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By adamg - 4/11/22 - 1:35 pm

It's mostly over but the waiting now: The state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has completed intensive audits and one-on-one interviews in Boston on the state of Boston Public Schools and is now compiling a report that could determine whether its board votes to take over Boston schools, a BPS official told city councilors today. Read more.

By adamg - 3/30/22 - 1:41 pm

The Boston City Council today passed an ordinance that would ban people from regularly swarming a particular person's house to scream and make noise between the hours of 9 p.m. and 9 a.m. by a 9-4 vote. Read more.

By adamg - 3/14/22 - 12:52 pm
Fernandes Anderson makes a point

Fernandes Anderson makes a point during hearing.

Three city councilors of color today expressed hesitancy over a proposed ordinance that would prohibit targeted protests outside the mayor's house early in the morning, saying that while they understand what it's like to be hit with racist bile, they're not sure they have enough faith in Boston Police to not then turn the rule against Black Lives Matter and other protesters. Read more.

By adamg - 2/4/22 - 9:29 am

The same ragged little group of Nazis who have tried to look scary outside a Jamaica Plain bookstore spent some time last month outside Brigham and Women's Hospital hiding behind their neck gaiters and holding a sign about the hospital killing White people. Read more.

By adamg - 1/26/22 - 2:36 pm

The Boston City Council agreed today to look at creating a public alternative to private broadband providers, saying events of the past couple of years have proved broadband has become a necessity that private business may be unwilling to provide at a price that all residents can afford. Read more.

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By adamg - 1/26/22 - 1:22 pm
Mejia in her office.

Councilor Julia Mejia speaking from her City Hall office after meeting moved from in-person to Zoom.

The City Council was going through its Wednesday routine of discussing matters to be sent to committees for hearings around 1:18 p.m. when Council President Ed Flynn asked people in the audience to put on masks, as required by city ordinance. They refused. Flynn called a 15-minutes recess and asked his fellow councilors to exit the chambers, presumably so City Hall security guards could deal with the covidbreathers.

At 1:48 p.m. or so, councilors switched to Zoom, from their offices, to continue their meeting.

By adamg - 11/29/21 - 12:14 pm
BTD's Vineet Gupta discusses free bus routes

BTD's Vineet Gupta discusses expansion of free bus service in Boston.

Boston city councilors say they support expanding the current free-fare pilot on the 28 bus to the 23 and 29 routes next year but say they also want to know who pays for continuing or even expanding the service once a planned $8-million, two-year pilot runs out. Read more.

By adamg - 11/1/21 - 9:13 am

The USPS tries to stamp out allegations by City Councilors Michael Flaherty and Ed Flynn.

By adamg - 10/30/21 - 6:47 pm

City Councilors Michael Flaherty and Ed Flynn said a temporary letter carrier threw out an unknown number of ballots in South Boston, NECN reports. Read more.

By adamg - 5/5/21 - 5:25 pm

WHDH reports City Councilors Ed Flynn (South Boston, South End, Chinatown, Downtown) and Michael Flaherty (at large) have proposed dramatic fine increases for people who throw the sort of raucous late-night parties that might be tolerated well to our south but which are antithetical to the sort of city Boston is.

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 - 3/25/21 - 2:14 pm

Remember when the City Council rushed to get a measure to the State House to eliminate the possibility of four separate elections for mayor this year, and the legislature and the governor agreed and then Marty Walsh didn't wind up getting confirmed until after the date that would have triggered the extra special elections anyway? Read more.

By adamg - 3/12/21 - 11:18 am

Boston Police superintendents said today that they expect to spend roughly $63 million in overtime for the fiscal year that ends June 30 - less than the department spent last year, but $15 million more than the budget approved by the council. Read more.

By adamg - 3/2/21 - 11:11 am

City Councilor Ed Flynn will ask the council tomorrow to approve a hearing on whether more can be done to keep workers and people walking by construction sites safer, following last week's deaths of two workers pushed into a trench by a truck on High Street. Read more.

By adamg - 2/10/21 - 9:57 pm

The City Council agreed today with a request from Councilor Ed Flynn to look at ways to give neighborhoods a say in the construction of life-sciences labs that might be doing research on potentially dangerous diseases right next to residential buildings. Read more.

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 - 10/12/20 - 1:52 pm

City Councilor Ed Flynn says he's had enough with South Boston residents ignoring state and city regulations that ban large parties - next week, he will ask the City Council to call in BPD and ISD to figure out how to enforce the Covid-19 regulations that too many people are flouting, even if that means increasing the current $300 fine for violators. Read more.

By adamg - 5/15/20 - 3:14 pm

Small Business & Workforce Development (Docket #0663)

Several city councilors and an aide to Mayor Walsh put delivery companies on notice today: Do more to help out restaurants and consumers by curbing fees during the pandemic or the city will impose fee caps as is being done in other cities. Read more.

By adamg - 5/12/20 - 10:11 pm
Bok in traffic

Councilor Kenzie Bok checked into meeting from normally busy intersection at Charles and Beacon.

Workers at the Boston Transportation Department have begun inventorying city-owned traffic cones and barrels as they ready for a coronavirus-related effort to claim parts of some city roads for expanded sidewalks to allow for greater social distancing among pedestrians - including patrons at restaurants that would be forced to reduce their indoor seating once the governor gives them the OK to re-open their dining areas - a BTD official told city councilors today. Read more.

By adamg - 2/26/20 - 3:20 pm
Frank Baker

The Boston City Council agreed today to see if there's anything in the city's taxi regulations they can change that would put the shrinking number of medallion owners on a more equal footing with Uber and Lyft drivers and let them continue driving the streets. Read more.

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