17 Burst results for "Asaba George"
"asaba george" Discussed on The Takeaway
"Have you here for having me so. I do find boston inscrutable. I can never figure out reality when they're so let's just walk through this a little bit. First of all how the to democrats are running against one another a november general election shore. So we have nonpartisan elections here and everybody will tell you that they are a democrat in this case back to different flavors of democrats both of those women that you mentioned our city counselors and the counselors typically a grooming ground for political leadership in boston. Who was first elected in twenty thirteen. Asaba george in twenty fifteen and they've been part of this shift that's been happening on the council. That's brought boston. It's most diverse. it's majority women and majority people of color in a lot of ways. It makes sense that these are the two women that were seeing. They are both at large councilor so they campaign in a large pool of candidates. Similar to how a primary election works and in the last two election cycles both of these women got the most votes in their election cycle so they were already popular. they already had citywide. Following people knew their names. And this is how we see them. Emerging as competitors for the november general so talk about these two different flavors of democrat. One one is a bit to the left and was a bit more moderate. At least that's how they've been framed. Is that right. That's the most popular framing that. We're seeing now. Although both women take issue with the characterizations as woo gets described as progressive dialing. Just because she champions things like free transportation and a local green new deal to address climate. Change asaba george. People characterized her as a moderate because she was the only candidate in the entire field who was opposed to defunding or reallocating of police resources. So while the rest of the people in the field were saying they're open to figuring out a way to get more money to things like nonprofit groups and community based organizations asaba. George has always said no. I support the police. She's gotten the endorsement of the former police commissioner and she campaigns on things like adding more officers to perform all right syria. So let's talk a little bit more about these issues. You kind of laid out a couple that allow voters characterize these candidates in particular ways but what. What are the top issues that boston. Voters are saying they're concerned about. They want their next mayor to address. Jikei shen has really risen as a top issue for voters here. It's one that i think. Both of these candidates has a advantage to campaign on because they're both really proud mothers who make a big deal about being moms and moms with students in bpm schools in the case of his soppy george the more moderate of the two. She's a former teacher and was for more than a decade. And i think that if you are a single issue. Voter education is your. Do who better to fix the schools than someone who has in classroom experience now. Can you talk about voter turnout during the election. I know this was a primary kind of an odd time but my understanding is that turnout was pretty. Low is an issue played political figures of austin free year years. Only about a quarter of the city's eligible voters cast ballots in the preliminary election and turnout was highest in the most conservative sections of the city more wider more affluent sections in the city. Those are the more reliable voters at the most common explanation. That i've heard for this is just that municipal elections happen in off year so last year during the presidential we saw i think about sixty eight percent of voters come out but this time again it was just a quarter and people always say they need to move elections to coincide with presidential ones and that analysis of needing to move elections to coincide with presidential ones is typically an argument made by democrats in places where there's kind of a partisan split or it's made by folks who are really making an argument specifically about the diversity of possible candidates that we see people who are more working class who are more likely to live in poverty younger people black and brown people much more likely to vote in presidential years than in the off year cycles. So here you've got to women No matter what. This is going to be a historic choice. Is that low turnout likely to push Sort of towards one of these women or the other given this case you're not talking about necessarily diversifying between them. That's a great question. I think the short answer is that we're going to have to wait and see. we have seen. The candidates already turned their attention to voters in the majority black and brown precincts who overwhelmingly came out for one of the candidates that did not advance into the election. And it's up to them. I think to activate those folks and see if they can roll them in an increase turnout right. So none of the black women candidates ma made the final cut including the current acting. Mayor kim janey. Are you hearing anything from blockbuster neans about this. Yeah yeah i am. There are a lot of folks though not all of course because black people are not a monolith there are guest course who knew but there are a of folks who were really motivated at the prospect of having a duly elected black woman to lead the city of boston. It's tied to the city's history of racism. Most vividly seen footage of what it was like win. Forced desegregation began here. And i'm not sure that that folks have ever really had a chance to publicly wrestle with Here and i think that prospects of a black woman mayor made a pathway for talking about it openly It's an interesting point that you know on the one hand This question of education is the top of voters minds and there was this kind of moment where we thought. Oh my goodness. Is boston going to russell with education with a black mayor given their particular history. I guess we will have to wait and see if that particular historic possibility. Reemerges at some future date Obviously we're gonna continue to follow the the mayoral race. We hope that you will come back and hang out with us again. Serreyah winter smith reporter covering boston city hall for gbh news suray. Thanks for being with us. Thank you so much good to talk to you. The is supported by one day. University bringing together the most popular professors from campuses across america. Now you can learn from these. Academic rockstars live in dc on september twenty sixth. Spend the day exploring topics like history music psychology and more no homework or tests just the enjoyment of lifelong learning from renowned professors tickets. At one day university dot com the takeaway is brought to you by progressive. Have you tried the name your price tool yet. It works just the way it sounds. You tell progressive how much you want to pay for car insurance and they'll show you coverage options that fit your budget. It's easy to start a quote and you'll be able to find a rate that works for you. It's just one of the many ways you can save with progressive get your quote today at progressive dot com and see why four out of five new auto customers recommend progressive progressive casualty insurance.
"asaba george" Discussed on Boston Public Radio Podcast
"Hundred fifty thousand dollars. Charge dreyer campbell. So you can see the super pacs. The number you know andrea campbell and An isa salvatori. They were very busy in that last week. because they were fighting anita andrea and also kim jamie there were fighting for number two one. Quick thing here is one One can find distasteful or whatever you want. it's perfectly legal. We should say unfortunately. And i underline unfortunately this whole pack thing is which is a nightmare american campaign financing particularly the dark money aspect of it. At least here we. We were able to identify the donors. Theoretically not theoretically legally the candidate whoever it is has no control over the pack and the decision making a lot of people believe that that is a distance that is honored in the breach for the most part but technically the campaign for the candidate. In this case. George and the pack have nothing to do with one another. And you can decide whether you buy that. Don't buy it in the case of wu asaba georgia cetera. But i have to say as much as his money helped her. I would argue in the primary half million dollars. it's big. it's huge in a a mayor election this. I'm assuming while wu hasn't been an attack dog for a minute in the preliminary went now that it's down to. This is something asaba. George is going to get hit with pretty regularly And i'm not sure the whether it's fair or not that the i don't control this and i disavow it is gonna work. I don't know i should know. Pat can run out about you and you have no say about you or whatever but but i wonder if. There's a participatory part of this well. If people post pictures for the ads work you may not have you. May i can answer the question. Legally you can have nothing to do with independent. Political action committees. If you do you're in violation of law so while again let me say a lot of. There's no mechanism feud returned the money. Because you're not getting them and that's what the law says. A lot of people think backrooms quietly in all camp not all and many campaigns they're elicit discussions or nods going on but legally. You're not allowed to have anything to do with one another..
