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By adamg - 3/22/23 - 3:44 pm

The Boston City Council today unanimously approved a proposed plea to the state legislature to grant Boston 250 new liquor licenses - but only for certain neighborhoods. Read more.

By adamg - 3/22/23 - 2:12 pm

City Councilor Liz Breadon (Allston/Brighton) today proposed banning local pet shops - including one in her district - from selling guinea pigs, which she says are beginning to overwhelm local animal shelters, and which are now even showing up on Boston streets as strays. Read more.

By adamg - 3/20/23 - 10:00 am

City Councilor Ricardo Arroyo (Hyde Park, Mattapan, Roslindale) says it's past time to outlaw the sale of tiny booze bottles in Boston, both because they make it too easy for alcoholics to get a quick fix and because they trash up city streets. Read more.

By adamg - 3/8/23 - 2:50 pm

Christopher Gavin reports the City Council voted 11-2 today to support Mayor Wu's proposal to cap rent increases at no more than 10% for tenants in older buildings with more than six apartments. The measure now goes to the state legislature for consideration. Read more.

By adamg - 2/27/23 - 10:15 am

City Councilors Ricardo Arroyo (Roslindale, Mattapan, Hyde Park) and Gabriela Coletta (Charlestown, East Boston, North End) today proposed a "food recovery" program aimed at getting more food to people who can't afford it by reducing the amount of food restaurants, hotels, colleges, sports arenas and event organizers now simply throw away at the end of the night. Read more.

By adamg - 2/17/23 - 6:03 pm

The Herald reports Mayor Wu vetoed a city-council proposal that would return the school committee to being all elected. Read more.

By adamg - 2/14/23 - 10:15 pm

A federal magistrate judge ruled today the Satanic Temple has to pay Boston $8228.25 as reimbursement for the time four city attorneys spent successfully fighting what another judge called a "bad faith" attempt to make then Councilor Michelle Wu spend several hours in Salem on Election Day listening to church members give a candle-lit invocation and then answering questions about how the city council selects clergy members to start meetings with an invocation. Read more.

By adamg - 1/25/23 - 2:26 pm

On the heels of the shutdown of the Sound Museum in Brighton, the owner of the Charlestown Rehearsal Studio on Terminal Street in Charlestown plans to kick out the musicians who now practice there by June so it can turn the building into a self-storage facility, City Councilor Gabriela Coletta (Charlestown, North End, East Boston) said today. Read more.

By adamg - 1/25/23 - 1:13 pm

The Boston City Council could decide Feb. 15 whether to seek approval from the state legislature for a plan that would shift the Boston School Committee from a board appointed by the mayor to one elected by residents - plus a student member who would be able to vote on school business. Read more.

By adamg - 1/19/23 - 12:11 pm

City Councilor Julia Mejia says Turtleboy owner Aiden Kearney keeps libeling her and she's had enough.
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By adamg - 12/26/22 - 11:25 am

On Friday, US District Court Judge Angel Kelley once again rejected a demand from the lawyer for the Satanic Temple that she order Mayor Wu to attend a temple convocation and then answer questions about how the Boston City Council selects local clergy to give the invocations that start council meetings. Read more.

By adamg - 12/14/22 - 9:50 pm

The Dorchester Reporter reports on today's vote by the council.

By adamg - 12/14/22 - 2:44 pm

WBZ reports on the vote to establish a reparations commission.

By adamg - 12/12/22 - 9:38 pm

The City Council will vote Wednesday on eight of Mayor Wu's slate of candidates for the Zoning Board of Appeal, which hears roughly 1,100 cases a year on everything from attic dormers and basement bedrooms to apartment towers and marijuana shops. Read more.

By adamg - 12/12/22 - 11:00 am
Joel Richards

Joel Richards, who ran unsuccessfully for City Council in District 4 last year, announced today he'll be running again, but this time in District 3, because redistricting means he now lives in that district.
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By adamg - 12/9/22 - 12:01 pm

A City Council committee chaired by Councilor Frank Baker (Dorchester) has scheduled a Monday hearing to consider Mayor Wu's plan to reshape the Zoning Board of Appeal by replacing most of its current members. Read more.

By adamg - 12/9/22 - 11:33 am

The Bay State Banner reports some councilors are dissatisfied at the slow pace of increasing the city's current 13% "affordable" housing requirement for new development. Read more.

By adamg - 11/21/22 - 3:16 pm
ACLU's KadeCrockford

ACLU's Crockford makes point at council hearing.

City Council President Ed Flynn (South Boston, South End, Chinatown, Downtown), who last year joined all his other colleagues in passing an ordinance requiring Boston Police and seven other departments to detail their use of cameras, cell-phone interceptors and other surveillance technologies, today voiced concern that forcing BPD to actually comply could result in the release of information that would help bad guys. Read more.

By adamg - 11/4/22 - 9:26 am

GBH gets comments from the Archdiocese of Boston on Councilor Frank Baker's anti-Protestant assertion about City Council redistricting.

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