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City Council Weekly Meeting - Talking about Pat Capogreco

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Councilor Edwards rises to talk about Pat Capogreco and give her kind remarks for all he has done and how he is a close friend to her and many other council members.   [ more ]

City Council Weekly Meeting - Docket #1055 Hearing to Discuss Transportation Network Companies Operating in Boston

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Councilor Edwards starts by commending the makers for their work and she also wants to add to the conversation about price gouging. Also wants a neighborhood by neighborhood planning for pick up and drop off sites to help with the traffic situation.   [ more ]

City Council Weekly Meeting - Docket #1057 Hearing to Discuss the Creation of an Election Day Holiday in the City of Boston

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Councilor Edwards voices her opinion on the idea and how everyone taking a day off to put focus and emphasis on voting could have a lasting impact. She explains how it is a gamechanger on a lot of local levels. She says how this a real push to make everyone engaged in voting throughout the entire day rather than people rushing through it quickly. [ more ]

City Council Weekly Meeting - Operating Budget, School Budget for FY '20, and the Capital Budget

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Councilor Edwards comments on the Capital budget saying she was proud that District 1 did very well on this budget. For the first time, the city of Boston is going to be bonding in housing to the tune of 30 Million dollars to assure the largest housing development in New England is getting infuse of funding it needs to provide dignified, safe, and clean housing for some of our most vulnerable individuals. She later goes on to discuss the operating budget. She describes how the administration heard the concerns regarding diversity and training and ensuring the people would work for the city of Boston feel valued. Lastly, she discusses the school budget and her passionate feelings about this topic. Lydia Edwards receives the praise of applause after she is done speaking.   [ more ]

City Council Weekly Meeting - Docket #1022 Resolution Supporting Senate Bill 1810 and House Bill 2671

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

This is an act relative to the employment of persons with disabilities on state contracts. [ more ]

City Council Weekly Meeting - Docket 0975 Ordinance Amending the City of Boston Trust Act

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Lydia Edwards starts by commending the maker for all the hard work he has done. She explains how we have stated quite firmly as a city that we stand by all people who live here. She also says how it is not our job to determine whether they have a right to be here as a U.S. citizen or not, but that they will be protected, educated, and will be valued. [ more ]

City Council Weekly Meeting - Docket #0976 Resolution Relative to Eviction Sealing

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Councilor Edwards rises to discuss the Homes Act that she has been working on which is the housing opportunity and mobility through eviction sealing. She talks about how the city and state are facing a housing crisis. This act is dealing with the individuals who have unfortunately made it out on the other end, who are evicted and brought to court. There are a million people in Massachusetts with an eviction record and many of them are women and people of color. Over 80% of them were in eviction because they didn't have enough rent. This is a very important issue and Lydia Edwards goes into a deeper discussion on it.   [ more ]

City Council Weekly Meeting - Wishing Matt Gryzylek Good Luck

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Councilor Lydia Edwards wishes good luck to Bruins player Matt Gryzylek who is a Charlestown native and suffered a concussion in game two of the Stanley Cup Finals. [ more ]

City Council Weekly Meeting - Docket #0144 Hearing to Discuss the Inclusionary Development Policy and Affordable Housing

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Councilor Edwards starts by thanking all the City Councilors who came and helped her on Monday during their busy schedules. She explains that she supports the Mayor's initiative to make this part of the zoning code. However, in the meantime, we can directly impact our affordable housing percentages and numbers. She said how there were many people from BPDA who came in and gave very informative presentations. We learned that their consultant land wise. they're doing a feasibility analysis. Folks from across the city are meeting on a regular basis.     [ more ]

City Council Weekly Meeting - Docket #0315 Ordinance Establishing Equitable Regulations From Canvas Industry in the City of Boston  

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Edwards kicks it off by thanking the maker for her work on this topic and that she wants to echo was the maker has said. She also says that we not only need to make sure this is about equity but that in the very forming of the conversation and setting up the structure to forever assure that we have equity, we need an independent board, which is what this ordinance is performing. She puts an emphasis on making sure that cannabis is controlled.   [ more ]

City Council Weekly Meeting - Docket #0875 Hearing to Discuss Wage Theft in City of Boston

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Councilor Edwards starts off by saying how it important it is that all workers are getting paid for their work. She looks forward to the continued conversation about wage theft and where we can go from here. [ more ]

City Council Weekly Meeting - Docket #0876 Hearing on Menstrual Equity in the City of Boston

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Lydia Edwards begins by thanking Councilor O'Malley for partnering with her. She explains how it is important that we as a city make it a place where half the population will menstruate. It is important that all these products necessary are available. This is a way to make all people feel welcome.   [ more ]

City Council Weekly Meeting - Docket #0880 Resolution Supporting the Red-Blue Connector.

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Councilor Edwards begins her conversation talking about the North-South rail link and the actions and conversations they already had on this topic. She goes on to say how the Red-Blue line connector makes the most sense and explains the many who would benefit from it. [ more ]

City Council Weekly Meeting - Removal of Dockets from the Green Sheets

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Councilor Edwards rises to ask that four matters be removed from the green sheets. She lists Docket #'s 0769, 0770, 0771, and 0772 [ more ]

City Council Weekly Meeting - Remarks on Evelyn Morash

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Lydia stood to give her remarks regarding the passing of Evelyn Morash. She described how loved and well known Evelyn was and how much of an impact she had on others and the community. A life-long girl scout and a giant in East Boston who gave people a voice when they felt they did not have one. She will be greatly missed and always remembered. [ more ]

City Council Weekly Meeting - Docket #0780 Resolution Honoring Private First Class John J. Newman of Charlestown

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

The Councilor starts by explaining who this local Charlestown hero was. He was on June 6th, 1944 in Omaha Beach, Normandy, France. She recognizes he is a hero and supports the designation of the hero's square at the intersection of Cross street and Hyatt street. [ more ]

City Council Weekly Meeting - Docket #0734 Hearing Regarding Student Workers and Regular Practices in Bostons Institutions of Higher Education

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Lydia starts off by saying how she has said multiple times that she supports people fighting for workers rights and they should have a voice. She explains how this is about looking at the workplace, the universities at the workplace, and that no matter what they are doing that the workers have a voice and are assured basic rights. [ more ]

City Council Weekly Meeting - Docket #0735 Hearing Regarding Parking Reform in the City of Boston

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Councilor Edwards and Councilor Essaibi-George offered a hearing regarding parking reform in the city of Boston. Councilor Edwards also elects for Councilor Campbell to be put down as an original co-sponsor. She goes into further detail as to how much we need to reform parking and the many different viewpoints we can handle it. It is important to make sure neighborhoods are right at the forefront and deciding how parking can work for them. [ more ]

City Council Weekly Meeting - Condolences to the Victims at U.N.C. Charlotte

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Councilor Edwards offers her condolences to the victims of the shooting at U.N.C. Charlotte. She explains how she had family close by to it and that there will be a vigil for the victims of this attack. [ more ]