"asaba george" Discussed on Radio Boston
"I think the voters that's gonna be an issue especially because in order to win. I think that you save you. George has stu whole either indra campbell or mayor janey but frankly both of them into her camp. I think that's what the game is from here on out. It's who is who between michelle. His sabe george gets either one of those Kit former candidates to endorse her. That would be the game. And i think after that the game is over i do think frankly given the numbers. Michelle stands in pole position bipolar. So a couple of things there. I initiates ib georgia's father comes from tunisia. Just want to give flag that. That's okay You're still brothers. The second i do want to your point about sort of who's got votes. I do want to point out with the precinct data in the globe analysis That they publish this week. Says that wou- quote finished first or second in seventeen of the city's twenty two wards and never finished below third and quote which does suggest sort of a front runner status at this part. As i turn to you maria francis. I wanna play a little bit of sound from dorchester. Smell of bush who told. Wb you are that the two remaining candidates need to up their presence in black neighborhoods and talk about issues important there to earn that final vote. He's gonna talk about climate change. Talk about what matters to our t. Unity whether public health issues whether has the cost of health The cost of living in areas where we have high particulate matter. We also know. Mary francis from wbz zone. Polling housing is huge. Kovic is huge and race is huge for voters of boston. What kind of discussion do you wanna see from the two finalists going forward schorr and like i and i would disagree a bit with jim. The candidates actually have pretty robust platforms. Which which. I've looked through. And i feel like there is a distinction in the platforms especially with wu in asaba george. So there's a choice there. That's fairly clearly laid out. I think voters but what. I would love to hear more from the candidates. I think it is about the candidates positions clearly but it's also about folks understanding their own power. And what i'd love to hear more is about the engagement that these candidates Their engagement plans for communities. Whether it's engaging folks on the plant local planning level or in you know city level budget discussions but what's the plan to include citizen voice in continuing to creep policy solutions. That work for everybody wears is an issue that you see particular opportunity to do that. Murray francis i well so on the november second ballot there will be a ballot question about Adding elements of participatory budgeting to the city and to the the processes on the city level. So i feel that's a that's a perfect place to start so. Let's talk for a minute about acting boston. Mayor kim genie on wednesday. We spoke with meghan irons from the boston globe. Here's what she said about genie's loss. We learned that is extremely difficult for kim janey. The candidate to proceed with a mayoral campaign while also dealing with being a mayor of boston a sitting near boston and in the end it voters just were really feeling that as well turnout was huge in it low and by huge there she means important and let me just throw the number one eight hundred four two three eight.
"asaba george" Discussed on Boston Public Radio Podcast
"Public radio on election day in the city of boston as you just heard on the news henry santoro and the pulse open at seven o'clock and we're going to have a very busy election day right here. We are and by the way for those who are worried. Marjorie was wasn't jury duty yesterday. She engineer to quick guilty verdict. So she can be back for election all done marjorie. Aided walpole's jim you gotta get out of there back in any case. Today's merrill preliminary will get us that much closer to finding out who will make history as the first person of color elected mayor of a city that has majority minority. That would be boston. it's a race. It's getting national attention but we'll enough. Bostonians take advantage of being a part of this historic moment by turning out to vote. All five of the major candidates will call into the show today so if you want to hear their final pitch i would stick around. Join us online. I though for his take on which candidates may have an advantage who could be the wildcard and the issues that are driving people bowls is gbh reporter adam riley adam rowley courses co host of the scrum politics adam. Thanks so much for calling in. Hey guys thanks for having me so as you well know polls have michelle ruinous with a significant lead going into this kind of a tight race for second among johnny campbell. And this asaba george. Anything change expected any surprises or no. Or what do you think. I am not expecting anything to change with machel..
"asaba george" Discussed on Radio Boston
"Read curve solutions company. A campaign finance company based in beverly. They handle a lot of the they basically act as a treasurer For these super pacs Or can sometimes For for presidential candidates to in in the twenty sixteen race they worked for Donald trump And they In terms of in terms of This rays they listed that number when they formed the super pac for The chairman william grass the former book. Boston police commissioner Asaba george when. I spoke to her after one of the debates last week on she was very concerned about that. That link because she said i am the daughter of immigrants You know her campaign manager worked for joe biden. He was the state director for massachusetts. For the biden campaign. Choose was very troubled by this link and and She she wanted it now. All right and so so. This is a company that gets paid to manage money for presidential campaigns in two thousand sixteen one of the campaigns for which it managed money was the trump campaign. so far. my am. I understanding you correctly. Correct and it gets. It gets a little Even more convoluted because when when all the reporting came out about that phone number being listed.
"asaba george" Discussed on WBUR
"Of excitement and A lot of money millions. In fact, here with a roundup of who is throwing their wallets behind which candidate is gin dump, she's managing editor of the Dorchester Reporter Gin. Welcome to the show. Yeah. Again. Do we have you there? Yes. Can you hear me? I can hear you now give Hey, thanks for joining us. Sure, Thanks for having me so again. I want to. I want to start about what kind of money we're talking about. Candidates can directly raise money on their own. In all the five major candidates have raised a total of about $6.3 million. That's the kind of direct fundraising that's highly regulated. There are limits on the contribution. But then there's this other thing this whole other world of what some people refer to as dark money. Some just call him super PACs. They don't have individual limits, so let's be specific of that kind of money. How much are we talking about? That is flowing into the Boston mayoral race so far. Well, the number is getting higher every day. But right now it's over $2 million, and it's only going to get higher once the preliminary is over and into November, so an individual can give no more than $1000 a year to a candidate. Not the same limits for a Super Pac contribution, correct. Right. They can, they can raise and spend unlimited amounts of money. Um, and the really two types of organizations support super PACs, especially in Massachusetts, Uh, it's unions and wealthy donors who don't bat an eyelash at dropping $10,000, or even more than that into a super PAC for supporting a candidate They like. All right, so a couple things to follow up on there. So first. How do we know how that that's how much money So the interesting thing is, it's changed quite a bit since 2013 and 2013 when it was Marty Wallace and John Connolly and even the prelim. There was very little known about how much the super PACs were fundraising and spending because there just weren't a lot of rules around that. So for us reporters back then we were flying blind. Since then, donors have to disclose the top five. Uh, super PACs have to disclose the top five donors in ads and mailers, and they have to fire fire with campaign finance regulators exactly how they're doing that, so we're not quite seeing it in real time, but it's It's a big improvement over 2013. And so it may not be again if I understand you correctly. That this is more super Pac money than was in, say, the 2013 race. It's that we can see it now. At least some of it in a way that we couldn't before. Is that right? That's partly right. I would say that there's definitely going to be more super PAC spending. At least that's what most political observers expect. But with 2013 2 super facts hadn't really injected themselves into local races at that. 20.2013 was kind of the first instance of a of a city race seeing this massive influx of outside spending and in this case, and this year you're seeing pretty much every candidate has, if not, if not won two Super PACs. Each backing them. All right. So let's talk about that a little bit and let's start with Anissa Sebi George, he said. Every candidate has won Maybe two. I know. She