Monday, February 9, 2009






Boston City Council-you have a new greatest fan.

City Council met in their weekly meeting last Wednesday, and I was front row center. I was one of the few. Although noon on a Wednesday is not prime time for many people to attend public meetings, I was a little surprised.

The doings of the Council are not completely clear to me; however, I did notice the councilors’ love of their BlackBerry phones. While embattled Councilor Chuck Turner talked…and talked, his coworkers checked their emails, shuffled through papers and one Councilor sucked on a milkshake.

I had heard before from my cohorts at the Daily Free Press that many City Council meetings went this way. (Of course unless they were about banning machetes) This meeting proved it was true. It was basically a list of what ideas the councilors had for future discussions and meetings. It was generally the worst kind of meeting, the meeting to set up another meeting.

However, I consider myself a new fan because secretly I patrol universalhub.com for the latest scoop on Councilor Flaherty’s violations of ethics charges and felt my heart pick up a beat when I saw the breaking news that Councilor Sam Yoon announced his candidacy for Mayor.

Councilor Turner’s long winded speech supporting new programs supporting youth down on their luck is just all the more captivating when you know what Turner is going through right now.

All of this and more proves how apt the title of "circus" really is for the council. I just hope more people start going to see it.



Check out my article here about how the dreaded subject ‘the economy’ festered its way into most of City Council meeting.

1 comments:

the zak said...

The Honorable William Francis Galvin
Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
http://www.sec.state.ma.us/arc/arcrmu/rmuidx.htm
pre at sec.state.ma.us

Dear Secretary Galvin,

No reply.
Please prevail upon The Honorable Boston City Council President Michael P. Ross at http://www.cityofboston.gov/contact/?id=20 to provide public access instead of the deflecting, the delay, the denial of reply to public requests to read the stenographic machine records of the last public meeting of our Boston City Council...


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To: Ross, Michael P.
http://www.cityofboston.gov/citycouncil/cc.asp?id_name=Ross

Subject: WWW / Please send the stenographic machine records of the last Boston City Council public meeting...

This message was sent from the City of Boston's Web Site.
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SUBJECT:
Please send the stenographic machine records of the last Boston City Council public meeting...

MESSAGE:
The Honorable Michael P. Ross
Boston City Council
Massachusetts
http://www.cityofboston.gov/citycouncil/cc.asp?id_name=Ross

By email please send the stenographic machine records of the last Boston City Council public meeting...

February 23, 2009 at 6:56 AM

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