Councilor Kim Janey (Roxbury) today proposed giving minority Boston entrepreneurs a two-year head start on getting local marijuana licenses as a way to address past wrongs in the war on drugs and to help ensure at least some of the profits from the lucrative business stay local. Read more.
Councilors Lydia Edwards (East Boston, Charlestown, North End) and Kim Janey (Roxbury) say the city's current affordable-housing efforts are not enough to stop the Manhattanization of Boston. Read more.
City Councilors Andrea Campbell (Dorchester) and Kim Janey (Roxbury) want to look at ways to increase black and Latino enrollment at the city's three exam schools - including possibly replacing scores from the ISEE exam now used to help determine entrance with results from MCAS tests. Read more.
The City Council agreed today to bring in city and state public-health experts to figure out what to do about increasing amounts of problems they say are happening from Dudley to Andrew because of the continued shutdown of the Long Island shelter and treatment programs. Read more.
The City Council today approved holding a hearing to figure out ways to keep longtime Roxbury residents from being forced out of their homes as developers increasingly snap up local parcels. Read more.
The City Council agreed today to consider a proposal by councilors Michelle Wu, Kim Janey and Lydia Edwards that would require retail and restaurant chains to get zoning-board approval before opening any new outlets in the city's "local business" districts. Read more.
City councilors will be looking towards regulations that would stamp out alleged sober homes whose operators prey on residents, rather than help them recover. Read more.
The Boston City Council today voted unanimously to support planned student protests over gun violence on March 24 in Boston and across the country. Read more.
CORRECTION: The candidates will have two debates after all - they agreed to a second one on Oct. 11.
After both sides agreed not to scab out at a WBZ debate, we're left with just a single mayoral debate, at WGBH's studios on the 10th (and now a second one the next night at Hibernian Hall in Roxbury). Tito asked Marty for at least four total debates. One of Marty's minions replied, basically: Yeah, right.
Speaking of Walsh opponents, John Connolly popped up this week ... Read more.
David Bernstein writes that the interesting news in last night's results were not in the race for mayor - which surprised no one - but in the council races, which could mean two black women joining the council in January - possibly alongside incumbent minority councilors Ayanna Pressley and Michelle Wu (at large) and Andrea Campbell (Dorchester). Read more.
Kim Janey, a community organizer and project manager at Massachusetts Advocates for Children, announced tonight she's running for the District 7 City Council seat currently held by Tito Jackson.
Janey joins Rufus Faulk in announcing a bid for the two-year seat in this fall's elections.
Jackson has yet to say if he will run for re-election, run for mayor or both.