Citizens’ Initiative Review
Members of the test-run Citizens’ Initiative Review panel looking at Question 4 – whether to legalize marijuana for adult use – question policy experts and campaign representatives at this second of four day-long meetings, Atrium School, 69 Grove St., Watertown, 8:30 a.m.
Markey addresses opioid crisis
U.S. Sen. Edward Markey holds a roundtable discussion and press conference with medical and public health officials about the impacts of the opioid epidemic in Hampden County, Holyoke Medical Center, 575 Beech Street, Holyoke, 12 p.m.
‘Bloomberg gives Harvard $32M to teach mayors how to govern’
Sometimes you just have to go with other people’s headlines, whether they’re intentionally funny or not. But don’t worry, City Hall officials far and wide, Michael Bloomberg, the former New York mayor and billionaire business-media mogul, isn’t naming names about who may need help in governing cities. Bloomberg yesterday announced he’s giving Harvard $32 million to help educate hundreds of city officials from around the world on how to better govern growing cities in an age when local authorities are taking on new and more complicated civic duties, reports BostInno’s Olivia Vanni.
Fyi: Bloomberg and Harvard president Drew Faust explain the new Harvard program in a Globe op-ed this morning.
If Liz is worried about a Curt challenge, she sure isn’t showing it
At an “America’s Agenda” event at Roxbury Community College last evening, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, not known for taking questions from pesky reporters, not only answered a wide range of queries from journalists, she literally shrugged when asked about a possible challenge from former Red Sox ace Curt Schilling and his recent criticisms of her. “I get out there every day and try to do my work on behalf of the people of Massachusetts,” Warren said, according to a report by the Globe’s Stephanie Ebbert. “I’m also involved in this presidential campaign trying to make sure that Donald Trump never gets anyplace near the White House. That’s what really matters to me right now.”
We can’t think of a worse insult: Warren shrugging off Schilling’s insults. On other matters, Warren said she’s concerned about the ballot question initiative that would expand charter schools in Massachusetts, saying “public officials have a responsibility not just to a small subset of the children but to all of the children.” On marijuana legalization, she said she’s open to the concept – if marijuana is regulated.
About that prominent ‘F*ck Trump’ headline plastered on a VC’s web site …
BostInno’s Galen Moore got hold of two of the executives, George Zachary and Danny Crichton, involved with writing, editing and posting the now somewhat well-known ‘F*ck Trump’ headline on local venture firm CRV’s main web page and linked to a 300-word diatribe that basically attacks Trump and his proposed anti-immigration policies. Obviously, they care deeply about immigration, something important to the tech community. Their answers to Moore’s questions about why they used such strong language:
Zachary: “We need attention and we need this issue to rise to the top–and because we are angry about this issue and it needs serious attention. It’s something that we cannot let go away. That’s how we feel.”
Crichton: “It’s so personal. It’s an attack on us as people. To us it’s an appropriate reaction. We could have censored our true feelings. We just decided to censor the ‘U.’”
Going down, rapidly?
The state’s elevator inspectors are already overburdened and have stopped re-inspecting lifts that failed to meet standards—even as thousands of new elevators are in the construction pipeline, Matt Stout and Joe Dwinell report in the Herald, citing a report being presented to lawmakers. More than 8,000 elevators failed inspection in 2015, about one-fifth of the total checked, and 500 were ordered shut down. The rest were ordered to undergo minor repairs but in most cases inspectors didn’t have time to check back on them, a fact that at least one expert says puts the public at risk.
Janitors stage ‘noisy’ sit-in outside Gov. Baker’s office
Fearing layoffs, angry contract janitors for the T held a sit-in outside Gov. Charlie Baker’s office late yesterday afternoon, chanting “No justice, no peace” and vowing to keep up the pressure on public officials, reports the Globe’s David Scharfenberg. The protest came a day after the Boston City Council passed a resolution in support of the janitors and a day after union activists crashed a gubernatorial bill-signing ceremony wearing cockroach outfits “meant to highlight the mess they contend will soon be coming to MBTA subway platforms,” Scharfenberg writes.
New Bedford gets OK for international flights – yes, international flights
The Bay State has a new international airport, of sorts, after the U.S. Customs Department approved an application from New Bedford Airport to accept flights from outside the country, the Standard-Times reports. The airport has seen a steady rise in traffic since a runway upgrade in 2014, including flights from places such as Portugal, Italy and Canada that previously had to be approved on a flight-by-flight basis. International flights to and from New Bedford. Who would have thought?
