December 14, 2010
Attendance: Andrea Howley, Pamela Bender, Michael Reiskind, Jesse Abair, Karley Ausiello, Steven Backman, David Baron,
Red Burrows, David Demerjian, Francesca Fordiani, Steven Laferriere, Peggy O’Connor, Daniel Perez Lacera, Emily Wheelwright,
Elected at the meeting: Orion Kriegman
Other Attendees: Maria Moreno, Yasmin Pereyra, Heather Perez (Councillor Felix Arroyo’s office), Fernando Mercedes (Councillor
Matt O’Malley’s office), Valerie Frias (Councillor Matt O’Malley’s office), Chris Helms (Jamaica Plain Patch).
Called to Order at 7:12pm at First Baptist Church in Jamaica Plain by Andrea Howley.
1. Introductions: Members of the JPNC introduced themselves.
- The Community Planning Committee for the Arborway Yard (CPCAY) will be meeting on Tuesday, January 4 at 7:00pm at the
State Laboratories, 305 South Street.
3. Election to fill a JP Neighborhood Council vacancy in Area A:
- The Council held an election to fill the vacancy in Area A. Four candidates had been nominated at previous Council meetings: Stephen Riden of Paul Gore Street, Orion Kriegman of Egleston Street, Raymond Santos of Washington Street, and Michael Halle of Wyman Street. Stephen Riden has withdrawn his nomination and there has been no response from Raymond Santos to the numerous attempts to contact him. Candidates were asked to submit written statements.
- Orion Kriegman was in attendance and spoke for his candidacy. He said he has been living in the neighborhood since 2004, and bought a home on Egleston Street in March 2010 and plans to raise his family there. He helped to convert a city-owned vacant lot into a community orchard and is now in discussion to establish it as a permanent community green space. He has been active with the Egleston coalition meetings, and with Egleston Square Main Street to help Plaza Meat Market. He works at the Tellus Institute on global social movement formation, and has worked with the JP Forum’s New Economy Transition Series. He is eager to learn the ins and outs of getting things done in the City of Boston, and is most interested in the JPNC’s Public Service or Parks & Open Space subcommittees.
- Michael Halle was not able to attend and said in his written statement that he’s been a resident of Jamaica Plain for five years at 83 Wyman Street and is committed to improving the safety and vibrancy of Jamaica Plain. He is the co-chair of the Boston Police E-13 Traffic and Parking Strategic Planning Committee, working with the police, businesses, residents, and city staff to help solve problems related to transportation and streetscape throughout JP.
The committee represents the kind of approach he would use on the Neighborhood Council. It is a model for building trust and respect, balanced with the strengths and limitations of City action. In this way, the Committee acts a little like the Neighborhood Council’s Zoning or Parks & Open Space subcommittees. He also serve as a member of the Centre/South Transportation Committee, the Route 39 Bus committee and the City’s Complete Streets planning committee.