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Monday, December 31, 2018

MIT张曙光八年磨一剑 水溶性膜蛋白有望改变医药市场

张曙光在MIT媒体实验室中的办公室接受采访。
(周菊子摄)
? ? ? ? ??(Boston Orange 周菊子倍投方案图片顿报导)做科研,最重要是有好奇心。MIT分子结构实验室(Lab of Molecular Architecture)负责人张曙光,从一个没念过初中,高中的工农兵,成为博士,主管名校实验室,办过一家市值12亿美元公司,将推出幡改药物发现服务的QTY密码,全因喜欢打破砂锅问到底。? ? ? ? ? ??
2007年,张曙光创办前沿分子基金会(Molecular Frontiers Foundation)”,设立前沿分子调查奖(Molecular Frontiers Inquiry Prize) “,也为鼓励青少年,问出一片新人生。今年还首度在美国举行颁奖礼。
? ? ? ? ? ? ?张曙光1953年在四川成都出生,从小爱问,阿兵哥父亲和大学生母亲答不胜答,打发他自己买书找答案。到了1966年文革,他当工农兵,没上初中,高中,被送进四川猪鬃厂工作,还一样爱发问。这时厂里见猪鬃利润太低,出口越多赔越多,又看他爱问,决定送他去上四川大学生物化学系,学习怎麽把猪鬃分解成胺基酸,变成能赚钱的产品。
张曙光2月9日将出席CABA会议。
(档案照片/周菊子摄)
? ? ? ? ? ? ?这机缘,让他成为中国重办高考前的最後一届工农兵。刚开始门门课不及格,三年以後毕业时,拿B
他还记得很清楚,那是1979年的时候,有次上课,他问老师,为什麽蛋白的DNA和多醣纤维素都是右旋的,有没左旋的。老师说不知道。没想到就在那年的12月,Alexander Rich自然(Nature)”上发表了一篇文章,说有左旋蛋白。这让他下决心,将来一定要到美国,不能做Alexander Rich的学生,也要做他的博士後。
? ? ? ? ? ? ?在那个年代,出国不容易,他花了一年时间申请,还走自费留学的路。幸好他有亲戚在美国奥勒冈州波特兰市开餐馆,让他有机会一边当洗碗工,一边从零开始学英语,能说上几句後,调到前台当侍应生,接受客人点菜,但到底英文有限,常弄错挨骂,日子并不好过。
? ? ? ? ? ? ?就像当年没上过初中,高中,也摸索着大学毕了业。27岁来到美国时,一句英文也不会的张曙光,全靠奋发自学,最後也拿到了加州大学圣芭芭拉分校的生物化学与分子化学博士学位。
1988年,他更实现心愿来到MIT,一待迄今。从Alexsander Rich的博士後研究员做起,历任生物系研究科学家,生物医学工程中心首席研究科学家,副主任。2012担任分子结构实验室负责人。
1991年时,Bristol Myers Squibb想挖角,给他三倍於MIT的薪水,配两个研究员,要请他做实验室负责人,但他认为老师说的一旦进入业界,想做什麽实验,将不由他自主很有道理,於是拒绝了,继续留在MIT专心做研究。
? ? ? ? ? ? ?今年(2018)10月,他在哈佛大学的爱默生厅,给了一场演讲,题目是好奇心驱动的发现对知识经济的影响(Curiosity-driven disvoveries and the impact on knowledge-based economy)”。今年11月,他又应上海科协大讲坛暨科普中国-科技前沿大师谈之邀,以好奇心驱使科学研究-从神奇的分行现象说起,做主题演讲。
张曙光的老师Alexander Rich等着名学者。
? ? ? ? ? ? ?张曙光指出,当初他在Alexsander Rich的实验室,研究做啤酒,面包,发酒酿的酵母。无意中发现,蛋白中的一段短肽放在水里,看起来仍然如水,但加了点盐後,就能看见了。跑去问Francis Crick。然後用电镜看,发现是纳米纤维。於是在1993年发表文章之前,先申请专利。
