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Friday, April 16, 2021

波士頓市長Kim Janey推出" B-Local"應用程式支持地方企業

MAYOR JANEY ANNOUNCES “B-LOCAL” APP TO SUPPORT LOCAL BUSINESSES

Pilot program to support the economic recovery of our neighborhood commercial districts

BOSTON - Friday, April 16, 2021 - Mayor Janey announced today that the City of Boston is launching B-Local, a points-based program that offers rewards for shopping locally. The goal is to support local business recovery by incentivizing Bostonians to spend locally. By using the simple B-Local mobile app, shoppers earn rewards automatically at hundreds of participating local businesses across the City of Boston when they make purchases with registered credit, debit, or prepaid debit cards linked to their B-Local account. These rewards may then be applied as cash discounts to a growing list of redeeming businesses. All rewards are reimbursed by the City of Boston and there is no cost to users or businesses.

“Small businesses are the backbone of our economy, and they need our help to recover from the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. This dynamic program is a proven and powerful economic tool. By creatively leveraging federal CARES Act funding, the City of Boston can support local business owners, reward local shoppers, and drive a stronger recovery,” said Mayor Janey. “With warmer weather upon us, Bostonians are eager to reconnect with one another. This Patriot’s Day weekend, I urge my fellow Bostontians to exercise their city pride through our collective purchasing power to support local businesses as they recover from the pandemic. By supporting your favorite local businesses and exploring new establishments across our city, you can make a real difference.”

Through this innovative program developed in partnership with Colu Technologies, the City of Boston can drive local spending back into our community, instead of e-commerce giants and big-box retailers. This will provide critical support to local businesses as they recover and our city reopens, while also promoting diversity and equity. In Akron, Ohio, Colu’s “Akronite” app recently generated over $200,000 in local business sales, harnessing more than 4,000 users and 170 local businesses in a six-month period. Money spent locally stayed in their community and boosted the economy by a factor of nine. Boston is the first major U.S. city to launch this program.

“As an innovation hub, Boston is proud to leverage a creative program with a proven record of bringing city residents and small businesses together to drive our local economic recovery,” said Midori Morikawa, Interim Chief of Economic Development. “Boston is committed to an equitable recovery of our small and local businesses. B-Local will highlight the stories and experiences of our business owners to connect with residents, particularly those owned by women, immigrants, and people of color who have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19. Business owners have demonstrated tremendous resilience throughout the pandemic and with B-Local, we as residents can make a real impact to help as they reopen and recover.”

How It Works:

1.  Download the free B-Local app from Google Play or the Apple Store and securely link your credit cards, debit cards, or prepaid debit cards to your account. The first 3,000 users to download and link a card will receive a bonus!

2.  Join reward offers and start shopping and dining locally, earning Boston Points automatically through qualifying purchases made with your linked cards at local businesses.

3.  Redeem Boston Points for cash discounts at redeeming local businesses. Each Boston Point is worth one dollar.

4.  Encourage your favorite businesses to join B-Local by signing up on boston.gov/B-Local.

Users can learn more at Colu.com/b-local. Shoppers in the City of Boston are encouraged to review the latest public health guidance at Boston.gov/covid-19 and learn about Boston’s reopening efforts and public health guidelines for businesses at Boston.gov/reopening.

To date, 269 businesses have signed up to participate on B-Local. Outreach to businesses, led by the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development Small Business Unit, has ensured an equitable representation of business owners, as well as even distribution across neighborhoods:

·    185 Minority and Immigrant-Owned Businesses

·    143 Woman-Owned Businesses

·    53 Main Streets Businesses

·    46 Black-Owned Businesses

Shoppers may earn rewards at restaurants, retail stores, cafés, gyms and yoga studios, salons, and more. Shoppers may then redeem their Boston Points as discounts toward future purchases. Any Boston-based businesses with a storefront or that engages with customers directly may apply as either a “participating” or “redeeming” business at Boston.gov/B-Local. All reward discounts using Boston Points will be reimbursed to businesses by the City of Boston on a biweekly basis. All costs for this pilot program and reimbursements are funded by the federal CARES Act.

