Sunday, October 14, 2012
City Councilor Felix Arroyo hosts a celebration of Latino Heritage on Monday at City Hall, complete with live music and food.
As Latino Heritage Month draws to a close, the son of Boston's first Latino city councilor is hosting a celebration at City Hall. Felix Arroyo, a Jamaica Plain resident and at-large city councilor, invites everyone to this year's celebration. It will be held on Monday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the council chambers, which are on the fifth floor of City Hall. There will be live music and free food. This year, the city's burgeoning Latino business sector takes center stage. The following small business owners will be recognized. Of course, many of them are from Jamaica Plain:
Saturday, October 13, 2012
In 2009, 42 people committed suicide in Boston, according to Massachusetts Department of Health.
At-Large Boston City Councilor Felix Arroyo wants to break down the stigma attached to suicide and help prevent future deaths. "More than 90% of people who commit suicide are suffering from a psychiatric disorder such as eating disorders or depression," said Arroyo, during the Council's weekly meeting (held on Thursday due to Columbus Day holiday). Arroyo said the number of veterans committing suicide is going up, but he added, "Most issues that lead to suicide are recognizable and treatable." With that notion, the Council's Committee on Labor, Youth Affairs, and Health, will hold a future hearing to further discuss the matter. Arroyo said the hearing will focus on how to prevent suicides, how to deal with the after effects of a suicide…
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
At-Large City Councilor Felix Arroyo would like Boston to be the second city in the U.S. to offer its employees paid maternity and paternity leaves.
Boston City Councilor At-Large Felix Arroyo will hold a future hearing to examine the feasibility of instituting paid maternity and paternity leave for city employees. Arroyo introduced his hearing at Wednesday's Boston City Council meeting. "Boston could continue to lead in workers' rights... [Employees] either take sick time or find outside care and use up their vacation time. Or come to work quicker. I don’t think this is something working families in Boston should be faced with." The Massachusetts Maternity Leave Act (MMLA) passed in 1972 offers eight weeks unpaid covering both men and women. The Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 is a federal law that guarantees 12 weeks of unpaid job leave, but only covers employees who have been…
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. …
Thursday, July 19, 2012
The city will install 400 new solar powered trash compactors to promote recycling, but they won't be in residential areas.
Next month, Boston will install 400 new solar powered trash compactors to promote recycling in Boston. But chances are they won’t be anywhere near your West Roxbury home. The Big Belly compactors will go in “high traffic areas” such as Downtown Crossing and Fenway, but they won’t line residents’ streets – at least not at first. It’s also likely they’ll be kept out of public parks due to the advertisements on the cans, which is part of a bartering agreement that allows the city to have the barrels for free. “How do we expand this into the neighborhoods?” At-Large City Councilor Felix Arroyo asked during a public hearing on Tuesday. “I think everybody knows where the Big Bellies will end up.” A big step toward city-wide single stream …
Thursday, April 26, 2012
Councilor Arroyo proposing to have recycling bins right next to trash bins throughout Boston, similar to what other cities do.
Would you tolerate more advertising in the city if it meant convenient recycling receptacles on city sidewalks? That’s what At-Large City Councilor Felix Arroyo proposed Wednesday at this week’s Boston City Council meeting. Arroyo said he recently visited Chicago, where he found recycling bins positioned with street trash cans. Upon further investigation, he said, he found out that the bins were provided and cleaned by a private company at no cost to the city. In exchange, the company places family-friendly advertising on the bins. He called it a “no brainer” to bring this kind of program to Boston — whether it be with the company that operates in Chicago or with another firm. The council supported the idea, which has been referred to …
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
The DNC will be in Charlotte, NC, from September 3-7, and local delegates will be there to choose President Obama as the official nominee for the party.
Massachusetts Democrats elected delegates this past Saturday at statewide caucuses to attend this year’s Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, NC. Three Boston City Councilors were chosen: At-Large Councilor Felix Arroyo, District 7 Councilor Tito Jackson, and District 4 Councilor Charles Yancey. In September, convention delegates will cast their votes to officially nominate President Barack Obama for a second term. Massachusetts delegates are selected to the Democratic National Convention by three ways, according to the Massachusetts Democratic Party: Massachusetts Democratic Party Chair John Walsh spoke about the statewide caucuses. “We have elected an impressive and diverse group of delegates who I know will represent …
Saturday, February 25, 2012
Councilors Mike Ross and Felix Arroyo have been working to pass a Home Rule Petition to allow Boston to regulate commercial trash collection.
Currently, garbage trucks collecting trash in the middle of the night cause a great disturbance to residents throughout Boston. On Monday, the Boston City Council will hold a hearing at 5:30 p.m. to discuss regulating commercial trash pick-up times. While the City of Boston has the authority to regulate timing of residential trash collection, the city does not have the same authority on commercial trash collection. To remedy this, District 1 City Councilor Mike Ross and At-Large City Councilor Felix Arroyo have been working collaboratively with state Reps Marty Walz and Aaron Michlewitz to pass a Home Rule Petition to allow Boston to regulate commercial trash collection. City of Boston officials, neighborhood association representatives …
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Several bills being discussed on the state level to give life sentences to repeat violent offenders.
The Boston City Council discussed several bills before the state Senate and House to enact so-called "three-strikes" legislation. District 4 Councilor Charles Yancey proposed the council send a resolution to Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and the state Legislature to thoroughly study the implications, both financial and in human terms, the law could have on Boston. Several councilors, including West Roxbury's Matt O'Malley said Yancey's resolution was premature, as three bills are being discussed in state committees, including Melissa's Bill. O'Malley said he'd like the council to have a hearing once the state committees discuss the state laws. The Boston City Council held similar hearings on the changes to the C.O.R.I. (criminal …
Thursday, November 3, 2011
Be it through door-knocking, at-large forums, neighborhood association meetings or at the supermarket - the candidates are out there shaking hands and kissing babies.
With less than a week away from the Nov. 8 Boston City Council election, the seven at-large candidates are all around the city. Have they knocked on your door, shaken your hand after you bought groceries, or been at your local neighborhood association meeting? Tell us in the comments who you've seen and who you haven't. Incumbent Felix Arroyo greeted Roche Bros shoppers last Friday, Oct. 28, as they shopped for apples, oranges and more. Also check out a Boston Herald article about Arroyo's work for the unsung workers of our city.