Saturday, April 13, 2013
At-Large City Councilor Ayanna Pressley and former state rep Charlotte Golar Richie are both considering running for Boston mayor. Either candidate would be the first prominent female candidate in the race.
At-Large City Councilor Ayanna Pressley, who topped the citywide at-large race two years ago, is still considering running for Boston mayor, she told the Boston Herald. Also, seriously considering getting into the race is former state representative Charlotte Golar Richie, currently the senior vice president for public policy, advocacy and government relations for YouthBuild USA. If Pressley or Richie were to run, either would be the first prominent female mayoral candidate. So far city councilors Felix Arroyo, Mike Ross, Rob Consalvo and John Connolly, have all announced they're running for mayor. State Rep. Martin Walsh and District Attorney Dan Conley are also two of the more prominent candidates.
Thursday, January 17, 2013
Four workshops will be offered, including a personal safety training sessions, a workshop for survivors and a self-defense class for mothers and daughters.
"I was frustrated when I saw the issue of rape as a focal point in our presidential election. There was interest in high profile incidents. But that focus seems to always be temporary as long as these issues are on the frontburner. What we really need is to end all forms of violence and have a sustainable longterm conversation and outreach. I want to talk openly about all types of sexual violence. And all year round, not just during the heat of an election or on the heels of a high profile incident." Those are the words of At-Large Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley, a survivor herself of child sexual abuse and sexual assault as an adult. The conversation, outreach, and how to protect yourself, are all apart of Raise Your Voice: A …
Friday, December 7, 2012
The Boston City Council is discussing how to improve bicycling infrastructure across the city, with the possibility of adding more bicycling barrier lanes to protect riders.
On Thursday, At-Large Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley led a hearing on how to improve biking infrastructure throughout the city. One of the topics is where to put bike barrier lanes and bicycling lanes. "The city has done great work to create a vast network of painted bike lanes throughout the city and they have installed barriers on Western Avenue in Allston and we know installation on Malcolm X Boulevard is in the works. This is really exciting," said Pressley to Patch. "During the hearing we’ll explore, with city officials and cycling advocates, what other specific areas of the city we should prioritize for barrier lanes." So where do you think bike lanes and bicycle barrier lanes should go in Boston? And what do you think of …
Thursday, December 6, 2012
Boston officials and cycling advocates will present what specific areas of the city we should prioritize for barrier lanes.
Boston's leaders are continually looking to improve bicycling throughout the city. One of the biggest boosts to bicycling in Boston is the Hubway program, which affords anyone the opportunity to rent a bicycle at one of many neighborhood stations. While the winter is here, At-Large Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley is leading the pack on discussing bicycling infrastructure from the halls of the Boston City Council. Pressley answered some bicycling questions from Patch. Patch: You're leading a hearing on examining bicycling infrastructure in Boston on Thurs., Dec. 6 at noon at Boston City Hall - what do you hope to accomplish from this hearing, and moving forward? Pressley: There have been a number of reported vehicle and bicycle …
Thursday, November 1, 2012
The Boston City Council supported a redistricting map, the third one, after the first two were vetoed by Mayor Menino.
The Boston City Council is hoping the third's time the charm for their latest redistricting map submitted to Mayor Thomas Menino on Wednesday. The Council supported a redistricting map at Wednesday's meeting by a vote of 11-2, with the two votes against the map coming from District 4 City Councilor Charles Yancey, and the chair of the Census Committee, District 2 City Councilor Bill Linehan. The map now awaits Menino's approval or disapproval. Menino has vetoed the last two redistricting maps, citing concerns of an "over-concentration of protected groups" in districts both times. The Council-approved map was originally submitted by Councilors Frank Baker, Rob Consalvo and Matt O'Malley. At Wednesday's meeting, District 7 City Councilor …
Monday, October 22, 2012
If Boston Mayor Thomas Menino were to choose not to run next year - who would run? Who would you like to see run for mayor?
It's gotten to the point that individuals wanting to be Boston mayor openly admit they are waiting for Thomas Menino to step aside. The Boston Herald did a roundup of the usual suspects expected to make a run at being Boston's next mayor. Included in the Herald's list are: Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley, City Councilors John Connolly, Ayanna Pressley, Felix Arroyo, Tito Jackson and Mike Ross. Suffolk County Sheriff Andrea Cabral, as well as state Representatives Linda Dorcena Forry and Marty Walsh were also tabbed as possible candidates. Several of the usual suspects have said they'd like to run for mayor if Menino stepped aside, but not if he's still in office. Just ask Maura Hennigan and Michael Flaherty about what it's like…
Friday, September 7, 2012
After 16 months of trying to come up with a map, it was vetoed by the mayor, sending the Boston City Council back to the drawing board.
After Boston Mayor Thomas Menino rejected the redistricting map passed by the City Council, councilors say they're ready to create a new map that will represent all people fairly. Menino said the plan left people of color concentrated in few districts. Ayanna Pressley City Councilor At-Large Ayanna Pressley, who voted against the map on Aug. 23 (the map passed the council narrowly, 7-6), said she knows the Council can do better. “We know the diversity of this city is only growing. Our final map needs to go further to increase equitable representation, voice, power and influence in city elections,” said Pressley, who warned her peers during the Council's vote the city could face a lawsuit if a non-inclusive map were approved by the city. …
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Read about Councilor Pressley's visit to the 2012 Democratic National Convention.
Boston City Councilor At-Large Ayanna Pressley and Brookline Selectwoman Jesse Mermell have teamed up to write a blog about their visit to Charlotte for the 2012 Democratic National Convention. It's a very lively blog in which the two are writing about the intricacies of the DNC like hotels, extracurricular events, meeting politicians, and more. Read their blog here. Here is an excerpt from one of Pressley's posts: Even hard core Dems and the most seasoned of pols need inspiration from time to time. Governor Dukakis never disappoints. I am inspired every time I am in his presence. He remains as accessible, genuine, passionate, and as insightful, as ever! At this morning’s MA Delegation breakfast, he shared a story about door knocking for …
Saturday, June 16, 2012
Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley calls for examination of alcohol licenses and how attaining them economically affect businesses.
There is a cap on how many alcohol licenses are allowed in Boston, and sometimes restaurants wait months for a license to become available. Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley feels the system is antiquated, and hurts the economic viability of Boston's main streets. "I'm not talking about turning main streets into Bourbon Street. I'm talking about fostering small local environments for a nice glass of wine to celebrate a birthday or a graduation. We need libraries and supermarkets, but we also need quality places for people to socialize in all neighborhoods," said Pressley, who wants to lift the cap on alcohol licenses permitted in the city. There are several types of alcohol licenses, including one-day special licenses, but Pressley's…
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
The Boston City Council approved the School Committee's plan that would expand student's access to high-performing schools, but also results in the loss of a Mission Hill k-8 neighborhood school.
After an agonizing and devisive review of the Boston Public School's proposal to shuffle facilities in an effort to expand access to high performing schools, the Boston City Council approved the plan today - despite strong opposition from parents. Moving the Mission Hill K-8 school out of the Mission Hill neighborhood and into Jamaica Plain's Agassiz building uproots students and will destroy the close-knit community, according to an online petition to stop the plan. The Fenway High School will move into the Mission Hill K-8 location. While most agreed the overall proposal (see attached screenshot) makes sense for the other eight schools affected and is good for Boston in general, District 8 Councilor Mike Ross, whose district includes …