The B-Local program is open to all Boston businesses, but it will also allow the City of Boston to stand by its values of equity and inclusion; supporting minority- and women-owned businesses and industries disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and other systemic barriers. By sharing the important stories that connect our community and local businesses, B-Local will highlight Boston’s vibrant and diverse businesses and celebrate the 20 Boston Main Streets neighborhood commercial districts. 

“B-local is such a unique and fun program for both businesses and patrons,” said Tiffani Faison, renowned chef and owner of Big Heart Hospitality, which includes Sweet Cheeks Q, Tiger Mama, Fool's Errand, and Orfano restaurants. “It aids in financial recovery and allows an opportunity for us all to reconnect and have each other's backs. It allows Bostonians a fresh perspective on which businesses are uniquely local and how, together, we contribute to the rebirth of the Boston we know, love and miss so dearly.”

八年過去 波士頓沒忘記馬拉松賽爆炸案

           (Boston Orange) 2021年的4月15日,距離2013年波士頓馬拉松賽發生爆炸案已8年了。人們當年的驚嚇,已隨時間逐漸平息,強調波士頓團結的心意,卻藉由麻州州長和波士頓市市長聯袂獻花,年年傳承。

            礙於新冠病毒疫情仍未消散,波士頓馬拉松賽今年已是第二年無法在愛國者日週末舉行。比去年好的是,麻州的疫情已呈下降趨勢,於是麻州州長查理貝克(Charlie Baker)和波士頓市代理市長Kim Janey得以在波士頓體育會執行長Thomas S. Grilk陪同下,聯袂到紀念碑前,親自獻花。

           整個儀式,十分簡單。兩名州市首長一起把花圈搬到紀念碑前,肅立致意,就結束了。沒有講話,也沒有爆炸案的犧牲者家人出席。

            由於今年的波士頓馬拉松賽延期到10月舉行,大波士頓仍在疫情中,15日這天又是陰雨天氣,街道,人行道上都空蕩蕩的,空氣中有著淡淡憂傷。

波士頓市長Kim Janey(左起),麻州州長查理貝克(Charlie Baker),
波士頓體育會執行長Thomas S. Grilk為2013年爆炸案紀念碑獻花。
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第125屆波士頓馬拉松賽因為新冠疫情,賽期改到2021年10月,但
4月15日這天,波士頓體育會重新粉刷終點線,藉以紀念爆炸案。
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新冠疫情期間,Boylston街上店面丟空。(周菊子攝)

2021年4月15日的柯普利廣場三一教堂,靜靜矗立。(周菊子攝)

 
2013年波士頓馬拉松爆炸案的爆炸地點之一,Boylston街775號
,店面待租。(周菊子攝)


MAYOR JANEY RELEASES REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS FOR TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS FOR CANNABIS EQUITY APPLICANTS

 

 

MAYOR JANEY RELEASES REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS FOR TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS FOR CANNABIS EQUITY APPLICANTS

 

New capacity building program will support equity in the cannabis industry

 

BOSTON - Friday, April 16, 2021 - Mayor Kim Janey announced that the City of Boston this week released a Request for Proposals (RFP) to provide technical assistance support to certified cannabis equity applicants. This $675,000 investment over three years is designed to expand economic and entrepreneurial opportunity and capacity. Completed proposals will be accepted monthly on a rolling basis, on the first day of each month, for a three year period, beginning on April 1, 2021 and ending March 31, 2024. The first deadline will be May 1, 2021. Proposals can be submitted electronically via the City of Boston Supplier Portal

 

"Today we are taking a major step forward in lifting up local entrepreneurs with diverse ownership from communities disproportionately impacted by the war on drugs," said Mayor Kim Janey. “We want to ensure that business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs in the cannabis industry have the tools they need to grow and thrive in Boston.”

