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By adamg - 2/17/22 - 9:23 am

The Charlestown Patriot-Bridge reports on a forum in Charlestown with Gabriela Coletta and Tania Del Rio, who are running for the District 1 (Charlestown, North End, East Boston) City Council seat that Lydia Edwards gave up after her election to the State Senate.

The city has scheduled the election for May 3; there will be a preliminary on April 5 if another candidate joins the race.

By adamg - 2/11/22 - 10:43 am

Boston's Covid-19 numbers are dropping fast enough that the city could meet its metrics for ending a requirement that indoor diners and gym users show proof of vaccination "in the coming weeks," Dr. Bisola Ojikutu, executive director of the Boston Public Health Commission said this morning. Read more.

By adamg - 2/9/22 - 1:56 pm
Baker and flag

Baker to Wu: Tear down those mandates.

The City Council today agreed to hold a hearing on how the Wu administration is dealing with Covid-19, possibly as early as next week. Read more.

By adamg - 2/4/22 - 9:29 am

The same ragged little group of Nazis who have tried to look scary outside a Jamaica Plain bookstore spent some time last month outside Brigham and Women's Hospital hiding behind their neck gaiters and holding a sign about the hospital killing White people. Read more.

By adamg - 2/2/22 - 1:31 pm

The City Council agreed today to look at the idea of outlawing belching noisy lawn tools that run on gasoline as environmental and health menaces that now have less noxious, quieter electric alternatives. Read more.

By adamg - 2/2/22 - 1:22 pm

The City Council today agreed to have a committee consider the idea of creating a Reparations Commission to come up with ways to pay Black Bostonians for centuries of slavery, discrimination and redlining. Read more.

By adamg - 2/2/22 - 1:08 pm

The Boston City Council today agreed to take a look at stealing a page from Canadian cities and Rochester, NY, which send out municipal mini-plows after big snowstorms to clear sidewalks. Read more.

By adamg - 1/31/22 - 10:04 am

Ed Grzyb reports on the situation in Hyde Park: Read more.

By adamg - 1/28/22 - 11:27 pm

New District 4 (Dorchester, Mattapan, bits of Roslindale and JP) Councilor Brian Worrell is offering $10 gift certificates to Fields Corner's Chill on Park to anybody in his district under 18 who sends in a photo of a hydrant they've shoveled out. Worrell credits former District 6 (JP, West Roxbury, Mission Hill) Councilor Matt O'Malley for the idea.

By adamg - 1/28/22 - 10:24 am

A micro-controversy erupted at Wednesday's Boston City Council meeting when Council President Ed Flynn began assigning items to various committees without having first announced just what committees he'd decided to keep or create for tenure, let alone who would sit on them. Read more.

By adamg - 1/26/22 - 2:36 pm

The Boston City Council agreed today to look at creating a public alternative to private broadband providers, saying events of the past couple of years have proved broadband has become a necessity that private business may be unwilling to provide at a price that all residents can afford. Read more.

By adamg - 1/26/22 - 1:22 pm
Mejia in her office.

Councilor Julia Mejia speaking from her City Hall office after meeting moved from in-person to Zoom.

The City Council was going through its Wednesday routine of discussing matters to be sent to committees for hearings around 1:18 p.m. when Council President Ed Flynn asked people in the audience to put on masks, as required by city ordinance. They refused. Flynn called a 15-minutes recess and asked his fellow councilors to exit the chambers, presumably so City Hall security guards could deal with the covidbreathers.

At 1:48 p.m. or so, councilors switched to Zoom, from their offices, to continue their meeting.

By adamg - 1/21/22 - 6:18 pm

Newly elected state Sen. Lydia Edwards announced today she will formally resign as a city councilor on April 30, which she says will give the city council enough time to call a special election to replace her without her East Boston, Charlestown and North End constituents losing representation on the council.

In a statement, she said: Read more.

By adamg - 1/21/22 - 12:11 pm

Update: She'll resign on April 30.

GBH reports the now dual councilor/senator doesn't want to talk about leaving her council seat. Maybe at some point, she says. There's no law that says she has to give up the job as councilor.

By adamg - 1/3/22 - 10:23 am
Wu swears in City Councilors

In a ceremony forced outside by Covid-19, Mayor Wu this morning swore in the 2022-2024 city council, including new at-large councilors Ruthzee Louijeune and Erin Murphy and new district councilors Tania Anderson (Roxbury), Kendra Hicks (Jamaica Plain, West Roxbury, Mission Hill and Brian Worrell (Dorchester, Mattapan, Roslindale). Read more.

By adamg - 12/29/21 - 4:46 pm

The mayor's office announced today that the bi-annual swearing in of new and returning city councilors will be held at 10 a.m. on Jan. 3 in the City Hall courtyard, rather than in the originally planned and warmer historic Faneuil Hall. Read more.

By adamg - 12/22/21 - 11:28 am

Mayor Wu today signed an ordinance proposed by the City Council that will let developers put up new buildings with a high percentage of affordable units without having to provide any off-street parking. Read more.

By adamg - 12/16/21 - 9:59 pm

Sal LaMattina, who retired from the District 1 City Council seat that Lydia Edwards won in 2017, is talking to supporters about possibly running for the seat again after Edwards is elected to the State Senate next month. Read more.

By adamg - 12/3/21 - 9:00 am

Matt O'Malley, stepping down as a city councilor at the end of the month, announced this morning he'll be taking on a new job as chief sustainability officer for Vicinity, which runs the steam system that heats and provides hot water for large buildings in Boston and Cambridge. Read more.

By adamg - 12/2/21 - 12:01 pm

WBUR looks at the proposal by City Councilor Julia Mejia (at large) to create a commission to study the idea.

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