City Council Weekly Meeting - Dockets Involving Grant Funding

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Lydia Edwards rose to comment that she would vote for Tim McCarthy's proposed documents. She went on further to discuss regional funding and coordination and how that regional coordination would be when it comes to gang violence. She intended to vote for the funding of McCarthy's documents because the laudable goals of making sure that we are coordinating against gang violence is something she strongly supports. [ more ]

City Council Weekly Meeting - Docket #0679 Resolutions Affirming the Right Graduate Student Workers to Organize for Field Working conditions

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Councilor Edwards stood to immediately proclaim full support of her union brothers of the United Auto Workers. She is a member of that union and explains that all workers need to be seen and valued, especially workers that are students at our colleges and universities. She goes on to describe the countless obstacles that students face including discriminatory issues, pay equity issues, and more. These students are being denied the status as a worker even though they do the same work and face the same problems. Students with everyday struggles and everyday lives are not being prioritized. Lydia Edwards asks that we stand in solidarity with these workers who receive no benefits. Also, she explained how she disagreed with Boston College for punishing students for standing up and exercising their rights as union members. [ more ]

City Council Weekly Meeting - Docket #0681 An Ordinance Regarding Resident Parking in the City of Boston

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Councilor Edwards began by commending the maker and acknowledging it is important to have this conversation. She then explains that the conversation is bigger than the fees being charged. The question is about parking reform in Boston and that is what we need. She says that we need to change and figure out how to do so together without burdening people who have lived here and just want to come home. The Councilor explains how she wants to include more people in on this conversation and invite more people to the table with lists of ideas on how to reform parking. Also, she gives examples of ideas for Uber and Lyft drivers and how to more effectively use those drivers. [ more ]

City Council Weekly Meeting - Prayer by Pastor Matt Love of The Church of The Well

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Councilor Edwards was delighted to introduce Past Matt Love from The Church of The Well in East Boston. The Church's mission is to impact the City of Boston spiritually, socially, and culturally. Watch above for the opening prayer and words on how the Church of the Well gives to the City of Boston through its three coffee shops. [ more ]

City Council Weekly Meeting - Docket #0518 Hearing Order Regarding Enforcement of the Boston Trust Act

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

COuncilor Edwards thanked Councilor Zakim for both his contributions to passing the Boston Trust Act in 2014 and for making sure that when City Council passes an ordinance, one the Mayor signed as well, that the agencies tasked with enforcing them do so. This past hearing on the subject, held with the BPD Commissioner Gross and other present, was not a moment when we blame the BPD. Instead, it was a moment that the Council have the time to ask the important questions. What is the point of the Trust Act is the Boston Police Department admittedly worked with ICE to tell them where a man was so that he could be picked up for deportation proceedings. As a City Council, Councilor Edwards asks if this is in the vain of the Boston Trust Act that was established unanimously. [ more ]

City Council Weekly Meeting - Docket #0607 A Text Amendment  For Boston Zoning Code Relative To Fair Housing and Integrated Communities

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Councilor Edwards proposed Docket #0607 as a text amendment for Boston zoning code relative to fair housing and integrated communities. April 11th marked the 51st anniversary of civil rights act of 1968. This signature piece of law is also known as a the fair housing act. Passed a week after the death of Martin Luther King Jr., it outlaws discrimination in the sale, rental and financing of housing. In doing so it paved the way for a society that is more just, fair, and equal. Today, this act protects yoour right to equal tretaemnt in the law in regards to housing. Fair housing actively fights discrimination and systemic injustice. Since its passing at the federal level, states and cities have seen it as a push to increase policies and programs that promote equity. In fiar housing, that term is [ more ]

City Council Weekly Meeting - Regarding Councilor Garrison's Proposal on Rent Control

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Councilor Edwards rose to commend Councilor Garrison on her understanding that the question on rent control is rising. Councilor Edwards believes that we do need an adult conversation on rent control. Although she did not sign onto this proposal due to changes in language she would like to see, Councilor Edwards recognizes that this is a needed conversation. The concerns of small property owners relates to Councilor Edwards personally, as she is a small property owner. However, 65% of Boston are tenants, renters. Most Boston renters would want rent control, and most homeowners who would oppose rent control do not live in Boston. Councilor Edwards is not implying that owners living outside of the city should be ignored. She is recognizing our current housing market. Working people cannot afford rent in Boston, so this conversation will happen regardless. Councilor [ more ]

City Council Weekly Meeting - Supporting SEIU 509 Demand For A Fair Wage From Northeastern

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Councilor Edwards thanked Councilor Janey for proposing this and the workers of SEIU 509 for making sure that all workers have a voice. Councilor Edwards reiterated that "when workers rise, we rise with them", as the Council did with steel workers. Councilor Edwards stated that "we will fight to make sure they are recognized and valued in the City of Boston" and that the City Council will act as their megaohone to raise workers' voices. Coucnilor Edwards also affirmed that the City Council will not back down. In this case, even against the giant non-profit that is of Northeastern. They are not lacking the funds to pay their workers a fair wage, especially not as they raise tuitions every year. They are a school that teachers about civil rights and workers rights. City Council is simply asking that they [ more ]

City Council Weekly Meeting - The Green New Deal Proposed In Boston By Councilor Wu

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Councilor Edwards rose in support of Councilor Wu and her leadership in bringing the federal discussion of the Green New Deal to Boston. In bringing this discussion to Boston, the Council gets to recognize that the city will face the impact of the action or inaction at the national level. The City of Boston must be preparing for an economy that is green. Councilor Edwards supports this and believes that supporting it as the Council is meaningful. Councilor Edwards stated, in conjunction with past sentiments by Councilor Matt O'Malley, that if we do not push ourselves locally, then we are completely hiding our heads in the sand. Councilor Edwards also addressed Councilor Garrison's concern that pushing the Green New Deal will leave Seniors and their medication behind. To Councilor Edwards, neither is exclusive. Working to ensure a green future [ more ]

City Council Weekly Meeting - April The Month of The Military Child

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Councilor Edwards rose to announce that April is the month of the Military Child. As a Military Child, Coucnilor Edwards jokingly welcomed the Council and Boston to her month. She wanted to acknowledge the kinship that she shares with folks all over the world who are military children. Councilor Edwards acknowledged the veteran serving on the Council, Councilor Flynn, and fellow Military Child and Parent of a child in the military, Councilor McCarthy. She thanked them both for their service. [ more ]

City Council Weekly Meeting - Proposed Hearing Order Regarding Retirement Age of Boston Police Officers

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Councilor Edwards just wanted to go on the record stating that she has mized emotions about this. Councilor Edwards jokingly expressed that it may be due to her distance from the age of 65, making her bias in her understanding. But also that her knowledge to this point on police resources and personnel in general may have been incorrect. Councilor Edwards believed that we were using retired police officers to fill in detail positions, such as traffic. However, this looks to not have been the case. She is looking forward to the conversation to find out how we can fill the missing positions, like the four positions available for the casino transportation system at Sullivan Square, and use our retired police force. [ more ]

