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Election roundup: Barros wants to green neighborhoods, Walsh wants to buld new elementary schools

John Barros is calling for creation of neighborhood green task forces:

These broad stakeholder groups will identify key priorities, launch local initiatives, and review our performance to provide feedback and ideas on how we can accelerate progress.These neighborhood task forces will then come together and work with the Green Ribbon Commission to develop a city-wide plan that will keep Boston a beacon for the rest of the world.In this process, we must address our local vulnerabilities, as well as remedy the environmental disparities that still exist in low-income neighborhoods. No neighborhood can be left behind in Boston’s green future. As demonstrated in Superstorm Sandy and Hurricane Katrina, the most resilient cities are the ones that have robust community leadership and social networks.

Marty Walsh wants to spend $1 billion over 10 years to renovate existing schools and build some new ones; says it's time to not only ensure quality schools in neighborhoods with growing populations of kids but to take advantage of a state school construction program:

The 10-year, $1 billion school construction initiative will be funded 70 to 75 percent by qualifying state reimbursement and 25 to 30 percent by construction bonds paid by creating efficiencies/reducing redundancies in City and School Department functions, charitable contributions, and income from property sales and rentals. Redirecting $20 million from the current City budget each year - roughly the amount contributed from the meals tax to the City's general fund – could provide the revenue for the City's contribution to the school building initiative without placing an additional burden on taxpayers.

A series of groups are sponsoring a mayoral forum on "pathways to education and employment for out-of-school youth and young adults" on Thursday. It starts at 5 p.m. at the Roxbury Community College Media Arts Center.

David Bernstein asks at-large Councilor Ayanna Pressley why she decided to run for re-election rather than for mayor.

Teamsters Local 25 is putting its broad shoulders behind Flaherty, Kelly, McCarthy, Pressley and Wu for at-large seats. It had previously endorsed Marty Walsh for mayor.

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political talking points from a crappy candidate pool!

"If I was elected I would save the world."

PS

"Guns are bad."

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Walsh will build new schools with Project Labor Agreements. Union built, teacher strong, every union household happy.

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"A chicken in every pot, a union worker in every home."

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Too bad those unions exclude people of color and women.

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I see plenty of "People of Color" on job sites all over the city. Also when i was in High School (BPS) half of my teachers were "People of Color."

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I would settle for Boston Public Elementary Schools having actual schoolyards and not the equivalent of municipal parking lots for children to play in during recess.

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Dan Conley not so hard on crime...to buzy trying to solve 50 year old crimes.

http://bostonherald.com/news_opinion/local_coverag...

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Ask for the Stenographic Record of the Public Meeting of Boston City Council. More complete than Minutes, the Stenographic Record is already budgeted for with public funds. Easier to read through than Council video/audio . Council Communications are being brought up to date for hard of hearing folks and for more distant neighborhoods along the Neponset River, Hyde Park, Mattapan, Roslindale, West Roxbury, South Dorchester. Contact Daisy De La Rosa, MPA Staff Director Boston City Council email Daisy.Delarosa at cityofboston.gov tel 617-635-3625 or a favorite City Councilor at http://cityofboston.gov/citycouncil especially incumbents campaigning for reelection, campaigning for Mayor or Council Staff seeking to be elected to City Council !
https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/hearatbost...

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So Globe reports Walzack opposed to casinos in Boston, then by default Everett gets it? If that happens Boston and Charlestown are so screwed.

Connolly refuses to answer the question? True profile in courage.
Only reason Carlos is supporting him is that he wants to run for sheriff of Suffolk county.
Sure bet Carlos, Einstein move.

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Theres a third operator competing for the metro Boston license in the burbs, which makes a lot more sense than Boston or Everett.

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Dear Governor

We need $750 million for new schools.

Thanks,

Marty

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HEY! We need that much for ONE SCHOOL.

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