Inattention of city inspectors allowed a developer and a contractor to omit safety precautions during the demolition of a condemned home and garage, causing it to collapse onto the sidewalk and street Aug. 11, say leaders of a North Cambridge neighborhood group.
Concerns about restrictions on free speech and the First Amendment are driving Cambridge’s Alexander Sender to help organize a “Free Speech Rally” for Saturday on Boston Common. But during an interview at his home, he did not want to give examples.
The rhetoric was sharper and the bitterness and anger palpable at a rally held Monday after racist violence in Virginia – the third such rally held in Cambridge in response to the still young presidency of Donald Trump and, officials made clear, certainly not the last.
City officials, reacting to the violence at a white supremacist rally held over the weekend in Virginia, plan a unity rally for Monday at City Hall; meanwhile, with white supremacists coming to Boston, Black Lives Matter Cambridge plans an action on Saturday.
Cambridge police have scrapped a policy, perhaps temporarily, allowing officers to hold suspects who are undocumented immigrants past the time they should have been released solely to cooperate with a “detainer” request from immigration enforcement officers.
It was just a rocky rollout for bike lanes on Brattle Street in Harvard Square, but it delivered fears of a moratorium on future safe-bicycling infrastructure and complaints from city officials to Monday’s meeting of the City Council, its only meeting of the summer.
An attempt to see whether Cantabrigians want to explore public financing of municipal elections got shut down Monday by city councillor Leland Cheung, who found the proposal’s language “offensive.”
A group called Cambridge Residents for Responsible Elections has petitioned the City Council for a nonbinding citywide ballot question in November, seeking to determine if voters would support adoption of a public financing program for elections.
In this year’s field of 26 candidates running for City Council and 12 for School Committee, set as a monthlong filing period ended, the committee’s Richard Harding turned in signatures for a council run – and four-term council incumbent Leland Cheung did not.
Teachers of color describe “microaggressions” in the classroom and hallways and in staff meetings, as well as administrative resistance and punishment for questioning the quality of district efforts – with the result that they are tiring of the struggle and leaving.