City Council Weekly Meeting - Report Recommendations on IDP and Linkage Programs

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

In an update on the hearing on the proposed linkage legislation, Councilor Edwards began by thanking everyone who has taken the time to provide feedback and work on this report. The report took time and effort, but it was necessary to summarize the work done and work going forward in the City. Specifically, the report focused on the two tools that the city uses, linkage and IDP, and their functions in promoting affordable housing. Councilor Edwards recommends that these two tools, especially IDP, are adopted into our zoning code. Another recommendation is to grow these programs such that other City Councils are able to directly impact IDP and Linkage in their role in Zoning rules. They also recommend that a reporting track of the beneficiaries of the Inclusion Development Program to monitor the program impacts over time be created. [ more ]

City Council Weekly Meeting - Docket #0106 Petition for a Special Law Regarding an Act to Further Leverage Comercial Development Build Housing, Create Jobs, and Preserve Development

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Councilor Edwards rose to state that she believed this proposed Docket #0106 Home Rule Petition to the General Law entitled Petition for a Special Law Regarding an Act to Further Leverage Comercial Development Build Housing, Create Jobs, and Preserve Development created a wonderful conversation, one that ties to the linkage proposal she had previously pushed for. The only concerns she expressed during the hearing on the Mayor's proposed Home Rule Petition is that she feels City Council must have a role and be a part of this expansion of opportunity of Boston controlling its own zoning rules. The current version of the legislation does not provide that role for Boston City Council, a necessary amendment. Tied to this is ensuring that IDP becomes a part of our zoning rules, as well. [ more ]

City Council Week- Docket #0582 Hearing Regarding Unreasonable and Excessive Noise Levels in the City of Boston

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Councilor Edwards began by commending Councilor Garrison for her leadership and proposal on this proposal regarding excessive noise in the City of Boston. Being the City Councilor for the North End, East Boston, and Charlestown this proposal hits close to home. Councilor Edwards explained how after every event at the TD Garden people flood into the North End, looking at it as a tourist attraction and not the neighborhood that it is. That means that the noise level of the drunk adults walking through the neighborhood at night is obnoxious and loud. The other largely impacted community in her district is East Boston. Due to the airplanes flying overhead at night are loud for constituents. This again represents an area where MassPort should be brought into the conversation, considering flight schedules and how noise impacts the quality of life [ more ]

City Council Weekly Meeting - Proposed Hearing Order Regarding Vacant Properties in Boston

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Councilor Edwards commended the makers, Councilor President Campbell and Councilor O'Malley, of this proposal on vacant properties. This proposal particularly impacts The Loftel in East Boston, a building that looks like a hollowed-out hotel that is the first thing people driving into East Boston see. It is ugly, with the plastic just flying in the windows, and embarrasing. This sight is not what we want to welcome coming into Boston with. It's owners live outside of Boston and have not felt the need to do anything with their property. They bought it for several million dollars but treat it like it is nothing. They have also stood in the way of any attempt to better the building, claiming that the cellphone companies who have towers on the building are stooping them. This just creates finger-pointing. However, at the end [ more ]

City Council Weekly Meeting: Regarding the Home Rule Petition For A “Special Law RE: An Act Authorizing the City of Boston To Establish An Investor And Commercial Properties Transfer Fee"

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Councilor Edwards rose to comment on the hearing for docket 0187, regarding the establishment of investor and commercial properties tax fees. Councilor Edwards believed that the hearing was a spirited conversation with many passionate people who want to ensure that we have the resources in Boston to prevent displacement. What was left unanswered is the price tag to ensure that Boston is an affordable city for people of all socioeconomic statuses. That price tag is something the city must provide. The Councilor stated that considering the linkage fees the city is currently receiving, there are not enough resources to ensure that Boston can build a middle class city. Docket 0187’s proposed tax fees could bring in over $4million. This money can be used for subsidizing programs, homeowner assistance, and investing and purchasing buildings at market rates. The city currently [ more ]

City Council Weekly Meeting: Order For A Hearing Regarding Wage Theft At Logan Airport And In the City of Boston

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Speaking on how the City of Boston has a core mission to ensure that our employees are paid a living wage as we fight for workers and working families, Councilor Edwards presented an order for a hearing, docket 0550, to support airport workers against wage theft. MassPort is one of the largest entities and employers in Boston. They have a role to play when their subcontractors do not pay their workers. MassPort is aware of this. Two subcontractors, ReadyJet and FSS, have been documented for stealing worker’s wages, sexual assault, and union intimidation. This makes workers feel unsafe and disrespected at work at JetBlue and MassPort. Councilor Edwards did recognize that MassPort complies with ordinances, when it sees fit. MassPort has a role to play to provide “equity, fairness, and good jobs” in the City of Boston. This hearing [ more ]

City Council Weekly Meeting: Order For A Hearing Regarding Implementation of Chapter 6-8 of the Municipal Code

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Councilor Edwards proposed docket 0551, an order for a hearing regarding implementation of municipal code in response to a recent hearing about divestment of retirement funds. Shortly thereafter, the Mayoral Administration announced that they will be moving $250 million into community banking. Speaking on that $250 million specifically, the Councilor stated that the administration had been asked on how they intended to “comply with the municipal depositories on banking”. This referred to the City Ordinance passed in 2013, assuring fairness in community banking and establishing a city commission to oversee city investments and implementation. However, this ordinance was not implemented and no such commission was made. Councilor Edwards aims to speak with the Mayoral Administration to implement this ordinance through this hearing. [ more ]

City Council Weekly Meeting: Order For A Hearing Regarding Preservation of Historic Boston

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Councilor Edwards presented docket 0551 as a refile of an order for a hearing to ensure that we have both historic preservation and development in the City of Boston. [ more ]

City Council Weekly Meeting: Vote Regarding Councilor Wu's Order For A Hearing Regarding the Right Of Free Petition

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Councilor Edwards rose to speak on Councilor Wu’s order for a hearing regarding the right of free petition and her proposed plan to hold committee meetings on a bi-weekly basis for constituents to come and petition. She shares the sentiments that Councilor Baker made regarding the concern that individuals may use the ability to petition as a way to overstep or get ahead of constituents who have used the proper channels to speak with Councilor on issues of interest. She is also concerned that they may use it as a means to push an agenda that the City Council has determined is not in line with their values or waste the Council’s time. The City was born as an experiment in democracy, taking pushes and risks. It’s at the very core of who we are in the City Council [ more ]

City Council Weekly Meeting: Hearing Order to Discuss City Services and Public Facilities in The South Boston Waterfront

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Councilor rose to thank Councilors Flynn and Flaherty for their work on this hearing order discussing city services and public facilities in the South Boston Waterfront. Considering Councilor Edwards has two major development in her district, Suffolk Downs and Charlestown One, she will be looking at the standards set by this hearing will set precedent for the development in District One. Councilor Edwards proposed the establishment of standards along the lines of parks or green-spaces per a set number of growth in population or another ambulance per a certain amount of community growth. She hopes that this hearing creates standards not just for the waterfront, but also for the general growth occurring in our communities. In this way, Boston ensures that as the population grows the infrastructure grows with it. [ more ]

City Council Weekly Meeting - Order for Hearing on Veteran Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Improving Awareness Of and Access To Mental Health Care Services For Veterans

