August 2, 2017

Parks and Recreation – An order transferring the care, custody, management and control of certain city-owned parcels to the Parks and Recreation Department for the design and construction of Martin’s Park in the Seaport District. Passed unanimously. …

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July 12, 2017

Council Notes for July 12th, 2017 Free-Standing Signs – Mayor Walsh introduced an order to amend the City ordinance regulating free-standing signs. The change would make the one year pilot to allow small businesses to use sandwich board signs on side …

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June 28, 2017

Council Notes for June 28th, 2017 Budget – Today we took our final vote on the FY18 budget and passed both the operating and capital budgets (Docket 0908 – 0910 and 0539-0543). A huge thank you to community members who vocalized their support for the …

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June 21, 2017

Council Notes for June 21st, 2017 Budget – The capital budget was re-submitted today from the Mayor’s office and the second vote required on it is expected next week. We also received the re-submitted operating budget from Mayor Walsh today. I expres …

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June 14, 2017

Council Notes for June 14th, 2017 Budget – Today we voted on each of the three parts of the operating budget (the general operating fund, the school department, and other post-employment benefits) and it was rejected without prejudice. It now returns …

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June 7, 2017

Council Notes for June 7th, 2017 City Budget – Today the Council voted on the capital budget (Dockets 0539 through 0543) after Councilor Ciommo, chair of the Committee on Ways and Means, reported back. It should be noted that there are capital invest …

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May 24, 2017

Council Notes from May 24th, 2017 AFL-CIO – Communication was received from the Mayor’s office regarding the collective bargaining agreement with the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees AFL-CIO, Council 93 and Locals (AFSCME …

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May 17, 2017

Council Notes for May 17, 2017 Community Preservation – Councilor Flaherty and I reported back on Monday’s hearing regarding the ordinance creating the community preservation committee. We reviewed several proposed versions of the ordinance and had a …

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May 10, 2017

Council Notes for May 10, 2017 Cable TV – An order for $4,400,000 from the 21st Century Fund, or the Public, Educational or Governmental (PEG) Access and Cable Related fund (Docket 0695) was sent to the Committee on Ways and Means. This fund would go …

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May 3, 2017

Council Notes for May 3, 2017 Budget – Dockets are still under review. I am asking residents and partners in our work to please email the Mayor’s Office (mayor@boston.gov) in support of my two major asks: $500,000 for a youth-development focused line …

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April 26, 2017

Council Notes for April 26, 2017 Budget – Dockets are still under review. I am asking residents and partners in this work to please email the Mayor’s Office (mayor@boston.gov) in support of my two major asks: $500,000 for a youth-development focused …

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April 5, 2017

Council Notes for Wednesday, April 5th, 2017 Parking Receipts – Councilor Flaherty reported back on Monday’s hearing regarding the adoption of newly amended portions of the Commonwealth’s Municipal Modernization act. Docket 0389 was passed unanimousl …

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March 29, 2017

Council Notes for Wednesday, March 29th, 2017 Plastic Bags – Councilors Flaherty and O’Malley reported back on Monday’s hearing regarding the plastic bag pollution reduction ordinance. I do support this proposed ordinance and await further action fro …

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March 15, 2017

Council Notes for March 15, 2017 Child Care Assistance to Homeless Families – Councilors Essaibi-George, Pressley, Wu, and I offered a resolution to support S.257/HD.3564, An Act Providing Immediate Child Care Assistance to Homeless Families. This is …

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March 8th, 2017

Council Notes for March 8, 2017 Jim Brooks Stabilization Act – Councilor Flaherty reported back on Monday’s full-day hearing on the Jim Brooks Stabilization Act – previously known as “just” or “good cause” eviction. Thank you to all district 4 reside …

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February 15, 2017

Council Notes for February 15th, 2017 Mental Health Clinicians – Councilor Essaibi-George reported back on yesterday’s hearing held by the Committee on Homelessness, Mental Health and Recovery regarding investments in mental health clinicians who wor …

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February 8, 2017

Council Notes for February 8th, 2017 Police Cadets – Councilor Linehan and I co-sponsored a hearing order to review the Boston Police Cadet program. After a previous discontinuation of the Cadet program, in 2016 it was restarted with a new class. Wit …

