Tuesday, June 11, 2013
District Attorney Dan Conley is the only Boston mayoral candidate with more than $1 million in cash for his campaign.
There will be at least 12 candidates on the Sept. 24 ballot for mayor, as Boston's Elections Department continues to certify signatures. One candidate not yet to be certified as of Monday morning is barstoolsports.com owner David Portnoy. While Portnoy may be more entertainment than a serious candidate to run City Hall, many of the candidates who are expected to garner the most votes have been certified well ahead of the June 25 deadline. District Attorney Dan Conley has the most money in his campaign with more than $1.1 million, according to the Office of Campaign and Political Finance's website. At-Large City Councilor John Connolly has $564,000 for his campaign, followed by fellow city councilor District 8's Mike Ross with $453,000…
Friday, June 7, 2013
Stand for Children held a public forum centered on education at the Edward Brooke Charter School in Roslindale on Wednesday night.
Ten Boston mayoral candidates offered their opinions on the hiring of the next Boston Public Schools superintendent, as well as other education issues, during a public forum held on Wednesday night. Stand for Children hosted the forum at the Edward Brooke Charter School in Roslindale that had teachers and parents asking questions about expanding the school day, adding more charter schools to the system, and how to prevent African-American and Latino males from dropping out. The candidates were separated into two groups, and answered the same amount of questions with the same amount of time. The candidates in attendance were: Felix Arroyo, John Barros, Dan Conley, John Connolly, Rob Consalvo, Charlotte Golar Richie, Mike Ross, Bill Walczak…
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Distrct 8 City Councilor Mike Ross joins fellow city councilors John Connolly, Felix Arroyo, and Rob Consalvo, as announced candidates.
District 8 City Councilor Mike Ross announced his candidacy for Boston mayor on Thursday. "This week, our Red Sox returned for their home opener, providing Bostonians with a surge of hope, optimism and renewal. Every year on Opening Day, I think back to 13 years ago, during my earliest days as a city councilor, when a small group of us stood together against powerful forces to save Fenway Park. All of Boston won that fight and look at the neighborhood today," Ross wrote via a new website for his mayoral candidacy. "Today, in that same spirit of community activism and determination to continue building a better Boston, I am announcing that I will be getting into the race for mayor," added Ross. First elected in 1999, he has represented …
Thursday, February 14, 2013
The National Insurance Crime Bureau donated a 2000 Honda Civic to the Boston Police Department for the purpose of catching car thieves.
The Honda Civic is the most stolen car in Massachusetts, and the Boston Police Department will be using a 2000 Honda Civic as bait to catch car thieves. The car was a donation from the National Insurance Crime Bureau, which lists the 1998 Honda Civic as the most stolen vehicle in Massachusetts, according to the most recents statistics. "The 2000 Honda Civic is used as bait for car thieves," said Boston District 8 City Councilor Mike Ross, chair of the Committee on Public Safety. "(This was provided by) a grant written by one of our industrious police lieutenants to go after car thieves as we continue to have problems (car thieves) in this city."
Friday, December 28, 2012
The new city ordinance requires all owners to register all rental units of more than six units.
A new Boston rental inspection ordinance will require all owners and landlords with more than six units to register in a citywide registry. Mayor Thomas Menino has pushed for the ordinance, which the city estimates will provide a proactive method for inspecting about 140,000 rental units, comprising more than 85 percent of Boston’s approximately 167,800 units. During the next five years, every unit under the ordinance will receive an approved inspection or be entered into an Inspectional Services-approved alternative compliance plan. More than 10 inspectors are expected to be hired, as the city plans on tackling units owned by landlords with a history of noncompliance in the first year of the program. The ordinance first had to be …
Thursday, December 20, 2012
The Boston City Council unanimously supported U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein's, D-CA, reintroduction of the expired assault weapons ban.
The Boston City Council's last meeting for 2012 began and ended up with moments of silence and reflection about the Newtown school tragedy. And in between those silent moments, the council looked to address gun violence. On Wednesday, District 8 City Councilor Mike Ross called on the council to support U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-CA, in her reintroduction and support of a national ban an assault weapons, which expired in 2004. "After the horrendous violence we saw on Friday in Newtown... I thought we as a city council need to do something," said Ross. Ross said he supports the legislation that would ban automatic assault weapons, as well as minimize the size of gun magazine clips. Added Ross, "Other cities have signed on, and it's …
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…
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 …
Friday, June 29, 2012
Improvements coming to neighborhood parks, pools and playgrounds.
The Boston City Council unanimously passed Mayor Thomas Menino's Fiscal Year 2013 operating budget of $2.5 billion at Wednesday's regular council meeting. There is $215 million in new FY 2013 project authorizations throughout the neighborhoods - so let's see what Menino and some of the councilors believe are the highlights to the FY '03 budget, which begins on July 1, 2012. Overall, the city's budget increased 3 percent over last year, coming in at $2.5 billion for fiscal 2013. That's an annual increase of $72 million. Property taxes continue to be the city’s largest source of revenue, along with hotel, meals and other excise tax revenue. according to city officials. The city’s second largest source of revenue is net state aid from …
Thursday, June 21, 2012
The Irish Social Club continually applies for temporary alcohol licenses after a board member mistakenly gave back the club's alcohol license.
The Boston City Council unanimously supported a homerule petition to give the Irish Social Club of Boston a permanent special full-alcohol license from the state, months after a member mistakenly returned the club's previous license. If granted, the license would only be for the Irish Social Club of Boston and would not be transferrable. Councilors Matt O'Malley and Stephen Murphy petitioned for the state homerule petition, which would need to be approved and signed by the governor, for the Club to get an alcohol license immediately. At the Council's regular Wednesday meeting, O'Malley spoke of the Club's beginnings in Roxbury, 65 years ago, and eventual move to Park Street in West Roxbury. Last April, the club's former leadership …