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Councilor Edwards rise to thank Councilor Garrisson and Councilor Essaibi-George on filing this and starting such an important discussion. Looking at Mission 22, Councilor Edwards noted that over 20 veterans commit suicide on a daily basis. As a result, it is our responsibility as a city to reach out to veterans and their families where they are. She stated it is especially important to provide mental health support and remove any and all stigma surrounding it. Veterans have served our country and call Boston home, we should ensure they have the full respect and support they deserve. The councilor looks forward to this conversation. [ more ]

City Council Weekly Meeting - Order For A Hearing To Discuss Services For Persons With Disabilities

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Councilor Edwards rose as the third co-sponsor on this hearing order to discuss services for people with disabilities. Building a city that is accessible for those with disabilities means that we all have access. Coming from the perspective of those who have physical disabilities, when creating infrastructure that includes them it includes all of us. Councilor Edwards also wanted to focus on parents of adult children with disabilities. Inclusion of parents of children with disabilities typically centers itself within the education space. However, many of those children have aged out of the BPS system and still need support. It is imperative that our community stiill support those parents who are working for the rest of their lives to ensure that thair adult children have diginty and are respected. The Councilor mentioned the work of special members of the Charlestown [ more ]

City Council Weekly Meeting - Housing Order Regarding Enforcement of The Boston Trust Fund

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Councilor Edwards rose to thank Councilor Zakim for his leadership on this matter. The Councilor believes that The Trust Act is one of the city's shining moment sin Boston's history. It recognizes that if you live or work here you are a part of our family. But if you are here to commit crimes or do something else that takes away from our City, then rightfully so our police officers shall find, arrest, and put you through the appropriate due process. However, our police officers are not meant to double as agents of ICE. At the end of the day, the Councilor does not feel that it serves us well to connect the two roles. The Councilor is very excited to hear how Boston has abided by the ordinance that it passed an dhow Boston can do better. She [ more ]

City Council Weekly Meeting: Hearing Regarding Eliminating The Ridership Fare on MBTA Bus Route 28

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Councilor Edwards rose to speak on the hearing proposed by Councilors Wu and Janey on the issue of equity and making the MBTA Bus 28 route free. The Councilor believes that moving cashless, as the MBTA plans to do, is an equity issue. Moving cashless requires and assumes people have bank accounts, are regularly able to pull and move money, have access to banks or cash. There are communities that have to pay more to get the cash they have in their accounts. This is important especially when looking for the locations the MBTA plans to provide space for folks to load up their cards. Councilor Edwards believes that all public libraries, BCYF facilities, and public schools should be locations to load up, as they are places where we frequent already. The quarter mile assumption of having load up [ more ]

City Council Weekly Meeting: Remembering Mary Ellen Welch

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Councilor Edwards rose to recognize Mary Ellen Welch, a fourth generation East Bostonian who made waves throughout the city and passed away on March 7, 2019. Her lineage reaches back to when East Boston was an Irish community. Councilor Edwards recounted how Mary Ellen knew Councilor Edwards before Councilor Edwards even knew herself. She was a supporter and stood by the Councilor's side, even before she knew she could work in politics. Councilor Edwards described Mary Ellen as "East Boston's Melnea Cass". She is the reason we have a Greenway, the reason the Airport respects our neighborhood, and the reason why so many folks know that East Boston has a vibrant, active community. Air Inc. going against the Airport and NOAH are both because of her. So many things within this city comes from her. As one of the [ more ]

City Council Weekly Meeting - Resolution for Free Press

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Democracy dies in the dark. Councilor Edwards rose to stand in solidarity with workers, specifically journalists. A free press, bold media, and unapologetic reporters are vital to our society. To be a reporter is to be skilled and understanding of power of words and stories to move us. They are the power that holds accountable institutions, regimes, corporations, governmments, and government actors. Jamal Khashoggi's story exemplifies the courage reporters have, may he rest forever in power.To do this work, journalists should recieve fair wages, benefits, and compensation. They should have the right to job grievances, job security, and livable wages and benefits. If we do not fight for journalists, Councilor Edwards does not understand how we can expect them to fight for us. The assumption that because journalists can bring light to topics that they do not need support [ more ]

City Council Weekly Meeting: Bi-Annual Review of the Boston Employment Commission and Boston Jobs Policy

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Councilor Edwards refiled this matter with Councilor Janey. The City Council had already passed the Boston Jobs Policy to require Bi-Annual review. Councilor Edwards' goal in refiling this hearing order is to have both the April and October hearings scheduled. [ more ]

Hearing Regarding Pension Fund Disclosure, Socially Responsible Investment and Reinvestment

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Councilor Edward's sponsored hearing on Docket #0136 regarding pension fund disclosure, socially responsible investment and reinvestment in the Committee on Ways and Means, chaired by Councilor Mark Ciommo. [ more ]

City Council Weekly Meeting - Amendment on City Ordinance on Licensing and Regulating Shared Mobility Businesses

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Councilor Edwards spoke to the Order amendment presented by Councilor Matt O'Malley on the City of Boston Code, Ordinance, Chapter XVII, regarding Licensing and Regulating Shared Mobility Businesses. This amendment looks ahead and gets ahead of the problems that the City of Boston had with Uber and Lyft. Councilor Edwards believes that this could not be more timely considering the effort being put into establishing equitable legislation for budding industries. She drew the parallel between the cannabis industry and the scooter industry this amendment is aimed at impacting. It is imperative that we ask the same questions. Those being, who is making money? Who is owning these businesses? Who is getting employed? It is through these targetted questions that the City can capture this short term travel industry. Councilor Edwards did also mention that she hopes the administration is [ more ]

City Council Weekly Meeting - Order for a Hearing to Discuss The Possible Allocation of Linkage Fees to Fund Early Childhood Education

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Councilor Edwards rose to thank Councilor Flynn for the filed order for a hearing to discuss the possible allocation of linkage fees to fund early childhood education, as it hits on housing and childcare, the two most espensive items in Boston. Councilor Edwards recognized that the cost of childcare forces families out of Boston and puts them in difficult positions where they must choose between rent and childcare. The Councilor sees this as a larger question asking how do we fund early childhood education and Pre-K in the City of Boston, even beyond the proposed linkage fund. Referencing research done by advocates in the community, Councilor Edwards shared that there may have been zoning done years ago that states the need for childcare space in certain developments. Councilor Edwards also referred to Councilor Wu's previously filed hearing order that [ more ]

City Council Weekly Meeting - Order for a Hearing to Discuss Ways to Support Tenants Facing Eviction and Displacement

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Councilor Edwards thanked Councilor Flynn for having her sign on as a co-sponsor. Housing justice is a topic close to Councilor Edwards heart. She shared some moving statistics to share the impact of evictions in Boston and Massachusetts. In Massachusetts, we have 43 evictions every day. Since 1988, 1 million evictions cases have been filed in Massachusetts. The records for those individuals are publicly available forever, including individuals as young as three years old because in Massachusetts you can name a child as a defendent, along with their parents, in an eviction case. Not only does the City have to work to prevent evictions when they do not have an attorney or aid to create an argument in their favor, but we must also work to combat the trailing impact defendents face simply being in an eviction hearing. Councilor [ more ]

