Mayoral Campaign 2013: The theme songs

Felix Arroyo's campaign seems to have "Si Se Puede" as its theme song. Well, if his campaign can have one, maybe other mayoral campaigns could come up with one, too. But campaign staffers likely have other work on their minds, so what follows are just a few ideas.

Let's see if we can have fun with this. Got one to offer? If you decide to pitch in, please follow this format:

Candidate, Song Title, Performer
--Connection to Candidate or Campaign

So for Arroyo, we have:

Felix Arroyo, "Si Se Puede", Linda Allen
--Chanted by his supporters shortly before his formal announcement.

Anyway, here are my ideas:

Charles Yancey, "I Am a Rock", Simon and Garfunkel
--When the City Council votes 12-1, Yancey's often the 1 ("I am a rock, I am an island")

Martin Walsh, "Part of the Union", The Strawbs
--Long-time union official

Althea Garrison, "How Can I Miss You When You Won't Go Away", Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks
--Boston's version of Harold Stassen

Charles Clemons -OR- John Laing, "Can't Touch This", MC Hammer -OR- "Breaking the Law", Judas Priest
--Co-owners of pirate (read: ILLEGAL) radio station TOUCH 106.1 FM

(And for all the essentially unknowns, the question is: "Who Are You?," The Who)


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Here's the decision from the State Ethics Commission vs. Ross

DOCKET NO. 07-0002



The State Ethics Commission and Michael Ross enter into this Disposition Agreement pursuant to Section 5 of the Commission's Enforcement Procedures. This Agreement constitutes a consented-to final order enforceable in the Superior Court, pursuant to G.L. c. 268B, § 4(j).

On June 8, 2006, the Commission initiated, pursuant to G.L. c. 268B, § 4(a), a preliminary inquiry into possible violations of the conflict of interest law, G.L. c. 268A, by Ross. The Commission concluded its inquiry and, on July 25, 2006, found reasonable cause to believe that Ross violated G.L. c. 268A.
The Commission and Ross now agree to the following findings of fact and conclusions of law.

Findings of Fact:

1.Michael P. Ross is a Boston city councilor. He assumed that office in January 2001.

2. In August 2000, the Boston Transportation Department instituted an administrative policy enabling city councilors to have parking violations "administratively dismissed" under certain circumstances. According to the policy, exercising this privilege requires that the councilor be "performing official city business" when the violation occurs.

3. From January 2002 through February 2006, Ross had parking violations dismissed under the policy. Most of these tickets involved parking violations resulting from a failure to pay parking meter fees ($25 per ticket) and/or parking without a permit in residents-only parking spots ($40 per ticket). Although Ross was a resident of Boston and therefore eligible for a resident parking permit, he did not obtain such a permit.

4. While a majority of the tickets dismissed during this four year period were issued while Ross was on City business, approximately 35 (out of a total of 105) were issued while he was engaged in personal rather than City business. The estimated value of the dismissed tickets involving personal business was approximately $1,000. (1) Ross has since reimbursed the City $1,000 regarding these tickets.

Conclusions of Law:

5. General laws, c. 268A, § 23(b) (2) prohibits a municipal employee from knowingly, or with reason to know, using his official position to secure for himself or others unwarranted privileges or exemptions which are of substantial value and not properly available to similarly situated individuals.

6. As a Boston city councilor, Ross was a municipal employee within the meaning of G.L. c. 268A.

7. The dismissal of approximately $1,000 in personal business parking tickets was a privilege or exemption of substantial value.

8. Ross used his Boston city councilor position to obtain the dismissals.

9. Ross's having these parking tickets dismissed was unwarranted because the ticket violations occurred while Ross was engaged in personal rather than official city business and because so dismissing these tickets was in violation of the written Boston Transportation Department policy.

10. This unwarranted privilege was not otherwise properly available to similarly situated municipal employees.

11. Therefore, by knowingly using his position as a Boston city councilor to secure for himself unwarranted privileges or exemptions of substantial value not properly available to similarly situated individuals, Ross repeatedly violated §23(b)(2).


