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Announcement :: Environment : Organizing : Politics
Boston City Council Hearing Today
28 Mar 2005
Monday, March 28, 2005, 4 PM.  The Boston City Council will hold a hearing on Boston University's numerous environmental, health, and safety violations over the past four years at the Boston University Medical Campus.
Boston University is expected to make a presentation.

The public may attend and give comments.

Boston City Hall, 5th floor, City Council Chambers.

(The violations are listed at

(Note: ACE has been told that the tularemia infections are also a subject of the hearing, but the hearing order on the City Council website does not include anything about the tularemia violations, so we don't know whether the tularemia infections will be discussed at the hearing.)

City Council President Admonished for Violating Open Meeting Law

From the Friday, March 25, 2005, Boston Globe:

The Suffolk District Attorney's office has admonished City Council president Michael Flaherty for conducting a private meeting with other councilors in violation of state open-meeting laws and warned him against further violations.

In a letter to Flaherty this week, Assistant District Attorney Donna Patalano said the office investigated a January 20 meeting in Flaherty's office after receiving a complaint from a Boston resident who tried to attend. At the meeting, several councilors and three Boston University officials discussed the tularemia bacterium infection at the university's laboratory. The district attorney's office said all 13 members of the council had been invited to the meeting, but it was not open to the public or posted with the city clerk.

"If the entire council's invited, then the meeting must be publicly advertised," said David Procopio, a spokesman for the district attorney's office. "The spirit of the law is to ensure transparency."

(The remainder of the article is about the city protesting the findings, the councilors holding a private meeting the same day with officials of the BRA, barring members of the press, and Councilor Arroyo stating that he skips all meetings not open to public participation.)
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