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By adamg - 6/9/21 - 4:09 pm

The Herald reports the City Council gave itself the right to dethrone an acting mayor. Read more.

By adamg - 4/7/21 - 2:14 pm
Ed Flynn speaks against Sonder proposal

Not happy: Ed Flynn.

The Zoning Board of Appeal voted last week to let Sonder, a multinational hospitality chain, convert the 26 apartments it owns in a Batterymarch Street building into "executive suites" aimed mainly at traveling businessmen staying an average of four days. Read more.

By adamg - 3/15/21 - 9:26 pm

City Councilors Lydia Edwards (East Boston, Charlestown, North End) and Liz Breadon (Allston/Brighton) say that letting people testify before city boards remotely has worked so well they want to keep it going even after we return to some pre-pandemic normalcy. Read more.

By adamg - 2/24/21 - 12:51 pm

A group of East Boston residents have asked the city for a non-binding referendum this fall calling on Eversource to move a substation proposed for East Eagle Street on Chelsea Creek someplace else, like Logan Airport. Read more.

By adamg - 1/25/21 - 11:30 am

The Boston City Council's committee on government operations tomorrow considers a proposal to try to cancel a special election for mayor should Marty Walsh resign his post to move to Washington before March 5. Read more.

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By adamg - 1/13/21 - 3:08 pm

The Boston City Council today went on record unanimously calling for the removal of the man who is on the precipice of becoming the first president to ever be impeached twice. Read more.

By adamg - 8/19/20 - 2:07 pm
Edwards

City Councilors Lydia Edwards (East Boston, Charlestown, North End) and Michelle Wu (at large) say they want to get the T to set aside one car on every Blue Line train for bicyclists who would ride their bikes to work downtown, if only there were a way to get them across Boston Harbor. Read more.

By adamg - 7/9/20 - 4:26 pm

Northeastern University says it hopes to take over the entire Midtown Hotel and to lease floors in the Westin Copley Place to serve as dorms after eliminating on-campus triples and similar spaces and setting aside 500 campus rooms to quarantine any students who contract Covid-19. Read more.

By adamg - 7/8/20 - 2:25 pm

The City Council agreed today to look at setting up a sort of "secret shopper" that would pair white and minority testers to see what happens when they apply for the same apartment. Read more.

By adamg - 7/6/20 - 4:38 pm

The Boston City Council this week considers a proposal from Councilor Lydia Edwards (East Boston, North End, Charlestown) to ask Boston hotels to clean and sanitize rooms daily, even for guests who have stays longer than a night. Read more.

By adamg - 5/27/20 - 5:23 pm
Phil Frattaroli

East Boston restaurant owner Phil Frattaroli talks licenses at hearing.

Warning of "vulture capitalists" snapping up the liquor licenses of locally owned restaurants at depressed prices as the restaurants permanently shut because of the pandemic, Boston city councilors today began looking at ways they could pay restaurant owners for their expensive liquor licenses as a way to give them enough capital to get back on their feet. Read more

By adamg - 1/29/20 - 2:00 pm

The Boston City Council today agreed with a request from Councilor Lydia Edwards (East Boston, Charlestown, North End) to look at an ordinance under which local employers would be mandated to let their employees buy monthly MBTA passes as a pre-tax benefit, which would save workers some money and increase T use at a time when local roads are increasingly choked with people driving in from their suburban homes now that they've been priced out of the city.

By adamg - 10/1/19 - 10:13 am

City Councilor Lydia Edwards (Charlestown, East Boston, North End) is proposing a shake-up of the Zoning Board of Appeal that would include ditching its current requirements that it have representatives of the real-estate and building businesses and trades and replace that with requirements that the board include voting members with expertise in "urban planning and the design of neighborhoods," civil rights and fair housing, affordable housing, one renter, one home owner - and one member with expertise in zoning. Read more.

By adamg - 9/11/19 - 1:50 pm

The Boston City Council today took no action on a resolution by Councilor Althea Garrison (at large) to formally support Boston Police and the local police action against outside agitators "committing crimes of assault against them," instead sending it to a council committee for a hearing and further discussion. Read more.

By adamg - 7/31/19 - 12:42 pm

Normally, Zoning Board of Appeals Chairwoman Christine Araujuo opens the board's biweekly hearings with mundane requests to turn off cell phones and to take conversations outside and with a reminder that the hearings are being video recorded. Yesterday, though, she added a plea to the crowded room: Read more.

By adamg - 6/21/19 - 11:24 am

The Charlestown Patriot-Bridge reports the City Council is withholding action on people nominated by Mayor Walsh for seats on the Zoning Board of Appeal until they answer a question about what they'd do if the mayor's office approves pot shops closer to each other than the half mile allowed by city ordinance - as it did earlier this year in East Boston. Proposed pot shops need zoning-board approval.

By adamg - 6/4/19 - 1:13 pm

The City Council on Wednesday will consider a proposal by councilors Matt O'Malley (West Roxbury, Jamaica Plain) and Lydia Edwards (North End, Charlestown, East Boston) to have public schools, libraries, community centers and other municipal buildings stock free menstrual products in women's rooms. Read more.

By adamg - 4/11/19 - 9:10 am

The City Council will consider a proposal by Councilor Lydia Edwards (East Boston, North End, Charlestown) to add the loss of existing homes and federal laws that bar housing discrimination to the list of things developers of large projects in Boston would have to address to win city approval. Read more.

By adamg - 3/26/19 - 4:21 pm

A decision by the mayor's office to approve two marijuana shops less than a half mile apart - in potential violation of a city ordinance - sparked an unusually volatile Zoning Board of Appeal meeting today, during which the board chairman slammed his gavel to the table to restore order at one point, not long after he yelled at a city councilor that she was out of order. Read more.

By adamg - 3/20/19 - 1:42 pm

The City Council today rejected a proposal that would have required hearings on any petitions signed by at least 500 Boston voters. Read more.

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