What follows is a timeline of the historic Yes for a Better Boston campaign that resulted in 180,205 voters saying YES to housing, parks, preservation and jobs in Boston on November 8, 2016.
September 2015 – Public opinion poll conducted by Global Strategies showing strong support for CPA in Boston
November 2015 – Meeting with Mayor Walsh
January 2016 – Meetings with City Councilors
March 29, 2016 – City Council Committee on Government Operations, chaired by Councilor Flaherty, holds public hearing on CPA
April 12, 2016 – Yes for a Better Boston (YBB) forms campaign committee with Joe Kriesberg as President and Thadine Brown as Treasurer
April 27, 2016 – Mayor Walsh endorses YES campaign at rally on City Hall Plaza
May 11, 2016 – City Council votes 12-1 to place CPA on November ballot, co-sponsored by Councilors Flaherty and Campbell
May-Nov 2016 – Massive voter outreach campaign throughout Boston including phone banks, door-knocking, mailers, and paid social media advertising resulted in 170 endorsements including 29 elected officials and key business leaders including Jack Connors and John Fish.
November 8, 2016 – Voters approve CPA with 73.6% saying YES
December 2016 – Yes for a Better Boston decides to stay together as a coalition
February 2017 – YBB shares draft ordinance establishing Boston Community Preservation Committee with Mayor and City Council
March 23, 2017 – City Council Committee on Government Operations holds public hearing on ordinance establishing CPC
March 31, 2017 – City of Boston posts Community Preservation director job
May 15, 2017 – City Council’s Committee on Government Operations holds working session
YBB is committed to advocating for the interests of all Boston neighborhoods and taxpayers and ensuring that the same grassroots energy that helped pass CPA is represented on Boston’s Community Preservation Committee in the years to come. We urge the City Council to pass a strong ordinance that 3 of the 9 seats on the Community Preservation Committee are filled by individuals nominated by an open, inclusive process organized by Yes for a Better Boston, the only organization in the city representing all three funding areas of housing, parks and historic preservation.