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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

倍投方案图片顿市道路速限明年1月9日起 25英哩

   (Boston Orange)倍投方案图片顿市长马丁华殊(Martin J. Walsh)今日宣布,明年1月9日起,倍投方案图片顿街道速限 25英哩,比目前的速限低5英哩。
    倍投方案图片顿市长办公室表示,这是市长马丁华殊和倍投方案图片顿市议会,麻州州长查理贝克(Charlie Baker),麻州交通局,以及麻州议会合作,为维护人民步行安全的努力结果。
    倍投方案图片顿市内的州有土地不受此速限影响。
    麻州州长查理贝克今夏签署了法令,容许州内各市镇享有权力,自行决定是否把最低速限降至25英哩。


MAYOR WALSH ANNOUNCES CITY OF BOSTON'S NEW DEFAULT SPEED LIMIT OF 25 MPH EFFECTIVE JANUARY 9, 2017
Unless otherwise posted, the speed limit on City of Boston streets will be 25 mph
BOSTON - Wednesday, November 30, 2016 - Mayor Martin J. Walsh today announced that the default speed limit on City of Boston streets will be reduced from 30 mph to 25 mph effective January 9, 2017. Thanks to the combined efforts of the Mayor, Boston City Council, Governor Baker, MassDOT and Massachusetts State Legislature this change will improve roadway safety for people walking, driving, and bicycling on city streets. State owned roadways located in the City of Boston will not be affected by this new law. Visit?boston.gov/25mph?to?learn how to show your support and get engaged.

This summer, Governor Charlie Baker signed a law giving cities and towns across the Commonwealth the authority to reduce the default speed limit to 25 mph. Today, the Boston City Council took a final vote approving Mayor Walsh's petition to reduce Boston's speed limit based on the new state law.

"I am pleased that our hard work and commitment to creating safer roadways for all users by reducing the default speed limit to 25 mph will become a reality in January," said Mayor Walsh. "This is an important milestone in our Vision Zero efforts of bringing the number of traffic-related deaths to zero, and with approval of this petition we are one step closer to achieving that goal. I would like to commend Governor Baker, Senator William Brownsberger, Representative Jay Livingstone, Representative Liz Malia, Representative Denise Provost, our Dorchester delegation and their colleagues in the state legislature, Boston City Council, MassDOT and all partners and stakeholders involved who recognize the positive implications that a reduced default speed limit will offer Boston."

"By lowering the City's speed limit, we are taking concrete steps to making our streets safer for pedestrians, drivers, and bicyclists," said Senator Linda Dorcena Forry. "I want to thank the many residents of Boston who brought this issue forward and my colleagues in government for their collective work in making this important change a reality."

"Traffic congestion and speeding cars are among the most common issues I hear about from constituents," said Dorchester Representative Dan Hunt. "I was proud to sponsor this amendment because studies show that a car's ability to stop is increased on small streets by minor reductions in speed. Taking this one action has the potential to greatly improve pedestrian safety in our neighborhoods and as we move to a true multimodal transportation city, this measure will prove to be invaluable."

"The enforcement of this safety initiative will make our streets safer for drivers, pedestrians and bikers alike," said District 3 Boston City Councilor Frank Baker. "I look forward to its implementation, as well as the creation of innovative traffic calming measures."

"I'm thrilled that we've taken an important first step to improving pedestrian and traffic safety throughout the City of Boston," said District 8 City Councilor Josh Zakim. "While there is more work to be done, we have now laid the groundwork for further creative solutions that enhance both safety and quality of life, especially in the downtown neighborhoods of District 8."

As of January 9, unless otherwise posted, the speed limit on all City of Boston roadways will be 25 mph. Boston Transportation Department teams are auditing existing speed limit signs, and will fabricate new signs as necessary. 25 mph speed limit signs will be posted at entrance points and other strategic locations in the City.

