Somerville, Mass. – The Community Benefits Agreement (CBA) that will be negotiated between City Hall and Union Square developer US2 runs the risk of being less than effective in delivering advantages to city residents, according to studies, critics and to a Tufts university professor familiar with CBAs.
Somerville, Mass. - Area unions and labor leaders have decided to wage a campaign against Federal Realty Investment Trust (FRIT) for its recent decision to hire non-union labor to build a 448-unit apartment at the Assembly Square, and on January 22, the Board of Aldermen joined the movement, voting a resolution urging FRIT to reverse its decision.
Somerville, Mass. – The proposed citywide ban on plastic shopping bags took a step forward on Nov. 20 at the meeting of the Board of Aldermen’s Environment and Energy Special Committee.
Somerville, Mass. – New, relatively unregulated “ride sharing” transportation companies like Uber and Lyft earn the praise of travelers but are prompting protests from traditional taxi drivers and others.
Editor's Note: The following statement from the Boston Police Department was sent to Open Media Boston by Sergeant Michael P. McCarthy, director of the BPD Office of Media Relations, in response to our request for comment on a 10/9/14 rally held by the new Boston Coalitition for Police Accountability and allied organizations following the release of the American Civil Liberties Union's report on BPD stop and frisk policies.
SOMERVILLE, Mass. – Even though the mayor vetoed their proposed campaign finance reform ordinance, Alderman-at-Large Bill White and his colleagues aren't giving up.
Known as a “pay to play” law, the ordinance would limit the amount of money people hoping to do real estate development-related business with the city at $250. It passed with seven votes on September 11 but on September 23, Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone sent a letter to the Board of Alderman indicating he was vetoing it.
Malden, Mass. – Before a meeting of the Malden City Council on Tuesday, the city’s public schools’ custodians held a rally outside city hall calling for their jobs not to be privatized.
BOSTON/South Boston - Chuck Turner was sentenced to three years of incarceration at the Moakley Courthouse on Tuesday - ending a two year struggle by the embattled former Boston city councilor and his allies to stave off federal corruption charges. Constituents and supporters packed the courtroom and two overflow rooms to watched on closed circuit TV as lawyers on both sides made their case to US District Judge Douglas P. Woodlock. The atmosphere was bitter as hopes ran thin that Turner would be granted leniency.
BOSTON/City Hall - With federal stimulus funding for youth summer jobs off the table in the wake of a failed U.S. Senate vote earlier this month, over 200 Boston teenagers attended a rally for youth jobs on Tuesday called by City Councilor Felix Arroyo and several community organizations - including Teen Empowerment, Hyde Square Task Force, Project RIGHT, Project HIP-HOP, Maverick Landing, Reflect and Strengthen, and Medicine Wheel.
BOSTON/Roxbury - Incumbent District 7 City Councilor Chuck Turner faced off with challenger Carlos "Tony" Henriquez - the president of the board of the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative - at a debate in front of an audience of over 80 community members at Hibernian Hall in Dudley Square on Wednesday.