? ? ? ? ? ? ?谈到这,张曙光得意的说,MIT和哈佛的不同就在这儿,鼓励校内师生申请专利。1992年他发现这短肽自组装时,根本不知道有什麽用,而申请专利所费不赀,至少要好几万元,於是跑去问校内出名的创业教授Robert Langer,要不要申请。结果Robert Langer说,第一,这是胺基酸,第二,这是来自生物的东西,第三,没有害处,应该申请。
? ? ? ? ? ? ?结果申请後,只不过一年半,就有一家大公司花120万元来买了专利权。
? ? ? ? ? ? ?他自己却还是好几年过去後,才明白短肽自组装是怎麽回事。短肽序列有六个纳米,在水里加点盐,就成了99%99.5%都是水,1%0.5%是蛋白的水凝胶。经实验证明,因为这短肽可以自组装,能用於在身体里培养细胞,重生组织,神经,还能让人在510秒之内止血,目前已发展出的产品,包括手术用止血剂。
? ? ? ? ? ? ?张曙光说,这个短肽自组装的意外发现,如果不是他在MIT,如果不是申请了专利,恐怕就浪费掉了。
後来他和指导老师Alexander Rich组建3D Matrix公司,做多类肽水凝胶的商业化尝试,共拿过160万元投资,经历两次濒临倒闭危机,为取得资金继续做市场化研发,他们把主要股权卖给一名日本投资者。 201110月上市,2013年的市值已超过10亿美元。
年轻时的张曙光(左)为追随名师来到MIT。(周菊子摄)
? ? ? ? ? ? ?做为公司创办人,张曙光原本持有40%股权,只是经营期间,为求经费,不断稀释,上市时,他的持股只剩1%。但他很满意,因为他的研究有了美好结果。他从完全不懂开始摸索的科学研究项目,如今不但商业化成为产品,还上市了,
? ? ? ? ? ? ?今年八月,Estee Lauder请他去演讲,也是因为这短肽自组装,有可能应用於细胞重生,修补人的皮肤,商机潜力无穷。
张曙光创办的”前沿分子调查奖
(Molecular Frontiers Inquiry Prize) “会颁给
得奖青年一个这样的奖章。(周菊子摄)
? ? ? ? ? ? ?不过,张曙光认为,如今全世界已有上千个实验是在继续做短肽自组装的相关研究,他拿得起,放得下2011年起转型做把膜蛋白改成水溶性蛋白的研究时,也早在还只有概念之际,就申请了专利。就如同摩斯密码(Morse Code),电脑密码,基因密码都对世界造成巨大经济效益影响,他相信自己正在做的QTY密码,和蛋白设计有直接关系,可把膜蛋白改成水溶性蛋白的研究,也将对世界有重大影响。
张曙光已经把自己这新发明拿出来开公司了。这次他是把研发成果交给发明苹果键盘的David Levy来经营,自己只做顾问。投资人包括一名日本人,两名分别来自中国北京及无锡的年轻人。成立的Oh2公司,要把疏水性膜蛋白做成水溶性膜蛋白,变成可以应用於检测环境污染的传感器,可诊断肿瘤或监定血液样本中转移性癌细胞等等的医药。一旦成功研发出产品,市场规模估计几十亿元。
? ? ? ? ? ? ?张曙光在学术研究上先於1990年证明了有左旋Z-DNA,再於1993年发现并证明短肽可以自组装,而後成功地把技术转移成商品,并於2006年赢得奥地利总统Heinz Fische亲自颁发的Wilhelm Exner奖章。
迄今张曙光仍是唯一得过该奖的华人。MIT也称短肽自组装是近70年来该校15项最重要科研成果之一。
??????????? 2006同年,张曙光还获选为古根汉(Guggenheim)基金会学者,其後陆续获选为奥地利科学院院士,美国医药及生物工程院院士,美国国家发明学会院士,上海交大荣誉教授。
? ? ? ? ? ? ?张曙光颇为感慨地指出,MIT的确是个很特殊的地方,不但是媒体实验室主任Joi Ito连大学都没毕业,他的研究团队中也有一名学生,连小学都没上过,MIT却收了他做硕士生,现在已升读博士。
张曙光从2011年转型,换研究主题,到现在,八年磨一剑的只发表了一篇文章。他说,要是在其他地方,恐怕自己早已被开除了,可是MIT给了他这样的自由与信任,给了他坚持就是胜利的空间,也所以在MITGet paid to play的玩笑话。迄今发表过160篇科学论文,被引用过27,000次的他,期许中国科研,将来也能往这方向迈进,给胆子大,能坚持不懈的年轻人机会,打造创新。

