Oct. 7, 2010
Four libraries, including the Boston Public Library system’s Lower Mills branch, remain slated for closure next spring and both proponents and opponents are digging in for a battle over the Menino administration proposal.
Several city councillors and a number of library activists this week reiterated their opposition to the closures as administration officials asked for patience and said they were pushing ahead with meetings in each of the four communities – Lower Mills, South Boston, Brighton, and East Boston – affected by potential closures in each of those neighborhoods.
City Councillor Charles Yancey, who chaired a Post Audit Committee hearing into the library system’s finances on Monday, said he was seeking to “lower the temperature” and “detoxify” what he called a “poisoned” atmosphere.
“We’re going to do whatever we can to find resources” to keep the libraries open, he said after the hearing. Read more
UPDATE: The make-up of each committee is posted below.
The City Council's two new at-large councillors are getting two new committees to work with:
-- Ayanna Pressley, the council's first African-American woman, is chairing the Committee on Women and Healthy Communities. The committee will cover city programs on youth, families and new Bostonians. Read more
City Councillor Charles Yancey offered a strong condemnation of the lack of public process involved in the placement of cell phone antennas around the neighborhoods on Tuesday. At a City Council hearing exploring the approval process two companies took before the installation of the antennas, representatives from the cityâ€™s Public Improvement Commission testified that while all legal standards were met for the devicesâ€™ placement, only one neighborhood organization in Back Bay was consulted prior to installation. Read more
Amidst news of Councillor Sam Yoon's growing bank account - at $158,158 as of Tuesday - at least one new potential candidate is rubbing his chin in contemplation - and the guy's OFD. And over in District 4, Councillor Charles Yancey also picked up a challenger.
"I'm keeping my options open," said Dorchester's Doug Hurley. "A run for at-Large is something I'm considering, but some things would have to happen."
Hurley hinted that it may have something to do with how many at-Large seats are left open by mayoral candidates, and who decides to run for them. Read more
Charles Yancey is in trouble.
That's the impression any sane person gets when they run into one Egobiduke Ezedi, Yancey's fresh-faced opponent in this year's District Four city council race. If you happened to pop into the Blarney Stone, Dorchester's trendiest watering hole of late, last Thursday evening, you know exactly what I'm saying.
Ezedi's campaign rented out the Blarney for what turned out to be a pretty jam-packed fundraiser that would have made any old school Boston pol happy. Read more