Nov. 26, 2008
The issue of police details on Boston construction sites brings out strong feelings. Some say the system is a waste of money; others feel the police are being unfairly targeted.
I held a hearing so we could have a clear presentation of the facts, and approached it with an open mind. Too often people arrive at the comfort of preconceived opinion without going through the discomfort of examining the evidence. We cannot move forward as a city if we approach every policy problem as nothing more than a political fight. Read more
City Councillor Chuck Turner at City Hall on Monday. Photo by Pete Stidman
City Councillor Chuck Turner raged at City Council President Maureen Feeney and the "corporate media" in front of City Hall on Monday, berating them for trying him in a "media court."
Nov. 20, 2008
Sen. Dianne Wilkerson resigned Wednesday, after her indictment Tuesday on federal charges that she took $23,500 in bribes to take legislative action.
Wilkerson had come under heavy pressure from colleagues, who voted to ask for her resignation within days of her arrest last month.
Her resignation marks the end of a Senate career that saw her come to prominence as one of the state's few prominent African American politicians in the early 1990s, champion a string of progressive causes, and run into a long list of ethical violations and legal problems, including tax evasion. Read more
Nov. 19, 2008
House Majority Leader John Rogers, whose bid to succeed Speaker Salvatore DiMasi suffered a setback last week when rival House Ways and Mean chair Robert DeLeo gathered scores of supporters in a show of strength, has begun calling members and asking them to remain loyal to DiMasi as whispers grow louder of eroding support for the speaker. Read more
Nov. 19, 2008
Conversations on the prospects for next year's city council race rarely fail to come to the question of gender equity. Only one female - Dorchester's own district three councillor Maureen Feeney - currently holds elected office in City Hall, though women make up over half of the city's population.
This seeming strategic advantage for one or more women in Election 2009 is finally drawing a few qualified candidates out of the woodwork. Read more
Nov. 12, 2008
State Sen. Dianne Wilkerson, who was photographed by the FBI allegedly stuffing bribe money under her sweater, says she's not resigning immediately because she wants an orderly transition. Wilkerson made the statement despite a vote by the Massachusetts Senate last week calling on her to give up her seat. Senators also sent the matter to the Senate Ethics Committee.
In a written statement, Wilkerson said she's still planning to resign, but couldn't set a date, noting that there are just "60 days remaining in this legislative session.'' Read more
There were only two people standing on the traffic island in middle of Blue Hill Avenue with an Obama-Biden sign, but horns could be heard for several blocks around.
It was election day in Grove Hall.
Propping up the blue sign were the founder of the local radio station, TOUCH FM 106.1, Charles Clemons, and the executive director of the Grove Hall Neighborhood Development Corp., Sister Virginia Morrison. Each of them held the sign with one hand and waved at the traffic with the other. And whenever they waved, someone answered with a triumphant honk. Read more
Maureen and Larry Feeney
Larry and Maureen Feeney will be among the honorees at this Friday's 24th annual Caritas Carney Hospital Awards Dinner on at the Seaport Hotel in Boston. The Dorchester couple will be the recipients of the Andrew Carney Humanitarians of the Year award.
Larry Feeney has served as the Caritas Carney Foundation Board President for the past three years. Maureen Feeney is the president of the Boston City Council. Read more
Nov. 6, 2008
It is inevitable that there will be a changing of the guard relative to representation for people of color at the State House. With the defeat of Dianne Wilkerson in the primary and her recent indictment, the communities of color could lose their most articulate and effective voice in the Legislature. Read more
On September 22, less than a week after State Senator Dianne Wilkerson had lost the Democratic primary by 213 votes, dozens of supporters turned out for her at the Prince Hall Grand Lodge in Grove Hall.
They came, not to bury the senator, but to praise her.
Jessenia Castillo told how the senator used her own money to protect her from a threat of violence by making it possible for her to stay at a hotel.
Also giving thanks to the senator were two relatives of Milena Del Valle, who was killed in the collapse of a ceiling panel in a connector tunnel on the Big Dig. Read more