"The City of Boston is committed to providing safe and functional streets for all users of our roadways, and reducing our default speed limit is one of many steps being taken to assist us in accomplishing this goal," said Boston Transportation Commissioner Gina N. Fiandaca. ?"Drivers should continue to watch for posted signs that indicate a modification to the default speed limit, such as in School Zones where the speed limit may be lower than 25 mph."

Although a significant number of improvements have been made to Boston's streets in recent years, traffic related tragedies continue to persist. To date in 2016, at least 17 people have been killed in traffic crashes on City of Boston streets. Twelve of these people were killed while walking and five were killed while in a motor vehicle.

Slower speeds will help decrease these numbers, saving lives and preventing injuries. Studies show that there is a direct link between the speed that a vehicle is traveling when a crash occurs and the likelihood of a fatality or severe injury resulting from that crash. At 20 mph there is a 17% likelihood of a fatality or severe injury occurring, and that number jumps to 79% at 40 mph.

The City of Boston expects that reducing Boston's default speed limit to 25 mph will help in the City's effort to prioritize safety and reach the City of Boston's Vision Zero goal to eliminate serious and fatal crashes on Boston's streets by 2030.

川普提名赵小兰出任美国交通部长

赵小兰2009年时到哈佛作访问学者。(档案照片,菊子摄)
(Boston Orange 周菊子综合整理)美国候任总统川普(Donald Trump)1129日提名华裔,曾任劳工部部长的赵小兰出任新政府交通部部长。一旦美国议会批准,赵小兰将成为首名在美国政府两度出任部长的华人。
川普当选美国总统以来,在内阁任命上饱受多为白人男性的批评。CNN等多家媒体认为,川普提名赵小兰,既是少数族裔,又是女性的人来做阁员,有妥协,平衡的味道。赵小兰是川普提名的第3位女性阁员。
赵小兰曾於20012009年间,在小布殊(George W. Bush)总统任内当劳工部部长,打破了美国从第二次世界大战以来,担任部长时间最长的纪录。1993年就和Mitch McConnell结婚了的赵小兰,也是美国出任部长级职务的首名华裔。
19891991年间,赵小兰曾於老布殊(George H. W. Bush)总统麾下担任交通部副部长。卸任公职後,她曾出任传统基金会的杰出学者。
一旦出任川普政府的交通部部长,赵小兰将会在须由国会通过,斥资办理基础建设,以及政府支持的工程上,居於关键位置。这一位置,将使她和丈夫,联邦参议员暨多数党领袖Mitch McConnell的关系,格外受人瞩目。
不过,CNN指出,赵小兰并不是第一个面对这种窘境的交通部部长。在1983年到1987年间担任交通部长的Elizabeth Dole,丈夫Bob Dole就是1985年到1987年间的联邦参议员暨多数党领袖。
赵小兰的丈夫,美国参议院多数党领袖,代表肯塔基州的共和党籍联邦参议员Mitch McConnell,在赵小兰获提名後,马上就被人追问,在参议院讨论是否同意赵小兰上任时会不会避嫌,他断然回答不会。他还表示,联邦参议院希望能在明年120日时,就能讨论并投票通过一些阁员的任命。
赵小兰出生於1953年,8岁时随父母从台湾移民美国,19岁才入籍美国,受父母薰陶,她从小就十分勤奋,也一直表现优异。在进入政府工作前,她曾经在纽约银行工作,担任过和平部队主任,美国联合路(United Way)慈善基金会执行长。
赵小兰的获提名为交通部部长这高层职位,让亚裔社区大为欣喜。国际领袖基金会执行长董继玲表示,赵小兰曾经当过交通部副部长,劳工部部长,经验丰富,在许多方面都非常杰出,一旦出任新政府的交通部部长,当然是美国亚裔社区的一桩美事。
今年六月,赵小兰家族捐款4000万元建造的哈佛大学商学院赵朱木兰中心才刚剪彩启用,董继玲和麻州州长查理贝克(Charlie Baker)都应邀出席。麻州亚裔居民对赵小兰的重回政坛,可能有更多期待。
赵小兰(前左五起)和丈夫Mitch McConnell,国际领袖基金会执行长董继玲,以及各分会会长。(档案照片,菊子摄)

President-Elect Donald J. Trump Nominates Elaine Chao as Secretary of the Department of Transportation

(New York, NY) - President-elect Donald J. Trump today announced his intent to nominate?Elaine Chao to serve as Secretary of the United States Department of Transportation. Having served as Deputy Secretary at the U.S. Department of Transportation and Secretary of the Department of Labor, Chao brings unparalleled experience and insight to the role.

