Just in the nick of time!
On Wednesday, the Boston City Council passed a new map of council districts with a 10-2 vote making the deadline to keep the city’s fall elections on schedule.
Earlier this month, the council was sent back to the drawing board to create a new Redistricting Map. US District Judge Pattie Saris ruled that the council violated the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment – which bars laws requiring segregation of the races when compiling the redistricting map.
Just to refresh your memory, last fall, the city council voted on a new redistricting map and it was approved by a 9-4 council vote. The four councilors who voted against the map were City Councilors Frank Baker, Erin Murphy, Ed Flynn and Michael Flaherty.
The final map was built from one that Louijeune had proposed and incorporated input from her colleagues. At times, the process got a little heated with personal attacks and accusations.
Ultimately, the redistricting map was completed and voting on it lacked any drama. The two city councilors that voted against the map are Kendra Lara and Julia Mejia. They released the following statement:
As for our neighborhood – District 2- here are the changes from the first map to the new map:
D2 got back
6-1 West Broadway
7-5 Andrew Square/ Old Colony/ Dot Ave/ West 9th St Apts
7-6 Andrew Square / Old colony Anne M lynch Homes
7-7 Mary Ellen McCormack is back home in District 2 after 10 years in D3
Maureen Dahill is the editor of Caught in Southie and a lifelong resident of South Boston sometimes mistaken for a yuppie. Co-host of Caught Up, storyteller, lover of red wine and binge watching TV series. Mrs. Peter G. Follow her @MaureenCaught.
Hogwash as my mom would say ! She would also say have some gumption and stand up for what’s right ! The fact that the younger folk in this community still don’t vote locally and then to attack certain areas to say it’s a racial divide is utter Boulder dash !
Happy Memorial Day I’m sure these two will not be marching with us on memorial .
God Bless America
Don’t give up, the artist and musicians of Southie are asking the mayor for the closed bank building on West Broadway. It’s about time we got something for our community.
hard work pays off thx