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By Douglas Bennett - 5/27/13 - 1:25 pm

The following are Douglas Bennett's Power Rankings of the 2013 Boston Mayor Candidates as of May 27, 2013. These rankings are determined by a combination of each candidate's previous electoral history which includes geographical and voter population base, potential money raised, grassroots organizational strength, and potential to harness issues:

1. Daniel F Conley, West Roxbury (Ward 20, Precinct 20)

2. John R Connolly, West Roxbury (Ward 20, Precinct 10)

3. Felix G Arroyo, Jamaica Plain (Ward 19, Precinct 7)

4. Martin J Walsh, Savin Hill(Ward 13, Precinct 10)

5. Rob Consalvo, Hyde Park (Ward 18, Precinct 18)

6. Charlotte Golar Richie, Meeting House Hill(Ward 15, Precinct 3)

7. Charles Calvin Yancey, Mattapan (Ward 17, Precinct 3)

8. Michael P Ross, Mission Hill (Ward 10, Precinct 5)

9. Charles L Clemons Jr, Dorchester (Ward 14, Precinct 4)

10. John F Barros, Uphmans Corner(Ward 13, Precinct 5)

11. Bill Walczak, Savin Hill(Ward 13, Precinct 10)

12. Robert Cappucci, East Boston, (Ward 1, Precinct 2)

13. David S Portnoy, Lower Mills(Ward 17, Precinct 13)

14. John G C Laing Jr, Hyde Park(18, Precinct 14)

15. David James Wyatt, Roxbury (Ward 11, Precinct 2)

By adamg - 12/3/09 - 3:35 pm

Comcast told the City Council today it could begin wiring the Mission Main project by April.

By adamg - 11/17/09 - 8:59 pm

The City Council tomorrow considers a proposal by Council President Michael Ross to designate Huntington Avenue between Longwood and Ruggles as Lt. Kevin M. Kelley Avenue, in honor of the fire officer who died on Jan. 9 when the brakes on his firetruck failed on a steep Mission Hill Street.

The council is also scheduled to consider a resolution by Councilors Sal LaMattina and Steve Murphy to support "the preservation of the USS Constitution’s heritage and time-honored traditions of daily gun salutes and playing of the national anthem in Boston's Charlestown Navy Yard."

The council meeting begins at noon in the fifth-floor council room in City Hall.

By adamg - 10/6/09 - 2:19 pm

City Council President Michael Ross (Back Bay, Beacon Hill, Fenway, and Mission Hill) plans a hearing on exclusive contracts Boston's second-ranked cable company has with many apartment-building owners to provide cable service. In a statement, he says:

By law, residents can choose which cable provider offers them the best service for the best price. However, for many Bostonians this choice has been taken away from them as RCN has entered into long-term contracts that limit renters’ rights to choose a provider in the marketplace. Many of these subscribers are disabled, elderly, or low-income residents who rely on cable TV for entertainment and information. We must ensure that telecommunications companies are not gouging these subscribers to line their own pockets.

By adamg - 9/30/09 - 2:31 pm

City Council President Mike Ross tweets the City Council unanimously passed a resolution today to boycot stays and functions at Hyatt hotels until the chain resolves the issue of those fired workers.

By adamg - 9/21/09 - 2:39 pm

City Councilor Mike Ross answers the Bay Windows article alleging harassment of gay cruisers in the reeds:

By adamg - 1/12/09 - 11:47 am

Amy Derjue, late of Boston Magazine, is now City Councilor Mike Ross's communications director, Boston Magazine reports.

Hmm, if Ross runs for mayor against John Tobin (hey, it could happen), we'd have blog wars: She'd be competing with blogger Steve Garfield, who put together Tobin's campaign site.

By adamg - 1/8/09 - 9:36 am

City Councilor Sam Yoon will seek a home-rule petition to let Boston tack a half-percent onto the current state sales tax, Kevin McCrea reports, adding that new council President Mike Ross's proposed rules changes, which include posting proposed rules changes online, are not online.

By adamg - 12/9/08 - 12:51 am

Here (3.8M PDF file).

