City Council

Jackson: Council will consider options on Mayoral veto

Lauren Dezenski, Reporter Staff
Nov. 18, 2014

City Councillor Tito Jackson has not ruled out a potential override effort from the City Council after Mayor Martin Walsh nixed Jackson’s proposed Commission on Black and Latino Men and Boys on Monday.

“Any veto override is something that the council has the right to and should explore,” Jackson told the Reporter on Tuesday. “At this point, we will technically formally receive the veto at our meeting on Wednesday and then make a determination.”  Read more

Walsh vetoes City Council pay raise

Lauren Dezenski
Oct. 24, 2014

Mayor Martin Walsh will veto the City Council’s $107,500 pay raise approved by the council earlier this month, the Reporter has learned.

A source close to the mayor says he filed a response back to the council saying “we need to take a fresh look at this” and called for a newly appointed Compensation Advisory Board.  Read more

Council praises Baker’s 'innovative' mixed-use library proposal, charter reform hearing soon

Lauren Dezenski
Oct. 22, 2014

Councillor Frank Baker

Councillor Frank Baker’s idea to study turning branches of the city’s public libraries into mixed-use spaces was well-received at Wednesday’s meeting of the Boston City Council.

The proposal would study integrating the branch libraries throughout the city to into mixed-use developments, creating new and larger libraries, updating the buildings as well as adding valuable space for commercial and residential uses that would benefit the community. It was reported to the Committee on Economic Development and Planning and Labor, chaired by Councillor Sal LaMattina.

Councillor Tito Jackson commended Baker’s proposal, praising as it “innovative and disruptive.” “Councillor Baker has never been known to be disruptive on the council,” he said jokingly. At-Large City Councillor Michelle Wu said the mixed-use space would be especially beneficial in neighborhoods such as Chinatown and Councillor Charles Yancey concurred, added that he knows from experience how beneficial libraries can be to a community.  Read more

Yancey could face District 4 challenge

City Councillor Charles Yancey could face a challenger from Roslindale this year if he runs for reelection in District 4. Steven Godfrey, the 43-year-old executive director of the Community Minority Cultural Center in Lynn, opened a campaign fundraising account on Monday.  Read more

Council approves third redistricting map with 11-2 vote

Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Oct. 31, 2012

City Council Passes New Redistricting Plan from Chris Lovett on Vimeo.

After 18 months marred by frequent infighting, city councillors today passed a compromise map that re-carves the political boundaries of council districts in the city. The vote to approve a map with amendments offered by City Councillor Tito Jackson was passed by a veto-proof majority, 11-2. Councillors Charles Yancey of Dorchester and Bill Linehan of South Boston opposed the measure.

This now marks the third time the council has sent a map to Mayor Thomas Menino, who vetoed two previous attempts due to the high concentration of people of color in District 4, which includes parts of Dorchester and Mattapan.

The mayor is expected to sign off on the map, his spokeswoman said shortly after the vote.  Read more

Mattapan now key ground in redistrict maze; Jackson offers new wrinkle for councillors to debate

District 7 Councillor Tito Jackson this week suggested moving most of Mattapan into Rob Consalvo’s District 5 while pushing the boundaries of Councillor Charles Yancey’s District 4 west into Roslindale.

Councillors were expected to debate again at their weekly meeting the redrawing of the boundaries of the city’s nine City Council district seats. The meeting followed a “working session” that was another chapter in the long-running saga of the redistricting process, which is required to occur every 10 years in response to population shifts across the city noted by the US Census.  Read more

Reporter's Notebook: Yancey move on crime bills raises some senatorial ire

Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Mar. 1, 2012

Councillor Charles YanceyCouncillor Charles YanceyA pair of state senators have lit into City Councillor Charles Yancey’s resolution calling for a slowdown in Beacon Hill deliberations on the proposed three strikes and habitual offender bills. Sen. Steven Baddour, a Methuen Democrat who is vice chair of the budget-writing Ways and Means Committee, and Bruce Tarr, a Gloucester Republican who serves as the minority leader, accused Yancey’s resolution of spreading “inaccuracies and misconceptions” about the Senate’s habitual offender proposal.

Due to a scheduling conflict, the pair did not attend a City Council hearing on a resolution, but they sent an aide from Tarr’s office to read a letter to City Councillor Michael Ross, who chairs the Public Safety Committee, and his colleagues.  Read more

Yancey: School Department gets plush new offices, while high-school students get 'substandard' buildings

Dorotea Manuela explains why she wants a high school in Mattapan.

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

Yancey questions city’s urban farming initiative

City Councillor Charles Yancey and several disgruntled residents faced off against Menino administration officials this week, claiming they were not informed about the city’s attempt to temporarily turn four city-owned vacant lots in Dorchester into urban farms.  Read more