City Council Weekly Meeting - Special Laws on Elections

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

The Councilor expressed her sentiments on precedures when a vacany opens in City Council and City Council term lengths. She feels that the default position of going to the person who placed fifth as a fill-in when a vacancy opens in City Council is essentially having ranked-choice voting without explicitly having voters vote in that way. Due to the fact, that the way we operate in that matter is so similar to ranked-choice voting, the Councilor suggested moving to ranked-choice voting for all At-Large and even potentially all City Council races. The Councilor also spoke to the criticisms she has heard regarding changes the terms from two years to four. A common criticism she heard is the concern on concentration of power with a four year term. However, she countered this by stating that the Mayor has a four [ more ]

City Council Weekly Meeting -  Corporate Tax Break Transparency in the City of Boston

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Councilor Edwards spoke on Docket 0349, an ordinance presented by Councilor Wu regarding Corporate Tax Break Transparency in the City of Boston. The Councilor thanked the sponsor of the ordinance and appreciated this effort as it is consistent with the push for transparency. The Councilor stated that she feels the theme of this year will be transparency. Part of transparency is knowing where money is going and holding ourselves accountable, when voting on items that may be counterintuitive. The Councilor provided an example regarding retirement funds and climate change, where environmental policy is voted on but retirement funds remain dependent on fossil fuels.The Councilor believes that companies that have gotten benefits from the City must rise up, as people forget about the contracts  and tax breaks made. Even beyond contracts made, the City must hold companies accountable for laws, [ more ]

City Council Weekly Meeting -  Equity in City of Boston Procurement and Purchasing

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Councilor Edwards spoke to a hearing order filed by Councilor Edwards regarding Equity in City of Boston Procurement and Purchasing. The Councilor stated that this is an example of when the City needs to lead and set an example of what it means to be equitable when working with private individuals or private companies. In the same way the City is responsible for ensuring diversity in their boardrooms and in management positions, they should hold companies responsible when investing in equitable contracts. In this way the City will be putting its money where its mouth is and invest in equity. [ more ]

City Council Weekly Meeting - Review of Precincts

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Council President Andrea Campbell filed an ordinance on the review of precincts so that they are updated every five years, rather than the current ten year span between re-precincting. Councilor Edwards rose to speak on the matter. She support the makers of this ordinance. Councilor Edwards agrees that the review of precincts should occur more frequently, especially as large developments take place in Boston. In District 1, the Councilor highlighted the Suffolk Downs development, which essentially creates a new neighborhood, and the Charlestown housing re-development, which is the largest development in New England. Such project will create large growths in population, generally, and growth in voting populations, more specifically. Thus, Councilor Edwards feels that it is important to review precincts on a more frequent basis to create election systems that better serve growing voter populations with voting sites closer [ more ]

City Council Weekly Meeting - Utilizing Vacant Properties

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Council President Andrea Campbell and Councilor Matt O'Malley filed a hearing order to discuss strategies to use reduce and use vacant residential properies. Councilor Edwards spoke to support the hearing order and speak to its relevance in District 1. She specifically cited a case study in East Boston on its Loft Hotels, a larger scenario. The "hollow hotel" is essentially an empty concrete building that has been sitting for 10 years. The owners live in Sudbury and do not take care of the property, something the Councilor feels should be looked into on a broad scale. She stated that the permits to correct the problems with the property have expired due to the process of changing ownership being drawn out. As a result, the permit process needs to be done all over again. It is such examples that push [ more ]

City Council Weekly Meeting - Cannabis Regulations

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

On February 6, 2019, Councilor Kim Janey filed an ordinance establishing equitable regulations on the cannabis industry. Councilor Edwards spoke in support of Councilor Janey's ordinance, stating that she is with her every step of the way as they make history ensuring there shall be equity from the very beginning. Councilor Edwards expressed how this ordinance learns from the inequitable liquor licensing regulations that the City is still trying to fix 100 years later. Councilor Edwards emphasized how this policy is implemented to support communities and teach the city how to talk to companies and speak for communities. In this way it will make sure that Boston sets a true standard for what it means to be a good neighbor. Even further, this sends a message and a standard for how to set up future similar development, such as [ more ]

City Council Weekly Meeting - Senior Home Repair Program

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

City Council Edwards, with City Council President Andrea Campbell, filed Docket 0318, a hearing order to discuss the Senior Home Repair Program and other housing programs. Councilor Edwards is working on this as someone who has worked with the Boston Homes Center and has been called to testify in City Council on the work done by the Boston Homes Center. The Office of Housing Stability works very hard on the housing crisis, and in many cases their job is to act as a bridge between constituents and contractors. The Councilor stated this to recognize that while they should be held accountable for conecting a constituent with a bad contractor, they also work hard to do right by their neighborhoods and neighbors. Councilor Edwards also highlighted the "Mentor Guarentee" program that provides security and services to someone who is renting [ more ]

City Council Weekly Meeting - Payment in Lieu of Taxes

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Councilor Edwards with Councilor Essaibi-George offered an order for a working session regarding Payment in Lieu of Taxes Agreements with the City of Boston. This working session continues the conversation on the pilot program of payments instead of taxes by some of Boston's richest neighbors, as it is not reaching the goals that the City set for it in 2012. The Councilors are pushing forward to say we must do better to esnure these neighbors are contributing to Boston by more than teaching our children and the future of the City. They should contribute and take, as well, with the pilot program acting as the measure to engage these rich neighbors in this way.Councilor Edwards did recognize the growth in the payment program contributions from 65% to 81% in 2018. However, that is not 100%, nor is it based [ more ]

City Council Weekly Meeting - Inquiry on Special Law Regarding Appointments at BPD and BFD

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

During Councilor Flaherty's offer for a petition for a special law regarding an act providing for residency preference for appointment at the Boston Police and Fire Departments Councilor Edwards asked who in the MA State House is waiting for this ordinance. Councilor Edwards asked just to clarify what committee will be working on this at the state level. Councilor Flaherty stated that it will likely head to the Committee on Public Safety or join the bills being read to the Senate if they are in reading period. [ more ]

City Council Weekly Meeting - Investor and Commercial Properties Transfer Fee

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Speaking on the subject almost a year to the date since she first spoke about housing speculation, Councilor Edwards, with Councilor Janey, offered a Home Rule Petition to authorize Boston to establish an investor and commercial properties transfer fee. The transfer fee would exempt owner-occupants and family transfers. To Councilor Edwards, this is about stopping speculation and saying that Boston's housing market is for families and workers. The goal is to prevent property owners that own property to own it, not to live in it and live in the community. She believes that property owners should live in their property and give back to the community. She mentioned that in some ways this replicates the actions of Newton and Somerville, with their push to ensure people come to their town to live. The Mayor's State of the City Address [ more ]

City Council Weekly Meeting - Special Presentation

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Today the City Council meeting began with a special presentation from Councilor Edwards made to recognize Chris Lovell, Arthur Colpack, Pippa Nava, and Christina Mulé, four volunteers from Charlestown that have been taking the time to clean the Bunker Hill Monument, a national park, during this shutdown. Even as the shutdown continues it is constituents like these four volunteers that ensure that Boston shines brightest. [ more ]

