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By adamg - 9/13/23 - 1:20 pm
Murphy makes her plea

Erin Murphy calls for immediate emergency declaration.

Councilor Erin Murphy (at large) today urged her colleagues to tell the Boston Public Health Commission it should declare a formal state of emergency exists at Mass and Cass. Read more.

By adamg - 9/13/23 - 1:01 pm
Flaherty calls for acceptance of grant

Flaherty calls for acceptance of grant.

Article corrected. The council did not actually reject the grant, but instead rejected voting on it immediately.

By a 7-5 vote, the Boston City Council rejected an attempt by Councilor Michael Flaherty (at large) to immediately approve $2.55 million in federal grants to bolster the Boston Regional Intelligence Center, overseen by BPD - the same grant the council voted to reject in 2021 after police refused to reconsider its gang database and how it shares data with outside law-enforcement agencies. Read more.

By adamg - 9/12/23 - 9:50 pm
King, Weber, Pepen and Ruiz

King vs. Weber, Pepen vs. Ruiz.

Voters in District 6 (Jamaica Plain, West Roxbury, Mission Hill) today solidly rejected one-term incumbent and crash-plagued incumbent Kendra Lara, while voters in neighboring District 5 (Hyde Park, Mattapan, Roslindale) gave the boot to ethics-plagued incumbent Ricardo Arroyo. Read more.

By adamg - 9/11/23 - 1:45 pm

Residents in four City Council districts have preliminary elections tomorrow to narrow the fields in the November elections to two candidates each. There is no preliminary for the four citywide council seats because there are eight candidates, all of whom will battle in November. Read more.

By adamg - 9/7/23 - 9:46 am

The Dorchester Reporter reports that New Balance CEO and 2016 Trump backer Jim Davis, who pumped $1 million into a PAC that failed to keep Michelle Wu from getting elected mayor this week donated $150,000 to a super PAC that is trying to un-elect two of the City Council's progressive members: Kendra Lara in District 6 and Ricardo Arroyo in District 5. The group's ads in the Herald also support John FitzGerald, Frank Baker's choice, in District 3.

By adamg - 8/30/23 - 3:31 pm

Boston could stand more delicious street food - and people selling it - councilors said today, calling for a dramatic simplification in the process for people to begin selling food from simple, inexpensive, hand-pushed carts. Read more.

By adamg - 8/30/23 - 12:36 pm

The Dorchester Reporter compiles answers to a questionnaire it send to the candidates seeking to replace Frank Baker as District 3 city councilor in the September preliminary.

By adamg - 8/28/23 - 9:38 am

The Globe reports City Councilor Tania Fernandes Anderson (Roxbury) had her phone taken during a mugging near Atkinson Street Saturday night as she walked around to get some first-hand Mass and Cass knowledge in advance of considering the mayor's proposal to make it easier to remove tents and other shelters there.

By adamg - 8/24/23 - 9:30 am

A Middlesex Superior Court judge has ruled that Everett Mayor Carlo DeMaria has such a strong likelihood of winning a libel suit against a local newspaper that he is freezing property belonging to one of the paper's owners and its editor in anticipation of as much of $850,000 in damages. Read more.

By adamg - 8/23/23 - 11:02 am
Chantal Lima Barbosa

Mayor Wu announced today she's appointed Chantal Lima Barbosa to the Boston School Committee to fill out the remaining four months of the term of Lorena Lopera, who resigned earlier this year.
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By adamg - 8/21/23 - 7:25 am

Mayor Wu is endorsing Enrique Pepén, her former constiuent-services director, over incumbent Ricardo Arroyo in the District 5 (Hyde Park, Roslindale, Mattapan) City Council race in the Sept. 12 preliminary election. Wu had backed Arroyo in previous campaigns - including his run for DA, at least until those allegations surfaced. Read more.

By adamg - 8/17/23 - 10:03 am

And the Beacon Hill Times was there.

Durkan was elected to finish the term of Kenzie Bok, who left to become the new head of the BHA. Durkan will have to run again in November to win her own two-year term.

By adamg - 8/16/23 - 12:14 pm

Mayor Wu's office is looking for applicants for the new Boston-specific seat on the MBTA board of directors recently approved by the state legislature and Gov. Healey. Read more.

By adamg - 8/9/23 - 2:19 pm
King, Lara, Weber

King, Lara and Weber in Zoom forum.

The three candidates for the District 6 (Jamaica Plain, West Roxbury, Mission Hill) City Council seat - incumbent Kendra Lara and challengers William King and Ben Weber - met last night in a Zoom forum sponsored by JP Progressives, Right to the City Vote and MassVOTE.

The top two finishers in the Sept. 12 preliminary will then meet in the Nov. 7 general election for the two-year seat.

Some of the issues: Read more.

By adamg - 8/9/23 - 1:52 pm

City Councilor Erin Murphy (at large) today declared a "public health crisis" being caused by having the same city street sweepers that brush up debris at Mass and Cass also go along the curb in the South End, Chinatown, Bay Village, Beacon Hill and Back Bay - an idea blasted as fearmongering by one of her colleagues. Read more.

By adamg - 8/4/23 - 12:53 pm

The three attorneys who convinced a federal judge to toss the Boston City Council's initial redistricting plan today filed a request that they be reimbursed for their time and work. Read more.

By adamg - 8/2/23 - 9:48 pm

The Satanic Temple of Salem said today it plans to appeal a federal judge's decision on Monday to toss its suit against the City Council for not letting one of its practitioners start a council meeting with an invocation. Read more.

By adamg - 8/1/23 - 11:23 am

NBC Boston reports Boston election commissioners today rejected demands from Kendra Lara haters that it bump her off the fall ballot in District 6 (West Roxbury, Jamaica Plain, Mission Hill), concluding they'd failed to provide enough proof that she doesn't live in the district.

Lara said she was in a midst of a divorce when she ran for office and decided she’d rather use her maiden name than her married name – and got approval from the election office to do so.

By adamg - 7/31/23 - 10:13 pm

A federal judge today dismissed a lawsuit by the Satanic Temple of Salem against the Boston City Council over the way counncilors invites clergy members to start meetings with an invocation, concluding that councilors were recognizing the good work done in the city by the clergy, not because they're pushing a particular religious viewpoint. Read more.

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