City Councilors Matt O'Malley, Ed Flynn and Ayanna Pressley will seek permission from their fellow councilors on Wednesday for a hearing to consider the safety of Boston's natural-gas networks - and whether steps can be taken to make it even safer. Read more.
The City Council today approved an effort by at-large Councilor Ayanna Pressley to begin looking at how to increase the number of trees in Boston - especially with developers increasingly tearing down mature trees as they plant their towers and complexes. Read more.
City Councilor Matt O'Malley (Jamaica Plain, West Roxbury) has had enough of storefronts and apartments that go empty - sometimes for years - in even the swankiest of neighborhoods and wants to begin looking at ways to prod landlords to rent the spaces out that could include "vacancy fees." 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.
The Boston City Council voted unanimously today to formally not oppose a medical-marijuana dispensary on VFW Parkway in West Roxbury, just up the road from the Dedham line.
Beacon Compassion Center now goes to the state Department of Public Health and the Boston Board of Appeals for approval of its planned dispensary at 1524 VFW Parkway.
The Boston City Council next week will likely consider an application for a medical-marijuana dispensary on VFW Parkway, just past the Dedham line. Read more.
Boston City Councilors say the $85 million the city directly pays into the MBTA every year should at least buy them a meeting with T officials to press their case to do more than just maintain an increasingly unreliable system they say particularly penalizes residents who don't live near a subway stop. Read more.
City Councilor Matt O'Malley (Jamaica Plain, West Roxbury) is promising $5 JP Licks gift certificates to Boston kids whose parents send him photos of them standing next to the fire hydrants they've dug out after tomorrow's bombocyclopocalypse - just like he's done after other snowstorms over the past few years.
The City Council today unanimously approved a measure that would ban thin plastic shopping bags and enact a 5-cent fee on paper bags and thicker plastic bags, as a way of reducing litter, helping the environment and curbing the use of the oil required to make them. Read more.
In what has become an annual tradition for governors of the Commonwealth, Charlie Baker went down to Jamaica Pond yesterday to join with local school kids and City Councilor Matt O'Malley to restock the pond with fish.
Moby Carp lives!
Boston city councilors agreed today to look at getting Boston into the bulk purchase of electricity from sustainable sources for resale to local residents and businesses.
Council President Michelle Wu said consumers could opt out of any such system, but said the main goal would be to help Boston dramatically reduce its contribution to climate change by maximizing the amount of energy the city consumes from renewable-energy sources. Read more.
The Boston City Council today kicked the issue of banning plastic bags at local stores into the next year. Read more.
The Boston City Council today voted 12-1 for an ordinance that would prod the city's two gas companies to speed up repairs of hundreds, possibly thousands, of natural-gas leaks in the city. Read more.
The City Council on Wednesday considers a proposal by councilors Matt O'Malley (West Roxbury/Jamaica Plain) and Michelle Wu (at large) to ban most plastic bags in Boston and to let stores charge 5 cents for paper or reusable bags - or plastic bags that can be composted. Read more.
The writers know their Boston. One scene featured a Cumbie's, Lechmere and an old 'BCN billboard. Even one local pol got a shoutout, indirectly, when Marge marveled over one of City Councilor Matt O'Malley's free sunscreen dispensers: "So progressive!"
City Councilor Matt O'Malley (Jamaica Plain, West Roxbury), says he understands the need to keep dogs from running loose in the tiny Beecher Street Park. But O'Malley says the dog owners of JP need a place where their pets can legally roam free and socialize.
In a letter today to Leo Roy, commissioner of the state Department of Conservation and Recreation, O'Malley says the Southwest Corridor Park through Jamaica Plain has more than enough land to spare some for a dog park. Read more.
The City Council agreed yesterday to begin looking at the possibility of prohibiting stores from using plastic bags to package the things their customers buy. Read more.
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