City Council Weekly Meeting - Reauthorizing Condominium Conversion Protections

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Councilor Edwards, with Councilor Zakim, proposed a reauthorizing of the Condominium Conversion Protections in the City of Boston as it is set to expire later this year. They are offering the reauthorization of condominium conversion protections to renew protections for tenants, provide notice periods, provide relocation assistance for the elderly, and limit rent increases. This was last authorized in Boston in 2014. As it has already gone through the State House to become state law, the action needed is solely about approving it as continued law in Boston. This proposal was assigned to the Committee on Government Operations. [ more ]

City Council Weekly Meeting - Commission on Equal Opportunity and the Elimination of Systemic Bias

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Councilor Edwards, with Council President Campbell and Councilor Zakim, offered an ordinance relative to the establishment of an independent commission on equal opportunity and the elimination of systemic bias in the workplace. Councilor Edwards began by recognizing the statements that the Mayor made on diversity and discrimination during his State of the City Address. Councilor Edwards wants to take this further to make the ordinance an act against systemic discrimination that has been ingrained into our systems. She expressed frustrations with the investigation into the Boston Fire Department stating that she found it "lacking." She wants to restore meaning behind independent investigations that the Mayor or City Council call for. The commission proposed would be an independent commission that has funding from the City of Boston and has individuals appointed to the commission by the City Council and Mayor [ more ]

Weekly City Council Meeting - Recognition of Mary Mahoney and the Great Molasses Flood

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

This week Councilor Edwards, extends her deepest condolences to the sister of Father Mahoney, Mary Mahoney. Councilor Edwards recognized that Father Mahoney is an important city figure who has had an impact on the whole of the City Council. She, along with all of City Council, extend their support to him and his family if they need support.This week is also the 100 year anniversary of the Great Molasses Floor in the North End. The Councilor recognized the 21 people who passed away as a result of the flood, but also that because of them Boston now has zoning laws to protect residents. In fact, that may have been one of the first class action lawsuits. [ more ]

City Council Weekly Meeting - Veterans Affairs

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Councilor Edwards filed Docket 0132 with Councilor Flynn to order a hearing to discuss the impact of the partial Federal Government Shutdown on Boston Veterans’ Services and challenges facing Veterans and Military Families in the City of Boston. Councilor Edwards requested that regardless of action in D.C. that Boston function in the most efficient, transparent, and equitable way possible, in this case in support of veterans and military families, who have fought hard to earn these services and have them readily available. Docket 0132 is assigned to the Committee on City and Neighborhood Services and Veterans and military Affairs. [ more ]

City Council Weekly Meeting - Affordable Housing

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Councilor Edwards filed Docket 0134, a Home Rule Petition regarding An Act Relative to Affordable Housing and Workforce Development in the City of Boston. This petition seeks to update the linkage so that the funds generated from development are used for mitigation on negative impacts luxury and unit developments have on neighborhoods. If passed, the City of Boston would adopt the recommendations of the linkage Nexus group, including updating linkage to $24 per sq. ft., connecting it to consumer index, and having the finances and value of land is updated automatically. Docket 0134 is assigned to the Committee of Government Operations. [ more ]

City Council Weekly Meeting - Transportation to BPS

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Councilor Edwards filed Docket 0135 with Councilor Essaibi-George to order a hearing regarding student transportation to Boston Public Schools. This was re-filed as Councilor Edwards wants to extend the discussion and action on equity in school transportation, ensuring that services for those with the hardest commute are accounted for. Docket 0135 is assigned to the Committee on Education. [ more ]

City Council Weekly Meeting - Pension Fund Disclosure

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Councilor Edwards filed Docket 0136 with Councilor Wu to order for a hearing regarding pension fund disclosure, socially responsible investment, and reinvestment. This was re-filed to continue the conversation on where retirement funds are going to ensure that the city is invested in a sustainable future. Docket 0136 is assigned to the Committee on Ways and Means. [ more ]

City Council Weekly Meeting - BuildBPS

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Councilor Edwards spoke regarding Docket 0141 on an order for a hearing regarding BuildBPS. The Councilor expressed the wanting act of transparency and deep analysis from her district. She also expressed frustrations with BPS’ and its leadership’s, or lack thereof, perspective that due to funding in one area of her district BPS views her district as overfunded, providing no growth or development in her district. She also specified that her district is undergoing massive growth in the next 10-20 years and that the BuildBPS plan, as it stands, does not develop her district based on the future needs of her constituents. Councilor Edwards also found it not democratic that the one dissenting voice on the school committee is no longer present. Councilor Edwards also referenced the standing question of whether the school committee members will be elected or appointed. [ more ]

City Council Weekly Meeting - Traffic Enforcement

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Councilor Edwards spoke to Docket 0143 proposal to create traffic enforcement unit in the Boston Police Department. Councilor Edwards recognized that this is a life or death situation. She also recognized that charging for parking and decreasing speed limits do help, but the one thing that has helped is police detail. As the City of Boston builds and causes traffic, Councilor Edwards finds, specifically in Sullivan Square in Charlestown and before the Sumner Tunnel in East Boston, having police detail and teams to quell traffic. [ more ]

City Council Weekly Meeting - Affordable Housing and Inclusionary Development Policy

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Councilor Edwards filed Docket 0144 with Councilors Flaherty and Flynn to order a hearing to discuss the inclusionary development policy (IDP) and affordable housing. The councilor specified the difference between IDP and linkage. The Councilor stated that linkage is about leveraging private dollars of commercial investments and bringing those funds to pay for affordable housing. Inclusionary development policy is when representatives fo to plan for housing developments and make it clear to developers what the expected number of affordable units are to ensure that development is made in a way that makes Boston an affordable city. She also emphasized the voices of advocates who want the discussions on developments between the Mayor’s administration and the Boston Planning and Development Agency to take place in a setting where community advocates can state their goals for the neighborhoods. She also emphasized [ more ]

Hearing Regarding City Regulation of The Proximity of Certain Businesses to Recovery Facilities

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Councilor Edward's sponsored hearing on Docket #1511 regarding city regulation of the proximity of certain businesses to recovery facilities in the Committee on Planning, Development, and Transportation, chaired by Councilor Michelle Wu. [ more ]

BCC Meeting 11/28 - Order for a hearing regarding student transportation to Boston Public School

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Councilor Edwards, along with Councilor Wu, make an order for a hearing that would discuss the means in which the city transports its students to Boston Public Schools. [ more ]

BCC Meeting 11/7 - A Hearing Regarding the Pension Fund Disclosure, Socially Responsible Investment and Reinvestment

Thursday, November 15, 2018

The Councilor calls for a hearing to analyze the moral precedent our city is making via its investments. More specifically, this hearing would set the criteria for what the city considers worthy of its investments, and what areas the city needs to divest from, in order to make sure that the city's moral character is held in the best light. [ more ]

Hearing Regarding Bi-Annual Review of the Boston Employment Commission and Boston Residents Job Policy

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Councilor Edward's sponsored hearing on Docket #1398 regarding biannual review of the Boston Employment Commission and Boston Residents Job Policy in the Committee on Jobs, Wages, and Workforce Development, chaired by Councilor Frank Baker. [ more ]