麻州2020会计年度财政预估293亿美元

Heffernan, Lovely, Sánchez, Announce Consensus Revenue Forecast of $29.299B for Fiscal Year 2020
Projected state tax revenue growth set at 2.7%

BOSTON?— Secretary of Administration and Finance Michael J. Heffernan, Senate Ways and Means Vice Chair Joan B. Lovely (D-Salem), and House Ways and Means Chair Jeffrey Sánchez (D-Jamaica Plain) today announced a consensus revenue forecast for Fiscal Year 2020 (FY20) of $29.299 billion, representing 2.7% growth in state tax revenue over adjusted Fiscal Year 2019 (FY19) projected revenue of $28.529 billion.
The adjusted FY19 revenue collections estimate incorporates a $200 million upgrade of projected state tax revenues announced by Secretary Heffernan today, which is based upon current year-to-date revenues and economic data. Approximately $100 million is estimated to be from capital gains above the annual threshold and would be transferred to the Stabilization Fund, which now stands at more than $2 billion, and other off-budget funds. Both the adjusted FY19 estimate and the FY20 estimate are exclusive of marijuana sales and excise taxes, which are under review.
The consensus revenue forecast is the basis on which the Baker-Polito Administration, the House, and the Senate will build their respective FY20 budget recommendations.
Pursuant to Section 5B of Chapter 29 of the General Laws, the three officials above convene every year to establish a joint revenue forecast by January 15th. In addition to conferring with each other, the Secretary and Chairs held a public hearing in December 2018 to receive testimony from the Department of Revenue, the State Treasurer’s Office, the Public Employment Retirement Administration Commission, and independent, local economists from area foundations and universities on tax revenue.
“The FY20 forecast reflects modest growth in the Commonwealth’s economy, consistent with testimony we have heard from economic experts,”?said Administration and Finance Secretary Michael J. Heffernan.?“Reaching agreement on a consensus revenue forecast is a critical first step in developing a fiscally responsible budget for FY20, and I am grateful for the close partnership of the House and Senate Ways and Means leadership and their staff as we worked cooperatively throughout this process.”
“I am pleased that the Senate, House, and Baker-Polito Administration have come to an agreement on a revenue figure for the FY20 budget,” said?Senator Joan B. Lovely (D-Salem), Vice Chair of Senate Ways and Means. “Given the Consensus Revenue testimony that forecast more moderate growth for the next fiscal year, I believe that this number will give us a firm foundation on which to craft a budget that makes necessary prudent investments in both the needs of the people of the Commonwealth and the Rainy Day Fund.”

“Through engaging economists and other fiscal experts, we’ve come to a responsible FY20 Consensus Revenue agreement that sets the stage for the next budget process,” said?House Committee on Ways and Means Chair Representative Jeffrey Sánchez (D-Jamaica Plain).?“Thank you to Secretary Heffernan and Vice Chair Lovely for the thoughtful collaboration in coming to this agreement. It’s through this cooperation that Massachusetts continues its strong economic growth and is why Massachusetts is well positioned for what may lie ahead.”

Additional details:
  • The consensus revenue estimate for FY20 assumes that another income tax trigger will go into effect January 1, 2020, lowering the state’s personal income tax from 5.05% to 5.00%.
  • Of the forecasted $29.299 billion in FY20 state tax revenues, an estimated $1.481 billion is projected to be capital gains tax revenue, of which $221 million will be transferred to the Stabilization Fund ($199 million net of transfers to other long term liability funds).
  • The consensus revenue estimate for FY20 and the adjusted FY19 revenue projection do not include revenue from marijuana sales or excise taxes. With the industry at its beginning stages, the three branches decided to set aside the marijuana forecast so that the Administration, House, and Senate can make independent decisions on marijuana revenue for FY20 based on available information as each goes to print their budget proposals.
  • The agreement also includes the following statutorily required off-budget transfers that are mandated by current law:
    • $2.841 billion transferred to the pension fund, a $233 million increase over the FY19 contribution, which keeps the Commonwealth on schedule to fully fund its pension liability by 2036
    • $1.077 billion for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA)
    • $917 million for the Massachusetts School Building Authority (SBA)
    • $25 million for the Workforce Training Fund

