UMass Board of Trustees
The University of Massachusetts Board of Trustees meets to vote on the university’s 2017-2021 capital plan, changes to the approved capital projects list and the non-discrimination and harassment policy, and other issues, UMass Lowell Inn and Conference Center, Main Ballroom, 50 Warren St., Lowell, 9 a.m.
Gov. Charlie Baker chairs a meeting of the Governor’s Council at which votes are expected on the reappointment of Sheila Dupre to the Parole Board and the appointment of Superior Court Judge James Lemire to the Appeals Court, Council Chamber, Room 360, 11:30 a.m.
Reading of the Roll
Gov. Baker joins Attorney General Maura Healey, House Speaker Robert DeLeo, Sen. James Timilty and Boston Mayor Martin Walsh in making remarks at the Massachusetts Law Enforcement Memorial Foundation’s 29th annual Memorial and Reading of the Roll ceremony, with Treasurer Deb Goldberg also attending, Ashburton Park, State House, 11:45 p.m.
Cambridge city manager review
The Cambridge City Council will interview Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash and the other two finalists for the position of Cambridge city manager, Cambridge City Hall, Sullivan Chamber, 795 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, 5:30 p.m.
Reception for Tufts Health’s Roosevelt
Treasurer Deb Goldberg is expected to attend a Tufts Health Plan reception honoring recently retired CEO Jim Roosevelt, Regattabar, 1 Bennett St., Cambridge, 5 p.m.
Wynn building trades fair
Wynn Boston Harbor casino holds a career fair with Suffolk Construction and local trade unions for the planned $2.1 billion Everett casino project, Bunker Hill Knights of Columbus, 545 Medford St., Charlestown, 6 p.m.
Vintage Warren: Senator shreds, mauls, shames, chastises, humiliates Wells Fargo chief
U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren was in vintage form yesterday, showing absolutely no mercy to Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf at a hearing over the bank’s practice of secretly opening unauthorized bank accounts and taking other shady internal steps to pump up profits, reports Greg Ryan at the Boston Business Journal. Besides demanding that Stumpf resign, Warren said he should be the subject of a criminal investigation.
There’s simply too many good Warren quotes to adequately chronicle here. So just dig into the BBJ’s coverage, or the Globe’s coverage, or the Herald’s coverage. It was such a rhetorical slaughter, you almost felt sorry for Stumpf. Almost.
Jill Stein’s presidential campaign is kept on life support, thanks to taxpayers
Green Party presidential candidate and Lexington resident Jill Stein is running a spirited campaign so far, even though she barely registers in the polls and has minimal money coming in from private donors, reports the Washington Post’s Marilyn Thompson. So how is Stein able to keep her campaign going? Partly via taxpayer dollars, writes Thompson: “In addition to her own fundraising, she has received four federal payments totaling $456,000 under the Presidential Election Campaign Fund, a moribund program whose critics call it the ‘loser’s fund.’”
Is former President Bush voting for Hillary Clinton?
If true, there’s more than a little irony here: Former President H.W. Bush has reportedly said he’ll vote for Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump in November, meaning Bush would be voting for the spouse of the man who defeated him for re-election in 1992. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend is claiming Bush recently told her he plans to vote for Clinton, reports the Herald’s Chris Villani, who adds that Townsend has even posted online a photo of herself and the 92-year-old Bush with a caption reading “The President told me he’s voting for Hillary!”
Galvin: Presidential race and ballot questions could drive record voter turnout, selfies and all
Massachusetts could set a new record for voter turnout on November 8, driven by the presidential race and hotly contested ballot questions, according to Secretary of State William Galvin, reports WGBH’s Mike Deehan. Galvin said the 2016 contest could beat the 3,184,196 votes for president cast in Massachusetts in 2012.
Meanwhile, Galvin acknowledged reality yesterday, saying he isn’t going to crack down on voters taking selfies at polling stations, even though taking pictures of one’s ballot is technically banned in Massachusetts, reports MassLive’s Gintautas Dumcius. “We’ll discourage it but we can’t prohibit it,” Galvin said. “If people insist on doing it, there’s nothing we can do about it.”
How do you do background checks on driverless cars?
As city, state and federal officials grapple with issues related to Uber, Lyft and other ride-sharing companies, here’s a thought: What happens if driver-less cars take over both the cab and ride-sharing industries? Cromwell Schubarth, the former Herald assistant business editor and now with the Silicon Valley Business Journal, notes how Lyft’s co-founder is predicting that most Lyft rides will happen in autonomous vehicles within five years and private car ownership will all but end by 2025.
In particular, we got a kick out of this graf in Cromwell’s story: “Both Lyft and Uber are likely to face resistance from drivers that they hope to eventually replace, with the head of a group of 35,000 Uber drivers in New York last week promising a fight ‘the likes of which they have yet to see” if Uber tries to bring self-driving cars to that city.’” So the allegedly bold ride-sharing disrupters of the cab industry are terrified of being disrupted themselves.