BCC Meeting 10/17 - Hearing for a Zoning Amendment to Regulate the Proximity of Certain Businesses to Recovery Facilities

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

The Councilor calls for a hearing on amending zoning laws so that Boston can restrict certain businesses from opening locations near recovery facilities for the sake of those recovering from substance abuse. [ more ]

BCC Meeting 10/17 - Resolution to Support Equitable Access to Homeownership Through Fair Lending and Strong Community Reinvestment

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Councilor Edwards calls for a resolution that would help combat the discriminatory effects of redlining within the city of Boston. [ more ]

Hearing Regarding Land Disposition and Stewardship

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Councilor Edward's sponsored hearing on Docket #0818 regarding land disposition and stewardship in the Committee on Planning, Development, and Transportation, chaired by Councilor Michelle Wu. [ more ]

BCC Meeting 9/19 - Biannual Review of Boston Employment Commission and Boston Residents Jobs Policy (1398)

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Councilor Edwards, along with Councilor Janey, speaks on the possibility of having a biannual review of The Boston Employment Commission to make sure that the commission is setting appropriate goals for Boston's Residents Job Policy. [ more ]

BCC Meeting 9/19 - Establishment of a Commission for Economic Justice in the City of Boston Construction Industry (1399)

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Councilor Edwards, along with Councilor Janey, speak about establishing a commission for economic justice in Boston's construction industry. This commission would serve to make sure that the construction jobs within the city are ones that are fair both in pay and in conditions by working with unions and private contractors. [ more ]

Hearing to acknowledge and discuss the outreach of the Office of Veterans' Services and Opportunities and Challenges Facing Veterans and military Families in The City of Boston

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Councilor Edward's sponsored hearing on Docket #0986 regarding acknowledgement and discussion on the outreach of the Office of Veterans’ Services and opportunities and challenges facing Veterans and Military Families in the City of Boston in the Committee on City, Neighborhood Services, Veterans and Military Affairs, chaired by Councilor Ed Flynn. [ more ]

Hearing Regarding Payments in Lieu of Tax Agreements Within The City of Boston

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Councilor Edward's sponsored hearing on Docket #0721 regarding payments in lieu of tax agreements within the City of Boston in the Committee on Ways and Means, chaired by Councilor Mark Ciommo. [ more ]

BCC Meeting 8/01 - Violence Against Women Act

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Hearing Regarding East Boston Zoning Intiatives and Master Plan

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Councilor Edward's sponsored hearing on Docket #0720 regarding an East Boston zoning initiative and master plan in the Committee on Planning, Development, and Transportation, chaired by Councilor Michelle Wu. [ more ]

BCC Meeting 7/11 - Amendment For Teachers And The School System

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

In this city council meeting, there is a follow-up ordinance of May 31 regarding Bostonians who owe the city of Boston money and back taxes. Also, Councilor Lydia Edwards talks about an amendment to help teachers and focus on schooling in Boston. [ more ]

BCC Meeting 6/27 - Councilor Edwards First Budget Vote And The Topic of Sexual Assault On Women.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Councilor Edwards has her first Budget vote and she emphasizes how it does not respond to the sexual assault of women. [ more ]

BCC Meeting 6/27 - Poll For Document 0804

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

There is a poll for document 0804. [ more ]

BCC Meeting 6/20 - Veterans Voices Being Heard

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Councilor Lydia Edwards emphasizes how veterans voices should be heard and that they receive their resources. [ more ]

Hearing Regarding Flexible Payment Plans For Property Tax Arrears

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Councilor Edward's sponsored hearing on Docket #0626 regarding flexible payment plans for property tax arrears in the Committee on Ways and Means, chaired by Councilor Mike Ciommo. [ more ]

2018 Budget Meeting - Parks

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Asked questions about whether the budget accounts for possible CPA funds, how the department ensures equity in park funding, what the timeline is for Noyes Park to get upgraded, and what the best option is for Langone Park (turf vs. grass). [ more ]

2018 Budget Meeting - Parks

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Asked questions about getting some shade on the field at Charlestown High School, what the timeline is for capital improvements at Ryan Playground, what the timeline is for the Paul Revere Mall renovations, urged support for urban wilds, and expressed hope for the future of the Greenway with the grant received from the BAR Foundation. [ more ]

BCC Meeting 5/23 - Land Disposition And Stewardship

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Councilor Edwards discusses what should happen with foreclosed buildings and land the city owns as well as how East Boston shares a great deal of land with MassPort. Also, she Congratulates Niel Dougherty for graduating and getting his Masters. [ more ]

2018 Budget Meeting - BPD

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Asked questions about whether the new station in East Boston would result in more officers in East Boston, whether there's a mutual response program/procedure in place with neighboring municipalities, about where the large increase in budget year over year goes, future surveillance technologies (drones) and the impacts they would have on the community, regional intelligence sharing and whether immigration status could be shared and then misused, and what the plans are for the gun buyback program. [ more ]

2018 Budget Meeting - BPD

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Asked questions about Sullivan Square and the requests for increased police presence there due to the casino, issues related to human trafficking, and whether there are any leadership opportunities available for people in recovery. [ more ]

2018 Budget Meeting - BPDA

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Asked questions about current staffing numbers, the racial diversity of the staff, the racial and gender makeup of top 10% of wage earners, whether there is a residency requirement for BPDA employees, how many BPDA employees don't live in Boston, expressed concern about the fact that the people planning the city don't reflect the population of the city, what the plan is to make sure the agency looks more like the population of the city, what the goals are in terms of recruitment or numbers for the next year to increase diversity, what the income was last year for the agency and where it comes from, how much of the land the agency owns was purchased and how much of it came from agency mergers and/or eminent domain, whether the agency negotiates PILOT payments, and whether the agency has [ more ]

2018 Budget Meeting - BPDA

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Asked whether the BPDA would make a commitment to looking at planning and development in the future through a racial equity lens, the possibility of increasing the 13% IDP requirement, whether a higher IDP requirement in neighboring municipalities has disincentivized development, whether displacement is considered in lotteries, the future of Little Mystic and if the public will be a part of the conversation regarding the future of the Little Mystic. [ more ]

2018 Budget Meeting - BTD

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Asked questions about teachers getting parking tickets during the school day, what BTD's plans are for East Boston moving forward, what additional plans there are to get people into and out of East Boston without necessarily having to rely on cars, and what the plan is to reduce traffic on Sullivan Square. [ more ]

2018 Budget Meeting - EMS

Monday, May 21, 2018

Asked questions about how much the second ambulance in East Boston will cost, the reduction in ambulance response times as a result, the possibility of a second ambulance in Charlestown, and what resources are available to staff for PTSD and second hand PTSD. [ more ]

2018 Budget Meeting - BFD

Monday, May 21, 2018

Asked questions about the number of women in the department and what barriers there are to getting more women in the department, how to go about getting more women in the department, whether the department is partnering with outside organizations to increase the number of women in the department, what the goals are and what accountability measures will be in place if they're not met, and what happens with implicit bias data. [ more ]

