Politics

Walsh: Review shows ‘troubling deficiencies’ in BRA

By 
Lauren Dezenski, Reporter Staff
Jul. 23, 2014

The Boston Redevelopment Authority is in “dire need of reform” according to the recently released audit on the planning agency commissioned by Mayor Martin Walsh this spring.  Read more

Walsh plays key role in president’s plan for boys of color

Mayor Walsh visited the White House on Monday. He was one of eight US mayors invited to join President Obama for a discussion of his initiative dubbed My Brothers Keeper. The presidential effort is aimed at eliminating employment and educational hurdles for boys of color nationally. The president announced the $200 million plan in February and Walsh has since signed on to make Boston one of the key participants in the plan.  Read more

Police press for discretion over rifle, shotgun licenses

By 
Colleen Quinn, State House News Service
Jul. 23, 2014

Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence founder John Rosenthal joined police chiefs from around the state, as well as Boston Police Commissioner William Evans and former Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis, at a press conference on Tuesday to express support for a measure giving police chiefs discretion in awarding rifle and shotgun licenses. Photo by State House News Service

Giving police chiefs discretion to decide who should have a license to carry a shotgun or rifle is crucial to prevent gun violence, domestic violence murders and suicides, police officials and other activists said at a State House rally Tuesday.  Read more

About that T lot in Mattapan Sq.

The state’s heavy investment in the Fairmount commuter rail line will soon be put to the economic test in a very tangible way: Two requests for proposals have been issued by the city of Boston in recent weeks to gauge interest in a pair of sites deemed as ideal for so-called “transit-oriented development.”  Read more

Patrick appoints Karen Charles as DTC commissioner

By 
Matt Murphy, State House News Service
Jul. 16, 2014

A former special election candidate for the Massachusetts House and veteran state government administrator has been appointed by Gov. Deval Patrick to head the Department of Telecommunications and Cable. Patrick on Tuesday appointed Karen Charles to become the next commissioner of the DTC, where she currently works as chief of staff. Charles ran in the Democratic primary for the 5th Suffolk District seat this past spring, ultimately won by Rep. Evandro Carvalho.  Read more

Senate okays Sunday morning liquor store openings

By 
State House News Service
Jul. 15, 2014

Both branches of the Massachusetts Legislature are now on record in support of legislation authorizing retail liquor stores in Massachusetts to open for sales at 10 a.m. on Sunday, rather than noon.

The House approved the legislation (H 228) in March and the Senate on Thursday approved the bill without debate. The Senate rejected a motion by Sen. Robert Hedlund to postpone consideration of the bill until July 24.  Read more

Senate takes up charter cap issue this week

By 
Matt Murphy, State House News Service
Jul. 14, 2014

The Senate this week will debate legislation to lift the cap on charter school enrollment in some school districts, entertaining a bill that is significant different from a bill that has passed the House and which includes a measure to tie a cap lift to state reimbursement funding.  Read more

Patrick's final budget weighs in nearly $10 billion larger than first

By 
Gintautas Dumcius and Michael Norton, State House News Service
Jul. 11, 2014

Capping a nearly $10 billion increase in state spending under his tenure, Gov. Deval Patrick on Friday signed a $36.5 billion budget for fiscal year 2015, slashing $16.1 million with his veto pen and asking lawmakers to give him the power to make unilateral spending cuts if necessary.  Read more

Charter school wants to buy T lot in Mattapan Square and move there

MBTA Lot: Roughly two dozen vehicles were parked in the T’s Mattapan lot early Monday afternoon. 	Lauren Dezenski photoMBTA Lot: Roughly two dozen vehicles were parked in the T’s Mattapan lot early Monday afternoon. Lauren Dezenski photo

A Hyde Park-based charter school is in talks to buy an MBTA parking lot in Mattapan Square and build a new school next to the T trolley and bus station along River Street. While the $1.5 million sale to Boston Preparatory Charter Public School, if executed, would fill the space at an often half-empty parking lot with a new building, it would also squelch earlier hopes for using the state-owned land as the anchor for a mixed-use, transit-oriented development – something that state lawmakers say should remain the top priority for the site.  Read more

Coming soon: A 10-day red light on Morton Street

By 
Lauren Dezenski, Reporter Staff
Jul. 9, 2014

Work on a replacement bridge for Morton Street is going on this week. The roadway will close for ten days next month to fix the new span in place. Photo by Bill Forry

Bridge replacement work to shut section Aug 8-17

For ten days next month – from Aug. 8 to Aug. 17 – the well-traveled section of Morton Street above the railroad tracks and near the Norfolk Street intersection will be closed to traffic as the state lays in place a new Morton Street bridge. While rerouting plans for buses are known, transportation officials will present the detour details for all residents, businesses, and travelers at a meeting tonight (July 10) at 6 o’clock at the Economy Plumbing site at 875 Morton St.  Read more