[Deirdre Fulton guest-blogging.]
11:43 a.m.: Scapicchio calls the meeting to order --- it's his last city council meeting.
12:01 p.m.: I promise, not one interesting thing has happened. Sorry. All councilors have a copy of Lincoln on Leadership: Executive Strategies for Tough Times on their desks. Was Lincoln so dull?
12:03 p.m.: They're so tired from being so boring that they're taking a recess.
12:09 p.m.: Flaherty puts forth a bid to hold the National League of Cities 2012 conference here in Boston.
12:11 p.m: Scapicchio gets a plaque and a standing ovation. "I will certainly miss being a member of the BCC. It's been a great ride, it's been a great eight years....We're in a really good place in the city, and we've got some great leadership, some great minds --- far greater than mine --- here on this council." The high point of his tenure: getting water fountains fixed in the North End.
12:15 p.m.: Flaherty: "Sadly, the Young Turks just got a little younger."
12:20 p.m.: Council adjourning in memory of former city councilor Tony Crayton (among others).