recently tried to distance herself from one of the Pac supporting her because of its connections to former President Donald Trump again this local race, but with nationalize and attention. What are the connections of that Super PAC and how much money did it give? Sure so this this Super Pac when it filed its formation the other week. Listen to phone number that went to Red Curve Solutions, their company campaign finance company based in Beverly. They handle a lot of the basically act as a treasurer for the super PACs, or it can sometimes, uh, for for presidential candidates to and in the 2016 race, they worked for Donald Trump, and they Uh, we're in terms of in terms of this race. They listed that number when they formed the Super Pac for the Chairman William Gross, the former book, Boston Police Commissioner Asaba George. When I spoke to her after one of the debates last week, she was very concerned about that at length because, she said, I am the daughter of immigrants. You know, her campaign manager worked for Joe Biden. He was the state director from Massachusetts for the Biden campaign. She was very troubled by this link, and, uh She wanted it known. All right. And so it's so this is a company that gets paid to manage money for presidential campaigns in 2016 1 of the campaigns for which it managed money was the Trump campaign so far, and I am I understanding you correctly. Correct and it gets it gets a little, uh, even more convoluted, because when, when all the reporting came out about that phone number being listed, they switched it to a different division called Bulldog compliance that specializes in super PACs. The I spoke with gross about it earlier today, and he and he kind of he was very dismissive, he said. Well, the phone numbers changed, but it's the same company. Okay? And I also understand that New balance chairman been Excuse me. Jim Davis, who was a big Donald Trump donor has also given almost $400,000 to that pack. Correct. He has indeed, along with several police unions, contractors, Um they've pulled in a lot of money in a short amount of time. And, you know, I asked. I asked Davis about that. Uh, I'm sorry. I asked Ross about that earlier today, and he said, you know, Hey, I'm not the treasurer. I welcome anybody who wants to give money. The Super Pac 5 10 $10. I'll take it. Okay, So Boston City Councilor Andrea Campbell has also been drawing some heat because of a pack called Better Boston, which is supporting her, and it draws major funding from charter school advocates. I think many of our listeners remember the bruising fight a couple of years ago about whether to lift or extend the cap on charter schools through a ballot initiative. So talk a little bit about who's giving to that pack and why, um, that's become an issue in this race. What part that's probably become an issue because among Democrats there there has been over the years a fight over charter schools and and whether and whether Massachusetts should support the expansion of them. Campbell supported the 2016 ballot campaign. But, she says, now that the mayor does not have that kind of authority to expand charter schools in, uh Boston now the better Boston Super Pac It does have charter school supporters. But it also has you know a woman who owns a Caribbean restaurant in Dorchester, giving $100 It's got lawyers, Uh, Campbell attended Princeton..
"asaba george" Discussed on Boston Public Radio Podcast
"Take on the social norms and abnormalities is the daughter of the maven family. That'd be media may have been who was called by some people so connell. The media maven his co. publisher bay windows the south new. She's a contributor current on nbc. L. accent of course so called good to talk to you good day. Good day how are you guys doing. Great great great so too big. Mayoral debase the primaries. The fourteenth i believe is coming up in just still cold the preliminary election the pulmonary election. Thank you for days. And i saw you Doing the analysis of the first debate. There'd been to this week so station absolutely. Yep that's right so would make them. I will first of all. I was just so excited. This is like christmas and hanukkah easter and the fourth of july. For me. I love this. I love elections. I love it when there's an actual heated battle for something. So i couldn't be happier and just as sort of business note. It was so thrilling to have people in our big building over at nbc to have it like acting and feeling like a newsroom so it was so invigorating to have all the candidates there You know it's. I am so thrilled that we have such a high level of competency. In these candidates. I think each and every one of them is A spectacular and bringing great stuff to the table and bringing ideas and i was a little disappointed during our debate that they stayed all above the belt and went high and didn't personally attack each other because it would have been a lot more exciting for details. Nbc the whatever was debate last night. I the candidates were so cautious. And i understand if you're michelle woohoo. According to all polls has a ten twelve point lead over the three people virtually tied for second place. Which is saba george campbell and whom i leaving out. Who's the third campbell. Asaba george j but if you're one of those three figure you know get off your john actually. Here's an example. This is where john barrasso obviously is trailing in the polls and needs to do it. Here's one of the few confrontational moments from the nec end. Debate soon as baros responding question about whether acting mayor janey has done enough on police reform. Here's i'm going to let you. You're raising four kids in the city. Do you feel that mayor. James is working I'm not sure what. Johnny plan is the plan. She doesn't have a plan. Check her website out. I we've asked for plan..
"asaba george" Discussed on Boston Public Radio Podcast
"Forgive me i forget the byline on asaba george husband and what was really checkered record. all sorts of violations from the city allegations of criminal complaints. Really kinda sketchy and seems not to have. Maybe it has hurt her. But i don't know does that. I thought that was almost disqualifying yet. She's still in the running. Yeah and her husband is a as a housing developer and and yeah she's she's remained running. I mean what was really interesting with new It was actually hard to find a kind of a prominent business leader supporting asaba george and but it was interesting when you talk to them in. You know those who follow politics very closely. They thought that she had that that she's gonna probably make the finals. She's got a she she is. She's got a good base of supporters In the neighborhoods She like michelle. Woo has run district wide citywide right. And so while the others. Jamie and campbell. Our district councillors. So so both wu and asaba. George have the base and how may have The biggest number votes come tuesday. Well asaba this is more moderate. I think she's got she's does not it. Correct me if i'm wrong. She's not big on reforming the cops right so she probably get support from them and she. I mean if you think that she's adopted is incredibly smart strategy in in progressive field. She's your your smart cheesier moderate candidate. You know just when you were talking about mike and we highlighted him because a lot of people listening no mike from what it was. The city counter ran for mayor as well. I didn't even know he was doing real estate. Lawyering i don't think i knew anyway is an he is saying that is. The one isn't janey. How does he feel about her after she. You wrote a piece about this sort of finally joined the chorus and put the kabosh on the uh donncha faro's replacement for the that harbor garage thing. He's still feeling is enamored of janey. He once was. We did talk about that. I didn't have room in my story to mention this. I was thinking. I'm going to save this for future story. I said yeah mike Genie just you know she. She must have angered a lot of developers gene. No more predictability are kind of taken all the predictability out of you know predictability out of real estate development in boston. It's so uncertain and you know very good response. Which was you know this is a. This is a very You know i. It's a kind of very difficult project. It is Confounded many a mayor including her and so and just felt that she was in a in a tough political position and he didn't think that That this you know that her her stance on this one particular project Meant that she would overturn other development projects. We're talking to shirley. Leon shirley. I loved your column in fact i texted you. When you wrote this column about housekeepers you can tell people what your your your advocacy position is on this thing but you know for for well. Why don't you describe to to people. What the facts are and what you were urging people who were hotel guests to do then. I have a few thoughts about it. Yes so this is my labor day column. And i said you know if you if you wanna help save a job next time you check into a hotel request daily housekeeping Some of us who have started to travel again. You might notice that there's no there hasn't been daily housekeeping during the throws of the pandemic and now that we're coming out Some.