“Secretary Chao’s extensive record of strong leadership and her expertise are invaluable assets in our mission to rebuild our infrastructure in a fiscally responsible manner,”?said President-elect Trump.?“She has an amazing life story and?has helped?countless Americans?in her public service?career.?I am pleased to nominate Elaine as Secretary of the Department of Transportation.”

"The President-elect has outlined a clear vision to transform our country's infrastructure, accelerate economic growth and productivity, and create good paying jobs across the country,”said Ms. Chao.?“I am honored to be nominated by the President-elect to serve my beloved country as Transportation Secretary.”

Elaine L. Chao is a Distinguished Fellow at Hudson Institute.? She is the 24th U.S. Secretary of Labor who served from 2001-2009.? She is the first American woman of Asian descent to be appointed to a President’s Cabinet in our nation’s history.

An immigrant who arrived in America at the age of eight speaking not a word of English, Chao received her U.S. Citizenship when she was 19 years old.? Secretary Chao’s experience transitioning to a new country has motivated her to devote most of her professional life to ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to build better lives.

Secretary Chao has a distinguished career in the public, private and nonprofit sectors.? As the first Secretary of Labor in the 21st Century, she focused on increasing the competitiveness of America’s workforce in a global economy and achieved record results in workplace safety and health.

Prior to the Department of Labor, Secretary Chao was President and Chief Executive Officer of United Way of America where she restored public trust and confidence in one of our nation's premier institutions of private charitable giving after it had been tarnished by financial mismanagement and abuse.? As director of the Peace Corps, she established the first programs in the Baltic nations and the newly independent states of the former Soviet Union.? Her government service also includes serving as Chairman of the Federal Maritime Commission. She has also worked in the private sector as Vice President of Syndications at Bank of America Capital Markets Group and Citicorp.?

Secretary Chao earned her MBA from the Harvard Business School and an economics degree from Mount Holyoke College.? Recognized for her extensive record of accomplishments and public service, she is the recipient of 35 honorary doctorate degrees.

Michael Sacco, president of the Seafarers International Union, said, “There is nobody better qualified to be Secretary of Transportation than Elaine Chao. Throughout her time in government, Elaine Chao has long been a steadfast friend to the SIU and to maritime labor. The industry has no better supporter than Elaine Chao, and she has stood up to defend the Jones Act, the Maritime Security Program, cargo preference and the other key programs that keep our industry alive. She understands the importance of providing jobs to America’s working families, and she has seen firsthand the value of the United States Merchant Marine to our nation’s defense and prosperity.?We look forward to working with her again.”

“Elaine?Chao?is an outstanding choice as Secretary of Transportation.? She has been an effective leader in government, the private sector, and in the non-profit sector.? I believe she will be able to pull these different stakeholders together for the good of the country,”?said Brian Gallagher, president and CEO of United Way Worldwide.

“The first Asian Pacific American woman to be appointed to the President's Cabinet, Secretary Chao was also a great Deputy Secretary of Transportation and has extensive experience in transportation.? She will help improve our country's infrastructure and create more jobs.? This is wonderful news for the Asian Pacific American community,”?said?Chiling Tong, CEO of the International Leadership Foundation.

Ed Mullins, president of the Sergeants Benevolent Association of the New York City Police Department (SBA), a labor union representing more than 13,000 active and retired police sergeants, praised President-elect Trump’s selection of Elaine Chao.

