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. – Some Somerville residents pay attention to local news, but others think it’s too sensationalist. These were among the opinions Somerville Neighborhood News (SNN) heard during a series of interviews conducted in Union and Davis Square recently.
A perennial target of their detractors, Massachusetts state public sector workers are no strangers to having their salaries scrutinized. Attention often focuses on the top pay received by a few in chief public sector jobs, but what about the vast majority of employees who are working hard and don’t earn the big bucks? Open Media Boston brings you the full facts in a snapshot of state public sector pay in 2012.
BOSTON/Symphony Hall—Processed meat, Symphony Hall and self-proclaimed “budget hawk” Erskine Bowles.
Not exactly peas in a pod.
The upcoming presidential election poses some interesting questions for progressives in Massachusetts. The ongoing war in Afghanistan - including the use of unmanned drones that often kill civilians – and the inability or unwillingness to stand up to corporate lobbyists eager to roll back government regulations and workers benefits are just two of many concerns that have diminished the enthusiasm for the current occupants of the White House.
On June 16, on the eve of the Greek parliamentary elections, with the future of the European Union in doubt and a newly-elected Socialist president in France, French citizens in the U.S. and Canada voted to elect a candidate in a newly created constituency to represent them in the French National Assembly. They chose Corinne Narassiguin, a 37-year old member of the Socialist Party who has worked as a banker on Wall Street for twelve years.
Massachusetts lost one of its more important thinkers earlier this month. The economist Alice Amsden passed away suddenly just as colleagues thought she was on her way to recovery. Like many intellectuals who have contributed much to our understanding of the world, hers was not a household name, certainly not in her homeland. This is no accident for several reasons: her work focused on the economic growth of other countries and, perhaps more significantly, Amsden debunked much of orthodox economic development theory.
Occupying Wall Street and other city spaces for a month by assortments of individuals commanded broad attention and galvanized widespread apathy into action. The suppressed subtext of discontent with the exercise of economic power and its grave consequences suddenly became the text of prime time news. Although various groups such as UK/US/Uncut had spotlighted corporate conniving and tax evasion, they gained little traction among natural allies or consumers of news media because their actions were not well covered.
One Onyango Obama was arrested in Framingham last Wednesday night for failure to stop at a stop sign when a police car was starting to cross the intersection. After he tested positive for blood alcohol, he was brought in and booked. According to the police log,
1105897 19:10 ARREST: OBAMA, ONYANGO 37 CHARLES ST FRAMINGHAM,
MADOB:06/03/44 Arrested@ WAVERLEY ST, CHICKEN BONE SALOON for
M/V-OUI-ALCOHOL M/V-TRAF/CNTRL/SIG/DEV/RMKS M/V-OP
Here's a great example of why citizens must transform the way news media work. By ignoring the substance of recent remarks by Newt Gingrich about right- and left-wing “social engineering,” the mass media further enabled party politics to conduct ideologically driven behavior mod experiments on the nation without adult supervision.