Happy Lunar New Year! At the start of today’s meeting, we thanked all of our Main Streets Districts’ Executive Directors for their work supporting neighborhood small businesses. Councilor Essaibi-George also honored the Boston Police officers who partnered with her to host RAD self-defense trainings for city employees. As always, please reach out with any questions to michelle.wu@boston.gov or 617-635-3115. Anyone can sign up to receive these notes by email at www.michelleforboston.com/sendmenotes or see the whole list of notes at www.michelleforboston.com/notes.
Appointments and Confirmations:
  • Air Pollution Control Commission: Mayor Walsh reappointed Virginia Tisei and Russell Preston for terms until September 2019
  • Boston Confirmation Commission: Mayor Walsh appointed Kristen Kleisner until November 2019
  • Boston Employment Commission: Mayor Walsh reappointed Jesse Jeter until July 2017
  • Zoning Commission: The Council voted to confirm Annaise Foureau for a term until May 2018, Nelson Arroyo until May 2019, Michael Nichols until October 2018 and Michael DiMella until November 2017
  • Boston Public Health Commission: We voted to confirm Manny Lopes and Tyrek Lee as members until January 2020
FY2016 Budget Review: Councilor Ciommo filed a hearing order calling for a post audit review of the FY2016 Budget. This will allow for a broad look at city departments’ actual spending relative to the approved budget and hone in on specific successes and areas of improvement. The matter was sent to the Ways and Means Committee for a hearing.
Sanctuary Schools: Councilor Jackson filed a resolution to affirm Boston Public Schools as sanctuary schools, where Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents must not be allowed to enter BPS sites without the explicit permission of the Superintendent and District Attorney. He noted that BPS is home to students from over 100 countries and almost half of our students speak a language other than English at home. Many Councilors stood to support the resolution, noting that the recent federal Executive Orders have left many families fearful and anxious, and the City needs to stand united in protecting our residents. Several Councilors pointed out that the resolution affirms what Boston Public Schools and ICE already do, with policies in place at both entities that prevent immigration officials from carrying out federal orders in schools. The matter was assigned to the Education Committee for a hearing.
City Council Communications Assistant: We voted to finalize the hiring of Candace Morales as the City Council Central Staff’s new Communications Assistant. Candace will be working with our Technology Director Kerry Jordan to expand our capacity to host and broadcast off-site meetings in the neighborhoods, as well as increase our outreach by generating content through video, newsletter, social media, and potentially the blog feature on the City website. Welcome, Candace!
Upcoming Hearings (Watch at www.cityofboston.gov/citycouncil/live.asp)
  • Monday, 2/13 at 11:30AM, Community Preservation Committee (Government Operations)
  • Monday, 2/13 at 6:30PM, [Tentative: Violence in City of Boston (Public Safety & Criminal Justice)]
  • Tuesday, 2/14 at 2:00PM, Mental Health Clinicians in BPD (Homelessness, Mental Health & Recovery)