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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mayor Walsh just announced BPS schools are closed tomorrow, but that City Hall and BPL branches will be open. Read more.
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.
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.
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.
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.
At a Three Kings' Day celebration in City Hall, Mayor Walsh vowed to work on behalf of Salvadoran immigrants whom the federal government now wants to toss out of the country. Read more.
In his inauguration speech today, Mayor Walsh announced a four-year, $10-million fundraising effort to build 200 units of "supportive, sustainable, long-term housing for chronically homeless men and women."
The fund has been launched in partnership with Pine Street Inn and Bank of America - which donated $250,000 to the effort.
West Roxbury's usually festive Christmas-tree lighting at Washington and Grove streets turned a little more serious today as parents protested Boston Public Schools' plans for earlier start times at many elementary schools. Read more.
Mayor Walsh said today Boston is hiring Ernst & Young, which is already doing auditing work for the city, to review several years of student-activity-fund spending at the roughly 100 BPS schools that were not randomly audited earlier by the IRS. Read more.
More than just the school department was doing stupid stuff, the Globe reports.
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