Report from C-11
Officer Keaney reported several instances of criminal activity in the neighborhood. Among a few notable episodes are as followed...
Members Plus Credit Union was held up at gunpoint on September 27th. The suspect, a white got away with $1500.
There were several drug arrests in the neighborhood. A few occurred in both McDonalds and CVS parking lot. Interestingly enough, the overwhelming majority of perpetrators were from outside of the Boston area.
There have been numerous complaints regarding the aggressive tactics by representatives of energy companies requesting information to sell their products. Although research indicated these individuals were members of a legitimate organization, the behavior was reported to the companies.
Officer Keaney encouraged the membership to follow the “see something, say something” philosophy. He provided the number citizens can use if the suspect illegal drug activity. The direct line to the Drug Unit is 617-343-4819.
Question 2 Debate
CGCA hosted a lively and enlightening debate on Question 2, which would give the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education the authority to lift the Charter School cap and allow up to 12 new charters or to expand existing charter schools each year.
Julia Mejia, Director of Family and Community Engagement with the Massachusetts Charter School Association was there to make her argument to Vote Yes on Questions 2.
Dr. Diane Kelly, Superintendent of Revere Schools Systems, represented Vote No on Question 2 movement.
Both speakers gave informative and passionate presentation on their positions and beliefs.
Traffic Budget was approved for Granite Avenue and Gallivan Boulevard intersection, including allocation of left arrow.
Allyson Quinn explained that the transformation of the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) to the Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA). The reason for the name change was to drop the term Authority as the agency does not perform in that capacity. The mission on the BPDA is to work with communities on major developments. The transition is still in process.
Patty McMahon, gave an enthusiastic endorsement of the of the CGCA scholarship program. This is one of the favorite traditions of CGCA, and a wonderful way to end the year. To be eligible to nominate a child for a scholarship, you must be a paid CGCA member and the child must be attending a tuition-based school.