After $5.080 billion in off-budget transfers, the Secretary and Committee Chairs agree that $24.219 billion will be the maximum amount of tax revenue available for the budget in FY20, absent statutory changes.
M.G.L. Chapter 29 Section 7H ? requires the Secretary and the House and Senate Committees on Ways and Means to jointly develop a potential gross state product (PGSP) growth benchmark for the ensuing calendar year. The PGSP growth benchmark is used by the Health Policy Commission to establish the Commonwealth’s health care cost growth benchmark.
The three bodies have reached an agreement that the PGSP figure for calendar year 2019 will remain 3.6%. PGSP is a measure of the “full employment” output of the Commonwealth’s economy and reflects long-term trends in the economy rather than fluctuations due to the business cycle and, as a result, is meant to be fairly stable from year to year.

MAYOR WALSH ANNOUNCES APPOINTMENTS TO BOSTON SCHOOL COMMITTEE

MAYOR WALSH ANNOUNCES APPOINTMENTS TO BOSTON SCHOOL COMMITTEE
Quoc Tran appointed; Jeri Robinson reappointed
BOSTON - Monday, December 31, 2018 - Mayor Martin J. Walsh today announced the appointment of Quoc Tran and reappointment of Jeri Robinson to the Boston School Committee, the governing body of the Boston Public Schools (BPS). Tran is currently the secretariat deputy director of the Office of Diversity and Civil Rights at the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services. Robinson has been a member of the Boston School Committee since 2014, and recently retired from her role as vice president of Early Childhood Initiatives at the Boston Children's Museum. The swearing-in ceremony will take place on Monday, January 7, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. at the Bolling Building.

"Quoc Tran is a great addition to the Boston School Committee. His experience as a civil rights attorney and a community leader will add a unique and crucial perspective to the group," said Mayor Walsh. "I'm also proud to reappoint Jeri Robinson to the Committee, who for the last four years worked and advocated tirelessly to create opportunities for our students. I thank all members of the School Committee who have served in this important role, and look forward to reviewing applications for the remaining vacancy, and encourage those who are interested in serving on the Committee to apply by the January 7, 2019 deadline."

Dr. Miren Uriarte stepped down from the Boston School Committee In December 2018, ending almost four years of service on the Committee. The Citizens Nominating Panel is currently?accepting applications from candidates?interested in filling the remainder of her term, which expires on December 31, 2019. The Panel is expected to submit a list of nominees to the Mayor by January 16.

The seven-member Boston School Committee is responsible for defining the vision, mission and goals of the Boston Public Schools; establishing and monitoring the annual operating budget; hiring, managing and evaluating the Superintendent; and setting and reviewing district policies and practices to support student achievement.

"We are pleased to welcome Quoc Tran to the Boston School Committee, and look forward to working with him on the important issues facing our students, educators and schools in 2019 and beyond," said Michael Loconto, Chair of the Boston School Committee. "These appointments come at crucial time as we continue moving forward on key issues that will enhance learning opportunities for students, including the continued roll out of BuildBPS facilities upgrades and the hiring of a new permanent superintendent. On behalf of the School Committee, we thank all members for their service and are excited to continue this work together." ?

In his current role at the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services, Tran develops and implements diversity and inclusion strategies for over 22,000 employees, and creates diversity and affirmative action plans to retain a diverse workforce. Prior to this role, he was the executive director of the Vietnamese American Civic Association (VACA), where he managed all operations of the organization related to serving the social and public assistance needs of Vietnamese refugees and immigrants. Tran was a BPS high school teacher for six years and is parent of Boston Latin School students. He holds a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering and a master's degree in education from Northeastern University, and a doctoral degree in law from Suffolk University. He currently resides in Dorchester.

"I am very honored to have received Mayor Walsh's trust and confidence in appointing me to this very important Boston School Committee," said Quoc Tran. "I look forward to working alongside all other Committee members in ensuring the highest quality possible that our city's school system deserves." ?