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February 1, 2017

Council Notes for February 1, 2017 Shannon Grant – A grant for the Shannon Community Safety Initiative for $1,114,789.29 comes to the Council from the MA Executive Office of Public Safety and Security. Docket 0247 was sent to the Committee on Public …

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January 25, 2017

Council Notes for January 25th, 2016 Overcoming the Odds – Today I offered a hearing order to review the Overcoming the Odds (OTO) program which is a unique collaboration between the Boston Police Department and the MA Department of Correction that p …

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January 11, 2017

Council Notes for January 11, 2017 Today was the first Council Meeting of 2017 and there was a lot on the agenda, including many refiled items from 2016. My notes from the meeting are below and as always, please feel free to call our office with any …

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December 14, 2016

Council Notes for December 14th, 2016 Dear Residents, Today was the last meeting of the 2016 calendar year. My notes from the meeting are below: Fire Department – Two grants from the Massachusetts Department of Fire Services for the Boston Fire Depar …

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December 6, 2016

Council Notes for December 6th, 2016 Advertising Regulations – Mayor Walsh offered an order amending the City of Boston Code pertaining to the regulations of advertising that would extend a one-year pilot program of free-standing signs adjacent to bu …

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November 30, 2016

Council Notes for November 30th, 2016 Harambee Park – A grant of $400,000.00 for the Commissioner of the Parks and Recreation Department from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Executive Office of Environmental Affairs (EOEEA), Division of Conservatio …

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November 16, 2016

Council Notes from November 16, 2016 Public Safety Grants – I reported back on five grants for which the Public Safety and Criminal Justice Committee held a hearing on November 3rd. These grants enable the BPD to use better technology for digital inv …

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November 2, 2016

Council Notes from November 2, 2016 MBTA Privatization Briefing – Today I offered a resolution calling on the Baker Administration to provide a transparent briefing regarding privatization plans of the MBTA. I have had many conversations with residen …

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October 26, 2016

Council Notes from October 26, 2016 Fiscal Impacts of Raising Charter School Cap – Councilors Ciommo and Essaibi-George reported back on Monday’s hearing regarding the economic impacts on the City of Boston if the charter school cap were raised as ou …

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October 19, 2016

Council Notes for October 19, 2016 Blue Hill Ave Cameras – The Council passed docket 1356, after I moved for its passage over committee assignment: a grant for $8,303.73 from Mattapan Square Main Streets for the Boston Police Department for the insta …

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October 5, 2016

Council Notes for October 5th, 2016 Youth Homelessness – A grant for $1,000,000.00 from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to develop and implement programs that prevent and end youth homelessness as part of the Youth Homelessness D …

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September 28, 2016

Council Notes for September 28, 2016 Re-Entry Services – Today, the Council unanimously passed a resolution I offered calling on the U.S. Congress to support the Second Chance Reauthorization Act of 2015. This Federal funding, started in 2008, funds …

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September 21, 2016

Council Notes for September 21, 2016 National Incident-Based Reporting – A grant for $2,172,522 from the US Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Statistics came before the Council for the Boston Police Department to use for transitioning to thei …

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September 14, 2016

Council Notes for September 14, 2016 911 Department – Two grants came before the council from the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security’s State 911 Department for the development of the City of Boston’s 911 Department. The first order introd …

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August 24th, 2016

Council Notes for August 24th, 2016 I welcomed Pastor Virginia Ward from Abundant Life Church of Cambridge, my home church, to open today’s Council meeting. We also enjoyed welcoming back our summer Ward Fellow, Eddie, from Boston Latin School, whose …

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August 3, 2016

Council Notes for August 3rd, 2016 2016 Ballot Initiative Regarding Lifting the Cap on Commonwealth Charter Schools – Today we took a vote on a resolution presented by Councilor Jackson and O’Malley against the 2016 ballot initiative regarding liftin …

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July 13, 2016

Council Notes for July 13, 2016 LGBTQ Youth of Color – Councilor Zakim filed a hearing order regarding the status of LGBTQ youth of color in the City of Boston, stemming from a recent study by Fenway Health. He highlighted the need for data to improv …

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June 29, 2016

Council Notes from June 29, 2016 Budget – Today we took our final vote on the Fiscal Year 2017 (FY17) budget. In my first six months in office I have visited over 20 schools in my district and just outside the district that students who live in D4 at …