 

In 2016, the Citizens of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts approved a ballot question to legalize and regulate adult-use marijuana. That law requires the development of "procedures and policies to promote and encourage full participation in the regulated marijuana industry by people from communities that have previously been disproportionately harmed by marijuana

prohibition and enforcement and to positively impact those communities.”

 

In November 2019, in her former role as Boston City Council President, Mayor Kim Janey led the City Council in passing an Ordinance to establish equitable regulation of the cannabis industry in the City of Boston. This ordinance was the result of a collaboration from many stakeholders and advocates and ensures Boston’s role as a national model for how to create a system that fosters racial equity and inclusion in the new cannabis industry. 

 

As part of this ordinance, the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development (OED) will oversee the Cannabis Technical Assistance Program to assist any eligible certified cannabis equity applicants. This designation is based on the majority of an applicant’s business ownership and gives preference to people who reside in areas impacted hardest by the war on drugs, Boston residents, people of color, and people with low incomes, among others. Based on this criteria, the City will maintain an equal or greater number of equity applicant licensees to licensees that do not qualify as equity applicants. The Office of Economic Development has also hired a full-time Cannabis Industry Manager to work directly with cannabis applicants to guide equity applicants through the certification process and to match their needs with experienced TA providers.

 

“Cannabis is a fast-growing industry, and Boston is committed to ensuring that equity applicants in our city can access the resources they need to launch a successful business,” said Midori Morikawa, Interim Chief of Economic Development. “Boston is the first city in the United States to formally prioritize diverse applicants who are looking to participate in this emerging industry. With this new RFP, the Boston Cannabis Equity Program will support equity applicants with critical technical assistance across business operations, workforce development, legal compliance, and other best practices to assist diverse cannabis businesses throughout the city.”

 

Applicants and licensees seeking to be certified pursuant to the Ordinance are reviewed and certified by the Office of Economic Development, in collaboration with the Boston Cannabis Board and other appropriate city departments when applicable. Once selected, the Office of Economic Development shall facilitate the initial engagement with the contractor. In each case, the contractor will be expected to work directly with the cannabis equity applicant.

 

"Since its formation, the Boston Cannabis Board has worked diligently to ensure equity, both to whom cannabis establishment licenses are granted and the geographic distribution of these licenses through the City of Boston," said Chairwoman Kathleen Joyce. "We have prioritized equity since the beginning of this new industry in Boston. Providing technical assistance to certified equity applicants is critical to ensuring those communities negatively impacted by the failed war on drugs have access to this emerging industry. We want to support these applicants throughout the entire process, and we look forward to continuing this important work."

 

Technical assistance providers are experienced business consultants that, through this program, will provide high quality one-on-one assistance to designated businesses, and also provide group workshops and coaching sessions to existing or aspiring business owners. Services can include, but are not limited to: 

 

·    Assistance with business operations, including the development of business plans; 

·    Assistance recruiting employees;

·    Guidance and assistance through the application process;

·    Assistance with legal compliance;

·    Accounting and tax preparedness assistance;

·    Best practices for operating in the marijuana industry; 

·    Assistance with store security;

·    Assistance identifying and raising funds and capital and identifying vendors;

·    Guidance on legal issues and compliance; and

·    Other cannabis business equity applicant needs. 

 

All prospective TA providers are encouraged to attend a live applicant conference session for the opportunity to address questions relative to the content of the RFP. These sessions will be held quarterly, via Zoom, and will occur in person pending updated COVID-19 public health restrictions at 1 City Hall Sq., Boston, MA 02201. To register, view upcoming dates, and join the conference, please visit: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ETxD64JzTQqNBpyq0Wbvdg 

 

Every month, on the first business day of the month, applications will be downloaded from the City of Boston Supplier Portal website for review. The RFP will appear live again the next day for the following month. In order to participate in these online procurement activities, bidders must register with the Supplier Portal.  