Jeri Robinson, first appointed by Mayor Walsh in 2014, brings more than 40 years of experience in teaching and consulting in the fields of early childhood and museum education. She recently retired from her role at the Boston Children's Museum, where she developed programs and outreach to further the Museum's early childhood agenda, seeking new sources of funding for educational initiatives and developing current resources. She holds a bachelor's degree and master's degree in education, and an honorary doctorate in education from Wheelock College, and serves on numerous boards dealing with family, community, multicultural, and early childhood education issues. She lives in Dorchester.

The seven members of the School Committee are Boston residents appointed by the Mayor of Boston to serve four-year staggered terms. Mayor Walsh made these appointments based on a list of candidates recommended by a 13-member Citizens Nominating Panel composed of parents, teachers, principals, and representatives of business and higher education. Under the legislation that established the appointed School Committee, "the Mayor shall strive to appoint individuals who reflect the racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic diversity of the city."

For more information on the School Committee, please visit?here.?

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ILF Civic Fellowship Program Deadline Extended from to Jan. 31, 2019



ILF Civic Fellowship Program Deadline Extended from Dec. 31, 2018 to Jan. 31, 2019


This is to let you know that the ILF’s Civic Fellowship Program has extended its application deadline from December 31, 2018 to January 31, 2019.
Every year, the International Leadership Foundation (ILF)?identifies approximately 25 outstanding Asian Pacific American (APA) college students to spend 8 to 10 weeks interning at a federal agency in Washington D.C. during the summer. Students accepted into the program are known as Civic Fellows and will receive a stipend of $2,000 USD upon program completion. In addition to their full-time federal internships, they will attend professional development workshops and leadership training.? Fellows are responsible for their own travel, housing, and living expenses. Based on the interests and majors of selected Civic Fellowship candidates, ILF will help place them with federal agencies and the congressional offices.
Undergraduate students of APA heritage are encouraged to apply. Applicants must be United States citizens, and current undergraduate sophomores, juniors, or seniors, with a minimum 3.0 GPA. Additional documents and application materials are required. To learn more or submit an application, visit?www.ILFnational.org

About?ILF

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The International Leadership Foundation (ILF) is a 501(C)(3) non-profit organization that promotes the civic awareness, public involvement and economic effectiveness of the Asian Pacific American (APA) community. Our mission is to develop young leaders in the United States in the fields of public service, entrepreneurship and the international arena through a network of business and community leaders, and to expose emerging leaders in other Pacific Rim countries to the American perspective in business, education and policy.?

Learn more at?www.ilfnational.org

Friday, December 28, 2018

麻州州长签字 明年七月起Airbnb房东需缴税


?(Boston Orange 周菊子倍投方案图片顿报导)麻州州长查理贝克(Charlie Baker)(28)日大笔一挥,明年七月一日起,诸如爱彼迎(Airbnb)”等新兴短期租宿业,将须接受法规管制并缴税。
从鳕鱼角(Cape Cod)的避暑屋,倍投方案图片顿市的公寓住宅,到麻州西部的度假休憩地,麻州现在已经到处都有爱彼迎了。有关部门闭门商谈数月,该怎麽处理这大受欢迎的行业後,终於有了结论。
麻州州长一旦签署,将是制定一条全新法则,规定出租者须买保险,还必须在缴交州税之外,可能得缴地方税。麻州众议会的一名主席,以及议员表示,他们的目标是到九月份时,麻州之内的所有的短期出租都办了登记。
这次签署法令,查理贝克很低调,没有正式仪式。他称许议员们送给他一份折衷版法案,考虑到他关心的,不宜向那些只偶而把住家租出去的人徵税。
??????????? 麻州众议会和参议会议员们在七月时通过了类似的法案,包括要像短期出租徵税,但查理贝克把它挡了下来,称那些规定对一年只把自己住家租出去几晚的人来说太繁琐了。
??????????? 监於本期议会的会期将於12日结束,议员们在本月初提出了一个妥协版本,把州长办公室的提议包括了进去。现在新法要求所有的出租房屋者登记并买保险,还得和酒店一样缴交5.7%的税,但一年只把自己的住家租出去不到14天的人,可豁免於此规定。
有关人员估计,这一徵税行动,每年可为州政府带来2500万元。
该法也容许地方市镇自行徵收地方税,最高6%倍投方案图片顿最高可徵6.5%。偶而出租的屋主,也可豁免於此规定。
在倍投方案图片顿,剑桥市,以及其他支持麻州会议中心局的城市,还会向拥有多个单位的屋主徵收额外税款。不过那会是在位於南倍投方案图片顿的倍投方案图片顿会议展览中心清偿债券後。
??????????? 纽约及旧金山市都用短期出租登记来管理这一行业,但这一法令将使麻州成为要求所有屋主登记的第一个州。那也是近几个月来在税率之外的讨论,争议重点之一。
??????????? 酒店业集团及住宅拥护者推动完整登记,哪将容许人们看到他们的邻居是否把房子或公寓短期出租了。剑桥市及倍投方案图片顿市在这同时,已通过了他们自己的管辖法,但表示州政府的全州登记有利於他们执法。
爱彼迎已向联邦法院控告倍投方案图片顿市政府,以推翻波市府的法令,也正抗拒州政府的提案,指全州登记作法可能危及出租者隐私。

