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February Boston Update

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As much as we in Boston and New England consider weather talk a sport, we're tired. In the past 10 days or so, we've had over five feet of snow, with no melting. It's Buffalo/Rochester levels and no longer amusing.

With closed offices and many emergencies, potential guests here have begged off short-term. Expect some activist City Councilors and likely Boston's Mayor...when we stop being Thunder Bay South. 

Meanwhile, I'll set the stage with some of the trends and issues. 

Of course, there'll be more 2024 Summer Games. We've already had a couple of Olympics shows. More are likely. One Councilor, Josh Zakim, is mirroring United Independent Party head Evan Falchuk calling for a referendum on whether Boston should or may host the games. The UIP wants a statewide vote and Zakim a citywide one. The Boston vote would be nonbinding and would be on the November 2015 ballot, when the whole Council is up for election. That really squeezes Mayor Marty Walsh.

Maybe more fun and only a little less loaded, if you pardon, a topic is the BYOB one from Councilors Steve Murphy and Michelle Wu to allow restaurants without liquor licenses to permit customers to bring their own wine or beer.  Sure, that's common in towns around here as well as in much of the country. I'll provide a little background on our Blue Laws, liquor-license caps, and such exotic counterpoints as South Carolina’s mini-bottle and liquor locker games. Culture and greed collude here.

Maybe we can get to the failed (so far) effort to start a city commission to foster the interests of Black and Latino men and boys. The Council passed it unanimously and Walsh vetoed it. It already has something comparable for Black women and girls. This isn't over.