Friday, December 21, 2012
The State Department of Public Health is working on coming up with statewide regulations.
As municipalities across Massachusetts await medical marijuana regulations from the State Department of Public Health, the Boston City Council is preparing the city the best it can for medical marijuana come January 1. The state has a 120-day window starting Jan. 1 to create regulations for medical marijuana dispensaries, but the state law states medical marijuana dispensaries can be opened on Jan. 1. The state law also says anyone who receives a prescription from their physician can then legally grow their own marijuana. District 5 City Councilor Rob Consalvo, chair of the Committee on Public Safety, said the city is continuing to work on creating zoning to allow medical marijuana dispensaries. Consalvo has said medical marijuana …
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Some residents waited more than three hours to vote on Election Day.
More than 65% of registered voters in Boston came out to vote on Election Day - but many of them waited in hour-long lines to vote, with some walking away before casting their ballots. District 2 Boston City Councilor Bill Linehan said he believes there's no reason for voters to wait in line for extended periods, and offered several ways to improve Election Day waiting times. Linehan introduced the matter at Wednesday's Boston City Council meeting. "As we talk about redistricting issues in the last two years, we have some precincts that have too many people," Linehan said. "Those precincts led to lines for 2.5 to 3 hours." In West Roxbury, the four precincts at the Holy Name School polling site had at least an hour line before voting …
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. …
Monday, August 6, 2012
Boston City Councilors want a new tool to deal with problem tenants and property owners.
Frustrated with unruly tenants and absentee landlords, Boston City Councilor Sal LaMattina proposed fining property owners to hold them accountable. "This is an ongoing issue affecting the quality of life with loud apartments, roof decks. These are often your professionals and students," said LaMattina at Wednesday's Boston City Council meeting. LaMattina said property owners with repeat offenses would be identified to police. He suggested a $100 fine for the first offense; $300 for the second offense – and that the unruly person(s) as well as the landlord would be cited. However, he added that if the property owner proves he or she has worked with the police and local officials, they could have the fine revoked. LaMattina said he and …
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
The Boston City Council's weekly meeting was short on time, as councilors rehashed redistricting districts.
The Boston City Council's weekly meeting was quick and to the point this week with District 2 City Councilor Bill Linehan once again producing a redistricting map that several of his colleagues did not like for their districts. Linehan did say additional public meetings and hearings will be held prior to a Boston City Council vote on a new redistricting map to represent Boston for the next 10 years. Said Linehan, "This particular task has been going on for nine months now. This map here demonstrates in my mind all of that work. It presents a map in which discussion, presentation and public discourse was fully vetted. It truly is a map that a majority of our body could support. No map will achieve unamimous support." Then District 4 City…
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
The Boston City Council recessed more than half a dozen times dancing around proposed resolution about three strikes legislation on the state level.
Boston City Council President Stephen Murphy let out a laugh after banging his gavel ending the Council's regularly scheduled Wednesday meeting. The meeting was to start at noon, but ended up being closer to 1 p.m., and the Council followed their late start with more than half a dozen of recesesses, finally ending the meeting after 3 p.m. A resolution by District 4 City Councilor Charles Yancey "urging Governor Deval Patrick and the 187th General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts thoroughly review and publish the finding of the social and economic impact the proposed 3-Strikes Habitual Offender Bill may have on all Massachusetts' cities and towns if passed and enacted" is what tripped up the Council. Several councilors did not …
Monday, November 21, 2011
Challenger Suzanne Lee's office is requesting a recount of all wards within the district.
- Alix Roy
Monday, November 21, 2011
A recount will be conducted of the District 2 Boston City Council election results, after just 87 votes propelled incumbent Bill Linehan to victory over challenger Suzanne Lee. Lee’s campaign is requesting a recount of all wards within District 2, and filed paperwork on Nov. 18 with the city’s election office, according to a press release. “After seeing just how close the results were and hearing concerns from so many constituents throughout the district, we’re requesting a recount to make certain that every ballot cast for this race has been accounted for, no matter which candidate a voter supported," said Lee. To request a recount, candidates must gather 50 signatures from each ward they wish to be recounted. According to the Boston …
Thursday, November 3, 2011
Linehan campaign says about '20-30' misprinted flyers distributed in housing projects. Chinese Progressive Political Action group deemed misprint "very strange."
- Alix Roy
Thursday, November 3, 2011
A Bill Linehan campaign flyer distributed to voters in Chinatown and the South End this week was printed with the wrong date for the upcoming municipal election, instructing voters to head to the polls on “Wednesday, September 27” instead of November 8. Linehan’s campaign coordinator, Christin Armour, said Wednesday that about 20-30 flyers were distributed before the error was found. Labels have since been placed over the misprint and the flyers will be redistributed, she said. “We realize there was a mistake, the mistake has been resolved and a new drop with the correct information is being done within the next few days (which will include most importantly the areas that received the misinformation),” Armour wrote in an email to Patch. …
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
The Committee on Census & Redistricting will hold five hearings in September and October to discuss the redistricting process.
Boston residents are being invited to share their opinions on the City Council redistricting process. The Boston City Council’s Committee on Census & Redistricting held a City Hall meeting in May on redistricting, but District 2 Councilor Bill Linehan wants more community input and decided to have five public meetings throughout the City. Linehan is the chair of the committee. “It is imperative that these sessions are attended by a diverse group of residents,” said Linehan. “Folks should come to voice their opinion and state criteria they feel is important to drawing a new district map.” Linehan pointed to the 2010 Census results and the current makeup of Council districts, that many neighborhoods will be impacted and likely to see changes…