"asaba george" Discussed on Boston Public Radio Podcast
"They had all this federal money flowing in right to help them. And now you just don't know where the end is right. You have no idea. And there's talk of a new variant taking. Hold where you know the the the vaccines might not work and so this is a really difficult period right now. Because they're in the the the kind of the money's dried up right the federal money dried up and and people just don't know how to plan anymore and they're exhausted from from all the false starts so speaking of business a business columnist surely young and speaking of boston and business. Latest poll globe poll has in the mayoral race. Which i guess is just what six days away is that what it is. Yeah six days away in the at least the preliminary. The runoff has michelle. Woo with a pretty significant lead. Asaba george campbell and janey in a virtual dead heat for second ten plus points behind john barrows trailing significantly. You write a piece about how business Which i guess was wary for lack of better and bigger businesses of the front runner. Michaud woo are warming. Is that because they've looked at the merthyr proposals and they're more comfortable or because they want to be with who they believe is the likely i'm not saying this is the case but who they perceived to be the likely winner of this thing you know. The people i interviewed in the piece they. They've been with michelle We before kind of her career in the last month it was very interesting very an interesting group of of kind of executives business leaders that i talked to start the story with jack. Connors who Is probably one of the most influential new business eaters right in town and And i've been wondering for a long time. We're who who's jack supporting right. And i had heard a few weeks ago that he was supporting michelle. Woo and he wasn't really quite ready to talk yet. And then you know then people started telling you. Oh you know Jack connors folding fundraiser. For michelle wu and those invites went out before her surge in the polls and so You know he's he's been following her and her Her career and so he is he. I think that's a huge statement. You know when. I thought about the story i was thinking like. It's almost like he's sending back signal to the rest of the business community that i'm with michaud wou It's okay because michelle has been the you know she's been a longtime city councillor and she has been really She's been really tough on the business community specifically the development community and and so And lawyers and so there was this impression out there that the business unit was really scared of michelle who anyone but michelle will and i was struck by how there are a business leaders who support her beyond jack. David del sandro. The former john hancock It was interesting. He was struck by..
"asaba george" Discussed on POLITICO Dispatch
"This race is absolutely historic because there are five major candidates. All of them are candidates of color. All of them would be a first of something if not multiple things for boston. Spirits office which has just been led by a white man for about two hundred years. Now so you have four city councillors. Who are running one of. Which is the acting mayor who stepped up when former mayor. Marty walsh went to washington to become president. Joe biden's labor secretary. I stand before you as the first woman and the first black mayor of boston the city that i love. So that is acting american janey who is city councillor. Then you have three other city councilors michelle. Woo in boston. We have been a city with deep disparities for a long time and during this pandemic every one of those disparities has gotten worse. Asaba george watson is my home. I have deep roots here connection that drives me to work harder and deliver more for the city. I love and andrea campbell. Boston is facing a crucial moment. We can and must confront our own history of exclusion segregation marginalization if we are to transform systems so that they truly serve all of our residents equitably and then the fifth major candidate is john barrows. Who was the city's economic development chief under for mayor marty walsh. I'm ready for this campaign. And more importantly i'm ready to leave the city of boston as mayor. I would work to make sure that we continue to engage our community continue. Continue to particularly engage. Our young people continue to engage those feel left out. They all bring years of city. Government experience to the table of course and three of them are running progressives in this race. Michelle woo kim janey and andrea campbell on any says. Avi george is considered kind of a more moderate in this race. As is john barrows. Who obviously is a former development. Director is very focused on that. In your story you looked at how voters and endorsers across. Boston are looking at this group of candidates and kind of struggling to figure out what exactly to do when september fourteenth rolls around the democrats are cheering the diverse field. But at the same time it's all difficult to navigate. Are we seeing at all. Any front runners emerged. Here is actually a very tight race and not a lot of polling which has been sort of a problem among the political class. I'm here So it's a couple months in between every poll So it appears michelle. Wu is kind of edging out in these polls as a front runner. Kim genie in the spring through the spring had been atop polar few recent polls have shown like very like a closer race with her and denisa. Saba george in andrea campbell. Kind of bunched up You know towards the top and with this election. it's a preliminary election so two people will make it through to the november general election So too will make it through. You mentioned earlier. How there's two camps michelle woo came janey and andrea campbell as progressives and then a niece asaba george and john barrows as the more moderate candidates. Does it make sense to you. That things will turn out with one from each more moderate and a more progressive candidate making it. Through to the general it's definitely could And a lot of the people kind of have that scenario as michelle wu and isa savvy george in their minds right now is the progressive moderate but one of the progressives You know. Kim jamie is the acting mayor Which you know even though she won't be listed as an incumbent on the ballot on just because it's enacting role you know it is. It is essentially the power of incumbency in this race so You know there's a very good chance that she makes it through and then michelle woo You know another progressive has run citywide in one many times before so people are familiar with her used to kind of pulling the lever for her so to speak So there is actually very good chance that To progresses or andrea campbell could surge up a little bit late so there is a very good chance of to progressives could make it through to the final or we could have a progressive in a moderate. What are the issues you think boston. Voters are going to be thinking about when they fill out their. The corona virus. Resurgence is going to play a big role in voters minds when they head to the polls are they fill out their ballots You know it's resurging. Even though massachusetts in boston are highly vaccinated areas we are still dealing with delta variant here and That will definitely be on people's minds. I mean you know there is a mass mandate boston. That just came back in place on friday. So that's very much fun of mind. schools are starting. This is now the third pandemic year. I guess the third year affected by the pandemic For these students So that is very much at the forefront of people's minds right now navigating those first few weeks what plans there are in place you know to help students try and have a semblance of normal. There are still outstanding issues in our police department on there. Some sort of boston specific scandals that have come up and controversies over the past few months. that are still kind of lingering on so i think that those will really be You know along with major issues in boston like affordable housing Ours seaport in climate change associated with it. So all of those. I think are going to be top of mind for voters in just a couple of weeks. Are we seeing any clear. Differences emerged between the candidates. When it comes to these key issues that you're saying yes and no so acting mayor genie as you know the the acting mayor right now is the one who's making a lot of the decisions when it comes to kovin and she's gotten pushed a little bit to kind of adopt a vaccine mandate in a mass mandate by some of her competitors and also by some of the people still on the city council So there are some people who wanted to go further faster Jeannie took a slightly more measured approach to it which did open her up to some criticism from her rivals But in the end you know she did kind of get there. And everyone seemed to largely be in agreement It's really hard to find like big policy differences between the candidates which is part of the problem. People have right now. that's interesting. I guess regardless of how it does turn out though history will be made in this race. How are you thinking about that. Going into voting and just a couple of weeks as someone who's tracking boston and massachusetts politics every day. It's really cool to put it to put it simply you know. Boston has been led by a white man for almost two hundred years. Now and to see this level of diversity. It's really cool to watch how it's accelerated particularly over the past ten years You know this has been a very long time. In the making and years decades of people of color working their way into city government and it's really accelerated in the past probably ten years or so ever since now congresswoman i on presley was first elected to the city council and you know in twenty nineteen. You saw this council finally turn majority female and majority minority. And the mayor's office feels like the next logical step and this is the field where there are you know. All five major candidates are people of color. this is the year to finally You know to get to the mayor's office in kind of complete that and then continue to do it again and move the city forward. So there's just a lot of excitement in the city right now that no matter how tough choice may be difficult or having a hard time. Finding policy differences between the candidates or ideological.
