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Restaurant Assoc: City’s Proposed Liquor Licenses Would be “Slap in the Face”

This week’s Boston City Council hearing on adding 150 non-transferable liquor licenses for underserved neighborhoods became heated just as the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic could put many existing restaurants out of business. With all Massachusetts restaurants and bars ordered closed for on-site service as of March 17th, the economic impact felt upon the industry has been Read More…

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City Council Talks Housing Security, Relief for Restaurants, Equitable COVID-19 Recovery, and Support for Veterans, Healthcare Workers

The Boston City Council had a full agenda for their second-ever virtual council meeting. Much of the conversation focused on the impacts of COVID-19 on Boston residents and workers, as well as on housing and businesses. The Council spoke about resolutions that can be enacted now, and how the city can prepare for future recovery. Read More…

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City Council Holds First-Ever Virtual Meeting; Thanks Boston Residents for Their Resilience

Following the official closure of Boston City Council on March 16th, the weekly meeting was hosted virtually for the first time ever. Facing some technical difficulties with video and audio issues, the City Council meeting pressed forward with many representatives joining remotely. “It is important that our work continue,” City Council President Kim Janey stated. Read More…

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In the Face of Racism and Misinformation, City Council Confronts Coronavirus Pandemic

Councilor Ed Flynn (District 2) brought forth a resolution at this week’s city council meeting for Boston to support its Chinese and Asian communities during the COVID-19, also known as coronavirus, outbreak. As the coronavirus continues to impact cities across the United States, the economic impact has effected Boston’s Chinatown the hardest. Councilor Flynn encouraged Read More…

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City Council Discusses Effects of Zoning Variance Approvals on Boston Neighborhoods

City Councilor Liz Breadon (District 9) offered a hearing on zoning variances in Boston amid the ongoing conversation about rebuilding trust with residents regarding the Zoning Board of Appeal (ZBA) at a recent City Council meeting. According to Breadon, the Boston Zoning Code exists to preserve and protect neighborhoods against development that could potentially compromise Read More…

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Income-Adjusted Parking Ticket Fines Proposed By City Councilor Mejia

At-large City Councilor Julia Mejia introduced a proposal for income-adjusted fines for parking violations at a recent Boston City Council meeting. According to Mejia, parking tickets should be reflective of Boston residents’ financial situations. She believes that residents shouldn’t be placed in a position where they’re forced to choose between paying parking tickets or putting Read More…

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City Council Discusses Enforcement of Boston Residents Jobs Policy

City Councilor Lydia Edwards (District 1) and City Council President Kim Janey offered a hearing regarding biannual review of the Boston Employment Commission (BEC) and Boston Residents Job Policy (BRJP) at the City Council’s weekly meeting on Wednesday afternoon. In 2017, Mayor Marty Walsh revised the Boston Residents Jobs Policy Ordinance, originally enacted in 1983, Read More…

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Parking Garage Deaths Prompt City Council to Discuss Security Measures

Councilors Ed Flynn, District 2, and Kim Janey, City Council President, requested a hearing to discuss adding security measures to high-rise garages in the City of Boston amidst recent suicides and attempts. Over the Christmas holidays, a mother and her two children fell to their death at Northeastern University’s Renaissance garage in a suspected murder-suicide. Read More…

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City Council Proposes Pre-Tax Transportation Benefit to Address Rising Traffic

Councilors Lydia Edwards (District 1) and Michelle Wu (At-Large) requested a hearing regarding the adoption of transportation benefit ordinances in an attempt to promote public transportation usage in the City of Boston. “Transportation benefit ordinances are not new,” said Councilor Edwards. “There are many cities that already have them such as Seattle, Los Angeles, San Read More…

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City Council Discusses Ways to Promote Accurate Count for 2020 Census

Boston City Councilors Ed Flynn (District 2) and Michelle Wu (at-large) requested a hearing regarding ways to promote achieving an accurate count for Boston’s 2020 Census. “The census not only dictates how many elected congressional members we have,”said Councilor Flynn, “but, even more importantly than that, it determines the federal resources that come into a Read More…

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Municipal Election Results: Recount Called for Fourth At-Large City Councilor Position

The 2019 City of Boston Municipal Election took place on Tuesday, November 5, 2019 to elect councilors for each of the nine districts and four citywide At-Large councilors. The votes are in and the fourth at-large seat is separated by only 10 votes. The three elected at-large councilors are Michelle Wu (41,616 votes; 20.71%), Annissa Read More…

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Councilor Essaibi George Wants to End Family Homelessness

Boston City Councilor Annissa Essaibi George is looking to create a special commission to end family homelessness in the city of Boston and requested a hearing regarding this ordinance to create the commission. “Our city is experiencing a housing and displacement crisis,” she said. “There is an urgent need to help this vulnerable population.” According Read More…