Branville G. Bard Jr., the sole remaining finalist for police commissioner, introduced himself to the city Tuesday night at a small forum at the public library, saying Cambridge’s progressive policing was “not going to change under my leadership.”
The city manager has selected the finalists for Cambridge police commissioner, but is keeping them under wraps and refusing to disclose them, at least for now.
The Harvard Square Theatre at 10 Church St. will be redeveloped into a mixed-use building with two below-ground movie screens; street-level retail; and five stories of office space above.
Basic parliamentary procedure appeared to defeat the City Council once again Monday, when an attempt to amend a policy order and table it required four separate votes, one of which seemed to pass the order, although that appeared to be no one’s intent.
Mayor E. Denise Simmons berated city councillor Nadeem Mazen publicly for questions made at an earlier budget hearing, accusing him of misogyny and calling his conduct “outrageous.” A later angry encounter was broadcast live on television and the Internet.
A criticism of lax meeting attendance has drawn objections from city councillor Tim Toomey. “You should check your facts,” said the longtime councillor.
Nadeem Mazen – Muslim-American, 33 years old, two-term councillor – will not seek a third term on the City Council, and now that he’s freed from campaigning, he has critiques of how the council operates and how local campaigns operate.
A decision on whether &pizza will be allowed to fill two spaces in Harvard Square should come Thursday when the Board of Zoning Appeals is scheduled to hear the chain’s request for a fast food special permit – a hearing that’s been continued twice already.
City surveillance policy debate and an MIT lab proposal raised questions Monday: How should Cambridge control digital surveillance technologies by city government? Should the City Council leave deployment of technologies to the city manager?
The City Council unanimously adopted an order asking the city manager to give developer Gerald Chan 30 days to provide “long-term plans” for the empty Harvard Square cinemas he’s owned for two years. But there’s been no action from the City Manager’s Office.