"asaba george" Discussed on Boston Public Radio Podcast
"Asaba george who does does identifies person of color. Her father emigrated from tunisia. A nonetheless has struggled Depict out black and tina votes and some of the polls and so we will she be able to win over some of those more moderate black and latino voters who might naturally leave someone with her positions are willow progressive candidate of color yelled to pick up some of those voters of color even if they don't align exactly in terms of their politics. I think that's really something to watch here. We're talking to david shafran. Burke he's trial staff writer for the globe ideas section. You know david. The globe did a pretty devastating piece about this asaba. Georgia's husband and his. I guess you could say at the very best checkered history as a developer in boston you know. Not following the rules getting criminally charged. Having porteous fall through evicting tenants does that matter to the mayor. Course the mayor of boston. You have tremendous power over development in boston. Do voters care about that or not. Good question i mean i think it certainly does matter in terms of her standing as a city councillor potential mayor and such so something people should certainly take into consideration whether plays out in the election. I'm not sure she was one of you. Know half dozen moderate candidates ahead into to choose from and moderate voters might push her aside For someone else after a story like that but given that she's really kind of standing alone you know. I wonder if Her you know voters who consider themselves more moderate or conservative and and see her. Is there sort of lone representative the spiel. That they'll really be turned off or no. I mean i suppose in some turnout folks who might just not vote at all But i wouldn't be surprised if she does does quite well in this election even if she doesn't make the final but i certainly think she has a shot to meet the final. Let's go back a little bit about how realistic some of these. The proposed measures are and some of the conversations are as you pointed out earlier in this conversation. Anything involving the t. would have to. That's not under the guise of the mayor under the purview of the mayor of the city of boston A lot of things that these candidates are talking about would need legislative approval. You point out in this conversation about housing. Boston seems to have done a lot already around housing Which is also nice to hear new foldable housing realm so going forward. We also know that campaigns drum up a lot of ideas a lot of interest in in things to talk about not all of them and often few of them actually materialized so so forecast for us. How what could come to fruition here. Yeah i think it's going to be a bit of a mixed bag. There are certain certain things that a mayor. We'll be able to push ahead on advocate for i mean You know it's interesting in the boston globe. Poll we did a couple of months back at this point. You know police..
"asaba george" Discussed on Boston Public Radio Podcast
"Describes as big systemic change. Talk about completely changing the the basic premises approach public policy with. And she's also very big on talking about how everything is interconnected housing relates to environmental concerns relates to food insecurity. She ties everything together sometime. She sounds like a political philosopher more than city council. And i think that if you're someone who likes that approach to politics that's really appealing if you're someone who prefers smaller bore or more focused or more tractable policy arguments. It might be a little bit of a challenge but there are other things that she's really big on. I think one of her big things we approach. The preempt is in this field. She is the candidate who most enthusiastic about rent stabilization in boston. I would she doesn't mean capping rance. No hard cap. She likes the idea of of limiting the rapidity with which rents can be increased while simultaneously. Making it possible for developers to say bill more densely so they don't just stop building because there's less money in it This is something that she's been pushing for while kim janey. The acting mayor has recently shifted gears on this. I'm she came here. She was at a forum a couple months ago and held up no side when she was asked if she supports rent control but lately she has expressed openness to it. I'm kind of an abstract discussion at this point because as you guys know rent controls currently illegal in the state there was this ballot question couple decades ago and You can't do it right now. So there needs to be changed on beacon hill. But that's another area. I think to to watch we'll vis-a-vis janey and vice versa. As we head toward the pre-owned that's one of her signature issues before relieve housing. I should say the way you and your colleagues have done. This great thing I think it's every wednesday it drops where you do take an issue in the race and compare the five candidates people access that stuff there Adam riley all they gotta do. And i'm typing feverishly by heading to w h news dot org and if you let me filibuster for little and we onto another topic. I'm going to see if there's a master you are well. Let's let's talk about housing in a different way and building in a different way where city councillor and merrill candidate sabi georgia savvy. George husband captured some news headlines the past weeks regarding a role that she did or did not play around some hearings around. Some housing was or wasn't building this on the heels of a globe story a few months a month ago or so talking about taxes and fees. That weren't paid is any of this having is it sticking in any way to Counselor asaba george. It's a great question. And i'm gonna point to jim's comment about the lack of polling to say it's hard it's hard to know. I don't know if if you're an aside. Be george loyalist. I don't know if this is stuff that bugs. You still might see her as the candidate. Who is the wall. She just candidate. Who has the support of various public safety unions candidate who is a little more moderate in. What's generally i think. A left leaning progressive leaning field. But i don't think any candidate wants a story like that written about their campaign. And i know the argument that george made when she responded to the globe was wait a minute. You're you're pointing to my staff or my office. Speaking out against a proposed development that was next to a developed. My husband was involved in. We spoke out against it. Asaba george sad because the neighborhood was against it..
"asaba george" Discussed on Boston Herald Radio
"Businesses that deal in part from servicing businesses that deal in pot. That means among other things largely cash transactions are required a risky in really untenable situation. As a matter of fact, federal law, also prohibits armored car services from servicing recreational facilities fixes needed quickly. But that brings us to Washington DC, politics, two sides are grappling over the issue. One side sees the marijuana industry as an exit central reality that must be catered to in a pragmatic way. The other fields of giving states work arounds to federal law is the first step in decriminalizing marijuana on the federal level era of the opioid crisis. There is movement though, Boston held radio spoke with Massachusetts. Congressman Jim McGovern who broke some news Jim McGovern who broke some news legislation is moving forward to facility. I can tell you in the house. We will move on this issue in the next few weeks, and it will come to the rules committee, which I'm the chairman, and it will be a re we won't we will guide it to the house floor vote, which I think it will. I think it will pass with an overwhelming vote Democrats yet and a lot of Republicans as well. So I hope that the previous year of the rules committee blocked everything right cannabis related, and we're in a new day where we need to make sure that our federal laws don't obstruct what states are doing. And that, you know, especially with regard to the baking issues, you know, where everything is being done in cows you, and this is not the way we want this to go we need to wait to make sure that the federal laws respect. What the states are doing? So that's going to happen. And I feel really confident that will pass it to the house. And I think that there is bipartisan support in the Senate on this as well. And whether it's Warren Gardner Bill or another configuration. I I would expect something here. That's awesome. So how how soon you think in the next few weeks? Well, I think the house in the next few weeks. We will do something. I don't know what the Senate schedule is. But I think we will go I, and I think we have a strong bipartisan vote that'll increase the pressure on the Senate to do something. And I don't know. I don't know where the president is on this issue. I hope he will. You know, he will sign whatever the house and Senate put together what I'm confident he'll get a Bill. Yeah. It is incredible. How important as you said this is for businesses dealing dealing with cash is just the most dangerous thing for a lot of these a lot of these places. We have a a a business in north Hampton, which is not too far from my office. And I there's always a line of people outside. You know, trying to get in. But