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By adamg - 9/28/22 - 10:39 pm

City Councilor Liz Breadon (Allston/Brighton) holds a hearing starting at 3 p.m. on Thursday on how to go about carving up the city into nine equitable district seats based on the 2020 census. Read more.

By adamg - 9/16/22 - 9:21 pm

A federal judge who ruled in April that Mayor Wu doesn't have to travel to Salem to take questions from a Satanic lawyer ruled again today that Wu still doesn't have to go to Salem to take questions from the lawyer - let alone after first being forced to sit through a Satanic ceremony. Read more.

By adamg - 9/7/22 - 12:37 pm

The lawyer for the Satanic Temple in Salem provided a "status report" on the group's lawsuit against the City Council over its religious invocations to the judge in the case yesterday. It's pretty easy reading and explains the group's First Amendment claim about how the council starts its meetings and why he wants Michelle Wu to sit for questioning, so have at it at the link below, but some highlights: Read more.

By adamg - 9/2/22 - 10:17 pm

A lawyer for the Satanic Temple of Salem says he's going to seek a bench warrant for Michelle Wu's arrest if she doesn't show up in Salem on Sept. 12 for a deposition in the group's lawsuit over how the City Council opens its meetings with an invocation by a religious leader, and never mind that a federal judge has already told the group it can't make Wu sit for hours answering questions about the invocations. Read more.

By adamg - 9/1/22 - 2:20 pm

City Councilors Erin Murphy and Frank Baker, both of whom have had close relatives deal with drug problems, say one solution to the resurgence of drug problems at Mass and Cass could be to force people into locked treatment facilities. Read more.

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By adamg - 8/31/22 - 10:16 pm

WCVB reports that Shawn Nelson, one of the anti-vaxer brigade that had been following Mayor Wu around the city - was arrested for a fight that broke out during today's anger-filled City Council meeting, on charges that include assault and battery. Read more.

By adamg - 8/31/22 - 3:38 pm
An angry Tania Fernandes Anderson plays voice mail

Fernandes Anderson plays racist voice mail she got.

City Councilor Tania Fernandes Anderson (Roxbury) had enough this afternoon.

Slamming her desk in frustration at what she says is the treatment of Black and Hispanic councilors, Fernandes Anderson turned a discussion about a proposed effort to redistrict Boston into a cry of disgust that started with the way Councilor Ricardo Arroyo is being treated to an exposition on fears in her district that redistricting led by a white councilor will mean minorities will remain at a disadvantage in Boston. Read more.

By adamg - 8/31/22 - 2:21 pm

In a contentious meeting in which Council President Ed Flynn had to keep banging his gavel, telling both councilors and residents to keep quiet, Councilor Frank Baker withdrew his demand for a look at the BPD file on sexual-assault allegations against Councilor Ricardo Arroyo, saying his point had been made by today's Globe interview with a woman who claims Arroyo sexually attacked and threatened her in high school. Read mroe.

By adamg - 8/29/22 - 1:26 pm

Frank Baker wants to subpoena BPD records about Ricardo Arroyo? Saraya Wintersmith at WGBH reports Arroyo supporter and District 6 City Councilor Kendra Lara says fair is fair and wants to subpoena records related to Baker's 1990s arrest on a marijuana-distribution charge. Read more.

By adamg - 8/24/22 - 11:35 am

The Boston Licensing Board decides tomorrow whether to let the owner of Madras Dosa at 55 Boston Wharf Rd. extend its closing hours from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and to 3 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Read more.

By adamg - 8/2/22 - 9:24 pm

Hal Shurtleff, the former John Birch organizer who used to live in West Roxbury, is scheduled to arrive at City Hall Plaza with a "Christian" flag the city agreed to let him fly over City Hall Plaza for a couple of hours starting at 11 a.m. Read more.

By adamg - 8/1/22 - 4:11 pm
Bob Williams talks about rats

Union Park's Williams: Enough with the wire-harness-chomping, backyard-destroying rats.

The rat barrage that grew worse with the pandemic hasn't eased and now residents are having to deal with cars sustaining thousands of dollars of damage from rats chewing through wiring and asphalt surfaces collapsing from all the rat burrows under them on top of all general grossness of seeing rat families having giant family reunions in people's yards and in local parks. Read more.

By adamg - 7/22/22 - 2:58 pm

The Satanic Temple today asked a federal judge to reinstate the free-speech and freedom-of-religion sections of its lawsuit over the way the Boston City Council selects members of the clergy to start its meetings with an invocation. Read more.

By adamg - 7/18/22 - 10:45 pm

The unions representing Boston Police superior officers and detectives have a lot of bones to pick with the city council and mayor and want a judge to order them to back off telling them how to do their jobs but also hire at least 500 more officers right away. Read more.

By adamg - 6/16/22 - 9:45 am

The City Council yesterday unanimously approved using eminent domain to take roughly an acre of undeveloped land on the shore of Sprague Pond for a park, after one councilor assured the others that city officials will offer a fair price to the current owners - a key concern in a city with a history of eminent domain being used to destroy whole neighborhoods for apartment towers and highways. Read more.

By adamg - 6/15/22 - 1:29 pm

Three city councilors say they city should use some of the money the city's getting from the feds to help out the owners of taxi medallions, whom they say have been decimated by unfair competition from Uber and Lyft. Read more.

By adamg - 5/31/22 - 2:41 pm

Russ W-I lives in Frank Baker's council district. He went to a mayor's coffee thing at Garvey Park this morning, spotted Baker and got into a discussion with him about Baker's vote against a resolution supporting local control of Boston schools, which led into a discussion about the now ended pandemic eviction moratorium. The two disagreed on both and the discussion got heated. And then: Read more.

By adamg - 5/18/22 - 5:28 pm
Mejia argues against DESE takeover

Mejia argues against state takeover.

The City Council voted overwhelmingly today to fight to keep local control of BPS in the face of possible state receivership, saying a new mayor and a new superintendent deserve a chance to finally bring the sort of change BPS needs and that the last thing Boston - where voters strongly supported an elected school committee in the fall election - needs is an outside commissar screwing things up even more. Read more.

By adamg - 5/18/22 - 1:32 pm

City Councilor Kendra Lara (Jamaica Plain, West Roxbury, Mission Hill) today proposed creation of a city office to hire hundreds of Boston residents to provide traffic flagging at the growing number of construction projects she says Boston Police simply can't cover. Read more.

By adamg - 5/3/22 - 10:05 pm
Coletta

City election results show Gigi Coletta won the special election today to fill the rest of Lydia Edwards's two-year term as city councilor for District 1 (Charlestown, East Boston, North End), defeating Tania Del Rio.
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