MA Sec. of Housing and Economic Development Mike Kennealy sweared in

Governor Baker Swears in New Secretary of the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development

Governor Charlie Baker swears in Secretary Mike Kennealy.

BOSTON?– Today, Governor Charlie Baker swore in newly appointed Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Mike Kennealy. Secretary Kennealy served as Assistant Secretary for Business Growth in the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development since 2015. In that role, he has played a critical part in advancing the administration’s strategy for job creation and business development throughout Massachusetts. Secretary Kennealy is preceded by Jay Ash, who served in the Baker-Polito Administration for four years, where he helped lead the administration’s economic development strategy and effort to transition homeless families out of hotels.

For more information on the appointment of Secretary Kennealy, click?here.


About Secretary Mike Kennealy:

In early 2015, Mike Kennealy joined the Baker-Polito Administration as Assistant Secretary for Business Growth in the Executive Office of Housing & Economic Development. As Assistant Secretary, Kennealy has played an integral role in advancing the administration’s strategy for job creation and business development across the entire Commonwealth and has provided leadership in key sectors, including serving as co-chair of the board of the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center.

Kennealy combines a successful track record in the private sector with a strong commitment to the public good. He began his career in private equity at TA Associates, a Boston-based firm. In 1997, he joined Spectrum Equity, a private equity firm founded in 1994 with offices in Boston and San Francisco. During his more than 15 years at Spectrum, he helped grow the firm to become an established market leader with nearly $5 billion in assets under management and investments in over 100 high-growth internet, software and information services companies. After his career in private equity, Kennealy spent two years as Special Advisor to the Receiver at Lawrence Public Schools, where he worked with the state-appointed superintendent/receiver on strategic and financial initiatives to support the school district’s turnaround plan.

Kennealy and his family live in Lexington, Massachusetts, where they have been highly involved in town government, education and youth sports. He has served on the Board of Trustees of St. John’s Prep in Danvers since 2009 and currently serves as Chairman, and he serves on the Board of Visitors for The Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences at Dartmouth College.

Kennealy received a A.B. in Government from Dartmouth College and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

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2018 Year In Review
Mayor Walsh at the Macy's coat drive with one of his new friends receiving a coat for the winter.
A Message from the Mayor
Dear Friends,

As 2018 comes to a close, I wanted to share some of my top moments from the year. Being Mayor has provided me with some incredible opportunities to impact the lives of every Bostonian. I am incredibly grateful and humbled to serve as your Mayor.

Thank you for your continued support and all the contributions each of you make to our city.

Lorrie and I wish you and your families a happy, healthy and safe 2019!