The report, by councilors Michael Ross, Bill Linehan and Sal LaMattina, calls for some major changes to the Common, including:

  • An ornamental fence along Tremont to delineate the park and keep Tremont Street pedestrians off the grass while keeping it open to sunbathers;
  • A "Grand Entrance" to the park at a rebuilt visitors center;
  • a low-cost cafe on the site of either the old men's room or parks maintenance building; a dedicated dog run;
  • A permanent carousel at the Frog Pond
  • Permanent underground facilities for storing equipment needed for events at the bandstand.

In addition, the report calls for increased maintenance (everything from sidewalk to the Soliders and Sailors Monument are in poor shape) and efforts to help the homeless who congregate on the Common find permanent housing. To pay for it, the councilors propose a betterment fund paid for by neighboring landowners and gradually increasing the amount of money now raised by Boys and Girls Club kiosks on the Common dedicated to the Common.

Some initial comments by Kevin McCrea.

By adamg - 12/4/08 - 9:02 am

Kevin McCrea relays the news that the City Council's Special Committee on Boston Common, chaired by Councilor Ross, is holding a "working session" on Monday, Dec. 8, starting at 3:30 p.m. in City Hall's Curley Room.

By adamg - 3/21/08 - 4:55 pm

The Alliance of Boston Neighborhoods wonders what happens when City Hall moves to South Boston - where will all the large events the city wants to move to the plaza from the Common go? And given how many of those events have been political in nature, what does Councilor Michael Ross, who represents Beacon Hil and the Back Bay have against democracy?

... For some reason, the discussion seems to have turned from protecting the green to raking in the green, and Councilor Ross opined that "cafés, restaurants, and other commercial ventures might be a good replacement for large-scale events." Of course! Commerce is pretty much the same as democratic assembly, except for the doorman in front and the bill at the end. Customers are citizens -- even better, right? Sure keeps out the poor and homeless, and good riddance, I say! The public realm is no place for 'em! And Ross responded to Tom Kershaw's complaint that he can't make enough money on Common land with his skating business on our Frog Pond, and would now like a liquor license for a night club. The alcohol prohibition on the Common, Ross offered, should be reconsidered. ...

By adamg - 11/28/07 - 1:33 pm

City Councilor Michael Ross wants to try, following the fatal fall of Shawn Dow from an Allston rooftop earlier this month.

By adamg - 5/8/07 - 9:34 am

Update: With boston.com now sporadically available, I see that the councilor is only proposing PE for middle and high schools. That eliminates my first objection, since I was talking about elementary schools, but the second two still hold.

By adamg - 2/2/07 - 2:23 pm

Boston City Councilor Michael Ross, meet Watertown Town Councilor Marilyn Devaney.

By adamg - 2/1/07 - 7:36 pm

Wednesday dawned with the dashing city councilor about to become a laughingstock. Then, well, you know.

But watch your back, Mr. Ross. Amy has her eye on you:

None of this means I'm forgetting about you, Michael Ross, Boston City Councilor, and your parking violations. For shame!

By adamg - 1/31/07 - 10:21 am

Well! Michael Ross, fashion-plate city councilor, turns out to also be Michael Ross, fashion-plate parking-ticket scofflaw. Must be nice to be able to get parking tickets dismissed because you're a city councilor. Of course, you run the risk of getting caught abusing a city policy that lets councilors seek dismissal of tickets issued while they're on official business (several of Ross's tickets were issued after midnight, even though Ross lives eight blocks from City Hall, where he gets a free space).

By adamg - 11/5/06 - 11:02 am

City Councilor Michael Ross has his own MySpace page, where we learn he is a Sagittarius, he enjoys mountain biking and he's single. He uses his blog for more serious writings, such as explaining why he supports the Cape Wind project and why he thinks Boston is still a racist city.

By adamg - 7/30/05 - 8:47 pm

But so what? Carpundit says, wondering why the Herald paid so much attention to his parking tickets when he's paid them all off:

... I wish the Herald would stay on a real story, like the Mayor's web of influence, or the Turnpike Chairman's apparent corruption, or the Suffolk Sheriff's probable criminality. Parking tickets? Paid parking tickets? That's just not news. ...

My standard newspaper disclosure.

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