A year-old debate over the future of Boston Pride has spilled into the mayoral race, with candidates Andrea Campbell, Annissa Essaibi George and Michelle Wu announcing yesterday they won't be at a Pride-sponsored forum this Monday.
Campbell tweeted she would instead take part in an alternative forum put on by people who say current Pride leadership needs to go because it keeps dissing Blacks and trans residents. Essaibi George tweeted something similar. Wu made similar comments to the Globe - which reports that Pride has decided to postpone its forum for a week.
Wu blasted plans by Acting Mayor Kim Janey to re-open City Hall to employees without any provisions for day care. Wu, who used City Hall day care for her sons, said the move is unacceptable. John Barros agreed:
Acting Mayor Janey must pause her rigid and abrupt return to work schedule, and make a sincere effort to solicit feedback from employees about their needs as they begin to return to the physical office. Employees who are caring for children or parents, those with medical conditions that put them at high risk, and those who must make arrangements due to limited public transit deserve a thoughtful plan that acknowledges their needs.
Janey is expected to hold that hearing to remove Dennis White as police commissioner today. She talked to WGBH yesterday about the affair. UPDATE: Janey reports she had the hearing this morning and that " I will make a decision after careful deliberation."
Also yesterday, Wu joined with Councilor Liz Breadon and Big Dig mastermind and Allston resident Fred Salvucci to call for replacement of the current Allston turnpike viaduct with an at-grade version along with accelerated development of the proposed West Station, new north/south bus routes and bike and pedestrian paths.
The Bay State Banner reports on a poll that shows Essaibi George in the lead, followed by Wu and Janey. Other candidates had single-digit support in the poll.