I mean, I I keep on thinking that everybody has to have cash. Waiting alive because they can't find any with a credit card. It's like it just it just seems like this is this it doesn't seem sensible, and it doesn't seem safe and we need to do this better. And I think we will. So the marijuana industry in Massachusetts and other states is a reality. So there's no reason to really debate the the moral question anymore. What is the opposition to it to this Bill? Well, this is Washington we deal with reality. Right. And I think, you know, my predecessor the rules give it he I think had a moral objection to this. And it just wouldn't let any amendments come to the floor to address this issue. And I know the former attorney general sessions was very much opposed to. Jenny legislation that would make it basically helps a lot the federal government to respect state laws because he he just had this. I don't even know what the reaction was. Was against it. And and and I think what we're finding here is that the states that are moving forward on the issue of marijuana are not just democratic blue states. They're also Republican red states. You have. Liberal Democrats, and you have conservative Republicans and everybody in between all. Understanding that it makes sense to update our laws, and I believe that in the house we will do that in a relatively short time and several within the next several weeks. And I think we will have a very strong vote. And then it will go to the Senate. But I think I think there's this consensus developing that the status quo is unacceptable. So on the federal level progress for the industry is being made fun. Ultimately, the potential prosperity of that industry will depend on how it's received in the community. The city of Boston is about to open a couple of retail marijuana locations. But the residents and businesses of the city will have their say, they're conduits in the seats of power are the city councillors. The herald spoke with city councillor Asaba George about the ongoing dialogues being held between industry officials municipal agencies in the people of Boston. We have city councillor ISA savvy. George talking to us about a hearing that always held last night in talking to us in general about marijuana and recreational sales in Boston. It's been a while since we talked to sitting councillor large, and he says, George, but we're so thankful to have you on. Thanks for coming on. Thank you for inviting me, and I was thinking of you last week if a teacher rally and someone introduced me. Venetia savvy. And crack me. Because I thought about all the time with you guys. The indeed was sobbing so talk to me a little bit. Obviously. Now that we're seeing some. Licenses in terms of recreational marijuana sales, go to more and more sort of Boston area stores. What are you guys hearing and seeing as this Boston prepares to to open up? Their own their own stores. Well, they're definitely mixed responses across the city. There's one group of neighborhoods are one sort of of neighborhood meetings. So it's not necessarily a particular part of the city that just wants to say medicinal just do the Monaco, no recreational, and we have a few out of the neighborhood meetings or totally open to the recreation. So it's it's definitely a mixed bag across the city. There's a lot of curiosity. There's some nervousness in today. We've got you know, before is owning board of appeal here at city hall. I hearing that includes two new dispensaries in east Boston. So things are moving and things are moving quickly, and certainly with mixed emotion diety across the city, and he said, I know that there's been a push. It was actually written into the charter to try to get inclusion of minorities into the industry into the opportunities available. One. How is that going in to? Conversely dialogue about that. Well, we actually had a hearing. I think we can go now on some of the equity issues that we are seeing here in the city of Boston and part of the the process at the state level for not just the equity piece, but the locally owned piece. Right. How does how does that all fit into the larger conversation, and what we signed a lot of these minority and locally-owned operators are those at wannabe operators. Don't have the capital I could sort of get into the processes quickly as they need to be because of some of the zoning regulations if you're not in early you may never get in. And we're sort of chasing that right now, I think at the city level and hearing that concern from proponents and people that want to open in the city of Boston that they may leave an opportunity. So how do we balanced at an industry? That's married about in many ways. Are there any ideas on how to get loans or small business loans to some of these folks who don't we can't come up with the money immediately? Well, I think it's less than will follow this industry that isn't necessarily the problem way folks on the application mine and in the queue, and there's been a seems like at the state level with cannabis control commission. There's been quite a bit of waiting and a lack of information. So, you know, people are just dying for that information. They really want to know where they stand because it doesn't impact. Plan their business model, it impacts their investors and potential investors and here in the city, I'm telling that wasn't a proponent of the recreational piece of legalizing it. True. So we've got we've got to catch up with this industry and make sure that our residents in the city of Boston, especially can access if market Tanaka industry, how important is it to have any of the shops readily accessible to the t- to really push back on any kind of traffic concerns. I mean, that's important in any business. We want folks naval to get to easily. We wanna certainly let lessen the impact it has on the immediate neighborhood. Traffic is is one thing. We heard a lot about especially since the chaos that surrounded. I think there's one in sterling they opened and you know, we've got because some other locations have opened before some of the Boston scotch variable to learn some lessons from that. So t- accessibility is important. That's important. Everything you need to make sure that we have transportation that can reach all neighborhood all sort of parts of our city. That's good for business. But we also want to mitigate the impacts of a new bigger than any neighborhood. Whether or not they're acceptable by the tape. But we want that what talk talk to me about that. I mean, you had concerns obviously about opening retail marijuana in the first place. So what are your concerns? I mean, certainly as you said today, there's going to be a zoning board weighing in on two businesses, not just one. But I mean, what are you? What are you? What are your thoughts on that? Do you? We're opening. Yeah. We're actually not taking a position on those two locations in east Boston an interesting dynamic. They were before the VDA a couple of weeks ago and the some concern around the order by which. So if the first one that's on the docket. That's approved. It just qualifies the second one because of proximity. They're not really sure how that's gonna that's gonna pan out today. But yeah, my position on the legalization in the wreck on recreational piece really rooted in my experience high school teacher, and it's been two years two years ago. Now, I went out to Colorado with a group of my colleagues to look at the industry, and I shared this with you when I was concerned about it. After my experience there on the on our one on my smoke marijuana that the Admiral and gets really frightening to me as a parent as someone who enjoys candy and brownies. Concerned about the the the over consumption, especially for young people. I have a concern about you know, this getting in your marijuana getting into the hands of younger and younger kids. Yeah. And because it's because it's much more readily available younger and younger kids are have access to that. Is there anything that? You can do. I mean action steps that you can when it comes to. I your concerns. Those particular concerns. Well, we following that trip. I spoke in detail with the school committee and members of the school department about some other precautions we should be looking at it, which in our schools and the education piece that we need to do doing what's in our schools. There's also a data collection. Debate data sort of the baseline data before recreational marijuana is readily available everywhere, and so we can measure you among young people our teenagers, and particular, but there's also the education's really important, but then at the state level, cannabis control commission. Level. They need to make sure that the packaging is proper proper. They're talking to their customers are being educated on proper storage and understanding their responsibility. Should you know, they have IB edibles in particular at home that they need to keep them under locking in Colorado. Hillary, and I share a love for the harra Bill. My god. They're so good. So good, especially refrigerated and cold. Yeah. When we were at some of the shops. I we check out the edibles I didn't sample. But I remember very clearly those are the two canister of gumming that were watermelon strawberry flavored and they just now. So guys. Say it was a two probably of maybe twelve or twenty gummy..