In view of the foregoing violations of G.L. c. 268A by Ross, the Commission has determined that the public interest would be served by the disposition of this matter without further enforcement proceedings, on the basis of the following terms and conditions agreed to by Ross:

(1) that Ross pay to the Commission the sum of $2,000 as a civil penalty for violating G.L. c. 268A as noted above; parking tickets; and

(2) that Ross waive all rights to contest the findings of fact, conclusions of law and terms and conditions contained in this Agreement in this or any other related administrative or judicial proceedings to which the Commission is or may be a party.


__//ss//_________January 30, 2007____ __//ss//_________January 17, 2007____
Peter Sturges Date Michael Ross Date

I, Michael Ross, have personally read the above Disposition Agreement. I understand that it is a public document and that by signing it, I will have agreed to all of the terms and conditions therein including payment of $2,000 to the State Ethics Commission.

__//ss//_________January 17, 2007____
Michael Ross Date

(1.) The exact number and value of the tickets improperly dismissed cannot be determined because of the passage of time and the absence of recordkeeping.

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Blame universities!

Those damn students!!!!!!! (shakes fist) Those Damn Universities abusing their privileges!!!!

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Someone obviously locked

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Someone obviously locked their bike to the meter preventing the city councilor from paying. If all these damn students weren't riding around on bicycles we wouldn't have this revenue losing problem. /jest

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Your point re Ross well taken, but...

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...if you were including anonism as one of those "anonymous posters", I'd point out that he is a registered user. Like all other reg'ed users on this site, you can review all his past posts or even contact him directly, via his user page.

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D Bennett, I'm not D Bernstein.

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Wow you point out Judas Priest, "Breaking the law..."
By Douglas Bennett - 5/4/13 - 8:41 pm

...but shouldn't "breaking the law" be Michael Ross?

Douglas Bennett, it sounds as if your proper contribution to this thread is:

Michael Ross, "Breaking the Law", Judas Priest
--Crimes involving parking tickets, 2002-2006

Thank you, Douglas Bennett.

Now, I thought that was clear in my original post that I'm inviting UH readers to contribute suggestions for candidates' theme songs. Your post makes it seem that I should have had a complete list, or at least should not have omitted Michael Ross. Who said I would have a complete list? And why should I necessarily have known about Ross' shenanigans? I'm not David Bernstein, ya know.

It's amazing how many annonymous posters ridicule others yet they allow those who actually violate the trust of the people to go unmentioned.

Anonymity isn't exactly a crime; otherwise, Adam would have none of it here. And, in case you're thinking I'm giving any candidate a pass for some reason, I'm neither working for nor backing anyone in this race.
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Looking forward to more ideas...

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Cambridge City Council Incumbents, Challengers, Not running.

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Cambridge City Council
Incumbents expected to seek reelection: Leland Cheung, Craig Kelley, David Maher, Kenneth E. Reeves, E. Denise Simmons, Tim Toomey, Minka vanBeuzekom.
There are rumors that Henrietta Davis might not seek reelection, but neither she nor anyone else has made any statement indicating this.
Verified challengers: Dennis Benzan, Mike "No Money" Connolly, Logan E. Leslie, Marc McGovern, Lesley Phillips, Tom Stohlman, Luis Vasquez, Kristen von Hoffman
Possible challengers: Julian Cassa, Gregg Moree (perennial), Matt Nelson, Sam Seidel, Jefferson Smith, James Williamson (perennial)
Not running: Marjorie Decker (incumbent), Joseph "Slugs" Aiello, Larry Ward, Janneke House

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Campaign Song

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Will Dorcena - All The Way - Triumph

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Yancey gets a new song

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Charles Yancey, "Something to Fall Back On", Todd Rundgren
--Running both for Mayor and City Council, Yancey can expect (at most) to fall right back into his current CC chair on January 1.

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