2018 Budget Meeting - BFD

Monday, May 21, 2018

Asked whether they would consider having new recruits take implicit bias tests/training, whether they are recruiting women collegiate athletes, when the women's liaison position was created, what the goals are for the next year, the safety of basement apartments, issues presented by vacant buildings, and mutual response procedures with neighboring municipalities. [ more ]

BCC Meeting 5/16 - Support for State Senator Synthy Green and Boston Represent Honan

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Lydia Edwards explains her support for State Senator Synthy Green and Boston Represent Honan. She also describes how we need historic preservation and making sure we protect our history throughout housing and development. [ more ]

BCC Meeting 5/16 - Historic Preservation

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Lydia Edwards explains her support for State Senator Synthy Green and Boston Represent Honan. She also describes how we need historic preservation and making sure we protect our history throughout housing and development. [ more ]

2018 Budget Meeting - Public Works

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Asked questions about what's happening with the Alford St bridge, the time frame for the reconstruction of the bridge into Chelsea, and whether the left turn coming off the N Washington St bridge will still be available during construction. [ more ]

2018 Budget Meeting - Public works

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Asked questions about the North End trash hokies, the possibility of snow melters, the need for more trash cans in East Boston, the sidewalk outside of Bova's, the antenna boxes in the North End and how much sidewalk space they take up, the Prado and Revere parks in the North End, the paving on Hanover, thanked them for the work on Geneva St, asked about Rutherford Ave and contractor diversity. [ more ]

BCYF

Monday, May 14, 2018

Thanked them for working towards ensuring equal access to centers. Asked questions about when MOUs will be signed, what percentage of BCYF funds are privately funded, what work is being done towards preventing street violence and addiction, what relationships they have with non-profits to prevent duplication of services, and the future of the tennis bubble in Charlestown. [ more ]

BCC Meeting 5/09 - Liquor Licensing Between Suffolk Downs and East Boston

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Councilor Lydia Edwards talks about liquor licensing related to Suffolk Downs and East Boston. Also, she exlpains how there should be a new Masterplan in East Boston as well as East Boston's unique relationship with the airport. Lastly, she discusses how institutions should be fulfilling thier promises to the city of Boston. [ more ]

BCC Meeting 5/09 - East Boston Masterplan

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Councilor Lydia Edwards talks about liquor licensing related to Suffolk Downs and East Boston. Also, she explains how there should be a new Masterplan in East Boston as well as East Boston's unique relationship with the airport. Lastly, she discusses how institutions should be fulfilling their promises to the city of Boston. [ more ]

BCC Meeting 5/09 - East Boston's Unique Relationship With The Airport

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Councilor Lydia Edwards talks about liquor licensing related to Suffolk Downs and East Boston. Also, she explains how there should be a new Masterplan in East Boston as well as East Boston's unique relationship with the airport. Lastly, she discusses how institutions should be fulfilling their promises to the city of Boston. [ more ]

ISD

Monday, May 7, 2018

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Asked questions about possibility of citywide dry ice program to reduce rodent population, if/how pop-up restaurants and food trucks are involved in inspections, whether goal of 4800 unit goal for rental inspection was met, if ISD enforces accessibility law and which buildings that applies to, how many inspectors are assigned to each district, the building collapse on Maverick Square and the results of the ensuing investigation and what the impacts of the collapse were on the developer and its other projects, and call response rates. [ more ]

BCC Meeting 5/02 - Helping Immigrants When They Come To Our Border From Central America

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Councilor Edwards talks about helping Honduran immigrants when they come to our border from Central America. [ more ]

DND

Monday, April 30, 2018

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Asked questions about eviction data collection, section 3 hiring (and the audit that showed over-reported numbers on both dollars and jobs created), how many of the properties they plan on selling are from tax foreclosures, and what happens to tax foreclosure properties after the city takes them over. [ more ]

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Monday, April 30, 2018

Asked questions about funding sources (possibly including bonding for housing), possibly changing IDP requirements (getting rid of waivers, lowering number where requirement kicks in, increasing percentage), if IDP requirements are increased what the impact would be on development, a possible increase of the 53,000 unit increase goal, economic and racial diversity in IDP units, and asked of houses that go into pre-foreclosure how many are foreclosed on. [ more ]

BCC Meeting 4/25 - Tax Relief for Boston Residents

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Councilor Lydia Edwards supports bid to have an accessible, beautiful greenway and she also talks about tax relief for Boston residents. [ more ]

BCC Meeting 4/25 - Bid for Accessible Beautiful Greenway

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Councilor Lydia Edwards supports bid to have an accessible, beautiful greenway and she also talks about tax relief for Boston residents. [ more ]

BPS Overview

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Asked questions about how decreasing student population will affect schools like EBHS, school discretionary budgets, and bilingual ed programs. [ more ]

BPS Overview

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Asked questions about how decreasing students populations will affect schools like EBHS,school discretionary budgets, and bilingual ed programs. [ more ]

BCC Meeting 4/11 - Response Times Of First Responders

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Councilor Edwards explains how response times of firefighters, ambulances, and police are being delayed due to jurisdictional "footballing". [ more ]

Hearing Regarding Speculation in the Boston Housing Market

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Councilor Edward's sponsored hearing on Docket #0178 regarding speculation in the Boston housing market in the Committee on Housing and Community Development. [ more ]

BCC Meeting 4/04 - Reflecting on Martin Luther King Jr.'s Legacy

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Lydia Edwards discusses housing problems and solutions in Boston as well as rising rent. Also, she talks about vacant properties and how they should be handled. Lastly, she reflects on the memory of Martin Luther King Jr. [ more ]

BCC Meeting 4/04 - Vacant Properties

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Lydia Edwards discusses housing problems and solutions in Boston as well as rising rent. Also, she talks about vacant properties and how they should be handled. Lastly, she reflects on the memory of Martin Luther King Jr. [ more ]

BCC Meeting 4/04 - Housing Issues In Boston

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Lydia Edwards discusses housing problems and solutions in Boston as well as rising rent. Also, she talks about vacant properties and how they should be handled. Lastly, she reflects on the memory of Martin Luther King Jr. [ more ]

BCC Meeting 3/28 - Short Term Rental Issues With Councilor Ciommo

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Councilor Edwards discusses resiliency planning and keeping Boston a green city. Also, she talks about working with Councior Ciommo with short term rental issues and BPDA's role in performing large projects and short term rentals. Lastly, she explains how immigrants feel unsafe trusting the government. [ more ]

City Council Weekly Meeting 3/28/18

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Councilor Edwards discusses resiliency planning and keeping Boston a green city. Also, she talks about working with Councior Ciommo with short term rental issues and BPDA's role in performing large projects and short term rentals. Lastly, she explains how immigrants feel unsafe trusting the government. [ more ]

Hearing Order Regarding The Redevelopment of One Charlestown Project

Friday, March 16, 2018

Councilor Edward's sponsored hearing on Docket #0293 regarding the redevelopment of the One Charlestown Project in the Committee on Housing and Community Development, which was also chaired by Councilor Edwards. [ more ]

Order for Hearing on Housing Speculation

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

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