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June 22, 2016

Council Notes for June 22, 2016 Dear residents, As our days are increasingly warm and sunny, we approach the end of the 2016 fiscal year which closes at the end of the month. We continue to hear matters on the City budget and other legislative items. …

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June 8, 2016

Council Notes for June 8th, 2016 Cultural Council – Mayor Walsh submitted an ordinance amending the City Code, which would allow the Boston Cultural Council to accept funding applications for the Cultural Council on a rolling basis instead of one tim …

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May 18, 2016

Council Notes for May 18th, 2016 EMS Week – Today we celebrated the work of the Boston Emergency Medical Service staff as Councilor McCarthy and myself presented them with a proclamation declaring this EMS Appreciation Week. We are so grateful for th …

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May 11, 2016

Council Notes for May 11, 2016 Community Preservation Act – Today, the Council passed docket 0272, an order to accept the provisions of the CPA.  Thank you to the advocates who have been steadfast in their work on this initiative throughout the heari …

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May 4th, 2016

Council Notes from May 4th, 2016 Dear residents, It has been another packed week of budget hearings, meetings, and valuable conversation. Thank you for your continued engagement with our office. Below are my notes from today’s Council meeting: City B …

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April 27, 2016

Council Notes for April 27th, 2016 Speed Limits – Councilor Baker offered a home-rule petition calling for speed limits within the City of Boston from 30mph to 20mph in thickly settled areas unless otherwise marked, such as 15mph zones in school area …

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April 13, 2016

Council Notes from April 13, 2016 Dear residents, Today’s Council meeting was packed as the dockets for the 2016 budget have started to roll in. Enjoy notes below and call us anytime 617-635-3131 or visit our district office at 1534-B Dorchester Ave, …

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April 6, 2016

Council Notes from April 6th, 2016 Traffic Calming – Today I offered a hearing order with Councilor O’Malley where we can discuss the implementation of traffic calming measures which are part of the Vision Zero Boston Program. Since Vision Zero is ta …

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March 30, 2016

Council Notes from March 30th, 2016 Ingersoll Browne Fund – Docket 0467 was sent to the Committee on Parks, Recreation, and Transportation, for a $663,950 grant from the Edward Ingersoll Browne Fund for art projects in several parks including six his …

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March 23, 2016

Council Notes from March 23rd, 2016 Dear residents, This has already been a busy week, from a celebration at the Dorchester YMCA, a musical Saint Patrick’s day, and the reopening of the Government Center T station outside City Hall! Also, save the da …

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March 16, 2016

Council Notes: March 16th, 2016 Parking Fines – This ordinance would raise the fines for parking during the days and times of street cleaning in Charlestown, from $40 to $90 and make it a non-towable offense. Docket 0406 was sent to the Committee on …

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March 9, 2016

Council Notes: March 9, 2016 Shannon Grant – Docket 0380 was sent to the committee on Public Safety and Criminal Justice for $1,365,434.46 for the operation of the Shannon Community Safety Initiative run through the Boston Police Department. Speed Al …

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March 2, 2016

Council Notes: March 2nd, 2016 Firefighter Safety – Docket #0350 for the Fire Department to accept and expend funds through the year 2021 from the Last Call Foundation for $1 million for enhancing firefighter safety by reducing cancer risk from carci …

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February 24, 2016

Dear residents, I am delighted to announce that Elizabeth “Eli” Pimentel has joined our team and has hit the ground running with us this first week on the job as our Director of Constituent Services. You can find contact information for her and the r …

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February 10, 2016

Dear residents, I hope this finds you safe and warm after our recent snowfall. If you have any questions related to matters before the Council, please feel free to reach out to my office at 617-635-3131. New Team Campbell Member – Docket #0273 passed …

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February 3, 2016

Dear residents – Another busy week has flown by! I extend my most sincere gratitude to everyone for your engagement and interest in our work throughout my first month in office. Below are my notes from today’s Council meeting. Youth Development Progr …

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January 27, 2016

Dear residents, Today was the second council meeting that I have taken part in and our agenda has grown quickly already! Public Safety and Criminal Justice – A number of items were sent to the committee I’m chairing and I am excited to get the work u …

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January 13, 2016

Council Meeting Notes: January 13, 2016 Dear residents of District 4, As your City Councilor, two of my main priorities are bringing the district to City Hall and bringing what happens in City Hall to the district. To do this, my team and I are out i …

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