In this week's issue of the Boston Phoenix -- in print tomorrow, online now -- I look at the notoriously irrelevant Boston City Council, and note that it has been acting surprisingly relevant in the past year.
The Council is in an interesting period of transition. New at-large councilors Felix Arroyo and Ayanna Pressley got elected a year ago, a new member will be elected next week to replace John Tobin, and it's likely that Chuck Turner will be removed next month, triggering another special election.
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.