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

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

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

Walsh adds surgeon, UMass Boston professor and others to transition team

Mayor-elect Marty Walsh's transition team on Friday added three co-chairs, including the former CEO of Boston Children's hospital, a UMass Boston professor and the head of a Roxbury-based organization.  Read more

Mayor-Elect Walsh says goodbye to House colleagues

State House News Service
Nov. 21, 2013

On his way from the House of Representatives to Boston City Hall, Mayor-elect Marty Walsh brought his fellow lawmakers to their feet several times Wednesday afternoon, as he gave a farewell, imparted thanks on most everyone in the chamber and recounted his days as a “hotheaded” freshman representative in 1997.

Walsh, who beat City Councilor John Connolly for the mayoralty on Nov. 5, said he would be back in the chamber in January asking for more money for Boston.  Read more

Senate sends $11-per-hour minimum wage bill to House

Matt Murphy, Andy Metzger and Colleen Quinn, State House News Service
Nov. 19, 2013

The Senate voted 32-7 on Tuesday to increase the state's minimum wage by $3 over the next three years to $11 an hour, approving legislation that would give Massachusetts the highest minimum wage in the country and give the state's lowest-wage workers their first raise in six years.

The bill (S 1925) would also tie future increases in the minimum wage to inflation and guarantee that no matter what happens to the federal minimum wage - currently set at $7.25 - the minimum in Massachusetts would remain 50 cents higher.  Read more

Jackson and O'Malley among councillors eyeing City Council presidency

With the municipal races behind them, city councillors and their new incoming colleagues are turning to another election: City Council president.  Read more

‘Building Pathways’ opens door to union jobs

Building Pathways: Students learn about fiber optics at IBEW Local 103. Photo by Gintautas DumciusBuilding Pathways: Students learn about fiber optics from instructor Tom Olson at IBEW Local 103. Photo by Gintautas Dumcius

Tom Olson holds up a pale blue cord in front of the class. Outlets and wires hang from the ceiling over the heads of 15 men and women, many of whom are wearing green hard-hats. “FiOS,” Olson says, holding the blue cord a little higher. “Anybody know what that stands for?”

The answer comes cautiously, in unison, from the class: “Fiber integrated optical solutions.” Says Olson, “Now, when you see the commercials with Comcast and FiOS and Verizon, you’ll be able to say ‘I know what FiOS is.’ Fiber integrated optical solutions, right? High-end communications, guys and girls. It doesn’t get any faster than that. That’s transmission through glass.”  Read more

Reporter’s Notebook: The names game is on: Who wants Walsh seat?

The confetti had barely left the cannon on election night by the time speculation was underway about the next race.

The elevation of Dorchester’s Marty Walsh to the mayor’s seat in City Hall means there will be a House seat vacancy within the 13th Suffolk District next year. Inside the Park Plaza Hotel’s ballroom that night, there was already talk about who might be interested in replacing Walsh, a Democrat and labor leader in union-rich Dorchester. Walsh has served in the House for 16 years, winning the job in 1997 in a special election after Jim Brett, another Dorchester guy who ran for mayor but received different results, decided to take a job with the New England Council.  Read more