Marty Walsh

By - 9/14/18 - 9:16 am

The Boston Sun reports the mayor, who once completely opposed the idea of allowing a place where people with opioid addictions could shoot up under medical supervision, told the South End Forum he has been impressed by the experience in Edmonton, where they're spread among hospitals in the city, reducing the odds of creating a single point where people would be preyed on outside. In addition to medical supervision, people are given the opportunity to sign up for programs to help them beat their addiction.

The question might be moot for now, however, because the local US Attorney has vowed to go after any medical professionals who participate in such a program.

By - 9/13/18 - 3:43 pm

Mayor Walsh today announced the city has sued 13 drug companies, four drug distributors - and a pain doctor now serving an eight-year federal prison sentence for handing out opioid prescriptions like Halloween candy - for the $64 million the city alleges their negligence with opioids has cost and will continue to cost Boston. Read more.

By - 8/22/18 - 9:31 am

Mayor Walsh announced yesterday that the city will solicit bids next week for a consultant to develop a "municipal electricity aggregation program" that would essentially buy electricity in bulk for participating ratepayers - with a higher percentage of power coming from renewable sources than from your typical electric utilities. Read more.

By - 8/16/18 - 3:29 pm
By - 7/23/18 - 10:48 am
Gross

Robert Goulston at WFXT reports that Walsh will appoint William Gross, currently BPD superintendent in chief, as police commissioner when William Evans departs next week.

Walsh announced his pick at a City Hall press conference this morning. Read more.

By - 7/22/18 - 2:42 pm

The Herald reports Mayor Walsh is warning scooter companies that their wheeled products will be ruthlessly rounded up and stuck in storage if they show up in Boston, at least before the city comes up with regulations for them.

The things suddenly appeared Friday on the streets of Cambridge and Somerville.

By - 7/3/18 - 9:56 am
Proposed new City Hall Plaza

The mayor's office says it finally has a plan to permanently convert the vast field of bricks outside City Hall into a place that can support even more festivals and become a place where people will want to come for more than just special events, but that the work to achieve the seemingly impossible will require it to cancel the annual winter festival that had brought hundreds of thousands of people to the plaza over the past two winters, and don't you dare think the timing might have had to do with increasing friction between the city, the festival's operator and its subcontractors. Read more.

By - 6/19/18 - 10:00 am

Mayor Walsh said today he's picked a South Carolina-based lawfirm to file suit against the makers of opioids to try to recover some of the costs he says the city has incurred treating and dealing with users of their products. Read more.

By - 6/17/18 - 11:06 pm

The Boston Business Journal reports Mayor Walsh had something to do with the health center's decision to rescind layoffs announced Thursday, although it was not clear exactly what.

By - 5/18/18 - 10:11 am

The mayor's office reports Newbury Street will shut to motor vehicles between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. on July 8, Aug. 12 and Sept. 9, as part of the third annual summer "Open Newbury Street." Read more.

By - 5/9/18 - 1:26 pm

Mayor Walsh today announced a new proposal for dealing with short-term rentals that would by default bar investors from buying up units or even entire buildings and offering rentals on Airbnb and similar sites. Read more.

By - 4/9/18 - 9:08 am

The mayor's office says it's not waiting for the results of a pilot study on BPD body cameras - its put $2 million for "permanent adoption of police-worn body cameras" in the proposed budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1. Read more.

By - 3/21/18 - 12:34 pm

Rather than face a potential fight with the City Council over how to keep Airbnb and its kin from eating Boston, Mayor Walsh has pulled his proposed regulations for possible changes. Read more.

By - 3/20/18 - 9:56 am

CommonWealth reports that City Councilor Michelle Wu (at large) and Lydia Edwards (Charlestown, East Boston, North End) want to amend Mayor Walsh's proposed short-term-rental ordinance to bar investor-owned apartments and condos from the short-term market. Walsh's proposal would let them rent out units for up to 90 days a year - which Wu says is effectively 45 weekends a year.

The city council has to vote on Walsh's proposal and possible amendments by tomorrow or Walsh's proposal becomes law as is.

By - 3/13/18 - 4:14 pm

Mayor Walsh just announced BPS schools are closed tomorrow, but that City Hall and BPL branches will be open. Read more.

By - 2/12/18 - 12:41 pm

Mayor Walsh issued a statement today about yesterday's Black History Month honor for Red Auerbach (for which BPD has apologized): Read more.

By - 2/2/18 - 3:43 pm

Mayor Walsh today announced a formal process for developers to propose possibly taking over city buildings such as libraries, community centers, public-health facilities and fire stations and redeveloping them into larger structures that would include new city facilities layered with housing units. Read more.

By - 1/26/18 - 9:11 am

The Patriot Ledger brings us up to speed on Long Island-related news south of the Neponset: The Quincy City Council this week passed a resolution telling Marty Walsh to shove it when it comes to the proposed re-build of the bridge and Quincy's mayor continued to look at possible legal options to block the bridge, which would connect Boston to its harbor island through Quincy. Read more.

By - 1/22/18 - 2:45 pm

Mayor Walsh said today he's looking at a possible lawsuit against companies that make and market narcotics. In a statement, he said: Read more.

By - 1/22/18 - 10:08 am

Mayor Walsh is formally asking the City Council to approve home-share regulations that would limit how often somebody could rent out their apartment or condo and which would require anybody listing their homes or rooms for rentals to pay a fee that would help the city regulate the burgeoning market. Read more.