Saturday, February 17, 2018

New live Show.. The League of Women Voters Framingham presents

The Framingham League of Women Voters (LWV) is taking to the airwaves with our new monthly show, State of the City. In partnership with Access Framingham, the League will do a live 30 minute show once a month, starting on Sunday, February 18th, at 7pm, which can be seen on your local access station (RCN: Channel 3; Comcast: Channel 9; Verizon: Channel 43). We will be taking calls from viewers who may have questions for our guests. Jim Pillsbury, Voters Services Chair for the Framingham LWV, and the producer of Jim Pillsbury Live on Access Framingham will be hosting "State of the City". Guests for our first show will be Sue Bernstein, former member of the Planning Committee, and Mary Kate Feeney who was Chairwoman of Framingham First, a group that campaigned for the establishment of the Charter Commission. We will be talking about the process of changing our form of government, and some of the issues that have been of interest to residents as this process moves forward.
“This is a great opportunity for the LWV here in Framingham to meet our goal of reaching residents of the city to keep them informed about what is happening with their government. The ability to participate from home makes it available to just about everyone in Framingham. This will be a friendly and informative 30 minute show once a month with guests who can help us understand the issues of concern to residents” says Pillsbury.
The League of Women Voters is a citizens’ organization that has fought since 1920 to improve our government and engage all citizens in the decisions that impact their lives. The centerpiece of the League’s efforts is to expand participation and give a voice to all Americans. Today, the League of Women Voters continues to be a respected and trusted voice for citizen participation in our democracy. Our non-partisan policy and reputation for fair, unbiased and equitable forums make our events the benchmark others strive for.To hear more about the Framingham LWV, join us for our next meeting being held on Monday, February 26th at 7pm at the McAuliffe Branch Library on Water Street. We hope to see you there.For more information on this event, please visit our FaceBook page at

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Flutie Pass.. another 175 apartments

Don't blink.. or you will miss the grand opening of another apartment complex. DDR Corp out of Ohio is now scrapping the idea of a bowling ally and sky diving amusement center for a 225 space parking garage on the Natick side of the property. The new version of the property has 7K of retail space and 8K in restaurant space. What about traffic you ask? Feb 22 the principals will discuss this with the Planning Board. The land is zoned for light manufacturing. Growing apartments I guess qualifies as light manufacturing. Can you imagine how many cars are going to clog Rte 30 when this is done. Getting on and off the Pike will again be slowed further at peek commuter times.

The Mayor's ride

The controversy around the purchase of the Mayor's decision to purchase a 43k sport utility vehicle has dominated the news this week. Some say she could have taken the Town Mangers police vehicle, some say it should have reflected the environmental concerns of the City and bought a Prius. Some question the money used to purchase her vehicle taken from the Facilities budget was not right.
As the Mayor has stated, it's within the State Law that she can decide how she gets around the city.
I agree. But the optics of this purchase is what's at question. The costs of a new city government will rise as time goes on, something we were promised that would not happen.
I do agree with those who say, the request for the purchase should have gone out to bid.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

2.6.18 Council Meeting

The sound in the room was very bad. This condition is a cary-over from Town Meeting that has persited for over 10 years. On replay, one can hear the new mics drop out while people are speaking. I have e mailed the Mayor, Ron Rego (Gov TV) and Dennis G asking her to fix the problem before the next meeting.
The pot issue came up and I was so saddened to hear some of the comments from the Council. A few of them haven't a clue and have been influenced by lies, mis-information and propaganda. Richardson wants a moratorium for more time to do what?, Judy Grove is afraid of mold and house fires... what next?
I made 11 copies of the current draft of the rules and regs (cannabis commission) for the cannabis business and gave them to the council, which they had never seen... reminds me of Town Meeting.
The lawyer who researched the paths going forward left out many crucil items in her presntation. And this war will continue to the 20th.

On another note, there were three x candidates for council sitting close to my location. They talked almost the entire time, along with texting. Another reminder of Town Meeting where people just did not listen.