John Tobin is leaving the Boston City Council, where he has represented District 6 (West Roxbury/Jamaica Plain) for nine years. Some quick thoughts and questions:
--Tobin's been a pretty solid councilor, particularly when it comes to constituent services -- and that's a district that expects a lot from its district councilor.
The Boston City Council's general irrelevance and futility -- and the mayor's unilateral power -- was a topic of much discussion during last year's city elections. The solid re-election of Tom Menino was, to some degree at least, a vote to maintain that balance, but the issue clearly resonated.
Council president Mike Ross announced committee assignments today, and there is some glimmer that he may be trying to push the council toward a slightly more equitable balance with the executive branch.