Politics

Gun bill draws supporters and opponents to State House hearing

By 
Gintautas Dumcius and Colleen Quinn, State House News Service
Jun. 4, 2014

Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz remembers the funeral of 14-year-old Jaewon Martin, an honor student who was shot and killed the day before Mother’s Day in 2010 while playing on a basketball court in Jamaica Plain.

“He was doing everything right and was still lost to gun violence in our city,” the Jamaica Plain Democrat said Tuesday, her voice cracking during an event held before lawmakers heard testimony on legislation aimed at curbing gun violence in the state.  Read more

In lawsuit, Coakley says feds undermine anti-foreclosure law

By 
Andy Metzger, State House News Service
Jun. 3, 2014

In a new lawsuit filed in Suffolk Superior Court, Attorney General Martha Coakley alleges two major lenders and federal regulators violated the state’s 2012 foreclosure prevention law, asserting that their "refusal to engage in foreclosure buyback programs is unfairly and illegally causing Massachusetts families to lose their homes." The suit stems from a case involving a Dorchester family.  Read more

Senators craft their spending bill, discard amendments; now the conference committee gets to do its work

After surviving last week’s deliberations in the Senate, legislators’ amendments to the budget proposals are now mostly out of their hands as the differences between the House and Senate versions are ironed out in the conference committee.  Read more

Ballot picture now clear for local state elections in fall

By 
Dave Eisenstadter, Special to the Reporter
May. 30, 2014

Charles-Peterson withdraws from ballot in Fifth Suffolk

Karen Charles-Peterson: Made ballot, but will not challenge Carvalho in 5th SuffolkKaren Charles-Peterson: Made ballot, but will not challenge Carvalho in 5th SuffolkThough she qualified for the ballot, Karen Charles-Peterson will not be challenging state Rep. Evandro Carvalho in September’s Democratic primary for the 5th Suffolk seat.

Charles-Peterson withdrew from the 5th Suffolk ballot on Friday afternoon, the last possible day to do so, said Brian McNiff, spokesman for the Secretary of State’s office.

Carvalho will now face perennial candidate Althea Garrison in September’s Democratic primary. The winner will run against the race’s sole GOP candidate Claudette N. Joseph in the Tuesday, Nov. 4 general election.  Read more

City's new top inspector, Buddy Christopher, wants to eradicate agency’s ‘stumbling block’ reputation

William 'Buddy' Christopher

Earlier this month, Mayor Martin Walsh appointed William Christopher to serve as the next commissioner of the city’s Inspectional Services Department. A longtime Savin Hill resident – and a Tuttle Street neighbor of Walsh’s – Christopher, 58, is known to friends and neighbors as “Buddy.”

An architect by training, he worked for the city in the 1990s as an assistant director for architecture and engineering in the Department of Neighborhood Development. He is the founder of Roche-Christopher Architecture LLC, based in Neponset Circle, which he founded with fellow Dorchester resident Eddie Roche.

Together, they worked on residential and commercial jobs in Dorchester, South Boston, and other parts of the state, including Cape Cod and Martha’ Vineyard. Most recently, Roche Christopher worked to renovate a prominent brick building in Edward Everett Square at 1299 Massachusetts Ave.  Read more

DeLeo leads call to stem gun violence

By 
Lauren Dezenski, Reporter Staff
May. 28, 2014

Mayor Martin Walsh spoke to residents gathered in the Lee School for the Dorchester-Mattapan B3 Advisory meeting on Tuesday night. Photo by Isabel Leon/Mayor's Office

An array of elected officials, including the Speaker of the House and Mayor Martin J. Walsh, issued a call to end gun violence in the B-3 police district and beyond, urging community members to do their part by alerting authorities to the location of illegal weapons.

House Speaker Robert DeLeo addressed the monthly meeting of the Dorchester-Mattapan B-3 meeting at the Lee School on Talbot Avenue came at the invitation of host Rep. Russell Holmes. The B-3 police district serves sections of Dorchester and Mattapan. The House Speaker called it a coincidence that he was at the well-attended meeting just hours after rolling out long-awaited legislation aimed at reducing gun violence in communities across the state.  Read more

Disabled find voice at City Hall through Mayor's Commission

By 
India Smith, Special to the Reporter
May. 22, 2014

You use a wheelchair to move around and go shopping shop in your neighborhood business district. But, in summertime, outdoor cafes make the sidewalk too narrow for you to get by.  Read more

Walsh salutes tutors at Project DEEP affair

By 
Jacob Aguiar, Special to the Reporter
May. 22, 2014

Mayor Walsh with Hannah Buckley, winner of the Dr. Thomas S. Durand Memorial as a Project DEEP tutor. Photo by Jacob AguiarMayor Walsh with Hannah Buckley, winner of the Dr. Thomas S. Durand Memorial as a Project DEEP tutor. Photo by Jacob Aguiar

Boston Mayor Martin Walsh was the keynote speaker at Project Dorchester Education Enrichment Program (Project DEEP ) Recognition Night on May 16 at the IBEW Hall. The event was held to acknowledge the accomplishments of the students who earned scholarships to a summer camp of the students’ choosing through Project DEEP’s tutoring program. It also recognized the efforts of the high school students who volunteer to tutor the younger students.  Read more

An ignorant vote by three councillors

Last week’s vote by the Boston City Council revealed a disturbing lack of judgment on the part of three city councillors who voted “present” rather than support a resolution supporting the 60th anniversary of Brown v. the Board of Education. The landmark 1954 Supreme Court decision offered a new interpretation of the 14th Amendment’s equal protection clause, paving the way for long-denied justice to black Americans and minority groups across the board. Most notably, it ruled that the separate and unequal treatment of any Americans in public schools was unconstitutional.  Read more

Lottery sale price is $283.3k for rehabbed, city-seized home

This home at 88 Milton Street, center in green, is being renovated and prepared for a sale through lottery next month. Photo by Ed Forry

A longtime eyesore on an otherwise desirable Cedar Grove side street is getting a complete makeover this month and will soon be sold to a first-time homeowner. The small, single-family home at 88 Milton St. is part of an initiative by the Walsh administration to target prominent eyesores that can be reclaimed by new owners.  Read more