 

The City of Boston encourages a full range of TA providers to apply for this opportunity to support the varied and dynamic needs of small business owners of all backgrounds. The City of Boston seeks to promote the full participation and equity of opportunity for minorityowned and womenowned enterprises (“M/WBEs”) on City of Boston contracts. To support these City objectives and to further the City’s progress toward achieving its goal of 25% M/WBE participation on City discretionary spend, the City encourages minority-owned and woman-owned enterprises to respond to this RFP. 

 

 

ABOUT THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CABINET

The Economic Development Cabinet's mission is to make Boston an appealing and accessible place for working families, entrepreneurs, businesses, and investors to innovate, grow, and thrive in a way that fosters inclusion, broadens opportunity, and shares prosperity, thereby enhancing the quality of life for all Bostonians and the experience for all visitors. Learn more on their website

 

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Thursday, April 15, 2021

波士頓移民進步辦公室邀Kim Kaney市長和族裔社區媒體晤談

 









Baker-Polito Administration Files Legislation to Improve Public Safety and Data Reporting Requirements for Transportation Network Companies

 Baker-Polito Administration Files Legislation to Improve Public Safety and Data Reporting Requirements for Transportation Network Companies

Legislation Builds on Most Stringent Background Check System for Rideshare Companies in the Country

 

BOSTON — The Baker-Polito Administration today filed legislation to build on the Commonwealth’s comprehensive oversight of Transportation Network Companies (TNC) by improving public safety requirements and obtaining additional ride data to assist with transportation planning, congestion management, and vehicle emissions tracking. Additionally, An Act Relative to Transportation Network Companies would provide needed flexibility for the ban on surge pricing during a State of Emergency, and expand the types of companies subject to state TNC laws and regulations.

 

“The safety of Massachusetts residents and visitors is our top priority and this legislation will institute additional public safety measures for passengers and law enforcement, provide important information to transportation planners and reduce administrative burdens for cities and towns,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “The Commonwealth was a national leader in providing background checks and a regulatory framework for the rideshare industry, and as the industry evolves into an important element of our transportation system, we are pleased to file this bill ensuring that the Commonwealth’s transportation network can continue to grow in a safe and responsible manner.”

 

“This legislation continues our Administration’s efforts to promote economic growth and modernize our transportation system, and we look forward to working with our partners in the Legislature to move this bill forward and ensure safe, reliable transportation options for all Commonwealth residents,” said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. “Critically, this legislation will make sure communities are provided the information they need to make local infrastructure and environmental planning decisions.”

  

“Transportation emissions account for over 40 percent of climate-changing emissions in Massachusetts, so the Baker-Polito Administration is working hard to reduce these emissions and protect Commonwealth residents,” said Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs Kathleen Theoharides. “As the rideshare industry continues to grow in the Commonwealth, this legislation would ensure we have the data we need to combat climate change and achieve net zero emissions by 2050.”

 

“From a public safety perspective, this bill will greatly enhance our efforts to protect TNC users,” said Secretary of Public Safety and Security Thomas Turco. “By strengthening the laws against ‘account renting,’ creating a criminal penalty for misusing riders’ personal information, and adding additional regulatory safeguards, it will help ensure that riders know whose car they’re entering and that they can do so safely.”

 

The Administration previously filed An Act Relative to Public Safety and Transparency by Transportation Network Companies in 2019, but today’s legislation includes a newly filed provision that gives the Department of Public Utilities (DPU) exclusive authority to regulate large livery companies operating throughout the state on a digital network. This provision will ensure that livery companies operating on a digital network with over 100 drivers will be subject to the statewide TNC laws and regulations. Smaller livery companies will remain regulated at the municipal level, regardless of whether they operate on a digital network.      