“The men and women I represent will always be grateful for the skill and tenacity Elaine Chao displayed in pushing through expanded overtime protections for millions of Americans—including police officers—and defending them from employers, like the City of New York, that tried to take them away from working men and women,”?said Mullins.? “The American people can rest assured that as Secretary of Transportation she will demonstrate the same skill, energy, and commitment to the concerns of ordinary Americans that were the hallmarks of her tenure at the Labor Department. The SBA calls on Congress to quickly confirm Elaine L. Chao as Secretary of Transportation.”


倍投方案图片顿台湾人支持修正民法,力挺婚姻平权

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【倍投方案图片顿台湾人支持修正民法,力挺婚姻平权!】

现在是台湾推动婚姻平权与民法修正案的关键时刻。我们要求执政党与政府应允其选前承诺,落实基本人权:修改民法,推动真正的婚姻平权,拒绝假平等、真歧视的另立专法。

台湾同志与婚姻平权运动一路走来风风雨雨,近日国会三党皆提出修改民法之草案,却不断被软性杯葛、要求继续召开公听会、公投、另立专法,不断拖延修法程序,更持续以言语与不实谣言散播恐惧、仇恨、谎言,不断伤害同志朋友。11月28日,超过一万位台湾人上街参与「相挺为平权,全民撑同志」活动,身在海外的台湾人与朋友虽未能亲身到场,但是在台湾婚姻平权的最後一哩路上,我们能够用别的方式陪同志朋友一同走完。

我们邀请所有海外挺台湾婚姻平权与民法修正案的朋友一同站出来,声援上街的一万多人,以及所有受到压迫、无法享有婚姻保障、遭受不平等对待的同志朋友;也希望藉由此举向蔡政府持续施加压力,让台湾的同志能够享有和异性恋一样的基本权益,也让台湾成为亚洲第一个同性婚姻合法化的国家。

麻州在2004年成为美国第一个认可同性婚姻的州。我们将在全美第一例同性婚姻缔结之处 - 剑桥市政府 Cambridge City Hall - 集会表达声援。

地点:Cambridge City Hall, Mass Ave side
时间:Sunday, 12/04
3:45pm 活动 开始, 请准时抵达!

参与方式:携带彩虹旗、婚姻平权相关标语, 下载列印图片与标语,邀请亲朋好友一起现身支持台湾婚姻平权、修正民法!

欢迎短讲分享。

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19岁的大兵比利,因一场击溃敌军战役的画面,恰巧被福斯新闻网捕捉,成为家喻户晓的英雄。他和他的小队战友受邀从伊拉克返国接受总统布希授勳,一时间祖国乡亲、媒体记者、啦啦队辣妹和好莱坞制片都等着见他,还要在德州超级盃现场与超级巨星碧昂丝同台表演。如梦似幻的凯旋之旅,全因为他们打了场胜仗,而他的同袍们,一个战死,一个被炸断了双腿。 一场虚伪的荣耀之旅,九天如嘉年华会般的奇遇,让比利看清这个虚幻的世界: 这感觉其实满糟的,有人来表扬你这辈子最惨的一天

