Mayor Menino through his nameless minions at City Hall has been trying to discredit my assertions that he has signed off on 40 million dollars in tax breaks for the buyers of One Beacon Street. Well, with much thanks to the hard work and research of Shirley Kressel we have come up with the evidence. Menino personally signed off on the transfer of the tax credits to the new owners when the building was sold in 2000, 2004 and 2006. Since his signature was required, he clearly could have NOT signed off and the City would have an extra $40 million in the bank and instead of proposing cutting the budget for school books from $3 million to $2 million, we could buy new school books for everyone, and not lay off any teachers so our children can fully utilize those schoolbooks.
A funny moment from last nights radio debate with Jeff Santos on 1510 AM was when Sam Yoon was slated to go first and Jeff asked him what the Red Sox should do with Jonathon Papelbon. Sam froze for a second and then candidly said "this is one of those times I wish I was answering last, before trying to remember who Papelbon was. He did eventually say he thought the Red Sox should keep Papelbon. Is Boston ready to elect a Mayor who doesn't keep up with the Red Sox? That would be a huge shift!