After a few blistering comments from citizens about new bike lanes, city officials apologized Monday for rollouts that seemed to happen too quickly and without enough public outreach.
Rumors that city councillor Nadeem Mazen opted out of a reelection campaign to run against U.S. Rep. Mike Capuano have turned out wrong – as proven by an invitation posted Friday to attend his announcement to run for the seat of retiring U.S. Rep. Niki Tsongas.
Frustration is so high over the city’s sluggish pace on putting in place outdoor-lighting laws that a city councillor suggested returning to the version written by a citizen long ago, undoing an extensive official process that took place in the years since.
With a classic mistake – returning to the scene of the crime – a suspect in Sunday’s non-fatal shooting in the Riverside neighborhood has been arrested.
Given a second chance to put a nonbinding question about public campaign financing on November’s municipal ballot, the City Council instead decided to have the City Manager’s Office look at public financing options and report back.
Describing an “open shootout” in broad daylight and a rapidly deteriorated Riverside neighborhood of graffiti and stray needles, neighbors urged action by city officials Monday, and got some.
It seemed a proposal was dealt a potentially fatal blow over the summer by councillor Leland Cheung, but the city’s Law Department says it has another chance. Longtime city councillor Tim Toomey proposes a voluntary pledge program for candidates instead.
The diversity of the 16 candidates making it to and through the Ward 6 Democratic Committee-organized full event spoke for itself, though they also fielded a question on protecting at-risk communities, and even more candidates of color were missing from the event.
Indigenous People’s Day will officially replace Columbus Day on the district’s school calendar after the School Committee voted Tuesday to make the change. It follows a City Council decision in June 2016 to change the holiday held the second Monday in October.
The city has been blocked – at least temporarily – from tearing down Vail Court, two boarded-up, rat-infested buildings empty for more than a decade near Central Square. Work was to have begun Monday.