 

The proposal would build on Massachusetts’s TNC safety and enforcement laws, some of the most stringent and comprehensive in the country, by:

 

·  Increasing fines and penalties, up to two and half years in a House of Correction, for the practice of “account renting,” or allowing another individual to utilize a TNC driver’s account or identity, to provide TNC services.  

 

·  Making it a criminal offense for a driver to exploit the personal information of a rider to stalk, harass or defraud a rider.

 

·  Implementing tougher penalties for drivers who:

 

o Fail to maintain a driver certificate or a background check clearance certificate

 

o Fail to display TNC vehicle decals

 

o Fail to maintain adequate insurance, or carry proof of a TNC vehicle inspection

 

This legislation also allows for new transportation data to be collected from TNCs and eases the administrative burden on small towns. Specifically, the bill will:

 

·  Authorize the DPU to obtain more detailed trip data from TNCs on a monthly basis that can then be shared in an anonymous and confidential manner with state agencies, municipalities and local organizations for planning purposes.  

 

o The more detailed data called for in this legislation includes total miles and minutes when drivers are en route to pick up riders and when they are providing rides; whether riders were successfully matched for shared rides; and additional data on accidents and reasonable accommodations.

 

·  Allow better emissions data to be collected by requiring TNCs to report the total miles and minutes that each vehicle is on the road, together with vehicle make, model and year information.

 

·  Reduce the reporting requirements for communities that receive $25,000 or less annually from TNCs and allow those communities to make spending decisions on those relatively small funds without going through their local appropriation process.

 

The additional data will help transportation planners analyze how rides impact transportation infrastructure and the environment, and allow them to make more informed decisions about the location of dedicated bus lanes, specific investments in infrastructure, and overall impacts from vehicle emissions.

 

The legislation also gives the DPU the authority to determine whether it is appropriate to permit transportation network companies to utilize surge pricing during a State of Emergency. Enabling surge pricing under certain circumstances and with appropriate limitations could increase the supply of drivers, which reduces wait times and ensures reliable transportation options.

 

Since January 2017, the Department of Public Utilities’ Transportation Network Company Division has implemented the most comprehensive state background checks for TNC drivers in the country, and has approved over 240,000 individuals to operate as TNC drivers, though not all are currently active drivers. Drivers engaged in providing transportation services on behalf of Transportation Network Companies undergo a full state driving record and Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) background check. Additionally, drivers are subjected to a bi-annual national commercial background check conducted by the TNC companies. TNC rides that started in the Commonwealth increased from 64.8 million in 2017 to 91.1 million in 2019.

政府如何運作 一次免費課程

             (Boston Orange)麻州亞美局(AAC)和麻州論壇(Commonwealth Seminar)合作,將於4月24日(週六)中午12點至下午3點半,在臉書及Zoom上舉辦一次免費課程,解說麻州政府如何運作,立法流程,期以協助亞裔社區領袖更有效的為社區服務,或參選公職。

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Join the Asian American Commission and the Commonwealth Seminar for a 1-day session on April 24 from 12-3:30!  It will be an intensive training session focused on teaching Asian American leaders how the legislative process really works. By giving an insiders' view of the process, our goal is to encourage diverse leaders to become effective advocates and to pursue careers in public service.

Zoom Registration

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYpdu2vqz0vGdGOyZCisplGoqZObHPogF2T

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Wednesday, April 14, 2021

華裔社區組織合作中文新冠疫苗說明講座 (圖片)


華人前進會主任陳玉珍。

波士頓市移民進步辦公室主任Yusufi Vali強調所有族裔移民都是
波士頓的一部分。

波士頓市移民進步辦公室幕僚長暨資源經理Agnes Chang。

波士頓市長亞裔聯絡員許麗莎(Lisa Hy)。

伍劉寶敏醫生。

亞美社區發展協會主任劉安琪(Angie Liu)用普通話做說明。

Sabrina Chau說明大同藥房和BCNC合作,在包氏文藝中心
為居民施打新冠疫苗。