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

麻州长邀州民今晚上州府同庆圣诞节

? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?(Boston Orange)麻州正副州长,查理贝克(Charlie Baker)和白莉朵(Karyn Polito)邀州民於今(29)日傍晚5点到7点半之间,到州政府大楼,参加州政府圣诞树亮灯仪式,庆祝每年一度的佳节来临。
? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?州政府大楼的Doric厅将从5点开始有人唱圣诞歌,5点半举行正式亮灯仪式,6点起在大厅(Great Hall)放映圣诞电影麋鹿(Elf)”,圣诞老人也将莅临助兴。
? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ??会场的表演者及摆出展售单位者将包括倍投方案图片顿儿童医院合唱团,红苹果农场,Smolak农场,鳕鱼角粮食(Cape Cod Provisions),胡德奶制品(Hood Dairy),铜壶烘培店(Copper Kettle Bakery)等。
? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?麻州正副州长还特意提醒州民,麻州生产,通常在冬令季节享用的农业,园艺产品,有圣诞树,盆栽,枫树相关产品,酒,乳酪,蔓越橘,火鸡,时令蔬菜,羊毛产品等等。
?????????? 倍投方案图片顿市长马丁华殊(Martin J. Walsh)的年度圣诞树亮灯游,也将陆续进入市内各个社区。
121(周四)68点,倍投方案图片顿市长马丁华殊将和新斯科舍省总理McNeil主持倍投方案图片顿第75届倍投方案图片顿广场(Boston Common)官方圣诞树亮灯仪式。
一株新斯科舍省拥有,高47尺的白云杉,将从Cape Breton 395号高速公路旁的 Ainslie Glen运到倍投方案图片顿。
为增添庆祝气氛,倍投方案图片顿溜冰俱乐部将於当晚56点,在倍投方案图片顿广场的蛙塘(Frog Pond)举行一场免费的花式溜冰表演,邀来参加过美国及国际溜冰比赛的个人,团体表演。活动最後将以施放Atlas PyroVision制作的烟火,为庆祝画下句点。
倍投方案图片顿第5号电视台WCVB将从当晚7点起做现场转播。

122日起至4日,第21届倍投方案图片顿市长的圣诞亮灯列车将开进倍投方案图片顿各个社区。预定124(周日)下午1:45,开进倍投方案图片顿华埠的夏利臣街与必珠街交界处。

倍投方案图片顿市长11/29办"我们是倍投方案图片顿"晚会

MAYOR WALSH AND OFFICE FOR IMMIGRANT ADVANCEMENT HOST 'WE ARE BOSTON' GALA
Proclamation of #GivingTuesday & Diane Guerrero Day, Celebration of Diversity and Immigrant Heritage
BOSTON - Monday,?November 28, 2016?- Tomorrow, Mayor Martin J. Walsh and the Office for Immigrant Advancement (MOIA), will host the 11th annual We Are Boston Gala. Mayor Walsh will offer proclamations for #GivingTuesday and Diane Guerrero Day, to celebrate her efforts with advocacy and philanthropy for comprehensive immigration reform, citizenship, and voter registration.

Awards will be presented to Richard E. Holbrook, Chairman and CEO of Eastern Bank (Leadership Award); John B. Cruz III, President and CEO of Cruz Companies (Leadership Award); Clear Channel Outdoor (Community Champion); Melisa DePina (Youth Action Award); and Franchesca Tejeda (Youth Action Award).

Hundreds of Boston's community members are expected to join together to strengthen the ability of diverse cultural and linguistic communities to play an active role in the economic, civic, social and cultural life in the City of Boston.?This year's gala provides an increased opportunity to build awareness, allies, and support for Boston's immigrant communities.

想像倍投方案图片顿2030进社区办讨论会

IMAGINE BOSTON 2030 ENGAGEMENT WEEK TO KICK-OFF ON WEDNESDAY
BOSTON - Tuesday, November 29, 2016 - Tomorrow, Imagine Boston 2030 will kick-off a week-long series of events across the City of Boston that offer residents the opportunity to talk directly with City leaders and the Imagine Boston team about?Expanding Opportunity, Imagine Boston 2030's draft plan of priority action areas and major initiatives.

Mayor Walsh recently released the draft plan, which highlights initiatives that will support a thriving Boston by expanding opportunity, supporting a dynamic economy, enhancing quality of life and preparing for climate change. All events as part of Imagine Boston week are free and open to the public, andregistration is encouraged.


