Politics

One year later, Washington has failed to address gun threat

One year ago today, families across America saw the carnage in Newtown broadcast on the nightly news. Yet one year later, politicians in Washington have failed to protect the American people.  Read more

Mayor-elect says he's staying out of council presidency fight

Mayor-elect Marty Walsh, who plans to leave his State House job on Jan. 3, said Thursday he won’t be wading into the battle over who becomes City Council president.  Read more

$4.25m in funding set for clean up of Port Norfolk site

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Dec. 11, 2013

(Updated - 12/12 10:51 a.m.) Port Norfolk waterfront: State officials announce $4.25 plan to clean up old paper mill site.Port Norfolk waterfront: State officials announce $4.25M plan to clean up old paper mill site.A parcel of land in Port Norfolk will see an influx of $4.25 million in fix-up funding over the next three fiscal years, according to a plan that state officials laid out on Thursday. Civic activists have been pushing the state for decades to clean up the 14-acre Shaffer Paper site.

The funding will be broken down this way, state officials say: $250,000 for permitting in fiscal year 2014, $1 million in fiscal 2015, and $3 million in fiscal year 2016 when the bulk of construction work is expected to occur. The money will be included in Gov. Deval Patrick’s capital plan.

Mayor-elect Marty Walsh, state Sen. Linda Dorcena Forry, state Rep. Dan Cullinane, City Councillor Frank Baker and officials from the state Department of Conservation and Recreation stood in the shadow of the MBTA bridge, the Neponset River behind them, and announced the commitment.

DCR officials were scheduled to gather public input on their plans and discuss how best to connect the parcel with the Neponset Greenway Trail at the monthly meeting of the Port Norfolk Civic Association on Tuesday, Dec. 17. But that meeting was postponed until January due to an expected snowstorm.  Read more

Council to weigh Savin Hill home’s landmark status

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Dec. 11, 2013

The City Council’s economic development committee will hold a hearing on Thursday, Dec. 12 on the designation of 24 Grampian Way as a landmark. The committee, chaired by District 2 Councillor Bill Linehan, will meet at 1 p.m. inside the council’s chambers.  Read more

Wu: Linehan 'best person' for the job of City Council president

City Councillor-Elect Michelle Wu on Wednesday defended her decision to back Councillor Bill Linehan of South Boston for the City Council presidency. After news of her expected vote for Linehan broke on Monday, she faced a backlash from progressive activists who prefer Councillor Tito Jackson of Dorchester or Councillor Matt O'Malley of Jamaica Plain in the president's seat.  Read more

Linehan has votes for City Council presidency, sources say

South Boston Councillor Bill Linehan appears to have the seven votes he needs to become president of the City Council, sources told the Reporter on Monday.

The battle for the council’s top job historically has been a contentious and fluid affair, and there could be a shift before councillors vote in January. But insiders say Linehan seems to have the votes lined up, with newcomer Michelle Wu as his seventh supporter.  Read more

Panel at JFK Library hails Mayor’s ‘people’ side

Mayor Menino shows Red Sox and Globe owner John Henry his baseball bat cane. Photo by Tom Fitzsimmons

Mayor Thomas Menino probably called the 24-hour constituent service line more than most Boston residents, according to Peter Meade, a Dorchester resident and the head of the Boston Redevelopment Authority. On the stage at the JFK Library Tuesday night, Meade mimicked Menino on his cell phone, saying, “Yeah, the streetlight at Bowdoin and Cambridge Street. Yeah, it’s out. I called yesterday and it was out. It better not happen tomorrow.”  Read more

MBTA will run trains and buses into the early morning

By 
Andy Metzger, State House News Service
Dec. 3, 2013

Trolleys, subways and 15 key bus routes will begin running until 3 a.m. during the weekends under an MBTA pilot program set to begin next spring, according to a transportation official.

The pilot program is estimated to cost $20 million, and the MBTA hopes to bring on corporate sponsors to assist with the funding of it. The Boston Globe has agreed in principle to be a corporate sponsor, and state transportation officials expect additional sponsors to sign on in the coming weeks.  Read more

Mayor-elect Walsh opens up on immigration, Secure Communities

By 
Matt Murphy, State House News Service
Nov. 26, 2013

Hoping to meet in the next few weeks with other new mayors from around the country to discuss immigration, Boston Mayor-elect Marty Walsh on Tuesday said if he could "get around" enforcing the Secure Communities Act he would.

Walsh attended the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition's annual free Thanksgiving luncheon and spent some time serving mashed potatoes before dishing on how immigrants would have a "friend" in City Hall.  Read more

L’affaire Dorchester: Codman students lead charge against French snub

Codman Academy students at French consulate: Students hand-delivered a letter to the Consul on Tuesday morning seeking an end to French travel warnings that single out Dorchester, Mattapan and Roxbury as places for tourists to avoid. Photo courtesy Codman AcademyCodman Academy students at French consulate: Students hand-delivered a letter to the Consul on Tuesday morning seeking an end to French travel warnings that single out Dorchester, Mattapan and Roxbury as places for tourists to avoid. Photo courtesy Codman Academy

On Nov. 14, the excellent website Universal Hub first reported that the government of France has issued a series of advisories to its citizens related to travel in the United States. The advisories focus on regional and city-by-city warnings about avoiding certain parts of the US due to concerns about crime.

In the case of Boston, the French government counsels its citizens thusly: “Foot traffic and at night should be avoided in the neighborhoods of Dorchester, Mattapan, and Roxbury. French attention must also be drawn to an increase in petty crime, observed especially during major cultural and sporting events and in some tourist areas such as Chinatown, Fenway, and the North End.”  Read more