Yancey: School Department gets plush new offices, while high-school students get 'substandard' buildings
City Councilor Charles Yancey has a new tactic in his long-running battle to get a high school built in Mattapan: Blasting the city's plan - which he voted for - to spend $115 million moving BPS headquarters from Court Street downtown to the old Ferdinand building in Dudley Square, when nearly 4,000 high-school students attend classes in "substandard" buildings originally built for elementary students or as warehouses. Read more
An Open Boston City Council
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
The Boston Phoenixâ€™s David Bernstein crunches the numbers (Thanks, David) and gives us a look at how the fund raising side of the city council at large race is shaping up. Some surprising sums are included, especially among the more conservative/Republican/Libertarian candidates that donâ€™t seem to be able to make headway in the conservative donor scene.
It's the "Obama effect", say many political observers, and Boston is not immune. Out of 18 individuals now indicating their intent to run for council at-large, 11 are people of color, likely setting a record for the city.
And the stage is set for another first as Sen. John Kerry's political director Ayanna Pressley is planning to apply for her nomination papers today, according to those close to her campaign. Read more
When Mayor Thomas Menino unwrapped last yearâ€™s city budget, he touted its stability and a host of reconstruction projects.
This year, not so much. If anything, this yearâ€™s city budget is highly unstable as state revenues continue to plunge and policymakers have yet to see a bottom. The stateâ€™s House of Representatives was set to unveil this week a fiscal 2010 budget even more austere than the governorâ€™s version, with deeper cuts in services and none of the tax increases both Governor Deval Patrick and Menino have pushed for. Read more