Encampment quietly cleared from Boston Common
Boston police moved a ‘fairly large’ group of people who had camped out on Boston Common, saying they had received complaints from the public about the apparent squatters, Bruce Mohl of CommonWealth magazine reports. The high-profile nature of the location—just outside Park Street station and just down the hill from the State House—could have proven an embarrassment for the city as Mayor Marty Walsh makes addressing chronic homelessness a key focus of his administration, Mohl notes.
The truth hurts: SEC charges Chelsea after city admits bond offering problem
One couldn’t blame Chelsea’s treasurer-collector Robert Boulrice if he never again responds to a federal voluntary disclosure program. From SHNS’s Andy Metzger at the BBJ: “When Chelsea’s treasurer-collector learned of a voluntary disclosure program at the Securities and Exchange Commission two years ago, he decided to review prior financial filings, and turned up some minor discrepancies. On Wednesday, the SEC, which regulates Wall Street’s financial markets as well as municipal bond offerings, announced that Chelsea was among 71 governmental debt issuers subjected to enforcement actions.” But Boulrice said the alternative of not fessing up was actually much worse, in terms of fines and other penalties, if the feds caught the mistakes on their own. “It just seemed to be extremely severe for missing a deadline,” he said, adding: “Upon the advice of bond counsel, I chose to self-disclose.”
Rail car maker plans October hirings
Following a topping-off ceremony of its new plant attended by Gov. Baker and other pols in East Springfield, China-based CRRC says it will begin hiring workers in October to help it complete a $566 million contract to build 284 subway cars for the MBTA, Jim Kinney of MassLive reports. New hires for the $55,000-per-year jobs will be sent to China for training ahead of the plant’s opening late next year. The first new subway cars are due to be delivered in 2018 and production is likely to continue to five years.
RIP ’a godfather’ of Prop 2 1/2
Sam Robbins, who died Monday at 93, may be best remembered for his lifetime of work collecting neglected art works across New England, but he was also a self-proclaimed “godfather” of the tax-capping Proposition 2 1/2, Bryan Marquard of the Globe reports. Robbins was a a longtime board member of Citizens for Limited Taxation, whose iconic firebrand leader, Barbara Anderson, passed away in April.
Out of Town newsstand may be out of luck
The iconic Out of Town newsstand in Harvard Square may soon be turning its last page. Cambridge officials are currently mulling what to do with the historic 500-square-foot kiosk in the square’s central plaza – and right now they have their eye on public use of the city-owned kiosk, not private use, i.e. the privately operated Out of Town newsstand, reports the Globe’s Katheleen Conti. With the rise of digital media, Out of Town, famous for its wide selection of newspapers and magazines from around the world, has hit hard times. The owner says Out of Town is still profitable and is willing to help pay for any kiosk renovations. But it doesn’t look like city officials are interested.
Women’s caucus announces its Abigail Adams honorees
The Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus has announced that Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, Sen. Karen Spilka, and Rep. Elizabeth Malia will be among the honorees at this year’s Abigail Adams Awards. A dinner reception is set for Oct. 27 at the Fairmont Copley Plaza. The awards are named in tribute to Adams, a Weymouth native and the politically-minded wife of President John Adams.
Black Hawk Down(town)
All those mysterious low-flying helicopters swooping around and in between downtown buildings in Boston? They’re Black Hawk helicopters taking part in a three-day, Department of Defense and local law enforcement exercise that finishes today, the Herald reports. Officials aren’t saying much else, but they’re apparently practicing for potential emergencies, such as terrorist attacks, as some have speculated. The exercise has been both cool and creepy. Their zipping between buildings is something right out of a Hollywood movie. But then again one can’t help but think, “So this is what a coup d’etat would look like.”
Sunday public affairs TV
Keller at Large, WBZ TV, Channel 4, 8:30 a.m. Jon Keller hosts local supporters of Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump: Rep. Geoff Diehl, co-chair of Trump’s Massachusetts campaign, and John Gibbs of the Kennedy School.
On The Record, WCVB TV, Channel 5, 11 a.m. This week’s guest: U.S. Rep. Bill Keating.
This Week in Business, NECN, 11 a.m. Mass Taxpayers Foundation president Eileen McAnneny looks ahead to the fall legislative agenda; Lark Hotels CEO Rob Blood gives an insider view of the boutique hotel business; and Boston Business Journal editor Doug Banks weighs in on the changes in Mass Pike tolls and the right for grad students to unionize.
CEO Corner, NECN, 11:30 a.m. Huntington Theatre managing director Michael Maso shares the behind-the-scenes work involved in keeping the theatre on Huntington Avenue and he talks about plans to revitalize the space.
CityLine, WCVB TV Channel , 12 p.m.. With host Karen Holmes, this week’s focus: ‘The Fight for Tech Equity’ for residents without basic technology services and products.
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