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By adamg - 11/22/23 - 9:45 am

Stanley Staco posts the map. Incumbents Ruthzee Louijeune, who got the most votes citywide and Erin Murphy, who came in second, won precincts across the city. Read more.

By adamg - 11/7/23 - 8:28 pm

City results show incumbent at-large Councilors Ruthzee Louijeune and Julia Mejia easily winning re-election - along with more conservative incumbent Erin Murphy - with whom Louijeune is battling for the honorary top spot on the ballot. Read more.

By adamg - 10/27/23 - 11:22 am

The Daily Free Press brings us up to speed on incumbent Councilor Liz Breadon and challenger Jacob deBlecourt - who said a good summation of his platform would be "more housing and fewer rats."

By adamg - 10/25/23 - 3:03 pm

The Boston City Council today approved a resolution that calls on the city to change the name of Faneuil Hall because Peter Fanueil was a slave owner. Read more.

By adamg - 10/25/23 - 2:44 pm

A disgruntled Boston City Council today approved a measure that will make it easier for police to sweep Mass and Cass and remove tents, with several councilors saying they doubt the measure will mean a long-term fix. Read more.

By adamg - 10/19/23 - 12:18 pm

In 1992, Althea Garrison was elected a state rep in Roxbury, the first time a trans person had ever won election to a state legislature. She didn't tell anybody about that though and never discussed it, not even after the Herald outed her - at a time when coming out as trans could mean being murdered. In September, she discussed the issue publicly for the first time in an interview with Kate Sosin of the 19th. Read more.

By adamg - 10/18/23 - 3:31 pm
Tania Fernandes Anderson crying

Fernandes Anderson cries while talking about murdered children.

Ed. note: Video of the discussions on the two resolutions is at the bottom of the story.

Boston City Council President Ed Flynn sent two proposed resolutions on Israel and Palestine to a committee for further study and hearings.

The council's committee of the whole - basically, the entire council - will now schedule hearings on a resolution by Councilor Michael Flaherty (at large) to support Israel and condemn Hamas and a separate one by Councilor Tania Fernandes Anderson (Roxbury) calling for an immediate ceasefire in the region. Read more.

By adamg - 10/17/23 - 9:41 pm

Ed Burley, until last month co-chair of Jamaica Plain Progressives, explains his decision to resign after the September preliminary, in which its endorsed District 6 candidate, incumbent Kendra Lara, was soundly defeated after that car crash. Read more.

By adamg - 10/17/23 - 3:11 pm

City Councilor Michael Flaherty (at large) tomorrow will ask his fellow councilors to unambiguously support Israel. Read more.

By adamg - 10/17/23 - 10:31 am

Jamaica Plain News reports that District 6 (Jamaica Plain, West Roxbury, Mission Hill) candidates Ben Weber and William King will meet in a forum Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. at Casa Verde in Jamaica Plain that will also feature an all-you-can eat lunch for $2.

By adamg - 10/4/23 - 3:55 pm
Michael Flaherty

Animated Michael Flaherty moves for grants.

The Boston City Council today approved acceptance of a total of $3.4 million in federal grants for the Boston Regional Intelligence Center, (BRIC) a BPD unit that collects data and video used to fight crime and terrorism - and which maintains a database of Boston residents accused of being members of local gangs. Read more.

By adamg - 9/7/23 - 9:46 am

The Dorchester Reporter reports that New Balance CEO and 2016 Trump backer Jim Davis, who pumped $1 million into a PAC that failed to keep Michelle Wu from getting elected mayor this week donated $150,000 to a super PAC that is trying to un-elect two of the City Council's progressive members: Kendra Lara in District 6 and Ricardo Arroyo in District 5. The group's ads in the Herald also support John FitzGerald, Frank Baker's choice, in District 3.

By adamg - 8/30/23 - 3:31 pm

Boston could stand more delicious street food - and people selling it - councilors said today, calling for a dramatic simplification in the process for people to begin selling food from simple, inexpensive, hand-pushed carts. Read more.

By adamg - 8/30/23 - 12:36 pm

The Dorchester Reporter compiles answers to a questionnaire it send to the candidates seeking to replace Frank Baker as District 3 city councilor in the September preliminary.

By adamg - 8/28/23 - 9:38 am

The Globe reports City Councilor Tania Fernandes Anderson (Roxbury) had her phone taken during a mugging near Atkinson Street Saturday night as she walked around to get some first-hand Mass and Cass knowledge in advance of considering the mayor's proposal to make it easier to remove tents and other shelters there.

By adamg - 8/21/23 - 7:25 am

Mayor Wu is endorsing Enrique Pepén, her former constiuent-services director, over incumbent Ricardo Arroyo in the District 5 (Hyde Park, Roslindale, Mattapan) City Council race in the Sept. 12 preliminary election. Wu had backed Arroyo in previous campaigns - including his run for DA, at least until those allegations surfaced. Read more.

By adamg - 8/17/23 - 10:03 am

And the Beacon Hill Times was there.

Durkan was elected to finish the term of Kenzie Bok, who left to become the new head of the BHA. Durkan will have to run again in November to win her own two-year term.

By adamg - 8/9/23 - 2:19 pm
King, Lara, Weber

King, Lara and Weber in Zoom forum.

The three candidates for the District 6 (Jamaica Plain, West Roxbury, Mission Hill) City Council seat - incumbent Kendra Lara and challengers William King and Ben Weber - met last night in a Zoom forum sponsored by JP Progressives, Right to the City Vote and MassVOTE.

The top two finishers in the Sept. 12 preliminary will then meet in the Nov. 7 general election for the two-year seat.

Some of the issues: Read more.

By adamg - 8/9/23 - 1:52 pm

City Councilor Erin Murphy (at large) today declared a "public health crisis" being caused by having the same city street sweepers that brush up debris at Mass and Cass also go along the curb in the South End, Chinatown, Bay Village, Beacon Hill and Back Bay - an idea blasted as fearmongering by one of her colleagues. Read more.

By adamg - 8/4/23 - 12:53 pm

The three attorneys who convinced a federal judge to toss the Boston City Council's initial redistricting plan today filed a request that they be reimbursed for their time and work. Read more.

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