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It's President Wu now; pledges progressive agenda for council

The city council has unanimously elected Councilor Michelle Wu (at large) as City Council President. Councilor Matt O'Malley (Jamaica Plain, West Roxbury) withdrew his name last night. Her election comes two years after she threw her support behind Bill Linehan's bid to remain council president.

Her elevation means she gets to pick chairpeople of council committees. And she'd become mayor if something happened to Marty Walsh.

In her opening speech, Wu pointed to a progressive agenda at a time of "historic inequality" across the country and in Boston.

For all the neighborhoods with gleaming new towers, too many parts of the city face "skyrocketing housing costs, nightly gunshots devastating opioid addiction" and stagnant wages, with residents who worry their children will be worse off than they are, she said.

She also pledged a more open council, starting with a more "transparent" Web site and a requirement that committee chairs hold "town meetings" in different neighborhoods.

Among those in attendance: US Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who praised councilors in general for their service and in particular Wu, whom she called "a woman who gets up and does the hard work that needs to be done to make a difference."

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Council Archivist.
a) A Council professional Archivist/Records Manager/Librarian needed for Council Records trained by a superior archives/records management/library studies program, for example University at Albany
http://www.albany.edu/informationstudies/

Not the deficient Simmons College program.

Records Management practices.
b) Digitization online in more universal formatting that's SEARCHABLE, compatible with screen reading software for vision impaired folks. c) Online Stenograph Record of Public Meeting of Boston City Council for hard of hearing folks, for the Deaf Community, for all !

Council Central Office Organizational Culture.
d) And a more open, welcoming attitude/organizational culture developed among Council Central Staff and City Clerks Offices.

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Did I miss something? What does this post have to do with Wu's election? Also, why the hate for Simmons SLIS program? I just graduated and it was awesome.

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Pretty clear linkage:

[Wu] also pledged a more open council, starting with a more "transparent" Web site...

Theszak may be a bit hyperfocussed on the topic of open government, but in this case he's making a good point - Boston's City Council (and Mayor's Office) have a deservedly horrid reputation when it comes to transparency.

Wu is talking the talk, we'll see if she walks the walk. So far, her performance as an effective progressive has been a bit spotty.

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My point exactly. The hyperfocus of Theszak's comment is what was head scratching to me. Transparency and good information management go hand in hand, but some context would be helpful The thrust of the post was about Wu's election, not building a transparent site. Just my $.02.

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Compare, for example, the superior U Albany Information Studies program http://www.albany.edu/informationstudies/ and the deficient Simmons program. Simmons, with overpriced tuition and too limited financial assistance, fails to give due emphasis to study of Grey Literature
https://goo.gl/r4oUfS
google. com/search?q=grey+literature

open government principles for records management, FOI Freedom Of Information.

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SLIS absolutely has some areas where it's lacking, but on the whole it's a very strong program.

As for tuition, SLIS is approximately 10% more expensive for an education. SLIS costs $1188 per credit hour with a minimum of 36 credit hours required to graduate vs. SUNY A which costs $925 per credit hour (for out of state tuition) with a minimum of 42 credit hours required to graduate. Granted, for a NY resident, it's markedly less expensive.

Not having attended SUNY Albany (or knowing anyone who went there), I can't speak to the program's strength, but if you look at SLIS' reputation within the community, I don't think it's fair to characterize it as deficient or Albany as superior.

For those who give credence to rankings, SLIS is ranked #9 vs. SUNY A at #31. It is #1 in the nation for Archives and #3 for Children/Youth services, compared to SUNY A which isn't ranked.

As far as distinguished alum, I can't name any SUNY A off the top of my head, but the Archivist of the United States (a position appointed by the President) and the most recent head of the Bodleian Library at Oxford.

What can I say, I've got SLIS pride...

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Case Study Method developed at Harvard Business School is used at University at Albany. Studies related to how information professionals are too often misguided by legislation are emphasized more at Albany.

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That didn't really address the points I made, but that's ok. Let's just agree to disagree.

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...let's just agree to I like Miracle Whip better than mayo.

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---welcome Boston's first female mayor.

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Shhh.... save that for after the bloodless coup!

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Somehow i find it difficult to imagine Bostonian's voting in an out-of-towner as Mayor, particularity a progressive Harvard elitist. Don't get me wrong, Boston is a very blue city but your average voter isnt as progressive as she is.

Not to mention council elections and mayoral elections are two very different things.

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Oh well, if Marty screws this place up too badly or fails to sort out the looming financial problems, I'll just move elsewhere and the parochialists can foot the bill for the lack of leadership in the city by one of their own.

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Lots of new people living in all those expensive units being built. Voters may change....

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I took his/her comment as meaning Mr. Walsh wouldn't complete his term and she would take the throne as "acting mayor".

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The Menino Precedent.

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City Council Central Staff Office...

1) Administrative & Technical Assistant Boston City Council News Update Editor Rachel Lake

2) Business Manager Yuleidy Valdez

3) Central Staff Director daisy.delarosa at boston.gov

4) Certified Shorthand Reporter Ellen Fritch Lenaghan

5) City Messenger and Senior Legislative Assistant Ron Cobb Historically, the City Messenger Department got combined within the City Council.

6) Compliance Director and Staff Counsel christine.odonnell at boston.gov

7) Director of Legislative Budget Analysis Kathleen Sullivan

8) Legislative Assistant Daniel Ryan Shea @DRyanShea

9) Senior Legislative Assistant and Budget Analyst Cora F. Montrond

10) Senior Legislative Assistant and Budget Analyst Corinne Walsh

11) Office Manager Lorraine P. Schettino

12) Research & Policy Director Juan Lopez

13) Television Operation and Technology Manager Kerry Jordan

about 100 more folks habit other Boston City Council Offices! Better, more robust responses should be expected from a Boston City Council budgeted for so many, see also page 362 at
http://www.cityofboston.gov/images_documents/14%20Non-Mayoral%20Departme...

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...that is exactly what is stopping Boston from becoming a world class city.

Enough of these life long politicians who are townies. they are holding Boston back!

We need new blood, outside blood.

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You yuppies and newbies should get off your pretentious asses and vote. Otherwise shut your face.

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The yuppie vote keeps getting larger....and eventually it will overtake the townie vote. (Similar to the way SoBo over took Southie).

Give it some time. There is more gentrification that needs to take place.

- A registered yuppie voter who votes in every election.

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You seriously overestimate the desire of people who move here to vote right away. Remember how Susan Lee was going to be the next city councilor from the South End? It's going to take awhile.

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Boston City Council President Wu at first 2016 Council Public Meeting
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3YWLpJW50EA

How about Public Meetings of Boston City Council around the Neighborhoods!?

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Who do you suggest? Rham Emmanuel? I think he might be available sooner than one might think.

What Boston doesn't need is holier than thou yuppies telling all of us what we "need."

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Has Ayanna announced she's challenging Mahty so early?

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15.4% of the Boston City Council is from Chicago.

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They learned dysfunction from the best!

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Markey. Remember Senate then White House. Mayors have real jobs. No time for that.

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You have to make sure your buddies get gigs with IndyBoston or working the 'TopChef' filming or at least try to get them a sweet contract to build and then remove a full stadium. Yet he still found time to ride the trolley around town!

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bike courier.

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Boston City Councilor X, "Don't tell me how to do my job!" Boston City Councilor A, "Let me hear more about how I might do better!"

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Well, I guess using her baby as a prop worked. And her "I'll scratch your back if you scratch mine" deal with Bill Linehan. She will be just as effective as him. There were maybe nine more qualified people to lead the city council.

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