Evans: Forget the union. I’m going to make police body cams permanent
Sounds like Boston Police Commissioner Bill Evans, probably emboldened by a recent court decision, is just going to leap-frog over the new police body-cam pilot program and make it permanent in six months, regardless of future union contract talks. He does stick in the caveat about “if the pilot program proves positive.” But does anyone think it won’t be found positive in this political climate? “I think the union will come around,” Evans said on Boston Public Radio yesterday, as reported by WGBH’s Tori Bedford. “I think at the end of this pilot program, hopefully they’ll see the need and they’ll get a lot of positive feedback.”
SJC: Maybe blacks have a legitimate reason for fleeing police
The Supreme Judicial Court threw out the gun conviction of a Boston man and directed judges in the state’s criminal courts to consider whether black men who flee police may be doing so due to unfair racial profiling, Zeninjor Enwemeka of WBUR reports. The state’s highest court cited studies showing black men more likely to be stopped by Boston police, studies the department has called flawed and misleading.
Eleven Bay State counties declared ‘primary natural disaster areas’
From SHNS’s Colin Young at Wicked Local: “Eleven of the state’s 14 counties have been deemed ‘primary natural disaster areas’ by the United States Department of Agriculture due to substantial crop losses that began with a February deep freeze and continued though a summer marked by severe drought.”
New claim filed in 2013 Yawkey Way deal
The last-to-first Boston Red Sox may be the feel-good story of the summer, but at least one person is still sore over what he calls a sweetheart backroom deal the hometown team received from the Boston Redevelopment Authority in 2013. Joseph Marchese has filed a new claim against the BRA’s decision to grant the Red Sox exclusive permission to use Yawkey Way on game days, saying he suffered unspecified damages by not being able to bid on the rights as well.
Now you see it, now you don’t: Evidence disappears from yet another police department
State police are handling an investigation into the possible theft of cash and prescription drugs from the evidence locker at the Lee police department, Brian Steele of MassLive reports. The investigation began in July after more than $1,400 was found missing; one of the two officers tasked with overseeing evidence has since resigned and entered rehab.
Meanwhile, nearly all the way across the state, Braintree officials now say 22 cases have been compromised by evidence handling issues in that community, Neal Simpson of the Patriot Ledger reports. The number is likely to grow further. The DA’s office says it has contacted some 200 attorneys to inform them that their cases may be impacted.
Ed chief’s Akamai ties hit by anti-charter school critics
Here’s a case of connecting seemingly random dots: 1.) Massachusetts Board of Education chair Paul Sagan gets slammed by critics for donating $100,000 to the pro-charter school campaign. 2.) Gov. Baker declares the controversy a “nothingburger.” 3.) Sagan is the former CEO of Akamai Technologies in Cambridge. 4.) Sagan has previously used his Akamai fortune to make charitable donations. 5.) Sagan still has ties to Akamai. 6.) Akamai is now seeking state tax breaks for its planned move to a new headquarters in Cambridge. 7.) Anti-charter school forces are slamming Sagan’s Akamai ties. 8.) Sagan adamantly denies he’s been lobbying for the Akamai tax breaks. SHNS’s Matt Murphy has all the details.
Pro-pot group says forum was veiled campaign event
Proponents of Question 4, which would legalize recreational marijuana, say a forum held Monday in Ashland to discuss the ballot initiative was actually a campaign event in disguise and say it is part of a pattern being followed by those opposing the push, Bill Shaner of the MetroWest Daily News reports. All four speakers at the forum spoke against legalization and two have been heavily involved in the campaign to defeat the question. “I think it is despicable that they would deceive voters like this,” said Jim Borghesani, communications director for the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol.
Taunton dangles downtown rent rebates
Hoping to light a fire under business growth in its downtown, the city of Taunton formally launched a program that will offer rent rebates of as much as $7,500 over two years, Charles Winokoor of the Taunton Gazette reports. Businesses can get back as much as $5,000 in the first year of the program and $2.500 in year two. The city has budgeted $50,000 for the program.
Tick tock: No progress reported as janitors strike vote approaches
There’s been no reports of progress in contract talks between thousands of janitors and office building contractors in Boston, even though the union representing 13,000 janitors has set this Saturday as the deadline for a strike vote, as reported by the Globe. If no agreement is reached by the end of the month, a citywide janitors’ strike may take place, union officials warn.
Meanwhile, the Globe’s Marcela Garcia has a question about janitors working at the T via private contractors: Of all people, why are they being targeted for cost savings by the transit agency? Garcia: “To most people, the reductions may seem like an abstract management exercise, but they are of course very real to the those affected. Jorge Rivera, 47, has been cleaning T stations for 11 years. But his hours were cut from 35 to 25 per week.”
Pleasant surprise for West Brookfield: U.S. Navy names ship after local suffragist Lucy Stone
U.S. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus has decided to name one of the Navy’s oil-replenishment ships after 19th Century local suffragist Lucy Stone, a move that has caught residents in her native West Brookfield pleasantly off guard, reports Bradford Miner at the Worcester Telegram. Not all of Mabus’s recent decisions on naming ships have been a hit, such as his naming one ship after the late gay activist Harvey Milk, the Associated Press reports. But the Lucy Stone move appears to be most welcome in West Brookfield.
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