Boston City Councilor At-Large Felix G. Arroyo will visit Charlestown tonight, delivering a community report to the Charlestown Neighborhood Council during their 7 p.m. meeting.
Charlestown residents are welcome to attend the meeting, which will be held at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 545 Medford St.
Arroyo has been making his rounds to the more than 40 neighborhood associations in Boston, starting last week with visits to Hyde Park, West Roxbury, Mission Hill and Dorchester, according to a press release from the councilor's office.
“Every job I have had required me to report back on my work, and I believe this job should be no different," Arroyo said in the release. "I am visiting neighborhood associations across the city to let residents know what we were able to accomplish last year and enter into a conversation about how we can work together in 2013."
The councilor is focusing on projects and initiatives that will revitalize the communities of Boston and has developed an economic development plan called "Invest in Boston."
"If passed, Arroyo’s 'Invest in Boston' ordinance will ensure that the over $1 billion of city funds in banks would only go to banks that invest in our city," according to the release. "By encouraging banks to commit themselves to investing in our communities, Arroyo’s plan will boost the local economy and create a stronger city."
The councilor's initiatives are further outlined in the statement:
As chairman of the Labor, Youth Affairs and Health Committee, Councilor Arroyo has been a champion on issues such as maximizing youth summer jobs, protecting workers’ rights, and improving public health. Last year, Councilor Arroyo hosted a rally at City Hall where hundreds of teens rallied in support of summer jobs. Through the advocacy of Arroyo and working with the mayor, over 10,000 youth were employed last summer.
Addressing health concerns that are also connected to high asthma rates in the city, Councilor Arroyo worked to help make all tot lots smoke-free and helped draft an ordinance to reduce the amount of diesel emission in the air we breathe. Additionally, Arroyo has created task forces to end the mental health stigma as well as one to address suicide and support prevention efforts, both topics are on his agenda for 2013.
"I am proud of what we have been able to accomplish in the beginning of my second term and I look forward to continuing to work with Boston’s residents on issues affecting our city,” Arroyo said in the release. “I value these conversations because I believe every voice should be heard and working together will lead to greater success for all of us.”