City Councilor Tito Jackson (Roxbury) this morning filed his formal request to ask fellow councilors to order Boston 2024 to hand over two private chapters of its Olympic bid that relate to finances and political support of the proposed games.
Whether and when the request goes before the council is now in the hands of Council President Bill Linehan, who controls the council's meeting agendas. If the council, which over the past year has threatened to use its subpoena power against everybody from university presidents and landlords to the city police commissioner, agrees, Boston 2024 would have to go to court to block release of the chapters.
The demand would technically be for a Boston 2024 to appear before the council or a council committee, but he or she could also be told to bring supporting documents - in this case the two chapters.
"I am not anti-Olympics, I am simply pro-Boston," Jackson said at a morning press conference in which he objected to Boston going blind into what he called a $14-billion project without its elected officials having any idea just what a bunch of unelected businesspeople promised on behalf of the city. On Friday, Boston 2024 refused to hand over the two chapters of its "Bid 1.0" document.
"Who would do a business deal without all the available information?" Jackson asked. "Sorry, Boston 2024, you don't get to tell our body, our city or our constituents" what to do - especially when those promises to the US Olympic Committee might include financial commitments "on behalf of the taxpayers of the city of Boston."
Jackson said he does not want Olympic overruns to force the city to give up on things such as school improvements and battling increasing gun violence and homelessness. Referring to Boston's monicker as "the city on a hill," he added, "It is our job to protect that city on a hill and assure it is open to all."
He added he has not talked to Cambridge City Councilor Nadeem Mazen, who also wants to force Boston 2024 to release the chapters.