"asaba george" Discussed on Boston Herald Radio
"That industry will depend on how it's received in the community. The city of Boston is about to open a couple of retail marijuana locations. But the residents and businesses of the city will have their say their condo Woodson. The seats of power are the city council is the herald spoke with city councillor Asaba George about the ongoing dialogues being held between industry officials municipal agencies in the people of Boston city, councillor, any savvy George talking to us about a hearing that always held last night in talking to us in general about. Marijuana and recreational sales in Boston. It's been a while since we talked to city councilor large, and he says hobby, George, but we're so thankful to have you on thanks for coming on. Thank you for inviting me, and I was thinking of you last week if a teacher rally and someone introduced me as any savvy. Crack me up because I thought about all kinds of you guys. The indeed was sobbing. So talk to me a little bit. Obviously. Now that we're seeing some. Licenses in terms of recreational marijuana sales, go to more and more sort of Boston area stores. What are you guys hearing and seeing as this is Boston prepares to to open up? Their own their own stores. Definitely mixed responses across the city. One group of neighborhood. Of neighborhood meetings. It's not necessarily. Tired of the city that just wants to stay medicinal just given no recreational and we have a few a few other neighborhood meeting open to the recreation. So it's definitely a mixed bag across the city. There's a lot of curiosity some nervousness. In today. We've got you know, zoning board of appeal to recall hearing that includes two new dispensary Boston. So things are moving and things are moving quickly and certainly with mixed emotion and anxiety across the city. And he's I know that there's been any push is actually actually written into the charter to try to get inclusion of minorities into the industry into the opportunities available. One. How is that going in was? Conversely dialogue about that. Well, we actually had a hearing. I think a week and half ago now on some of the equity issues that we are seeing here in the city of Boston. And and part of the process at the state level for not just the equity piece locally owned piece right out, God, you know, how does that all fit into the larger conversation, and what we signed in a lot of the minority and locally owned. Operators are one of the operators. Don't have the capital I get into the processes quickly they need to be because of some of the zoning regulations if you're not in early may never get in. And we're chasing that right now, I think at the city level and hearing that concern from proponents of people that want to open in the city of Boston that they made. So how do we balance that an industry that's ready to go? In many ways, are there any ideas on how to get loans or small business loans to some of these folks who don't if we can't come up with the money immediately. Well, I think it's less than solid of this industry. Bad isn't necessarily the problem where folks are in the application line in the queue, and there's been a seemed like at the street level with the candidates control commission. There's been quite a bit of waiting and a lack of information. So people are just dying for that information. They really want to know where they stand because it doesn't impact their plan been smaller than impact scare ambassadors and become embassador and here in the city. I'm not that widened proponent of recreational piece of legalizing it. True. So we've got we've got to catch up with industry and make sure that our residents in the city of Boston, especially can access the market industry. How important is it to have any of the shops readily accessible to the t- to really push back on any kind of traffic concerns? I mean, that's important a business. We want folks. Able to get easily. We want to lessen the impact it has on the immediate neighborhood. Traffic is is one thing. We've heard a lot about especially since the chaos that surrounded one show and AO Ken. And you know, we've got because some other locations have opened before some of the Boston starts very well to learn some lessons from that. So t- excessively these important that's important. I mean, you can make sure that we have transportation that can recall neighborhood. Shitty. That's good for. But we also want to mitigate the impacts. I knew better in any neighborhood. Oh, you want that what talk to me about you had concerns obviously about opening retail marijuana in the first place. So what are your concerns? I mean, certainly as you said today, there's going to be a zoning board weighing in on two businesses, not just one. But I mean, what are you? What are you? What are your thoughts on that? Do you support opening? And we're actually not taking a position on those two locations in east Boston. They were before the a couple of weeks ago and the near some concern around the order by which. So if the first one that's on the docket approved qualified the second one because of proximity. They're not really sure how that's gonna that's gonna pan out today. But commission on the legalization a wreck on the recreational piece really rooted in my experience high school teacher, and I think it's been two years two years ago. Now, I went out to Colorado with a group of my colleagues to look at the industry, and I share this not when I blast. Concerned about it. After my experience there on the are now on on my. Smokable now that the edible team gets really frightening near the parent as someone who really enjoys candy and brownies. Yeah. There's some real concerned about the over consumption, especially for young people. I have a concern about, you know, getting marijuana getting into the hands of young kids. And because it's because it's much more. Readily available. Is there anything that? You can do. I mean action steps that you can when it comes to. I your concerns those particular concerns. Well, we and following that trip. I spoke in detail with the school committee and members of the school department about some precautions we should be looking at it within our schools and the education people doing in our schools. There's also a data collection. Support. The baseline data the floor the recreational marijuana. Readily available everywhere. And we could measure you among young people our teenagers in particular. But there's also the education's really important, but then at the state level, the candidates control commission Ravel they need to make sure that the packaging is proper labeling us hop proper talking to their customers are being educated on proper storage and understanding their responsibility. Should they have had the edibles in particular at home that they need to keep them under lock in Colorado? Hillary and I share a love for the Howard. Oh my God. They're so good. Yeah. So good, especially refrigerated and cold. Yeah. When we were at some of the shop, we check out the ball, but I didn't. But I remember very clearly to canister gumming that were watermelon are strawberry flavored and they just show guys. Say probably of maybe twelve or twenty gummy. And the instructions for you for hot of a gummy bear was the survey or happened a gummy. And I thought to myself there is no way. Yeah. Right. How am I knock going canister? Yeah. Yeah. Hillary, and I had talked just last week to somebody who runs one of the retail operations. And they said the Gumy's are flying off the shelves. Yeah. Those are the most popular in terms of sales guy. I don't doubt it. Yeah. So. Who eats dog food? He would absolutely eat. Would it make sense? So if if you're if you manufacturing that that you take that into account that most people aren't gonna have no one's going to have a half of a gummy bear that. They're more likely to eat six ten twelve. So that the just make them weaker. I it's more of a science question. Yeah. I mean, that's part of the control the quality control. That goes in. We don't want the homemade we want the the quality controls because it. Manages some of that. But then the packaging is really important. The Tampere Poonch packaging is really important. So we're going to have to have child to Ned and things like that. On on this product to protect your kids. Really in the end. We are speaking with Anita Assadi, George Boston city councilor at large and once and I open up. Bag of gummy bears is pretty much looking like the whole bag at least I only speak for myself. I guess because I know she just said that he's certainly not gonna limit yourself to a canister which sounds to me like tiny. Probably I remember as I can that. There was a bag. It wasn't wasn't just in that one day. But like the bag was going down pretty pretty quickly and the flavors would sort of be sorted. There's a whole science and older get almost a better because they're a little tougher which is probably what you're tired. You know with the coldness, exactly. So anyway, so I'll also say just hear that cap on the gummy bears the largest size Comey. Bear is the perfect travel. Companion. You go through TSA you have to pull it out like it was a liquid because gummy bears through the x-ray machine. Are a red flag for the TSA agents. Especially on. I know that from experience they pulled it out 'cause I traveled with the big gummy bear bag once. And they said you can't this looks like it could not good in their bag. So just pull it out next time. So I mean, basically, you know, a lot of this is obviously done by the canvas control commission, but as a local authority what sort of eight gig you see as in your power and in your purview to do. You know? As as these places are opening up. Well, one of our biggest roles here in the city council on the city council is they make sure that you know, any business in any of our neighborhoods and being a good partner to our communities that they're behaving. Well, that there are mitigating any traffic impacts that they're acting as a good neighbor. But also that they've got proper China improper white and security measures in place in in over the last year, we've seen some changes to the process that different marijuana establishments. Have in the city they did at one point have process when they went through the city council four letters of we call it a letter of not opposition from our body. But now we have our own cannabis committee. Office, and there's a slightly different process now with the host agreement and the positive for the community is still very much the same where they meet with neighborhood organizations. They need meet with Reisman in proponents need to try to come up with a plan.
