The speed limit on city-owned streets will be reduced to 25 mph unless otherwise posted, the City Manager’s Office announced Friday, calling it “an important step toward improving the safety of everyone who lives, works and visits Cambridge.”
The district is close to piloting ways to provide free sanitary products for girls in the city’s public schools, though not without bureaucratic hurdles and getting past an alarmingly high initial cost estimate.
The city will lose approximately $14 million in direct costs out of it $575 million budget if President-elect Donald Trump follows through on a threat to strip sanctuary cities of federal funds, but conversation Monday was of bolstering commitments despite the cost.
A city official was stirred by presidential election results to break the format of a standard municipal agenda Nov. 16 and offer a statement about civic engagement.
The full City Council took long-awaited action on its inclusionary housing ordinance this week, voting unanimously to hold new hearings on raising required affordable housing in new developments to 20 percent as of June 30.
An effort to empty the City Council’s “awaiting reports” list for a just-appointed city manager failed Monday on a 2-7 vote.
The council passed three items relating to Cambridge’s designation as a “Trust Act City,” including an appeal to the city manager to fund “any and all programs that may be in jeopardy should the federal government stop funding sanctuary cities.”
City councillor Leland Cheung has proposed clearing an “awaiting report” list, starting the new city manager off with a clean slate, but not every councillor looks likely to approve the order at Monday’s meeting.
A peek at the new superintendent’s “entry plan” got a muted reception Tuesday, with most School Committee members offering gentle observations and questions and one sending a polite but firm message asking to see more.
City officials are grappling with questions of what President-Elect Donald Trump’s promise to withhold federal funds from sanctuary cities such as Cambridge might mean for the community. And some are worried.