Wednesday, November 30
Enhancing Economic Mobility and Innovation
Join us on a walking tour of Dudley Square, starting at Hibernian Hall, where we will discuss the area's evolution and opportunities for job growth and training in Roxbury and citywide.
Hibernian Hall

184 Dudley St.
3:30-5pm
The Future of Boston's Education
Join us at the Bolling Building for a panel and discussion about how we can prepare learners of all ages for quality careers and create multiple pathways to success.
Bolling Building
2300 Washington Street
5:30-7pm
Thursday, December 1
Generating Networks of Opportunity: Investing along the Fairmount Corridor
Meet us at South Station for a round-trip excursion on the Fairmount line to discuss coordinated investments to expand opportunity for residents and strengthen connections between key neighborhoods and the city's economic centers.
South Station

Meet under arrivals/
depar-
tures board
4:30-6:30pm
Friday, December 2
A Mixed-Use Downtown
Meet us at the Burnham Building at 10 Summer Street where we will tour Downtown Crossing, the Theater District, Chinatown, the Leather District and South Station, learning about how the downtown has evolved recently and sharing our vision for mixed-use job centers and public realm improvements in the commercial core.

Start:
Burnham Building

10 Summer Street
4:00-5:30pm
Saturday, December 3
Enhancing Our Neighborhoods and Completing the Emerald Necklace
Starting at the Hubway Station at Blue Hill Ave. and Columbia Road, join City leaders for a tour from Franklin Park to Moakley Park and hear about the City's vision to connect Boston's neighborhoods and open spaces
Start:
Hubway Station at Blue Hill Ave & Columbia Rd.
10:00am- 12:00pm

Enhancing and Expanding Neighborhoods
Meet us at Brighton Music Hall and join us for a tour of Beacon Yards and Allston as we discuss our vision to enhance existing neighborhoods to improve neighborhood vitality, services, and affordability, as well as our complementary vision of expanding neighborhoods by creating new mixed-use neighborhoods at the edges of existing neighborhoods.

Start:
Brighton Music Hall

158 Brighton Ave.
2-4pm

Sunday, December 4
A Waterfront for Future Generations
Join Imagine Boston on a round-trip ferry ride from East Boston's Piers Park to Rowes Wharf and learn more about how we can encourage an active public realm and new open spaces, support existing and emerging job centers, and prepare for climate change along our waterfront.
Start:
Piers Park

Conclude: Rowes Wharf
10:30-1pm
Monday, December 5
Boston By The Numbers: ?How do we plan, knowing the trends shaping Boston now and in the future?
Come to the Mattapan Health Center and discover the data and trends around our city's growth, jointly presented by Imagine Boston and the Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA).
Mattapan Health Center

1575 Blue Hill Ave.
6:30-8pm


ABOUT IMAGINE BOSTON 2030
Imagine Boston 2030, the first city-wide planning effort in 50 years, is Mayor Martin J. Walsh's initiative that will create a framework to guide the preservation, enhancement, and responsible growth of our city between now and 2030, with input from the public. This citywide plan will identify investments and strategies to provide quality of life and increase affordability, drive inclusive economic growth, promote a healthy environment and adapt to climate change and invest in infrastructure, open space and culture. For more information, please visit?Imagine.Boston.gov.

Monday, November 28, 2016

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MAYOR MARTIN J. WALSH AND TONY AWARD WINNER BILLY PORTER TO BE HONORED AT HUNTINGTON THEATRE COMPANY’S SPOTLIGHT SPECTACULAR MONDAY, APRIL 24, 2017

(BOSTON) – Mayor Martin J. Walsh and Tony Award-winning artist and Topdog/Underdog director Billy Porter will be honored with the Wimberly Award at the 2017 Spotlight Spectacular on Monday, April 24, 2017. The Huntington’s festive annual event raises money to support the Huntington’s programs, including its award-winning youth, education, and community initiatives that reach more than 30,000 annually.

“Mayor Walsh is deeply committed to the arts in Boston,” says Managing Director Michael Maso. “During his tenure, his office has worked to ensure that arts and culture remain a top priority in the city. Mayor Walsh played the critical role in helping the Huntington stay on Huntington Avenue and because of his leadership, the Huntington is now able to embark on a new chapter in its history. Everyone who cares about theatre in Boston and the Huntington’s role in our cultural community is in his debt. It is a privilege to be able to honor him at the Spotlight Spectacular.”