"asaba george" Discussed on WBZ NewsRadio 1030
"Lawler. Checking our top stories we begin with a crash in the O'neil tunnel this morning. That crash has cleared but the backup remains David Steph Alina, what is the latest out there. As you mentioned. The crash has been cleared had the all travel lanes blocked for awhile in the northbound side of the tunnel. The crash happened just before store will drive. It has done its damage to the expressway will have all the details coming up and traffic on the threes. So we'll be back to you. David. Thank you and WBZ's. Tina Gow has finally made it to the WBZ newsroom this morning, your Dr Tina takes you through the O'neil tunnel is quite the scene. Oh, deb. You're telling me it was quite the ordeal this morning, and it was so grateful to finally be able to make it out of their. Honestly, I was really scared to be stuck in that tunnel. What started out as a typical traffic jam morning inside the O'Neill tunnel heading northbound into the city turn into? Quite a smoky mess today. And the delays were Jorma still plenty of residual delays right now packing up plenty of patients. The culprit was a crash by exit twenty six Storrow drive when a vehicle erupted in fire and the scene quickly turn into a race against time without a lot of firetrucks making a beeline to the scene or trying to along with plenty of police cruiser is all zigzagging through the already very backed up tunnel causing drivers a Hong each other more than usual to try and squeeze by all the lanes and through all that mess, and the visibility was very poor inside a tunnel. And it honestly felt again, very trumpet. Very scared at the time you're in this enclosed space with smoke everywhere. All around you with a vehicles and fire trucks going in every direction. But luckily, I was right by exit twenty three at a time that's government center. And I follow the lead of a bunch of other drivers and was able to squeeze my way out of that smoky tunnel and out into the fresh air by taking a government center exit. So happy to be here about quite a scary morning. Still. Out of delays step sounds like there's always something on the commute to work. Tina, thank you calls for a public hearing a Boston safety policies at bars and clubs Boston city councilor at large Nisa Assab, George asking that of her colleagues on the heels of Jesse Kariya's death Asaba, George said in a statement Korea's death presents a sobering reality about the culture of violence against women that afflicts this city no date for a hearing has been set. There will be a vigil tonight for Jesse Korea outside Saint Peter's church on bowdoin street in Dorchester, sentencing day, former Trump presidential campaign, chairman, Paul Manafort heads to federal courtroom and Alexandria, Virginia. The sixty nine year old could get twenty years in prison for hiding millions of dollars from the IRS for his work with Ukraine. Now, it's expected he'll get much less cancer the diagnosis for jeopardy host game show host that is Alex trebek's. I want it to be the one to pass along this information to back breaking the heart. Breaking news. Fans on YouTube that he has stage for pancreatic cancer, CBS news, medical contributor. Dr Tara knew Rula says early signs of the disease are hard to detect more than fifty six thousand Americans are expected to be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer this year, it's an aggressive disease, especially in later stages. But trebek's says he has no plans to let it stop him..
"asaba george" Discussed on WBZ NewsRadio 1030
"For a public hearing on Boston safety policies have bars and clubs Boston. City councillor at large Anisa SAB, George asking that of her colleagues on the heels of Jesse Kariya's death Asaba George said in a statement Kariya's death presents a sobering reality about the culture of violence against women that afflicts this city no day for a hearing has been set at this point. There will be a vigil tonight for Jesse Korea outside Saint Peter's church on boating street in Dorchester judgment day for President Trump's former campaign boss, he'll be sentenced today in federal court for financial crimes, here's ABC's. Aaron katersky. More than a year after a special counsel. Robert Muller secured an eighteen count indictment against Paul Manafort. He faces the first of two sentencing hearings, Jerry in Virginia found Manafort, guilty of eight counts and prosecutors agreed with the findings of an independent pre sentence report that said Manafort deserves up to twenty five years in prison Manafort, then faces sentencing next week in Washington where he pleaded guilty to additional charges brought by the special counsel. The sixty nine year old is currently being held most of that time spent in solitary confinement. North Korean state TV is airing a documentary glorifying Kim Jong UN's recent visit to Vietnam, but it leaves out the part about the failed nuclear negotiations with President Trump the footage shows a smiling Kim talking with Trump inside a Hanoi hotel, and then Kim's black limousine driving through the streets with people waving flags. This comes amid reports that North Korea is restoring some facilities at its long range rocket launch site after a series of fatal accidents last year. Mayor Marty Walsh is looking to slow things down on the busy streets of Boston WBZ's, Carl Stevens has more mayor Walsh's transportation on his mind. That's what he is unveiling today a number of measures designed to make it a little easier and a little safer to get around the city the city's chief of streets. Chris osgood. Says among other things the mayor is going to propose lowering the speed limit a neighborhood streets from twenty five to twenty miles an hour. This is really building off of the work the suspicion permanently. Leading for collision zero which is an international effort to eliminate roadway fatalities in the city of Boston. This is something that would need to be approved by the state legislature last year in the city of Boston seven pedestrians were killed by motor vehicles from Boston city hall Carl Stevens WBZ Boston's News Radio Alex trebek's prevails. He has cancer and a local pass jeopardy. Contestant reacts if anyone.
"asaba george" Discussed on WBZ NewsRadio 1030
"Work officials say out of nearly six hundred thousand students only about one hundred forty thousand showed up for class yesterday in Lowell in this January cold some students are sitting in some mighty chilly classrooms. That's according to the president of the local teacher's union. WBZ's Carl Stephens spoke with him. It's no secret to law school system has plenty of aging buildings with ward out infrastructure last winter the high school was closed for a day because it was too cold. Paul Georgia's president of the United teachers of low tells me, it's still a sporadic problem lack of heat across various schools in the city. I think in the second grade teacher that might have. That I get a phone call saying, you know, I've got twenty six students and we walked into a classroom. That's forty eight or fifty degrees, and it doesn't appear it's going to be warm for another couple of hours. He says there's been a renewed effort by the city manager to address the problem, but it's gonna take time and probably some money from the state to find some consistent heat in all the schools in Lowell Carl Stevens WBZ Boston's NewsRadio. And in Boston city councillor, Anita Assab, George says, she is now standing behind dozens of students they could be kicked out of school this year because they're turning twenty two globe. Report. She will bring up a hearing order on the issue at the weekly meeting of the city council tomorrow. She says she wants the district to allow students who turned twenty two during the school year to be able to finish out the school year city council cannot officially change policy. But Asaba George says she believes the school committee will then rethink the policy in place, and hopefully help those students. Get a diploma.