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Immigration a hot topic in gov. candidate forum

August 8, 2014
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Roxbury Community College (RCC) held a governor candidate forum last month where the two frontrunners for the Democratic nomination sparred over immigration. State Treasurer Steve Grossman attacked state Attorney General Martha Coakley over her views on that subject, including her former support for Secure Communities, a federal program that relies on local and state...

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BRA chief: We’ll review LMA Guidelines

August 8, 2014
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The Boston Redevelopment Authority’s acting director pledged to examine the controversial Longwood Medical Area Interim Guidelines, among other items in the BRA’s ongoing house-cleaning, in a Gazette interview this week. Brian Golden is helming the quasi-public economic development and planning agency during a top-to-bottom review ordered by new Mayor Martin Walsh. A recent audit...

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Mission Hill Banners

August 8, 2014
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Mission Hill Banners

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Gov. Patrick talks child poverty

August 8, 2014
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Gov. Patrick talks child poverty

BACK OF THE HILL—Gov. Deval Patrick visited Nurtury Learning Lab in Jamaica Plain’s Bromley-Heath housing development last week to present an annual report on the state of child welfare in the Commonwealth and how that compares to the rest of the country. According to the KIDS COUNT ranking, issued by the Annie E. Casey...

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Oficiales locales apoyan el plan de inmigración del gobernador

August 8, 2014
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Dos funcionarios elegidos – el Representante del Estado Jeffrey Sánchez y la Senadora del Estado Sonia Chang-Díaz— apoyaron el plan del Gobernador Patrick para hospedar a los niños inmigrantes indocumentados en el estado. El país está experimentando una crisis progresiva de niños inmigrantes, la mayoría de Centroamérica, que ingresan al país de manera ilegal....

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BRA lacks rules and records, audit finds

August 8, 2014
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The Boston Redevelopment Authority lacks proper policies and record-keeping practices, and has lost track of millions of dollars, according to an audit ordered by Mayor Martin Walsh. The Mayor’s Office and the BRA’s acting director called the findings “troubling” and pledge to reform the agency for better accountability and transparency. Among the undocumented items...

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Heath St. DND parcels going to RFP

August 8, 2014
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BACK OF THE HILL—A request for proposals to redevelopment 10 City-owned parcels along Heath Street will likely be issued this month, with a preference for “deeply affordable” residential units clearly expressed. The City’s Department of Neighborhood Development has held three community meetings and a site tour about the contiguous parcels at 9-21 Bromley St.,...

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Officials weigh in on probation hiring scandal

August 8, 2014
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State Sen. Sonia Chang-Díaz and state Rep. Jeffrey Sánchez talked to the Gazette about their reactions to recent federal convictions in a state Probation Department hiring fraud scandal. A jury last month found former state Probation Department commissioner John O’Brien guilty of mail fraud, racketeering and conspiracy last month. Two of his former aides,...

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Local officials support gov.’s immigrant plan

August 8, 2014
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Two local elected officials—state Rep. Jeffrey Sánchez and state Sen. Sonia Chang-Díaz—supported Gov. Deval Patrick’s plan to house undocumented immigrant children in the state. The country is facing a growing crisis of immigrant children, mostly from Central America, entering the country illegally. Detention facilities in border states are overcrowded, and the Obama administration initially...

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Gun laws, minimum wage among local legislators’ efforts

August 8, 2014
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Gun laws, minimum wage among local legislators’ efforts

With the state’s legislative session wrapping up last month, Rep. Jeffrey Sánchez and Sen. Sonia Chang-Díaz are touting their achievements in drafting new laws. Sánchez focused his efforts on legislation related to domestic violence, gun violence and substance abuse, the environment and economic development. “I am proud of our work in creating laws which...

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