Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Back from New Orleans....

I followed the "stop snitchin" ridiculous from New Orleans with a sad smile. Nothing like going after first amendment rights in order to stop terrorism, I mean gun violence. Sounds like George Bush.
Saying that, whenever I saw kids with stop snitchin shirts I stop and ask them why they are wearing them, and what a bad message it sends. However, I'll fight for their right to wear them.
I thought about putting out a "START snitchin" shirt, and giving a shirt to the mayor and the 13 councilors, telling them to show an example and come forward and answer the charges in the open meeting lawsuit. They can be beacons of truth and honesty in that jungle hemmed in by walls of silence. Not holding my breath.

Word on the street is that Flaherty will have a difficult time retaining his majority for the city council presidency.

I asked a state rep about the columbus center money from the state and city. He said he talked to the mayor about it, and the mayor asked why the legislature is giving money to the Red Sox in the Fenway, the mayor isn't really behind that.
I asked the Rep. if it is just who you know and he said yes, it is just relationships. The Mayor likes the guys doing the Columbus Center more than the Red Sox people.

Why did the BRA give the Columbus Center people the old buyout number of $52,000 in stead of the new buyout number of $92,000 when they haven't built anything?
Now they want $50 million in public subsidy? Why can't I get 10 percent public subsidy when I build affordable housing? And they are building less percentage wise than most. Why should we subsidize high end housing? Why should million dollar condos pay less in taxes percentage wise than a 3 family house in dorchester?

Word is that Flaherty's brother is looking to run for Jimmy Kelly's potentially vacated seat. Could be a big battle between the Flynn camp and the Flaherty camp.

Went to a house party for Deval Patrick in the South End over the weekend. He is very intelligent, speaks well, but hardly any specifics on what he would do. Everything he is for has a caveat. He is willing to blame Romney for the poor direction the state is going, and most other things. He indicated they have raised more money than Reilly over the last 5 months, and many more donors. I'm hoping that a good race will bring out specifics on how to address the issues of housing, health care, etc. that the state is facing.

2 comments:

the sak said...

Public notices from Boston City Hall, from the Boston City Council http://cityofboston.gov/citycouncil are available at http://groups.google.com/group/bostoncityhall

If you folks happen upon any other public notices that you would forward along, please do !... email dsaklad@zurich.csail.mit.edu

Would someone photograph the City Clerk's public notice board at City Hall on the 1st floor by the Congress Street back entrance and send it along...

The public notice board is available for view during usual business hours after 5pm and on weekends too. But too far for people from Germantown, Hyde Park, Roslindale, Orient Heights to get to routinely!

The actual public notices are often on stationary with letterheads that list the leadership, the people on the board of the city agency. Useful information. Regrettably, the original stationary with the public notices doesn't get posted electronically yet. It could be available by fax...

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