“Billy Porter directed a sizzling remount of George C. Wolfe’s The Colored Museum in 2015, and we will welcome him back this spring to direct Suzan-Lori Parks’ Topdog/Underdog,” says Artistic Director Peter DuBois. “Billy has proven that he is a man of boundless talent. We are delighted to honor Billy’s work at the Huntington and his many contributions to the American theatre community in April.”

Designed by Rafanelli Events, the lights come up at 6pm at the Cyclorama at the Boston Center for the Arts and will feature a cocktail reception, a live auction offering one-of-a-kind items, a seated dinner provided by Max Ultimate Food, the presentation of the Wimberly Awards, and entertainment. The Gerard & Sherryl Cohen Award for Excellence will be given to two Huntington staff members who consistently go above and beyond in their contribution to the company. Guests will also have the opportunity to “Sponsor a Class” in support of the Huntington’s student matinee program and other education initiatives. Additional funds to support the Huntington will be raised through an online auction that will run from April 7 – 28, 21017.

CITY OF BOSTON AWARDED $50,000 FOR SUBSTANCE USE DISORDER ASSESSMENT

CITY OF BOSTON AWARDED $50,000 FOR SUBSTANCE USE DISORDER ASSESSMENT
BOSTON - Monday, November 28, 2016 - Mayor Martin J. Walsh, in partnership with the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation (BCBSMAF), today announced the City of Boston has been selected to receive a $50,000 Special Initiatives Grant to conduct a comprehensive needs assessment, the first step towards developing Boston's first ever citywide strategy for prevention of Substance Use Disorders (SUDs).

The resulting assessment will be used to map current prevention efforts, increase access to underserved high-risk youth, and catalyze future investments in prevention. The Mayor's Office of Recovery Services (ORS) will use the findings of this assessment to develop a strategic plan to set prevention priorities and build comprehensive responses across the city.

"Too many Bostonians know firsthand the devastation that substance abuse causes in our City's families and neighborhoods," said Mayor Walsh. "This assessment will help provide a holistic overview that identifies gaps in coordination among the services and programs available for those struggling with addiction so that together we can build an unbreakable chain of recovery services. I thank the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation for their continued support in our recovery efforts, and look forward to using the findings of this assessment to strengthen Boston's recovery service system."

"Through this partnership, we have a unique opportunity to collaborate with the City of Boston to include prevention education as part of the strategy to fight the opioid epidemic that has claimed so many lives in the city of Boston," said Audrey Shelto, President of the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation.

A six month process will begin in December to conduct a community needs assessment of drug and alcohol prevention programming, as well as an identification of best practice models and recommendations for the City of Boston. The assessment and work plan will consist of:
  • Continued engagement with community stakeholders, with a particular focus on promoting diversity and increasing health equity across all Boston neighborhoods;
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  • An environmental scan, including a service and gap analysis;
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  • Review of promising practices resulting in a data informed, concrete, and actionable plan for using resources effectively;
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A Youth Prevention Advisory Group - comprised of local youth substance use experts and key community stakeholders - will also be assembled to help guide this process. This effort will consist of collaborative efforts with community health centers, after-school programs, public/private schools, and faith-based partners to create a comprehensive city/county-wide prevention strategy. This process will allow ORS to be prepared to provide policy options or other recommendations that will address the current gaps in capacity and prevention needs. It will also better align the City's prevention services with best practices and lead to an innovative model for the City of Boston.

"Identifying both strengths and gaps in current prevention efforts is key to continuing to grow and strengthen the work being done through a number of partnerships with public health, our health care partners, and the City," said BPHC Executive Director Monica Valdes Lupi, JD, MPH. "We're grateful for MGH's long term commitment to addressing the national opioid epidemic, a public health issue that is deeply impacting Boston residents."

"Under this partnership with BCBSMAF, the Mayor's Office of Recovery Services has a unique opportunity to comprehensively expand the scope of its prevention efforts to fully support our young people and their families," said Jen Tracey, Director of the Office of Recovery Services.

