It'll be ahot time on a cold day Wedensday, 12/16, at Boston City Hall. Councilor Sam Yoon's last shot is a proposal for mayoral term limits. He says it will almost certainly get an amendment in tomorrow's City Council meeting to limit councilors' terms as well.
It's split down the 13-member party, with Yoon hoping to swing the decisive seventh today. He was able to join us at Left Ahead! for today's podcast to discuss it — about 46 minutes into the show.
At yesterday's Government Operations Committee hearing, numerous voters made it plain they favored limits. One spoke against and maybe 18 in favor. Coverage of that is at Marry in Massachusetts and surprisingly good detail at the Boston Globe here. I was there and remain stunned by the turnout as well as the combination of passion and reason in calls for limits.
Because he ran for mayor, Yoon did not stand for re-election to council. The same is true for Michael Flaherty. Both of them favor term limits for mayor and councilors.
I scanned the announced pro- and anti-limits councilors. I thought there was be an obvious breakdown by how long they had been in office, with the longer serving councilors opposed. That's not the case. However, today Yoon noted that with two exceptions — pro Chuck Turner and con Rob Consalvo — the breakdown is by age. The younger councilors favor limits.
It's good the ugly old building is made of concrete. It should be able to stand the heat and wind.