The Boston School Committee has selected three finalists for school superintendent: Oscar Santos, head of school for the Cathedral 7-12 High School in Boston, Marie Izquierdo, chief academic officer of Miami-Dade County Public Schools in Florida and Brenda Cassellius, until recently commissioner of education for the state of Minnesota. Read more.
As he does pretty much every year, City Councilor Matt O'Malley (West Roxbury, Jamaica Plain) has formally asked the city to begin a pilot program to collect people's discarded coffee grounds and other foods to turn into compost. But this year is different, because the costs of dealing with recyclable materials is going through the roof, O'Malley says. Read more.
The City Council will consider a proposal by Councilor Lydia Edwards (East Boston, North End, Charlestown) to add the loss of existing homes and federal laws that bar housing discrimination to the list of things developers of large projects in Boston would have to address to win city approval. Read more.
A proposal by City Councilor Althea Garrison (at large) to study how to bring rent control back to Boston was met with virulent opposition from three councilors who rent out units who thundered rent control would turn the city into the sort of hellhole they said it was back before voters statewide eliminated rent control in 1994. Read more.
The City Council designated today as Anthony Pisani Day, for the Jamaica Plain architect who recently retired from the Zoning Board of Appeal after 32 years as a member. Read more.
The Dig reports on the Trustees of Charitable Donations for Inhabitants of Boston, which makes one-time payments to poor people in particular need from its office in City Hall, but which is so little known its director now earns more each year than she hands out in donations, which recently received an audit that raised numerous questions and whose board went without enough members for a quorum because Mayor Walsh failed to name any members in his first few years in office.
The folks at the Boston City Archives write:
This photo was taken to document a city infrastructure project. Can you guess the project? When and where was it taken?
Many Boston homeowners with large enough basements and attics would no longer have to go before the zoning board to turn them into apartments under a proposal that could go before the Zoning Commission next month for approval and inclusion in the city zoning code. Read more.
If you haven't read this New Yorker article about the meteor that may have wiped out almost all life on Earth 66 million years ago, you should, because it's really interesting. The Boston Globe, of course, looked for a local angle - and found it, with a world map in today's print Ideas section (if it's online, let me know, I couldn't find it), with a dot on Boston and this caption:
If 99.9999% of all humans alive were wiped out, only the population of Boston would remain.
The Lucas Brothers went to The Met to see it all in color on Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, Full Frontal on TBS, April 3, 2019, Act 3. White statues have long been a tool for white supremacists to claim historical superiority but white supremacists are wrong
Boston Magazine reports on the war in the legislature. One of the reasons cited by restaurants to kill beer gardens is the high cost of liquor licenses. When Boston officials tried to get the legislature to let Boston issue more liquor licenses, restaurants objected because they didn't want to see the value of their investment in the licenses go down.
A City Council committee will consider whether it makes sense to let Boston Police officers continue working past the current retirement age of 65 if they're willing - and able to continue passing physicals. Read more.
Mayor Walsh said today he'll be adding $15 million to the BPS budget for the coming year to guaranteed a pre-K seat for every four-year-old in Boston.
The money will pay for enough teachers, supplies and equipment to add 750 more pre-K seats in BPS, which Walsh says is enough to ensure no child is turned away from K-1 programs.
MassDOT today announced plans to spend $2.4 million on a year-long pilot project in which it will subsidize the cost of moving people in wheelchairs around the current RIDE service area. Read more.
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