to hold a hearing on a recent Boston Public Health Commission vote to ban the sale of flavored cigarettes at convenience stores because store owners never had a chance to testify on the proposal before the council.
The City Council voted 11-2 today to oppose what two called the pending "catastrophe" of expanding charter schools in Massachusetts. Read more.
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 City Council today voted unanimously to reject Mayor Walsh's budget proposals for the fiscal year that starts July 1, with education spending the major stumbling block.
The council voted to reject the measure "without prejudice," meaning there's room for negotiation. Read more.
For the second time this year, BPS students walked out of class for a protest against program cuts.
Fewer people joined this protest, but there were more than enough people to fill the City Council chambers during a regularly scheduled hearing on the budget for BPS's new "social emotional learning and wellness" program. Read more.
The Herald reports on a possible BPS student walkout tomorrow afternoon that will culminate with a 2 p.m. City Hall hearing on the school budget led by Councilor Tito Jackson (Roxbury), chairman of the City Council's Education Committee. Mayor Walsh is not amused.
The City Council tomorrow considers a proposal from Councilor Tito Jackson (Roxbury) for a hearing on barring research that involves "aerosolizing" pathogens not currently native to Boston - such as Ebola - at least until after scientists across the country have been able to figure out how to really keep us safe from inadvertent releases from laboratories. Read more.
The city council today approved a protest against a recent North Carolina law lifting rights for transgender and gay residents in its cities: A ban on travel to the state by Boston city workers.
The measure, which now goes to Mayor Walsh for his consideration, has exemptions for public-safety and public-health workers who would have to travel there for law-enforcement or public-health reasons. Read more.
The Boston City Council voted today to let the BRA continue to have extra powers over some 3,000 acres in the city - including the power of eminent domain.
The council voted 10-3 in favor - Councilors Tito Jackson (Roxbury), Josh Zakim (Fenway, Beacon Hill, Back Bay) and Ayanna Pressley (at large) were the opponents. Read more.
Several city councilors say they're hearing of too many cases of suburban parents who have managed to sneak their kids into Boston public schools - and they want that to stop. Read more.
Boston city councilors are going to give Northeastern officials a second chance to show up and discuss their decision to equip the campus police force with high-powered weaponry. Read more.
The City Council almost voted today on a zoning change that would prohibit both medical marijuana dispensaries and potential recreational pot shops from being closer than a mile to each other. Read more.
City officials have started looking at ways to provide snow-shoveling services to elderly and disabled residents who can't shovel their sidewalks and who can't find or afford somebody to do the work for them.
At a hearing this morning, though, City Council President Michelle Wu said the city should look at going even further - and investigate the costs of just clearing all 1,600 miles of the city's sidewalks. Read more.
City Councilor Tito Jackson (Roxbury) wants to exempt Boston homeowners over 60 and people with disabilities from the requirement to shovel their sidewalks after snowstorms.
In a request for a hearing that will go before the council tomorrow, Jackson says: Read more.
With additional reporting by Kayla Canne.
City Councilor Sal LaMattina says he enjoys street performers. But faced with complaints about "bullying" from the amplifier-enhanced dancers in front of Faneuil Hall - from both tourists and other performers - he says it's time for Boston to consider some sort of busker regulations. Read more.
Several city councilors today signed onto an effort to figure out how to keep what appear to be increasingly inevitable pot shops from taking over residential commercial districts, should voters approve a referendum next year to legalize recreational marijuana use. Read more.
City Councilor Tito Jackson (Roxbury) today called for a return of recess at schools that have dropped it due to the pressures of standardized testing.
Jackson said the decline in recess time has coincided with rising childhood obesity and poor behavior. Read more.
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