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City Councilor Essaibi George Wants New Crime Lab

City Councilor Annissa Essaibi George wants to create a new forensics lab for the Boston Police Department.  “There is a grave and depressing need for a new and improved crime lab in the city,” she said during a recent city council meeting.  The police department currently has a forensics lab at the BPD Headquarters in Read More…

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Council President Requests Inspector General Position Be Created

The Boston City Council President Andrea Campbell is calling for the creation of an Inspector General (IG) position for city government after corruption scandals. At the beginning of the month John Lynch, who used to work with the Boston Development and Planning Agency, pleaded guilty to taking a $50,000 bribe. Also, in July, two aides Read More…

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Community Update from City Councilor Lydia Edwards

City Councilor Lydia Edwards gave a community update on February 14th to the North End / Waterfront Residents’ Association (NEWRA). Follow along with the above video and this summary timeline. (00:50) Community Preservation Act – The senior affordable housing at Knights of Columbus Hall and flooding mitigation at Langone Park were two of 56 projects Read More…

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City Council Wants Early Voting

During a hearing this week, Boston city councilors discussed how to allow early voting in municipal elections, similar to state elections. The overriding goal is to boost voter turnout in city contests.  According to Councilor Josh Zakim, only 28 percent of voters showed up at the polls in the 2017 municipal election. However, residents were allowed Read More…

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City Councilors Discuss Controversial Non-Citizen Voting; Defer Action for Now

The Boston City Council held a hearing earlier this week about non-citizens voting in municipal elections that caused much controversy among residents. The councilors received many phone calls and emails, often bordering on anti-immigrant or hateful. “Much of it has been very nasty and negative, which is disheartening,” said Councilor Kim Janey. “It’s disheartening that people Read More…

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City Councilors Introduce Legislation to Limit Zoning for Chain Stores

City Councilors Michelle Wu, Kim Janey and Lydia Edwards filed legislation to remove as-of-right designations for chain stores in Boston’s neighborhood business districts. The proposal, entered at today’s Council meeting, would amend the City of Boston’s Zoning Code to regulate formula retail uses, also known as chain stores, and require a conditional use permit for Read More…

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Boston City Council Considering Fees for Residential Parking Stickers

Boston city councilors are looking to start charging for residential parking stickers, saying that the current parking system is broken because the city currently issues many more parking stickers than actual spaces. Councilor at-large, Michelle Wu, expressed frustration over the unlimited residential parking stickers the city hands out despite the fact that several neighbors have Read More…

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Short-Term Rental Regulations Passed by Boston City Council, Banning Airbnb Guests in Non-Owner Occupied Buildings

The Boston City Council voted 11-2 on Wednesday to regulate short-term rentals (i.e., AirBnb, Homeaway, VRBO, etc.), supporting a bill close to the Mayor Walsh’s amended guidelines. The ordinance bans short-term rentals from non-owner occupied buildings, eliminating investor units and absentee Airbnb landlords. Owner-occupants may continue to list their own unit, a part of their unit or Read More…

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Sidewalk Sandwich Board Program Reinstated for One Year

Boston City Council has voted to reinstate the sandwich board ordinance for one year, allowing all businesses to use free-standing signs on public walkways as long as they follow certain requirements. This is an amended version of Mayor Walsh’s pilot program passed in 2015. Last August, the Council voted to reject the proposal to make permanent Read More…

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Boston City Council Debates Short-Term Rental Regulations

No obvious compromises were made when Boston’s City Council held a working session on Monday regarding the Mayor’s revised ordinance that regulates short-term rentals in the City of Boston. A vote could come in the coming weeks, yet the Council remains split in opinion with councilors representing downtown largely in favor while those from outlying districts opposed. Read More…

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Dry Ice Rat Solution Discussed at City Council Meeting

Boston City Council met last week to discuss animal care and control in the city. Representative Lydia Edwards was in attendance to ask specific questions as the conversation related to North End residents. A major takeaway from the discussion was the focus on the Norwegian rat problem in the neighborhood and city at large. Inspectional Read More…