-Marty
Beginning my Second Term
This year couldn't have started in a more exciting way. Being sworn in as your Mayor for a second term continues to be such a honor. I am so grateful for the opportunity to serve the city I love.
Mayor Walsh being sworn in as his Mother, Lorrie and Former Vice President Joe Biden looks on.
Mayor Walsh and other mayors from around the country during the U.S. Conference of Mayors at the Pride Parade this summer.
Showcasing Boston: Hosting over 250 mayors from around the country
In June, we hosted the annual meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, bringing over 250 mayors from around the country together, giving us an opportunity to show the country the innovative work we are doing in Boston. One of my favorite moments from the conference was when 150 mayors joined me in marching in our Pride Parade. It was so much fun and we were excited to show our support for the LGBTQ community.
Helping Every Bostonian Find a Home
As of this fall?we've housed 596?chronically homeless?people in need of a permanent home?and we're not stopping until every Bostonian has a place to call their own. This year we launched the?Boston's Way Home Fund?to raise $10 million to build supportive housing for 200 people experiencing chronic homelessness.?Read the story of Brian DeSilva?who was just one of the people we were proud to help this year.
Mayor Walsh cutting the ribbon at the new Liberty House for formerly homeless youth.
Mayor Walsh standing with survivors and many activists in October at one of the many protests he attended this year.
Standing up to Hate
This year Bostonians once again showed up to make their voices heard against hate. I was proud to stand with survivors of sexual assault, NARAL, Planned Parenthood, the ACLU, our transgender friends and our immigrant neighbors and many others as we continue to hold this president and his administration accountable for their harmful policies. The fighting spirit of many Bostonians gives me a lot of hope.
Welcoming Willie Gross as our New Police Commissioner
This summer, I was honored to swear inWillie Gross as Boston's 42nd Police Commissioner.?Commissioner Gross is the first African American to hold the post. A historic day for Boston.
Mayor Walsh and Commissioner Gross at his swearing in this summer.
Mayor Walsh with his new "builder in training" friend at a housing groundbreaking earlier this year.
Building for the Future
We can't solve Boston's housing crisis alone. We are working hard to build in, but we must partner with surrounding communities to build more housing everywhere.?This fall I was proud to partner with fourteen other Greater Boston cities and towns to announce a new regional housing production goal to create 185,000 new units?to meet the demands of a robust regional economy and a growing population in Greater Boston.?We also increased Boston's housing goal this year from 53,000 to 69,000 by 2030.
Preparing for Climate Change
At the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Forum in October, we released?"Resilient Boston Harbor,"?a?plan that lays out strategies along Boston's 47-mile shoreline that will increase access and open space along the waterfront while better protecting the City from climate change.
Mayor Walsh touring the Boston Harbor Islands with environmental leaders.
Mayor Walsh with city leaders and health and human services leaders announcing the lawsuit.
Holding Big Pharma Accountable
In September, we filed a complaint in Suffolk Superior Court against opioid manufacturers, and distributors that have contributed to the opioid epidemic. Their misleading marketing and reckless dissemination of opioids have led to the deaths of more than 730 Boston residents since 2013. As part of the?litigation,?the City is seeking to recover both past and future damages and injunctive relief associated with addressing the opioid epidemic in Boston. We all have a role to play in ending the opioid epidemic, and pharmaceutical companies must do their part.
Opening the Dearborn STEM Academy
This August, we?celebrated the opening of the Dearborn STEM Academy, the first newly-constructed BPS school building in 15 years. This beautiful new building will be able to accommodate 600 BPS students by 2020. This is?just the beginning of the major investments?we will continue to make in our schools throughout 2019 and beyond.
Mayor Walsh cutting the ribbon at the Dearborn School with Treasurer Deb Goldberg, students, faculty and community leaders in Roxbury.
Red Sox Manager Alex Cora with the 2018 World Series Trophy
Mayor Walsh in Puerto Rico with the Red Sox helping victims of Hurricane Maria. (photo credit toWBUR)
World Champions
The Boston Red Sox made us proud yet again. They couldn’t have achieved this success without the leadership of their new star manager, Alex Cora who is much more than a baseball manager. He is an advocate for immigrant communities?—?here in Boston, and in his home of Puerto Rico.?I was honored to travel with Alex and the entire team to Puerto Rico to help with the Hurricane Maria relief.?Winning another championship never gets old. We had a lot of fun celebrating their victory this fall.
Thank you, Boston, for another great year. Wishing you and your families a very happy and healthy 2019!