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People seemed pretty exasperated Monday when councillor Minka vanBeuzekom forced reconsideration of a zoning vote for Kendall Square.
We’re fortunate that we get to rank our candidates for City Council and School Committee rather than cast a zero-sum ballot. But this game is to identify the single-most indispensable challenger and incumbent for each elected body.
Leland Cheung has quickly become my business’ most valued advocate in City Hall, an experience I’ve since learned has been shared by many. Just like when he was in venture capital, Leland loves to bring ideas to life.
My Anybody But Him/Her list starts with the usual cast of suspects: the council members who vote yes to practically any upzoning petition that comes their way.
In addition to thinking about businesses and how businesses can contribute to the community, Leland Cheung is radically responsive. He lists his cellphone everywhere, and many residents have experienced e-mailing the entire council and hearing back only from Leland.
Frustratingly persistent problems remain for the city and its schools, but there’s a fundamental difference between the situations of the City Council and School Committee — one that matters a lot as Election Day nears.
In May, Boston once again took the lead in environmental building practices when its City Council approved a Building Energy Reporting and Disclosure Ordinance – and Palo Alto., Calif., has adopted a 100 percent renewable energy portfolio for all residents.
I have found Dennis to be a man of character, strength, integrity and tenacity in pursuing justice. He will stand and fight for people who, for one reason or another, may not be able to defend themselves.
Though I am impressed with many of the newcomers on the ballot, my top-priority non-incumbents are Dennis Carlone, Dennis Benzan and Sam Seidel for City Council and Joyce Gerber for School Committee.
In a way, the voters of Cambridge should be grateful to the eight members of the council who gave Richard C. Rossi a three-year term as city manager, however flawed the process. It makes it really easy to throw some out of office.