The cheese stands alone*

The cheese stands alone*

No, I’m not saying Jim Cote is a dairy product. But his comment here, reminded me that Cote the only at large city council candidate who was not endorsed by either of our two political PACS: Voters for A Vibrant Newton or Newton Democracy.  What does that say...
Another city councilor blocks a resident

Another city councilor blocks a resident

https://twitter.com/nathanpboston/status/998146527058112517

It’s the second time something like this has been reported, except this time the councilor’s twitter account seems specifically intended for constituent service, and the blocked user was an actual constituent. The action seems to have been taken due to persistent criticism. When is it acceptable for a councilor to block a constituent?

Did PS&T rush (and try to hush) new parking rules? Listen and decide

There’s been a lot of discussion on this thread here and this thread here about proposed changes to Newton’s overtime parking rules.

Here’s the minutes and the audio from the City Council’s March 23rd Public Safety and Transportation meeting* where this proposal was approved to be sent to the full city council for a vote. (Deliberation of the proposed parking rule changes came nearly two hours into the meeting)

After listening to it, I can’t help but get the impression that the discussion was rushed and the committee was tired and anxious to pass the proposal without a lot of debate. I’d be interested in hearing if others reach the same conclusion.

Particularly rushed is the deliberation over the proposal’s mos

VIDEOS: Stories from our candidates (and others)

Friday night something very special happened here in Newton.  Seventeen candidates for elected office walked up to a microphone and shared a five minute personal story to a crowd of 150 people at Gregorian Rugs.  The stories were funny, poignant, heartbreaking, emotional, scary and everything in between.

Thanks to Maureen Reilly-Meagher and Walter Frankel devoting their Saturday to the effort, we now have the video edited and those stories available for all of you.

Friday night’s Nomad Story Slam was a non-political event in the middle of the most heated part of a political season.  For most people, getting up and telling a personal story to a crowd of strangers is a daunting task.  For candidates for public office it is twice as daunting and we are thrilled that so many stepped to the microphone.

Friday night we asked the audience to refrain from any bit of negativity.  Enjoy the stories or not.  We encouraged them to cheer on the storytellers if they liked but absolutely no hissing, booing or heckling.  The audience was wonderfully compliant with that simple request.  I’m going to ask the same of all of you here on Village 14.

Just as I brandished a large hook on Friday night.  I’ll brandish a small Delete key tonight.

Enjoy the stories for what they are and continue all the campaign comments on the many other Village 14 threads … and never the twain shall meet.

Many many thanks to Gregorian Rugs, our video crew, the Newton Nomadic volunteers, the audience, but most of all to the storytellers.  Click on the names below.  Enjoy.

Ted Hess-Mahan – co-host and outgoing City Councilor
Anping Shen – candidate for School Committee
Deb Crossley – candidate for City Council
Andreae Downs – candidate for City Council
Eileen Sandberg – candidate for School Committee
Janet Sterman – candidate for City Council
Matt Miller – candidate for School Committee
Jake Auchincloss – candidate for City Council
Susan Albright – candidate for City Council
     — intermission —
Amy Sangiolo – co-host and outgoing City Councilor
Jim Cote– candidate for City Council
Jerry Reilly – Newton Nomadic Theater
Ruthanne Fuller – candidate for Mayor
Margaret Albright – candidate for School Committee
Scott Lennon – candidate for Mayor
Nicole Castillo – candidate for City Council
Brenda Noel – candidate for City Council
Brian Yates – candidate for City Council
Andrea Kelley – candidate for City Council
Vickie Danberg – City Councilor bonus story

 

Leaf blower ban swept off until next year

Leaf blower ban swept off until next year

Newton City Councilor Jim Cote tried to have a proposed leaf blower ban referred back to the councilor’s Programs and Services Committee. His colleagues didn’t like that but they did agree to postpone consideration until January. Cote (who is on the record...

VIDEO: Ward 3 At-Large Alderman/City Council seat

Here’s the video from the Newton League of Women Voters/NewTV forum featuring the three candidates running for the Ward 3 At-Large Alderman/City Council seat: Incumbents Ted Hess-Mahan and Jim Cote and challenger Julia Malakie. Voters will have a chance to elect two...