In 2015, BCBSMAF partnered with the City of Boston to create Addiction and Recovery Services in the City of Boston, a?Blueprint for Building a Better System of Care, a report on the status of substance abuse and addiction in the City of Boston. This report led to the creation of ORS and helped guide the office through its first year. ORS' initial efforts, rooted in BCBSMAF's findings, have led to tangible cross-agency coordination within the City, and successful advocacy for policy changes to enhance recovery services across Boston.

In September, Mayor Walsh launched 311 for Recovery Services, the City of Boston's hotline support system designed to help people struggling with substance use and addiction to access recovery resources.

Baker-Polito Administration Reaches Agreement with Transportation Network Companies to Begin Implementation of Nation's Most Comprehensive State Background Checks

Baker-Polito Administration Reaches Agreement with Transportation Network Companies to Begin Implementation of Nation's Most Comprehensive State Background Checks
Voluntary agreements with Uber and Lyft begins implementation of public safety requirements of new TNC law one year ahead of schedule

BOSTON?–?Today, the Baker-Polito Administration announced that the two largest Transportation Network Companies (TNC) in Massachusetts have entered into agreements with the state, ensuring the immediate implementation of the most stringent ride-for-hire background check system?of any state?in the country.?

The agreements were executed individually between the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (DPU) and Uber and Lyft. The agreements require the companies to begin background checks for all TNC drivers operating within the Commonwealth by?January 6, 2017, and guarantees that every TNC driver in the Commonwealth will have passed the state background check no later than?April 3, 2017. ?

“The safety and security of the riding public is our top priority, and I am pleased this agreement will set a national standard for the most comprehensive state background checks for TNC drivers in the country,”?said Governor Charlie Baker.?“With the signing of these agreements, consumers who take advantage of the innovative technology services provided by Transportation Network Companies can have confidence that the driver has undergone a thorough background check that includes both criminal and driving records.”

Background checks will begin a year ahead of schedule, highlighting the administration’s commitment to prioritizing the safety of consumers utilizing transportation network services in accordance with?An Act Regulating Transportation Network Companies.

“It is incredibly important that drivers employed with Transportation Network Companies are fully vetted before transporting people, along with their families, to their destinations,”?said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito.?“By taking proactive steps with Uber and Lyft, our Administration is underscoring our dedication to safe travel options for all.”

Under the voluntary agreements, background checks will be conducted by the DPU’s newly created Transportation Network Company Division. Drivers employed by Uber and Lyft will undergo a full state Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) background check, including confirmation that the driver is not a registered sex offender. Additionally, drivers will be subjected to a bi-annual national commercial background check conducted by the TNC companies. Drivers who do not meet the suitability standards set forth in the agreements will not be permitted to operate in Massachusetts.
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“Transportation network companies have driven a tremendous amount of change in this industry, and with that change comes a responsibility to make sure that passengers using these services are as safe as they can be,”?said Secretary of Public Safety and Security Daniel Bennett.?“I am pleased that the leading transportation network companies have agreed to have their drivers undergo a full state Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) background check.”

In August, Governor Charlie Baker?signed?bipartisan legislation that created a modern statewide regulatory framework for TNCs within Massachusetts. The legislation, H. 4570, includes several components for the protection of consumers including support for transparent pricing, properly marked and inspected vehicles, clear insurance standards, authorization of service at Boston Logan International Airport and the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center (BCEC), and the strongest state background check requirements in the nation.

“Public safety is the highest priority of the Department of Public Utilities’ Transportation Network Company Division,”?said Department of Public Utilities Chairman Angela O’Connor.?“By entering into these agreements, the TNC Division can immediately implement a comprehensive background check system that will protect consumers and enhance public safety, while allowing cutting edge technology companies to succeed here in the Commonwealth.”

As public safety aspects are implemented under these agreements, the DPU will continue to prepare draft regulations for public review and comment in 2017, ensuring that all remaining aspects of the TNC law are implemented on schedule.